I think that I will initiate this discussion by situating the place that Mary has in the religious or spiritual life of modern society. From there I will be able to more adequately explain my own particular assumptions about Mary and better describe the direction of the future discussion of this site.
Mary the Mother of Jesus, the Theotokos, the Mother of God lives of course near the center of both the Roman Catholic and Eastern Orthodox Churches. Within both of these church communities, Mary is known as the Queen of Heaven who intercedes in prayer to the Trinity for her people, etc. In both Catholicism and Orthodoxy Mary is prayed to, adored, and passionately loved. Further more much of the art and cathedrals of Western Christian civilization have been dedicated to her. Mary is as the Eastern Orthodox liturgy says “higher than the cherubim and seraphim. And yet in spite of this the apologists of both communities continually reiterate the message that Mary is only human and not divine. She, as many Protestants say, needed to be saved by her Son as do the rest of us.
To say the least many members of the Protestant Christian community and members of the very small but growing Neopagan communities through out the world view these views as both contradictory and strange. In fact from the Protestant point of view the historical Marian devotionism of the Catholic community seems to suggest that the status that Mary plays in Roman Catholicism is in fact that of a Pagan goddess. In fact anti-Catholic Protestant preachers regularly make this charge as a major part of their anti-Catholic rhetoric.
So these are the views with which I start. This is the starting point of discussion. From this point on I will look not primarily to the modern pagan theologies of Wicca, Pagan Reconstructionism, New Age thought, etc. I will not because Marian devotionalism is primarily a Christian phenomena and not a Pagan one. But instead I will look to the traditional, orthodox and heterodox religious traditions of Western Civilization for sources with which to dialogue. Since I am passionately attached to most aspects of the biblical word view and interested in the development of Christian theological traditions though out the last 2000 years this will work well.