Friday, February 17, 2012

Dancing the Divine

Dance is an amazing way to connect to the Divine, as is evidenced by all the religions and cultures that use dance to do just that. Pagans are great at finding what works in other cultures and bringing it into our own cultural mix. This is especially true for American Pagans, I think. We ARE a mix of cultures, after all.

Like many Witchy women, I have a deep and abiding love of American bellydance, in all its myriad forms. I had the great fortune, from 2005 to 2008, to be involved with a group of women who were part coven, part dance troupe. We created rituals using the medium of dance, specifically bellydance.

Our first full ritual was a Goddess-inspired dance. We had an opening and a closing, and different configurations of us dance four different Goddess dances in the middle. The videos above show our Maiden, Mother, Crone dance and our Closing.

Our second ritual was Elemental. We had plans for more ritual dances, and we've been excited to learn that other dancers have started doing very similar work.

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