Aradia: Gospel of the Witches (Chapter 10: Madonna Diana)

Chapter X

Madonna Diana

Charles G. Leland


Once there was, in the very old time in Cettardo Alto, a girl of astonishing beauty, and she was betrothed to a young man who was as remarkable for good looks as herself; but though well born and bred, the fortune or misfortunes of war or fate had made them both extremely poor. And if the young lady had one fault, it was her great pride, nor would she willingly be married unless in good style, with luxury and festivity, in a fine garment, with many bridesmaids of rank.

And this became to the beautiful Rorasa – for such was her name – such an object of desire, that her head was half turned with it, and the other girls of her acquaintance, to say nothing of the many men whom she had refused, mocked her so bitterly, asking her when the fine wedding was to be, with many other jeers and sneers, that at last in a moment of madness she went to the top of a high tower, whence she cast herself; and to make it worse, there was below a terrible ravine into which she fell.

Yet she took no harm, for as she fell there appeared to her a very beautiful woman, truly not of earth, who took her by the hand and bore her through the air to a safe place.

Then all the people round who saw or heard of this thing cried out, “Lo, a miracle!” and they came and made a great festival, and would fain persuade Rorasa that she had been saved by the Madonna.

But the lady who had saved her, coming to her secretly, said, “If thou hast any desire, follow the Gospel of Diana, or what is called the Gospel of the Witches, who worship the moon.”

“If thou adorest Luna, then
What thou desir’st thou shalt obtain!”

Then the beautiful girl went forth alone by night to the fields, and kneeling on a stone in an old ruin, she worshipped the moon and invoked Diana thus:

Diana, beautiful Diana!
Thou who didst save from a dreadful death
When I did fall into the dark ravine!
I pray thee grant me still another grace.
Give me one glorious wedding, and with it
Full many bridesmaids, beautiful and grand;
And if this favour thou wilt grant me,
True to the Witches’ Gospel I will be!

When Rorasa awoke in the morning, she found herself in another house, where all was far more magnificent, and having risen, a beautiful maid led her into another room, where she was dressed in a superb wedding garment of white silk with diamonds, for it was her wedding dress indeed. Then there appeared ten young ladies, all splendidly attired, and with them and many distinguished persons she went to the church in a carriage. And all the streets were filled with music and people bearing flowers.

So she found the bridegrooms, and was wedded to her heart’s desire, ten times more grandly than she had ever dreamed of. Then, after the ceremony, there was spread a feast at which all the nobility of Cettardo were present, and, moreover, the whole town, rich and poor, were feasted.

When the wedding was finished, the bridesmaids made every one a magnificent present to the bride – one gave diamonds, another a parchment (written) in gold, after which they asked permission to go all together into the sacristy. And there they remained for some hours undisturbed, until the priest sent his chierico to inquire whether they wanted anything. But what was the youth’s amazement at beholding, not the ten bridesmaids, but their ten images or likenesses in wood and in terra-cotta, with that of Diana standing on a moon, and they were all so magnificently made and adorned as to be of immense value.

Therefore the priest put these images in the church, which is the most ancient in Cettardo, and now in many churches you may see the Madonna and Moon, but it is Diana. The name Rorasa seems to indicate the Latin ros the dew, rorare, to bedew, rorulenta, bedewed – in fact, the goddess of the dew. Her great fall and being lifted by Diana suggest the fall of dew by night, and its rising in vapor under the influence of the moon. It is possible that this is a very old Latin mythic tale. The white silk and diamonds indicate the dew.

A Little Humor for Your Day – How To Maintain Insanity At Work, lol!

