In Minoan Thera, now modern day Santorini, the Goddess was worshiped above all. “She was the …perpetual motion machine that woke the dead and spun the earth on its axis with her erotic energy.” This erotic energy was venerated as the essence of “cosmic vitality”. At the center of Minoan culture, sacred feminine sexuality. Elaborate rituals and rites were dedicated to the Goddess, and these practices were mirrored in rites of passages and archetypal role models that exalted womanhood at large. Before the rise of the patriarchy and villainization of female eroticism, worship of the ways of the Goddess was the widespread norm…
If 13 years in Catholic school taught me anything, Its that the patriarchy does NOT deem female sexuality holy. Nor the female body at large. She is not seen as the “heiress of the primeval creatrix” as women were in Thera, but instead as the “origin” in original sin. Her body up for debate, demonized. Her fire vanquished before it can spread in all its glory. In my high school “morality” class, it was even demonstrated to us that female sexuality is a flame, like that of a candle. And if said female chooses to pleasures herself, or decides to have sex outside of holy matrimony, she is extinguishing this flame, never to be replenished. Truly disempowering lessons to teach a 16 year old girl as she comes into her age of pleasure.
In other words, the fall of the Goddess continues to reverberate far and wide in the way we bar and ban our women from fanning the flames of their innate feminine wiles. The feminine everywhere has been subjugated and devalued for too long.
Its high time we reclaim our throne on the throes of rapture. Its time we own our sensual limitlessness and the mesmerizing nature of our curves. Its time for the Goddess to rise again.
Quotes via the incredible book “Seductress” by Betsy Prioleau
The Divine Mother is the Kundalini (“coiled up” power) sleeping in us; without worshiping Her we can never know ourselves. All-merciful, all-powerful, omnipresent are attributes of Divine Mother.
She is the sum total of the energy in the Universe. Every manifestation of power in the Universe is “Mother”. She is Life, She is Intelligence, She is Love. She is in the Universe yet separate from it.
She is a person and can be seen and known (as Shri Ramakrishna saw and knew Her). Established in the idea of Mother, we can do anything. She quickly answers prayer.
One of the most positive transitions you can make is from viewing your work as a job to viewing it as a calling. A job is an exchange of energy in which you do a material task and someone provides money in exchange. A calling, however, is an organic field of energy that emerges from the deepest aspects of who you are. It is the fulfillment of what God has created you to be and do. Approaching your work as a job versus approaching it as a calling makes all the difference in whether or not you dwell in the miraculous universe. You have a calling simply because you are alive. You have a calling because you are a child of God. You have a calling because you are on this earth with a divine purpose: to rise to the level of your highest creative possibility, expressing all that you are intellectually, emotionally, psychologically, and physically in order to make the universe a more beautiful place. As you do this, your entire life becomes your ministry — a way to serve God and to serve the world.
Marianne Williamson, from THE LAW OF DIVINE COMPENSATION
Eve and the apple. The curious female who brings destruction upon mankind. We see her in Greek mythology with the story of Pandora. The rise of the Abrahamic religions coincided with the rise of the patriarchy. In times past it was the Earth and her bounty which were paramount. Farming people worshiped fertility Goddesses who were seen as the mother. Earth and water are the elements of the female power. Life. Birth. Spring and summer. The moon and the night stars. Black and silver. These were her emblems.
However, the herders and the hunting people from the great steppe worshiped the sky not the Earth. The sun, the dome of the sky. Lightning and storms. Autumn and winter. The male power of fire and air the power of the ever present winds of the flat plain. The power of the father. These peoples were fierce and used to the killing. Their implements were implements of death the bow, the sword,and the lance. Horse people. Blue and gold. Sky and sun. There were their emblems.
The horse people raided, conquered the settled people. They set themselves up as lords and took by force all that the people of the mother had acquired. They threw down Asherah and Isis and enthroned their sky God, their mountain dwelling god of storms. El and Yahweh. Zeus and Odin.
Now things are changing. The beginning of the end were the wars of colonization. The empires grew fat on the blood of the conquered. Then in jealous rage they turned upon one another in the wars we call WWI and WWII. These wars broke the back of the old regime. Kings fell. Democracy rose. Empires fell and the former subject peoples grew in power and became independent once again.
The process is still going on in the Middle East. Fundamentalist Islam is cracking at the foundation. Women like Malala stand against the evil tide. In India women march against rape and their men march with them. In America women now compete on equal footing with men. In South and Central America women stand in front of soldiers and demand to know where their husbands and sons have gone. The soldiers do not fire. They too have mothers and wives. They tremble.
The old days are dying. In one hundred years the old patriarchy will be dead and buried and a new age will take hold. The new age of the mother. The age of birth, of healing and of peace. People will look back on the 19th, 20th and 21st centuries as ages of barbarism. Children will look at pictures of the bombed cities and the dead of war and ask why and parents will have no answer.
Tears, idle tears, I know not what they mean,
tears from the depth of some divine despair
rise in the heart, and gather to the eyes,
in looking on the happy Autumn-fields,
and thinking of the days that are no more.
