One of the hallmarks of paganism is that new traditions are always being discovered so that previously disenfranchized groups can find their own unique way to the Goddess. In this spirit, I am announcing the founding of the Cheerleader Tradition.
The Cheerleader Tradition is based upon the great revelation by actor Cybill Shepard that the Goddess has a Cheerleader aspect, representing that loooooong time between girlhood and motherhood [Cybill, debut episode]. Thus, the Goddess is Virgin, Cheerleader, Mother, Crone. Initiates call the Goddess by her Cheerleader aspects of Buffy, Tiffany and Heather. By its very nature, this tradition is Dianic, because if there was a man qualified and interested in initiating into the Cheerleeder Tradition, it would be, well, icky.
Aspects of Ritual
General ritual construction is based on the Celtic form, with several important differences:
Astrology in the Cheerleader tradition differs from most other traditions. You see, to date no Cheerleader has been able to make an astrological chart that has any bearing on reality. There are two reasons for this:
What happened to the other two signs? Well, it seems that a group once invoked "Aries" after learning from a Greek Tradition that Ares is a male god. They thought it represented the perfect male air element (Spelling is NOT a Cheerleader trait!), so they invoked him as a guardian at all four quarters. You can imagine how that turned out!
On the other hand, the participants kept encountering really cute soldiers for about a month afterward...
As for the other sign, the Cheerleaders unanimously decided that Cancer was just too depressing to think about.
As a result, in the Cheerleader tradition astrological signs simply represent aspects and goals in the life of a true Cheerleader.
THE SIGNS AND THEIR CHEERLEADER MEANING
Gemini, the Jewelry, represents wealth and status, especially focusing on the need to recognize the quality of things as well as quantity.
Pisces, the Pie, represents discipline -- the need to stay away from short-term pleasure to attain long-term goals (see Libra, above)
As you can see, this tradition represents a special path for those who need to relate to and work with the Goddess in a manner not often encountered in more traditional groups.
Let us welcome our new sisters of the night!
-- by Ragnell