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Madonna & Prince

Was thinking again this morning about how the gods need to be
anchored in this realm. And the role played by the temples and offerings made within them to do just that, anchor the gods in time. And how we of the modern era have forgotten, butchered and reviled the old gods. And I was thinking that if I were a god that needed to be anchored into the realm of time and had no temples or offerings, what would Cthulu do?

And it hit me. If I were a god who had no living anchorites, I would find someone who allowed my energy to flow within and from them freely, and I would enter the world through their flesh. And I started to think about how some folks say that Elvis was the Horned or Red God. And how I recognize Dian-y-Glas within Prince. And how Marilyn anchored Aphrodite. And how poor Madonna is anchoring Inanna. Sort of like aspecting, possession or in-dwelling, but without all the appropriate training or support.

And what happens to people who channel the old gods without training or support? Well let’s look at my examples. Elvis went from virile to sloth, and Marilyn died from the weight of the world’s projections. While the incandescent Madonna is at least seeking answers within the mystical. And the beautiful laughing blue god of love, what has happened to Prince? Well, he became a Jehovah Witness. And that is as sad as it gets.

It is the same thing with powerful teachings and rites. The Eleusinian Mysteries anchored the gods of agriculture, Demeter and Persephone/Kore. The mystical cores of Islam, Christianity and Judea anchored the great teachings of the Egypt and North Africa – the cradle of civilization. The Celts anchored the magic of the Fey, the Pacific Islanders anchored the magic of the oceans, while the Buddhists and Vedic traditions anchored the realms of heaven and hell, and indigenous Americans anchored the magic of the animals, trees, plants and the earth itself. Now of course you could come up with your own correspondences, but each land and people were given a portion of the universal to protect, remember and anchor in time.

And what happens when these old rites are ignored, abolished or declared heresies? They pop up elsewhere within human culture and history. Another ancient human tribe ascends into world consciousness to anchor the old gods. After burying their own temples, Europeans discover the Orient. And when Europe casts off their collective shadow and names it Satan, Africa looms large. And when reason begins to overcome imagination, they discover the new world and Native Americans. And when the mechanical universe threatens to dissolve mystery and the occult, up pops visionary scientists like Einstein, Darwin & Jung. Of course, none of this is sequential, and I am pretty sure I do not have it in any kind of order historically.

And what would the corollary be within Africa, the Americas and within Asia? Maybe when the dreamtime overcame the day, Europeans appeared to anchor the rational. Or when the perfection of heaven is held on too tightly, hell rushes in to force a rebalancing. I do not know. I only know that the rational day now overshadows the dreamtime and that we need a reawakening of the mystical back into human culture worldwide. And up pops a resurgence of indigenous spiritual traditions, a flocking to all sorts of fundamentalism, and neo-pagans of all stripes.

Every human tribe has at its root a connection to their portion of the universal human contract – anchor the gods in the world. And as western culture and the gods of Christianity ascend worldwide, the other gods and rites have to seek new connections and portals. Fundamentalist Islam is rising to counter fundamentalist Christianity, but fundamentalism of all sorts is rising as well. Pagans are ascending as well, and we too are literally battling with Christian principles and theology. Even Christianity, from fundamentalists to reformists, is at war with itself. Everywhere, the old order is being challenged and within it all if you look closely we can find the imprints of the old gods.

Funny thing, clumping us together with the fundis, but remember we are all responding to calls from the old gods. Because the old gods, well, they just want to live again. And if we keep killing off their avatars while denying their presence within our very own sflesh, well we are just asking for it on a global scale. So give Madonna a break, let Inanna live a little. We will all be better for the visit. And please, can someone give Prince a copy of the Spiral Dance? Sheesh!

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Submitted by katrina on Tue, 12/13/2005 - 12:39pm.

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  • Nephthys (not verified)

    I've been with Firefly for a number of years, I recently left my position at The Firefly Community to pursue other dreams but to be clear how much I was involved before I address the statements made, I was a teacher, Priestess, member of the Inner Circle of the Council of Elders, Course Contributor, Clergy, Delegate and Divination reader so I was quite involved with Firefly on many levels.

