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oshunshines:

Mention the Sacred Whore to most people and you’ll get raised eyebrows or disgusted grimaces. Many of us believe that prostitution is all about money for street hookers, fame for Hollywood starlets, or security for suburban housewifes. Prophetic texts, rituals, and icons are called sacred, even particular mountains or rivers are considered sacred, but whores?Sexually empowered women are called bitches, dykes, ball-busters, etc., by both sexes. Sexually independent women, once respected as sacred vessels of the Goddess, are degraded as evil temptresses, obstacles between man and a sexless heaven. One exception is the paradise of Islam, although it is a men-only club stocked full with re-virginating nymphs; Islamic women are said to be soul-less.Jungian psychologist Nancy Qualls-Corbett describes the Holy Whore as “a woman, who, through ritual or psychological development, has come to know the spiritual side of her sexuality, her true Eroticism, and lives this out according to her individual circumstances.” By this definition, a Sacred Prostitute uses sex as a means to God/dess and to enlightenment. Fundamentalist Christians believe that the door to the kingdom of heaven is opened to those re-born of fire and water. Occult traditions such as Tantra, and magickal orders which esteem the Holy Whore, persuade us to experience our divinity by immersing ourselves in the fires of sexual passion and the baptismal waters of sexual ritual. Sexuality becomes sacred when the Goddess residing in every women is honored.The term “sacred whore” is not oxymoronic. If we explore the etymology of the words “whore” or “harlot,” we find that the split between “priestess” and “prostitute” is a relatively recent one. In her book When God Was A Woman, Merlin Stone informs us that the Hebrew word zonah means both prostitute and prophetess. Barbara Walker, in her Dictionary of Woman’s Myths and Secrets, points out that the Hebrew word hor means a cave, pit, or dark hole. The Spanish word for whore, puta, derives from the Latin term for a well, but the Latin term for grave, literally “a hole in the earth,” is puticuli, meaning womb of rebirth. These terms for whore were not derogatory.The Latin term had its root in the Vedic, an early Sanskrit language, wherein the word puta is defined as pure and holy. The cave, the pit, the hole, and the bottomless black lake were metaphors for the Great Goddess, She who is unnameable, that darkness primordial from which all life (light) is born. She is the Everything and The Nothing — Hole-y, Holy, Wholly. The Sacred Whore at work was, in fact, the manifestation the Great Goddess.Today these ideas are not completely lost. The Hebrew folk dance named the hora, a tradition at Jewish weddings, is named after the circle dances of the sacred harlots. Such holy harlots were often “brides of God” similar to modern nuns, the “brides of Christ.” The holy harlots were set apart to give birth to Sons of God. In other words, these women had the job of changing human-animal into human-god.The separation into priestess and prostitute, or sacred and profane polarities, occurred for western civilization when the early fathers of Christianity claimed power by abolishing goddess worship and other nature-based pagan religions. In actuality the bipartite woman, both whore and madonna, was a construct of the early Papal Councils around 600 AD. In the New Testament itself, there is nothing which proves that Magdalene was a repentent prostitute; other texts suggest that she was a spiritual teacher in her own right. (For more information about Mary Magdalene, check out Scandals, Intriques and Christianity.)Vestal Virgins and Sex MagickIshtar, the Great Whore of Babylon, was sometimes called the Goddess Har since she was the mother of the Harlots. These Harlots were not prostitutes as we know them, but priestesses, sorceresses, prophets, and healers. Sacred Whores were known sometimes as the Holy Virgins of Goddesses such as Ishtar, Asherah, or Aphrodite. The famous Vestal Virgins were thought to have practiced secret sex magical rites in honor of the Roman Goddess Vesta, the same as the Greek goddess Hestia — Goddess of the Hearth, or “center of the world.”“Virgin” did not mean possessing an intact hymen. A virgin was simply an unmarried woman, a woman who claimed ownership of herself. Think of Athena, the maiden goddess who jumped off a cliff rather than submit to wedlock. We see a similar story in the Hebraic tradition where Lilith, unwilling to subjugate herself to Adam in the male-dominant missionary position, exiled herself from paradise in exchange for her own sovereignty.But Holy Whores weren’t man-haters. Their function was dispensing the grace of the God/Goddess through sexual worship by sharing their bodies with worthy initiates and with each other.The European idea of going into a womblike space — cave, pit, hole, lake, or river — in order to attain a new life of spirit stems from the Neolithic period (approx. 15,000 b.c.e. - 5,000 b.c.e.). During this time the common belief system deemed the main God/Goddess female. Gods were primarily consorts for the Great Goddess or her sons, such as Horus and Jesus. Reunite the polarities, put the Virgin Mary back together with Mary Magdalene and you have a Holy Whore who is the mother of a man/god, or evolved man.In the BeginningThe Great Goddess was the All and her son represented the self-realized human, male or female. Women were thought to be able to access the power of the Goddess more easily because they could more easily identify with Her. In these early days, women were the mediators between the Goddess and the tribe. Later the masculine force became imbalanced by the male need to overcompensate and relegate women to a lower class. Such imbalance may have been caused in part by men’s fear of women’s magic — particularly the ability to give birth, the blood, and her intuitive gifts.Before science explained away the mystery, women seemed magical, almost frightening. Women bled in sync with the phases of the moon. They bled in sync with each other and, to the awe of men, did not die. Women bore the babies and from their breasts flowed milk to sustain life. While the men went out to hunt, women explored, gathered food, and gained knowledge of medicinal herbs. They were the healers who produced magical cures for snake bites. Women were privy to divine wisdom. The Delphic oracles listened to pythons, while Eve took the sage advice of a serpent. Woman’s “innate” ability to tune into the Goddess was facilitated by her knowledge of herbs, including perhaps, psychoactive botanicals that produced visions.When God was definitively female, women had the edge. It was thought necessary for a man to go through a woman in order to achieve contact with the Deity. Male devotees of the Great Goddess would offer gifts, undergo painful or humiliating preparatory rituals, wait years, fast, and give just about anything for the opportunity to be initiated by a Sacred Whore. In doing so, they attained the power of the Great Goddess, as well as the opportunity to contact what some modern mages or witches refer to as the True Will, Higher Self, or Holy Guardian Angel.She of the Temple TowerPriestesses devoted their lives and their bodies to the Goddess. Herodotus wrote that Babylonian brides were required by law to prostitute themselves at the temple for seven days prior to marriage in order to appease the Goddess, who disapproved of monogamy. Spending time as a holy whore blessed the maiden. The profession also became a refuge for women who wished to keep claim of themselves and their rights. In Hellenic Greece, courtesans maintained a social status legally and politically equal to men, while wives were reduced to servants.The idea that