Inanna’s Jeweled Nipples

I hope that all of you out there has had a wonderful Samhain and is enjoying the descent of the Goddess.  While I have my own things and traditions that I do every year to celebrate Samhain, usually involving bones, blood, and boners, this year I focused on jewels and jewelry.  I made a beautiful Dark Goddess bracelet for myself out of black pearls, garnets, and hematite, with a scarab at its focal point.  I’ve had the scarab bead since I was in first grade and went to the King Tut exhibit at the Mint Museum in Charlotte, NC.  Then later that day I got to see my first dead body at Discovery Place.  They had a complimentary exhibit about mummification, and they had on display in a glass box a partially unwrapped mummy.  Somehow or another I’ve managed to keep the scarab safe and with me all these years, and until this Samhain I never had the urge to use it.

The Descent Goddess, Inanna, Ishtar, Isis, She who is known by a multitude of names and incarnations, is often depicted with either bared breasts or bejeweled breasts, symbolizing not only sexuality but also her loss self and ego at the gates of the Underworld.  And who doesn’t love pretty titties with glimmering jewels on them?

Making sacred jewelry is a great way to connect with deity.  However, not everybody has time or talent to devote to the practice.  There is nothing wrong with commissioning pieces of sacred jewelry.  Although many “traditional” magic practitioners insist that all magical pieces should be hand made by the user or significantly altered, that is just not always practical or possible.  If you commission a piece, is the intent not the same?

Helaine,  the artist and owner of Subsensual Jewels, is just the person to help you out with a commissioned piece so that your own sacred breasts can be just as glittering as Inanna’s were.  Rather have a glittering vulva or scrotum?  Not a problem.  Helaine has come up with this ingenious design for non-pierced nipple and genital jewelry.  Instead of the loops of metal and elastic that you typically see in non-pierced nipple jewelry, Helaine uses magnets.  Not only do these magnets keep the jewelry in place, but they can also be magically used to attract things to you: love, desire, money, etc. (Beware what you attract!)  Now is the perfect time to put in your custom order for sacred kink jewelry because Subsensuals had such a successful summer of vending that they are sold out of jewelry and Helaine is busy making new pieces to sell.  Want a set of Lapis nipple jewels to celebrate Inanna?  She can make them!  Want a pretty piece of hematite to attach to your genitals to keep you grounded enough to succeed at Tantric sex?  She’s got you covered!  She loves taking custom orders, and the prices for custom pieces are comparable to her already made pieces, but she prefers to use her own materials rather than materials sent in by customers.  This is so that she can ensure that the materials used are safe for contact with a person’s delicate skin (although I hope that one day she’ll make me a pair of Wolfsheim nipple adornments from my wisdom teeth since I never wear blouses that require cuff links).  The sensation of the jewelry itself can be used with a partner or by yourself to draw up energy in a ritual.  Place the jewelry on your body during the invocation of your intent and then as you build up your magical energy, the physical sensations will grow until it’s time for you to release your energy for your magic when you remove the jewelry.  To cleanse your jewelry in between ritual uses, rinse under cold water, dry well with a towel, and recharge your pieces under the light of the moon.

As you can see, your custom sacred kink ritual jewelry is only encumbered by your imagination!  Visit Subsensuals website: http://www.subsensuals.com/ to contact Helaine about a custom piece or visit her and Subsensual Jewels on Facebook, Instagram, or FetLife.

Still not sure?

  • “At first I did not even feel them on. They were very comfortable, in fact I wore them underneath my top at the munch and no one even knew it. Over time the magnets kept drawing closer and the intensity grew stronger. As I passed one hour the pain started to really set in between 60-90 minutes it was very strong. Overall I absolutely Love them!!!!!”
    –Ladywithalens

  • “I just have to take a moment to talk about some of the body jewelry made by Subsensuals….If you are looking for a specific erotic look that is unique to your Submissive you are certainly in the right place. My experience with the nipple jewelry was most erotic, it was both erotic for the submissive and myself. The jewelry allows for that look but also allows the build of sensation as you come into and build with in a scene, whether its prior or during. It allows time for placement and time for the submissive to accept the slow and growing build as the magnets continue to pull in tighter and tighter… A perfect gift for that someone special in your lifestyle.”
    –Lobo

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The Goddess’ Nips

 

