Recently I saw and eventually purchased the video "The Mists of Avalon", based on the book by Marion Zimmer Bradley. It has given me a unique perspective on Arthurian legend, history, feminism, and religion in general.
As a progressive Christian, I am more open to other beliefs and practices, including paganism. I have a friend who is a Wiccan and another who is a Celtic pagan. I find their discussions thought provoking.
I also spoke with a Native American spiritual leader on environmentalism and ecology. He touched on many things that I agreed with. One of the interesting things that he brought up was the way we look a darkness.
Darkness has traditionally been associated with evil. Christianity has used it as a metaphor for death and despair, chaos and destruction. However, I found that many fertility religions view darkness as being just an ordinary part of life.
Afterall, why do we fear the dark? When a child is born, what state is that child in? When we close our eyes to rest or meditate, what do we see? When we the sun sets, what blankets the Earth with coolness. Darkness might not be all that bad, if we view it in these terms. I think that it's been associated with the feminine aspect of divinity, and that is why we have come to fear it. I think it may have a lot to do with historical sexism and the reign of the patriarchy.
Well, I've been reading up on Medieval religions and I notice that if paganism had its way in Europe and Shamanism had its way in America (before the European setters arrived), the world might be a friendlier place.
This is not to disgrace the idea of a male deity. I've found that sometimes I identify with both, depending on my state of being.
But, well, I'm rambling now...
Just a though :-P