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1  the Sacred Feminine / Sacred Femininity / Re: Sacred feminine on: February 10, 2011, 01:27:11 pm

The lunar Triple Goddess symbol.
2  the Sacred Feminine / Sacred Femininity / Re: Sacred feminine on: February 10, 2011, 01:26:18 pm
The term "goddess" has also been adapted to poetic and secular use as a complimentary description of a non-mythological woman.[13] The OED notes 1579 as the date of the earliest attestation of such figurative use, in Lauretta the diuine Petrarches Goddesse.

Shakespeare had several of his male characters address female characters as goddesses, including Demetrius to Helena in A Midsummer Night's Dream ("O Helen, goddess, nymph, perfect, divine!"), Berowne to Rosaline in Love's Labour's Lost ("A woman I forswore; but I will prove, Thou being a goddess, I forswore not thee"), and Bertram to Diana in All's Well That Ends Well. Pisanio also compares Imogen to a goddess to describe her composure under duress in Cymbeline.

3  the Sacred Feminine / Sacred Femininity / Re: Sacred feminine on: February 10, 2011, 01:26:05 pm
In Wicca "the Goddess" is a deity of prime importance, along with her consort the Horned God. Within many forms of Wicca the Goddess has come to be considered as a universal deity, more in line with her description in the Charge of the Goddess, a key Wiccan text. In this guise she is the "Queen of Heaven", similar to Isis; she also encompasses and conceives all life, much like Gaia. Much like Isis and certain late Classical conceptions of Selene,[12] she is held to be the summation of all other goddesses, who represent her different names and aspects across the different cultures. The Goddess is often portrayed with strong lunar symbolism, drawing on various cultures and deities such as Diana, Hecate and Isis, and is often depicted as the Maiden, Mother and Crone triad popularised by Robert Graves (see Triple Goddess below). Many depictions of her also draw strongly on Celtic goddesses. Some Wiccans believe there are many goddesses, and in some forms of Wicca, notably Dianic Wicca, the Goddess alone is worshipped, and the God plays very little part in their worship and ritual.

The lunar Triple Goddess symbol.Goddesses or demi-goddesses appear in sets of three in a number of ancient European pagan mythologies; these include the Greek Erinyes (Furies) and Moirae (Fates); the Norse Norns; Brighid and her two sisters, also called Brighid, from Irish or Keltoi mythology.

Robert Graves popularised the triad of "Maiden" (or "Virgin"), "Mother" and "Crone", and while this idea did not rest on sound scholarship, his poetic inspiration has gained a tenacious hold. Considerable variation in the precise conceptions of these figures exists, as typically occurs in Neopaganism and indeed in pagan religions in general. Some choose to interpret them as three stages in a woman's life, separated by menarche and menopause. Others find this too biologically based and rigid, and prefer a freer interpretation, with the Maiden as birth (independent, self-centred, seeking), the Mother as giving birth (interrelated, compassionate nurturing, creating), and the Crone as death and renewal (holistic, remote, unknowable) — and all three erotic and wise.

4  the Sacred Feminine / Sacred Femininity / Sacred feminine on: February 10, 2011, 01:25:50 pm
Sacred feminine

The term "sacred feminine" was first coined in the 1970s, in New Age popularizations of the Hindu Shakti. It was further popularized during the 1990s by Andrew Harvey and others, and entered mainstream pop culture in 2003 with Dan Brown's The Da Vinci Code.

5  the Sacred Feminine / Goddess Worship / Re: Dianic Wicca on: February 10, 2011, 01:23:44 pm
Other "Dianic traditions

"Broadly speaking, Dianic tradition refers to the beliefs, practices, practitioners and history of woman's mysteries, earth-religion, neo-pagan Goddess worshippers. It is synonymous with the Neopagan religious traditions that place emphasis on the feminine divine. The term Dianic is derived from the Roman goddess of the moon, hunting and childbirth, Diana whose companion Nymphs were female.