a man needed a woman in order to attain apotheosis, or give birth to the potential God/Goddess hidden within himself, still lives between the lines of many patriarchal religious texts. Crowley had his Scarlet Woman, Simon the Mage had his whore, and Jesus, Mary Magdalene. In fact, Magdalene means “she of the the temple-tower.”Beauty/Beast DualityThe patriarchal entity is a tyrant who feeds on control, or “power over.” The Holy Whore is a manifestation of “power with, power shared, and power for all.” Think of the Strength card in Tarot: A woman holds the lion’s mouth open. In this image, woman has identified and taken control of her sexual and creative power, symbolized by the lion.Despite his unsavory reputation, Aleister Crowley was one of the first male occultists to embrace the goddess. Crowley switched the traditional order of Strength and Justice tarot cards and changed the name of the Strength card to Lust. Crowley wanted to give Lust (11) the same numerical value as the High Priestess (2), which some Tarot scholars interpret as the holiest card in the deck. Many other decks, including the popular feminist deck MotherPeace, have also incorporated this numerical change. In this Crowley acknowledged the power of the feminine Beauty/Beast.The word lust is derived from the words luster or light, and originally meant “religious joy.” Strength, Light, Lust, and Holiness were originally all one. Crowley’s Lust card depicts a rather zaftig and sexual woman — the much-maligned Whore of Babylon — riding a multi-headed lion from the Bible’s Book of Revelations. In the commingling of beast (indicating our animal nature) and Babylon (indicating the sexual force of the great tripartite goddess), a great power is realized.In “Beauty and the Beast,” the character Beauty can be seen as the Sacred Whore. She has gone to live with the Beast to save the life of her father. The Beast woos Beauty, painfully and pitifully. Ashamed of his ugliness and his animalistic traits, he pines away, stepping towards death. When Beauty sees beyond his mask, she sacrifices her ego and goes to him. When she gives herself to him with a kiss, he is reborn as a gorgeous prince, symbolizing the bliss of the union of Spirit and Nature. This tale is saying that it is within our power to change the state of civilization by the power of our sex. This sentiment is echoed in Deena Metzger’s poem, “The Women Who Slept with Men to Take the War Out of Them.” The Goddess’ way is power with, not the patriarchal power over.Sex, Death and TransformationWhen fully self-realized, woman is the initiatrix into higher rites of passage. She is Mut, Great Mother of Death, and also Isis, whose love makes possible the higher birth of Horus from the inert Osirus. Astrologically speaking, this concept is reflected in the sign of Scorpio, which rules sex, death, and transformation or initiation. Sexual love can be a path to spiritual evolution. Some occultists believe that sex combined with ritual creates the most powerful magic.Love/Sex is also linked with death. Renaissance poets called orgasm “the little death.” The Goddess is more than Mother and Whore, she is also the Crone, the Destroyer, the Eater of Men. This trifold goddess is akin to Hindu Goddess Kali. Powerful Kali gives birth with one hand while squatting over her dead consort Shiva and devouring his entrails with the other. If we conquer our fear of the trifold Goddess’ powers and embrace the natural sacredness of sex and death, we can truly begin to understand the cycle of life.Life Out of BalanceMany believe that the world’s chance of survival is dependent on the reclamation of the female aspect of deity and its integration in the minds of the people “en masse.” We will evolve in the images of the God/Goddess that we created. The Sacred Prostitute represents energy, light, and expansive creative force. The repression of this positive force puts society in crisis. As poet/prophet William Blake writes, “Repressed energy breeds pestilence.” Our world becomes a place where violence has replaced creative sexual expression. Consider that violence is accepted as common TV fare, while the sight of a women breastfeeding her infant causes vehement outcries from the rightwing christian minority.Our society’s god-of-choice is miserable, grouchy, and usually on the verge of suicide. Just watch the TV evangelists praying forArmageddon. Their god only evinces the “restrictive” saturnine intellect and represents a degeneration, a far fall from the original Father-Mother-Sister-Brother God/Goddess of Jewish paganism named YHVH. The punishing grey-beard whom Blake deemed “Nobodaddy,” has been severed from feminine wisdom. His children are stillborn, waiting in the ethers for the nourishing milk of their mother.Violence against women increases as men who feel powerless resort to rape. Millions of women deny themselves orgasmic pleasure because they are taught “good girls don’t” by a society that worships a bachelor god. The new Yahweh is irritable and quick to call fun a sin. Many men are stuck playing tough guy roles, and many women learn that submission and passivity are their tickets to survival. Two hundred years ago, the poet Percy Shelley, a maverick feminist and political activist, asked, “Can man be free if woman be a slave?”Anyone who has indulged in BDSM will tell you that both dominant and submissive roles contain joys, but to play only one and never the other brings monotony, sadness, or dangerous obsession. Without the embodiment of the Sacred Whore in every woman, society twists itself dysfunctional.Reclaiming Female PowerOf course, women can’t flock to temples and set up camp as Holy Whores in this day and age without being arrested. But a change in the way women see themselves, and in the way men see women, would be a start. Every woman can invoke the Holy Whore into her life with pleasure. The Sacred Prostitute is a woman who has reclaimed her Self and reconnected with her will. Most importantly, she is a woman who has reclaimed the sacredness of her body.First and foremost: Pay attention to what advertisers and the media, promoters of degenerate cultural realities, are telling us. Both women and men must learn to ignore the messages that women are “sick” with post-menstrual syndrome (PMS0 or menstrual cramps two weeks out of every month, that our vaginas smell bad, that we must wax pubis, douche, or use deodorized tampons if we are to be “clean.” It’s hard to invoke the Goddess within if we believe our bodies are so flawed.We need to honor the menstrual cycle. We need to change the language associated with it, call it moon time or bleeding time, instead of the vulgar “on the rag.” Don’t blame your partner’s moodiness on PMS; have sex instead — wonderful messy sex. Fertilize your plants with menstrual blood, an ancient magical fertilizer. Question the programming that automatically labels sexual women “sluts.”Yahweh’s obviously not happy alone on the mountain. Our reclaiming of the sacred prostitute’s spirit, humor, and sheer joy in the flesh could help this pitiful modern God remember his Goddess’s bountiful tit and make some holy whoopie. When the Goddess residing in every woman is honored, the paradox of sacred sexuality can again manifest in our world. The Goddess is as her people act: As above, so below.Diana Rose Hartmann MA is a freelance writer and artist. Her articles and short fiction have appeared in a variety of publications including The Sun, The Seattle Times, The Whole Life Times, Green Egg, New Falcon Publications, and bOING-bOING. She has worked on projects as varied as scripting and designing mass market computer games to teaching writing at California State University to editing and writing occult psychology for trade paperback publishers. She also paints, creates comics, and reads Tarot cards.

