|Menes (literally of Min) was king of Upper Egypt and clearly displays the marks of Hathor's vulva on his knees, symbolizing that even the great king knelt before Hathor and Her High Priestess. On the palate which was used to mix eye makeup, TeTa is shown as Menes' wife leading the armies of Lower Egypt before her husband. It was only when Menes and TeTa united to drive out the foreign invaders that the "Two Lands" became one. The new capital was established at Min (Memphis) in Lower Egypt which was the ancestral home of Teta. It was the king, depicted as twice the height of Teta, who came to the queen. The union of the "Two Lands" was further solidified by making Dendra in Upper (Southern) Egypt the seat of the Goddess Hathor. Her temple at Dendra remained the seat of Her power well into the Christian era.|
The palate, which is in the Cairo museum, measures (approxmiately) 25 1/2 inches high - the height of the Egyptian Sacred Cubit. The entire palate is laid out in geometric proportions which (with a single later modification) were used in all sacred Egyptian writings for over 3,500 years.
However this is not the earliest record we have of the Egyptian religion. Many early historians have written about the events that took place in Egypt before 3200 B.C. There is historical evidence that many writings, statues, tombs, obelisks and monuments once existed from long before that time. Some of these recorded the events of 12,000 years of Egyptian history, but they are forever lost. Many historians claim these lost records that are mentioned in several texts, were actually written long after the events. The problem with that is the Egyptians did not write history. They recorded the events of the day and while these documents were often copied, the Egyptians and did not rewrite them or change them. The Palate is merely the oldest, extant written record that attest to the religion of the Goddess.
Archeology has uncovered even earlier evidences of the worship of a Goddess outside of Egypt. Female figures called "Venus figurine" have been found which date back as far 25,000 B.C. in what has been interpreted as sacred settings, that is, in a circle of stones. Statues of Goddess figures have been found all over the near east and Europe, Africa, as well as in both North and South America. Excavations at Jericho (in modern Jordan) dated to 9,000 (BCE) reveal that Goddess worship was well established 4,000 years before the Jewish god created man. Excavations at Catal Huyuk (in western Turkey) date to 6,500 BCE and reveal an extensive Goddess worship in which sex was not only evident but paramount in the cultures.
Sometimes when people call me on the phone they ask, usually rather belligerently, "Who is your Goddess?" "What's Her name?" These belligerent callers usually are believers in a male god whom they call God, with a capital "G" . But they refuse to allow the Goddess to be called Goddess with a capital "G". They insist that She must have some other common name. In the English language we refer to The Goddess as "The Most High Goddess",, our Heavenly Mother, The Goddess of The Most High. She has a name, but we do not reveal it outside of the religion. However, most people do not even know the name of their own god. They call their god, God, or Heavenly Father. But God is not their god's name, it's a title men give to a deity they neither know nor understand.
If you ask a christian or Jew who their god is, what's his name, they can't tell you. Jews and Christians alike refer to their god as "the God of the Most High" and even "the Most High God". Christians will tell you their god's name is Jesus Christ. But Christ is a title, meaning the anointed one. The man, Jesus, was given the title, "the Christ" by his followers. However both Jesus and Christ came into existence a mere 2000 years ago, and Jesus was certainly not the name of the Jewish god.
The closest the Jews come to a name for their god is Yahweh, or as some call him Jehovah. But Jehovah had never been pronounced until about 1500, when the letter J was added to the English language, and religious scholars gave that as a pronunciation. Yahweh is translated in the Bible as LORD. But Lord is just another title, so that the name of the Jewish god becomes two titles, LORD God. It was their Shem Hammephorash for which neither Yahweh nor Jehovah are the correct pronunciations. The Jews considered the name of their god to be so sacred that it was only pronounced once a year and only by the High Priest in the temple in Jerusalem. Additionally, only the Hebrew consonants which correspond to IHUH or JHUH, which comprise the Tetragrammaton - the Ineffable name, were written. Instead of pronouncing the name the Jews substituted the name "Adonai" for the name of their god. Or so they claim. But Adonis is the Greek God of love and beauty. It is quite probable that the Jews simply did not have a name for their god, so they borrowed the Greek name early in Jewish history. Whatever the name of the Jewish god may have been, there hasn't been a Jewish high priest who could pronounce that name in the temple for over 1900 years. The fact is, there is not a modern Jew who knows how to pronounce his own god's name. And the christian god does not even have a name.
