Hidden Circles in the Web: Feminist Wicca, Occult Knowledge, and Process Thought

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Rowman Altamira, 2008 - Body, Mind & Spirit - 152 pages
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As one of the fastest growing Pagan traditions, Feminist Wicca appeals to many through its emphasis on the deep interconnectedness of life and its focus on the woman's religious experience. In Hidden Circles in the Web, scholar and practitioner Constance Wise explores Feminist Wicca through the lens of process thought, developing a new theaology of feminist spirituality that can enrich and deepen the religious practice. Although the twentieth-century philosophy of process thought is often portrayed as a complex and inaccessible system, Wise explains its concepts in simple language and illustrates her points with accessible examples from life. Wise invites readers into the hidden wisdom of Feminist Wicca and process thought, proposing statements of Feminist Wiccan beliefs and practices in six areas: history, anthropology, epistemology, ethics, cosmology, and theaology. While the focus of the book is on Feminist Wicca, her insights into process thought apply to an array of traditions and will interest a range of practitioners and scholars across the religious spectrum.
 

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Contents

Discovering the Hidden in Two Circles
17
History and Anthropology Resisting Historical and Gender Essentialism
43
Epistemology and Ethics Occult Knowledge and Moral Decisions
73
Cosmology and Thealogy The Web the Goddess and Magic
105
Bibliography
143
Index
147
About the Author
153
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Constance Wise teaches religious studies, women's studies, and philosophy at the University of Colorado, Denver, the University of Northern Colorado, and Metropolitan College of Denver. She has practiced Feminist Wicca for thirty years and is co-founder and leader of two Feminist Wiccan groups in Denver.

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