Brief Descriptions on Traditions: Reclaiming Tradition


Reclaiming Tradition  is a tradition of  similar to the Dianic tradition as it’s feminist in nature but it not specifically wicca and also incorporates political activism with respects to nature and peace.  It was founded in 1979 in San Fransico Bay Area, USA under the name Reclaiming Collective by two neopagan women with jewish backgrounds – Diane Baker and Starhawk so they could develop and explore feminist emancipatory rituals. 

In modern times the focus has shifted to activism which relate to political, environmental and corporate/economic issues.  The reclaiming tradition has been influenced by the Feri tradition and Dianic Wicca and the core agenda consists of “The Principles of Unity” and has non hierarchical structure.  In its covens all members are encouraged to take part in co-creating ceremonies and rituals.

Shamanic techniques which include meditation, trance, shape-shifting, dance (which includes a Spiral Dance which was the title of a book one of its founders Starhawk wrote based on the tradition)  is used along with myth and fairy tale enactments through ritual and incorporates both the God and Goddess in various forms. 

The core of the tradition is steeped in activism as social and personal transformation is integral to the healing of the self and the world.  In modern times the tradition has gatherings called “Witchcamps” which bring the reclaiming members together throughout the world to share and exchange skills in personal empowerment for the betterment of the world.

Books written by Starhawk:

The Spiral Dance
Dreaming the Dark: Magic, Sex an Politics
Truth or Dare: Encounters with Power, Authority, and Mystery
Webs of Power: Notes from the Global Uprising
The Earth Path: Grounding Your Spirit in the Rhythms of Nature
The Empowerment Manual: A Guide for Collaborative Groups
The Pagan Book of Living and Dying: Practical Rituals, Prayers, Blessings, and Meditations on Crossing Over
Circle Round: Raising Children in the Goddess Tradition
The Twelve Wild Swans: A Journey Into Magic, Healing, and Action

Books written by Diane Baker:
Circle Round: Raising Children in the Goddess Tradition


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