24 Feb 2017
PISCES 9 – VAMPIRES, ISHTAR, APHRODITE, ENERGY CORDS AND KNOTS NOVENA 3
Date: Feb 24 Sign: Pisces 9 Body Part: Right Metatarsus, Rheumatic Fever Sabian Symbol: 339 – THE RACE BEGINS: INTENT ON OUTDISTANCING HIS RIVALS, A JOCKEY SPURS HIS HORSE TO GREAT SPEED. Rune: Thurs Tarot: Prince of Disks Power Chakra: Ajna chakra or the forehead chakra will be projected from 30 degrees to the NW. Gender/Polarity: Feminine (-) House: 12th Quads: Mutable Direction: West Planet: Jupiter (-) /Neptune Alchemical Transmutation: Projection MOON PHASE: WNC Season: Winter Tetragrammaton: HYHV — Water Fire Earth Air — Water on Fire, earth of air. Frequency: 7.4761e Wavelength: 401 Energy: 3.0919 eV Color: #8300b9 World: Briah Element: Water Place: Mother Hebrew Letter: He Enochian Table: Blue
A vampire awakens. Darkness calls to those who have been surfeited with too much compromise and too unbearable a load of suffering. There are regions of the dark to live out parts of self or all of self for a time. And inside the darkness, an immense power of what is here in the Earth and still raging can be felt and harnessed. You are imaginatively and inwardly pulled toward the great extremes–not able to go on in any usual way. But you ultimately fathom the mysteries and the depths, by exploring all that is there and finding in the end that all is sacred, all is beautiful, and all is integral to the fiber of existence.
Hail to the King in his glory!
Yet turn away your eyes
For he has grown weary of his throne
And he finds that power
No longer brings him joy.
On this day in cold Solmonath
Before the coming of the Spring
He finds that pride has fallen
And that he longs for a morning
That breaks on a simpler life.
Hail to the King as he descends
From the high places
Where he has grown accustomed
To ruling and serving.
He will now serve a greater purpose
Within a smaller boundary.
May the Gods smile on those
Whose soul tells them
When they must step down.
Hail to him who is no longer King
And blessed be the rest of his days.
The King hath died to the world of the Crown
Let the trumpets sound – away he rides
Yet life goes on – Regifugium.
(All prostrate themselves, are sprinkled with the ashes, and contemplate what they must give up.)
The Regifugium is a festival which is celebrated by the Romans every year on the 24th of February, and according to Varro and Ovid held in commemoration of the flight of king Tarquinius Superbus from Rome – a story of anger, rape, suicide, and revenge.
Some ancient sources (Cincius and Plutarch, in particular) are of opinion that these two days derived their name from the symbolical flight of the Rex Sacrorum from the comitium; for this king-priest was generally not allowed to appear in the comitium, which was destined for the transaction of political matters in which he could not take part. But on certain days in the year, and certainly on the two days mentioned above, he had to go to the comitium for the purpose of offering certain sacrifices, and immediately after he had performed his functions there, he hastily fled from it; and this symbolical flight is said to have been called Regifugium.
Novena to Our Lady Undoer of Knots – Day 3
1. Make the sign of the cross
2. Recite Prayer: Oh my God I am heartily sorry for having offended you. I detest all my sins because I dread the loss of Heaven and the pains of Hell. But most of all, because I offended you, oh my God, who are all good and deserving of all my love. I firmly resolve, with the help of your grace, to confess my sins, to do penance, and to amend my life. Amen
3. Make the meditation of the day (to be posted each day)
4. Finish with the Prayer to Our Lady the Undoer of Knots
Meditation for Day 3
Our Lady Undoer of Knots
Meditating Mother, Queen of heaven, in whose hands the treasures of the King are found, turn your merciful eyes upon me today. I entrust into your holy hands this knot in my life…and all the rancor and resentment it has caused in me. Purge me from this uncleanliness. All Father Ascend. Help me now to forgive all the persons who consciously or unconsciously provoked this knot. Give me, also, the grace to forgive me for having provoked this knot. Only in this way can You undo it. Before You, dearest Mother, I come in the name of MY Salvation, having been granted forgiveness, I now forgive these persons…and myself, forever. Thank you, Ishtar, Undoer of Knots for undoing the knot of rancor in my heart and the knot which I now present to you.
