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Tiziana Stupia

A Meditation on the Import and Export of God/desses into foreign lands

The relevance of invoking foreign deities in our land, as well as worshipping ours abroad, is a topic I have given much thought to recently. To answer this question is complicated, because, as Jill points out, first of all we need to establish what we believe God/desses actually are.  Are they manifestations of the spirit of place, are they archetypes, energies, concepts, or actual beings with distinct traits and personalities? Or are all God/desses representations of one Divine Energy, one Truth, one Source?

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Salome Speaks

You are walking along a rugged path atop a cliff, looking out over azure seas, sparkling faintly in the fading light. A large stone building comes into view and you aren’t sure, in the deepening dusk, quite what it is, it seems to change from ancient to modern and back again as you squint and try to make it out.

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“Savage Breast”, by Tim Ward

When I first came across Tim Ward at the Glastonbury Goddess Conference 2006, I was very intrigued. I was at the Conference for a mere twenty-four hours, and Tim, whom I had never heard of before, was giving a presentation called A Man’s Search for the Goddessin the morning. As he delivered a very interesting talk, accompanied by slides of powerful Goddess images he had accumulated during his travels, I grew very excited. Finally a man had written a book to investigate men’s fear of women and the Goddess, and it looked as though he had journeyed intensely, both physically and metaphorically, to find some answers.

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Salome re-awakens: Beltane at the Temple of Venus in Sicily

In western Sicily, perched high on a steep mountain called Erice, once stood a magnificent and illustrious temple dedicated to the Goddess of Love, known successively as Astarte by the Phoenicians, Aphrodite by the Greeks, and Venus by the Romans. This temple stood for over a thousand years and a sacred fire always burnt from its enclosure, so brightly that sailors used it as a guiding beacon. It was here that the Priestesses of Venus served the Goddess with their bodies through the art of sacred prostitution, a spiritual practice that included the celebration of the sacred marriage rite. Today, sparse remains of this remarkable temple can be found in the Castello di Venere, a twelfth-century Norman castle incorporating some of the original foundations.

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Thoughts on Sacred Sexuality, Non-Attachment and Renunciation

Janie Rezner makes many excellent points in her interesting article ‘The Journey of the Soul into the Mother’. I’ve been researching the subject of renunciation for a while and would indeed agree that, in many cases, religious celibacy can be traced back to a fear of the feminine and the power of sexuality per se.

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