How to Maintain a Healthy Level of Insanity in the Workplace

1) Page yourself over the intercom. Don’t disguise your voice.
2) Find out where your boss shops and buy exactly the same outfits. Wear them one day after you boss does. This is especially effective if your boss is a different gender.
3) Make up nicknames for all your coworkers and refer to them only by these names. “That’s a good point, Sparky.” “No, I’m sorry, but I’m going to have to disagree with you there, Cha-cha.”
4) Send e-mail to the rest of the company telling them exactly what you’re doing. For example: “If anyone needs me, I’ll be in the bathroom.”
5) Hi-Lite your shoes. Tell people you haven’t lost them as much since you did this.
6) While sitting at your desk, soak your fingers in Palmolive liquid. Call everyone Madge.
7) Hang mosquito netting around your cubicle. When you emerge to get coffee or a printout or whatever, slap yourself randomly the whole way.
8) Put a chair facing a printer. Sit there all day and tell people you’re waiting for your document.
9) Every time someone asks you to do something, anything, ask them if they want fries with that.
10) Send e-mail back and forth to yourself engaging yourself in an intellectual debate. Forward the mail to a co-worker and ask her to settle the disagreement.
11) Encourage your colleagues to join you in a little synchronized chair-dancing.
12) Put your trash can on your desk. Label it “IN.”
13) Feign an unnatural and hysterical fear of staplers.
14) Send e-mail messages saying there’s free pizza or donuts or cake in the lunch room. When people drift back to work complaining that they found none, lean back, pat your stomach and say, “Oh you’ve got to be faster than that.”
15) Put decaf in the coffee maker for three weeks. Once everyone has withdrawn from caffeine addiction, switch to espresso.

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The Celtic Calendar for Thursday, December 27th

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The Celtic Calendar for December 27th

Honoring Horus

Wiccans honor the divine infant Horus, and his mother, Isis, at this time of year, for Horus represents the newborn Sun (Interestingly depictions of Isis nursing Horus inspired the Madonna-and-child iconography of Christianity.) According to ancient Egyptian myth after Osiris was murdered and dismembered by his evil brother Set, Isis search out and magickally reassembled her dead husband’s body parts, she then revived him long enough to conceive their son, Horus. Thereafter, Osiris become Lord of the Underworld, and Horus grew up to avenge Osiris’s death and rule the skies.

Calendar of the Sun for Friday, May 25th

Calendar of the Sun
25 Thrimilchimonath

Sara-Kali’s Day

Colors: Black and red
Element: Water
Altar: Upon cloth of black and red set a picture of a dark-skinned madonna, a chalice of wine, and many ivory candles.
Offerings: Give faithful service to another greater person or cause.
Daily Meal: Middle Eastern food.

Invocation to Sara-Kali

The wandering people swept across the continent
Like leaves blown before a great wind,
And brought you with them,
Dark Madonna, maiden goddess,
Who is an echo of the great Dark Mother.
Your face changed, and your nature,
Yet never did they forget you.
Your story retold you as servant to the Lady,
Following in her footsteps wherever she went,
Worshipped in grottoes and crossroads
Lit by a thousand candles.
Changed one, goddess of a wandering people,
You teach us that although divine nature
May change and bend, devotion is stronger.
Dark servant of the Lady,
You now embody all that serves faithfully
As you serve the Lady your mistress
As you serve your outcast people.
Teach us that darkness can serve us as well,
That we need not always seek the light
When what we look for has deep roots
Lost in the mist of time
And buried in the cradling darkness.
Sara-Kali, St. Sarah the Black,
We hail your journey across a thousand years.

Chant:
Sara-Kali Sara-Kali
Devlesa Avilan

(Each comes forward to the altar, bows before it, and extinguishes one candle as they leave.)

