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Sleeping Beauty – An Enduring Tale/Cycle of Dreaming and Waking/the Breath of the Unmanifested and Creation

Introduction to a Well Known Author:

Fairytales are atmospheric, creepy and often cruel showing us temptation in the form of hope usually after great turmoil and sacrifice. They’re not often stories for children but more warnings as Pamela Travers herself claimed she didn’t write the Mary Poppins books for children. To some of us they can be seen as culmination of learning and with her tempestuous life perhaps a yearning – Ms Poppins being someone she wanted to be or wanted to guide her through the storm? Poppins being someone who glided through extremities like only few and a ‘nanny’ (granny, Dark Mother figure – remember the Dark Mother is an honourary title, she doesn’t have to be a Mother).

The remakes of well known fairytales in recent years have emphasized further that they are not really ‘family friendly’ and even modern authors from Roald Dahl to J. K. Rowling have shown us ‘dark’ children’s and young adult fiction, easily read by adults, and yet they hold a map for childhood. Dystopian themes have made it to the forefront of youth fiction – but then did they ever really leave? The scary has always been at home with musical folk tales and poems of old and are always present watching and coming closer to us from the periphery, they sometimes get watered by the likes of Disney but even Disney shows protagonists in danger. Is it a safe ‘threat’ we hanker for like that of a roller coaster where we feel the thrill but never the peril or is there something in us that really wants to fall? We never really face the unknown we just go round in circles, patterns and trends.

But Disney was right to excise from Mary Poppins the Zen mysticism and symbolism, about which academics had preposterously written lectures and learned papers. And although Disney’s songwriters the Sherman Brothers are on record as finding Travers “a hellcat” to work with (“like having two weeks of ulcers”), she comes across in the film as ultimately sympathetic, commanding respect for facing up with spirit to the Disney men. Travers was fond of saying that all women pass through three phases: nymph, mother, crone.

As Lawson writes, in the initial days of Disney’s charm offensive, P L Travers “fell into Walt’s embrace like a lovesick fool, but the fortune he gave her almost made up for the betrayal”. She got $100,000 upfront and 5 per cent of the gross, so she had to forgive “Supercalifragilisticexpialidocious” and dancing penguins. And after five years of “uneasy wedlock”, the film emerged – unsubtle, sugary, sentimental; “gorgeous, but all wrapped round mediocrity of thought” – and won five Oscars. Sam Goldwyn wrote an open letter saying everyone in the world should see it. Never mind that Disney’s editions of Mary Poppins books outsold hers; her own sales trebled. She would later say that she had written “a small unpretentious book, but as full of meat as a sausage is. The film made it grandiose, pretentious and took all the stuffing out of the story.” But she always praised Julie Andrews and even thought Dick Van Dyke’s cockney was “really not too bad”. She discussed a possible sequel without objection.

http://www.newstatesman.com/culture/2013/12/strange-life-creator-mary-poppins

Was he right to White wash (his own life and business White washed of course)? I love the Mary Poppins film (and I can understand why Emma Thompson was chosen to portray P. L. Travers due to her role as Nanny McPhee – the films of which I didn’t really like – and her bearing in general) but I’m aware there was more going on in her life and in the series. It seems as if Travers got caught up in great knowledge and mixed with great cultural icons who themselves did the same but like many were far too a bohemian, rich, elite set indulgent and immature for the wisdom they sought/practiced.

Too bad we can’t all be like the characters we create and adore; perhaps she wanted Mary Poppins but had some of that in her aunts and would have been better off with Granny/Mistress Weatherwax (another Dark Mother/Witch/Wise Woman/Crone figure) from Terry Pratchett’s ‘Discworld’, whom many of us love… At a distance and with great respect and perhaps some bitterness and begrudgement, and she was the ‘good one’ out of her and her sister 😉 !

What we want and need are sometimes two very different things.

Discerning the Nature of Free Will

In the chapter entitled, “John and Barbara’s Story,” a starling, a wise bird, visits the nursery at Cherry Tree Lane and communes with Mary Poppins and the babies, John and Barbara. Through their conversation, we become aware that the babies, the starling, and Mary Poppins understand the language of the wind, the stars, and the sunlight. However, the starling laments that the children will soon forget everything about where they came from. The children, of course, vehemently protest. Soon, however, they do forget.

This theme is explored further in the chapter entitled, “The New One” in Mary Poppins Comes Back. When the baby Annabel is born, the starling makes another visit, and he turns somersaults on the windowsill, clapping his wings wildly together each time his head comes up. “What a treat!” he pants, when at last he stands up straight. (Now he had someone to whom he could speak again.) The starling asks Annabel to tell the fledgling that accompanies him to tell where she came from:

“I am earth and air and fire and water,” she said softly. “ I come from the Dark where all things have their beginnings. I come from the sea and its tides, I come from the sky and its stars, I come from the sun and its brightness—and I come from the forest of earth. Slowly, I moved at first always sleeping and dreaming. I remembered all I had been and I thought of all I shall be. And when I had dreamed my dream I awoke and came swiftly. I heard the stars singing as I came and I felt warm wings about me. I passed the beasts of the jungle and came through the dark, deep waters.” “It was a long journey! A long journey indeed!” said the starling softly, lifting his head from his breast. “And ah, so soon forgotten!”

This episode is reminiscent of the soul’s encounter with the river Lethe in Greek mythology. The souls of the dead bathe there before they are born, so they will not remember their previous history and choices made before birth (karma) until their life is over. If we knew what happened in past lives with the people we know in the present, we might avoid these people and many of life’s experiences. How can we operate with free will and choice if we know our sacred contracts, asks Caroline Myss, author of Sacred Contracts. In The Secrets of Dr. Traverner, Diane Fortune, the occult fiction writer of the early twentieth century, wrote about a character who refused to come completely into her body because she knew her fate and was afraid to face it. This presents the paradox that from ignorance we exercise free will; from knowledge we forfeit our right to choose.

https://www.theosophical.org/publications/1240

The above link explores symbolism in the Mary Poppins series and Travers was herself an ardent student of mythology and culture which brings us to one of her passions, a passion of intrigue with eternal beauty.

The Allure of Beauty in Death/Slumber, the Conflict of Choosing Between Immortal and Mortal Love:

I’m not going to explain the symbolism in ‘Sleeping Beauty’ such as a the Spinners/Fates/Wheels but simply quote some of Travers’ own words as found in the ‘Afterword‘ of her book ‘About The Sleeping Beauty’. Therein she outlines five versions of the story from different cultures following her own refashioning. Bear in mind that I do not agree with everything.

The idea of the sleeper, of somebody hidden from mortal eye, waiting until the time shall ripen has always been dear to folkly mind – Snow White asleep in her glass coffin, Brynhild behind her wall of fire, Charlemagne in the heart of France, King Arthur in the Isle of Avalon, Frederick Barbarossa under his mountain in Thuringia. Muchukunda, the Hindu King, slept through eons until he was awakened by the Lord Krishna; Oisin of Ireland dreamed of Tir N’an Og for over three hundred years. Psyche in her magic sleep is a type of Sleeping Beauty, Sumerian Ishtar in the underworld may be said to be another. Holga the Dane is sleeping and waiting, and so, they say, is Sir Francis Drake. Quetzalcoatl of Mexico and Virochoca of Peru are both sleepers. Morgan le Fay of France and England and Dame Holle of Germany are sleeping in raths and cairns.

The themes of the sleeper is as old as the memory of man. Where it first arose we do no know. One can never find where myth and fairy tale begin any more than one can find wild wheat growing. They are not invented, that is certain. They germinate from seeds sown by an unknown hand. ‘The Authors’, as the poet William Blake has said, ‘are in Eternity’, and we must be content to leave them there. The story is, after all, what matters.

The appearance of this lady at the Christening [in her version of ‘Sleeping Beauty’] is the great moment of the tale, the hook from which everything hangs. Properly to understand why this is so we must turn to Wise Women in general and their role in the world of men. To begin with they are not mortal women. They are sisters, rather, of the Sirens, kin to the Fates and the World Mothers. As such, as creatures of another dimension, myth and legend have been at pains to embody them in other than human shape – the winged female figures of Homer, the bird headed women of the Irish tales, the wild women of ancient Russia with square heads and hairy bodies and the wisplike Jinn of the Middle East who were not allowed grosser forms than those of fire and smoke. It was to do away with their pantomime image and give them their proper weight and authority that our version provided the Wise Women with their hairless heads of gold and silver and made their golden and silver feet hover a little above the earth as the gods do on the Greek vases. And in dressing them in colours of the spectrum that the Thirteen are parts of the single whole and the opposites complementary.

For it should be remembered that no Wise Woman or Fairy is in herself either good or bad; she takes on one aspect or the other according to the laws of the story and necessity of events. The powers of these ladies are equivocal. They change with changing circumstances; they are as swift to take umbrage as they are to bestow a boon; they curse and bless with equal gusto. Each Wise Woman is, in fact, an aspect of the Hindu goddess, Kali, who carries in her multiple hands the powers of good and evil.

It is clear, therefore, that the Thirteenth Wise Woman becomes the Wicked Fairy solely for the purpose of one particular story. It was by chance that she received no invitation; it might just as well have been one of her sisters. So, thrust by circumstance into her role, she acts according to law.

Up she rises, ostensibly to avenge an insult but in reality to thrust the story and keep the drama moving. She becomes the necessary antagonist, placed there to show that whatever is ‘other’, opposite and fearful, is indispensable an instrument of creation as any force for good. The pulling of the Devas an Asuras in opposite directions churn the ocean of life in the Hindu myth and the interaction of the good and the bad Fairies produces the fairy tale. The Thirteenth Wise Woman stands as the guardian of the threshold, the paradoxical adversary without whose presence no threshold may be passed.

This is the role played in so many stories by the Wicked Stepmother. The true mother, by her very nature, is bound to preserve, protect and comfort; this is why she is so often disposed of before the story begins. It is the stepmother, her cold heart unwittingly cooperating with the hero’s need, who thrusts the child from the warm hearth, out from the sheltering walls of home to find his own true way.

Powers such as these, at once demonic and divine, are not to be taken lightly. They give a name to evil, free it, and bring it to the light. For evil will out, they sharply warn us, no matter how deeply buried…

Without the Wicked Fairy there would have been no story. She not the heroine, is the goddess in the machine.

But if the Prince is a mysterious figure, how much more so is she who is the crux of the story, the maiden of surpassing beauty asleep behind her wall of thorns, she whom men from the beginning of time have pondered on and treasured. I say the beginning of time with intent, for when a woman is the chief character in a story it is a sign of its antiquity. It takes us back to those cloudy eras when the world was rule not, as it was in later years, by a god but by the Great Goddess. Here, as with the Prince, is a heroine who has ostensibly nothing to do, nothing to suffer. She is endowed with every blessing and grace and happy fortune, no slights or indignities are put upon her as is the case with her sister heroines, Show White, Cinderella, Little Two-Eyes, or the Goose Girl. She simply has to follow her fate, prick her finger, and fall asleep. But perhaps – is this what the story is telling us? – perhaps it is not a simple thing to do to faithfully follow one’s fate…

Who is she, this peerless beauty, this hidden sleeping figure that has kindled the imaginations of so many generations and for whom children go about on tiptoe lest she be too soon wakened?

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[My comment: The Princess is the representative on Earth, the Earth as the creation, she is the illuminated light illuminated from the light of the Mother like the moon to the sun; part divine, part mortal – the link between the Mother and potential creation, and the created. She is the Daughter and in a story involving a love interest she is like Persephone, abducted or tricked into staying in manifestation, separated from the Creator like a tool/weapon/treasure. She is the Fallen, fallen with creation which in itself is fallen because it is no longer with/an immediate part of the Creator. In this story and many she is Fallen by the actions of a Father figure and she is then through transformation of some kind, here it is sleep, rescued by the Dark Mother.]

There are those who see the tale exclusively as a nature myth, as the earth in spring, personified as a maiden, awaking from the long dark sleep of winter; or as a hidden deep in the earth until the kiss of the sun makes it send forth leaves. This is undoubtedly as aspect of the story. But a symbol, by the very fact of being a symbol, has not one sole and absolute meaning. It throws out light in every direction. Meaning comes pouring from it.

As well as being a nature myth, it is also possible that there are elements of a secret and forgotten ritual in the theme, reminders of initiation ceremonies where the neophyte dies – or sleeps – on one level and wakes on another, as a chrysalis wakes into butterfly. Or again it may be that since all fairy tales hark back to myth we are present here at the death and resurrection of a goddess, of Persephone down in the underworld biding her time until she returns to earth.

So, face to face with the Sleeping Beauty – who has long been the dream of every man and the hope of every woman – we find ourselves compelled to ask what is it in us that at a certain moment suddenly falls asleep? Who lies hidden deep within us? And who will come to wake us, what aspect of ourselves?

[My comment: And hopefully they shall not waken us with a kiss.]

Are we dealing here with the sleeping soul and all the external affairs of life that hem it in and hide it’ something that falls asleep after childhood; something that not to waken would make life meaningless? To give an answer, supposing we had it, would be breaking the law of the fairy tale. And perhaps no answer is necessary. It is enough that we ponder upon and love the story and ask ourselves the question.


I think she may have had a more conclusive answer being so well educated and thoughtful in her work and only seemed to naval gaze (as we all do at times) in wistful, poetic moments to make the prose (including her ‘afterword’) richer. Perhaps she thought the keys to the tale/threshold/door were not for us to know.

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Cow Appreciation Day

Ironically a b*tch (sans her twin sister) called me an “obnoxious cow” last night. Thank you I feel true kinship to and admire cows, unlike to a lowlife like you.

Funnily enough the site engineers where I live in the ‘Solent’ were freaked out last year when Mum and I would stop to talk to the cows this site bought to use after we moved in. As usual the cows came from throughout the field to be near us instead of ignoring us like they do most people, if only the people here would do that. The site engineers always make a point of stopping and/or highlighting their presence like on Monday when we were returning and one of them was just sitting within sight of the entrance/exit on his vehicle, started it up as soon as he saw us, went all of approx 2 metres, stopped, dismounted and stared licentiously at us the whole way to our residence.

When they do allow the cows in the field behind us nowadays, groups stand behind our caravan and call, especially when we’re asleep. Wonderful, beautiful creatures.

On this planet everything and everyone is an asset, we all a property reference; and what’s the ‘best’ method for resources? “Waste not, want not” of course and if its ‘best practice’ then as long as a bunch of companies do it it makes it harder to change because if ‘they/so many’ do it it must be ok/apparently better regulated.

The body parts of a cow de-animized/spiritualized and renamed (the name being a signifier of ownership/use/property) to ‘beef’ and ‘cattle’.

Cow body parts beef

Cow Body Parts Used

And this is you/’us’:
Buffy the Vampire Slayer scene – Blood Factory

Nice and efficient.

And as usual the majority fight against/terrorize those trying to get them out of this cycle, partially because they don’t want to face themselves in a mirror too. (The bloodletting above happens in Doppelgangland, the fake/wish/alternate/evil place and when Buffy gets killed/doesn’t belong there she stays here.)

Anyway this was my previous Cow Appreciation Day post:

Cow Appreciation Day – Sacred Significance

https://fashionthatpays.wordpress.com/2014/07/11/cow-appreciation-day-sacred-significance/

Cows represent the giving without taking nature of motherhood, though in practice this has gone too far.

Kamadhenu – कामधेनू (Sanskrit) [from kama desire, wish + dhenu milk cow]

Kamadhenu (Sanskrit: कामधेनु Kāmadhenu), also known as Surabhi (सुरभि Surabhī), is a divine bovine-goddess described in Hindu mythology as the mother of all cows.

Kamadhenu or Kamaduh is the sacred cow, who is regarded as the source of all prosperity in Hinduism. Kamadhenu is regarded as a form of Devi (the Hindu Divine Mother) and is closely related to the fertile Mother Earth (Prithvi), who is often described as a cow in Sanskrit. The sacred cow denotes “purity and non-erotic fertility, … sacrificing and motherly nature, [and] sustenance of human life”.

