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What is Dianic Wicca: Tradition & Recommended Reads

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Written by: Dawn Black (Witchipedia)


Reviewed by: Tina Caro

Dianic Wicca is a branch of Wicca that focuses on feminist values and the worship of the Goddess Diana, often to the exclusion of any male God.

A few different traditions call themselves Dianic Wicca or Dianic Tradition.


Dianic Wicca is a feminist witchcraft tradition that celebrates the divine feminine and worships the Goddess as the primary deity.

The McFarland Dianic Tradition, founded by Morgan McFarland and Mark Roberts, is a prominent branch of Dianic Wicca, known for its inclusive approach and emphasis on women’s empowerment.

Dianic practitioners, often called Dianic Wicce, prioritize female spirituality and often exclude male deities from their rituals and practices, focusing on the strength and wisdom of women.

This tradition places a strong emphasis on rituals, moon phases, and nature-based spirituality, with a deep connection to the cycles of the moon and the natural world.

Dianic Feminist Wicca Witchcraft Tradition

Dianic Feminist Wicca Witchcraft Tradition was established by Zsuzsanna Budapest in California in 1971 and continues to be influential today.

It is a woman-centered tradition that excludes men from its rituals and mysteries. This tradition has been criticized as separatist and focused on lesbian sexuality, but this is not the case.

Instead, it focuses on women’s mysteries and believes that men have other mysteries they should be focusing on.

Sexual orientation is of no consequence, though the tradition does seem to reject transgender women as their rituals at PantheaCon have been limited to “genetic women only”(( ))

Women who embrace Dianic Feminist Wicca Witchcraft Tradition may also engage in rituals with their male counterparts, husbands and sons who also serve The Goddess.

McFarland Dianic Tradition

Also called the Old Dianic Tradition was created in the ’70s by Morgan McFarland and her partner Mark Roberts. It has similarities to other Dianic Witchcraft Traditions, but welcomes men into the circle. There is some disagreement between the two traditions as to who came first.

Dianic Feminist Wicce

Was founded by Ann Forfreedom is another Dianic tradition that welcomes men into the Circle but requires that a Priestess lead all rituals.

ULC Seminary Dianic FAQ

Recommended Reading

(Amazon Links)

Holy Book of Women’s Mysteries by Zsuzsanna Budapest

Women’s Rites, Women’s Mysteries: Creating Ritual in The Dianic Wiccan Tradition by Ruth Barrett

Re-riting Women: Dianic Wicca and the Feminine Divine (Pagan Studies Series) by Kristy S. Coleman

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I am a homesteading hearth witch who grew up along the shores of the Hudson River and has lived among the Great Lakes for the past 20 years. Together with my musical husband and youngest child, I steward a one-acre mini homestead with herb, vegetable and flower gardens, chickens, ducks, geese and rabbits, and areas reserved for native plants and wildlife. 

I have three children; two are grown, and I have been practicing magick alone and with family and friends for over 30 years.

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