oshunshines:

Mention the Sacred Whore to most people and you’ll get raised eyebrows or disgusted grimaces. Many of us believe that prostitution is all about money for street hookers, fame for Hollywood starlets, or security for suburban housewifes. Prophetic texts, rituals, and icons are called sacred, even particular mountains or rivers are considered sacred, but whores?

Sexually empowered women are called bitches, dykes, ball-busters, etc., by both sexes. Sexually independent women, once respected as sacred vessels of the Goddess, are degraded as evil temptresses, obstacles between man and a sexless heaven. One exception is the paradise of Islam, although it is a men-only club stocked full with re-virginating nymphs; Islamic women are said to be soul-less.

Jungian psychologist Nancy Qualls-Corbett describes the Holy Whore as “a woman, who, through ritual or psychological development, has come to know the spiritual side of her sexuality, her true Eroticism, and lives this out according to her individual circumstances.” By this definition, a Sacred Prostitute uses sex as a means to God/dess and to enlightenment. Fundamentalist Christians believe that the door to the kingdom of heaven is opened to those re-born of fire and water. Occult traditions such as Tantra, and magickal orders which esteem the Holy Whore, persuade us to experience our divinity by immersing ourselves in the fires of sexual passion and the baptismal waters of sexual ritual. Sexuality becomes sacred when the Goddess residing in every women is honored.

The term “sacred whore” is not oxymoronic. If we explore the etymology of the words “whore” or “harlot,” we find that the split between “priestess” and “prostitute” is a relatively recent one. In her book When God Was A Woman, Merlin Stone informs us that the Hebrew word zonah means both prostitute and prophetess. Barbara Walker, in her Dictionary of Woman’s Myths and Secrets, points out that the Hebrew word hor means a cave, pit, or dark hole. The Spanish word for whore, puta, derives from the Latin term for a well, but the Latin term for grave, literally “a hole in the earth,” is puticuli, meaning womb of rebirth. These terms for whore were not derogatory.

The Latin term had its root in the Vedic, an early Sanskrit language, wherein the word puta is defined as pure and holy. The cave, the pit, the hole, and the bottomless black lake were metaphors for the Great Goddess, She who is unnameable, that darkness primordial from which all life (light) is born. She is the Everything and The Nothing — Hole-y, Holy, Wholly. The Sacred Whore at work was, in fact, the manifestation the Great Goddess.

Today these ideas are not completely lost. The Hebrew folk dance named the hora, a tradition at Jewish weddings, is named after the circle dances of the sacred harlots. Such holy harlots were often “brides of God” similar to modern nuns, the “brides of Christ.” The holy harlots were set apart to give birth to Sons of God. In other words, these women had the job of changing human-animal into human-god.

The separation into priestess and prostitute, or sacred and profane polarities, occurred for western civilization when the early fathers of Christianity claimed power by abolishing goddess worship and other nature-based pagan religions. In actuality the bipartite woman, both whore and madonna, was a construct of the early Papal Councils around 600 AD. In the New Testament itself, there is nothing which proves that Magdalene was a repentent prostitute; other texts suggest that she was a spiritual teacher in her own right. (For more information about Mary Magdalene, check out Scandals, Intriques and Christianity.)