Kamadhenu, the mother of cattle who is also sometimes described as a Matrika (“mother”) goddess.[3] Other proper names attributed to Kamadhenu are Sabala (“the spotted one”) and Kapila (“the red one”).[4]

The cow symbolizes the dharma itself. It is said to have stood steadily upon the earth with its four feet during the Satyayuga (world’s first age of truth), upon three feet during the Tretayuga (the second stage of less than perfection), upon two feet during the Dwaparayuga (the third stage of dwindling and disappearing perfection) and only on one leg during Kaliyuga (the fourth and current age of decadence).

http://www.harekrsna.de/kamadhenu.htm

Note: Remember that part of the meaning of Lalita who is the Divine Mother ‘Devi’ is ‘Red’.

As a form of the Devi she originally had the proper naming style which included one of the Devi’s names, her name originally being Dhenu Ambika (Cow of Ambika – Ambika being a name of Lalita) but as usual over time with streamlining and downgrading the status of the the cow goddess, cows in general and the hiding and replacing of the Divine Mother in the public eye, the name was changed with the Divine Mother’s name removed and the ‘kama’. The name should be Dhenu Ambika. In Bengali the name is Gomata or Gaumata (depending on the dialect/transliteration). Go/Gau-Mata = Cow + Mother, aka Mother Cow.

Cows in general are seen as symbolic or the children of Dhenu Ambika and hence are supposed to be sacred, not prayed to directly but in association with the Divine Mother and her forms.

Dhenu Ambika Gaumata Sacred Divine Cow Mother Goddess
As usual being taken advantage of:

Dhenu Ambika was an amazingly powerful and benevolent being but is pretty much seen as a cornucopia to be taken for granted and used continually like trying to trick a genie in a bottle to constantly grant all wishes and desires. She is an integral part of various religions in various forms which I will outline later on but unfortunately has become ‘the gift that keeps on giving’/being taken from. Typical of the choosing of ‘gods’ and deities to pray to really but given much less respect and homage than the most popular ones people pray to and pray to mostly for reasons of wishing for prosperity, money/wealth, good fortune, fertility and longevity before/over protection, comfort strength, wisdom usually associated with mother goddesses (though the well known, current so-called mother goddesses were/are not directly associated with the Devi, they are replacement consorts for the usurping pantheon).

According to the story of her first known appearance She emerged from the ocean or sea of milk (Kshira-Sagar) an ocean described as made from/under direct jurisdiction of the Moon Cow. She emerged whilst the ‘gods’ and ‘demons’ of the time were playing tug-o-war and churning the ocean desperately trying to get power and be the strongest. The sacred cow appeared and was ‘won’ by the ‘gods’ who then somehow thought they could present her to ‘the seven sages’ and then most notably became the possession of sage Vasishta. The churning of the ocean of milk is described as a cosmic battle hence implying a war in space or other dimension and they were fighting specifically over/for Soma/the elixir of life later known as Ambrosia (there’s actually a dairy brand called Ambrosia).

Note: It is said the ‘gods’/deities were created from/born of the soma – soma being the primordial blood/dark matter hence connected to the Mother Goddess but as shown above also to the ocean of milk. Blood, particularly menstrual blood and milk have a significant correlation (humans are said to be made from moon clay) and the children of it fought for control over it and it’s source the Divine Mother and everything/one directly associated with Her.

Soma was produced by the churning of the primal sea (Kali’s ‘ocean of blood’ or sometimes ‘sea of milk’). Or Soma was secreted by the Moon-Cow. Or Soma was carried in the ‘white pot’ (belly) of Mohini the Enchantress. Or the source of Soma was the moon. Or from Soma all the gods were born. Or Soma was the secret name of the Mother Goddess and the active part of the ‘soul of the world’.

http://members.efn.org/~finnpo/indigenia/Menstrual%20Blood%20-%20Walker.html

Dhenu Ambika apparently had a daughter called Nandini (the masculanized versions/bulls are currently seen as pets for two of the modern father-trinity and seen as clumsy but powerful comic side-characters) who was also given to a sage to give him and his friends to live off of.

Further on she is described as bearing many golden cows called Kapila cows, who were called the mothers of the world, mother of all cows. The later you go into texts though things get more convoluted which the current high ‘gods’ claiming they made her and other versions who they’ve also called the mother of cows, buffaloes and horses; one even says a supposed lesser creator deity (not of the current faux trinity) made her after he drank soma from the ocean of milk. So where did he get the soma from to make her when it and the milk comes from her? Chicken and egg anyone? The later you go into the ‘stories’ the more and more of her children are given away and used for things people use cows and bulls for including heavy labour/work and battle. Yeah people, giving away and pimping others is not good. Being a parent and/or custodian/guardian/having a ward doesn’t mean ownership over the body/mind/soul of them. Having children or obligations/duties in the forms of dependents is an allowance with limits, something that has been given (or not in many cases in this world where its forced, tricked, expected), some call it a blessing (though there’s division over that between people who think beings on Earth and perhaps elsewhere have been tampered with and those who believe in evolution and/or direct creation via modern religions) and acting like they’re assets/property (the same goes for treating women/wives as something to be owned) is both sacriligeous and unethical.

Biting that hand that feeds, well worse than that actually:

‘Bhumi Devi’ or ‘Mother Earth’ is symbolised as a cow in the Vedic tradition, as just like the earth, the cow is an endless giver of resources and nourishment.

‘The cow is a mother to mankind whom we should love, respect and protect. Her milk sustains the life of many species, including humans. Her dung provides fuel and bricks for millions of rural families across the Asian countries. Her urine is medicine for the sick. When she dies her skin provides us warmth and protection through clothing.’

http://www.harekrsna.de/kamadhenu.htm

How convenient.

So the idea of using, abusing, skinning, crushing, siphoning, consuming generally or downgrading by moving the creature away from it’s original self/look by calling it ‘meat’ and eating a symbol of your mother and furthermore the Divine Mother doesn’t make you want to throw up? Cannibalism at it’s ‘best’. I’ve come across quite a few people who can’t cook ‘meat’ themselves, who can’t bring themselves and/or are disgusted/repelled by the look of a carcass and then some of them can’t eat it if still looks like a body part on their plate i.e. they need it carved up for them into slices. If your mind is giving off such strong warning triggers, don’t ignore them.

Hypocrisy:

Cows live anything but a nice life in India let alone the world, even back when Hinduism was the significant majority religion there (and pre-partitioned Bangladesh and Pakistan). Just because we see some wandering about stopping traffic or apparently doing their own thing doesn’t mean much when you think about how much it takes to provide society with what it wants. Any type of farming/cultivation takes an almost incomprehensible amount of space and amount of ‘source item’ e.g. the animal necessary as well as sustenance and output, to produce what people want. Dairy farming like poultry and any other animal farming is horrific, and ‘free range’ is anything but ‘free”. People seem to have fanciful ideas about animals being treated better than humans and making up things like comfortable, air conditioned, constantly fed and attended to transportation and luscious Green fields etc, baby chicks can be sent like any inanimate object in a parcel to small scale/home human breeders/rapists and so many are dead and crushed and the live ones in terrible shape by the time they reach their destination. Whether normal battery style or ‘free’ they are forced to breed over and over until they can’t any more and then their bodies are used for countless bi-products in consumer items and what happens to the male calves? Ha, sold off for beef and the other ‘items’ from their flesh, bones, blood, organs, dung etc that the female cows get sent off for after being thoroughly abused and worn out. Nothing sacred about that. Even ‘family cows’ who’ve done their ‘service’ and die are used as a resource afterwards, anyone else eat and use their family members/pets/friends after death?

Previously and perhaps still in some places oxen and bulls were used as sacrifices to the ‘gods’ and then they were eaten by the people… Yeah… So whilst the males were used to rape cows (as is done world over and for all species in this obsessed ‘buy a baby whenever we feel like it’ for pets and using animals for everything or rape to ‘conserve’ world) they were also sacrificed. So holy and devout. Ritual sacrifice is so damned stupid and twisted, whether it be animal/human or plant – it’s like the question ‘what do you give someone (you like) who has everything?’ The answer to that of course is sincere friendship, commitment, appreciation etc all those nice adjectives – but what do people do? They breed, use and hack down the beloved creations of said creator and offer them up on a plate for the creator to supposedly enjoy and metaphysically feast on before then eating it themselves, heck can’t let it go to waste can they especially once it’s been touched by the ‘god’ damn they’ll get even more blessing out of it then. Like Hindus looking down on thinking of menstruating girls/women as dirty (and not allowed to attend/carry out pujas-prayer rituals/go to temple) yet they’re obsessed with wearing the Red powder on their heads which represents menstrual blood and they particularly covet the statues that apparently ‘bleed’ by themselves.* Sickos and psychos. That’s using the Creator as a fount, not giving thanks or worship but then again the people are just copying (like that’s an excuse) their lesser deities who did/do the exact same thing. Those guys – both the so-called deities and the obvious demons – can even demonstrate extreme devotion and prayer for mind boggling periods of time all for the sake of boons and forgiveness and then turn right round and call themselves all-mighty, the Creator, and go on a rampage. Over and over again. Seriously the Divine Mother has been waaaay too forgiving in his-story/scripture and that’s going back far enough to even really notice Her since history (once the Vedas came into it – the ar*ehole deities got the knowledge/specifics/technical info on creation and life, and made Earth into ‘Hell’/prison planet) does a apt job of hiding, omitting and downgrading Her. The pack mentality behind ritual sacrifice reminds me of pilgrimages – people are apparently on a holy journey to visit special places and show how pure they are or to be cleansed and then what often happens? Stampede. Crushing those ahead, stamping over, pushing/shoving, not giving a damn, being so desperate to touch a building or get near a high up priest is so holy, not.

*Note: Interestingly enough the powders – sindoor (the toxin laden one) and kumkuma (the natural one) are used in the oppression/repression of women of whom many think it traditional and their duty so continue with it. Sindoor is the one traditionally used on women (surprise surprise given the risky ingredients it’s made of) to signify they’ve been bought/sold, sorry ‘married’, and are fertile – full of life and colour. Then if they are widowed (since divorce is sooo unlikely and heck they aren’t really burned alive with the corpse of the husband anymore though many are again sold/married off to the husband next male kin if he had any since it’s awful for a girl/woman to have independence and she’d be seen as a burden on her family otherwise) they go through elaborate rituals to remove the sindoor showing that losing the husband means the girl/woman is now barren and lost her life force (unless the family marry her off again of course, so her vitality is based on their choices). Such women use sindoor everyday and the extra traditional ones also wear a nose ring and toe rings (how much ‘joining’ by marriage symbols do they need – taking it to the point of shackles, seriously it’s not the wife that represents ‘the ball and chain’ and nose rings in this context can be likened to rings unnecessarily put in animal noses so they can be chained). Kumakuma (representing the chakras/energy vortices) however is worn by men and women after attending temple rituals rather than home ones, how ‘lucky’ for the guys.

Anyway…

Just because the Mother/Cow/Earth has so much richness in her being doesn’t mean you’re supposed to take it apart as a resource and make it into a corporation. There’s a difference between being looked after, having what you need, given by the parent and falling into the universal sins of greed, lust, envy, gluttony etc and further being power hungry and addicted. Heck some people drink the blood directly they’re so damned greedy and desperate for what it confers, cow’s blood (and milk) being related to human female blood especially menstrual blood as described HERE in significance.

The lives of the very gods were dependent on the miraculous power of menstrual blood. In Greece it was euphemistically called the “supernatural red wine” given to the gods by Mother Hera in her virgin form, as Hebe. The root myths of Hinduism reveal the nature of this ‘wine’. At one time all gods recognized the supremacy of the Great Mother, manifesting herself as the spirit of creation (Kali-Maya). She ‘invited them to bath in the bloody flow of her womb and to drink of it; and the gods, in holy communion, drank of the fountain of life — (hic est sanguis meus!) — and bathed in it, and rose blessed to the heavens’. To this day, clothes allegedly stained with the GOddess’s menstrual blood are greatly prized as healing charms. W.R. Smith reported that the value of the gum acacia as an amulet “is connected to the idea that it is menstruous blood, i.e., that the tree is a woman.” For religious ceremonies, Australian aborigines painted their sacred stones, churingas, and themselves with red orche, declaring that it was really women’s menstrual blood.

The same elixir of immortality received the name of amrita in Persia. Sometimes it was called the Milk of the Mother Goddess, sometimes a fermented drink, sometimes sacred blood. Always it was associated with the moon. “Dew and rain becoming vegetable sap, sap becoming the milk of the cow, and the milk then becoming converted into blood; — Amrita, water, sap, milk, and blood represent but differing states of the one elixir. The vessel or cup of this immortal fluid is the moon.”

http://members.efn.org/~finnpo/indigenia/Menstrual%20Blood%20-%20Walker.html

Note: I remember some episodes of ‘Xena: Warrior Princess’ in which she fought with one of the Amazons over ambrosia and the ambrosia was shown as Red jelly…

Also hypocritical that the so-called modern divine trinity and their consorts/family are seen as the be all and end all, the top of the Hindu hierarchy yet all the gods are believed to reside in the body of Dhenu Ambika (the ancient Egyptians believed the same and later Greeks continued to as well).

Her four legs are the scriptural Vedas; her horns are the triune gods Brahma (tip), Vishnu (middle) and Shiva (base); her eyes are the sun and moon gods, her shoulders the fire-god Agni and the wind-god Vayu and her legs the Himalayas. Kamadhenu is often depicted in this form in poster art.

http://www.harekrsna.de/kamadhenu.htm

Why is that? Because they came from the Mother who is of course greater than them and reside within her cosmic body/space. They did not make Her or Her forms.

Another hypocrisy in modern post-vedic/post-diluvian Hinduism is that Dhenu Ambika is often associated with the Brahmin caste aka priest class, whose wealth she symbolizes. Hmmm. A reason why the streamlined version of Hinduism aka Buddhism (the belief system that egotistical Indian prince spread when he decided things were about to get too tough for him after a lifetime of taking advantage of all his privileges and of which he effectively become god/top of later on) worked/works so well is that it does away with the obvious caste system based on reincarnation. [*1] Brahmins and Brahminis [*2] are not supposed to be wealthy in a material sense yet because of the caste system of which they sit atop – they often are and you don’t get rich by being nice (unless you win the lottery) let alone stay rich enough to keep it in a family/obsession with longevity and the descendents of course get less and less visually pious. A whole caste is made up of much more than the poor priests who walk around with the clothes on their back, a walking stick and a food bowl.

Notes:
*1 – Reincarnation also being a ‘modern’ construct, an excuse for life being made so shitty here and a reason for well off people to tell others they haven’t earned better. It’s also the lack of explanation for what death really is, particularly difficult to explain in virtual reality, so instead we have a soul society who get recycled.
– in the reincarnation system being born as a cow is seen as one of the highest, most sacred levels. The cow is also a symbol of enlightenment in Buddhism. But as anything connected to the Divine Mother it’s desecrated in ‘real’ life.
*2 – lady priests who we barely ever see/hear of nowadays – most female yogis/gurus we see in the West are White women who’ve converted to Sikhism through yoga mind/body/spirit practice which is Hindu anyway, Sikhism being a very young religion.

Cows were often gifted to Brahmins and like ‘cattle’ in general were/are seen as stock/assets (heck we’re all seen as livestock on this planet and numbers or ‘useless eaters’/consumers) and milk/milk products (milk, curds, ghee/butter), urine and dung are used for pujas – this is apparently seen as pure, good and prosperous for the family. The products of forcing the family cow to pregnancy over and over is seen as a good, holy, wealth aka ‘happiness’ giving thing. Of course to keep this practice is maintained as pujas and sacrifice cannot technically be carried out without milk products – vicious cycle.

Cows are ‘given’ a one day holiday every year – the ‘pet’/family used and small scale owned ones anyway, do you honestly think the big farmers/traders/companies would lose precious profit doing so other than perhaps a token one or few for show – where the cows are washed and decorated (how nice for them) in temples and given offerings for the wish of them continuing to produce. Twisted much? They’re not even giving thanks/appreciation for the cows, they’re bloody hoping for more to come, like they’re not going to force it anyway – they’re really celebrating their own behaviour and hoping to continue getting away with/doing it. And one day off a year!?! Ha and I thought modern working annual leave was stingy. Hence I’m not writing in regards to that celebration which is scheduled for Halloween this year in line with Divali, I’m writing today as it’s world Cow Appreciation Day.

This is a Mantra recited in praise of Gomata.

