From G.Weiler "I condemn
wars in this country", 1986 Frauenoffensive
1. THE FORGOTTEN ROOTS OF OUR CULTURE
Early mankind experienced the
transcendental power as feminine: covering as space, shell, cave, house and the curving
heaven - threatening as a landscape of death, as mountains, desert and the see. People
made their experiences visible in a symbol and worshipped the creative power as Queen of
Heaven, the Lady of the world.
adventurous journey to our origins
leads us from the West to the East. There,
in the Middle East the creation myth has originated. We refer to it, as we say that Adam
and Eve were the "first human beings". In the Old Testament the social
norms, that determine our life have been moulded. Their principles of patriarchal
masculinity and patriarchal femininity are still - unconsciously, but therefore more
lasting - influencing our state in this world. However, in consciously and critically
examining our origins, we will meet the matriarchal primordial substance, in which the Old
Testament is rooted as well.
- the re-discovery of a matriarchal culture
Since 1928, on the Syrian coast, an
excavation of historic dimensions is going on. Until now Canaaite culture was only known
through written records of other people. For the first time, we are coming up to a
Canaaite city state, together with its temples and palaces, with its material and
spiritual culture, in particular with its unknown religion. The parallels to the Old
Testament are striking and ask for a revision of the common exegesis.
The matriarchal concept of God
The matriarchal God" isn't the
Father, but the Son. Horus is the Son of Isis, Adonis is Astartes' Son. The matriarchal
God isn't the creator, but the creature. He isn't Lord of Heaven, but embodies the earth
and its vegetation. The matriarchal God is mortal. His cult representative on the earthly
throne is selected by the high-priestly queen and subsequently entrusted with the kingdom.
Baal means Master".
Adon means Lord" or simply Man". Jahwe-Adonai is also - according to
the original meaning - nothing but the masculine-earthly "Lord" in the context
of the cosmic Queen. He is the Man", the primordial masculine creature of the
Mistress of Heaven. The matriarchal consciousness sees the embodiment of the comprehensive
masculine power - the fertilizing impulse - in the symbol of the bull. By calling
this power "God", we are projecting a concept, that in Western consciousness
only later emerged, backwards into the past, into an era in which masculinity didn't have
any cosmic dimension.
2. MAIN PART
We want to sacrifice incense to
the Queen of
Heaven and drinks"
against deep-rooted prejudices
The Old Testament as it is currently known,
is of much earlier time than commonly perceived. It expresses a masculine world view,
while projecting a "unified" history and a monotheistic God "at the
beginning of time". Women should have the courage to oppose the authority of the
"Fathers" by a world view of their own. By liberating the Old Testament texts
from their tendentious superstructure, the matriarchal cult hymns appear in front of our
eyes. Furthermore, we will discover, that the matriarchal piety is including a social
ethics, that exceeds by far the at random institutionalized order, dictated by Jewish
primordial monotheism doesn't exist
The monotheistic" God Israels
has many Names, he is El and El~Saddai, the God of the mountain, he is the "strong
one" (Bull-god) of Jacob, while only later the manifold "patriarchs" were
united with Jahwe by levitic theology.
The monotheistic" God
Israels has many places of worship, while not at home in any of them. He only wants to be
worshipped in Jerusalem. However, this city belonged to Salem, the Venus-god, together
with the worship of his wife Aserat. This has been confirmed by both archeological as well
as biblical (...) sources.
wants to be the God of the covenant of the northern israelite
tribes, but the covenant with
the "twelve" tribes proves to be a
backward projection. Finally,
Jahwe wants to be a God of the
desert, one who is wandering
with his people. And some think, that
the Habiru, the original
Hebrews, a people of mercenaries of
antiquity, had brough
the monotheistic idea to Palestine.
and Eve have never known Jahwe
A God needs worship. However, neither
mythologically nor historically a subject of patriarchal Jahwe-religion is becoming
tangible. Abdi-Heba, a prince on the throne of Jerusalem at the time of pharao
Echnaton, was a matriarchal prince, the Abdi (servant) of Hepa (Eve), has never known
Jahwe. The tribes of Isra-El have worshipped El, as the name explains.
rebirth and the holy marriage of Jahwe
The analysis of the miracles of the Old
Testament shows us a matriarchal Jahwe, de mountain-God of Thunder, who promises the
yearly cycle of life: summer and winter, cold and heat...