Ishtar, Undoer of Knots, pray for me. Turn to Ishtar, you who desire grace.
PRAYER TO ISHTAR (HOLY MOTHER), UNDOER OF KNOTS (Closing Prayer)
Holy Maiden, Undoer of Knots, pray through me
Pure Maiden, White Queen (Queen of Heaven), Mother of fair love (Aphrodite), Mother who never refuses to come to the aid of a child in need, Mother whose hands never cease to serve your Beloved because they are moved by the Divine Love and immense Mercy that exists in your heart. Cast your compassionate eyes upon me and see the snarl of knots that exist in my life.
Great Knower, You know very well my desperation. I am, my pain and how I am bound by these knots. I want it removed from me. Ishtar, All-Holy Mother who descended from the All-Father, and is entrusted with the undoing of the knots in the lives of Your Holy Children. I entrust into your hands the ribbon of my life. No one, not even the evil one, can take it away from your precious care. In your hands there is no knot that cannot be undone.
Powerful Mother, by your grace and intercessory powered by the birth of the Sun, the Light, and My Liberator, take into your hands today this knot…I beg you to undo it for the Glory (Hod/Mercury) of God, once for all, You are my only hope. Lock it in Her box.
O my Lady, you are the only consolation given to me. The fortification (fornication) of the my feeble (humble) strength, the enrichment of my destitution and with the freedom from my chains. Hear my plea O Divine Mother. Keep me, guide me, protect me, O safe refuge! All-Holy Mother, Undoer of Knots and entanglements, Pray through me (Rise in me).
A psychic vampire (psy vamp) is a term used to describe a living person who “drains” others emotionally. They do this either empathically (draining the auric life force) or metaphorically (someone who takes emotionally without giving anything back; a “user”). These so-called “vampires” are not to be confused with the blood-sucking vampires of folklore.
Every person has unknowingly drained someone else’s energy at one time or another. Chronic psychic vampires generally are not aware that they are stealing energy from others. Fair and balanced energy exchanges take place between people who are in healthier relationships. Individuals who are psychic vampires are also referred to as psi vamps, energy drains, or energy suckers.
Cord Cutting and Removal
The reason why people cut cords with others is to generally move on from a person and let them go energetically – this means on an energy level. People who we are close to form energetic bonds with us that resemble cords of energy that link one person to the other. These are etheric cords, so think of ether as a kind of energy. Those who have seen the cords (and often we can see them in meditation for example) describe them as dark in color. The bonding itself can be light with just a slim cord, or you can be corded heavily with another through your chakras and can have multiple thick cording that literally shows your attachment, either mentally, emotionally, sexually, or all of the above.
Of course, when you care about another, the cording is not a problem. The cords act as a way we send and receive psychic energy between chakras, theirs and ours. The more energy we send, the bigger the cords, and this is normal in any relationship. Communication between chakras is how a lot of communication happens between people. However, when we want to let someone go because we aren’t moving on, the cords and the continuing psychic/energy communication between them and us can hold us back. Luckily there are easy ways to remove the cords; no cord is meant to be forever. Whether cords reform again is entirely up to us, but when we are ready to let someone go, we probably won’t go to the effort of reforming the psychic ties any longer.
Symptoms of heavy cording include:
- Unable to move on
- Unable to stop thinking or obsessing about a person
- Frequent conversations in your mind with a person
- Frequently remembering what they said in the past, feeling their ongoing judgment or criticism
- Arguments, sometimes daily in your mind with someone (these can be actual psychic arguments)
- Constant memories or emotions that arise – i.e. we used to watch that show together
- Temptation to go back to a relationship that does not serve you
- Stalking another online through social networking, watching them compulsively
- Unable to sleep, or endless processing of the past
- Deep feelings of sadness, anger, and depression around the past
- Feelings of wanting to get revenge, or constantly aware of unfair treatment
- Crying a whole lot, an emotional wreck
- Turning down other offers and invitations, stuck in the past, feeling uninterested
Ishtar/Aphrodite represents the archetype of feminine sexuality and sensuality. Many written Greek stories of her (literacy began when patriarchal systems were already well-entrenched) portray her as using her sexuality in manipulative ploys, as petty, pouty, immature, cruel, capricious, and as a sex-crazed woman who had many lovers (the other goddesses were either alone, had one lover or husband, or denounced men altogether – yet almost all the gods were philanderers and rapists, perhaps this was where our double standards originated?).