Gomata Mantra
Sarvakaamdudhe devi sarvatithirbhishechini l
Pavane surbhi shreshte devi tubhyam namostute ll

गोमाता मंत्र
सर्वकामदुधे देवि सर्वतीर्थीभिषेचिनि ll
पावने सुरभि श्रेष्ठे देवि तुभ्यं नमोस्तुते ll

Sacred Cows In Various Cultures:

HATHOR

Hathor Divine Cow Sky Mily Way Goddess

Hathor Divine Cow Sky Milky Way Goddess

Also Hathor

The most famously known is Hathor, a goddess of many forms and directly connected to Isis, Inanna, Astarte and of of course Dark Mother Kali.

Hathor was often shown in cow form or like Isis depicted with cow horns on her crown (the horns also representing the crescent moon and menstrual blood) and sun disk in the centre. She is also associated with the constellation Taurus. She is known as the Divine Sky Cow. Her form Hesat is her earthly manifestation. As Hesat she carried and nourished the ‘gods’ from wet-nursing/mothering to everything else they considered nourishment and her milk was said to be the ‘beer of Hesat’ (note the blood-milk-soma-ambrosia-mead connection).

Hathor comes from the earlier ‘Mht wrt’ (meaning ‘Great Flood’ – ancient Egyptian doesn’t have vowels, it’s a guttural ‘dead language’ that we can only guess how it was spoken) who was a cow mother goddess.

Another early cow mother goddess was Bat (Ba = part of the soul) that Hathor took over from and both her and Nut are also associated with the sky and Milky Way (ocean of milk anyone?) Bat was rarely depicted but when found was shown as human female with bovine features such as horns and ears. I would say eyes but all the Egyptian and Hindu goddesses have beautifully drawn/accentuated eyes and cows in general have beautiful eyes too. (Sidenote – the later Greek goddess Hera was known as the ‘oxen eyed’ though not associated with cows other than that.)

Egyptian Cow Goddess Mother Bat Bata Ba

Bat

Hathor Cow Goddess of Death & Goddess of the Moon
The Egyptian Hathor was a goddess of the Sun represented often as a cow with the sun-disk placed between its horns

“Het-Heru:” The Cow Goddess Of Spiritual Blessing
Meaning “the House of The Holy Land,” Het-Heru (or “Hathor” as the Greeks pronounced it) is the symbol of MOTHER NATURE as the “house” in which we live.. in other words, the World around us. She was invoked for every form of blessings that Mother Nature can give; Life, Health, Strength, Fertility, Wealth and the Joy of Life. Adored at many Temples in Egypt including Medenet-Habu in the Sinai (where Moses and the Israelites stopped on their journey briefly) Hathor survives in Hebrew tradition as “the golden calf” of Exodus. Those born of her Totemic Lineage are deeply devotion-oriented and prone to lives of BLESSING OTHERS rather than self-service. From Education of the young to Healing the body, mind and soul, Het-Heru can be found wherever JOY is being celebrated as a Blessing.

http://www.home2b.nl/goddess-page-hathor1.html

THE CAILLEACH BHÉARA and Irish and Celtic cow associated goddesses in general (not sure whether specifically Welsh or Irish under the word ‘Celt’)

The great Old Goddess of Ireland was the Cailleach Bhéara, or Hag of Béare in Munster. She “existed from the long eternity of the world.” [cite] A woman of Tiree once asked the Cailleach how old she was. She replied that she remembered when the Skerryvore rocks were fields where barley was farmed and when the lakes were little wells. [MacKenzie, 162-3] Her great age was a sign of power, truly venerable, and proverbial: “as old as the Cailleach Bhéarra.”

This cailleach was named Boí, “Cow,” a title she shared with Bóind and other ancient Irish goddesses. She was also called Sentainne, “Old Woman.” The Irish said that “she passed into seven periods of youth, so that every husband used to pass to death from her of old age, so that her grandchildren and great-grandchildren were peoples and races.” [O Hogain, 67]

http://www.suppressedhistories.net/secrethistory/crones.html

Her name was cow but she was the Crone/Dark Mother and was known for having a magical cow that many coveted, so direct relation but a separate being like the cow being a form of the Devi.

In Ireland there were several ancient cow goddesses, some like Dil and Damona, who both ruled over fertility, but about whom little is known today.

Then there is Bo Find, who manifested as a white cow. She transformed Ireland from a barren land into a green and fertile one. She came from the Western Sea with her sisters Bo Ruadh, the red cow goddess and the black cow goddess, Bo Dhu. Their different colours represented the different phases of the moon.
The sisters all went to different parts of the island. Bo Find went to the centre where she gave birth to a male and female calf. These twins were to provide food for the people by giving milk and ploughing the earth. Their work done, the cow sisters then departed back to the sea.

Another goddess was Anu who was a guardian of cattle and health. Fires were lit for her in midsummer and her priestesses sang the dying to sleep.

Brigit was a Celtic mother goddess to many European tribes. Some suggest her name came from the Sanskrit word brihati, an epithet of the divine. She was a goddess of regeneration and abundance and her protection was said to be very great. She was seen with a pair of oxen called Fea and Feimhean.

As Christianity began to grow Brigit, also known as Bride, was transformed into a popular saint. Legend says her mother was carrying a pitcher of milk when she was born and the infant was bathed in it. She was unable to eat ordinary food and was reared on the milk of a white, red-eared cow. This was a special animal with links to the otherworld in Celtic mythology. The companion animal of the adult saint was said to be a cow, who gave her all the milk she required.

Ancient myths link us to past ages where cattle were venerated

OTHERS

Zoroastrianism
Further information: Vohu Manah

The term geush urva means “the spirit of the cow” and is interpreted as the soul of the earth. In the Ahunavaiti Gatha, Zarathustra (or Zoroaster) accuses some of his co-religionists of abusing the cow.[18] Ahura Mazda tells Zarathustra to protect the cow.[18]

The lands of Zarathustra and the Vedic priests were those of cattle breeders.[19] The 9th chapter of the Vendidad of the Avesta expounds the purificatory power of cow urine.[20] It is declared to be a panacea for all bodily and moral evils.[20]

Jainism
The name of the first Tirthankara in Jainism is Rishabha, “The Bull.” The religion forbids the killing of cattle, whether for the consumption or sacrifice.

In Norse mythology, the primeval cow Auðumbla suckled the ancestor of the Frost Giants, Ymir, and licked Odin’s grandfather, Búri, out of the ice.

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Cattle_in_religion

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Cow Mother Motherhood Child

True beauty owned and controlled, used and abused on this prison planet.

The public respect cows so much that milk/dairy products are not seen as luxury ‘goods’ and demand the cheapest possible price for them, cheaper than junk food except when they are made into things like highly sought after cheeses and chocolate, which doesn’t taste half as good nor anywhere near as nourishing as simply made or raw chocolate imo. Reminds me of places in ‘third world’ oh wait ‘developing’ countries (aka stripped to the point of absolute poverty) where certain fizzy drinks were produced and were so cheap they were practically on tap and far more easily available/accessible than clean water – wonderful for the people eh, so lucky. Then in some ‘modern-first/developed world’ countries promotional tactics of companies like Coca-Cola used to tell people to feed their babies with their product to ensure their social well being aka popularity and not being picked on. Similar to the days in Western countries where gin was practically on tap though ‘soft’ drinks weren’t outlawed or restricted at any point.

The word ‘cow’ and even ‘holy cow’ like the feminzation of many words is used as an insult.

When we see cows and all animals that are used for consumer goods, ‘sport’ (though hunting, baiting and freak/circus/carnival/road shows shouldn’t be called sports as ‘sport’ implies that the participants have agreed to play fully understanding the rules and that they are fair) to display pieces in pet shops and zoos we are overcome with sadness. Humans have truly become a vampiric species taking it beyond blood and psychic vampires.

What you have sown so shall you reap.

GuhyaKali Kali Lalita MahaKali Kalima Divine Dark Mother

GuhyaKali the secret form of Kali that is rarely depicted/talked about. She with all the animal heads.

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A Song from the Slavic Side

The more and more recent we get in years the more Goddess consciousness you see re-emerging; you’d be surprised at which countries, institutions and people actually want Her back despite how they act to the contrary or stay publicly quiet, even in organizations with horrible histories of persecution and coverup. But hey, most people want to hedge their bets and secure a chance at survival in power shakeups/changes/ends; fairweather friends/allies and all that. Not in England/Scotland though; some of the worst, nastiest, vile, ‘upper’ masonic pieces of sh*t you’ll find anywhere who don’t/won’t admit the foundation and power used through their structures, at least not in any good way.

This was Georgia’s entry in the 2015 Eurovision Song Contest:

If you watch the annual Eurovision Song Contest there’s been an interesting ‘turn’ from about 2008 in who appears and what they represent, I doubt the artists really know although if they’re already famous entrants (like some countries enter because they take it seriously) they might have enough inkling/intel to think their projection of character makes them godlike or even gods which is easy to do when you’re drunk with wealth, fans, sex, fawning and other ‘benefits’. However if they get older/play the game the more it sinks in that they’re not and the more depressed they get at how disposable they are and how they wasted/regret their lives. The reals can’t be gotten rid of easily, easier to make them want to kill themselves or get to them early as children/even pre-birth.

Anyway, try to ignore how amazingly gorgeous she looks for just a second and look at her outfit, the styling (don’t like the hotpants and boots but for a warrior its fine), the perfect colours, staging, effects; she’s a dark warrior/princess replete with wings, outstretched at the end, the headpiece, electricity/raw power and of course the lyrics; very simple and to the point in this case.

Whereas the tv show Charmed (1996-2008) theme song (‘How Soon is Now?’ cover version by Love Spit Love) says ‘I am the Son, I am the heir’ (sun, air) and talks about restriction/vulnerability in terms of love; this song goes:

Fighter
Oximated
World gonna get up and see

I’m a warrior
Isolated
World gonna listen to me

Violence
Set it free
Wings are gonna spread up

I’m a warrior
Isolated
World gonna get up and see

Woohoo
I’m a warrior
Still stucked in my mind
I’ve been in danger for too long
No no no

Woohoo
I’m a warrior
Still stuck in my mind
I’ve been in danger for too long
No no no

Not a shabby
Or a money maker
World gonna light up in peace

Not in shadows
Bright a little
Not your fault you’re just gonna breathe

Violence
Break me free
Wings are gonna spread up

I’m a warrior
Oximated
I’m gonna get up and be

Woohoo
I’m a warrior
Still stuck in my mind
I’ve been in danger for too long
No no no

She’s a warrior [princess], the breath/life, has been isolated [and hidden] and in danger for a long time, time to be free.

Some Russian and Slavic ‘mythology’ i.e. old gods that weren’t so ‘mythological’ at the time.

Makosh – the Mother Goddess (not Mother Earth though there are parallels), very popular, much loved Goddess – fell under the name of Mary ‘umbrella’ later on. Bear in mind that this is primarily a water planet so many of the most important names/beings have a water connection (even if they’re fire beings – something I’ll expand on a bit in an animation based post later for all those b*stards who’ve told me I’m ‘just fire’ throughout my life). Ma/Mokosh generally means soft water/water vapour/moisture etc rather than bodies of water (remember the emphasis on rain for Gnostics and Goddess acknowledging Freemasons) and Mar- names e.g. Mary are water based. Makosh is one of the primary/earliest known Gods of that area of the world, and can be compared fertility/creation/home/hearth/Spring/Summer gods in the same and other pantheons. Given that her type of water is for fertility and soil, it’s about motherhood, abundance, a good harvest and she’s like the cornucopia ‘horn (sign of an even older Goddess) of plenty’. Demeter connection there (and Persephone the Daughter) and of course a male god(s) who wants both Mother and Daughter for sick games. She and Demeter share the harvest association but some also see Makosh as a weaver/spinner so life/death/fate/destiny/karma connection which Demeter and Demeter’s Roman equivalent Ceres have in being the ‘law’. Demeter and Persephone also are a triple goddess where Kore (‘The Legend of Korra’ [sequel to The Last Air Bender – Avatar] being the animation I was referring to) is actually the Virgin/Maiden, then when abducted/falls becomes Persephone (the darker version).

And who was/is her servant/assistant?
Fate i.e. Dolya/Dola (even mentioned in an issue of the Marvel comic called ‘Soviet-Super Soldiers’ which makes me laugh considering what some people think of me). Dolya, not to be confused with Dodola (goddess of rain, wide of the main godhead/’supreme’ god the usual thunderer type), was goddess of fortune in very much ‘fortune favours the brave’ kind of way rather than random luck. A goddess of destiny being fate/one of the fates. These fates are a triplicate but not in the usual dynamic; morelike the Demeter/Kore/Persphone version where Demeter is the whole, Kore is the second and then her transformation into Persephone the third. So here you have the whole ‘Fate’ and if she’s in a good mood because you’ve been good you see Dolya the young maiden with Gold [curly] hair (like Makosh) and if you’ve been bad and pissed her off you see Nedolya the hag/crone (like harmony and disharmony/dischord to the Graeco-Romans), like day and night. Dolya lives behind/near the stove (a crowded place regarding gods/superior beings that live there based in the ‘home’ and ‘heart/h’) but basically that implies she’s an fire/ash goddess and Nedolya lives in the corners “you’re backed in a corner” i.e. your back’s against the wall. Just so you know, the corner/wall makes a great springboard when necessary.

Makosh and Dolya (and their other names from neighbouring countries) care for the ‘flocks’. Dolya brings luck to those Makosh smiles upon and something not so nice to those She does not.

Like the song above shows these Ladies are not to be toyed with but they’re not evil; they’re firm but fair, hard but kind.

In terms of literature these pantheons are from classical antiquity and were likely heavily influenced by the older school religions before going the monotheistic route. That doesn’t mean they didn’t exist prior in art, word of mouth and undeciphered scripts but as you can see some ‘people’/characters have existed for a very long time at least from those ancient days and middle times up until today. Ancient to Prehistory we get the really hardcore Mother/Destroyer/Preserver roots (and trees) e.g. Lalita/Kali/Bala, Mother/Dark Mother/Daughter from which the later triplicates male and female and even monotheistic ‘Father, Son, Holy Ghost/Spirit’ three equals one triad/triangle copy from. If you ever come across a group of 3 males plus maybe a 4th acting as their steward/deputy/representative and a single female judging you – you know you’re in trouble/a troublemaker or perhaps you’re about to make a deal and live it large for a while and for an even greater price although you gotta be really high up for that, most likely if you’re making a ‘deal with the devil’ its shadow creatures you’ll see/hear. Anyway for those ‘lucky’ (not) to see the usurper female (and 3 or 4 males) whose power is lent lent/has given way to the masculine/patriarchal systems (Durga/Laxmi/Sarasvati) ending us all in the sh*t. That treacherous… Don’t say I didn’t warn you.

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Wonder Woman, Warrior Princess, the Daughter

Sidenote moan – the summers here in sunnyland (not the real name) can be annoying, you know how people randomly space themselves out in places like beaches, parks, toilets, public transport so they can have a bit of privacy even if they’re close together? Well last year a bunch of commercial class vans set up a formation right behind us on the land behind us & our neighbours whereas everybody else was nicely spaced out. Also the back hedgerow was and still is cut down behind us only and not the neighbours so visitors behind and people at the front can look right through. Reminds me of the daffodils that kept getting their heads chopped off in front of us but no one elses. Sidenote note – we saw a lot of Spring blooms in Winter last year, t’was pretty.

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Ok, when it comes to US comic book heroines (mainly from DC and Marvel) one of the oldest and most famous heroines is Wonder Woman ‘Warrior Princess’ and does it surprise me that she is the most famous and one of the most well thought out? No. She is the archetypal Daughter and everybody wants the Daughter’s favour because that apparently implies having the Mother’s blessing and not having the Dark Mother as the enemy. The problem is the story is always manipulated and abused.