The cult histories of the tribe
heroines are numerous, those who - after a period of infertility - are giving birth to the
only chosen son. The yearly dying of the cult king is being "historicized" to
trivial stories, however, the historic evidence of these reports can never become
eradicated. The holy marriage, with its rebirth of Jahwe, is becoming transferred to the
unconvincing stories of angels, priests and god-messengers.
Twelve sons without a father
Lea and Rahel, both matriarchal cult
heroines of northern Israel, are being claimed to be the "wives" of the
wandering Jakob, and matriarchal cult history is "transformed" into
genealogy-ideology of the Old Testament fathers.
the bull of his Mother
The concept bull of his Mother"
originates from Egypt and describes "god", born out of the Queen of Heaven,
grown up as a man, returns to his Mother, in order to be reborn by Her. While he is ageing
and dies, he is growing in the lap of his cosmic Mother to a new life. The Egyptians call
the bull of the Mother the "Kamutef". Kamutef is the moon, the son, as well as
the pharao on the throne. This image is also documented for Israel, as the Sinai-Tradition
is showing. The temple of Solomon on the mountain of Sion was a place of worship of the
life of Moses lasted a thousand years
Moses is of matriarchal descent, a
man who travels to Midian to watch over the sheep of his wife. He is a matriarchal cult
figur , born out of a priestess, a hero and savior of his people, he is the "bull of
his Mother", full of power and called to rebirth. The destruction of the king of
Egypt in the see - the matriarchal landscape of death - is a cult legend. Moses dies,
mysteriously transformed, on a mountain.
The fear of the father for his
successor - a collective-psychological problem of patriarchal evolution of consciousness -
is cristallizing itself in the figur of Moses: like Oedipus and Paris he is being
considered as the "son", by who's birth the "father" feels threatened.
The levitic theology is making Moses the bearer of
patriarchal law. Of the 613 different precepts of the mosaic law",
Moses has known none.
I - a mother in Israel
We will get acquainted with three women
figures of the Old Testament: with Debora, the judge of Ephraim, who knows how to be
self-conscious, while saying "I!". We will learn about the mother of
Simson, a priestess of the sun goddess, who degenerated to an anonymus woman. Hanna, the
mother of Samuel, previously a matriarchal cult heroine, ends up in the Bible as a sad
cult kingdom to political kings power
Saul is the matriarchal cult bearer, the
worshipped one" (Sa-Ul), the chosen one right from his mother's womb. His
selection to tribe leader is according to archaic-matriarchal tradition. Only afterwards,
this tradition is being clutched by the story of Samuel, suggesting that Samuel would have
appointed Saul "first" king of Israel, that previously there wasn't any kingdom
in Israel whatseover.
legend of David
is covering up Davids' character faults,
making a ruthless conqueror "Gods darling", the one who wrest every success from
God by his absolute loyalty to Jahwe. The David of the legend embodies - psychologically
seen - the principle of patriarchal femininity: he is well adopted, obedient, humble,
gentle and pious, small, dainty, "tanned and beautiful". The struggle he leaves
to God; because in the David legend Jahwe represents the principle of patriarchal
Powerfull and aggressive the
patriarchal Jahwe is ruling, as a glorious war god", bringing order everywhere
through strict laws, requiring unconditional obedience, while not making any mistakes.
Patriarchal masculinity can be found in the person of the historical David as well. The
feminine David of the legend cannot be unified with the ruthless historical conqueror
David into one upright personality, nor is the integration of patriarchal femininity
into the one-dimensional principle of patriarchal masculinity leading to a whole humanity.