Vestal Virgins and Sex Magick

Ishtar, the Great Whore of Babylon, was sometimes called the Goddess Har since she was the mother of the Harlots. These Harlots were not prostitutes as we know them, but priestesses, sorceresses, prophets, and healers. Sacred Whores were known sometimes as the Holy Virgins of Goddesses such as Ishtar, Asherah, or Aphrodite. The famous Vestal Virgins were thought to have practiced secret sex magical rites in honor of the Roman Goddess Vesta, the same as the Greek goddess Hestia — Goddess of the Hearth, or “center of the world.”

“Virgin” did not mean possessing an intact hymen. A virgin was simply an unmarried woman, a woman who claimed ownership of herself. Think of Athena, the maiden goddess who jumped off a cliff rather than submit to wedlock. We see a similar story in the Hebraic tradition where Lilith, unwilling to subjugate herself to Adam in the male-dominant missionary position, exiled herself from paradise in exchange for her own sovereignty.

But Holy Whores weren’t man-haters. Their function was dispensing the grace of the God/Goddess through sexual worship by sharing their bodies with worthy initiates and with each other.

The European idea of going into a womblike space — cave, pit, hole, lake, or river — in order to attain a new life of spirit stems from the Neolithic period (approx. 15,000 b.c.e. - 5,000 b.c.e.). During this time the common belief system deemed the main God/Goddess female. Gods were primarily consorts for the Great Goddess or her sons, such as Horus and Jesus. Reunite the polarities, put the Virgin Mary back together with Mary Magdalene and you have a Holy Whore who is the mother of a man/god, or evolved man.

In the Beginning

The Great Goddess was the All and her son represented the self-realized human, male or female. Women were thought to be able to access the power of the Goddess more easily because they could more easily identify with Her. In these early days, women were the mediators between the Goddess and the tribe. Later the masculine force became imbalanced by the male need to overcompensate and relegate women to a lower class. Such imbalance may have been caused in part by men’s fear of women’s magic — particularly the ability to give birth, the blood, and her intuitive gifts.

Before science explained away the mystery, women seemed magical, almost frightening. Women bled in sync with the phases of the moon. They bled in sync with each other and, to the awe of men, did not die. Women bore the babies and from their breasts flowed milk to sustain life. While the men went out to hunt, women explored, gathered food, and gained knowledge of medicinal herbs. They were the healers who produced magical cures for snake bites. Women were privy to divine wisdom. The Delphic oracles listened to pythons, while Eve took the sage advice of a serpent. Woman’s “innate” ability to tune into the Goddess was facilitated by her knowledge of herbs, including perhaps, psychoactive botanicals that produced visions.

When God was definitively female, women had the edge. It was thought necessary for a man to go through a woman in order to achieve contact with the Deity. Male devotees of the Great Goddess would offer gifts, undergo painful or humiliating preparatory rituals, wait years, fast, and give just about anything for the opportunity to be initiated by a Sacred Whore. In doing so, they attained the power of the Great Goddess, as well as the opportunity to contact what some modern mages or witches refer to as the True Will, Higher Self, or Holy Guardian Angel.

She of the Temple Tower

Priestesses devoted their lives and their bodies to the Goddess. Herodotus wrote that Babylonian brides were required by law to prostitute themselves at the temple for seven days prior to marriage in order to appease the Goddess, who disapproved of monogamy. Spending time as a holy whore blessed the maiden. The profession also became a refuge for women who wished to keep claim of themselves and their rights. In Hellenic Greece, courtesans maintained a social status legally and politically equal to men, while wives were reduced to servants.

The idea that a man needed a woman in order to attain apotheosis, or give birth to the potential God/Goddess hidden within himself, still lives between the lines of many patriarchal religious texts. Crowley had his Scarlet Woman, Simon the Mage had his whore, and Jesus, Mary Magdalene. In fact, Magdalene means “she of the the temple-tower.”

Beauty/Beast Duality

The patriarchal entity is a tyrant who feeds on control, or “power over.” The Holy Whore is a manifestation of “power with, power shared, and power for all.” Think of the Strength card in Tarot: A woman holds the lion’s mouth open. In this image, woman has identified and taken control of her sexual and creative power, symbolized by the lion.

Despite his unsavory reputation, Aleister Crowley was one of the first male occultists to embrace the goddess. Crowley switched the traditional order of Strength and Justice tarot cards and changed the name of the Strength card to Lust. Crowley wanted to give Lust (11) the same numerical value as the High Priestess (2), which some Tarot scholars interpret as the holiest card in the deck. Many other decks, including the popular feminist deck MotherPeace, have also incorporated this numerical change. In this Crowley acknowledged the power of the feminine Beauty/Beast.

The word lust is derived from the words luster or light, and originally meant “religious joy.” Strength, Light, Lust, and Holiness were originally all one. Crowley’s Lust card depicts a rather zaftig and sexual woman — the much-maligned Whore of Babylon — riding a multi-headed lion from the Bible’s Book of Revelations. In the commingling of beast (indicating our animal nature) and Babylon (indicating the sexual force of the great tripartite goddess), a great power is realized.

In “Beauty and the Beast,” the character Beauty can be seen as the Sacred Whore. She has gone to live with the Beast to save the life of her father. The Beast woos Beauty, painfully and pitifully. Ashamed of his ugliness and his animalistic traits, he pines away, stepping towards death. When Beauty sees beyond his mask, she sacrifices her ego and goes to him. When she gives herself to him with a kiss, he is reborn as a gorgeous prince, symbolizing the bliss of the union of Spirit and Nature. This tale is saying that it is within our power to change the state of civilization by the power of our sex. This sentiment is echoed in Deena Metzger’s poem, “The Women Who Slept with Men to Take the War Out of Them.” The Goddess’ way is power with, not the patriarchal power over.

