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From the heart of Madame Blavatsky





It was a day not unlike today that they took Madame Blavatsky away.  Russian born, she was a mystic.  From 1848 to 1858, she traveled the world without a man.  She entered Tibet to study with the Masters for two years, and in 1871 she went to Cairo where she founded the Society Spirit for occult phenomena along with Emma Cutting (later Emma Coulomb).  In 1879 Madame Blavatsky emigrated to New York where she impressed all with her psychic feats.  She was no one-trick pony, she did it all:  mediumship, levitation, out-of-body projection, telepathy, clairvoyance,  and clairsentience.

Her first book, Isis Unveiled, appeared in 1877.  In the preface she stated that the book was "a plea for the recognition of the Hermetic Philosophy, the ancient universal wisdom."  And no doubt it was, for the Hermetic Society which still exist today, began with her book.

Just goggle Madame Blavatsky and you'll find pages and pages of opinions, good and bad.  In his book, "The Spear of Destiny," Trevor Ravenscroft writes that the Madame was used by the Alister Crowley's "Golden Dawn" group along with soon-to-be Nazis party leaders to raise demons out of her...  well...  private part.   I don't know about that, but I do know she was a great woman in a time where woman weren't allowed to vote or have organisms, and so if she did materialize something good or evil out of her vagina, more power to her.  

Happy White Lotus Day!


Tuesday

Guinevere

In Alfred, Lord Tennyson's Idylls of the King, King Arthur's court is faux medieval and high Victorian at the same time.  Any work of Victoria's poet laureate couldn't be anything else.  But what do we know about a historical King Arthur?  There are dozens of books about Arthur and his court.  Was Arthur a sixth-century Romano-Celtic chieftain?  In 1191, monks discovered the bones of Arthur and Guinevere in a ruined abbey on Glastonbury Tor.  They took them to King Henry II, but the bones have long since disappeared.  Were they genuine?  Was the Arthurian court pagan, christian, or both?  does it matter?

Was there a real Guinevere?  It is possible that she is a Welsh triple goddess, for variants on the Arthurian legend say he married three women, all named Guinever.  The ancient tradition says that the king must "marry" the land.  If he is happy and well, so are the land and the people, if he is wounded, so are they.  This is vividly shown in John Boorman's chessy but fascinating film, Excalibur.

Early in Lerner and Lowe's musical Camelot, Guinevere sings "The Merry Month of May" and invites several knights to ride with her.  Then she meets Lancelot.  What do people always remember about guinevere?  She betrays Arthur, whom she loves, by sleeping with Lancelot.  Like other Celtic goddesses (Maeve and Blodewedd), Guinevere can make a king through sacred marriage and unmake him by choosing a new hero.
 (Ardinger.B, "Pagan Every Day" pg 123)

                                                                  

Thanks For Being!

Thanks For Being!