Of the trinity religions, (Judaism/christianity/Islam) only Islam has a name for their god, Allah. However, Allah was a god until the time of Mohammed, c. 650 A.D. Before that time Allaht, (with a feminine "t" ending) was the name of the Arab Goddess. Even today, the Arabs in Egypt speak of the Goddess, Allaht, or refer to Allaht as the Spirit who guards the ancient monuments when the sun goes down.
There are some, like the Mormons, who give Elohim, as the name of God, but Elohim is actually a feminine word meaning a plurality of gods, i.e. goddesses, not god. But a female god disturbs Jews and Mormons alike how can there be a god with a female name?
The Goddess has been know throughout the world in different languages and cultures by different names. Nonetheless, She was still the same Goddess. In Sumer, which has some of the oldest written records of the sacred rituals, she was called Inanna. The same name, written with the same cuneiform (wedged writings) is pronounced Ishtar in the Assyrian and Babylonian languages. She was Astarte in Phoenicia, while the Bible refers to her as Ashtoreth. In Greece She was Aphrodite and in Rome, Venue. Although the Goddess was known by many names, these were different attributes of her character, and more correctly, the title of Her Priesthood. Many of Her names, such as Ishtar and Astarte mean, "The Star", which refers to both Sirius, the brightest star in the heavens, and to the planet Venus, which is also known as the Evening and Morning Star.
In Egypt, where our religion has its most ancient roots, most people would know Her as the Goddess, Isis or Hathor. Those are, however, Greek pronunciations. The Egyptian name, Aset, became Isis in Greek, while the Egyptian name, HtHru became Hathor. But these too were not names of actual Goddesses, but rather the title of Her Priesthood for women.
It was the Priesthood and its sacred sexual rituals that distinguished the Goddess religion from other forms of female worship. In the temples of The Goddess priestesses would perform sexual rituals for the purification of men and the fertility of the land. I have performed the same sexual rituals, which involve oral sex and vaginal intercourse, with thousands of men. The rituals are performed as they were anciently by the priestesses of Isis. As I stated, Isis, is a title a short title for, "The Priesthood of the Order of The Most High Goddess after the Order of the Mother of the Earth's seat of Power." In Egyptian this was shortened to Mut Aset, meaning, "mother of the earth", or "mother of the seat of power", which was further shortened (by dropping Mut) to just "Aset", which under the Greek influence became, Isis. The Greek Temples of ISIS, were not the same as the Egyptian temples, but they were so close that the casual observer could not distinguish them.
Mut was the first woman on earth to whom the priesthood was given by the Most High Goddess. She was, thus, the Mother of Mankind and Mother of the Priesthood. Her daughter was given the name and title, "Aset", which became Isis. Hathor, or HtHru, means literally, "The house of the Light of God". The "House" refers to the blood line of the house of the Pharaohs. To understand why Aset and HtHru were considered Goddesses by the Egyptians, you must understand the theology of the religion and how the Egyptians looked at time.
We believe in and worship one God, the Father, and one Goddess, the Most High Goddess, or more specifficaly The Goddess of the Most High. However, there are other Gods and Goddesses, and their priests and priestess performed rituals similar to ours, but with subtle differences. The Gods did not creat the universe. Rather when we speak of our creators, we mean to bring into existence the order of things. It does not mean to control or order that which has been set in motion. In reverse of creation, an egg drops and is shattered; yet that shattering is itself a creation, although one of chaos. So it is with the creation of this universe, it is as though an egg came from nothing and shattering into that which we see, and that which we do not see. We believe that God and Goddess live, that they are glorified, anthropomorphic beings, that is, they have bodies, with physical attributes. God has a penis and Goddess has a vagina. Yes, there is sex after death. We can say quite literally that man was made in the image and likeness of God and woman was made in the image and likeness of the Goddess though that does not mean human-form, but rather physical form. And when I speak of The Godess, I mean one specific Goddess, of the many Goddesses. However, our Gods are not Gods of the living, but of the Spirits, because ours is not a religion of just this life, but of the lives to come, and it is the priestess who instructs men through the rituals on how their spirit can survive death.
