The Laussel Goddess

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Found in 1911 at Laussel Cave in France, The Woman with a Horn (Femme a la corne) has intrigued people ever since. Believed to be between 22,000 and 29,000 years old, the Laussel Goddess as She is also known as is considered to be an Upper-Paleolithic Venus. The Woman with a Horn has large breasts, belly, thighs, and genitals. As her left hand rests on her stomach, her right holds a horn above her head. The horn has thirteen lines etched on it.

Nobody really know what the Woman with the Horn is. The most common theory is that since She holds the Moon that the Laussel Goddess is the Great Mother who celebrates fertility. Through guiding women’s cycles by the waxing and waning of the moon, She ensures life.

Since She holds what seems to be a horn of plenty, the Woman could also be the Goddess of the Hunt. The horn acts an instrument to summon the spirits or a vehicle for the shaman to travel the worlds guiding the game to the people. Therefore, the Laussel Goddess could represent abundance.

During the Neolithic, people were erecting stone monuments to mark the solstices. These structures demonstrate that Neolithic peoples were aware of the cosmic order of time and space. In this context, the Laussel Goddess is a timekeeper of the moon’s phases.

Following the phases of the moon is a common timekeeping method for many cultures. Ancient calendars are often lunar or have a lunar component to them. This is because the moon demonstrates a more concrete passage of time than does the sun. Since the Laussel Goddess does show the full and crescent moons, She offers a glimpse into the cosmology of the Neolithic peoples.

Modern Goddess worshippers see the Laussel Goddess as the “Keeper of Women’s Mysteries.” For them. She encourages women to embrace their womanhood and their bodies. As the moon changes, so do women. Together, each they dance the rhythms of creation, decay, and rebirth.

As for me, I see the Laussel Goddess as the Lady of the Cosmos. She ties magic, time, and space into a whole. Waxing and waning. She dances the cosmos into being. The Woman with the Horn gives birth to the universe and renews it. She maintains the harmony of the forces of life.

Oh Laussel Goddess
Woman with a Horn
Lady of the Cosmos
You dance the Universe
Into being
May we dance with You
May we honor Your Waxing and Waning
Oh Laussel Goddess
Woman with a Horn

The Acheulian Goddess and The Green Hornet

From an essay on pop culture and the Gods in Walking the Worlds.

 

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From Sacred Source

 

When I first constructed an altar for the Acheulian Goddess, She gave me specific requests of what She wanted for her sacred space.One of her desires was an action figure of The Green Hornet of the 1966 TV show. This confused me since this character was originally an invention of three men for a 1930s radio show.

An ancient Goddess from Paleolithic times, the Acheulian Goddess was first worshipped by Homo erectus (the predecessor to modern humans and Neanderthals). Because many generations of the human species have known Her, I wondered why such an ancient Goddess would want a fictional character of the 20th century in her shrine.

To know this Goddess, I have to side-step a popular notion amongst Pagans that human society was a matriarchy until it was overthrown by warriors on horseback. Also, I have to ignore the persuasive idea that the Acheulian Goddess is only one aspect of the Great Goddess. Today, lost in Goddess worship, She becomes yet another symbol of the fabled past.

To know Her means stripping away modernistic thinking. To see the Acheulian Goddess as Homo erectus does requires letting go of the present. As L.P. Hartley noted in his novel, “The Go-Between,” “The Past is a foreign country, they do things differently there.” To me, She is the Goddess of the Beginnings, the Goddess who appeared in the dreams of Homo erectus. To them, She was the Keeper of Mysteries of Life and Death.

 

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The Green Hornet and Kato, 1966

 

Meanwhile, The Green Hornet was created in 1936 by Fran Striker and James Jewell to complement WXYZ’s (Detroit) radio program, “The Lone Ranger.” Station manager George Trendle requested that The Green Hornet be a continuation of The Lone Ranger. He wanted to carry this character’s mission in the Old West into modern times. Therefore, Striker created Britt Reid (The Green Hornet) to be a grandnephew of John Reid (The Lone Ranger). Paralleling The Lone Ranger, this new character had Kato, an Asian sidekick, and Black Beauty, a super-powered car. Britt Reid, who is a newspaper publisher, would pretend to be a mobster to fight crime. Unlike John Reid, Britt would have a public life as himself.

