Epiphany of the month...not quite blog

I am the goddess...

   Sun, March 16, 2008 - 1:18 PM
I've been studying ancient civilizations...for fun.

And it turns out that there's a substantial body of evidence that the Romans were misogynistic nazis. And that early Indo European civilization, Celtics, were considered primitive barbarians by Rome largely because of their women of power, sustainable communities, and the need Rome had of their gold. Celts apparently had female and male equality in their religious beliefs, women held positions of power, and women were given rights by law. Women, elders and children had rights in the Celtic world. In pre history and during the beginning of Rome Celts flourished. They spanned most of Europe and had a network of wealthy trading communities, connected by well built roads and sea ports. They had over 200 gold mines, and were wealthy, well organized and complex. Their calendars were as accurate as ours today. They traded with lands as far off as china. The Celts also had a strong mother earth goddess in their religion. The gold and gems from the her earth were considered sacred gifts, the goddesses gifts. They adorned themselves freely with finely crafted jewelry. This jewelry and it’s style has turned up in many ancient civilizations that did trade with them. These precious gifts were considered sacred as were the mountains and caves they came from. Those caverns in the earth were the domain of the goddess.
Rome did much trade with them, and soon realized the value of war against them, the value of the Celts sacred lands. Several Roman emperors found it very profitable to manufacture glorious tales of victory over the 'barbarian hoards', while exterminating entire peoples for their gold.
A huge part of the disdain Rome had for the barbarians was the Celts inclusion of women. Women held positions of enormous power (perhaps leadership) even over men. Something that gave the Romans with their male military mind set, the willies. Most laws of Celtic life ran completely contrary to Roman convention/civilization. So it was easy to paint them as inhuman to the Roman people and eradicate them in the name of the 'civilized world'...while getting their gold for the glorification of Rome.
Rome never any had gold of it's own, it was only through genocide and enslavement of entire populations that they extracted what they needed.
And when history was written by the victors, there was no mention of Queens, goddesses or gold. only Roman civilization.

But in the Celts of the Pyrenees mountain region, the goddess traditions lived on. The Basque are directly linked to the Celts by genetics and retain legends and mythology of their ancient goddess culture. Their isolation made it possible to practice it for hundreds of years, outside the influence of other religions.

and I found out I am half Basque

The Basque Goddess is Mari
she is the goddess of weather, birth and animals.
she had many part bird female spirits about her called the lamina that protected women in child birth.

(unfortunately later all this was witchcraft, and the lamina evil women who sacrificed children)
It seems this stronghold of the pre Christian beliefs became a target of the witch hunts in Spain, and also the seeds of the neo pagan revival of today. And the tale of Baba Yaga and her house on chicken feet.

Some reference:
Genes link Celts to Basques
Mari is a Basque Goddess
Paganism in Provence:
How the Mother-Goddess Became the Mother of God
Tenacity in religion, myth, and folklore: the neolithic Goddess of Old Europe preserved in a non-Indo-European setting

Hymn to Her:

Let me inside you
Into your room
Ive heard its lined
With the things you dont show
Lay me beside you
Down on the floor
Ive been your lover
From the womb to the tomb
I dress as your daughter
When the moon becomes round
You be my mother
When everythings gone

And she will always carry on
Something is lost
But something is found
They will keep on speaking her name
Somethings change
Some stay the same

Keep beckoning to me
From behind that closed door
The maid and the mother
And the crone thats grown old

I hear your voice
Coming out of that hole
I listen to you
And I want some more
I listen to you
And I want some more

And she will always carry on
Something is lost
But something is found
They will keep on speaking her name
Some things change
Some stay the same

~The Pretenders


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Sun, March 16, 2008 - 2:15 PM
Great blog, Moonmom. Very interesting about the basque/celt connection. Thanks for the cool info. Neat that you are half basque. What a wonderful heritage. Have you seen this bbc series on barbarians. They really trash rome.

Sun, March 16, 2008 - 6:09 PM
that was my jumping off point...yes.
then i started researching and there's so much more.
they touch on the female power thing in the documentary...but i had no idea there was so much info
and then the Basque legends connected to it all
Sun, March 16, 2008 - 11:02 PM
So You Say You Want a Revelation?

Disappointed mystic exile John,
eager to besiege his jailors
rendering unto Caesar
tales of woe and destruction
of Biblical proportion:
"The burning bush told me. I swear it's true."
Beware the ides, the armies of Megiddo,
the smoke and mirrors,
the mushroom clouds
invading our memories.
"I send you these frantic missives,
Oh my Christian soldiers.
Do not stray from Yahweh.
Look what He has done to His
soul-begotten Son,
in a fit of divinity."
I believe Jesus made it his mission,
gave every effort and sacrifice,
to save his mortal family
from mad jealous wrath of Dad.
His words clear, actions legend.
So sad that sheep easily forget,
falling under the evil eye
of any would-be butcher
figuring to grow strong on
the currency of blood.
There are beasts, and Beasts
numbering in legions.
Days end, begin, end again.
Murdering souls in the Name
of the Redeemer. Oh, the Rapture!
Any sane Judgment would leave us
drowning in bitter tears.
I am begging:
Open your eyes, minds, hearts.
Open and learn.
True revelation awaits in every leaf and vein,
in every newborn cry
revealing pain
is meant to be a message
of active compassion,
to nurture a future
kinder than the past.

(c) March 17, 2008 Laurie Corzett/libramoon
Mon, March 17, 2008 - 9:18 AM
I am the goddess...
"the" nust be the Leo rising speaking...he he
"A" YES !! most definetly "A goddess" to me...
Mon, March 17, 2008 - 11:29 AM
thanks for posting!
Mon, March 24, 2008 - 4:19 PM
"A goddess" to me..."

Thank you my horned one, my stag, my snake...
Mon, March 24, 2008 - 4:20 PM
and thank you Libramoon for the beautiful poem
Sat, January 25, 2014 - 9:32 AM
Mari was often depicted riding a ram. then later when the roman catholic male dominated religion became enforced, the ram became a symbol of the devil, or Catholicism's agenda to coopt and corrupt old goddess religions of the Celts...where Mari from the Basque's to the Celts reined as deity.