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What a Goddess

 Now our lady the Goddess had never loved,

but she would know all mysteries, even the mystery of Death,

so she journeyed to the Underworld.

 

So begins Wicca's foundational story of the Goddess's Descent into the Underworld.

It's an etiological masterpiece, the tale of the making of the First Witch. But for now, I'd like to linger here with this first sentence. Often it gets glossed over in a rush to get to the good stuff, but that's a shame, really. As a first sentence, it's a brilliant set-up, and my gods: talk about rich characterization.

Now our lady the Goddess had never loved... Well, there's your foreshadowing. You know exactly what's going to happen in this story: she's going to fall in love. That's the central mystery, after all. But look at what else it says about her.

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  • Anthony Gresham
    Anthony Gresham says #
    Thank you! I already knew about Ishtar's descent to get back Dumuzi from Babylonian mythology but I wasn't familiar with this one
  • Steven Posch
    Steven Posch says #
    GBG. To the best of my knowledge, the tale of the Descent first saw print in Witchcraft Today in 1952. Although he already knew Do
  • Anthony Gresham
    Anthony Gresham says #
    Is this story from Robert Graves or Gerald Gardner?
Stations of the Descent: A Call to Wiccan Artists

The truly puzzling thing is, there's no dearth of Wiccan artists out there.

That's what makes the absence all the more striking.

The story of the Lady's Descent into the Underworld is, arguably, Wicca's foundational myth.

Where, then, is the art depicting it?

It's a profoundly visual story. One could readily envision sequences of the Descent à la (if you'll pardon the comparison) Catholicism's Stations of the Cross.

Where are they?

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  • Tabatha Baumgarden
    Tabatha Baumgarden says #
    Though this post is a year old, I am curious about this as well. Though, I have been out of touch with the readings and whatnot si
  • Steven Posch
    Steven Posch says #
    Here's a link with the text and analysis by Cei Serith: http://ceisiwrserith.com/wicca/legendofthedescent.htm I'll look forward t
  • Dominique Pierson
    Dominique Pierson says #
    I have a little etsy shop and I create pagan themed nichos/box shrines. This would be an interesting concept for a shrine/assembl

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Thinking in Story

If you ask those who practice it, “Why skyclad?” twelve will get you thirteen you'll hear something along the lines of 1) energy flow, 2) social equalizing, and 3) a sense of separation from the ordinary.

Those may all be good answers, and they may even be true answers, but they're modern answers. They're not the answers the ancestors would have given.

If 1400 years ago you had asked a priest of the Hwicce tribe, “Why do you go naked to your worship?” had he been disposed to give you an answer at all he may well have said, “The Lady of the Hwicce instructed us so.”

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  • Greybeard
    Greybeard says #
    If only we would listen, indeed. Blessings.

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