Frequently Asked Questions
What kind of person is drawn to the McFarland Dianic tradition?
We attract women and men from all walks of life that are comfortable with the Goddess as Creatrix. We are well-read, inquisitive thinkers who seek a close connection with Nature and the Goddess in Her many manifestations.
I've heard that some Dianic Wicca groups accept only female members. How is the McFarland Dianic tradition different?
From the beginning, two of Morgan's first covens had both female and male members. While some circles, like Morgan's third coven, choose to be all-female, the tradition itself was never intended to exclude men or transgendered individuals.
How is the McFarland Dianic tradition different from other Wiccan traditions?
We have a matrifocal and matrilineal family tree following our view that the Goddess is the immortal supreme creatrix and the God is Her mortal lover and consort. Their dance is sacred and celebrated. Our understanding is that in other traditions, the God and Goddess are both immortal and equal.
How is a typical McFarland Dianic coven organized?
Most McFarland Dianic covens (or "circles") have a High Priestess, a High Priest, a Maiden, and Initiates. Some circles also have an associated "grove" of students being prepared for eventual initiation at the discretion of the High Priestess.
What is required of a seeker on this path (how would I become a McFarland Dianic)?
Neophytes (those new to the Craft) must join a study group called a grove. They participate in a year of training to learn the history and lore of the tradition and whatever other requirements each autonomous High Priestess may have. It is only after the seeker and High Priestess are in agreement that the student is ready that s/he may be initiated into the circle.
What does it take to become a McFarland Dianic High Priestess or High Priest?
A neophyte must spend at least a year and a day in a study grove before being initiated, then becoming known as an Initiate. An Initiate must go through all thirteen moons to become a Priestess or Priest. A Priestess will be considered for Passage when both she and her High Priestess decide the "time is right". Passage is the final year of training that is required in order to become a High Priestess. The training of a High Priest is at the discretion of each High Priestess.
What does this path offer someone who does not intend to become a High Priestess or High Priest?
Many initiates are satisfied with simply being a Priestess or Priest, honoring the Goddess and her Moon Mysteries with their coven or as a solitaire. Often, they do not desire the responsibility of being clergy or leading and teaching others.