Christians and Jews will mouth those words, "Man was made in the image and likeness of God", then turn right around and say that God is a bodiless, spirit that fills the universe and yet is so small he can dwell in your heart. I don't know of any man that looks like that. They also refer to their god as being a "living god". But "life" is the union of a spirit and body, or as atheists would have it, the animation of the body - a body that has movement, i.e. blood circulation, respiration etc. We have all heard of spirits of dead people who haunt houses. When the spirit leaves the body the body is dead. The spirit continues to exist, but it does not live. A god, which is only a spirit, does not live either if it existed at all it would be as a dead god. Jews and Christians have confused existence with life. They have to. The doctrines of their religion are refuted by a living god. Yet the concept of a living god was understood by the early Christians who were quite clear in their understanding of their resurrection.
We can only imagine how ridiculous the Christians would have appeared if they had gone to the Jewish leaders after the crucifixion of Jesus of Nazareth and said, "Jesus has risen". Then everyone would rush to the tomb and find his body still there. "Well his body is still in the grave, but his spirit has risen?" That would have ended Christianity right then and there. Christians believe that Jesus was resurrected with the same physical body he had during his life. Yet their god is without a body.
The Christians so called New Testament illustrates what the early Christians believed about the resurrection. Luke 24:29, speaks of the time when Jesus is claimed to have appeared to his disciples after the resurrection. Jesus is quoted as saying, "Behold my hands and my feet, that it is I myself: handle me and see, for a spirit hath not flesh and bones as ye see me have." He then took some fish and a honeycomb and ate them. His disciples even touched him and felt the print of the nails in his hands and the hole from the Roman spear in his side. Obviously Jesus had a physical body. Later Paul would write to the Romans that "Christ being raised from the dead dieth no more, death hath no more dominion over him." (Romans 6:9)
It took Christianity another 300 years before Jesus would die again. In 325 A.D. christianity was confronted with the contradiction of the Jewish belief in only one god and the obvious three gods of the trinity, God the father, the son Jesus Christ and a Holy Ghost. After all how can you claim to worship only one god when there is a father, son and holy ghost? Christianity changed the nature of their polytheistic god to one god. They removed his resurrected body the one their bible said he had and the Christian god who could die no more, was dead yet he somehow lived without a body another mystery of a god, which men can not comprehend. Mysteries aside, either Jesus was resurrected with a living body, or he was not.
In the religion of The Goddess, we believe that our spirit bodies were formed in what might be called Heaven just as our physical bodies were created on earth, through a sexual union of a God and Goddess. Spirits exist before this life, but do not live until they enter a physical body at birth. In death our spirit and body separate. The spirit, now a disembodied soul, if it has gained sufficient spiritual knowledge is either taken to a spirit world, or makes its way there, or are degenerated to varying degrees. Those spirits that survive death return, or are brought back to be born again into a body through metempsychosis, or reincarnations, until the spirit and body are united in metensomatosis and "resurrected" as gods and goddesses. This belief in metensomatosis or resurrection inspired the Egyptians to mummify their bodies. This, however, is simplified, as the process is, like the universe, complicated, and most spirits that have taken bodies at one time or another are what the High Priest has called Souls of Gnats. That is, souls that have not progressed beyond the most rudimentary progression of spirits. They may take bodies of gnat-like creatures throughout the universe, or bodies of humans, or other creatures of higher intelligence, but their soul (spirit in a body) are, nevertheless, incapable of progression, and in death whatever they experience in life dissipates quickly, and they will, if a gnat larva is available, take it as a new body.
As the High Priest explained in "Gods, Demigods, Heros and Men," the Egyptian God, Thoth, was three times great, having progressed from being born a man, to become great at a Hero, then twice great as a Demigod, and then three-times great as a God. The Greeks had a similar belief in Hermes Trismegistus, Thrice-Great-Hermes. How spirits become "great souls," and the role of the psychopomp Priest in the Religion of the Goddesses, is only incidental to the roll of the Priestess, whose calling, duty and authority is to lead the soul of a man to maximize his spiritual nature. A Great Soul is great, no matter what body it takes; and, even where the body is mentally deficient, the Great Soul will exceed its physical limitations. The Soul of a Gnat on the other hand, even when it takes the body of a mentally superior being, will never utilize its maximum potential. There are dogs with noble souls, while there are humans with the souls of gnats. It is the wisdom of a High Priestess to distinguish the soul of the man she is taking through the rituals, and to reject those with lesser souls. The rituals are meaningless to them, as their soul is incapable of progression. And when that spirit leaves its body in death again becoming a disembodied soul - it is not bound to this earth. In fact, it has no knowledge and drifts or swarms with other like souls of gnats, until it finds another body, even if it is across the universe.