    I am offended by your statement that Firefly is cultish. Given my involvement as listed above I can safely say that Firefly members are not cultish in behaviour nor is Firefly cultish in of itself. I am no longer involved with Firefly in any strong capacity other than that of a student so I can also safely say this is not coming from a blind faith position. I will be the first to admit that part of the reason I left Firefly was because I did not agree with some of the changes Lady Iris intended to make, that being said, I don't support the idea that abuse should be turned into a political statement.

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  • Virginia Carper (not verified)

    I for one have been pondering this question. Iris did highlight a valuable point - how are checks and balances established to prevent potential abuse and to air concerns. These are hard lessons that groups need to learn.

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  • Virginia Carper (not verified)

    I have a traumatic brain injury.

    That being said, I got caught in the cross-fire in the Firefly Campaign, since I did not get with the program - i.e. Firemoon was abused by a sexual predator, who for the sake of the community had to be removed. I was shocked at how this mantra was repeated over and over everywhere it could be. I was shocked at how the Firefly folks did not identify themselves as they sought to achieve their goals. It left a poor taste about Firefly in my mouth since I started to regard them as "cultish", incapable of independent thought or discussion. Also it disturbed me how the Firefly folks who had nothing to do with DC, carried water in the campaign as well.

    Since I had lot of free time, I researched the consistent posters and everything I could find, and an disturbing picture arose. The one you described of a one-sided campaign to achieve a stated end, without proper identification or perspective.

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  • Kali Firemoon (not verified)

    Katrina,

    I am so sorry that we have not met yet since it so obvious from your comments that you are a close personal friend of Iris’s and know all there is to know about the situation from a front row seat. I mean, after all, one who has seen a woman four months pregnant, losing weight and physically appearing to not be pregnant would of course understand the emotional, and yes, physical stress she was under. But of course, since you were there I don’t need to remind you of that. So lets move on to the rest of the story, you know where her husband chose to have unprotected sex with someone else, who I am sure was a complete virgin and posed no risk to mother or child, and then husband went home to engage in carnal activities with his wife, confident that his unborn child was never at risk. Yes, I am sure that all of your female students understand why you are firmly in the husband’s court. After all, it’s always the woman’s fault when marriages go bad. Or at least that is what I seem to glean from your article. Yes, I am Firefly, and I was one of the one’s chosen to help this woman after she was victimized by this predator who seems to have persuaded the pagan community that it is acceptable to treat not one, not two but at last count four woman as though they were simply a means to his end. And BTW I know she attempted to alert the community to her situation and apparently no one felt it worth even a cursory investigation. Oh yes, one more example of us not wanting to rock any one’s boat. I will tell you that in response to her story, several other pagan women have come forward with similar stories of abuse reported to the male members of a community met with similar disdain and an obvious desire to hide this type of behavior. Do I believe it happened this time, yes; do I believe that this community is willing, no matter the cost, to hide this type of behavior, yes. No one wants to call attention to the pagan community because we already have an undeserved stigma. But that does not mean we should allow behavior none of us condone simply because we are afraid of controversy. If one of us needs be sanctioned, then we either stand and sanction or accept the stigma so many would place upon us. We need to “police” our own. When four and probably five women come forth and tell the same story of predatory behavior against women we either act or fold the tents and go home. So I suggest you talk to all of them before you post any more pontifications. I also realize you can never post this but we both know you will have read it.

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  • Cara Schulz (not verified)

    Hello Katrina,
    Although we know one another, mostly online but also when we met at Sacred Harvest Festival, for your readers let me note that I'm the Managing Editor of PNC-News and the Co-Editor of PNC-Minnesota. I was the primary author of the PNC-News statement that you are writing about.

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    If anyone has any questions, we encourage them to contact us and ask them.

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  • Kat, Emralde (not verified)

    Thank you for this perspective. I very much appreciate the voice of the elders as I struggle with my own (not-voiced) feelings about this situation and its outcome.

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