I was talking to a friend last night about the way so many of us are on journeys or paths that are in some way moving towards greater equality. Liberals and progressive have always hoped for this. Yet more and more of us are disillusioned by world events. As the Arab spring turns to Islamist takeovers in the Middle East, initial hope turns easily to despair.

I used to believe that the return of the goddess in her many forms to lands all over the planet where she was once worshipped or honoured would eventually counteract all the patriarchal religions. Right now that feels like an extremely distant fantasy. While still working with goddess energies, I have become more interested in the practice of an equalising path. But while the practices I teach are simple, the application of ideas around equality  in its many forms is impossibly complex.

We had a group meeting on the night when the Cof E Synod voted againsts women bishops. For us equality of women is so obvious as to to be barely worth arguing about in 2012.  Yet most religions still don’t get it, except in the sense of being equal in the eyes of God.  The same night Israel and Gaza were still at war. Clearly the enormous inequality economically etc between the 2 places is obvious to most people. Yet there are also inequalities within them both that are important too. I would not support an Islamist party like Hamas in which women are not seen as equal. Which is the prominant inequality at any one time? And what about the others?My dream is of a paradigm shift in which everything is seen through this lense.

In the group we invoked some of the various goddesses of the Middle  East such as Ashoreth, Al-Lat and Lillith and chanted their names asking for healing and wisdom in the whole area. We did a path working going back to the time of an ancient figurine found on the Golen Heights from the Achulian age 200,000 yrs ago, using imagined ceremonies from then. The tiny stone figure was both male and female, natural and human made, found at a camp site of nmadic people. It felt in our hands to be a powerful and beautiful symbol of equality… an equality we all long for, and rage for, and still have hope for.