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. [Read More...]

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Goddess Murder, 32: Aradia’s First Revelation; Avalon 2

XXXIV. The First Revelation Discourse When Aradia, my mother, began to be a woman, her mother Diana called her and said, “I must tell you the story of Ara­dia, whom you are named after. She had come to teach us Witch­craft, but the Christians arrested her and murdered her. “I had thought she was dead, [Read More...]

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Goddess Murder, 31: First Night in Avalon

XXXIII. Avalon I As all men are alike (tho’ infinitely various), so all Religions, and as all similars, have one source. The true Man is the source, he being the Poetic Genius. As all men are alike in outward form, so (and with the same infinite variety) all are alike in the Poetic Genius. . [Read More...]

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Goddess Murder, 30: Aradia in Hades

XXXII.  Hades She is walking along a path through the forest, wearing a white robe, tied with a black cord; from it hangs a sheathed dagger. On her head is a tiara with a crescent moon in front. She wears a necklace of large black and amber beads. There are bracelets on her arms, rings [Read More...]

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Goddess Murder, 29: North to Sonoma, 3

XXXI. North to Sonoma, 3 “Dotty sounds like a fascinating character,” I said, “but that is one of the most improbable biographies I’ve ever heard.” Andy frowned. “Take any thread in history and it will seem improbable. So many other things could have happened. And perhaps they did. Even physicists believe there could be alternative [Read More...]

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Goddess Murder, 28: The Captivity of Aradia

XXX. Captivity We had our camps in the forest, under the trees, and in the even­ings Aradia would teach us, sometimes by words, sometimes by dan­cing, sometimes by singing, and sometimes by making love to us. She would almost always cast a circle about us, and tell us that the rules of the ordinary world [Read More...]

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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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