In Wonder Woman Diana is the Daughter and a ‘First’ figure, not a normal birth made from clay by the Mother Hippolyta the Amazon Queen and like Pandora (Dor-, Dora, Dorothea, Dorothy, Dolly), Diana is blessed by many of the pantheon. The Dark Mother was added later as Diana’s younger sister Troia (the triplicate) Darkstar who does not feature so much in this story but is reincarnated later as a Mother/Dark Mother morph in Xena: Warrior Princess (and Gabrielle the Daughter), whose history with the gods is similar to that of Hippolyta. The writers made sure to differentiate a little by saying that Xena was not an Amazon, however she was an honorary one and Gabrielle later received the title as their Queen albeit temporary, it was also through Gabrielle that Hope was born after she was raped in Britain/Britannia by the new monotheistic One God. Hope is later a lover of Ares and bears ‘the Destroyer’ (a monster son, like that forced on Hippolyta by Ares), after their death the Furies try to bring about the death of Xena’s daughter Eve. It is a horribly, horribly twisted story, and remember it has its roots in India which was then (historically and disputed by some Indian scholars) thought to be invaded/corrupted by a Northern influence, following the changes in Egypt and Mesopotamia. Xena’s chakram is an Indian weapon, the first one referenced as a weapon of Indian gods and being one of a pair: Light and Dark, the Dark one stolen by Ares from a masculine god called Kal but as we know the Greaco-Roman cultures are copies and morphs of what was there before and the root Dark Goddess is Kali, and Ares gave that chakram to Xena, the Dark Mother figure of the story. Her second chakram is a united dual yin-yang version. Even the title for the Daughter i.e. ‘Princess’ is ‘Kar’ or ‘Kaur’ in Indian, and the root Indo-Iranian ‘Kar-‘ make, build, war – can be used for warrior (in this case that would read amazon), a middle name many Indian females have.

Wonder Woman as a Graeco-Romanized version and includes the Persephone story where the Daughter is separated from her Mother, that is a version of the older Ishtar and Inanna story. Covering all bases the ‘creators’ of Wonder Woman based her Mother’s home on Paradise Island, a direct rip off of the island/home of the Creator Divine Mother Devi Lalita and the Sri Yantra (all the old goddesses combined in one geometric mandala/pagoda which has been changed to include modern gods and goddesses). Lalitha is both the creator of the universe/multi-verse and all beings/bodies as well as the uni/multiverse it/themselves (the formed and formless way of explaining). Whilst the Sri Yantra represents all the goddess forms together and separate, it is also a vehicle. In some depictions the throne consists of the corpses of the invading and current pantheon of Hindu gods – so it is prophetic, the dark star system (Nibiru et al) being the throne of the goddess. The ‘children’/creation/workers conquered/tricked/deceived the Mother but their end is foretold/already decided.

As usual to come into the modern/Vedic world the feminine is masculanized in some way, so Diana the Princess becomes Diana Prince as her alias in the USA, the US being one big mesh of ancient Egyptian to later Graeco-Roman symbolism. Diana’s creation is also changed into a human style birth in later versions of Wonder Woman, fathered by Zeus, following deception, drugging and rape of Hippolyta and the Amazons by Hercules and his men orchestrated by Ares (when Hippolyta had wanted peace); and as usual later on Zeus also wants to rape the Daughter Wonder Woman. In the Wonder Woman story, after this massive defeat and degradation half of the Amazon population move to a fictional location in the Middle East. The is the conquering of the root Goddess/Feminine by the later God/Patriarchal culture. The father raping the daughter, and indeed continued practice of some ‘religious’ and magic practitioners as my Mother was after she was brought to Britain to be brutalised and enslaved as a child – a Living God where the family believed through her suffering and purity/good behaviour they would also benefit – very Christ like (again an Indian term) where the innocent is sacrificed/used by the many thinking they can be forgiven/redeemed that way – is constant in old/changeover cultures such as Ares being the father of Hippolyta in Amazon legend.

In at least one of the few matrilineal societies in India the inheritance goes to the youngest daughter who is supposed to act as caretaker to the rest (in practice of course older children are substitute parents) but by caretaker they mean the benefactor of the spoils; in our case the children of Mum’s generation were named after historical ages of creation and humanity via the divine god and concept names (similar to how the Wonder Woman saga is split into ages/yugas; Gold, Silver, Bronze, Modern) and after the suffering of the eldest the ‘victor’ is the youngest – my Mum used to be told how her youngest sister got wonderful things for her wedding and would be happy etc whilst Mum was forced and manipulated into marriages and got nothing. So us eldest born have all the sh*t and the youngsters are supposed to reap, just as Mum and I have almost always been poor whereas others had benefits like learning to drive, jobs of their choosing, property. My Mother was told when she wanted to drive “if you learned to drive, you could go anywhere and we’d lose you” amongst many of the things she’s been told in her life like a mason stranger asking her to “give us Mars” and “we want to sell shares in you” (as if they haven’t already been taking pounds of flesh/stocks in the life/energy). Some masons took it upon themselves to start calling me Christina, the Divine Child, the Princess in the Pyramid, and prior to all that there was a random group of people who stopped me on a Valentine’s Day outside where we lived and asked me to be their ‘Pandora’, although a similar thing happened in New Orleans previously. Interesting enough in December 2012 the the ‘First Born’, the first child, son, of Hera and Zeus was added to the Wonder Woman story as Diana’s enemy and again copying the Lalita Indian culture – the prophecy surrounding the ‘First Born’ was that he would sit on his father’s throne with his family’s corpses around him. The use of Diana vs First Born reflects similar customs of the ‘dark’ and ‘light’ child in some Asian societies where the ‘dark’ is seen as negative and the ‘light’ positive, the ‘light’ usually being the privileged child who has the fun, prestige and honour; this yin yang symbolism is even more poignant if first borns are used and their birthdays solstices.

The story is ingrained in people, people are their stories whether they know it or not and there are people who go to lengths to keep the stories and the lines going (powerful bloodlines consider themselves god and god/alien descendents), the storytellers e.g. media and education keep them in the cultural consciousness too, adapting to the times. You don’t have to know these people to be affected by them but typically children are sold out/groomed by people in their lives.

Much twisting was utilized to include the Mother-Daughter story into the cradles of civilization and it morphed from herstory to history even more when eventually it became a tool for US American patriotism and using the ‘love’ angle to pair/confuse/distract the Goddess with an entirely unsuitable ‘partner’ to keep Her in place especially when the Goddess doesn’t mate. Steve couldn’t have any better than Diana, whereas she could have much better. She never should have left the Aegean Sea let alone by herself.

http://www.smithsonianmag.com/arts-culture/origin-story-wonder-woman-180952710/?no-ist

The Surprising Origin Story of Wonder Woman
The history of the comic-book superhero’s creation seven decades ago has been hidden away—until now

“Noted Psychologist Revealed as Author of Best-Selling ‘Wonder Woman,’” read the astonishing headline. In the summer of 1942, a press release from the New York offices of All-American Comics turned up at newspapers, magazines and radio stations all over the United States. The identity of Wonder Woman’s creator had been “at first kept secret,” it said, but the time had come to make a shocking announcement: “the author of ‘Wonder Woman’ is Dr. William Moulton Marston, internationally famous psychologist.” The truth about Wonder Woman had come out at last.

Or so, at least, it was made to appear. But, really, the name of Wonder Woman’s creator was the least of her secrets.

Wonder Woman is the most popular female comic-book superhero of all time. Aside from Superman and Batman, no other comic-book character has lasted as long. Generations of girls have carried their sandwiches to school in Wonder Woman lunchboxes. Like every other superhero, Wonder Woman has a secret identity. Unlike every other superhero, she also has a secret history.

In one episode, a newspaper editor named Brown, desperate to discover Wonder Woman’s past, assigns a team of reporters to chase her down; she easily escapes them. Brown, gone half mad, is committed to a hospital. Wonder Woman disguises herself as a nurse and brings him a scroll. “This parchment seems to be the history of that girl you call ‘Wonder Woman’!” she tells him. “A strange, veiled woman left it with me.” Brown leaps out of bed and races back to the city desk, where he cries out, parchment in hand, “Stop the presses! I’ve got the history of Wonder Woman!” But Wonder Woman’s secret history isn’t written on parchment. Instead, it lies buried in boxes and cabinets and drawers, in thousands of documents, housed in libraries, archives and collections spread all over the United States, including the private papers of creator Marston—papers that, before I saw them, had never before been seen by anyone outside of Marston’s family.

The veil that has shrouded Wonder Woman’s past for seven decades hides beneath it a crucial story about comic books and superheroes and censorship and feminism. As Marston once put it, “Frankly, Wonder Woman is psychological propaganda for the new type of woman who, I believe, should rule the world.”

Comic books were more or less invented in 1933 by Maxwell Charles Gaines, a former elementary school principal who went on to found All-American Comics. Superman first bounded over tall buildings in 1938. Batman began lurking in the shadows in 1939. Kids read them by the piles. But at a time when war was ravaging Europe, comic books celebrated violence, even sexual violence. In 1940, the Chicago Daily News called comics a “national disgrace.” “Ten million copies of these sex-horror serials are sold every month,” wrote the newspaper’s literary editor, calling for parents and teachers to ban the comics, “unless we want a coming generation even more ferocious than the present one.”

To defend himself against critics, Gaines, in 1940, hired Marston as a consultant. “‘Doc’ Marston has long been an advocate of the right type of comic magazines,” he explained. Marston held three degrees from Harvard, including a PhD in psychology. He led what he called “an experimental life.” He’d been a lawyer, a scientist and a professor. He is generally credited with inventing the lie detector test: He was obsessed with uncovering other people’s secrets. He’d been a consulting psychologist for Universal Pictures. He’d written screenplays, a novel and dozens of magazine articles. Gaines had read about Marston in an article in Family Circle magazine. In the summer of 1940, Olive Richard, a staff writer for the magazine, visited Marston at his house in Rye, New York, to ask him for his expert opinion about comics.

“Some of them are full of torture, kidnapping, sadism, and other cruel business,” she said.

“Unfortunately, that is true,” Marston admitted, but “when a lovely heroine is bound to the stake, comics followers are sure that the rescue will arrive in the nick of time. The reader’s wish is to save the girl, not to see her suffer.”

Marston was a man of a thousand lives and a thousand lies. “Olive Richard” was the pen name of Olive Byrne, and she hadn’t gone to visit Marston—she lived with him. She was also the niece of Margaret Sanger, one of the most important feminists of the 20th century. In 1916, Sanger and her sister, Ethel Byrne, Olive Byrne’s mother, had opened the first birth-control clinic in the United States. They were both arrested for the illegal distribution of contraception. In jail in 1917, Ethel Byrne went on a hunger strike and nearly died.

Olive Byrne met Marston in 1925, when she was a senior at Tufts; he was her psychology professor. Marston was already married, to a lawyer named Elizabeth Holloway. When Marston and Byrne fell in love, he gave Holloway a choice: either Byrne could live with them, or he would leave her. Byrne moved in. Between 1928 and 1933, each woman bore two children; they lived together as a family. Holloway went to work; Byrne stayed home and raised the children. They told census-takers and anyone else who asked that Byrne was Marston’s widowed sister-in-law. “Tolerant people are the happiest,” Marston wrote in a magazine essay in 1939, so “why not get rid of costly prejudices that hold you back?” He listed the “Six Most Common Types of Prejudice.” Eliminating prejudice number six—“Prejudice against unconventional people and non-conformists”—meant the most to him. Byrne’s sons didn’t find out that Marston was their father until 1963—when Holloway finally admitted it—and only after she extracted a promise that no one would raise the subject ever again.

Gaines didn’t know any of this when he met Marston in 1940 or else he would never have hired him: He was looking to avoid controversy, not to court it. Marston and Wonder Woman were pivotal to the creation of what became DC Comics. (DC was short for Detective Comics, the comic book in which Batman debuted.) In 1940, Gaines decided to counter his critics by forming an editorial advisory board and appointing Marston to serve on it, and DC decided to stamp comic books in which Superman and Batman appeared with a logo, an assurance of quality, reading, “A DC Publication.” And, since “the comics’ worst offense was their blood-curdling masculinity,” Marston said, the best way to fend off critics would be to create a female superhero.

“Well, Doc,” Gaines said, “I picked Superman after every syndicate in America turned it down. I’ll take a chance on your Wonder Woman! But you’ll have to write the strip yourself.”

In February 1941, Marston submitted a draft of his first script, explaining the “under-meaning” of Wonder Woman’s Amazonian origins in ancient Greece, where men had kept women in chains, until they broke free and escaped. “The NEW WOMEN thus freed and strengthened by supporting themselves (on Paradise Island) developed enormous physical and mental power.” His comic, he said, was meant to chronicle “a great movement now under way—the growth in the power of women.”

Wonder Woman made her debut in All-Star Comics at the end of 1941 and on the cover of a new comic book, Sensation Comics, at the beginning of 1942, drawn by an artist named Harry G. Peter. She wore a golden tiara, a red bustier, blue underpants and knee-high, red leather boots. She was a little slinky; she was very kinky. She’d left Paradise to fight fascism with feminism, in “America, the last citadel of democracy, and of equal rights for women!”

It seemed to Gaines like so much good, clean, superpatriotic fun. But in March 1942, the National Organization for Decent Literature put Sensation Comics on its blacklist of “Publications Disapproved for Youth” for one reason: “Wonder Woman is not sufficiently dressed.”

Gaines decided he needed another expert. He turned to Lauretta Bender, an associate professor of psychiatry at New York University’s medical school and a senior psychiatrist at Bellevue Hospital, where she was director of the children’s ward, an expert on aggression. She’d long been interested in comics but her interest had grown in 1940, after her husband, Paul Schilder, was killed by a car while walking home from visiting Bender and their 8-day-old daughter in the hospital. Bender, left with three children under the age of 3, soon became painfully interested in studying how children cope with trauma. In 1940, she conducted a study with Reginald Lourie, a medical resident under her supervision, investigating the effect of comics on four children brought to Bellevue Hospital for behavioral problems. Tessie, 12, had witnessed her father, a convicted murderer, kill himself. She insisted on calling herself Shiera, after a comic-book girl who is always rescued at the last minute by the Flash. Kenneth, 11, had been raped. He was frantic unless medicated or “wearing a Superman cape.” He felt safe in it—he could fly away if he wanted to—and “he felt that the cape protected him from an assault.” Bender and Lourie concluded the comic books were “the folklore of this age,” and worked, culturally, the same way fables and fairy tales did.

That hardly ended the controversy. In February 1943, Josette Frank, an expert on children’s literature, a leader of the Child Study Association and a member of Gaines’ advisory board, sent Gaines a letter, telling him that while she’d never been a fan of Wonder Woman, she felt she now had to speak out about its “sadistic bits showing women chained, tortured, etc.” She had a point. In episode after episode, Wonder Woman is chained, bound, gagged, lassoed, tied, fettered and manacled. “Great girdle of Aphrodite!” she cries at one point. “Am I tired of being tied up!”

The story behind the writing and editing of Wonder Woman can be pieced together from Bender’s papers, at Brooklyn College; Frank’s papers, at the University of Minnesota; and Marston’s editorial correspondence, along with a set of original scripts, housed at the Dibner Library at the Smithsonian Institution Libraries. In his original scripts, Marston described scenes of bondage in careful, intimate detail with utmost precision. For a story about Mars, the God of War, Marston gave Peter elaborate instructions for the panel in which Wonder Woman is taken prisoner:

“Closeup, full length figure of WW. Do some careful chaining here—Mars’s men are experts! Put a metal collar on WW with a chain running off from the panel, as though she were chained in the line of prisoners. Have her hands clasped together at her breast with double bands on her wrists, her Amazon bracelets and another set. Between these runs a short chain, about the length of a handcuff chain—this is what compels her to clasp her hands together. Then put another, heavier, larger chain between her wrist bands which hangs in a long loop to just above her knees. At her ankles show a pair of arms and hands, coming from out of the panel, clasping about her ankles. This whole panel will lose its point and spoil the story unless these chains are drawn exactly as described here.”

Later in the story, Wonder Woman is locked in a cell. Straining to overhear a conversation in the next room, through the amplification of “bone conduction,” she takes her chain in her teeth: “Closeup of WW’s head shoulders. She holds her neck chain between her teeth. The chain runs taut between her teeth and the wall, where it is locked to a steel ring bolt.”

Gaines forwarded Frank’s letter of complaint to Marston. Marston shrugged it off. But then Dorothy Roubicek, who helped edit Wonder Woman—the first woman editor at DC Comics—objected to Wonder Woman’s torture, too.

“Of course I wouldn’t expect Miss Roubicek to understand all this,” Marston wrote Gaines. “After all I have devoted my entire life to working out psychological principles. Miss R. has been in comics only 6 months or so, hasn’t she? And never in psychology.” But “the secret of woman’s allure,” he told Gaines, is that “women enjoy submission—being bound.”

Marston wrote Gaines right back.