Sex, Death and Transformation

When fully self-realized, woman is the initiatrix into higher rites of passage. She is Mut, Great Mother of Death, and also Isis, whose love makes possible the higher birth of Horus from the inert Osirus. Astrologically speaking, this concept is reflected in the sign of Scorpio, which rules sex, death, and transformation or initiation. Sexual love can be a path to spiritual evolution. Some occultists believe that sex combined with ritual creates the most powerful magic.

Love/Sex is also linked with death. Renaissance poets called orgasm “the little death.” The Goddess is more than Mother and Whore, she is also the Crone, the Destroyer, the Eater of Men. This trifold goddess is akin to Hindu Goddess Kali. Powerful Kali gives birth with one hand while squatting over her dead consort Shiva and devouring his entrails with the other. If we conquer our fear of the trifold Goddess’ powers and embrace the natural sacredness of sex and death, we can truly begin to understand the cycle of life.

Life Out of Balance

Many believe that the world’s chance of survival is dependent on the reclamation of the female aspect of deity and its integration in the minds of the people “en masse.” We will evolve in the images of the God/Goddess that we created. The Sacred Prostitute represents energy, light, and expansive creative force. The repression of this positive force puts society in crisis. As poet/prophet William Blake writes, “Repressed energy breeds pestilence.” Our world becomes a place where violence has replaced creative sexual expression. Consider that violence is accepted as common TV fare, while the sight of a women breastfeeding her infant causes vehement outcries from the rightwing christian minority.

Our society’s god-of-choice is miserable, grouchy, and usually on the verge of suicide. Just watch the TV evangelists praying forArmageddon. Their god only evinces the “restrictive” saturnine intellect and represents a degeneration, a far fall from the original Father-Mother-Sister-Brother God/Goddess of Jewish paganism named YHVH. The punishing grey-beard whom Blake deemed “Nobodaddy,” has been severed from feminine wisdom. His children are stillborn, waiting in the ethers for the nourishing milk of their mother.

Violence against women increases as men who feel powerless resort to rape. Millions of women deny themselves orgasmic pleasure because they are taught “good girls don’t” by a society that worships a bachelor god. The new Yahweh is irritable and quick to call fun a sin. Many men are stuck playing tough guy roles, and many women learn that submission and passivity are their tickets to survival. Two hundred years ago, the poet Percy Shelley, a maverick feminist and political activist, asked, “Can man be free if woman be a slave?”

Anyone who has indulged in BDSM will tell you that both dominant and submissive roles contain joys, but to play only one and never the other brings monotony, sadness, or dangerous obsession. Without the embodiment of the Sacred Whore in every woman, society twists itself dysfunctional.

Reclaiming Female Power

Of course, women can’t flock to temples and set up camp as Holy Whores in this day and age without being arrested. But a change in the way women see themselves, and in the way men see women, would be a start. Every woman can invoke the Holy Whore into her life with pleasure. The Sacred Prostitute is a woman who has reclaimed her Self and reconnected with her will. Most importantly, she is a woman who has reclaimed the sacredness of her body.

First and foremost: Pay attention to what advertisers and the media, promoters of degenerate cultural realities, are telling us. Both women and men must learn to ignore the messages that women are “sick” with post-menstrual syndrome (PMS0 or menstrual cramps two weeks out of every month, that our vaginas smell bad, that we must wax pubis, douche, or use deodorized tampons if we are to be “clean.” It’s hard to invoke the Goddess within if we believe our bodies are so flawed.

We need to honor the menstrual cycle. We need to change the language associated with it, call it moon time or bleeding time, instead of the vulgar “on the rag.” Don’t blame your partner’s moodiness on PMS; have sex instead — wonderful messy sex. Fertilize your plants with menstrual blood, an ancient magical fertilizer. Question the programming that automatically labels sexual women “sluts.”

Yahweh’s obviously not happy alone on the mountain. Our reclaiming of the sacred prostitute’s spirit, humor, and sheer joy in the flesh could help this pitiful modern God remember his Goddess’s bountiful tit and make some holy whoopie. When the Goddess residing in every woman is honored, the paradox of sacred sexuality can again manifest in our world. The Goddess is as her people act: As above, so below.

Diana Rose Hartmann MA is a freelance writer and artist. Her articles and short fiction have appeared in a variety of publications including The Sun, The Seattle Times, The Whole Life Times, Green Egg, New Falcon Publications, and bOING-bOING. She has worked on projects as varied as scripting and designing mass market computer games to teaching writing at California State University to editing and writing occult psychology for trade paperback publishers. She also paints, creates comics, and reads Tarot cards.

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oshunshines:

MEDUSA AND HER SISTER STHENOOrigin: LibyaMedusa, the most beautiful and only mortal Gorgon sister, is a see spirit. Coral is allegedly Medusa’s blood, which spilled into the sea and was petrified. Medusa heads were traditionally carved as coral cameos for an extremely powerful protective amulet.Medusa is not just a minor sea spirit. She is a godiz of menstrual power and hence female power. There is an ancient metaphysical belief that menstrual blood is the single most powerful substance on daughter Earth. It can be used to destroy or overwhelm any other power.Snakes are traditionally associated with the menses. A German folk belief, documented as late as the 18th century, suggest that if a woman on her menses buried her hair in daughter Earth, it will become a snake. In souther Asia, there’s an ancient belief that the menses indicates possession by snake spirits. Medusa is the embodiment of menses protective powers.The technical term for the image of Medusa’s severed head is “gorgoneion.”~full synopsis and comparisons coming soon in the KOSMIC YONIVERSE~

 

oshunshines:

MEDUSA AND HER SISTER STHENO
Origin: Libya

Medusa, the most beautiful and only mortal Gorgon sister, is a see spirit. Coral is allegedly Medusa’s blood, which spilled into the sea and was petrified. Medusa heads were traditionally carved as coral cameos for an extremely powerful protective amulet.

