Bookish Matters

The person, be it gentleman or lady, who has not pleasure in a good novel, must be intolerably stupid.

—Jane Austen, Northanger Abbey

Monday, January 17, 2011


In book after book I found evidence: Throughout the world, most of humanity once worhsipped a goddess. In every area of the Near and Middle East, the divine feminine was revered, and it was from the womb of these early Goddess-worshiping settlements of the Fertile Crescent that Western Civilization was born...

The Goddess’s sacred culture began to disappear from the face of Western culture. A male God assumed the throne of heaven, as kings seized thrones of the earthly realm and religion became the sole dominion of men. Only they could become clergy, only they could interpret the divine, which was now entirely masculine: God the Father, and his Son, and the Holy Spirit. A masculine trinity now replaced the ancient Threefold Goddess of Mother, Maiden, and Crone.

-Phyllis Curott, from Book of Shadows

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