“I have the good Sergeant’s letter in which he expresses his enthusiasm over chains for women—so what?” As a practicing clinical psychologist, he said, he was unimpressed. “Some day I’ll make you a list of all the items about women that different people have been known to get passionate over—women’s hair, boots, belts, silk worn by women, gloves, stockings, garters, panties, bare backs,” he promised. “You can’t have a real woman character in any form of fiction without touching off a great many readers’ erotic fancies. Which is swell, I say.”

Marston was sure he knew what line not to cross. Harmless erotic fantasies are terrific, he said. “It’s the lousy ones you have to look out for—the harmful, destructive, morbid erotic fixations—real sadism, killing, blood-letting, torturing where the pleasure is in the victim’s actual pain, etc. Those are 100 per cent bad and I won’t have any part of them.” He added, in closing, “Please thank Miss Roubicek for the list of menaces.”

In 1944, Gaines and Marston signed an agreement for Wonder Woman to become a newspaper strip, syndicated by King Features. Busy with the newspaper strip, Marston hired an 18-year-old student, Joye Hummel, to help him write comic-book scripts. Joye Hummel, now Joye Kelly, turned 90 this April; in June, she donated her collection of never-before-seen scripts and comic books to the Smithsonian Libraries. Hiring her helped with Marston’s editorial problem, too. Her stories were more innocent than his. She’d type them and bring them to Sheldon Mayer, Marston’s editor at DC, she told me, and “He always OK’d mine faster because I didn’t make mine as sexy.” To celebrate syndication, Gaines had his artists draw a panel in which Superman and Batman, rising out of the front page of a daily newspaper, call out to Wonder Woman, who’s leaping onto the page, “Welcome, Wonder Woman!”

Gaines had another kind of welcome to make, too. He asked Lauretta Bender to take Frank’s place on the editorial advisory board.

In an ad King Features ran to persuade newspapers to purchase the strip, pointing out that Wonder Woman already had “ten million loyal fans,” her name is written in rope.

Hidden behind this controversy is one reason for all those chains and ropes, which has to do with the history of the fight for women’s rights. Because Marston kept his true relationship with Olive Byrne a secret, he kept his family’s ties to Margaret Sanger a secret, too. Marston, Byrne and Holloway, and even Harry G. Peter, the artist who drew Wonder Woman, had all been powerfully influenced by the suffrage, feminism and birth control movements. And each of those movements had used chains as a centerpiece of its iconography.

In 1911, when Marston was a freshman at Harvard, the British suffragist Emmeline Pankhurst, who’d chained herself to the gates outside 10 Downing Street, came to speak on campus. When Sanger faced charges of obscenity for explaining birth control in a magazine she founded called the Woman Rebel, a petition sent to President Woodrow Wilson on her behalf read, “While men stand proudly and face the sun, boasting that they have quenched the wickedness of slavery, what chains of slavery are, have been or ever could be so intimate a horror as the shackles on every limb—on every thought—on the very soul of an unwilling pregnant woman?” American suffragists threatened to chain themselves to the gates outside the White House. In 1916, in Chicago, women representing the states where women had still not gained the right to vote marched in chains.

In the 1910s, Peter was a staff artist at the magazine Judge, where he contributed to its suffrage page called “The Modern Woman,” which ran from 1912 to 1917. More regularly, the art on that page was drawn by another staff artist, a woman named Lou Rogers. Rogers’ suffrage and feminist cartoons very often featured an allegorical woman chained or roped, breaking her bonds. Sanger hired Rogers as art director for the Birth Control Review, a magazine she started in 1917. In 1920, in a book called Woman and the New Race, Sanger argued that woman “had chained herself to her place in society and the family through the maternal functions of her nature, and only chains thus strong could have bound her to her lot as a brood animal.” In 1923, an illustration commissioned by Rogers for the cover of Birth Control Review pictured a weakened and desperate woman, fallen to her knees and chained at the ankle to a ball that reads, “UNWANTED BABIES.” A chained woman inspired the title of Sanger’s 1928 book, Motherhood in Bondage, a compilation of some of the thousands of letters she had received from women begging her for information about birth control; she described the letters as “the confessions of enslaved mothers.”
When Marston created Wonder Woman, in 1941, he drew on Sanger’s legacy and inspiration. But he was also determined to keep the influence of Sanger on Wonder Woman a secret.

He took that secret to his grave when he died in 1947. Most superheroes didn’t survive peacetime and those that did were changed forever in 1954, when a psychiatrist named Fredric Wertham published a book called Seduction of the Innocent and testified before a Senate subcommittee investigating the comics. Wertham believed that comics were corrupting American kids, and turning them into juvenile delinquents. He especially disliked Wonder Woman. Bender had written that Wonder Woman comics display “a strikingly advanced concept of femininity and masculinity” and that “women in these stories are placed on an equal footing with men and indulge in the same type of activities.” Wertham found the feminism in Wonder Woman repulsive.

“As to the ‘advanced femininity,’ what are the activities in comic books which women ‘indulge in on an equal footing with men’? They do not work. They are not homemakers. They do not bring up a family. Mother-love is entirely absent. Even when Wonder Woman adopts a girl there are Lesbian overtones,” he said. At the Senate hearings, Bender testified, too. If anything in American popular culture was bad for girls, she said, it wasn’t Wonder Woman; it was Walt Disney. “The mothers are always killed or sent to the insane asylums in Walt Disney movies,” she said. This argument fell on deaf ears.

Wertham’s papers, housed at the Library of Congress, were only opened to researchers in 2010. They suggest that Wertham’s antipathy toward Bender had less to do with the content of the comics than with professional rivalry. (Paul Schilder, Bender’s late husband, had been Wertham’s boss for many years.) Wertham’s papers contain a scrap on which he compiled a list he titled “Paid Experts of the Comic Book Industry Posing as Independent Scholars.” First on the list as the comic book industry’s number one lackey was Bender, about whom Wertham wrote: “Boasted privately of bringing up her 3 children on money from crime comic books.”

In the wake of the 1954 hearings, DC Comics removed Bender from its editorial advisory board, and the Comics Magazine Association of America adopted a new code. Under its terms, comic books could contain nothing cruel: “All scenes of horror, excessive bloodshed, gory or gruesome crimes, depravity, lust, sadism, masochism shall not be permitted.” There could be nothing kinky: “Illicit sex relations are neither to be hinted at nor portrayed. Violent love scenes as well as sexual abnormalities are unacceptable.” And there could be nothing unconventional: “The treatment of love-romance stories shall emphasize the value of the home and the sanctity of marriage.”

“Anniversary, which we forgot entirely,” Olive Byrne wrote in her secret diary in 1936. (The diary remains in family hands.) During the years when she lived with Marston and Holloway, she wore, instead of a wedding ring, a pair of bracelets. Wonder Woman wears those same cuffs. Byrne died in 1990, at the age of 86. She and Holloway had been living together in an apartment in Tampa. While Byrne was in the hospital, dying, Holloway fell and broke her hip; she was admitted to the same hospital. They were in separate rooms. They’d lived together for 64 years. When Holloway, in her hospital bed, was told that Byrne had died, she sang a poem by Tennyson: “Sunset and the evening star, / And one clear call for me! / And may there be no moaning of the bar, / When I put out to sea.” No newspaper ran an obituary.

Elizabeth Holloway Marston died in 1993. An obituary ran in the New York Times. It was headed, “Elizabeth H. Marston, Inspiration for Wonder Woman, 100.” This was, at best, a half-truth.

So, seriously educated and influential people involved, the writer credited with being pivotal in the invention of the lie detector and if you’ve seen the first two seasons of the most famous serialized tv adaptation with Lynda Carter (from Phoenix [winged fireball], Arizona) – it’s almost all war propaganda. Like with almost all Mother Goddess story based media I’ve seen there is an expectation there, a right to have ownership of the Divine Mother/Daughter/Dark Mother, to have her seeming consent and validation whilst treating her/them like crap yet still want her/them to rescue, forgive, even love unconditionally and let them continue as if nothing happened/changed. In Wonder Woman – Diana is a founding member of the Justice League, she stands up for the Allies and is the connection between the human world and Paradise. If you’ve known masons, you might have noted the obsession with doors; opening doors for people and generally being chivalrous and courteous is part of my nature but in one particularly masonic town Mum and I have noticed people rushing to go through doors/fences etc at the same time as us e.g. if they’re in front they will slowly go to the door, look back at us continually and if we stop they stop, if they make it first they wait until we get there for us to open the ‘portal’/’link’, if we overtake them they’ll speed up to catch up and even push themselves through with us. Or a shop/place of business can be empty and then suddenly people will hurry to go through at the same time. Symbolism and the appearance of ‘permission’ and ‘partnership’ is very important to these people. We don’t open doors for anybody anymore but it’s hard to go through by ourselves, ironically the front door to our residence there became very hard to open/close after we moved in, the opposite to another place we lived where the front door was fine when we went to see the place before moving in (being renovated) but when we moved in it had become too easy to open/close (being an expensive security door the people weren’t willing to change it [again] after we noted it) but we didn’t live alone there so access may have been made easier for those who wanted to be in the same place.

It’s silly and might as well be superstition, wishes of the desperate, but that’s ritual for you and we’ve come across numerous rites of passage. These are people who want to be seen talking to us, seen/living nearby, or when part of our conversation is repeated by people standing 20ft further down the road when we walk past them, shops that are empty that fill up when we go in them and I’ve had shop owners say to me “you’re my lucky charm”, “you bring in business”, people who walk past seemingly just to cough or laugh right at us. Then there’s the cars; there’s been times when I was walking in car parks or as proper on the side of country roads and suddenly turned around to almost have a car bump into me and then decide to use the rest of the road, once a driver laughed, another time a van almost drove into Mum’s arm, other people follow you in their cars like one occasion where a woman stopped her car to ask us what we were doing (we’d stopped to take a break, and when she stopped another car coming from the opposite direction stopped to watch) then invited us to have tea at her place, described where it was (same place we were staying), winked and drove there. We didn’t go, the next time she was with her partner and children and they stopped us on that same road to ask what we were doing and what religion we were (we’re not religious) and this time asked if we wanted a lift. We declined, they still wanted to know if believed in any god, I was declining and politely trying to stop the conversation but Mum said the Goddess Kali and then they got really questioning, wouldn’t leave us alone, stopped traffic three times to crawl along at our pace, stopped and parked twice further down the road to stop us and ask about Kali and why we wouldn’t tell them anything about her, why were were being so ‘nasty’ to them, how there is only Christianity and their God yet they were ones wanting to follow us not the other way round – we’d said to look online and leave us alone because they were harassing us down the 1.5 mile road. Then there’s the vehicles that don’t go anywhere, they drive past on the road, turn around and come back and as they pass stare at us; at another place there was one van that always came and went when we did, it didn’t matter what time of the day/night, one time we came back really late 4am-ish and it still hurtled past. Another place we went camping, no space for vehicles where we camped but as soon as we left the next morning and got to the road all the drivers parked there started up and left too. Thankfully the idiots dressed in Black (yes it sounds ridiculous, and it is) aren’t as obvious anymore, one occasion two particular dummies actually zigged zagged after us in a field – when we went one direction they did, changed direction so did they, stopped to look at the ducks, they did too, started to go, so did they – and then I looked to the road on the side and lo and behold there’s another guy, this one with sunglasses on a cloudy day, keeping pace with us on the other side of the bushes and looked away as soon as I saw him. Another time we were returning to a place after visiting the beach and on the way back a MiB (ack that is such an embarrassing term) was staring at us from an alley whilst on his phone and as we passed we heard him say “they’re on their way back”, that was after another one of them was sitting behind Mum on the beach throwing pebbles next to her.

Speaking of US American Patriotism

From 1982 the World Wrestling Federation started using the Wonder Woman logo as their base.

Wonder Woman Nibiru Symbol Symbolism

Wonder Woman – very Nibiru looking

Wonder Woman Nibiru Symbol Symbolism

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Arizona state flag

Arizona state flag, the best one (along with the combined US one) suited to Wonder Woman’s costume. Lynda Carter is from Arizona.

US state flags

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Obviously the world of professional sports entertainment and in particular wrestling is full of ‘characters’; a soap opera with stuntpersonship but also a heck of a lot of rivalry and feuds, the backstage comes into the ‘squared circle/ring’ at times. It sometimes seems like the gods, monsters, demons, demi-gods, spirits etc live on in comic books and manga related media but the heroes and villains are the stars, superstars, faces, and heels in wrestling too – especially since it’s so pantomime. Elaborate characters, costume, names/moves, themes – all very gladiatorial amphitheater entertainment as if Romans were still around. I used to watch a lot of it myself when I was much younger. In regards to the logo it symbolically implies they have the blessing of the goddess, no they didn’t and they don’t, and I’m glad the World Wildlife Fund took exception to them as well (for sharing the same acronym and breaking a trade agreement) forcing the World Wrestling Federation to change their name in 2001. Nature beats wannabes any day 😛 (Though I’m not keen on some of the key people behind the now called World Wide Fund for Nature, same goes for any company/corporation/financial institution/major charity, when I say ‘Nature’ I mean actual Nature, not the orchestrators.) The WWE, ECW and TNA even used an Indian man who calls himself ‘The Great Khali’ (initially along with his ‘manager’ and partner ‘Tiger Raj Singh’). You’re dreaming, posers.

Just as names are important for people, names and logos are important for companies, especially big companies from Starbucks using the Abraxas two ‘legged’ serpent god icon as is but to a modern person it looks like a mermaid but it goes with their name – star worshipers wanting your resources – to Apple (knowledge) and Windows (portals) and both those logos are split into colours/levels.

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Kali/Mahavidyas – Clarification

I was just saying to Mum yesterday something that’s been bothering me – that we hadn’t gotten round to explaining the use of the Mahavidyas (forms of Lalita Maha Kali) though we have mentioned them before and spoken about Kali. I thought it might be confusing due to their general representation. Note – the Mahavidyas can also simply be called Kalis (plural), though their number is disputed, the most famous number being the Dasha (9 + 1, they being the 9 and Lalita being the 1). But any number comes after Lalita or in that sense Lalita Maha Kali (Great Lalita who becomes Kali or Lalita and Her Kalis) and the Kalis are not her only forms, and those forms have forms of forms – a great many needed to be space/creation.

Then today it came to my attention that Nag Hammadi and early Gnostic researcher John Lamb Lash is using the name Kalika (another form of Kala or Kali etc basically meaning ‘Black’/dark/time) for action based upon what he’s probably most well known for and what he calls the Sophianic Myth – his interpretation of the Nag Hammadi (and it seems channeling or inner voice) on the divine feminine. I’m not massively au fait with his work only having seen/heard a few of his interviews though and having tried to read his book Not In His Image. That said there is probably quite a bit of crossover in information I have presented on this blog but I feel it best to put this note here. I don’t have any affiliation with his work, party, belief or manifesto and I do not agree with/approve of the use of the patriarchal version of Kali and hence also her Mahavidya sub/extra-parts/forms of being.

Interestingly enough he’s also using the name Kalki which is a completely masculanized version of Kali implying a male avatar and that it’s ‘coming’, perhaps he thinks its already here or is trying to make/bring it, or sees himself as the name since he’s acting as figurehead. I never agreed with his eager acceptance of the ideal man or person being that which laughs scornfully at nature (Sophia) making the most of what she has to offer, nor the privileged ancient Greek lifestyle. Kali is a completely feminine (original feminine not feminine of what we’d consider feminine nowadays) concept or character – masculanizing it in Hinduism was always completely twisted. It should also not be associated with anti-LGBT since, and as he infers but doesn’t go into in one of his interviews, our current awareness of creation and reproduction is not in line with what was considered as ‘real’ in the time where she was in ‘original’ or at least older form to the point where we remember her earliest. Our current sexes and genders would not apply and feminine was an all inclusive term – hard to explain or recognize to today’s standards, the terms ‘man’ and ‘god’ did not relate to ‘masculine’. Lalita Rajarajeshvari for example means ‘King of Kings’ but is entirely feminine and refers only to Lalita (Red, She Who Plays, Love and made creation/manifestation/existence from the void/source through ‘pure joy’ and not the type of joy associated with sexual intercourse which is actually pain relief so confused with joy. It was not viewed as through a plug style penetration/harnessing of source energy, it’s the stolen/vampiric energy that is associated with the Fall of creation, the Demi-Urge, the separating from Mother to Mother-Daughter and the Fall of the Daughter into fallen creation to help it – later referred to as Krishna and even later referred to via the Jesus the Christ/kryst/crystalline story), though nowadays you’d have to say ‘Queen of Queens’ to be commonly understood.