Fresh as the first beam glittering on a sail,
that brings our friends up from the underworld,
sad as the last which reddens over one
that sinks with all we love below the verge;
so sad, so fresh, the days that are no more.
Ah, sad and strange as in dark summer dawns
the earliest pipe of half-awaken’d birds
to dying ears, when unto dying eyes
the casement slowly grows a glimmering square;
so sad, so strange, the days that are no more.
Dear as remember’d kisses after death,
and sweet as those by hopeless fancy feign’d
on lips that are for others; deep as love,
deep as first love, and wild with all regret;
O Death in Life, the days that are no more!
EARTH - Mudwalking Mud is prepared from a special, fine dirt and clean water. Several divinating items like runes and stone-wrought symbols are mixed into the mud, along with some of the subject’s small personal effects. The mud is ideally spread into a shallow, wide basin, but spreading it on the ground is suitable if no such thing is available. The subject simply walks through the mud. A diviner will determine meaning from the ceremony based on foot print shapes and which items were tread upon. If an item adheres to the dragon’s foot throughout the walk, the importance of the divined meaning is magnified significantly.
FIRE - Ashwatch Performed only when divinatory guidance is most crucial, an Ashwatch requires the subject to surrender an item most beloved. To surrender anything less may result in ill omens that give little useful information. The item is burned for a few hours before the real divination begins. Once thoroughly burned, the sacrificed item is left in a place exposed to the elements for seven days. The diviner is tasked with inspecting the item several times a day and noting changes in the item’s form- char patterns on the remnants, crumbled pieces falling off, or if it is nothing more than a pile of ashes, the size and shape of the ash pile. The diviner uses the process of the item’s destruction to determine the ultimate message.
WIND - Ribbonflight A technique best performed in groups and often set up in times of celebration. Each participate writes their name or an identifying symbol on a very small strip of parchment and ties it to a long ribbon. Ribbons are often colored or styled to match the purpose of the divination- one hoping for insight on their love life would use a red ribbon, one seeking warnings of future dangers would use yellow, etc. Participants gather above the most suitable thicket of bamboo and release the ribbons together. Diviners interpret fortunes based on where the ribbons end up and how they get tangled on things. This task can take hours depending on how far the ribbons flew and how many participants there are. It is considered good fortune to lose your ribbon entirely - it means no fortune is needed, carry on as you were and all will be fine!
WATER - Halved Pearl Though Water may be the flight most relevant to the topic of divination and oracles, not all of their techniques are exceptional. This technique requires the cultivation of a pearl from any kind of giant shelled mollusk. A piece of the subject, such as a scale or lock of hair, is planted in the mollusk to act as the pearl’s nucleus. The subject must be the one to care for the mollusk over the years it may take to produce a sizable pearl, or the reading will be considered invalid. When ready, the pearl is cut in half and the diviner reads a fortune based on the patterns of the pearl’s interior. It is not at all an efficient technique, but most suitable for divination that examine the subject’s past. Pearlcatchers widely believe it to be a tasteless and offensive ritual.
SHADOW - Shadow Stabbing Diviners of this technique must also be proficient in higher forms of shadow magic - specifically illusions, occasionally dream walking. Having defensive spells help, for reasons that will become apparent. The diviner surrounds the subject in various kinds of illusions, often styled with layers of symbolism. The first illusion to be confronted by the subject will determine quite a lot about their fortune. The diviner must observe the subject’s response to each illusion while maintaining the spell. This technique was first used to divine weaknesses, fears, and other very dire topics. As such, the illusions involved were often very frightful and the subject would respond with violence towards the source of them. On top of the imagery, this technique is best performed when the subject is not expecting it, to get their raw reactions. As such, surprise divination are the norm. It is not uncommon for pranksters to solicit these divination on behalf of their victim.
ICE - Isolation Drift Isolation Drifts are more self reflection among the elements than a divination in the traditional sense. The subject is given meager rations and set adrift on a small ice floe, then pushed out into the open sea. This is solely performed in areas where currents will eventually bring the floe back towards the main land, as rescue teams are not sent to retrieve drifters at the end of their isolation. While in isolation, drifters meditate over the topic they seek insight on and focus on any images they see in the icy mists or rimed waters. Drinking the icy sea water was thought to aid in these insights, but less desperate subjects will forgo it. Upon return, the subject is often ill or emaciated. The diviner will nurse them back to health while helping the subject interpret thoughts and visions that appeared during the isolation.
LIGHTNING - Statistics Among utilitarian clans, divination would often be a subject to be scoffed at at best, disparaged at worst. Those with interest in the topic had to find ways of working their craft in a way that looked and sounded based in data and reason rather than mysticism. Set ups for divination rituals are posed as experiments, often of a social or psychological angle. While no doubt there were a few Lightning “Diviners” who would take a genuine analytical approach to these practices, for many the “statistics” are just a facade. The actual rituals and divinations are fairly simple, along the lines of “So you found the blue rod to be a better conductor? Of the 23% of dragons that thought similarly, did you know that most were also suitable candidates for clan leadership?”