[Pagan Book of Hours]

the daily humorscopes for monday, november 7th

the daily humorscope

 

Monday, November 07, 2011

 
Aries (March 21 – April 19)
Today you will meet Klive Dinky, the proprietor of Klive Dinky’s Tropical Dream Vacation, and Spa Salon. He will turn out to be much shorter than you ever imagined.
Taurus (April 20 – May 20)
Good day to have some fun with fake fur and spirit gum. Now you can see what chest hair would really be like, or go for the “Madonna” look. Or you can simply opt for hairy palms — that’s always fun.
Gemini (May 21 – June 20)
You will be walking along today when you overhear someone making a snide remark about you, drawing an unflattering comparison between your personality, and landfill. A snappy reply will occur to you, sometime late next week.
Cancer (June 21 – July 22)
Excellent day for standing barefoot on the lawn and wiggling your toes. Under no circumstance should you stand barefoot on the lawn and wiggle your nose. It simply isn’t done.
Leo (July 23 – August 22)
If you act now, you could be the first on your block to have an actual moat and a working drawbridge. Something to consider.
Virgo (August 23 – September 22)
Today you will make the bold move from fidgeting to twiddling. Just please be careful.
Libra (September 23 – October 22)
Good day to learn to play the tuba.
Scorpio (October 23 – November 21)
It’s time to tell your friend to quit wearing that rediculous goatee. Why not recommend a sheepee, instead?
Sagittarius (November 22 – December 21)
Today you’ll go buy a white jacket, and start working towards your dream: the resurgence of Disco! And you’ll be successful, too! Yes, over the course of your life, you’ll get literally several people interested.
Capricorn (December 22 – January 20)
You are about to invent a night light in the shape of a chess piece, which you will name the “Nighty Knight”. You should be ashamed of yourself.
Aquarius (January 21 – February 18)
Today you’ll suffer the slings and arrows of outrageous fortune, and believe me, that’ll hurt.
Pisces (February 19 – March 20)
You will walk into a door frame today, and people will smirk. Remember though, they’re smirking with you, not at you.

the daily humorscopes for wednesday, august 3rd

the daily humorscope 

Wednesday, August 03, 2011

 
Aries (March 21 – April 19)
Good day to have some fun with fake fur and spirit gum. Now you can see what chest hair would really be like, or go for the “Madonna” look. Or you can simply opt for hairy palms — that’s always fun.
Taurus (April 20 – May 20)
Good day to start saving up for that electron microscope you’ve always wanted. I hear Sears will be having a big sale on them this fall.
Gemini (May 21 – June 20)
Uh oh. Mars is out of alignment, again. Not a good day to hang out with stupid, violent, heavily-armed ex-convicts. Save that for tomorrow.
Cancer (June 21 – July 22)
While idly doodling on a notepad, today, you will accidentally draw a symbol sacred to an ancient voodoo deity, and will open a gap into part of the astral plane that is even less appealing than Akron, Ohio.
Leo (July 23 – August 22)
Today you will notice yet another large freshly-dug mound of dirt in your neighbor’s back yard. It’s probably nothing — he probably just digs at night if he can’t get to sleep. I know I do.
Virgo (August 23 – September 22)
You will be conducting naval maneuvers in the bathtub today, when you will have an unfortunate accident involving your toy submarine. The visit to the emergency room will be most embarrassing.
Libra (September 23 – October 22)
In one of those amusing misunderstandings that often happen due to bad phone connections, you will show up to go on a hike with something unexpected. If you stop and think about it, you’ll realize that it isn’t that likely someone would say “It may be cold, so be sure to bring a goat.”
Scorpio (October 23 – November 21)
You will invent a new type of bath toy today. It will bring you fame and fortune, although it will also be the cause of an embarrassing appearance on the Letterman show.
Sagittarius (November 22 – December 21)
Beware! Someone is about to come give you a hug.
Capricorn (December 22 – January 20)
Try not to be too impulsive, today. Ask youself if you really need that howitzer, or if you just think it’d be fun to have.
Aquarius (January 21 – February 18)
You will begin making strange facial expressions, completely unconsciously, in which you push your lips out as far as possible. Also, you will begin spending hours staring at tropical fish.
Pisces (February 19 – March 20)
Why did life develop in this fragile boundary between earth and sky? Because life exists at the edge of chaos. You’ll find that is particularly true, this week.