What made The Green Hornet an enduring part of pop culture is his unique character. As a tripartite being, Britt Reid is a crusading publisher, criminal master mind, and a secret warrior for justice. In his triple role, The Green Hornet is devoted to repairing relations amongst people, communities, and authorities. This aspect of The Green Hornet made me think that he is more than simply a fictional character. Divinities as triads often show up in various religions. Christianity has the Triune God – The Father, The Son, and The Holy Ghost. Wiccans celebrate the Maiden, Mother, and Crone aspects of the Goddess. Meanwhile, the Celtic Goddess, The Morrigan is referred to as “The Triple Goddess.”

Writing for NOW Comics (1989-1990), Ron Fortier devised a family tree for the character starting with The Lone Ranger continuing through various generations until the 1990s. (Note 1) Fortier cemented the canon that The Green Hornet was not a single man, but instead a family obligation for the male relatives of the Reid family. Fortier set up that The Green Hornet of the 1930s was the original grandnephew, and that the TV version (1966-67) was that Britt Reid’s nephew. NOW Comics continued with the generations into the 21st Century. (Note 2)

This reminds me of Roman customs of piety. In Roman polytheism, families devoted themselves to inter-generational rites of piety to specific Gods. For Romans, sacra gentilicia (rites of a clan for their family Gods) were necessary and imperishable. Sometimes a family had a duty to perform public rites (sacra publica) on behalf of the Roman people (sacra pro popula). When Fortier constructed his family tree, he instituted a web of family obligations for the entire Reid family that went beyond sacra gentilicia, and became sacra publica. Devoted to the cause of justice in their community, the Reid family became the intermediaries between the people and the authorities.

Through Fortier’s actions, The Green Hornet became “sacer,” a thing given to the Gods. He went beyond the nascent obligation set up by the original creators of granduncle and grandnephew. This made the duty of The Green Hornet “res divina,” a divine thing. (Note 3) What occurred was the character became the personification of pietas, the maintaining of right relations between people, the Gods, and authorities.

Using divination, I asked the Roman Gods what was The Green Hornet. They said that he was an example of pietas, both as an individual and as a family. The Gods gave this thoughtform agency to become a sacredos, a priest.

The request by the Acheulian Goddess for The Green Hornet for her altar meant to me that She claimed him as her own. To Her, he ably demonstrated sacra publica. I concluded is that The Green Hornet is probably the rex sacrorum (King of Sacred Things) to Her. (Note 4) I believe that the Acheulian Goddess relates to modern humans through what is familiar to Her. Therefore, The Green Hornet acts as the rex sacrorum, an intermediary for Her. Since Romans often have altars to Non-Roman Gods, it made sense to me to have a Roman practice for the Acheulian Goddess.

The Green Hornet proves that not every longstanding character of pop culture becomes a God. His creators set up the means for this character to become more than simply fictional. Fortier’s canon allowed The Green Hornet to be the representation of pietas. Afterwards, the Acheulian Goddess chose him to be a part of her veneration.

Notes:
1. Fortier wanted to connect the various versions of The Green Hornet into a holistic narrative. Desiring to update the character, he worked on retaining the essence of The Green Hornet.

2. After the demise of NOW Comics, Dynamite Entertainment obtained the rights to the character. In 2010, for the debut of the character at Dynamite Entertainment, Kevin. Smith, noted film-maker and writer, started with the TV version, updated him to the 1980s, and then had his son Britt Reid, Jr. be The Green Hornet for the 21st Century.

3. Ancient Romans divided the world into two spheres – res publica (affairs of the public) and res divinae (affairs of the Gods.) In his many writings, Varro theorized that the mythic writings (theology) of poets were “res divinae.”