Perhaps it seems a natural progression for him to go from Sophia/Lalita/Dea to Kali as the more practical/hands on route for Sophia’s Correction as he puts it but Kali as most know her today is a morphed version of her former self. Her and the Mahavidyas are seen as fringe and the remnants of a root culture, they pre-date modern Hinduism. She and the forms of are currently associated to many with tantra, sex, death, vampirism, necrophilia, ‘Black magic’, ritualistic hedonism and sacrifice; her age has also been commonly ignored as she is now seen as a feminine form of Shiv(a) and apparently even Durga. All of the those characteristics are later additions and the latter characters are younger, separate and conveniently the current heads of the prevailing ruling ‘divine’ triads in modern-post Vedic Hinduism (with the male one – Shiv(a)/Brahm(a)/Vishnu and Indra – being higher than the female – Durga/Laxmi/Sarasvati – and the female mainly being referred to as consorts.) Shiv(a) and Durga are thought of as the almighty and the creators of the universe though they, like everyone/thing else was made by Lalita who is the first/greatest/Maha Kali from which Kali and her Mahavidyas came before Shiv(a)/Durga et al. Typical re-categorizing and distracting behaviour with regime change (e.g. building a temple over an older temple and mixing things up a bit, omitting some, changing some, adding some… Until you forget which is which and who is who, where the entrance and exit was, which way is the loo? Oh heck when did they add a gift shop, I totally need to get me one of those t-shirts – eh why do I need money again and why does it look so weird?) Yeah…

The association with the Thunderbird is also ‘hmm’ since in South Asian terms it’s referring to Garuda and hence Jatayu so Vishnu forms/seats not Kali related proper unless… I’ll get to that. They, along with much of Hinduism, can be found in early or now fringe Buddhism (not the watered down Western ideas we have of Buddism) and obviously the phoenix – other forms of – and can be linked to the Benu bird, and perhaps most well known in Native American beliefs (where it can take on the reptile form of Quetzalcoatl) as well as a straight up animal aka eagle. But remember in Asia thrones were traditionally viewed as animals and represented transport or even gates/portals or access to those. To Kali – or actually, her mother Lalita, her chariot/throne or flying seat can be seen as a whole dark star system and some think of it as Nibiru et al. So that links in with the use of ‘Kalki’/’coming male’ and perhaps ‘Lord Nibiru’ – kind of like putting reins on the ‘divine feminine’ energy/power and fitting it into a patriarchal view/use. Like using the term Maha Kali for humans or males since they are not mothers, even Hindus who love naming their children after divinities don’t do that. Then there’s ‘”5, 4, 3, 2, 1 – Thunderbirds are go!” *explosive projectile blasts*’ puppets.

The point of this ‘disclaimer’ of sorts is to reiterate that I’m not religious, I don’t have political affiliations, I’m not a member of groups. However since there’s some similarity in our presentation it’s probably best to say this now as I’ve learned about it – that just because out of all the research I’ve done I’ve been kindest to Lalita (Mother) and Kali (Dark Mother) doesn’t mean I agree with other people’s interpretations/use of them. I don’t think the Dark Mother is represented correctly as a counterpart or form of Shiv(a) (could be called the Demi-Urge) and Durga (the usurper of Lalita in current culture) and I believe her connection to death is hampered by cultural norms e.g. the differences of social attitudes towards types of death or fear of the unknown between the West and East such as moral derision to suicide common in the US but a very different view from traditional Japan. As for the other controversial connotations she and her forms of have – poppycock is pretty much how I view them (not as valuable manure but more just waste/garbage) and that means whist I don’t disbelieve in people partaking in those things and there being consequences I’m not personally a believer/partaker.

I see Kali as a representation of or the Dark Mother but not cruel or spiteful as compared to  a number of old Eur-Asian belief systems where harsh to downright awful mother/daughter figures or even triple goddesses can be found nor is she the ‘evil stepmother’ as per could be later/currently thought of as a Disney syndrome. I’d never noticed a preference from Lash to Asian (or South Asian at least) names though of course since Kali is a root Goddess and she is/can be linked to many other goddesses worldwide (as the Daughter is/can be linked to characters feminine or masculine defined by virgin births, sacrifice, cave analogy and resurrection) hence as aforementioned I can see why he’s picked her name but I disagree with his use/interpretation of it and the Mahavidyah names for his Thunderbird structure. I see her name in it’s wide-sweeping cosmic/space form – meaning the darkness of space and distance (the measurement of being time) and from that which everything comes, and ends. She is a protector of the Divine Mother and hence destroyer, ‘Dark Mother’ is generally an honour/acknowledgment title for her status being a major part of the Mother when she separates into the Ma-tri(x)/Creatrix (triple Mother): Mother-Dark Mother-Daughter. She is not a or the Creator, more a maintainer (the Daughter represents creation – but also has the respectful Mother association title as she is still directly from/a part of/the Mother but is also separate from her and is generally the one referred to in religions when we hear about a divine child being sacrificed/falling away to look after those who are not seen as direct creations/divisions of the Mother i.e. parts that are diluted enough to exist at all and be separately sentient – in effect questioning/confused – from the Mother and her high forms such as Kali/Mahavidyas, otherwise they wouldn’t be separately sentient and would automatically disin/reintegrate.) Kali/Mahavidyas don’t talk much, conversational communication appears in scripture when the later ‘gods’ become prominent, her character is altered and the Mahavidyas become even lesser known.

Lalita, Kali or Bala are not Earth/Gaia though ultimately she is part of them like all the other cosmic bodies. This duality – all from one, one dividing into all – is what leads to the Divine/Cosmic Mother or Divine Feminine terms being used interchangeably with Mother/Earth/Solar/Galactic Goddess, and the triple/tri/trix importance where one is three and three is one. (In later systems/modifications that can be seen as 3 + 1.)

On a sidenote – I’m also not a New Ager and don’t agree with/approve of unconditional love and don’t see anger as a negative or bad emotion and do think you have to be tough as nails to survive on/in/around (whatever) Earth. I don’t confuse revenge with retribution and I’m not scared of judging and thinking that not all opinions or beings are equal but as someone on Earth I strive for equality of opportunity/fairness. I’m not scared of being strong and ‘warrior’ like but would prefer things to be peaceful so I could just lay under a tree in the sunshine or something that to many might sound lazy or sadly even ‘boring’ but to me that’s pure harmony, I don’t want bad things to happen to prove myself or drama to pique my interest. I don’t think there needs/should be struggle or suffering to be ethical/aware/learn/appreciate. I’m not interested in forgiving and forgetting especially not for the sake of personal evolution/ascension – I’ve too much social conscience for that type of spirituality. I’ve never thought that good beings need leaders, perhaps assistance from time to time or temporary guidance but as long as creatures aren’t going beyond their default nature of parasite (which we all are as long as we need something else to survive let alone thrive) to invasive, ruling, harmful, using/abusing, making a business out of life etc then leadership shouldn’t be necessary. That’s unrealistic in life as we know it though and whilst I don’t like it survival of the fittest or those with the strongest will/resources who shout the loudest longest tend to get their way and later ‘die’ in relative comfort surrounded by people they at least prefer over others/’outsiders’. We’ll see who’s strongest, who’s left standing – or better yet Lalita MahaKali will ensure we’re all re-absorbed/unmanifested into source again ;-). In the meantime… 🙂

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All this Is-is nonsense

Modern Egyptians are not ancient Egyptians. I consistently come across people who if you don’t specify the difference will claim the culture/history & modern representations/paraphernalia of as their own from the iconography to the eyeliner.

Now one of the major figures in the later pantheon has been attributed to, I’ll be ‘nice’ and just call them another ‘group’/grouping, further away and to anyone in a negative way that doesn’t totally disagree with them or doesn’t totally agree with those doing the mis-name calling.

Isis was a Roman-Egyptian goddess, a major one, a mother goddess whose schools (and no I don’t agree mystery schools, secret societies, hidden knowledge be they kohl wearing, sitting on mountains, or ‘everyday men’ at lodge parties) were the remnants of the unity all-is-one/source values at the time/place i.e. that of the divine mother/feminine/the galactic centre. She represented a creator, carer and saviour – those who loved her (and yes she was very popular) needed security and protection, those who sought her out and got initiated into hierarchies, well that’s an organized beast of elitism. She was paired with Osiris and later described as the mother of Horus – a figure used in much US symbolism. She was not an Egyptian goddess or the mother goddess proper, she was a later representation – it’s easier for invading/newer peoples to take dominance by not totally destroying what was there already but by incorporating it like missionaries in India dressing and parading Mary statues like Indian goddesses.

Isis came about at the later point of the goddess Aset of Kemet/Khem (pre Graeco-Egypt and meaning Black Land) many say they’re the same or that Isis was based on Aset, they have a lot of parallels and confusion with the demises of Ra and later Osiris doesn’t help and the motherhood of Horus but they grew apart as Isis was more Roman and later more likened to Demeter and Cybele. It really depends on the part of Egypt and timeframe e.g. Hathor is sometimes also called the mother of Horus. It’s so convoluted. Bat, Maat etc are former Mother goddesses proper. Isis has also been associated with Hathor and Western & Central Asian goddesses like Inanna, Ishtar, Astarte, Asherah, Al-lat etc though as usual there’s overlapping and differences in the stories, and the astronomical associations like with the planet Venus, the moon and constellations. She was later associated with Aphrodite. The Inanna (Anna)/Ishtar characters in part are representations of the primordial Daughter later in the ‘game’ called daughter goddesses (and making of the Dark Mother into an evil entity though she is shown as a sister in their story but later referred to by some as a Dark Mother figure) – so a big mish mash of Mother Goddess inspired/stolen culture juxtaposed into malefic systems with the likes of Anu/Enki/Enlil.

The A’s: Astarte, Asherah, Al-lat (all in the origins of Hebrew and Islamic culture) are more Isis like than Inanna/Ishtar so why not use their names then? Isis is more well known by name, easier to pronounce/spell/use as an acronym and easier to tie to those other people seen as similar in some way and lumped together (like how many don’t seem to realize there are loads of types of Brown people, a couple of major groups whose cultural hate for each other goes back further & is bloodier yet they’re both being put in the same group on sight/association – heck I used to get treated rudely by both anti-South & Central Americans and anti-Muslims in US airports and I’m neither – nor am I religious or give a crap about skin colour). Though as usual the use of branding is easily confused by trash talking and blurring the lines i.e. Isis was popular in the Roman empire but that seems easily forgotten nowadays. Her tradition later known as a cult was reduced or changed, like a lot of things/people, by later Romans who preferred the total devastation, hide everything before & criminalize technique. The ancient Greeks were master chameleons, pretenders of ‘goodwill’ like they were doing other people a favour (even by things like mass forced marriage i.e. controlling the gene pool) & loved that they could take on the grandiose nature of the Egyptian cultures and mix it with their own. They were more of the force them beneath and keep ‘em alive style – but both elite Greeks and Romans liked slavery, personal decadence, bloody entertainment and generally feeding/living off those around them – like any tyrant from anywhere.

It’s a tough one deciphering between goddesses and wannabe goddesses i.e. the tools. Most of the modern goddesses who are thought of as ancient by modern standards (I’ve used the word ‘ancient’ thus far for ease of understanding/introduction but I’ll stop that now to put cultures and systems as we currently know them into bigger perspective) are figures in a patriarchal framework and those who need them are between a rock and a hard place so settle since digging takes time and energy. The same characters (man, woman, child, other species) are recycled all over with different names & faces and when there are differences in attributes it’s usually due to local circumstances and/or regime changes. Many of the goddesses we know today are straight up degradations of older goddesses who are incorporated and demoted or representations/figures with superimposed identities from before i.e. avatars. The same goes for the males who were goddesses or added for the sake of public theatre/politics/religion, some are still known for their sex changing and gender bending ways. Many of these altered goddesses or later versions were from mafioso style families/pantheons rampant in religion worldwide and later omitted or masculinised or changed to consorts/figureheads or further demoted to saints with one major exception, Shakti-ism – get to that in a bit. Goddess culture came to be known as fertility cults, sex cults, with sacred prostitutes, ritual killing – all a bunch of bs, and things both obvious and harboured in patriarchal systems. Amazing how those systems have been so visibly anti-homosexuality and incest yet so many male gods and deities were at it with everyone/’thing’ and each other and many of their human counterparts aka the upper echelons saw mating with females as a chore but necessary to keep the bloodlines ‘pure’.

Modern priestesses, nuns etc in major systems where some feminine presence or iconography is still in use are not representatives of Mother Goddess/divine feminine culture, and chanellers of anybody/’thing’ are an issue. Not even Shakti priestesses are representatives proper, if you can find any let alone many brahminis (though according to modern lore there’s supposed to be a male and female practitioner for major rituals). Shakti-ism is one of the major parts of modern Hinduism and when I say modern I mean post-vedic mainly (though also post-diluvian) since most translations of the well known scriptures came from/were sponsored by other cultures e.g. British and there are scores and scores of scripture all throughout India not in English or common. It’s in modern Hinduism where the former almighty Shakti force is demoted to a branch and where the male triad plus 1 come into prominence; the manliest having a feminine name, the ganymede being his part-time lover and the other claiming the personification of Brahma (again feminine). Calling Isis the Mother Goddess (and then associating her with anti disciples) is like calling durga et al Lalita aka the primordial Mother Goddess, the ParaBrahma, MahaKali etc. It’s total crapola. Durga and friends are umbrella goddesses who’ve been added and shape shifted to fit. They’ve done it to an extent with Kali, the only primordial who survived into public consciousness but as a mirror of shiv(a), it’s claimed she is part of durga and basically a feminine version of shiv(a) but she pre-dates them. People include her because they’re scared not to – though again with her adjusted image it’s easy to confuse and attach things to her. Speaking of adjusted image – reptilian themes became prevalent in modern Hinduism. Parts of goddess culture also remain in parts of modern Buddhism but less obviously since they are no longer referred to as any of the many goddesses carried over from Hinduism and already made locals like Quan Yin (the Daughter, and Queen of Heaven – there was no king), later demoted to bodhisattvas, dakinis and then streamlined to yin as a ‘balance’ to yang. That yin/yang business is what’s been latched onto in the Western idea of Buddhism but much of the remaining in Asia think of women as inferior beings or at least practise it that way. There are parts in Hinduism and Buddhism that consider being female as an advantage/ahead on the road to enlightenment and spirituality but even their practise has been corrupted like thinking of the left hand as dirty/impure and feminine which doesn’t help with ideas about eating, going to the bathroom, palm reading or doing yogic practise that say women should do certain mudras on the left hand and men on the right hand.

I’ve written about various goddesses because it’s important to know they exist/ed. If the use of history continued in the same way even the modern female tools would be seen as relics of the past or forgotten, most not even incorporated or in this case further abused. The further forward (newer/later) in history we go the less history we have yet the further back we search the more history they had. Older Indians said Earth was over 4 billion years old, the older Lebanese said the crust was over 3 billion years old. They were right. The later religions allow for races and potential time periods before them yet don’t really talk about them (not in the obvious streamlined, mainstream versions anyway) or at least not in context with their interactions with other races, their lens is very focused. Why, because they don’t know or is it easier to say time began or really began or it’s only important to think of history from when they took over? Older people talk a lot more about beings from the stars, other planets and other Earth land and underground habitants – these allowed for other races in modern religions show them as the pantheons & divine hierarchies e.g. god and angels. The G in the compass and the square from a system rife with mixed symbolism are just tools eh. Some infer it’s sexual intercourse others say it represents the Goddess and/or nature, or nature and/or a personification of hence captured, caged and conquered. Many have called it Satanism due to goddess symbolism rather than the behaviour of those partaking, blaming the wrong parts in a twisted context because otherwise they’d have to acknowledge system similarities and what they want to believe can’t be bad. (Let’s get this straight, I had been told to worship Shiva from a young age, then I liked Kali but then went off religion early preferring to peel back layers, theories, times and let that lead me to comparisons, contrasts, lies, part lies and ‘truths’ (grammar marks used because I can’t be certain on those, I’d need to be near omnipresent for that and belief doesn’t come easily for the sake of it to me.) I talk about Mother Goddess culture because it’s important to know and because it’s there; hidden, trodden on, stolen from, convoluted but it’s there and has been throughout known past, it’s a culture that goes beyond tribe, it’s unwelcome and puts people on auto-defensive.) It’s really no wonder goddess culture and girls/women have been and still are a massive underclass, when allowed to be thought of as people with thoughts/feelings at all and not property of male members of the family who are aided by females disposed to tradition (remember it was only a handful of years ago in here that women could be legally raped by husbands because it wasn’t considered rape as they were property and were apparently always up for it and they couldn’t testify against husbands.)

