Goddess Murder, 27: North to Sonoma, Part II

XXIX. North to Sonoma II “That’s enough about me,” I said. “What kind of hereditary Witch are you?” She laughed. “It’s our family tradition. We believe we’ve always followed our own religion, not Christianity, though sometimes we had to pretend in order to survive. It was our enemies who labeled us Witches—that’s not what we [Read More…]

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Goddess Murder, 26: The Sermon to the Prostitutes

XXVIII. The Sermon to the Prostitutes  As Aradia was speaking, a young woman in the crowd, a prostitute named Diana, pushed her way forward, wearing only a linen cloth about her body. The other women tried to hold her back; but she left the linen cloth in their hands and came to Aradia naked. Aradia [Read More…]

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Goddess Murder, 25: North to Sonoma

XXVII.  North to Sonoma, 1 Curled up in the passenger seat, Andy asked, “So where are we going?” “To Avalon. It’s a commune I know up in the hills of Sonoma County. One thing I study is how new religions are formed.” “Why?” “The specific academic field I’ve ended up in is heresiology. I’ve always [Read More…]

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Goddess Murder, 24: Aradia Enters, Stage Center

XXVI. The Beginning of the Book of the Generation of Aradia [From the Gospel of Diana, as translated by A. Verrazano and A. Peregrino] I am Diana, the daughter of Aradia.  Aradia was Queen of all the Witches and taught them magic in the school of her mother, the God­dess Diana. She named her daughter [Read More…]

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Goddess Murder, 22: Conclusion of The Acts of Mary

XXIV.  Mary Brings the Good News to Gaul [Excerpts from The Acts of Mary as translated by C.T. Edwards, A. Healy, L. Moresco, and S. Weiss] We were fortunate for several years in our teaching of the good news to Jews and Greeks alike. Then some of the House of Shammai who had escaped to [Read More…]

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Goddess Murder, 21. Aquinas

XXIII.  Aquinas  The mind of the world is Zeus, and all things are besoul’d and full of spirits. Thales The ancient Poets animated all sensible objects with Gods or Geniuses . . . Till a system was formed, which some took advantage of and enslav’d the vulgar . . . thus began Priesthood, choosing forms [Read More…]

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Goddess Murder, 20: The Flight to Egypt

[An excerpt from The Acts of Mary, as translated by C.T. Edwards, A. Healy, L. Moresco, and S. Weiss] XXII. After the council meeting, the brothers who preached to the Gentiles continued on their way. We continued on with ours, confident that we were keeping the mysteries he had taught us, no matter what the [Read More…]

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Goddess Murder, 18: The Contention of Mary and Saul

XX. From The Acts of Mary [Excerpts from The Acts of Mary as translated by C.T. Edwards, A. Healy, L. Moresco, and S. Weiss] My husband, Joshua, was not the most handsome man I had ever seen, but the power of his personality made up for that. He radiated confidence, joy, safety. We knew he was a true [Read More…]

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Goddess Murder, 17: Eddie’s First Circle

XIX. First Circle   Going Skyclad Of course the first thing I want to do With a naked woman is [seduce] her, But once that’s out of the way, The tension dissolved, We can turn to other work.   God, if this world were truly human, We’d all just go to bed together Whenever we [Read More…]

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Goddess Murder, 16: The Preaching of Mary

XVIII. From the Acts of Mary [An excerpt from The Acts of Mary as translated byC.T. Edwards,  A. Healey,  L. Moresco, and S. Weiss] Chapter V.  On one day a man in the crowd called out to me, “What about divorce? Did your Mashiach allow divorce?” I replied, “Why do you ask about divorce? Why [Read More…]

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