Medusa is not just a minor sea spirit. She is a godiz of menstrual power and hence female power. There is an ancient metaphysical belief that menstrual blood is the single most powerful substance on daughter Earth. It can be used to destroy or overwhelm any other power.

Snakes are traditionally associated with the menses. A German folk belief, documented as late as the 18th century, suggest that if a woman on her menses buried her hair in daughter Earth, it will become a snake. In souther Asia, there’s an ancient belief that the menses indicates possession by snake spirits. Medusa is the embodiment of menses protective powers.

The technical term for the image of Medusa’s severed head is “gorgoneion.”

~full synopsis and comparisons coming soon in the KOSMIC YONIVERSE~

 

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Sacred Menses

eclecticalexandria:

This explanation of what the energy of the womb and womb chakra are doing in the menstrual cycle helps us to understand what basic practices of the womb are necessary for the blood masteries. First, women need to keep their menses sacred. The first three days (or days of heaviest bleeding) are times when eminence amounts of divine and attachment energy are leaving the woman. She must replenish that space through sacred connection and practices (prayer, meditation, connection to source). Second, she must be separate from the daily negativity or demands of life so that the womb does not fill with mundane and negative influences. Third, she must remain emotionally even and stable and non-attached to worldly experiences.


During menses women need to seek a separate (or menstruating women only) place for an additional reason as well. Some cultures and religious practices prohibit women from communal sacred palaces (like temples etc.) during their menses. Current thought explains this either as women being unclean during their menses or as further evidence of the debasement of the feminine. However a little knowledge of the energy shows us other possibilities.

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(Source: wombhealing.com, via sensualproverb)

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blackndns:

ARTIST STATEMENT:
Who is Kyra Climbingbear?
Kyra Climbingbear is an “American” singer/songwriter. Her definition of American meaning the TRUE foundation of America being of both African and Native descent. At the tender of age of 9, Kyra Climbingbear first took notice of her writing ability and talent with words and has been writing ever since. Although, she sang in chorus and honor’s choir all throughout Grammar, Middle, and High Schools, it was not until she was in her late teens that she realized she wanted to be a singer/songwriter; to be exact the “frontman”, the leader.
After the birth of her first child Kenai, it was her mother and partner that pushed Kyra Climbingbear to get over the “hump” and pursue singing professionally. Weeks later she was in Lethal Nation of the Grunts as Karen Rowe. The band L.N.T.G. played at the famous CBGB before it’s finally closing. Though the group did not last, Kyra continued to pursue music. Needless, to say it has been a rough road and five years later she is still going strong. Her hard work and dedication has paid off with her recent success. In the summer of 2009, not only did she graduate from the Institute of Audio Research with a GPA of 3.84, she also opened for Stax recording artist N’dambi. N’dambi, who was once the background singer of Erykah Badu,who by the way is one of Kyra’s favorite singers. It’s no wonder that people have often compared Kyra’s voice to N’dambi’s, with N’dambi being one Kyra’s main influences. Three weeks after the birth of her second child YaRa, Kyra Climbingbear with children in tow, opened for American Idol Bo Bice, at the 97th Annual Cherokee Indian Fair. This was an enormous opportunity for Ms. Climbingbear whose family still resides on the Qualla Boundary Reservation. She was able to bring new music to her tribe and perform in front of her peers and family.
As an enrolled member of the Eastern Band Cherokee Indian, Kyra Climbingbear is now working on a new project to fuse both of her worlds. She is ready for the world to hear a new sound. Many others have claimed to be an ” Urban Indian” however, Kyra has not only lived in the Tristate area most of her life but has spent months back and forth on her own rez. In the next year, she will be immersing herself head first into Cherokee traditional music, language, and culture as a way to fuse them with Hip Hop, Soul, and Rock music. All of these being a part of who she is, has been, and will become. During this “hibernation” she hopes to emerge with a new voice/sound that reflects her true inner voice.
This is just one of the many projects Ms. Climbingbear is working on. With projects in the works of a children’s album, Management/ Production company, Artist Development for Native and Urban youth. One should expect big things from such a small person within the next few years.

blackndns:

ARTIST STATEMENT:

Who is Kyra Climbingbear?

Kyra Climbingbear is an “American” singer/songwriter. Her definition of American meaning the TRUE foundation of America being of both African and Native descent. At the tender of age of 9, Kyra Climbingbear first took notice of her writing ability and talent with words and has been writing ever since. Although, she sang in chorus and honor’s choir all throughout Grammar, Middle, and High Schools, it was not until she was in her late teens that she realized she wanted to be a singer/songwriter; to be exact the “frontman”, the leader.

After the birth of her first child Kenai, it was her mother and partner that pushed Kyra Climbingbear to get over the “hump” and pursue singing professionally. Weeks later she was in Lethal Nation of the Grunts as Karen Rowe. The band L.N.T.G. played at the famous CBGB before it’s finally closing. Though the group did not last, Kyra continued to pursue music. Needless, to say it has been a rough road and five years later she is still going strong. Her hard work and dedication has paid off with her recent success. In the summer of 2009, not only did she graduate from the Institute of Audio Research with a GPA of 3.84, she also opened for Stax recording artist N’dambi. N’dambi, who was once the background singer of Erykah Badu,who by the way is one of Kyra’s favorite singers. It’s no wonder that people have often compared Kyra’s voice to N’dambi’s, with N’dambi being one Kyra’s main influences. Three weeks after the birth of her second child YaRa, Kyra Climbingbear with children in tow, opened for American Idol Bo Bice, at the 97th Annual Cherokee Indian Fair. This was an enormous opportunity for Ms. Climbingbear whose family still resides on the Qualla Boundary Reservation. She was able to bring new music to her tribe and perform in front of her peers and family.

