Originally posted by Magickman
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A Biblical Account of the Destruction of a Goddess Culture
There is a story in the book of Jeremiah chp 44 beginning with v.17 which is an account of Goddess worship by the tribe of Judah. They spoke of
burning incense, pouring libations, making cakes to celebrate Her (Queen of Heaven) There is no mention of sacrifice, excessive ritual or any other
extreme forms of worship. They said as long as they worshipped their Goddess, they had plenty to eat and were at peace with their neighbors. But when
they returned to the paternalistic religion's practises, all they had experienced since was war and dying by the sword. ( I believe this is because
the Paternalistic rulers and priests' agenda was always kingdom building and subjugating the people around them-something few people take sitting
down!) Judah declared they would return to their Goddess and the prophet told them they were suffering not for resuming the Paternalistic worship form
but for their prior actions of honoring the Goddess! That Jehova God remembered what they did--and of course it mattered not a whit that they had
returned to the male ordered practices--they had to pay--and pay--and pay. Apparently, turning away from those practices was not sufficient--no wonder
they wanted to go back to following their gentle Goddess!
It seems you dont quite understand what masculine and femine constitute.
In its purely archetypal sense, `masculine' refers to the dynamic of giving, acting, potential. In this respect, the masculine is responsible for
Creation, Order, Good. Conversely, the feminine in its archetypal sense is recieving, developing and expressing. The feminine is also responsible for
Destruction, Chaos, and Evil.
This is the most basic organization of the many opposites that manifest in reality.
YHVH,(whom you call 'jehova'), is from the Hebrew root 'to be'. Its 3 unique letters form the Hebrew verbs Was, Is, and Will be. He is the source
of all reality, all existence is experienced in him. He is the place of the world yet the world is not his place is a popular Jewish axiom.
G-d, is the ultimate giver. He gives life, he provides the sprark of vitality, the potential needed to sustain all the various revealed creation.
Conversely, his Shekinah (a feminine name) is his divine presence imbued in all the various forms of life we percieve and all phenomena we experience.
Nature is the `recipient' of the life force G-d gives to her. We likewise being recipients, are feminine relative to G-d. Thus. G-d the ultimate
giver, and us the ultimate recipient.
Now - what is being suggested by worshipping the divine feminine? What sense is their in worshipping a vessel, as opposed to the source? This is what
the bible means by idolatry. Focusing on the intermediary, and not the source, in whatever way that this principle can manfiest.
This is what the tower of babel incident was about. Casting off the yoke of heaven - of service to the source - to G-d, and serving the manifest,
creation. The feminine. All paganism is fundamentally feminine in that emphasis is placed on the experiential reality, and not the transcendental.
This means that states that are currently beyond my experience simply do not exist, or arent relevant. Thus, G-d in pagan socieites isnt relevant.
They have the audacity, for instance in 120 BCE, to enter Jerusalem and place a statue of Zeus in the Holy Temple - forcing Jews to bow down to this
idol. The 'idol' is the fact that Zeus, or Dyeus (as he was called in the indus valley civilization) is a HUMAN construct. It isnt G-d as he
actually is, but a IDOL - a construct of human imagination. That G-d the creator is simply an ARCHETYPE and not the source of all reality. In
Hellenistic thought, Zeus is the power of judgement, order etc. G-d, is reduced to some pagan archetype, and not being the source of all reality as
hes understood in Judaism and Torah.
This is paganism.
The Jews who worshipped Ashera or Ashatorth (as she is called in teh bible) were people influenced by the pagan nations around them. They like you
lacked the necessary faith needed to approach the creator. The idea of faith is an inherent recognition of human futility. How can a created being
approach the entity, source of all reality, the creator of the notion of creation, do so without an irrational function liike faith - to atleast some
degree? Unlike what most people think, Judaism does not endorse blind faith, - sure, there is an element of that, but this faith itself based on the
wisdom in the Torah. The Torah proves G-ds truth when studied from a kabbalistic perspective - when the language used to convey Torah - Hebrew, is
understood in its myriad ways as the vehicle by which G-d created the universe. So, 'emuna' popularly translated as faith, more exactly means
faithfulness. Loyalty to the truth. We all know how hard that can be. When you know something yet another part of you wants something else. To be
righteous is to be faithful to that knowledge that you have.
Of course, G-d being beyond human comprehension is only properly contacted through simple faith and trust in his presence. The Divine feminine
separates G-d. The divine feminine is materialistic, sensual, liberal. These are all qualities that arise ONLY when the masculine, G-d, is
When one instead pursues G-d as Torah dictates. The feminine, the divine presence in creation, is united with her spouse, her source, G-d. Shes
'trapped' in matter when human beings dont release her by binding their thoughts to their source. By doing so, Man, who in microcosm contains the
whole, effects the whole. Mankind possesses the ability to drastically change the face of reality only when he realizes that hes inherently above it.
The feminine is only to be understood as a 'helper' - as eve was created by G-d for this purpose. Ishah, woman, is from Ish, man. We see this in
most languages, including english. Both the male and female are equally important. there is no shame in submitting, which is the purpose of the
feminine. When the feminine doesnt submit, wat happens? Look at history. Mankind - the feminine, didnt submit to G-d. Has our history not been full of
war and strife? this is the result of the blemish in th divine form (or dynamic) that G-d created. We are meant to imitate this form and his divine
attributes in order to unify creation.
I cannot emphasize this anymore. The feminine is a necessary, absolutely crucial element. But her importance is understood only relative to her
masculine counterpart. Just like undifferentiated thought - the potential, or conceptualization, needs to impregnate the conscious mind in order to
reveal differentiated thought. Or a man, needs to give of his seed, his potential, to a women in order that she reveal it. Or the rain gives its lfe
giving potenacy to the earth who can then bring forth multitudes of creations. I can go on naming this all day. This is why, historically, Men go out
into the world (outside, just like potential, the seed of man, rain, is intrinsically outside before it begins to interact with the feminine) to
provide the raw sustenace needed to sustain his family. The women takes this vitality, this power, and expresses it through raising their children,
taking care of the house, encouraging her husband etc. This can be discerned in so many different forms. For instance, a man never truly discovers who
he is until he meets his wife, his other half. Likewise, a women feels a need to give expression to her half when they meet. Its the natural
proclivity of both parts. The women helps reveal greater levels in her husbands personality, and liekwise, the husband cherishes his wife as his
this is a beautiful, completely natural dynamic.
This is what service to YHVH is about. Its an emphasis on the complimentarity in creation. G-d and man, man and women etc.