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Crowley's Arse -- Anal Sex Symbolism in the Gnostic Mass

To: alt.magick
From: Ian Sturrock 
Subject: Re: Crowley's Arse -- Anal Sex Symbolism in the Gnostic Mass
Date: Fri, 20 Sep 2002 01:30:39 +0100

In article , 
[M] gibbers

>> >"Ian Sturrock"  wrote in message
>> >
>> >  
>> >>The "classic 3" are very much a modern construct, as devised by Robert
>> >Graves -- I wouldn't go assuming they mean anything in the real world.
>What the hell?
>The intellectual pursuit of history is a masculine role.  
>Go aheah, assume the 'modern construct' has no meaning in the "real
>world", whatever that is.  Keep those blinders on, you'll be safe!

It's just another system of classification, and not an enormously
satisfactory one.

>Or just flip through one of the many many pagan books out there that
>discuss the lunar cycle and the lunar goddesses.  Sure the books are a
>bit hokey, but who cares!  

A bit hokey?  They're all derived from Graves, one way or the other; and
most of what he wrote on the subject has no scholarly value soever.  If
you want lunar goddesses et al, why not do the research instead of
reading someone else's bogus, made-up nonsense in a pagan book?

>Just get enough info to create your own
>rituals, and learn through ritual work.  It's the only way to really
>get at the feminine mysteries, cause you're not going to understand
>them through the intellect alone.

It's certainly not the only way, particularly if one had any interest in
any of the non-lunar goddesses; did you never read _Eclipse of the Sun:
An Investigation into Sun and Moon Myths_?  There are probably more sun
goddesses out there than moon goddesses (and plenty of moon gods, too).
Again, it's only the influence of Graves that has convinced most modern
pagans otherwise.

"Such a day, rum all out - Our company somewhat sober - A damn`d confusion
among us! - Rogues a-plotting - Great talk of separation - so I looked sharp 
for a prize - Such a day took one, with a great deal of liquor on board, so 
kept the company hot, damned hot; then all things went well again." (Teach)

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