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Ancient Calendar & Pagan Holidays: November 18th : Ardvi Sura Anahita, Sacred Prostitutes and Sex Magic

 

 Today belongs to Ardvi Sura Anahita

It’s an Observance

Ardvi Sura Anahita was a Goddess of Babylonian times. Her name means, “damp, strong, AND immaculate’.’

Interestingly enough, she was a water Goddess that has the power to influence the flow of water which was believed to enable life.  After all, we need water to survive, yes?

Now this also meant  she ruled over the sperm of men and of all beasts– for without that—this making up half the recipe to create life.  She is considered to be a “mother” AND a virtuous maiden.

Ardvi Sura Anahita‘s temples accepted offerings of Green Plants which represented new life as well as purity. The temples were filled with Sacred Prostitutes.

Back in the day, a sacred prostitute was an important part of certain societies. They were well kept, sacred vessels that a partner could better connect to the Goddess through and with. I kind of considered them to be Priestesses of an ancient sex magic or that’s what I walked away with when researching them.

 Through pictures and art, Anahita is usually shown driving a chariot with four horses. They represent the natural and raw forces of  rain, clouds, hail and wind.

 

 

 

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The Genealogy of Angels

A while back, I posted an article here called Getting to Know Your Spirit Guides, which brushed the edges of subjects known as Angels. With the feedback and my own theories of study, I decided to share what I had and to attempt looking deeper. While most people believe Angels are a Christian term, the creation ‘of’ is not. It seems that every culture prior or during, had their own versions.

So, taking a look at those now,(or some) we can do something of a genealogical trace concerning “Angels’.

Brief overview: While Christian views concerning Angels and what they might be or might look like, varies, according to other religions, they weren’t always celestial beings of vast light serving God with purity (or what we have come to believe as pure). And while we have such stories concerning the Fallen which places them at the helm of God’s punishment for ‘loving humans’, beliefs prior to that had them doing nothing but…

Other Cultures:

Apsaras The Hindu had their own version called Apsaras. The Apsaras didn’t have a thing to do with divine miracles or being the messengers of an out-of-reach God, but instead were all about sexual bliss. And mind you, in those days sex was a sacred thing, not the shameful sin it became in later times. The Apsaras granted such (sexual and orgasmic bliss upon those who were deemed ‘blessed’.

Amazingly, the Hindu angels main talent and gift was lovemaking. And they were considered the ‘perfect’ lovemakers at that.  They did not tire out, lose energy or release bodily fluids of any kind. They could not get pregnant, could not give birth, nurse, nor had the pesky once- a- month–menstruation. Even after all this,though, they were shown, at times, as mothers. However their children just appeared on their laps at or around the age of five. These beings were considered perfect, and were known as ‘Dispensers of Joy.’

Valkyries-wallpaper3d1280x768-m Vikings had their form of Angels called Valkyries. In short, since this will be too long of an article if I cover each one in depth, but Valkeries would watch over the battlefields waiting for brave warriors to die. When they did, they would fly down and carry them off to the Halls of Valhalla where Odin awaited. Earlier images suggest that the Valkeries were Amazonian like Priestesses who guarded the Gates of Death. They symbolized devouring those who died in order to give them renewed life. (Your basic destroyer/rebirth Goddess tale)

S058 The Greek version of Angel was called Horae. The Horae were sacred Nymphs of the Goddess Aphrodite. They were famous for the Dances of Hours. They were also known to be the midwives of the Gods and the inspiration for the human version of sacred Horae (sacred priestesses also known as harlots)

The Persian version of Angel were called Houris or Houri or Peris. Again, these were sexual angels–heavenly Nymphs, which were also the same as the Babylonian’s Harine, Semite–Harlot. The Persian version, Houris, were known as dancing Ladies of the Hour. They were the keepers of time in Heaven and tended those there called star-souls.

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In ancient times, the Shakti were known as many things but one of which was an Angel or spirit-wife, in which  each person had. Once the person died, though, the Shakti came down from the heavens, took the man or woman into their arms, wrapping them up in their rapturous embrace at the exact moment of death.

So with all this information being said, and given the habits of biblical writers who seemed to pen the opposite or interpret certain subjects as a lesson to steer believers away from a popular idea or practice….then perhaps there was a reason behind the Fallen Angel myth, after all.

I will admit, it was a hard one for me to figure out, until now. However, since the story goes that these Angels fell in love and had children with humans…then maybe it was to conteract the popular belief that Angels (in every ancient culture before) were allowed to have sexual relationships and or were the very essence of????? So for any mortal man or woman who believed this or desired to be with their ‘angel’ they would begin to fear the idea, and the wrath of this new God.

