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VIR Update 4

Saturday, September 20th, 2014

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From Witches, Midwives and Nurses, by Barbara Ehrenreich & Deirdre English

“In locale and timing, the most virulent witch hunts were associated with periods of great social upheaval shaking feudalism at its roots–mass peasant uprisings and conspiracies, the beginnings of capitalism, and the rise of Protestantism…witchcraft represented a female-led peasant rebellion.”

“Our enemy is not just “men” or their individual male chauvinism: It is the whole class system which enabled male, upper class healers to win out and which forced us into subservience. ¬†Institutional sexism is sustained by a class system which supports male power.”

“Professionalism is–by definition–elitist and exclusive, sexist, racist and classist.”

(Images from “The Double Goddess: Women Sharing Power” by Vicki Noble, “Ariadne’s Thread: A Workbook of Goddess Magic” by Shekhinah Mountainwater, “The Witches’ Craft” by Raven Grimassi, “Women’s Rites, Women’s Mysteries” by Ruth Barrett)

 

 

VIR Update 3

Monday, September 8th, 2014

Great discovery of my time here, most provocative and stirring–the idea that the Eleusinian mysteries were anchored to the Demeter-Persephone myth–via Spiders and Spinsters by Martha Weigle

“By entering the figure of Demeter we realize the universal principle of life, which is to be pursued, robbed, raped, to fail to understand, to rage and grieve, but then to get everything back and be born again.”–Kerenyi

“Jane Harrison considered the Mysteries to be founded on a much more ancient women’s rite, from which men were excluded, a possibility which tells us how endangered and complex the mother-daughter cathexis was, even before recorded history. Each daughter, even in the millennia before Christ, must have longed for a mother whose love for her and whose power were so great as to undo rape and bring her back from death. And every mother must have longed for the power of Demeter, the efficacy of her anger, the reconciliation with her lost self.”
–Adrienne Rich, Of Women Born

VIR Update 2

Monday, August 25th, 2014

Mostly I’m reading–and keeping notes on my table, which the ICI kindly covered with butcher paper before I started.

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Butcher paper has been a big part of engaging with some Scottish Rite images.

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Love in the back of Witchcraft, The Sixth Sense–the list of the entire Melvin Powers Self-Improvement Library–first sections: Astrology. ¬†Bridge.

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