4. The office of rex sacrorum was established by the Roman Republic to carry out the former Roman king’s religious duties.

Gods of the Month: December

For Romans, December is a month to honor the Gods, who ensure the fertility of the earth. People are concerned about the winter sowing and the future crops. It is also a month for family and friends, including the local Nature Spirits. Saturnalia, which celebrates the Golden Age of Saturnus (Saturn), occurs in the middle of December. It is a time of lights, games, and gift-giving. Gods of the Month: December 2016

These are the Gods of the Month that I honor.

BONA DEA: December 3 is the day of women’s mysteries for Bona Dea, the Good Goddess. This Goddess of Healing also ensures women’s fertility. God of The Month: Bona Dea

TIBER RIVER AND THE SEVEN HILLS OF ROME: Two festivals – one for the Tiber River and one for the Seven Hills – occur on December 8 and December 11 respectfully. God of the Month: Tiberinus and the Seven Hills

CONSUS: The second festival for Consus, the God of the Granary is held on December 15. God of the Month: Consus

SATURNUS (SATURN): Saturnalia from December 17 to 24 celebrates the time that Saturnus Pater ruled the earth. God of the Month: Saturn

OPS CONSIVA: The Opalia is held on December 19 for Ops Consiva (the Sower). This Goddess of Abundance is the Consort of both Consus and Saturnus. God of the Month: Ops Consiva

ANGERONA: At the Divalia, on December 21, Angerona, the Goddess of Secrets is honored. God of the Month: Diva Angerona

ACCA LARENTIA: On December 23, the Larentalia was held at her tomb. She is the Founder of Roman and Goddess of the Lars.

Non-Roman Gods that I honor:

FRIGGA AND THE DSIR: On the Winter Solstice which is Mothers Night, I celebrate Frigga, the Norse All-Mother, Her Twelve Handmaidens and the Mothers of my ancestral line. God of the Month: Frigga and the Disr

THE ACHEULIAN GODDESS: An ancient Goddess from Paleolithic times, the Acheulian Goddess is for me the Goddess of Beginnings. God of the Month: Acheulian Goddess of Prehistory

God of the Month: Acheulian Goddess of Prehistory

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From The Sacred Source

An ancient Goddess from Paleolithic times, the Acheulian Goddess was first worshipped by Homo erectus (the predecessor to modern humans and Neanderthals). A pebble shaped carving was found in 1981 at the Golan Heights at Israel left by a hominid tribe believed to be Homo erectus, who camped in the area. This object is estimated to be between 232,000 and 800,000 years old.

Because many generations of the human species have known Her, I call Her the Goddess of Beginnings. To know this particular Goddess, I have had to side-step a popular notion among Pagans that human society was a matriarchy until it was overthrown by warriors on horseback. I also have to ignore the pervasive idea that the Acheulian Goddess is only one aspect of the Great Goddess. Today, lost in Goddess worship, She becomes yet another symbol of the fabled past.

To know Her means stripping away modernistic thinking. To see the Acheulian Goddess as Homo erectus does requires letting go of the present. As L.P. Hartley noted in his novel The Go-Between: “The Past is a foreign country, they do things differently there.” To me, She is the Goddess of the Beginnings, the Goddess who appeared in the dreams of Homo erectus. To them, She was the Keeper of Mysteries of Life and Death.

Goddess of Beginnings

Known by Humans

Before they were humans.

You entered their dreams

You heard their prayers.

Keeper of Mysteries

Of Life and Death

We remember You.

Read more about this Goddess and to purchase Her Likeness: The Sacred Source.

From Goddess Alive!  According to the Journal of Israel Prehistoric Society, this astounding figurine, carved from scoria stone (a porous volcanic rock), can be considered as “the earliest manifestation of a work of art”. Although she predates the Willendorf Goddess by an amazing quarter-million years, they are much alike in that both are distinctly female, great breasted with featureless heads and discrete limbs. Also like Willendorf, the Acheulian Goddess appears to have a groove suggestive of the sacred vulva.