The Earth Mother and Mother Goddess/Galactic Mother also have a blurred line, sometimes seen as separate, sometimes as one but either way not from the religions common now and prior to the ones people call ancient. Her/their presence goes back tens of thousands of years at least. The known remnants of Her are through the names Gaia, Dea, Lalita, Kali, Bala, Sophia. Though it’s easier and less racial to say Mother, Dark Mother, and Daughter (later known in a sometimes sexist way as Maid, Mother and Crone).

On a sidenote – I don’t dislike all later goddesses, I feel sorry for many in that the male family members loved raping them, human and non-human females. But I don’t like those that ordered/orchestrated the rape of other females or who were generally power hungry, treacherous pieces of crap that put me in mind of the idea of the Orion queens. That said I’ve never found a male deity I could like for being caring or nice, male characters from people and supposed other races yeah a few like anyone else but from the divine/’down there’ lot? No way.

Is(is) seems to be mainly an English speaking Western media term. If the actual group/s is using it now then it just adds to the nonsense. A misogynistic grouping using a major goddess name from a rival empire in its known and popular rival form as a straight up banner… That happens when people are using goddess belief/energy/culture whilst degrading and subverting it – oh wait they are patriarchal so they could be doing that but then they’d change the name again, or give it some hidden meaning (unless they’re going along with it for the overarching goal of goddess desecration but it’s looking like the name is going to be cut to IS – or is that only after the damage is done?). Why not use one of the many male or masculinised names. Funny how it fits in with the re-emergence/remembering of the Mother Goddess or divine feminine. Gotta drag the idea through the mud, but just in case use a ‘fake’/morphed identity (version linked to a prior character(s)/theme) anyway from one of the later goddesses that was superimposed on and background/story confused. (I knew a guy who has an ancient goddess based tattoo over his heart but would denounce and be scared of the goddess the shapes come from/are really associated with but wanted to benefit from anyway hedging his bets. That attitude describes the pack behaviour regarding goddess culture throughout history.) Does Isis have any link to the group (who are being publically denounced by many in the same areas and neighbours)? No, unless a figure associated with the former use of Isis is helping with the battle plans but that can be said of all ‘sides’. Just stop calling them a goddess already, a wannabe goddess maybe but still that’s too confusing. They don’t deserve the title and those of us who are interested in goddess culture even the his-story don’t need the extra helpings of shit to plough through for remnants of truth, growth & natural harmony. I don’t mean manure when I say shit, manure is important.

You want a link? Ok much earlier people would say the Great Mother Goddess (more than or including the Earth Mother) created everyone/body/thing including all the bastardos whether domestic or alien and all those who love the divide and conquer and control way of life. They weren’t made on purpose but an abnormality/mutation, not as some idea of free will to be f* ups. She’s different to the later interpretations that became masculinised and/or monotheistic in which it seems the creator wandered off somewhere, is disinterested, perhaps died, is an overlord, had a child that somehow wiped out all sin by being sinned against & then sin continued or perhaps started afresh afterwards hence needing another ‘coming’, or is everywhere yet ineffectual. Oh wait that link applies to everybody regardless of colour, creed, nation doesn’t it. Whoops how inconvenient and demonizing her is to everybody/one/thing’s detriment. Those much earlier people also believe/said she was taken advantage of, tricked, enslaved and violated by her own children/creation. Many modern people are thinking the same of each other let alone the Earth, non-human animals or a Celestial Mother; we ain’t one big happy family. Unlike the fathers from newer religions she gets angry out of fierce protective love, she doesn’t rape her children or advocate it, she doesn’t sleep around like some vampire ‘creator/parent/lover’ or impregnate and call it an honour, she’s not spiteful and is generous to a fault. What have we done with her, where is she? That’s the problem. Knowledge of her is being remembered/found but of course it’s being buried and shamed at the same time. Some speak of a ‘correction’, her correction of this situation, but that doesn’t mean a ‘reset’ or continuance. Mother goddesses in the various religions have consistently been seen as eternal whereas other deities even so-called and self proclaimed creator deities die, find another host or morph/clone. Egyptians and others ‘mummy’-fied (a pun) themselves albeit in different ways to ‘live forever’ (then there’s cryogenics and transhumanism) or maintain their individuality after passing on from this reality, to cheat yet be a part of source. Using Mother ethos whilst seemingly being jealous of her/wanting to be her hasn’t stopped.

Too much confusion and distraction, this is just a reminder – amnesia isn’t cool.

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World Cat Day

‘Meow’ to you underlings. (Though the general cat-call is more like ‘Mau’ and so whenever our Kitty calls Mum it sounds like ‘Ma’).

As you can tell from that greeting today’s post has a cat connection; today being World Cat Day 🙂 Well it was, we started this post yesterday and now it’s the 9th but hey it’s still the 8th across the ocean.

I could open by saying cats are a strange species, but then aren’t we all? It’s just easy to associate mystery and capriciousness with cats isn’t it? As far as known human history goes the little furry menaces have been associated with divinity, other-worldliness, regality, nobility, detachment, cunning, independence yet loving and affectionate – a creature to be treated with respect, awe and the usual ‘awww SO cute!/beautiful!‘ factor. I guess it could be said that they have an x-factor 😉 and as a predator rank higher up in the human psyche.

Big cats and small cats generally share the same reputations and both have also been associated with femininity; for good and bad reasons. From poetic descriptions of their grace and elegance to a lioness’ fierce protectiveness over cubs (well they have to with male lions attacking/killing cubs that aren’t theirs) to the notion that ‘women are like cats, and men are like dogs‘ similar to the assertion that ‘women are from Venus and men are from Mars‘ both trying to distinguish and separate the two main human sexes. Of course that has no bearing on favourites with many men liking/preferring cats and women liking/preferring dogs or those who like both.

Their importance to us being emphasized with the terms we’ve attributed to them such as a female cat being called a ‘Queen‘ and male who is a progenitor a ‘sire‘ though otherwise a ‘tom/tomcat‘. In a tongue-in-cheek fashion humans aren’t said to own/have cats, but are tolerated by the furry felines and graced by their presence – again though if you’ve ever shared a domicile with other dominant personalities (*thinks of Harry the parrot, one of my bff’s*) you may have found that mutual tolerance, a sense of humour and mutual adoration is necessary to co-exist peacefully, that or subservience after a bitter war (though the ‘winning’ side can go either way, it can be a close call, perhaps with follow-up coup-de-tats and the ‘winner’ may find they’ve given in a lot in concessions).

That said like any other animal they are also subject to use and abuse such as many ‘faux fur’ items being made of cat, dog and the fur of other ‘small’ creatures not needing to be labelled as real fur. Then remembering the question – where did little cats come from?

Although it has been commonly accepted that cats were first domesticated in Egypt 4000 years ago, their history among human beings goes back much further. Wild cats are now known to have lived among the people of Mesopotamia over 100,000 years ago and to have been domesticated there approximately 12,000 BCE at about the same time as dogs, sheep, and goats. Archaeological excavations in the past ten years have provided evidence that the Near Eastern Wildcat is the closest relative of the modern-day domestic cat and was bred by Mesopotamian farmers, most probably as a means of controlling pests, such as mice, which were attracted by grain supplies.

http://www.ancient.eu.com/article/466/

I hate human breeding practises/farms/mills etc. Like dogs small cats and humans share a special relationship. More noticeably than dogs though kitty history is abit murky and changeable like with most ‘divine beings’ in culture/religion.

French=Chat
Welsh=Cath
Arabic=Kitt
Polish=Kot
Syrian=Kato
Sanskrit=Puccha
Persia=Pushak
Italian=Gatto
Spanish=Gato
Lithuanian=Puize
German=Katze
Russian=Kots
Irish=Pus

http://www.lowchensaustralia.com/names/history.htm

More countries are listed here http://user.xmission.com/~emailbox/say_cat.htm The Cantonese, Chinese, Thai and Vietnamese have the easiest ones imo *(o_o)*

Cats, Reptiles and Witches, oh my!

Cat reverence reminds me somewhat of the reptile position in olde worlde culture; seen as both transport/chairs/beds/pets/companions for the deities as well as deities themselves. There seems a distinction between our big/small cat, snake/lizard populations and ‘more sentient’ beings that resemble them (meaning we’ve attributed more sentience to a supernatural sort rather than the mundane versions); like a ‘people(s)’/dominant race(s) of their own. For example reptilians and cat people (catlings?) commonly found in ancient cultures to references in modern literature usually deemed as fiction/fantasy – but is there more to it than our imaginations anthropomorphizing?

Early on cats and reptiles/dragons were seen like people or super people, having both good and bad members mostly until early Christianity when ‘serpents’ and women were wholesale vilified, and later along with their cats in witch hunts. Yep having a cat was seen as a justifiable reason to accuse/brand (wasn’t much different between being called and condemned really was there, you were doomed either way) women and some men a witch since ‘of course’ cats, Black ones in particular, were a sign of evil and magic – an ability no one other than the chosen one and prophets were allowed to utilize but they of course weren’t doing magic they were performing miracles by the ‘grace of god’ – a familiar and perhaps even the witch herself after transformation. Perhaps the only way to ‘guarantee’ not being ‘ousted as a witch’ was probably by pretending/or being the most pious church goer and doing whatever/succumbing to the desires of the local elites priests included and not getting on their bad side, though heck what if they got tired of you and wanted another snoop/mistress?

The above is an interesting cartoon depicting a magical group of girls who due to the first letter or their names call themselves WITCH and later on features a Black cat that imo isn’t altogether trustworthy, a bit like Salem from Sabrina the Teenage Witch.

Even that killing spree couldn’t eliminate human love for cats though, who are back in ‘pride of place‘ as one of the most popular human companions. Snakes and reptiles are more of an acquired taste (and harder to house properly outside of their wild homes) but other than scaring people witless (like mice do even though they’re prey to many slithery ones) they’ve always been associated with knowledge/intelligence (and the hiding of it) much like the craft of various magicks being kept to initiates. The woman-snake-cat link still prevails in people’s minds and in modern religions it’s often not complimentary unless looking at them further and realizing that earlier woman/en (not the first according to the same literature) were blamed for seeing beyond a deception by ‘higher’ beings and/or having access to their innate ‘magical’ kundalini energy which others were jealous of. One of the phrases associated with ‘witch’ was intelligent woman hence a potential risk/defiant, it has been portrayed to us that it is a crime/sin to be an intelligent woman even when helping others. Amazing how Prometheus who stole fire from the ‘gods’ is deemed a hero by people (obviously not said-‘gods’ who in their usual way came up with cruel, unusual and sustained punishment) and there’s hardly mention of wizards/warlocks/magicians being inherently evil as a group.

That said reptiles and cats don’t often get along in the old stories with cats tending to be associated with the primordial goddesses and their later replacements, and only a few reptile aspects & characters being associated with the primordial goddesses. Reptile and reptilian popularity in general are more common with the male deities and their consorts/later goddesses (the replacements of the primordial/demoted ones).

On a sidenote – cats have been thought as being able to give the ‘evil eye‘ (perhaps partially because they’re so adept at staring and a group of them can be called a ‘glaring‘ 😉 ), perhaps some of that is due to them having very reptile-like eyes and their tails reminding people of snakes, tails which seem to communicate and move of their own volition (like goddesses, deities and ‘higher beings’ then turned into demonized women in history whose hair was likened to snakes or the winners of said history just went the whole way and said such women consorted with reptiles or were reptiles – although I won’t totally overlook such claims with alien abductions, mind control et al ;-)). Birds tend to remind me of reptiles too but with feathers and beaks, birds (and people claiming links with pterosaurs) are another commonly featured animal and ‘race’ in religion/culture but not quite of the ranking of reptiles/reptilians and cats/cat people.

 

CAT GODS AND DEITIES

I’ll start with the most famous/commonly known:

(Get your eyeliner ready there is much crossover with the Egyptian and Hindu – and Norse pantheons. Hinduism later morphing into Buddism – polytheistic originally – and being the basis of modern monotheistic religions though previously fusing with Indo-Med-European ones to make a myriad of other amalgamations such as the Graeco-Roman pantheons. Not to mention the likenesses with Meso-Southern Americans. Yeah those ‘gods’ got upto everything, everywhere particularly covering up via adopting and demoting the ‘Mother cult‘/maa root culture of Earth peoples before them who later also lost it in degrees adopting more general animism/shaman systems.)

ANCIENT EGYPT

Tables from: http://www.landofpyramids.org/cat-goddesses.htm

 

Names of Egyptian Cat Goddesses (not chronological or order of importance)
Bastet: Bast or Bastet giver of blessings to the good and a deliverer of wrath to the evil. Protector of the domestic, or household, cats.
Mihos: Mihos was the name of the lion-headed son of Bastet.
Sekhmet: Sekhmet, the warrior lioness goddess, the “Powerful One”. Her son, Nefertem, god of perfumes, also had a warlike aspect and could be depicted as a lion
Tefnut: Tefnut and her twin Shu were also worshipped as a pair of lions at Leontopolis
Mafdet: Mafdet, the first of the cat goddesses. She was ancient Egyptian lynx, lion or cheetah shaped war goddess, a cat goddess of protection, spitting fire at cobras. She was the original cat deity who killed the enemy of Ra, the monstrous serpent Apep. She was called the “Runner”
Mau: Mau, the ancient Egyptian word for cat, a personification of the sun god Ra, as a cat who killed Apep
Mekal: Mekal was the “fierce devourer” and a goddess of pestilence adopted from Canaan
Pakhet: Pakhet, “She Who Scratches”, was a big cat goddess who protected the living and the dead from evil
Menhit: Menhit was an Egyptian war goddess, depicted in the form of a lioness who sometimes wore the red crown of Lower Egypt
Matit: Matit was a funerary cat goddess who had a cult center at Thinis
Mut: Mut the great Mother Goddess was merged with Wadjet, Bastet, Menhit and Sekhmet, who were all warrior lioness goddesses.
Mut: Sesmu, the lion god of slaughter and execution
Wadjet: Wadjet was primarily a cobra goddess, similar in some respects to Meretseger, but she was also depicted in her aspect of a lion-headed goddess

 

 

 

History, Mythology and Facts about Cat Goddesses 
Fact 1 about Cat Goddesses: Egyptians believed that the journey through the Underworld brought them from the “Jaws of the lion in the West” to the “Jaws of the lion in the East”.
Fact 2 about Cat Goddesses: Cats represented the soothing power of sleep and their beds and headrests were decorated with the heads of big cats
Fact 3 about Cat Goddesses: Pet lions and big cats were kept by the kings and pharaohs of Egypt as symbols of the sun god Ra for their powers of protection who also symbolized fierce combatants
Fact 4 about Cat Goddesses: The lioness was seen as a destroyer who annihilated the enemies of Egypt
Fact 5 about Cat Goddesses: The lion devoured the enemies of the gods and spat them out
Fact 6 about Cat Goddesses: Male big cats were depicted, in their protective role, crouching on the roofs of temples
Fact 7 about Cat Goddesses: The cat was a sacred animal and any person who killed a cat in ancient Egypt, either intentionally or unintentionally, was sentenced to death.
Fact 8 about Cat Goddesses: The earliest cat goddess recorded was Mafdet and described in the Pyramid Texts as killing a serpent with her claws
Fact 9 about Cat Goddesses: Every home in Bubastis would have a small shrine to the goddess Bastet as a protector of the household.
Fact 10 about Cat Goddesses: The domestication of cats in ancient Egypt is believed to date as far back as 3000BC. The first domesticated Egyptian cats were used for warding off snakes and rodents.

An extremely important Goddess not mentioned above was:

Neith or Net or Neit – A Mother Goddess (aka Mother of gods and creation), and as such described in many forms varying from a woman with the head of a lion, a cow to a snake. Her name also means ‘water’ and later ‘weaving’; seen as a warrior and wisdom goddess.

