Following the Footsteps of the Chaste Goddesses
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Author: Anahita Margarites
Posted: June 24th. 2012
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As a person who very much loves her faith, and learning about the Greek Pantheon, I have always wondered if any Wiccan or Pagan has followed in the footsteps of the chaste Goddesses. While the God and Goddess are perfect examples of sexual fertility, I feel as if virginal Goddesses are just as equally fertile in their own right. Some of the Goddesses, such as Hecate, Hestia and Artemis, are forever virginal. And not unlike the Christian Mary and her nuns, are there Pagans and Wiccans, of all genders, who decide to live a chaste life and remain a virgin?
I have been pondering this question for some time and I feel as if it would be a great devotion to my chosen Gods to follow this path. I have also wondered as these Goddesses are eternal virgins, they also look after mothers during pregnancy and childbirth. Being a mother does not mean one must give birth; many mothers have adopted children, have nieces and nephews that they care for, and are even God-Mothers.
Many of these Goddesses demonstrate care for those around them. Artemis took care of young girls and they ran at her side as fellow hunters. They too were asked to remain virgins while with her. There are also the Vestal Virgins of Rome. (This is all information that I heard growing up in history classes and on television.) However by remaining a virgin, does it not show devotion to these Goddesses? These Goddesses are very strong, yet kind and I always strive to better myself like them.
Much like veiling, this could also be seen as a powerful way to state a woman's power. I am not diminishing those women who have children; rather they should be praised and ever loved for bringing life into the world. The same can be said for Fathers who assist in the creation of life and the successful raising of a child. There is a path everyone must discover for himself or herself and I feel as if this path might be mine. By doing this I would be devoting myself completely to the God and Goddess.
As a solitary practitioner, I have only myself to criticize… however even if others have felt this way before I still feel the need to bring this topic to light. One of the Goddess’ great joys is giving life to the universe and the God. Yet at one point, she too was a maiden. I have always found others attractive and have dated however I always told my mother that I did not wish to marry. This might have been a sign from the old ones that my path was a path of faith, yet being a virgin does not mean I cannot love. I love my friends and family very dearly.
There is also no reason men should not feel the need to remain virginal as well. Whatever gender you identify with, you decide how to live your life. One’s sexuality does not necessarily impact upon this topic as while remaining a virgin one can still appreciate the human form. When I discuss this topic I am not saying one should be chaste and never glance at another human being or feel an intimate pull. Rather, one should acknowledge such feelings yet not act upon them.
I love to gossip about a handsome man or a beautiful woman like the rest of society, however I feel as though I do not have to act upon my sexual urges. I have been in several relationships yet never felt the need to go further. I in no way intend for people to feel awkward concerning this topic; but it is a concept that I wish to explore further. Anthropologically, religious people have remained chaste all over the world; there are priests and nuns of many faiths. It is a simple choice one must make on their own and I am just interested to see if others have thought of this choice or have decided to follow this path.
On the topic Christian nuns, do they not decide to devote themselves to their God, or a saint? The Virgin Mary is also recognized in some Pagan forms of faith. Each individual person is either chosen by their Pantheon, God, Goddess, or chooses them. Yet there must be Gods and Goddesses who are chaste through all Pantheons. I have not done the intensive research to properly prove this claim, however there are many Maiden, Mother, and Crone deities through Europe. Part of being a Maiden is remaining chaste, so to some extent, we are all chaste for the beginning of our lives.
It is my personal feeling that I remain a virgin in order to honor theses Goddesses of old. I may also come to know Gods who supported living chaste lives and, through further research, I may just find them. Others might have, and may feel this way. Others may decide to take a vow of chastity for a short period of time; the Vestal Virgins were not eternal virgins. However would it be silly to follow the path of being an eternal virgin?
I do hope that this post is not a rambling mess as I am new to this website. I in no way mean to offend any person or his/her beliefs. I believe this website not only hosts information but is also be a safe community resource in which to ask questions such as these. The human mind is always seeking knowledge, and clearly the body may as well. Each person’s life and the decision he/she makes is his/her own path.
If there is anyone who has information on this topic, please send me a message for I am always willing to learn with others. An open community that is able to discuss such topics might be able to bring equal peace to the world. Your opinions, no matter good or bad, would also be welcomed.
Blessed Be to all.
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