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The Attempted Destruction Of The Goddess
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I was given a great gift as a child. I was raised within a wonderful mix of traditions and beliefs. My Great Grandmother never told me what I was to believe but allowed me to seek within many differing faiths what I would understand as truth. She herself was a Native American, French, and a Witch of the Ozarks. I would see within her life and teaching all the truths I would one day understand.
I have always endeavored to be open unto all beliefs. Though I do not agree with several, there are good philosophies found within most. Yet, my dedication is firm unto the Goddess in all things.
“Are you saved…?” In the South, if you were not a part of an acceptable Christian upbringing, baptized in some church, and wearing a big old gold cross, there must be something wrong with you. For some reason, it was the duty of everyone I met to teach me about God or how they saw their God and bringing me into the light. As a teen, I was honestly harassed into feeling there was something wrong with me. The only way I could figure out to survive was to go church and see what I was missing.
So, I went to a local church with a friend from school. Wow! It was mesmerizing to say the least. I loved the singing and the music. It was a beautiful building filled with wonderful paintings. Everyone seemed to be so friendly and cared about me. They all wanted to help me find what was missing in my life. I could see how easily someone might be moved to seeking this feeling of unity and belonging.
But in that same moment I began to recognize these people. They were the same people that harassed me, the same people who said malicious things about my family while secretly coming to my Great Grandmother for help and advice.
I sat there and listened to this man as he spoke, amazed by the reactions I witnessed from the people around me. Maybe they weren’t really paying attention to what he was saying. How else could they have given the impression of being so entranced by his words? I was reading the same book they were, but I certainly didn’t have the same understanding. I sensed that everything I was experiencing was a way to give control and power to a few self-selected men. As I observed and listened in awe to those around me speak, I recognized that they were using their beliefs as weapons of intolerance toward any who differed in any way from their viewpoint. At that moment, I was truly afraid.
I realized that within this religion, the new religion of “Christian/Judeo, ” there was no room for the old ways, the old faith or the Goddess. Looking at the pictures on the walls I could see how they had taken elements from within the old beliefs and adapted them to fit their needs. It was now, as it had been in centuries past; they were attempting to destroy the old ways, to eliminate the old religions in a slow but unquestionable destruction of the Goddess.
I have found that many Christian/Judeo religions have tried to reproduce a form of the Goddess. Of course, she must be seen within the restraints of this belief. So the Goddess seen as Mary, mother of Jesus, is no longer the Goddess of fertility and life but a symbol of untouched purity. She is seen beyond reach and the unattainable desire which should be mirrored by women. She is the eternal virgin seen above all other women.
Stories within the Christian/Judeo faith have often transformed the Goddess into corruption, giving her evil connotations so as to frighten those who seek Her beyond the church's determined acceptability.
The maiden Goddess, although seen by some as Mary, is still beneath her male counterpart, for she is merely female. She is only the vessel for the male God to be born. She is meek and subservient to the needs of her God. No longer the Huntress, strong and independent, filled with the desires and beauty life holds for her, she is seen as the virgin, no longer a sexual being. She exists in faultless femininity, unattainable by men and unreachable by women.
The mother Goddess is no longer the giver of life, but now seen as a seductive creature. She only seeks to steal men’s souls by enchanting them into a lustful union. Once their passions are released, they are cursed to be apart from God for all time. To assure that women are virtuous and men not stray from seeking perfection, we have the stories of Jezebel and Delilah, women who destroyed men’s souls through their wiles of womanly desire.
The crone Goddess, no longer the aged and wise, no longer called unto for her ancient understanding and powers for healing, has been transformed into the most hideous of evils - The Witch. The Witch, who worked magick and cast spells to obliterate the good and righteous. Disfigured by immorality, she was to be destroyed.
Throughout the Christian/Judeo religions there are seen obvious removals of the Goddess and Her symbolism. This perfect extracting design was an effort to destroy all which is scared to those who worshiped Her. The story of creation is heavy with the malicious transformation from Goddess lore into God.
Circa 70,000 BCE, come the creation myths of Mesopotamia, the Great Goddess Ninhusag, who fashioned human beings from clay and Her “blood of life.” The mythology of humans being fashioned from the Earth is as old as the Mother Earth herself.
The story depicting the elimination of mankind’s heavenly place and being cast out from the Garden of Eden is a mass of destruction for those who worshiped the Goddess and understood Her symbolism. The apple, being a symbol for the Goddess and Her bearing the fruit of life, is also associated with the Goddess giving knowledge and wisdom to those that partook of its sweet flavor. I believe it to be no mistake that this symbol was defiled into a fruit filled with sin and carnal knowledge.
It was that same knowledge which was desired by the woman, Eve, who was easily swayed by the serpent. Serpents, in ancient times, were associated with the Goddess of fertility and the life-giving force within Her rain. Snakes were considered a phallic symbol, showing the Goddess’ control of the desires of man. So, by weakening Eve unto the serpent's power, she was no longer in control but, instead, controlled by her own sexual nature. The serpent is now equated with the Christian/Judeo devil and the idea of disfigured evil.
Worshipers of the Goddess and Her female energies have prevailed through time. During the Middle Ages, we prevailed even when the last remnants of Goddess worship were all but wiped out by the massacre of millions seen as Witches. This was all done in the name of a God whose followers fear us, even now, without reason. We have survived.
The Goddess, as a light for rebirth, hope and renewal for people, animals and crops, was being deliberately destroyed. Fertility, the celebration of life, even in Her image, became a sin. In these simple distortions of ancient stories, they have worked their will to place an indiscernible wall between the Goddess and those who now fear to seek Her because of such myths; myths put in place by maniacal men who craved to control people not easily torn from their old beliefs.
This is not to say that all those within the Christian/Judeo faith have chosen to be a part of some great conspiracy, though some are profoundly lost in the intolerance taught in the words of others. Right and truth do not belong to any one faith. We can only learn acceptance when we first learn tolerance. From tolerance, we might some day learn unity, for we are all only a minuscule part of the other, none of us able to survive alone.
The Goddess, or Great Mother, has existed since the beginning of time. The Goddess is, by whatever name you call Her, Maiden, Mother, and Crone. She is Wife, Daughter, Sister, and Lover. She is solid as the Earth and as fleeting as the Air. She is as warming as the Fire within a hearth and as cold as the deep still black waters. She brings the joy found within all life and covers us with Her cloak as we travel the veils into the Summerland. From her womb, the Universe and all life are born.
The Goddess, and worship of Her feminine supremacy, predates God by tens of thousands of years. Despite attempted repression, She thrives today, rebirthing Herself within those who seek Her.
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