Wicca and the Sex Rite


#1

Is it true that Wiccans today practice the sex ritual called the “Great Rite?” Are there any ex-Wiccans who can explain to me Wiccan’s views of sex?


#2

Not all do. Perhaps some covens do practice it, but certainly not all do. Solitary practitioners generally don’t, I would think.


#3

[quote=SamG]Is it true that Wiccans today practice the sex ritual called the “Great Rite?” Are there any ex-Wiccans who can explain to me Wiccan’s views of sex?
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It seems to me that there was a coven close to the mountains here in NC that practiced this but from what I understand this is not common.


#4

[quote=SamG]Is it true that Wiccans today practice the sex ritual called the “Great Rite?” Are there any ex-Wiccans who can explain to me Wiccan’s views of sex?
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It’s true that some do. You have to remember that Wicca is first and foremost a fertility religion. The sex act is viewed as an act of creation, two souls coming together to create life through love. Wiccans believe that this is something to be celebrated, not to be ashamed of. This belief in the sacredness of sex is also reflected in the myths of the God and Goddess throughout the wheel of the year.

Some traditional Wiccan covens (Gardnerians and Alexandrians) do still practice the actual Great Rite, but most covens and solitaries perform it symbolically, usually by dipping the athame or wand into a chalice or cauldron, representing the joining of the Goddess with the God, the ultimate act of Creation.

I probably haven’t explained it very well, but I hope that makes sense. :slight_smile:


#5

[quote=NightSpirit]It’s true that some do. You have to remember that Wicca is first and foremost a fertility religion. The sex act is viewed as an act of creation, two souls coming together to create life through love. Wiccans believe that this is something to be celebrated, not to be ashamed of. This belief in the sacredness of sex is also reflected in the myths of the God and Goddess throughout the wheel of the year.

Some traditional Wiccan covens (Gardnerians and Alexandrians) do still practice the actual Great Rite, but most covens and solitaries perform it symbolically, usually by dipping the athame or wand into a chalice or cauldron, representing the joining of the Goddess with the God, the ultimate act of Creation.

I probably haven’t explained it very well, but I hope that makes sense. :slight_smile:
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Thanks for the info. It’s rare to read about some of the things Wiccans use in their rituals here, like the athame, wand and cauldron. I would think by your username you are Wiccan?


#6

I’m actually a druid, but like most pagans, I started out in Wicca so I’m familiar with their beliefs and philosophies.


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