It is just a thought…for every story has a purpose and reason…

Here’s hoping you draw your own theories and conclusions and share.

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Resources:

The Woman’s Encyclopedia of Myths and Secrets

by Barbara G. Walker

Wikipedia

Pictures:

Moonlight Bathing Valkyries: Gods and Heroes series by George Grie

Shakti image

 

 

Ancient Calendar: June 2, 2010

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June: Pagan Artist of the Month: Willow Arleana

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Wake up!!! It’s Wednesday!!!!

I know, I know…what’s so special about Wednesday. Well, it means we are half way there…half way to that glorious weekend where most of you have off.

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How many has ever heard of the Count Alessandro di Cagliostro? Well I haven’t which goes to prove why Ancient Calendar is just so dang cool. It gives each of us a chance to learn a little something who had a bit to do with some form of Paganism.

The Count, given name at birth Giuseppe Balsamo, was born in a place called Palermo, Sicily during the year of 1743. While the details of his life are a mystery, he was known for being an Alchemist, Freemason, and an adventurer (makes me think of our own William Maltese). Now while the Count claimed to have studied Alchemy and the Kabbalah with the Knights of Malta, the very controversial Helena Petrovna Blavatsky was actually the one who added the many tall tales known about him. Whether they are true or not…we may never know, unless one of us gets off our butts and channels up a spirit or two in order to find out. *winks*

So, summing things up…what does today have to do with the Count? Well, it’s his Birthday of course. Happy Birthday Count…from all of us here at The Pagan and the Pen…wherever you may haunt!

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Now here is a more popular name for you, or for those who love to dive head deep into Prophecies. The notorious Mother Shipton, real name Ursula Sontheil, is remembered today. Mother Shipton was born in a cave (no lie) which was beside the river Nidd in Yorkshire back in the year of 1488. For those who haven’t a clue as to who she is…she wrote down poetic prophecies. Some of her famous once, which was said to come to pass–

Henry VIII victory over France in 1513

The Famous London fire of 1666

The Victory and defeat over the Spanish Armada in 1588

And her own death…in 1561

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Now, stepping back in time, Ishtar of Babylon, who stood for love and fertility would have her festival on this day…if Babylon was still shaking a tail feather.

Rumor has it, that Ishtar had her history of lovers…taking them and then tossing them to the side whenever she tired of them. (GO ISHTAR!!!)

There are many tales concerning Ishtar, concerning gods named Tammuz, and then one named Gilgamesh, a King of Uruk, (who in here watched the Movie The Knight’s Tale?). Gilgamesh was said to turn her down, and his reasons—the way she tossed her other lovers so easily away.

Now, according to Barbara G. Walkers (whom I absolutely dig) , Ishtar is the same as the biblical Ashtoreth, Anath, Asherah, Esther, the Queen of Heaven in (Jeremiah 44: 19) Of course Biblical writers had to also make her the Great Whore of Revelations 17: 5 (gotta love that), and Mother of all Harlots.

Ishtar, , Star, according to the Babylonian scriptures, was known as the Light of the World, along with a whole bunch of other wonderful and very cool names. And according to more Feminine translations, Ishtar did not chase Tammuz into the Underworld in order to make him one of her many-toss- him- to- the- side- lovers, but to rather SAVE him. We have to watch when reading the myths of our times, because somehow, Goddesses get a bit of negativity tossed to their names, depending on what writer is raving on them.

Also according to Gilgamesh, the one who became famous for turning her down, she was cruel to her lovers. However, this misunderstanding could have come from the misunderstanding concerning who her lovers were…each representing a sacrificial god who refreshed the fertility of the earth with his blood.

The fact was, Ishtar was not one to muck about with. And she was a woman, a Goddess who held super duper kickin’ powers that the other Gods feared because if they didn’t walk a straight line, Ishtar could deny them their sacrificial meals.Because of the power factor, it could be, that Priests of later Gods, decided to lessen her image as such the case as time went on…and the image of the Great Goddess was slowly destroyed.

Here is hoping you enjoyed today’s Ancient Calendar. Please comment, and let us know what you think. Did you learn a little something?

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Pagan Holiday for April 10th, 2010

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Rome will say good-bye to their VERY long festival of Megalesia–honoring their Mother of the Gods Cybele for today is the last.

Hopping over to Babylon, we shall see an observance and festival for their Goddess named Bau. Bau was drawn with the head of a Dog. Her name in Babylonian language means ‘bark’.

The Celts will be having their traditional celebration because the sun shall dance on this day.

And in Norse territory, they shall call this day Sigrblot for it is the first day of summer in their Calendar.

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