“The Myth of Sacred Prostitution in Antiqiuity” re-edited

Over the past few years in this blog  has often been neglected because of my other commitments. Furthermore I have been ignorant of some basic blogging skills such as that of tagging. I hope in future months to remedy these problems. One of the activities in which I am currently engaged is in a re-editing of some of my articles.

One of my most popular posts ( I say this with a grain of salt. None of my post can be really seen as popular) has been my post on the issue of “Sacred Prostitution in Antiquity.” On re-reading it a couple of years latter I still believe the facts presented in the article are solid. However I think that I communicated some of my thoughts about the attitudes of some Neopagans toward the myth of sacred prostitution poorly. I have now re-edited the article. I think that it is some what improved. Check here to read the edited post.



A Question of Confucius?

A few who have visited this site in the past may be surprised by the fact that Confucius has been juxtaposed next to Isis within the title. Anyone who knows my writing at all knows that a religious devotion to Isis has been a central aspect of my life for years. But that old patriarch Confucius?

Well first,this blog over time has become my default, all purpose, religious blog in which I write about these kinds of things. The Confucian school of Chinese thought interests me and therefore this blog is one place in which I will write about it. I have had an abiding off and on interest in the broad school of Chinese thought called Confucianism for over a decade, however in the last couple of years my study and interest in Confucianism has increased to the point in which It has become central of my thought and practical religious life along with Isis, and certain aspects of the Jewish and Christian traditions.

But what about the patriarchal nature of the Confucian tradition? Is that not in complete opposition to the worship of a goddess such as Isis, who has made women equal to men? Well of course Confucianism along with Judaism, Christianity, and just about every other mainstream religious world view has a deeply patriarchal aspect. It has suffered a strong patriarchal distortion though out its history. However I would argue that like Christianity, Judaism, Buddhism and the other major religious traditions that it also contains vast resources of pragmatic spiritual wisdom and knowledge that would be useful in modern American society and more importantly in the lifes of modern people. As I find a way to share some of these resources, persons will be able to judge for themselves the accuracy of my views on this.


Psalms for the Lady

One of the great sources of Marian devotional works from the Medieval Period is the Psalter of the Blessed Virgin Mary attributed to the Roman Catholic Saint Bonaventure of the 13th century CE. Several translations of this group of 150 small psalms to Mary are on the internet. Check out this link http://www.franciscan-sfo.org/ap/bona/PSALTER.htm to see one collection of these traditional psalms.

For several months now I have been adopting these hymns for my own personal devotional use. I want to share a few of these with those who are interested. One of my theological beliefs is that the Virgin Mary of Roman Catholicism and Eastern Orthodoxy is the Christian form of the divine feminine i.e. the Goddess. In Isian belief all of the goddesses are forms of Isis. The genuine worship and devotion expressed within the psalms of St. Bonaventure shines forth clearly in spite of the archaic King James style English of these translations. What I have done in my editing is to change a lot of archaic language to that of regular modern usage. The edited versions also have been made to reflect the thealogical belief that Mary / the Goddess / Isis is fully and completely divine and not subordinated to any other divine power. Again because in high Marian devotional literature, Mary takes on so many of the aspects of a goddess surprising little editing has been needed for my devotional purposses.

Note. The names given these psalms come from my self. The lines of the devotions are numbered to help me in memorizing them. Below are three of these psalms.

PSALM 23 – The Fullness

1) The fullness of the earth is yours O Lady; You O Mother will reign forever.

2) You are clothed with glory and beauty:

3) every precious stone is your adornment & your clothing.

4) The brightness of the sun is upon your head: the beauty of the moon is beneath your feet.

5) Shining orbs adorn your throne: the morning stars glorify your forever.

6) Be mindful of us, O Lady, in thy good pleasure: and make us worthy to glorify your name.

PSALM 22 – Blessed

1) You are my Queen, O Mother and you have turned to me your glorious face.

2) Blessed are your most resplendent eyes: which have turned toward toward sinners.

3) Blessed is the light and the splendor of your countenance: blessed is the grace of your face.

4) Blessed be the mercy of your hands: blessed be the stream of your mercies.

5) Let your prophets bless your holy name: let the righteous, saints, and martyrs sing praise to you.

PSALM 26 – May Your Light

1) O Lady, may your light be the splendor of my countenance:

2) and let the serenity of your grace shine upon my mind.

3) Raise up my head: and I will sing a psalm to your name.

4) Turn not away your face from me: for I have greatly desired your beauty and your grace.

5) I have loved you and sought after you, O Queen of Heaven:

6) withdraw not your mercy and your grace from your servant.

7) I will give praise to thee in the nations: and I will honor the throne of thy glory.