LIGHT - Glass Shattering A technique developed by an enterprising glazier, Glass Shattering is a very simple technique in which the subject breaks colored sheets of glass in any way they see fit. The diviner interprets a fortune based on shapes of the largest pieces. To encourage fate to smile upon the subject, the subject was to determine a design for a stained glass panel to be crafted from the glass pieces - by the glazier, at a price. Installing the panel in a window and basking under its filtered sunlight was said to bring good fortune. While many write this technique off as touristy, surprisingly few complaints have been lodged against the creator for falsehood or misdirection.
NATURE - Vein Tracing A simple technique that can be performed without any formal knowledge or training in divination. It is most often used to help the subject make a decision among many possibilities. A leaf is all that is required, though parchment, ink, and an assistant aid the process. Segments of the leaf are designated to specific outcomes or meanings. There is a general meaning for some leaves (The tip of an oak leaf generally implies truth, or the lower left side of a sunflower leaf implies humility, for example,) but a subject (or ideally their assistant) may assign any meaning to any portion of the leaf. Parchment can be used to write these assignments, which helps if the choosing is complex. The subject then traces from the stem of the leaf, following the veins until the edge of the leaf is reached (and thus, reaching the meaning or conclusion of the divination.)
PLAGUE - Vein Tracing A twin divination technique for sister flights. Vein Tracing functions almost identically but uses a different vector - blood veins, twisting scars, possibly even the gnarling, twisting vines found among the Rotrock Rim. A more dire version of this uses the blood of the subject. When the blood is poured over a special carved slate, the blood forms rivulets that slowly wind to a random segment of the board. Diviners who use their own blood veins often scar or tattoo symbols where the veins fade from visibility. Subjects can simply trace over their veiny body to learn their fortunes.
ARCANE- Questing An arcane divination quest is part introspective journey, part interpreted symbolism. The diviner prepares an arcane crystal and sends it off into Starfall Isles, streaking off like a shooting star. The subject is to travel in the direction it fell and find it. The diviner always accompanies them, but does not aid in locating their shard. Along the way, the diviner will provide analysis of any happenings that occur and note any interesting symbolism they discover along the way. The site of the crystal is most rich with symbolism- Upon finding it, the diviner will speak at great length about each little detail of the location and what it means for the subject’s fortune. It is an ill omen for both the subject and the diviner if the crystal is not located.
“Rise up, children of the Empire! Rise up, Stormcloaks! Embrace the word of mighty Talos, he who is both man and Divine! For we are the children of man! And we shall inherit the heavens and earth! And we, not the Elves or their toadies, will rule Skyrim! Forever!”
4x01 “Lazarus Rising” // 4x16 “On the Head of a Pin” // 11x21 “All in the Family” Dean and the Return of the Righteous Man Arc
One of my personal favourite aspects of this episode was how throughout the episode we were brought right back to S4, to the moment Dean had returned from Hell, not believing he deserved to be saved, doubting to have been chosen and saved by God. I love how we came full circle to this entire arc focusing on Dean’s faith, his disappointment in God (and his father) and the lack of belief in himself and his importance and strength.
Really, all of the pivotal moments of this arc were addressed in this episode. And sadly they were tackled in a quite manipulative manner by God imo. First he shines a light on Dean’s lack of faith by guilt tripping, then he goes on to say Dean should not confuse him with John and with that projects yet again from his shortcomings and last but not least - on a park bench near a playground cause both played such huge roles as settings over the past seasons - he tells Dean that this task, him being the centerpiece between him and the Darkness - “the firewall between light and darkness” - is the reason he saved him “all those years ago”.
I guess we will see if the Righteous Man who began it will truly be the one to finisih it this time as last time he was denied to play his part (and I always though that Jeremy Carver wanted to emphasize how important Dean is and therefore creating this arc), sacrificing himself in the process like christ… I mean, that’s why we have had all the christ framings with Dean after all and the allusions relating to him as the second coming of christ. And also again here, on the park bench, Dean, the christ figure, sits to God’s right wrapped in red and blue, the colours of the divine….
“…the Tarot, the most satisfactory of all the systems of divination, rises from and finds its explanation in the Tree and nowhere else…when it is realised that the initiate works the Tarot and the Tree together, and that they dovetail into each other at every imaginable angle, it will be seen that such an array of correspondences could be neither arbitrary nor fortuitous.”
…you’re on this earth with a divine purpose: to rise to the level of your highest creative possibility; expressing all that you are intellectually, emotionally, psychologically, and physically in order to make the universe a more beautiful place.
At the heart of our expansion is the capacity to
be vulnerable again. Although the world rewards
insensitivity with the spoils of war, it takes more
courage to surrender than to numb. I am not
talking about a weakened form of surrender, but
one that is emblazoned with courage. It is through
our vulnerable, open heart that our divinity rises
up to meet us. So often the most ‘damaged’ people
are the most advanced and feeling souls. They feel
everything and are more strongly impacted by the
disparity between an authentic life and the falsified
energy of the world. We must never surrender our
right to surrender. (~an excerpt from ‘Ascending with
Both Feet on the Ground’)