"Ancient moon priestesses were called virgins. ‘Virgin’ meant not married, not belong to a man-a woman who was ‘one-in-herself.’ The very word derives from a Latin root meaning strength, force, skill; and was later applied to men: virle. Ishtar, Diana, Astarte, Isis were all all called virgin, which did not refer to sexual chasity, but sexual independence. And all great culture heroes of the past…, mythic or historic, were said to be born of virgin mothers: Marduk, Gilgamesh, Buddha, Osiris, Dionysus, Genghis Khan, Jesus-they were all affirmed as sons of the Great Mother, of the Original One, their worldly power deriving from her. When the Hebrews used the word, and in the original Aramatic, it meant ‘maiden’ or ‘young woman’, with no connotations to sexual chasity. But later Christian translators could not conceive of the ‘Virgin Mary’ as a woman of independent sexuality, needless to say; they distorted the meaning into sexually pure, chaste, never touched. When Joan of Arc, with her witch coven associations, was called La Pucelle-‘the Maiden,’ ‘the Virgin’ - the word retained some of its original pagan sense of a strong and independent woman. The Moon Goddess was worshipped in orgiastic rites, being the divinity of matriarchal women free to take as many lovers as they choose. Women could ‘surrender’ themselves to the Goddess by making love to a stranger in her temple."

Monica Sjoo and Barbara Mor in the book “The Great Cosmic Mother -Rediscovering the Religion of the Earth” (via sacredwoman)

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"We are born into the world of nature; our second birth is into the world of spirit."

Bhagavad Gita (via lucifelle)

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"The soul should always stand ajar, ready to welcome the ecstatic experience."

Emily Dickinson (via sol-psych)

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You should check out my sister & her friends’ collective art project, Love Letters to the End. It’s a blog (similar to Post Secret) which features anonymous love letters to the world under the premise that it will end this year, and also an ongoing web series. Write a letter of your own!! Send it to:  Love Letters to the End/P.O. Box 17693/Los Angeles, CA/90017-0693

You should check out my sister & her friends’ collective art project, Love Letters to the End. It’s a blog (similar to Post Secret) which features anonymous love letters to the world under the premise that it will end this year, and also an ongoing web series. Write a letter of your own!! Send it to:  Love Letters to the End/P.O. Box 17693/Los Angeles, CA/90017-0693

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"Humankind is being led
along an evolving course,
through this migration
of intelligences
and though we seem
to be sleeping
there is an inner wakefulness,
that directs the dream
and that will eventually
startle us back
to the truth of
who we are"

Rumi  (via sol-psych)

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"We are here to awaken from the illusion of our separateness."

Thich Nhat Hahn

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"My soul is from elsewhere, I’m sure of that, and I intend to end up there."

Rumi (via objectsinlove)

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