Television shows like Xena and Hercules also had their fun with Aphrodite, portraying her as a weak but nasty-streaked “love goddess” who needed constant extravagance and luxury. We are reminded of her influence in movies which portray Hollywood vixens living off of rich and powerful husbands, requiring extensive lavishness in the forms of breast implants, jewelry, and lots of money without “lifting a finger.” Marilyn Monroe had many of our culture’s view of Aphrodite’s characteristics in her insecure transformation of herself into a male fantasy figure. But this isn’t an accurate portrait of Aphrodite.
Aphrodite (later “borrowed” by Romans as “Venus”) is a much older goddess than Greek myths portray. In written Greek myth, Aphrodite is said to have emerged from Kronos’ (Zeus’ father whom he killed) castrated member, his blood and his semen, which fell into the sea and merged with sea foam and magically transformed into a nubile adolescent woman. Thus, Aphrodite was born by a patriarchal line, and had no mother. Athena was born in similar fashion, supposedly, because Zeus was worried that her mother, Metis (who was the Goddess of Wisdom), whom he impregnated, was going to bear a son who was mightier than himself. Athena emerged from Zeus’ head fully armed. Although Athena originally had a mother, she experienced her birth by her father.
These wild stories of “virgin births” by males juxtapose any barnyard common sense and are most probably symbolic of patriarchal societies completely destroying any leftover matriarchal threads. When goddesses are born of men, they have no tie to anything truly feminine. They are “fathers’ daughters.” True to their births, Athena identified with men, becoming one of Zeus’ favorite children, a leader and instigator of armies and wars. Aphrodite seduced and attracted men. Aphrodite was a goddess who was very affirming to women. It is only in later stories which originated once the patriarchy was firmly in place where she backstabs women and acts out of insecurity and jealousy.
In very ancient Greece, Aphrodite was worshipped as the holy trinity of the Goddess, and was called the Moerae or the Fates, and was said to be older than Time. In the Middle East, she was known as Astarte or Ishtar, and was the goddess of the oldest continuously-occupied temple in the world. In Assyria, she was known as Mylitta. The world over, Aphrodite has been called Mari (Goddess of the Sea), the Cyprian, the Paphian, Venus, Moira, Marina, Pelagia, Stella Maris (Star of the Sea), Ilithyia (Goddess of Childbirth), Hymen (Goddess of Marriage), Urania (Queen of Heaven), Androphonos (the Destroyer of Men), Asherah, Libitina, the Fairy Queen, St. Venerina, St. Venere and many more.
Aphrodite was worshipped in temples that combined sexual and sacred practices. Her well-respected priestesses were all sacred harlots and taught an approach to spiritual grace, called venia, through sexual practices in the same vein as Tantrism. These virgin priestesses were called “joy maidens” and had other duties than ritual congress with strangers. They tended the sacred hearth fire and performed water rites, dedicating themselves to Aphrodite. According to Nor Hall, author of The Moon and the Virgin, “children born of a temple priestess were called divine because they were born of these holy virgins.” This influenced the story of the “holy virgin Mary” who was also said to have lived in a temple. A common medieval legend was that, “If a knight placed his ring on the finger of Mary’s image, she would grip it firmly so it couldn’t be removed. At this, the knight considered himself a Bridegroom of the Virgin and entered a monastery. The same tales were told of pagan statues of Venus, who ‘married’ any man who placed a ring on her marble finger.” (Barbara Walker)
“The free woman, who is archetypically both virgin and prostitute, is bound to her own instinct (or the law of the goddess) in a way that makes her appear to be the ultimate anima, the veiled, beautiful, beckoning soul of a man. This is because she is completely “other,” unknowable and thus unattainable…These goddesses are not saying that they will not give themselves sexually – but rather that they will not be taken or possessed by another being. Their abundant fertility…is not dependent upon being fertilized by the male sexual embrace because it is a spiritual pregnancy that fills from within.” (Nor Hall) In other words, Aphrodite and her followers did not depend upon men to affirm their sexuality, fertility, or very being.
