“Credit” Is a Word Used to Exploit You: Step One in Economic Resistance

Lately I’ve been thinking more about social justice than about theology or philosophy or poetry. I am just as concerned as anyone else about our economic situation, caused by the greed, stupidity, and selfishness of the wealthy. They bully and exploit the other 98 percent of us with impunity, because our government, which they largely control, has stopped using the means provided by our laws to keep them from doing so. You cannot strike back by illegal means, for exactly the same reason that a c … [Read more...]

Why Is Sex a Problem at All? The Poison of Puritanism

Why don’t human beings just have sex whenever they feel like it, which is usually, just for the pleasure of it? One can speculate that perhaps we did, at some point in our physical and social evolution, tens of thousands of years ago, but direct evidence about that is not possible.Fear of pregnancy was the old excuse, but after 1963, the Year of the Pill, when I was in my final year at San Francisco State, that excuse is no longer viable. STDs became another reason, narrowing that window on P … [Read more...]

Retrieving the Myth of Jesus and Sophia, Part II

Understanding what the actual theology of the classical Gnostics was about depends on understanding what they meant by the Greek term “Paston,” usually translated as “bridal chamber.” In context the term meant a type of experience, not to a physical location, so it is better translated as “sacred marriage,” a term whose connotations are much clearer to us. I have made great use in writing (and, at least once, in a blessed moment in real life) of the fact that, at the moment of uninhibited climax, … [Read more...]

Retrieving the Myth of Jesus and Sophia, Part I

In various previous blogs I have been pursuing the myth of Jesus and Sophia. I think of that myth as a palimpsest over the historical Joshua and Miriam, one that encoded the theology of the Marianite Christians, the name I am giving to the community in Alexandria that I think was founded by Mary Magdalene after she fled from Judea to escape from assassination by the Romans and their quislings.We have only fragments of that story. Suppose we had no text of Genesis 2-3, the story of Adam and … [Read more...]

Goddess Murder, 36: The Holy Apostle Mary Sings of Her Husband; Dante II

XL. The Holy Apostle Mary Sings of Her Husband [An excerpt from the Gaulish Chronicles as translated by S. Dugan and A. Verrazano] When I was young, I waited for him, not knowing when he would come, or even if he would come.I did not know what he would look like; I had forgotten his appearance after I left our Father’s house.I dreamed of him, knowing that I loved him.On my bed by night I sought him whom my soul loves; I sought him, but found him not.Then he came to do his F … [Read more...]

The United States Has Always Been a Pagan, Socialist Nation, Part II

In Part One I presented an argument that the USA began as a socialist nation. There are already a few people screaming that we are NOT a Socialist nation. No, that’s not what I said. I explained that I was using “socialist” in the classic Enlightenment sense as meaning a society that is governed for the benefit of all its people, not for the benefit of any minority. Of course, at the moment we have drifted far from that ideal. And, BTW, not reading what has been written is what gets freshman an F … [Read more...]

Goddess Murder, 35: Enter Dante Gabriel Rossini

XXXIX. Dante Abstinence sows sand all overThe ruddy limbs and flaming hair,But Desire GratifiedPlants fruits of life and beauty there.William Blake  Sunlight filled the cabin when we awoke. I felt at peace, a peace more profound than any I could remember. I knew that, no matter what the appearances might be, all is well, all is well.“Good morning,” I said.“Good morning to you,” she replied, stretching lazily.“What say we go down and mooch some breakfast off Ariel?” … [Read more...]

The United States Has Always Been a Pagan, Socialist Nation

Having been raised by a high-ranking military intelligence officer and having been converted to socialism by the red-diaper babies I went to high school with, I was very active in left-wing politics in the San Francisco area until about 1968, at which time I drew the conclusion that the fundamental values of a society can be changed only on the level of religion, not by politics, and at which time I and my friends founded the New Reformed Orthodox Order of the Golden Dawn as an experiment in … [Read more...]

Goddess Murder, 34: Aradia’s Second Revelation Discourse

XXXVIII. The Second Revelation Discourse [An excerpt from The Gospel of Diana as translated by A. Verrazano and A. Peregrino. The committee thinks that this speech has been added to by the final auther, whom Professor Verrazano has labelled the "Ultimate Diana."]  "The goal of humans is perpetual experience of divine joy. Humans are divine, but also deluded. Your divine nature is hidden from you by your ignorance. Your first task is to real­ize your divinity. The black priests tell you that y … [Read more...]

Goddess Murder, 33: From the Letter to Theophilus; Avalon 3

XXXVI. From the Letter to Theophilus We believe in the sacredness and sanctity of our sexuality, and we initiate those who are worthy into our mysteries. With our initiates, we form a sacred and secret society, keeping each other company in our pursuit of knowledge, for the Hebrew daath signifies both knowledge and sexual union.The full initiates of our tradition practice sacred sexuality and equality between men and women as Joshua taught. We are all husbands and wives of each other; none … [Read more...]


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