The Smith: God of Male Fertility

The wild goose was the symbol of the goddess that gave the gift of pregnancy; with the smith, the crane takes its place. The crane is the new symbol of masculinity and the limping Smith, Hephaestus is the new fertility god.

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Continue Reading May 6, 2010 at 4:01 pm Leave a comment

Combs of Bronze or the Fascination with Metal

Before the sixth millennium the discovery had been made that when certain stones are smelted they begin to ooze a fiery substance, that once cooled can be formed into objects. The discovery was powerful and gave birth t0 the modern world.

Continue Reading April 30, 2010 at 3:54 pm Leave a comment

Vesta and the Phallus of Fire

What we know about the Vestals, that is, Vesta’s priestesses, amd one preserved myth make it clear that the goddess, who was the center, heart and foundation of ancient Rome, was an androgynous goddess-god.

Continue Reading April 11, 2010 at 10:22 am Leave a comment

Vesta and the Circle of Fire

Vesta was the holy Fire on the hearth, not only in the private houses, but also in her round house, aedes Vestae, too holy to be consecrated. The symbol of the center being so important I discuss how our ancestors developed the circle, our earliest abstract symbol ,and found its center.

Continue Reading April 2, 2010 at 9:49 am Leave a comment

Fire and Why Potters Made Useless Combs of Pottery

Fire transforms the fragile clay object into a nearly indestructible container. In the same way as the jar contains water or cereal, the future mother is a container. Thus, when the potter combs her vases or decorates them with combs or makes useless combs of pottery for the dead, she at the same time symbolizes the Goddess who combs her flaxen hair of nettles and will transform the dead in her womb like the fire transforms the fragile clay into a durable jar.

Continue Reading March 27, 2010 at 5:37 pm Leave a comment

Child of Water

Child of Water (or Grandchild of Water) is Apam Napat, the Hindu god of fire that is born from fresh water. I also tell the stories how Inanna was killed by her sister and returned to life when the Water of Life was sprinkled on her, and how the terrifying monster Medusa, in modern Greece, has become a strict and kind goddess of the sea.

Continue Reading March 13, 2010 at 8:36 am Leave a comment

Mother Earth?

Does Mother Earth exist? Some historian of religions say no. Well, not as a physical figure, but . . .

Continue Reading March 7, 2010 at 4:27 pm 2 comments

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