The whole human can only be restored through re-integration of the masculine principle
into the all-embracing matriarchal world, through taking back of the patriarchal power
claim, renunciating the onesided developed aggressive potential.
historic personality of David
David is collecting a group of uprooted
people around him, and became their gang leader. These people earn their cost of living
through blackmail and robbery. David is playing a double game, on the one hand being a
vassal of the Philistinians, while on the other hand sending gifts to the eldest of the
southern tribes. Through marriages to influential women, David is gaining social status,
which makes his "election" as king possible. His "god state" exceeds
by far the alleged "alliance of the twelve tribes". David wasn't concerned with
Jahwe, but with power only.
marriage in the shadow of power
The succession to the throne is still
organized according to the matriarchal cult practice. David was married to various
heiresses of conquered principalities. The sons of these different mothers could gain the
cult throne of their motherlands by holy marriages. Inevitably, to gain power in the
davidian grand kingdom, struggle for succession is breaking out. Before Solomon becomes
king in Jerusalem, his elder brothers have legitimized themselves for the position through
the holy cult. However, they were all murdered. The holy marriage had become overshadowed
holy marriage in the light of love
The song of Solomon is a cult song, that
has been sung at the celebration of the holy marriage (hieros gamos) in Jerusalem. Its
language is witnessing a self-conscious courting women, one who is leading in love. During
the centuries, especially this text has been over and again revised and re-interpreted. It
seems, that the open expression of love by a woman, full of desire, is provoking a deep
shock, is touching things that were long forgotten and suppressed: the consciousness of
the wealth and maturity of a love relationship, in which two equal persons - not limited
by restrictive moral laws - are expressing their feelings freely.
crown, with which his mother crowned him
A report about Solomon says, that he was
crowned by his mother. Despite the efforts of the Old Testament to deny this passage in
the Song of Songs, it is shedding a light on the cultic and social position of women in
the kingdom of Judea. The queen on the throne is Gebira, the Mistress, who is disposing of
extensive social and political rights.
is going to be destroyed at the day of its punishment
The small palestinian states are crushed by
the contesting superpowers in the Middle East. In 722/ 21 BCE Israel succumbs to the
attack of Assur, in 589 BCE the state of Judea is destroyed by the Babylonian
Nebukadnezar. The Old Testament responds to these events with glorifying power, with the
ideology, that earthly power may be gained though loyalty to Jahwe.
the fate of matriarchal consciousness
Social tradition, cult and language are
only tenaciously following patriarchal evolution of mind. Through the Old Testament it
becomes clear, how matriarchal concepts become superimposed by patriarchal way of
thinking. We see, how matriarchal cult wordings are being misused for "holy
war". The matriarchal concept of virginity is being perverted by masculine demands
for the possession of women. The matriarchal thought of salvation is repressed by the
messianistic expectation of the patriarchal world ruler. The cultic and symbolic language
is degenerated into allegoric speech, addressed by the "bridegroom Jahwe to his bride
Israel". However, the bride of the holy cult has fallen silent. The all-penetrating
and glowing love is losing her integrative power. Through superpowerful bull symbols,
alienated masculine sexuality is being built up in a one-dimensional way, while feminine
sexuality is being damned and repressed.
The Old Testament tries to overwhelmingly
suggest, that only patriarchal customs and laws had an orderly living together of people
made possible. However, all wisdom of the Bible, on which Jahwe is appealing, is stolen
morality going back to matriarchal origin. Jahwe misappropriated matriarchal wisdom,
that which was at the beginning of times, the same way Zeus had eaten the goddess of
wisdom Metis, like the Egyptian sun god Re did with Maat, the primordial
matriarchale wisdom, while making her his daughter.
The inner order of matriarchal
consciousness is far more superior to the superimposed conformity to patriarchal law. It
is time to re-discover this matriarchal wisdom and to become aware of its importance
with regard to our survival.
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