The pagan religions, which did not believe in a resurrection, burned the bodies of their dead, thus sending their spirit into the heavens through the smoke of the funerary fires. Or they created myth to explain how the dead were to suffer in places like the Greek House of Hades.
Surviving death is not easy. It is only because the sheer number of souls is so great that some survive on their own. Other souls are guided to the underworld by the priestess or psychopomp priest, but only if the soul is able to recognize the priestess in death. That is the purpose of our religious rituals, to lead men and women to safety in death, and eventually to become gods and goddesses. It is in that moment of orgasm the French call le petit mort, the little death, that a priestess can communicate with the souls of men. The body is controlled by the brain, and the brain has conditioned itself from its beginning to shut out all extraneous things. When the spirit enters the body at birth, when the Breath of Life breaths the spirit into the body and it becomes a living soul, it enters a body that is already controlled by the brain. The struggle between the spirit and brain is one sided, and the brain subdues the spirit so the "mind" is as much a slave to the brain as the "soul" is a slave to the body. It is only when the soul can be set in harmony with the mind that spiritual knowledge can be attained, and it is spiritual knowledge that allows one to survive death and be born again. Symbolically, when men perform sexual intercourse with a priestess, they are representing that they will continue to have sex in the hereafter. The pleasures of earth are also the pleasures of rebirth and heaven.
Only Islam has a vaguely similar teaching. In the heaven of Islam the faithful will be surrounded with the beautiful brown eyed Horae, who will fulfill the man's every sexual desire. The Arabic word, Horae, comes from the word Horais or Hora, which was a term for the priestesses of The Goddess who performed their rituals of the Hour - meaning the 24 hours of the day and night. The Israeli dance, the Hora, was originally a dance of the priestesses in the groves in ancient Israel. Christians perverted the term to Whore, because the priestesses engaged in vaginal sex in their rituals of the hours. It does not take much insight to see why Christianity would want to get rid of there god's body, and make him a spirit. After all, spirits do not have sex. They do not create spirit children through sex acts. And while they were at it, they got rid of the Goddess and made women less than human. Until the 16th century Christian doctrine did not even give women a soul and therefore there were no women in heaven, only men wearing women's long robes - makes you wonder about little boys, doesn't it?
We, however, believe in a literal metemsomatosis. Aset or Isis, who once lived on an earth is now a Goddess. Many who were once mortal are now immortal and have attained godhood. They are distinguished in the Egyptian language by the term, neter. For to the Egyptians, time was a continuum. They were aware of their pre existent life as spirits and spent their earthly life preparing for the lives to come, and the eventual life as Gods and Goddesses, Neter and Netert. Religion was an integral part of Egyptian life. The elaborate funerary ceremonies attest to the time spent preparing for surviving death and their future life in the world to come.
The Egyptians had no equivalent of possibility. Something was, or it was not. There was no "if". A noble spirit in the preexistence would be noble on this earth and come back as an even nobler mortal and become a god or goddess in the resurrection. In death, the living acknowledge those noble spirits as gods - or Neters. After all, since they were to become gods, then they were as good as gods they were gods..
Many people shy away from the word, polytheism. Since monotheism has been extolled in our days as the supposed highest evolution of religion (mainly by the Jews), most religions are reluctant to say that they believe in more than one god, male or female. As we all know, Christians believe in three gods, the Father, the Son and the Holy Ghost. They get around being called polytheistic by saying they are three gods, mysteriously combined in one. The Mormons on the other hand, argue for the unique distinction of each personage, each being a separate god the Father, god the Son and god the Holy Ghost. However, they avoid the issue of polytheism, claiming that they only worship one god, the father. But they worship him through or in the name of Jesus. They may worship only one god, but they believe in many. They are polytheistic.