The three main branches of Dianic Neopaganism are known as:

Dianic Wicca, a feminine tradition of Wicca started by Zsuzsanna Budapest and her 1980s book, The Holy Book of Women's Mysteries.
McFarland Dianic, a Neopagan Fairy lineage tradition started by Mark Roberts and Morgan McFarland. One of relatively few Dianic traditions which accepts male members.
(Non-Wiccan) Dianic Witches, who may have been inspired by Z Budapest, the New York Redstocking's W.I.T.C.H. manifesto, or woman's spirituality movements, who emphasize self-initiation, womanism and non-hierarchical organization. Most Dianics fall into this category, even if some acknowledge Z. Budapest as a foremother, because they do not participate in the initiation/ordination lineage of Dianic Wicca.
Dianic tradition is difficult to define because it has a limited historical basis and no formally defined doctrine. For some, Dianic Wicca is every day folk religion, hedge-witchery or kitchen-witchery; for others, Dianic tradition is more formal, with highly developed liturgy and cosmology. For most, in its essence Dianic tradition is a Woman's Mysteries tradition, linked to such traditions across time and across cultures. They are a celebration of woman's bodies, woman's experiences, the Divine Feminine, and the biology and culture of womanhood, rather than rejection or dismissal of men and masculinity.

Most Dianic's conceive of and experience the pagan Wheel of the Year in terms of both seasonal reality and also the life stages of women and of the Great Goddess: maiden, mother, queen, crone and hag.

Some Dianics, like other Wiccans, celebrate together in large-group rituals and spell-crafting on the sabbats (seasonal holy days) or the esbats (full-moon days). There are Dianic covens and circles, however many Dianics are solitary practitioners by preference or circumstance.

6  the Sacred Feminine / Goddess Worship / Re: Dianic Wicca on: February 10, 2011, 01:23:16 pm
Differences between Dianic and mainstream Wicca

Like other Wiccans, Dianics may form covens, attend festivals, celebrate the eight major Wiccan holidays, Samhain, Beltane, Imbolc (or Imbolg), Lammas, the solstices and equinoxes (see Wheel of the Year) and the Esbats, which are rituals usually held at the full moon or dark moon. They use many of the same altar tools, rituals and vocabulary as other Wiccans. Dianics may also gather in more informal Circles.

The most noticeable differences between the two are that Dianic covens are usually female-only while other Wiccan covens are usually mixed, some aiming for equal numbers of men and women, and that most Wiccans worship the God and Goddess, while Dianics generally worship the Goddess as Whole Unto Herself; or if they worship the God, it is as a consort of the Goddess, rather than an equal.

It should be noted many Wiccans do not consider the Dianic path to be Wiccan at all as they only venerate, and sometimes espouse only the existence of, the Goddess.

7  the Sacred Feminine / Goddess Worship / Re: Dianic Wicca on: February 10, 2011, 01:22:50 pm
Beliefs and practices

Most Dianic Wiccans worship the Goddess only, acknowledging that She is the source of all living and contains all within Her. There are Dianic witches who practice other forms of paganism (possibly including honoring a male deity or deities) outside of their Dianic practice. Some Dianics are monotheistic, some are polytheistic, some are non-theistic.

Most Dianics worship in female-only (as defined by Dianics usually as cissexual women, aka "women born women" which excludes transsexual women from their sisterhood) circles and covens, but there are mixed-gender Dianic traditions. Eclecticism, appreciation of cultural diversity, ecological concern, and familiarity with sophisticated concepts of psyche and transformation are characteristic. Originally lesbians formed the majority of the movement, however modern Dianic groups may be all-lesbian, all-heterosexual or mixed.[2]

Most Dianic Wiccans as "positive path" practitioners do neither manipulative spellwork nor hexing because it goes against the Wiccan Rede; other Dianic witches (notably Zsuzsanna Budapest) do not consider hexing or binding of those who attack women to be wrong.

8  the Sacred Feminine / Goddess Worship / Dianic Wicca on: February 10, 2011, 01:22:12 pm
Dianic Wicca

Dianic Wicca, also known as Dianic Witchcraft and Dianic Feminist Witchcraft,[1] is a tradition, or denomination, of the neopagan religion of Wicca. It was founded by Zsuzsanna Budapest in the United States in the 1970s, and is notable for its focus on the worship of the Goddess, and on feminism. It combines elements of British Traditional Wicca, Italian folk-magic recorded in Charles Leland's Aradia, feminist values, and ritual, folk magic, and healing practices Budapest learned from her mother.