As an enrolled member of the Eastern Band Cherokee Indian, Kyra Climbingbear is now working on a new project to fuse both of her worlds. She is ready for the world to hear a new sound. Many others have claimed to be an ” Urban Indian” however, Kyra has not only lived in the Tristate area most of her life but has spent months back and forth on her own rez. In the next year, she will be immersing herself head first into Cherokee traditional music, language, and culture as a way to fuse them with Hip Hop, Soul, and Rock music. All of these being a part of who she is, has been, and will become. During this “hibernation” she hopes to emerge with a new voice/sound that reflects her true inner voice.

This is just one of the many projects Ms. Climbingbear is working on. With projects in the works of a children’s album, Management/ Production company, Artist Development for Native and Urban youth. One should expect big things from such a small person within the next few years.

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— 2 years ago with 113 notes
#informative 

nefferamaat:

Black Berry Beauty Product Demonstration II: Nubia I (by nubiaisutton1)

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— 2 years ago with 3 notes
#informative  #beauty  #video 

for the ladies who wish to lose weight, but not their butt & how to sculpt your backside and make it bigger

— 2 years ago with 3 notes
#big butt exercise  #informative  #makeda voletta  #video 
kemetically-ankhtified:

mujerinterrumpida:

These Waters Run Deep - Call For Expectant Mothers

signal boost (if this is still on)

kemetically-ankhtified:

mujerinterrumpida:

These Waters Run Deep - Call For Expectant Mothers

signal boost (if this is still on)

(Source: ynannarising, via daughterofassata)

— 2 years ago with 17 notes
#informative 
eatmangoesnekkid:

Do you know that women can cultivate our curves with our thoughts? That’s ONE of the many powers of the brilliant mind. We have the power to command our mind to be used in any way we desire. When using the mind as a learning tool, we can receive some baseline information about how the body works and how to move energy throughout the body, similarly to how energy moves throughout the planets and cosmos.  Learning more about how all this works has helped me to maximize my time so that exercising has become less about sculpting and toning my body, and more about learning how to move energy about throughout my body, which simultaneously cleanses my organs, allows to me to store extra energy into my navel center, and  of course, SCULPT and TONE my body. Cultivating energy flow or learning how to cycle energy throughout the body enhances every area of a woman’s life, especially intimacy and sex. The reason why a woman’s energy doesn’t flow i.e. (she doesn’t orgasm; she doesn’t ‘feel’ easily; she’s not easily aroused/excited) typically originates in childhood. Many little girls are scolded into not allowing energy to flow into their pelvis, not to touch themselves, not to act too sensual, or not to feel sensation in their pussies. Of course most girls are made to feel that sex is dirty or not to be talked about, and that “good girls” don’t talk about, think about, or have sex. Girls then spend so much time, years, tensing their pelvic muscles and ignoring any sensation they feel “down there,” and learn not to pay much attention to their vaginas that they literally close themselves off from pleasure…even FREE, simple pleasures eg sunshine or losing themselves in song and dance. Some parents then use the Bible to further repress children’s feelings and sensations, resulting in all types of mental, emotional, and spiritual BLOCKAGES. These blockages manifest in the emotional body of children and transfer in the physical body of repressed, non-orgasmic adults.  Cultivating energy flow creates a pleasurable life, not only sexually, but emotionally, mentally, and spiritually.
 I’ll be honest learning how to cycle energy throughout my body has saved my life because stagnant energy creates tumors and diseases in the human body, and the Earth body. Women are water and the healthiest body of water MOVES, MOVES, and MOVES. BREATHE, FEEL, ALLOW, RELEASE, and repeat. Be like WATA, wait, you are Wata! 
India S. Ame’ye Self-portrait June 27, 2012

eatmangoesnekkid:

Do you know that women can cultivate our curves with our thoughts? That’s ONE of the many powers of the brilliant mind. We have the power to command our mind to be used in any way we desire. When using the mind as a learning tool, we can receive some baseline information about how the body works and how to move energy throughout the body, similarly to how energy moves throughout the planets and cosmos.  Learning more about how all this works has helped me to maximize my time so that exercising has become less about sculpting and toning my body, and more about learning how to move energy about throughout my body, which simultaneously cleanses my organs, allows to me to store extra energy into my navel center, and  of course, SCULPT and TONE my body. 

Cultivating energy flow or learning how to cycle energy throughout the body enhances every area of a woman’s life, especially intimacy and sex. The reason why a woman’s energy doesn’t flow i.e. (she doesn’t orgasm; she doesn’t ‘feel’ easily; she’s not easily aroused/excited) typically originates in childhood. Many little girls are scolded into not allowing energy to flow into their pelvis, not to touch themselves, not to act too sensual, or not to feel sensation in their pussies. Of course most girls are made to feel that sex is dirty or not to be talked about, and that “good girls” don’t talk about, think about, or have sex. Girls then spend so much time, years, tensing their pelvic muscles and ignoring any sensation they feel “down there,” and learn not to pay much attention to their vaginas that they literally close themselves off from pleasure…even FREE, simple pleasures eg sunshine or losing themselves in song and dance. Some parents then use the Bible to further repress children’s feelings and sensations, resulting in all types of mental, emotional, and spiritual BLOCKAGES. These blockages manifest in the emotional body of children and transfer in the physical body of repressed, non-orgasmic adults.  Cultivating energy flow creates a pleasurable life, not only sexually, but emotionally, mentally, and spiritually.

