So what is the point of this blog now? Well it will not represent current day orthodoxies. While I may respect much within the Abrahamic faiths and in fact may believe much that comes from those traditions my basic perceptions of reality differ too much from them for me to give a full allegiance to any of these faiths. The same goes for the other great religions such as Buddhism, Hinduism, etc or the old Pagan traditions. Furthermore while I am willing to borrow and examine the usefulness of some of their ideas and practices, I am a not a strong believer in any of the modern Neo Pagan and New Age faiths either. Thus I guess that one can say that this blog is simply about my own religious thinking on the world. Perhaps some may find that to be of some interest. In any case this is a place in which I can write down my own thoughts.
I am reopening this blog. Given my past record I seriously doubt that I will compose more than a few posts a month but we will see. To start this off, I will note the obvious. The blog again has a new name “Isis, Mary, and the Goddesses” which I hope reflects more accurately where I am in my thinking at present than did the previous name “Aset Maryam.” For a quick summery Isis is still central to my devotional life and religious thinking. However in sharp contrast to most modern worshipers of Isis I have little interest in the Kemetic understanding of Isis as simply one deity of many. I worship Isis because she is the universal Goddess, Creatress and Savioress ( that is how Isidorus, Apuleius, and many of her other followers during the Greco Roman period saw her). I do not worship her as simply one of the Ennead of the Egyptian Gods. And furthermore I do not see her as simply one of a group of names that can be utilized to call upon the Great Goddess at the wish of the worshiper.
I also continue to have strong interest in the Christian tradition particularly in its more heterodox and Marian aspects. However I have moved away from any illusions that any serious dialogue can be established with any significant religious subcultures within the Roman Catholic Church regarding Mary’s person and status. As stated several times already the feminist liberal wing of modern Roman Catholicism tends to reject Mary because she supposedly does not serve as a good role model for modern women and the traditionalists who do adore Mary want to insure that no one thinks she is divine.
While the continuity with the past of this blog is strong its new title does represent some breaks with the past. The primary difference will be about “the Goddesses.” While Isis came close to being seen as the universal goddess of the ancient world of the West, other important goddesses and goddess-like persons also were worshipped and adored. Hathor and Mut are examples from the Egyptian tradition. Athena, Demeter and Artemis are important goddesses of the Greek traditions. Further more divine persons such as the Sophia of the Gostics and the Bible are also of importance. I want to be able to discuss those Goddess traditions without fear of violating some sort of self imposed orthodoxy. In the East people in nations such as India, China, and Japan continue to worship the Goddesses as they have for thousands of years. Tara the national Buddhist goddess of Tibet, Durga the Great Goddess of India and Kwan Yin are examples of Goddesses who are still worshipped today. I want to bring their traditions into dialogue.