Celebrations of the Winter Solstice and the New Year at Tea at Tympani
Lane Records . . . I was down at the
China Market in the cold of winter and found les petites oranges for making
marmalade with brandy. Also, within the celebration of winter there have been great offerings of poetry and music. I have written a series of new poems for the
book of poetry Winter Crossings, including, Rain, All the pretty
young things .
. . , The dinner party, Found love and My house is a house of flowers . . .
Also songs and music have been flowing for the new CD The Madrigal, including
Winter's Sleep, Windsong, The Valentine Rain and Sky Dancer. The new song offerings will be included in my concerts and I will be performing in
the Montreal Metro again en Janvier.
I have written a series of 3 Newsletters on thoughts on the topic of prostitution within an analysis of the economy throughout history. I chose the topic because prostitutes are often outcasts, driven by poverty and often troubled families, who have broken with traditional moral values often causing them to suffer emotionally to the point of insanity, addictions and suicide. Each of the Newsletters deals with the three phases of economic change beginning with the Old Agricultural Economy, the period of Industrialization and the current Computer-based Economy shift. How the elite of each Society viewed prostitution, how it served the economy, how demand was created and filled and how these unfortunates were treated says much about the Society. In the Old Agricultural Economy most people were serfs on an overlords land, farm workers with families. There were also guilds with specialized craftspeople and armies. Women were wives and mothers, studied in domestic craft, agricultural craft and with the advent of guilds in medieval times they assisted their husbands in the family business but were not officially recognized by Guild Societies. In the ancient times of Babylonian temples, women were offered to the Pagan Church as priestesses and this was the beginnings of the Oracle of Delphi. At religious festivals the townspeople would join them and at this time the "Oracles" were allowed sexual contact, a sort of "ritual prostitution." I suspect the religious festivals occurred around the Solstices and that there were long periods of celibacy (and emotional suffering) between the occurrences. The goal being to sexually break the priestesses until they became psychics, seers and Oracles. They were like the village elders, people divining prophesy in an uncertain world and looked to for wisdom in disputes, the villagers would bring gifts of food, monies, farm animals in exchange for answers to questions. Basically psychics and healers aiding people with their love lives, money issues and predicting the weather for the harvest. The seeds of mystery religion were born here. In time there was a struggle with a patriarchal society to the North that fought with the matriarchal Oracle system and won. After this war, the role of elder, healer, psychic was given to men in the form of the patriarchal Bardic Tradition. Although the matriarchal mystery religion still existed as Wiccan pagan tradition it was largely a secret society, and people, particularly women were given the option in "sky clad" ceremonies for "sexual rites" at festivals/rituals to be broken and become seers or psychics. Wiccan is basically a procreation religion, in worship of the seasons, the Solstices and the birthright, basically a matriarchal based secret society, that celebrated the growing season and the birth of children, practicing the healing arts, midwifery in agricultural communities. The Wiccan Religion was considered a pagan religion with the worship of capricious deities and came into conflict with the Catholic Church that was constructed after the crucifixon of Christ in A.D. My theory is the day Christ died there was a realigning of the heavens so that separate deities of the pagan Gods (Zeus etc.) were divided into the dark and the light, those in the dark continued being capricious angels or evil spirits, those that understood the difference between right and wrong and supported the Godhead became angels or good spirits of the light. God is not a capricious God. Also, I suspect at this time the Holy Spirit was formed and came to earth. So from a pagan theology of multiple deities the Wiccan religion became a secret society in struggle with the church. The rise of Christianity also parallels the fall of the
The Way of Peace,