I’ll be honest learning how to cycle energy throughout my body has saved my life because stagnant energy creates tumors and diseases in the human body, and the Earth body. Women are water and the healthiest body of water MOVES, MOVES, and MOVES. BREATHE, FEEL, ALLOW, RELEASE, and repeat. Be like WATA, wait, you are Wata!

India S. Ame’ye Self-portrait June 27, 2012



— 2 years ago with 54 notes
#quote  #informative 
unicef:

Bahati Traoré holds her sleeping newborn daughter, wrapped securely against her for warmth to reduce the risk of hypothermia, at the Kita Regional Reference Health Centre in the town of Kita in the western Kayes Region of Mali. The treatment is part of the ‘Kangaroo Mother Care’ method and was invented in Colombia in the 1980s to provide an alternative for premature or underweight newborns who have no access to incubators. Ms. Traoré’s daughter was born at a nearby centre two months early – a delivery brought on by shock following the death of another of her children, from malaria. The Kangaroo Mother Care method is now a standard treatment in Malian regional reference centres and is taught as a best practice in UNICEF-supported midwife trainings.
© UNICEF/NYHQ2010-2330/Olivier AsselinMali, 2010
http://www.unicef.org

unicef:

Bahati Traoré holds her sleeping newborn daughter, wrapped securely against her for warmth to reduce the risk of hypothermia, at the Kita Regional Reference Health Centre in the town of Kita in the western Kayes Region of Mali. The treatment is part of the ‘Kangaroo Mother Care’ method and was invented in Colombia in the 1980s to provide an alternative for premature or underweight newborns who have no access to incubators. Ms. Traoré’s daughter was born at a nearby centre two months early – a delivery brought on by shock following the death of another of her children, from malaria. The Kangaroo Mother Care method is now a standard treatment in Malian regional reference centres and is taught as a best practice in UNICEF-supported midwife trainings.

© UNICEF/NYHQ2010-2330/Olivier Asselin
Mali, 2010

http://www.unicef.org

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— 2 years ago with 1087 notes
#informative 
thedailygoddess:

(above photo by: shoomiah on Deviantart)
Sekhmet
Mythology: Egyptian
Goddess of: War and destruction, strong feminine sexuality
Name means: “to be strong and violent”
Also Known as: Nesert (Flame), Great One of Healing
Symbolism: Lioness, Cobra, Eye of Horus
Sekmet was presumably created by Ra as a weapon of destruction because his people were disobedient to him. After she unleashed her destruction, the people of Egypt feared another attack, and decided to create a ritual in order to keep her happy. There were 700 statues involved, and the Egyptian priests were meant to perform this ritual in front of a different statue every morning and every afternoon, year round. However, her origin story has been debated, and many believe that she is much older than Ra, while others insist that he is her father.
Sekmet is pictured as having the head of a lioness on a woman’s body. She is considered the crone of the trinity: Hathor, Bast, Sekhmet.
Sekmet has a terrible reputation, but many women of great power generally do. She is associated with Kundalini, which is strong feminine sexuality brought forth as  psychic energy, also called “shakti” (power of the individual) which is a Hindu word derived from Sekhmet. 
It is interesting to note, though, that she also stood for Healing, and her priests/priestesses were said to be the greatest healers in Egypt. Also associated as a Goddess of Love in some circles, she had the power to destroy with her flames, but was also a protector of the dead. 
Sekhmet is said to be helpful nowadays to modern women to help them with protection, Banishing negativity, helping one overcome rage, an aid in depression, helping to discover courage, sexual energies and standing up for oneself.

(Above image by: sekhmet-the-flame on DeviantArt)
http://www.egyptianmyths.net/sekhmet.htm
http://www.orderwhitemoon.org/goddess/Sekhmet.html

thedailygoddess:

(above photo by: shoomiah on Deviantart)

Sekhmet

Mythology: Egyptian

Goddess of: War and destruction, strong feminine sexuality

Name means: “to be strong and violent”

Also Known as: Nesert (Flame), Great One of Healing

Symbolism: Lioness, Cobra, Eye of Horus

Sekmet was presumably created by Ra as a weapon of destruction because his people were disobedient to him. After she unleashed her destruction, the people of Egypt feared another attack, and decided to create a ritual in order to keep her happy. There were 700 statues involved, and the Egyptian priests were meant to perform this ritual in front of a different statue every morning and every afternoon, year round. However, her origin story has been debated, and many believe that she is much older than Ra, while others insist that he is her father.

Sekmet is pictured as having the head of a lioness on a woman’s body. She is considered the crone of the trinity: Hathor, Bast, Sekhmet.

Sekmet has a terrible reputation, but many women of great power generally do. She is associated with Kundalini, which is strong feminine sexuality brought forth as  psychic energy, also called “shakti” (power of the individual) which is a Hindu word derived from Sekhmet. 

It is interesting to note, though, that she also stood for Healing, and her priests/priestesses were said to be the greatest healers in Egypt. Also associated as a Goddess of Love in some circles, she had the power to destroy with her flames, but was also a protector of the dead. 

Sekhmet is said to be helpful nowadays to modern women to help them with protection, Banishing negativity, helping one overcome rage, an aid in depression, helping to discover courage, sexual energies and standing up for oneself.

(Above image by: sekhmet-the-flame on DeviantArt)

http://www.egyptianmyths.net/sekhmet.htm

http://www.orderwhitemoon.org/goddess/Sekhmet.html

— 2 years ago with 691 notes
#informative