A Note on the Creating of Religion

I know Philip Heselton hoped to find (but did not assume that he would) evidence that Gerald Gardner’s friends were practicing a rudimentary form of Gardnerian Craft in the 1930s. As he shows in Witchfather, he did not find any. He discovered quite a few people in Gardner’s circle of occultist friends who may have [Read More…]

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What If Witches Are the Genuine Christians? — Goddess Murder II

I had completed much more writing linked to my Goddess Murder project, and it was not obvious what to do with it. I experimented with doing a sequel or a prequel or . . . but the protagonist/narrator needed to rewrite his earlier effort in order to deal with new information he became privy to [Read More…]

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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, [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, 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, 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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