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A Note on.Pagan Sexual Morality by The WhiteRose
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Contrary to the popular image we are often given of witches cavorting in
manic orgies with all manner of human and non-human creatures, modern Pagan
sexual morality does not find its roots in extremes of casual or ritualized
group-sex or in any sexual extremes at all.
While, as with much of modern Pagan culture, there are no hard and fast
rules as to how each and every one of us believes or acts (any more than
such concrete ules apply to Christians), those who practice indiscriminate
sexuality are few and far between.
In general, most Pagans adhere to a belief espoused in one of the few
(somewhat) commonly accepted writings of Pagan culture, "The Charge of the
Goddess", in which our female aspect of divinity, the Goddess, tells us
"All acts of love and pleasure are My rituals." Physical love and pleasure
are thereby assigned a place not in the realm of sin, but rather as a holy
rite, requiring respectful thought and action.
Additionally, most modern Pagans believe in and follow the Pagan
equivalent of the the Judeo-Christian "Golden Rule", called "The Wiccan
Rede", which states "An ye harm none, do what ye will." Basically, this
tenant allows the seeker to be free from any notion of sin so long as their
actions do no harm, particularly to others. Resting over the heads of
those who would do harm despite the warning is the sword-arm of Pagan
morality, the "Three-fold Law", warning of harm returned to the sender
three-fold if harm is meant and done.
With all of this in mind, I think most Pagans decide upon a temperate
course of sexuality -- feeling no guilt over sexuality or sexual acts, so
long as they are performed with love and respect, and result in no harm to
anyone involved, but precluding things like adultery (due to the damage it
can inflict upon partners) and un-safe sexual practices (due to the risk of
spreading disease), as well as extremes of casual sex that would remove the
element of holiness from the act. Beyond that moral generality, as with
all faiths, the decisions are up to the individual and may either be more
conservative or more liberal, and entirely open to personal interpretation.
We are nothing if not an independantly-minded group of people. ;)
In the realm of erotica, where writers and other creators portray
sexuality in a wide range from extremely dirty to supremely romantic, Pagan
sexual morality holds a unique, if often underrepresented, place: extremes
of sexual pleasure need not be dirty because few sexual pleasures are
deemed sinful, and romantic sexuality need not be devoid of elements of
profound physical pleasure for pleasure's sake.
(My pen-name, The WhiteRose, comes from the traditional floral meaning,
and is thereby meant to represent the purity and beauty of love, both
physical and emotional, as well as the pristine and holy place it has in my
We try to celebrate the physical and emotional pleasures in our daily
lives, to appreciate them for the special gifts that they are. In that
frame of mind, I write erotica to celebrate both the physical and emotional
pleasures of the sensual, erotic moments in our lives.
I hope you will find that my encourage you to celebrate the
pleasures in your own life.