The religion of The Goddess is admittedly polytheistic. We believe in and worship many Gods and Goddesses. There are many great and noble men and women who once lived on earths like this, who have been resurrected to become gods and goddesses. We revere them as such, much in the same way that Catholics revere their saints.
Religion was completely woven through the Egyptians life. Most religious matters were so well known that they were not written down. The legends of Isis that have come down to us in written form are largely those written by Greeks, notably Plutarch. These were written at a times much latter than Isis actually lives, somewhere between 15,000 to 40,000 years later. The Greeks tended to make epics out of everything and you all know the old party game of one person telling a story to the next person on his right and passing it around to each person in turn in a circle. By the time the story comes back to the originator, it is nothing like what it started out to be. Things can get a bit distorted over thousands of years and that leaves things open to a lot of interpretation and exaggeration.
Even with written records in Egypt there is much room for interpretation because for many years there was no one alive who knew how to speak or read the ancient Egyptian hieroglyphics. Not until the deciphering of the Rosetta Stone, which was found by Napoleons troops in 1799 in the mud of the Rosetta branch of the Nile River, were hieroglyphics able to be translated into English. On this stone is carved a decree of Ptolemy V Episphaes ruler of Egypt from 203 to 181 B.C. It is inscribed in three different written languages. At the top was the ancient Egyptian hieroglyphics, followed by demotic, the common written language of Egypt at the time of the decree, and at the bottom of the stone, the Greek language. A French scholar, Jean Francio Champollion studied the Rosetta Stone. He fortunately knew Greek and Coptic, the language of the Egyptian Christians. Using the Greek as a guide, he studied the proper names and their position on the tablet and was able to pick those out in the hieroglyphics. Then by comparing the modern Egyptian language with the ancient glyphs he was able to recognize many of the words. Finally in 1822, he published the entire text. That enabled other scholars to begin translating hieroglyphics.
Today there is a huge proliferation of material on ancient Egypt. It seems that everyone and his dog lays claim to secret magic known to the ancients. Usually they know nothing, or they recreate the Egyptian religion as an early form of Christianity. It was not. There are many similarities between what the original Christians believed and the Egyptian religion, because many early Christians came from Egypt. However, by the 2nd Century C.E. Christianity had digressed to a point where there were few similarities. Christians from that time on destroyed every Egyptian temple or writing they could get their hands on.
Occasionally people will call me up very presumptuously and say "I know all about your religion, I've read, Crowley", or Cally or Campbell or whomever. If I reply that, that is not my religion, they indignantly respond that, that is Egyptian, so it must be my religion, or else my religion isn't really Egyptian. Such people have about as much validity as the person who says he know all about my religion because he saw Joanne Cameron on the Saturday morning children's program, spin around and turn into "Oh, Mighty ISIS."
I look for truth in all things and accept truth wherever I find it. I do not necessarily accept everyone's interpretation of Egyptian writings. It is quite easy to determine what is related to the Goddess religion and what is not. If anyone teaches that the Egyptian religion was ascetic, that there was no sex, but only a pure platonic love, you can be sure that it is a man-made doctrine. Women were the priestesses of the religion of The Goddess up until about 300 B.C.E.
When Alexander the Great conquered the Mid East he set about Helenizing what to him was the world. After his death, his conquered territory was divided, with Ptolemy, Alexander's "half-brother" and general of the southern army, taking Egypt as his kingdom. The Greeks had little or no respect for women, and so Ptolemy, who was fascinated by the religion of the Egyptians, founded the Cults of Apis and Isis. The existing cults of Osiris and Ptah (from which Ptolemy's name was derived) was renewed by mythological ascension to become the neo-Egyptian, Apis. The Bull of Heaven. The religion and beliefs in Isis were transformed into a Hellenistic religion with male priests as well as priestesses. Although the new religions had many of the trappings of the original religions, they were nevertheless, male centered and the sacred sexual rituals of Isis were changed to accommodate the new belief. The Egyptian people did not accept the Cult of Isis, but rather continued with the Egyptian religion of Aset. 250 years later, during the reign of Cleopatra the VII, the last Queen of Egypt, the Egyptian people accepted the Greek Queen as the head of their religion. Cleopatra had become Egyptianized - the Egyptians had not become Hellenized.
