Issue 21, Summer/Autumn 2012
Sea Myst Siren, by Sanndi Art
Articles & Fiction
by Tara L. Reynolds
Fire was seen as a sacred element in primitive and ancient times; it gave warmth and was a necessity for survival. In ancient Rome, the sacredness of fire was symbolized in the form of a goddess, Vesta.
She was seen as the divine personification of fire, as fire itself. The Vestal Virgins tended this sacred fire, and it was a very prestigious job to be had. It seems that the Vestal Virgins, along with their practices and their goddess, stood for purification in all of its aspects.
Since fire was seen as pure and destructive rather than having the ability to create, the Priestesses of Vesta were required to be virgins, to become entirely one with the sterility of fire. Vestals were appointed at no more than ten years of age, and had to meet certain requirements.
by Rohase Piercy
Tanit, chief deity of the Phoenician colony of Carthage, is a Goddess surrounded by speculation and controversy. For one thing, there are widely differing theories as to the meaning of her name: is it of Berber or Semitic origin? If the latter, does it arise from the root for ‘serpent’, ‘lament’, or ‘count/assign’? Is it merely co-incidental that Ta-nit means ‘Land of Neith’ in Egyptian?
Was she originally a separate Goddess from Phoenician Astarte, or simply her Punic equivalent? Is her Canaanite counterpart Asherah or Anat? Why did the Romans equate her with Juno Coelestis? Then there is the debate surrounding the burial site unearthed at Carthage, apparently dedicated to Tanit and her consort Baal Hammon, containing the cremated remains of over twenty thousand children, mostly foetuses or new-born babies. Were these children sacrificed to appease the Gods, as horrified Roman and Hebrew sources claimed? Or were they stillbirths, miscarriages and neo-natal deaths returned to the care of a loving Mother Goddess?
by André Zsigmond
The Kama Sutra, Tantric Goddess Worship and the Song of Songs – a Comparison
Looking at the latest illustrated colour edition of the Kama Sutra one could be forgiven for thinking that that this book is one of the greatest erotic masterpieces ever written. The title of another edition, “Kama Sutra: Aphorisms of Love”, suggests that the Kama Sutra is meant to educate, enhance and expand the sex life of men and women, implying that its philosophy combines sexuality and intimacy with the quest for fulfilment of mind, body and soul.
The media has effectively made the Kama Sutra a widely-accepted byword, and the term itself is often used interchangeably with ‘Tantra’. People take this book as a comprehensive sexual manual, the true path to tantric pleasure. The various sex positions in Part Two are promoted for its forward-looking, sex-positive attitudes to women. Consequently, the Kama Sutra is seen as an empowering tool for women to use.
But how many people have looked at the actual text? Those who start reading Part One of the book would certainly realise that the Kama Sutra will never be mistaken for a feminist manifesto: (read more...)
by Barbara Ardinger
We’re delighted to have these extracts from Barbara’s Finding New Goddesses and hope to have more in coming issues, but if you can’t wait, there’s a link below so you can buy the book right away!
Goddess of Duct Tape
Here is the one, true, universal Goddess. Strong and flexible, Her Sacred Tape spools eternally in silver streams into our open hands, and She is able to fix all things (even—a true miracle—things unbroken). Because duct tape is extremely flexible and can be neatly torn in both directions, it can be used to repair any kind of pipe. It can also be used to repair flower pots, cheap luggage, plastic and Naugahyde furniture, lamps and lampshades, doumbeks, and absolutely any part of any car, foreign or domestic. People stick the covers back on paperback books with duct tape, they tape the earpieces back on their glasses, and they patch radios, TVs, clocks, toasters, and other small appliances.
by Susun S Weed
Herbal medicine is the medicine of the people. It is simple, safe, effective, and free. Our ancestors knew how to use an enormous variety of plants for health and well-being. Our neighbors around the world continue to use local plants for healing and health maintenance, and you can too.
In your first lesson, you learned how to "listen" to the messages of plant's tastes. And you discovered that using plants in water bases (teas, infusions, vinegars, soups) - and as simples - allows you to experiment with and explore herbal medicine safely.
In this lesson, we will learn how to make effective water-based herbal remedies and talk more about using simples.
as told to Katara Moon
Hello Sweeties, Baubo Biggins Here Again!
Back in the sixties, in my High School days, the first book I ever bought with my hard-earned allowance ($5) was a book of poetry by the wonderful and morose Lawrence Ferlinghetti. (You can bet spell check couldn't find his name.) My favorite poem was his "I Am Waiting". It is no less current today as it was then. I hope you will give him a read. In homage to Lawrence Sweetie I will now share with you my musings on the subject.
Here is what I, Baubo Biggins, am awaiting: (read more...)