Tuesday, November 22, 2005


For everyone who likes "deep," here's something to chew on for a while: a theological look at one verse from “The Charge of the Goddess”:

“’Hear the words of the star Goddess, the dust of whose feet are the hosts of heaven, whose body encircles the universe.’

“In this verse, we are enjoined again to listen to the speech of the Goddess. But here, before we come to the first-person narrative, there is a description. ...[T]here is a mirroring of Christian liturgy which contains references to "hosts of heaven". In this context, however, we can move away from the notion that heaven is a place that we go after we die and have been judged. Rather, the clauses must be read together. This seems to me to be a description of the all-encompassing nature of the Goddess, indicating that she is the universe, and that all matter is indeed either an emanation from her (dust of her feet) or part of her body.

“Now, here is an interesting paradox. Generally, it is unusual to find these two ideas co-existing. Either philosophers/theologians have argued that we are the same stuff as the Divine spirit, or that we are a creation/emanation of that spirit, but not both…. Yes, we are the very body of the Goddess ourselves, just as the earth and all creation are, yet we are not the Goddess herself. She is a sum greater than her parts. This then gives us a possibility that in joining together, we create something greater than ourselves even while we understand ourselves to be important and divine….”

From “Equality and Pluralism in the Divine Embodied: An Exegesis of The Charge of the Goddess Part III,” by Kila-Ri
Now, in my head, I have magic movies of thousands of stars falling into place as the Goddess, shaking dust from Her feet, walks the night skies.

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