Sidenote – Ra was originally a feminine term and it’s interesting to note the cartoon ‘She-Ra: Princess of Power’ in which AdoRa/She-Ra is the good ‘Ra’ and ‘CatRa’ is the bad ‘Ra’; She-Ra’s enemy and part of the evil Horde. (Also interesting that she’s ‘paired’ as a twin, the one who was stolen/hidden/duped, the other being male who pales in comparison in his lazy attitude as Adam and abilities as He-Man, and his feline friend the frightened ‘Cringer’ who changes into ‘Battle Cat’.) In ancient Egypt male cats were seen as the personification of Ra (masculanized) and The Book of the Dead references the Great Cat-Ra killing a python. (Oh these cartoons and films include everything under the Sun – pardon the pun – I won’t even go into the Dark Mother references in the Sorceress in GreySkull who can’t Herself reach Adora/She-Ra and the proxy/false Dark Mother Shadow Weaver.)

WESTERN ASIA

Egypt didn’t have a monopoly on cat goddesses and associations from the areas around it, other parts of Africa had lion-goddesses though they were more noted in Western Asia particularly in the form of thrones, winged lionesses later becoming winged women and child-like people and of course sphinx like guardians at the doors of important architecture. The Tree of Life and the Tree of Knowledge comes more into play in Western Asia too.

From: http://www.sourcememory.net/veleda/?p=278

The Goddess on a Lion Throne is abundantly attested in the archaeology of Lebanon, Syria, Jordan, and Canaan/Israel. First we’ll look at some Phoenician scarabs showing lion thrones, often winged. Then, actual stone thrones from ancient Lebanon, Canaanite ivories with the winged sphinxes, and an alabaster effigy of ‘Ashtart enthroned with winged lionesses. This leads to commentary on some strong biblical parallels. And we’ll look at some late hellenized forms of the Anatolian Lion-Throned Goddess.

SCARABS

Phoenician scarab

Phoenician scarab

Goddess offers benediction to a supplicant, under a winged sun and the planet Venus.

Many of these Phoenician scarabs show a brazier for offering incense.

Scarab from Syracuse, Sicily

Scarab from Syracuse, Sicily

The many Phoenician finds in Sicily exhibit strong Egyptian influence. The Goddess wears the crown of Upper Egypt, with a very snaky uraeus, and holds a lotus sceptre, an attribute of Kemetic goddesses.

THE THRONES

Throne of ‘Ashtart, in her Phoenician chapel inside the Eshmun temple, Sidon, Lebanon.

Throne of ‘Ashtart, in her Phoenician chapel inside the Eshmun temple, Sidon, Lebanon.

The lion thrones in the scarabs depict actual thrones in Goddess temples. Besides this one, examples are known at ‘Ain Dara, near Aleppo, Syria; Dura Europos, on the Euphrates, Syria; and Khirbet et-Tannur, Jordan. Besides these, Inanna, Ishtar, and Kybele are depicted on lion thrones; while Isthtar, QDSU/Qadashah, ‘Ashtart, Asherah (in Tree form), Anahita, and the Hurrian goddess Hebat are among the goddesses shown standing on lions. (This is in no way an exhaustive list.)

THE IVORIES

Goddess thrones with lions or sphinxes have direct parallels in Canaanite ivories:

Ivory from Megiddo

Ivory from Megiddo

The winged sphinxes also appear in ivory furniture ornaments of Canaanite and early Hebrew palaces. She appears to hold a Double Feather crown of Egypt. Note her multiple lioness breasts.

Phoenician platter, circa 700 bce

Phoenician platter, circa 700 bce

The winged beings here flank the Tree of Life, a Goddess form. This is not speculation (see next image, and recall the exampless from the thrones of ‘Ashtart above).

Further south, early Israelite iconography shows the goddess Asherah as this palmate Tree, flanked by ibexes, and standing on a lion, just like Ishtar and Ashtart and Hebat.

flanked by ibexes, and standing on a lion, just like Ishtar and Ashtart and Hebat.

Asherah as Tree, pithos from Kuntillet ‘Ajrud

Asherah as Tree, pithos from Kuntillet ‘Ajrud

This discovery in the Sinai, along with another Asherah inscription at Khirbet el-Qom, finally broke through the long doctrinal insistence on Hebrew monotheism in the early kingdom period. The image combined with the inscription naming this goddess is quite powerful. Some scholars contend that the Asheratw of the inscription, and the asheroth/asherim of the Bible, allude only to a ritual pillar, not to the goddess. But since the pillar is named for the goddess and various prophets inveighed against both, this minimalist interpretation has little to recommend it, except to uphold the dogma that the Hebrews had nothing to do with any Goddess. And this claim conflicts with the testimony of Kings and Chronicles.

The archaeological record, too, shows overlap of Goddess/Tree flanked by rampant ibexes or goats. And more: the Lachish Ewer, found in a Canaanite temple circa 1500 bce, places a vulva in this central position. A goblet from the same sanctuary ties it all together even more dramatically with a menorah between the horned animals, and clinches the Goddess connection with an inscription that labels the goblet “an offering poured out to Elat.” As Joanna Stuckey points out, “the word for goddess, Elat, is positioned right over one of the stylized trees.” [See link above for more.] Descriptions of menorahs in the Bible leave no room for doubt that they represent the sacred Tree.

THE CHERUBIM AND THE MERCY SEAT

Now let’s look at this from another angle that relates directly to the Lion-Throned Goddess. We’ve seen goddesses depicted on the lion- or sphinx-flanked thrones; also represented by betyls on those thrones, and some empty thrones where the divine Presence is not depicted iconically. This last became the primary direction developed in monotheism, with its insistence on no direct representations of deity, now being understood in near-exclusively masculine terms. (There are a few references in the Hebrew Bible to godly motherhood.) Still, monotheism developed against a cultural background of preponderant Goddess iconography, and retained the archaic lion- or sphinx-throne. There are also some images of kings seated on such thrones: a stone relief of Ahiram and an incised ivory of an unnamed Canaanite ruler at Megiddo. But no gods on lion-thrones, only on thrones flanked by bulls, as discussed in previous posts.)

The Torah, however, continues to present the lion-throne as a divine seat, flanked by the cherubim.

Cherubim was the plural of kerūv in Hebrew:ּרוּב, ּרוּבִים, which was latinized as cherubim. It had a special dual form kərūvāyim (a common form in Semitic, but as we’ve seen, these beings typically appeared in pairs). Hebrew keruv has cognates in other Semitic languages: Assyrian karabu, Akkadian kuribu, and Babylonian karabu. The Assyrian name means “great, mighty,” but the Akkadian and Babylonian forms mean “propitious, blessed”. They saw these beings as guardians of the Sacred. In Genesis, cherubim stood with revolving swords of flame at the East of Eden, “to keep the way of the tree of life.” [Gen. 3:24] So when I look at the ‘Ashtart of Galera, I see her, the female Divine in all her Glory, between the same winged guardians:

Lady of Galera, Tutugí, Granada, southern Spain 450bce

Lady of Galera, Tutugí, Granada, southern Spain 450bce

The ‘Ashtart of Galera, Granada, was placed in a Spanish burial circa 450 bce but produced by Syrian or Lebanese artists near 200 years earlier. She is an alabaster vessel designed for libation rituals; the liquid poured in through her head flowed out from her breasts into the basin she holds.

Kybele, Hellenistic era, Ashdod

Kybele, Hellenistic era, Ashdod

A hellenistic Kybele from Ashdod, with her drum and a mural crown borrowed from the Syrian goddess Tyche.

Mater Deum, "Mother of the Gods"

Mater Deum, “Mother of the Gods”

Kybele on a Roman coin, title Mater Deum, “Mother of the Gods. She sits on the lion throne with sceptre and mural crown.

SOUTH AND EASTERN ASIA

Goddesses and deities portrayed as sitting on/with big cats is nothing new, it’s a widespread depiction/description as well as utilizing other animals/vimanas (flying machines that look like animals) but one with a lion head/body is:

Bhadra-Kali

SriMahaPratyangiraDevi

Directly connected to the Divine Mother/Devi Lalita (Lalita TripuraSundari RajaRajeshvari and Her many, many names and then the many names of her direct forms/workers). The name Bhadrakali shows that She is a form of Kali, the Dark Mother – one of the sacred trinity from Lalita, that is Lalita-Kali-Bala (Mother, Dark Mother/crone, Daughter/child). Therefore She is an ancient, primordial Goddess pre-dating the later and current ruling triad and their consorts who’ve taken the liberty of calling themselves the creators though they reluctantly admit they come from a greater force/Mother (who they then repeatedly deceive).

Being a Kali she shares many of the warrior/protector/destroyer characteristics and to the Kerala and Tamil people She is seen as a patron of martial arts.

She is mostly shown having a lion’s face with reddened eyes and riding a lion, entirely nude or wearing Black garments wearing a garland of human skulls; big hair and She holds a trident, a serpent in the form of a noose, a hand-drum and a skull. She is also known by the name Narasimhi, Pratyangira.

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Technically She is a known as a Matrika, one of the Mother Goddess’ administrators so to speak entrusted and carrying out high-level work/having very high position and is possibly connected to the Bhairavi, essential parts of the Goddess’ home. The Matrika and Bhairavi have later been degraded with claims of being made by and connected to the usurper triad/consorts but they and She pre-dates and incomprehensibly outranks them.

In later depictions wings were added to the lion throne/transport as well as a consort.

By the time She was known as Pratyangira She had been inter-mixed with the ruling patriarchy so her lineage was made murky though Her figure was still mighty (well it would have to be since they invoke primordial goddesses or the Divine Mother Herself to save them whilst they pretend to be innocent) – having 1008 heads, 2000 eyes, 2000 arms, 1000 weapons or thereabouts… Praying to Her was in the hope of countering doshams/evil forces such as Black magic, curses, enemies, disease, accidents and obstacles.

Indo-China

Simamukha

simhamukha

By the time we get to Buddhism things were further clouded and confused.

By this time Matikas were seen as negative, in the usual tradition of demonizing earlier goddesses or characters. The contradiction shows in that people prayed to Her for the usual counter against doshams/evil forces but also against the Matrikas who were seen as negative female forces.

At this point the original Divine Devi Lalita had been usurped by the modern Durga who’d taken over the Shakti title and with two cohorts the title of ‘tri-devi’ hence Simamukha was seen as underneath her but the contradictions and truth are there mixed in and Simamukha’s connection to Vajravarahi/Varahi, the Tara’s (other forms of Kali) and her placement in the centre of the mandala shows her eminence over Durga. Durga is nothing but a wannabe who even claims to have created Kali/change into her but she’s so outdated by Kali it’s not funny, well of course it’s not funny.

In the Tibetan Book of the Dead She is associated with either other animal headed goddesses known as witches/sorceresses or gauris, again this group is a copy and twist of an earlier group aka The Mahavidyas belonging to yet again Lalita. They are not the so-called nine forms of Durga. *Tch*

East Asia

This was also true in China where the goddess Li Shou was depicted in cat form and petitions and sacrifices made to her for pest control and fertility. She too, was a very popular goddess who was thought to embody the importance of cats in the early days of creation. An ancient Chinese myth relates that, in the beginning of the world, the gods appointed cats to oversee the running of their new creation and, in order for communication to be clear, granted cats the power of speech. Cats, however, were more interested in sleeping beneath the cherry trees and playing with the falling blossoms than with the mundane task of having to pay attention to the operation of the world. Three times the gods came to check on how well the cats were doing their job and all three times were disappointed to find their feline overseers asleep or at play. On the god’s third visit, the cats explained they had no interest in running the world and nominated human beings for the position. The power of speech was then taken from the cats and given to humans but, as humans seemed incapable of understanding the words of the gods, cats remained entrusted with the important task of keeping time and so maintaining order. It was thought that one could tell the time of day by looking into a cat’s eyes and this belief is still maintained in China.

In Japan, the famous image of the `Beckoning Cat’ (the maneki neko figure of the cat with one raised paw) represents the goddess of mercy. The legend goes that a cat, sitting outside of the temple of Gotoku-ji, raised her paw in acknowledgement of the emperor who was passing by. Attracted by the cat’s gesture, the emperor entered the temple and, moments later, lightning struck the very spot where he had been standing. The cat, therefore, saved his life and was accorded great honours. The Beckoning Cat image is thought to bring good luck when given as a gift and remains a very popular present in Japan. The cat was regularly considered a guardian of the home and was thought to be the special protector of valuable books. Cats were often housed in private pagodas in Japan and were considered so valuable that, by the 10th century CE, only the nobility could afford to own one.

http://www.ancient.eu.com/article/466/

There are many tales competing for the origins of Maneki Neko and remember that Japanese deities were often local spirits, the above one is just interesting as it related to the ‘goddess of mercy’ – the sex and divinity of the cat in the tales tends to be left out. That said I see this cat example as tenuous, more on the random folk tale side rather than historic but interesting nonetheless in its massive popularity/tradition.

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EUROPE

The widespread Greeks and Romans pretty much copied everyone before them and are easily associated with the Egyptians. That said they weren’t too taken with cats due to their connection with Hecate – a major goddess and version relating back to the root Mother in particular the Dark Mother Kali. They knew her as the goddess of Death, darkness and the triple-face. In that way She continued to represent everything patriarchal people were scared of, the One who’d punish them for their evil thoughts and actions. Additionally the cat being representative of a big cat hidden in the terrain ready to leap, is a primal fear for those who forget that She is also the carer/protector of Mother and child but if you come against Her it’s because you have received judgement (of course villains never want to be accountable and only ever appear to be sorry or act less guilty when they’re about to meet their Maker.)

Before that was Freyja of the Norse peoples whose chariot was attached to two lions or two big cats and sometimes surrounded by child-like people/cherubs similar to the depictions of the ‘mercy seat’ in Western Asia.

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Celts

In Celtic lore it’s harder to differentiate how they felt about cats; on one hand Brighid had a cat companion and another of her triple persona Ceridwen gave birth to a kitten (Palug Cat) and the lunar goddess triad of which they are a part are associated with prophecy and divination. Yet cats generally seem to be seen as unlucky and unholy due to their very ‘otherworldliness’ and association with magic and it may be partly from this system that Black cats in particular became a link for witches and evil in Christianity. The character Cat Sìth/Sidhe was seen as a trouble making Black cat/fairy and possibly rather than a mythical creature it was a witch that could transform nine times. Perhaps it was their hidden nature and unknown abilities that made them scary/untrustworthy.

Talking cats feature in many of the above systems including this one, they particularly talked to deities or as deities, perhaps a reason many Celts didn’t like them and used them. For example, feline body parts were used in spells/rituals and even:

In Scottish tradition there is a giant demonic cat, named Big Ears, who can be summoned by roasting cats alive in succession, in bags or on spits for four days and nights. According to the story, he shows up and grants wishes.

http://www.truethomas.com/articles/cats.htm

The above link also mentions the Kellas cats which are small cats but commonly thought to be related to the big, dark ‘beasts’ that are sometimes reported even nowadays around Britain but treated as legend and thought to be related to former wildcats in the Scottish highlands.

MESO-SOUTH AMERICA

The jaguar and puma were generally revered and worshipped in the cultures of these lands.

Cocoa

A Peruvian cat god. Despite the nice chocolaty sounding name was generally bad tempered, had control over lightening and hail – wasn’t very helpful for crops.

Ngurvilu

A Chilean water-god. Said to be a wild cat (this part of the world had many to choose from) with a claw on the end of its tail. Not shy about attacking humans.

Some cat references in modern popular culture

From http://www.quizmasters.biz/DB/Pic/Famous_Cats/Famous_Cats.html

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How many do you recognize? 🙂

And one of the more niche popular culture references (way funny to Brits anyway) here’s a Smeeta/Smita Smitten clip from the show Goodness Gracious Me

and on that lighter note I’d like to finish with saying apparently out of the myriad of calls/sounds cats make from wanting food, attention, to be left alone to actually purring when in pain the last one is said to be a healing frequency more than just soothing but actually healing. So along those lines they can try to limit or heal injuries and illness in themselves and those around them or at least try to improve the overall condition. Unfortunately I still don’t understand cat language after years of talking to one though I’m pretty sure I understand the tail… I started this post with the intent of writing about our very own cat goddess or princess as I call her but Mum wanted it this way and now we’re too tired so the Princess Kitty post is next 😉

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