“Though we live amid high-rise steel buildings, formica countertops, and electronic television screens, there is something in all of us, women and men alike, that makes us feel deeply connected with the past. Perhaps the sudden dampness of a beach cave or the lines of sunlight piercing through the intricate lace patterns of the leaves in a darkened grove of tall trees will awaken from the hidden recesses of our minds the distant echos of a remote and ancient time, taking us back to the early stirrings of human life on the planet. For people raised and programmed on the patriarchal religions of today, religions that affect us in even the most secular aspects of our society, perhaps there remains a lingering, almost innate memory of the sacred shrines and temples tended by priestesses who served the religion of the original supreme deity. In the beginning, people prayed to the Creatress of Life, the Mistress of Heaven. At the very dawn of religion, God was a woman. Do you remember?”
This is the first paragraph of “When God Was A Woman”.
Near the end of the seventies I was back in the broom closet after a life changing run in with the first wave of mega-church fundies in central Ohio. I had been re-reading Frazer and turn of the century occultists and diving back into classics of Greeks and Romans. And I knew I was missing something. At a flea market in Marion, Ohio I saw a book sitting on the top of a stack of romance novels. It was an American first edition of “When God Was A Woman” by Merlin Stone. The dust cover was tattered then around the edges and the text underlined in places by the prior owner……but that book called out to me and it literally changed my life. I remembered in a flood of memories of my own life, the sacred places I had seen as a child throughout the world, the dreams of the Mother Goddess I had over and over when three and four years old. Within a year of reading that book I had an unwanted and unexpected hysterectomy when I was supposed to be having an appendectomy. And I had re-read many, if not most, of my collection of ancient texts, mythologies and accounts of ancient history armed now with the key to seeing the Goddess where She had been hidden before.
Everyone has a few authors who’s works significantly change their lives, for me Merlin Stone was among the most important. The Goddess called Merlin back on the cusp of the Goddess awakening that became my life work. Merlin, you changed my life, thank you and rest well in the arms of the Great Mother.
crossposted to cybelinecrone.blogspot.com
Ops Danny Boy, One Too Many “Motions to Dismiss”
It is no secret that I am associated with the Maetreum of Cybele and it’s legal case against the Town of Catskill for discrimination regarding our property tax exemption. I have also tried hard to keep my actual name off this blog because the Town Attorney is a slimeball who has repeatedly attempted to use any and every thing I ever wrote on the internet to discredit me. Several transvestite activists have deliberately linked my actual name to my opinion pieces to aid him in this. Slimeballs of a feather flocking together.
Well ole Danny Vincelette filed one too many motions to dismiss and totally pissed off the Judge in the case with his clearly bullshit and illogical and downright dishonest claims. In a seventeen page decision on his last motion and our counter motion, the Judge systematically ruled on each and every rationale to deny our exemption……and repeated over and over we were clearly discriminated against! He did not grant our motion for summery judgment because, as he said last week in a hearing before this decision was written, he wants us to finally have our day in court. He knows we will decimate Danny boy in court. I believe he also wants this to finally be a decided court case establishing once and for all that religious discrimination by local governments is a no go, at least in New York. Not to mention leave zero legitimate reason to appeal.
We have to file for our 2011 property tax exemption by Monday. This time we can cite settled law countering all the bullshit reasons they have used in the past. If we are denied this time, we will go both straight to the New York Attorney General’s office, where we have a religious discrimination complaint on hold, and file a Federal law suit in Federal court as well as criminal complaints with the US Attorney General’s office under three separate federal criminal laws.
They can no longer use BS zoning and building code reasons. They can no longer claim our Phrygianum is “just a residence” They can no longer attack our legitimacy as a religion. The judge ruled that the Town of Catskill has stipulated we are legitimate and use our property for charitable and religious purposes as is required. The Judge was so kind as to provide multiple legal precedences for each and every point.
Surrender now Danny boy….it’s over and if you continue, so will your career be over. Read that decision carefully because the Judge handed us the basis of filing criminal complaints against you personally on a silver platter…and ethical bar action. Sucks to be you and defeated by a crippled old lady and a shiny new attorney with zero prior court experience eh?
Our attorney is awaiting your call to arrange the terms of your surrender.