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Church of Asherah

We study the repression of the natural woman which occurred when the Canaanite mother goddess Asherah was replaced by the Virgin Mary, and we honor and celebrate the transformational, healing processes of the psyche that are restoring Asherah to her rightful place in human consciousness. The Catholic Church does not yet know about this. The story of Asherah and Mary is the story of every woman.

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Interesting thoughts on Asherah

Started by Meridian - The Idaean. Last reply by Prithvi Sep 28. 16 Replies

My interest in Asherah is with her potential links with the Minoans which this article I found seems to indicate see web page - …Continue

Survival of the Asherah lineage in Modern Craft

Started by cluthin drew. Last reply by Prithvi Aug 24. 1 Reply

 The name Asherah is a Canaanite variant of Ishtar which also survived into the middle ages as that of the so called demon Asteroth. Medieval witches who faithfully preserved the mysteries of Asherah…Continue

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Comment by Prithvi on September 29, 2017 at 4:44am

I didn't know that we had a reason to thank New Orleans for its contributions to our culture, but apparently we do.

Comment by cluthin drew on September 29, 2017 at 2:14am

In regard to The Pole etymology of Asherah I would point out the parallels to West African Voodoo temples with Poles to allow the travel of the deities between Heaven and earth and also the para;ells covered by A.B Cook in his well known book Zeus as well as Minoan and Mycenean  analogs. The conception is that Asherah is the conduit between the heavinly and earthly realms. Another aspect of this liminality is sexual in nature and may be exemplified by the  fact that the modern erotic Pole dance originated in the Voodoo circles of New Orleans and spread to the rest of the western world from there. It was originally a Voodoo sacred dabce to invoke Esrule the Goddess of love.

Comment by Meridian - The Idaean on September 17, 2017 at 11:31am

New site on the origins of Aphrodite and the Minoans

Comment by Prithvi on August 24, 2017 at 7:35am

I am pleased to hear that the cult of Ashteroth survived into modern times as a living religion or practice. You may think it tedious to hear once again some of the basic facts of ancient Canaanite religion as discovered in the excavations at Ugarit, but for the benefit of everyone who is reading this I would say that the "Astarte" who appears to be one goddess in "The Golden Bough" was actually three, Ashtarat, Anat, and Asherah ha Elah. The Semitic name Ashtarat became, in time, the Hellenistic Astarte, and it is this name that is a variant of Ishtar. These three goddesses correspond roughly to Venus, Minerva, and Juno in the Roman pantheon. Ashtarat did in fact "become" Aphrodite or Venus as her cultus spread northward. The intermediate stage was the divine mermaid Atar Ateh or Atargatis (in Syria), whose image we see on the Starbucks coffee cup. As for Asherah, the name is supposed to mean "pole" and it refers to a pole that was placed by her altars. This pole immediately reminds me of the May pole of Europe. But to do the goddess justice, I would interpret her name to be not simply "pole" but "Tree of Life". Her complete name Asherah ha Elah means, therefore, "The Tree of Life, the Goddess". She has the exalted title Elah because unlike her sisters (or perhaps daughters) her image was worshiped in the Temple in Jerusalem alongside the Ark of the Covenant, where she was the consort of YHVH. That is why I compared her to Juno. Both Asherah and Juno do not have the "shadow" quality of "illicit" sex that clings to Ashtarat and Venus, even though Venus was highly respected in Rome. Asherah and Juno are goddesses of the sexual norm---sexuality within marriage and family, which are the foundations of society. And this is where we come to an interesting ethical problem. We might expect a Venus to be condemned by the Hebrew prophets and the Christian church, but when they begin to condemn the sexuality of the respected matron, the mother of the family, we can sense that a genuine repression of womanhood has occurred. Asherah's image was removed from the temple in the time of the prophet Nehemiah after the Babylonian captivity, when the Tannach received definite literal form and Judaism was "codified". It is the middle of the night so I won't go on, but perhaps you can see that the removal of Asherah's image from the temple of Jerusalem was a catastrophe not just for goddess worship as a religion, but for the human psyche. Consider, for example, what Islam became because Allat could not be become a feminine image of God---for her image was removed from the Kaaba and destroyed. The unfortunate result of the worship of a hyper-masculine God is evident in the morning newspaper. To this day I cannot find a divine feminine of any kind in Islam. But Judaism managed to revive an attenuated form of its goddess in the form of the Shekinah, and Christianity has Sophia. I shall say some very interesting things about Maria the mother of Jesus in a forthcoming blog article.

 

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