Cleopatra was the first Greek Queen to learn the Egyptian language and the only one to become a priestess of the Goddess. This distinction is lost to most historians who have stated that Cleopatra appeared before Marc Anthony dressed as Aphrodite, the Greek goddess of love. Since Aphrodite and Isis were the same, this transposition of names was understandable. However, Isis was a Greek name, which by that time, represented the goddess of the Cult of Isis. The original inscriptions of the event show that Cleopatra appeared dressed as the High Priestess of Aset, spelled Aset (not Isis) in Greek and written as Ast in hieroglyphics. Cleopatra never used the Greek name "Isis", but used the Egyptian title, Aset. This distinction was quite clear to the Egyptian people, who loved their new queen.
When I say they loved their queen, I mean that literally. Cleopatra was noted for her sexuality. On one occasion she is recorded as having performed fellatio on (sucked the cocks of) one hundred Roman noblemen in one night. That was not only accepted by the Egyptian people but applauded by them. No woman could become a High Priestess of Aset without first having had sex with at least 1000 different men. Cleopatra accomplished this in less than a week - a week in Egypt was ten days. I have to admire her. It took me two years to have sex with a thousand different men. Of course, I had sex with many of them more that once and the most I ever had sex with in one day was 16 different men. I would love to have been in the position of Cleopatra, to have sex with a hundred men a day.
But why sex? "Surely there is something that could take the place of sex", is the comment I get from many Christians who are impressed with the theology, history and magnetism of our religion, but are biased against its sex.
Sex is the essence of the religion.
In Judaism, the sins of the individual are put on some animal, which is ritualistically killed by the priest. Needless to say, there hasn't been a Jew absolved of his sins in over 1800 years. In Christianity, the sins are put upon a dead god who takes all men's sins, past, present and future upon himself. In the religion of The Goddess, it is the priestess who literally takes upon herself the sins and transgressions of the man.
In the Egyptian language, the word, "Negation", meant man's semen or his essence, his all. The word modernly means to cancel or wipe out - to make negative. You may wonder, how did it get from one language to the next with such a drastic change in meaning. That is because the "Ritual of Negation" in our religion involves vaginal intercourse with a priestess. What a man is doing in the Ritual of Negation, when he ejaculates inside a priestess, is to give up his semen, his very essence, in order to have his sins wiped out, or negated. The word, negation, meaning semen, came to be applied to the whole ritual. Gradually over hundreds of years the word, negation, went from its specific meaning of semen essence to what the purpose of the ritual was, that is, to cancel or wipe out to make negative. It is the priestess who literally takes upon herself the transgressions of the man in the Ritual of Negation. It is the priestess who intercedes on man's behalf with the Goddess. She is his guide in this life, the Mother of his new spiritual knowledge and spiritual life, and she is his guide in death when she conducts his soul to the Underworld. And it is the priestess who prepares the soul for rebirth into another body.
Hopefully this will give the reader some understanding of why the religion of The Goddess is so different from other religions. It is not the teachings of ancients which brings men to salvation, but the knowledge one gains in the purification rituals of priestess that brings man closer to his maker. Sex is not only pleasurable, but a gift of The Goddess, which must be enjoyed, appreciated, and not spurned.
Religion gives many choices. Some give guilt for sex in this life and the promise of no sex after death. The religion of the Goddess gives love, pleasure, sex and spiritual knowledge in this life as well as in the lives to come. It is for this reason that the Christian religions became the antithesis of the Goddess religions. In order to eliminate Goddess worship, early Christians changed Her joyous sexual celebrations into holidays for ascetic Christian saints. They brand priestesses as prostitutes and make religious rituals criminal acts, and changed the Goddess from a sexual, divine being into the perpetual virgin, the Virgin Mary. And as Mary was a virgin, Christians developed as obsession with virginity which still effects sexual expectations and enjoyment today.
Other pages of interest:
The Pagan Goddess and Gods of The Church of The Most High Goddess
Laws of the Goddesses
A modern application of the principles of Goddesses
In Search of Shaman
Vortices - Mystical Rites of The Pagan Goddesses
Ch. 1 Where Are the Gods?
Ch. 2 The Vortex
Ch. 3 The Gods and Confusion
Ch. 4 Seeking the Spiritual
Ch. 5 The Pious Fraud