It is most often practiced in female-only covens.[1]

9  September 11th, 2001 / September 11th: Conspiracies, Cover-ups & Remembrance / The “Brand X” World Trade Center on: June 01, 2010, 03:08:13 pm
The “Brand X” World Trade Center… A column in The New York Observer online reported on the possible Conde Nast move to One World Trade Center and how unhappy the Conde Nast employees are. So it seemed like a good opportunity to post a comment making the distinction between how people would respond to the real World Trade Center, as opposed to a “Brand X” knock-off:

“What is so surprising about finding out that people are resisting walking into the windowless lobby of a building, that happens to be shaped like a giant tombstone, that had to be clad in twenty stories of concrete because it was designed by an architect who had never designed a skyscraper before, let alone an entire complex – so it is positioned at the most vulnerable part of the site? Why is it a surprise that workers would say that the ‘place is a cemetery’ and say ‘it’s creepy’ when they will be working beside the most morbid memorial ever conceived, whose thundering waterfalls will mimic the roar of the crumbling towers and people will have to shout to be heard over the ‘white noise’?

“If they instead were being asked to move to 21st-century Twin Towers, that would be the most celebrated towers on the planet, and could start the day walking into sundrenched cathedral lobbies that would be alive with a sense of triumph and renewal, and could travel up instead of down at lunchtime to relax in the 40-story fresh-air atriums ringed with restaurants and shops – with ultra-prime residences above – they wouldn’t feel like it was ‘haunted.’ They would feel the excitement of being in the most fabulous buildings in the city, possibly the world, especially if the Twin Towers were built beside a tasteful rather than a garish memorial, with the sounds of orchestral bells chiming the hours instead of water rushing down giant drains.

“The Twin Towers Alliance is representing the position of most of the American people. If only the media had acted as watchdogs instead of propagandists we wouldn’t have to fight this bizarre battle. Where can anyone point to our position being aired and discredited? The Trade Center is being built on false assumptions and deception, instead of reason. Why is there a confusion of roles at the WTC site, which always has been and always will be public property? The Port Authority is our agent, Mr. Silverstein is our tenant, and the Mayor and Governors are our servants.

“It would be a mistake to think that the discontent in this country is limited to the Tea Party movement. There is an across-the-board disgust and alarm at government that doesn’t listen. Period. And nothing is more emblematic of the imperial arrogance of power than the strange WTC project. If our government has degenerated to the point where a handful of wealthy politicians and their tools in the media can shape America against the will of the American people, we’ve got problems that are far more lethal to our future than foreign enemies.”
10  Search for the Sacred / Wicca, Witchcraft, Paganism & Ritual Magic / Malleus Maleficarum on: December 05, 2007, 01:27:44 pm
Malleus Maleficarum (1486)
translated by Montague Summers [1928]

This is the best known (i.e., the most infamous) of the witch-hunt manuals. Written in Latin, the Malleus was first submitted to the University of Cologne on May 9th, 1487. The title is translated as "The Hammer of Witches". Written by James Sprenger and Henry Kramer (of which little is known), the Malleus remained in use for three hundred years. It had tremendous influence in the witch trials in England and on the continent. This translation is in the public domain.

The Malleus was used as a judicial case-book for the detection and persecution of witches, specifying rules of evidence and the canonical procedures by which suspected witches were tortured and put to death. Thousands of people (primarily women) were judically murdered as a result of the procedures described in this book, for no reason than a strange birthmark, living alone, mental illness, cultivation of medicinal herbs, or simply because they were falsely accused (often for financial gain by the accuser). The Malleus serves as a horrible warning about what happens when intolerence takes over a society.

Although the Malleus is manifestly a document which displays the cruelty, barbarism, and ignorance of the Inquisition, it has also been interpreted as evidence of a wide-spread subterranean pagan tradition which worshiped a pre-Christian horned deity, particularly by Margaret Murray.

The source version of this text, with notes and additional material, can be found at [External Site].
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