It was only later when the Judeo-Christian religions became popular that the mind & body, sacred & sexual split in the Western psyche. Aphrodite’s temples were condemned and violently ravaged. Early Christians built churches atop old temples, and thus, the spirit of the original goddess lived on. Such is the case in Cyprus, where Aphrodite’s temple was converted into a sanctuary of the virgin Mary. In this sanctuary the virgin Mary is still hailed – to this day – as Panaghia Aphroditessa, or, All-Holy Aphrodite.
The original Aphrodite was not just a sexual being. She was maiden/mother/crone. According to Nor Hall, “Aphrodite, who is called the Emerging One, renewed her virginity every morning by bathing in the sea of Paphos. Before every love she was a maiden. How is it that a woman makes herself a maiden again?… Only when a woman has been split in two can she know what it is to be whole.” According to Barbara Walker, Aphrodite’s “birth-giving and death-giving aspects have been suppressed, but they were equally important in her cult.” Aphrodite was considered Queen of Shades along with Persephone/Proserpine, and in Roman times death was considered the culmination of a sexual union, “a final act of the sacred marriage promised by the religion of Venus.” (Walker) During the Elizabethan era, “to die” was a common metaphor for the sexual orgasm.
The archetype of Aphrodite invites us to enjoy our bodies without depending upon the mirror of others or specifically, of men. When we are feeling low about our bodies or self-esteem, we can ask for her energy to inspire us to feel beautiful and sexy. Whether we create or appreciate something beautiful and aesthetically-pleasing, we are paying homage to Aphrodite, lover & muse of the arts. We can also use the example of pre-patriarchal Aphrodite to heal the mind/body split and the guilt and dysfunctional feelings of our sensuality, our sexuality and our womanhood that society has suppressed for centuries. With Aphrodite, we can once again become whole.
Source: – Published in the Artemis Arrow, February/March 2001 © 1990 – 2003 Katharina Woodworth
‘Asherah’s and ‘Lilith’s were the first to fall to that regime. Both are etymologically connected to Ishtar (and her appearance as the Lilitu, the original kisikillila), and were both identified with the worst aspects of female existence.
Here I want to note that Inana/Ishtar NEVER was a mother goddess. She embodied the female force per se, but not the life-giving mother aspect. although she had sex with nearly every male major god of the pantheon, she never gave birth, and was always considered to be ritually pure (that is, a ki.sikil).
“in one of the earliest dated versions of the epic of Gilgamesh (the correct reading of his name seems to be Bilgames [Selz in passim ], a female entity is mentioned who dwells in the sacred tree of Inana/Ishtar. she is described as having the wings and the claws of an owl, but otherwise looking like an alluring woman. the name given to her in this (Sumerian) composition is ‘kisikillila’ (*ki.sikil-líl-ak), which means ‘maiden/young woman/pure woman (evtl. virgin?) of the wind’.
Source: Information about Lilith/Ishtar
Tarot Card of the Day: Prince of Disks.
The character denoted by this card is that of great energy brought to bear upon the most solid of practical matters. He is energetic and enduring, a capable manager, a steadfast and persevering worker. He is competent, ingenious, thoughtful, cautious, ‘trustworthy, imperturbable; he constantly seeks new uses for common things, and adapts his circumstances to his purposes in a slow, steady, well-thought out plan.
He is lacking almost entirely in emotion. He is somewhat in sensitive, and may appear dull, but he is not; it so appears because he makes no effort to understand ideas which are beyond his scope. He may often appear stupid, and is inclined to be resentful of more spiritual types. He is slow to anger, but, if driven, becomes implacable. It is not very practicable to distinguish between the good and evil dignities in this card; one can merely say that, in case of his being ill-dignified, both the quality and quantity of his characteristics are somewhat degraded. The reaction of others to him will depend almost entirely upon their own temperaments. A practical young man.
In Nomine Babalon 156 Adorations to the Scarlet Goddess ♥ Psalms XXVIII
Love one another, love without shame! Unite with each other in Her holy name!
Feeling the serpent in its ascension, I raise up the cup and adore Babalon!