“So here’s my question to all you pagans. What does a goddess look like? Does a goddess have porn star tits, of back breaking proportions and gravity defying magic? Or does a goddess look like a real woman?” – ”Goddess Breasts”

“The moral of the research at this stage seem to be, if you want to be in a natural state, you need to be in a natural state. The more artificial your habitat is, the more you will suffer if you don’t protect breasts and feet from the consequences…..The more you can match your shoes to the needs of your breasts, the better this is going to work, though.”–“Bare breasts, bare feet”

“I realise that I have been socialised to consider the unfettered breast a sign of loose sexual morals and availability. The idea that, anyone realising I had no bra would conclude that I am a slut and open to any and all sexual advances, was not a comfortable one. I have yet to go out in public without a bra, and this is a big part of why. I simply do not want the assumptions that could go with it.”

–”The Unfettered Breast” Nimue Brown

from  Druid Life https://druidlife.wordpress.com/2012/

Ms. Meow Meow’s #nobraday pic

“I don’t remember just when it was that I stumbled upon the fact that began to unravel the puzzle, the fact that the permanent human female breast is not a biological necessity, is in fact an anomaly. In every other primate species, the females develop breasts while nursing, then become flatchested again afterward. So here an anthropological concept applies: a human trait that is not dictated by biology has been created or shaped by cultural forces. In other words, the permanent female breast is the result of learned behavior and serves a social purpose. What could that be? Puzzling over that, I was finally jolted by what by hindsight should have been obvious: when a human male observes a human female from a distance, the first fact he can observe about her is whether she has developed breasts. If she has, then she is old enough to have sexual intercourse. The permanent breast is a signal, a communication of information essential for human survival. Evolutionary pressure created it.”

“Why are men so interested in women’s breasts?” By Aiden Kelly

http://www.patheos.com/blogs/aidankelly/2014/02/why-are-men-so-interested-in-womens-breasts/ Nobody online seems to know exactly who started #NoBraDay.  Supposedly it was started to promote breast cancer awareness, but I agree with the critics on this one: it’s not doing much to further the cause.  Having pictures of male and female celebrities getting mammograms plastered all over the place would do more good.  How about #freemammogramday?  I think the people who started #NoBraDay really started it because they wanted to go without undergarments, but they were too afraid to try to launch that campaign on their own, so they attached themselves to the breast cancer awareness cause, just like everyone else in the world.  Breast Cancer Awareness is big business.

I celebrate #NoBraDay because most of the time, especially at home, I don’t wear a bra.  I was raised by crazed dirty hippies, so bras weren’t really a priority unless you were going out into polite society.  Sometimes I do wear a bra or a corset (I have a thing for pretty lingerie), but a lot of the time I just go with nothing–bra or panties.  It’s nice to feel free sometimes.  I see it more as a First Amendment/Free Speech issue.  Society shouldn’t tell you how to dress.  ”And ye shall be free from slavery,” says the “Charge of the Goddess”.  If, as Pagans, we take this to be true, then we are free to wear what undergarments (or not) as we choose.

Dumuzi sang:
         “O Lady, your breast is your field.
Inanna, your breast is your field.
Your broad field pours out the plants.
Your broad field pours out grain.
Water flows from on high for your servant.
Bread flows from on high for your servant.
Pour it out for me, Inanna.
I will drink all you offer.”

The Courtship of Inanna and  Dumuzi  http://jewishchristianlit.com/Texts/ANEmrg/Inanna&Dumuzi.html

The Goddess (whatever name you call her) has breasts and nipples.  Some gods have heavy swinging breasts too.  Female and male humans both have breasts and nipples.  Those are simple statements.  But in Western society, as Pagans in Western society, we have become afraid of female breasts and nipples.  This stems from a deep-rooted patriarchy that is inherently afraid of anything that may elicit a sexual response.  Humans can’t control what causes sexual arousal in themselves, and this lack of control can be scary and is some times embarrassing.  So, we do our best to cover those things up.  However, I, like many people, can get aroused at seeing a man without his shirt on.  This man can walk around legally without his shirt on, but I, as a woman, cannot.  Double standard.

The Goddess, in her many infinite forms, is often depicted with either youthful pert breasts, ripe for the suckling, or large pendulous breasts, ready to smack you in the face.  Conversely, the God, in his many infinite forms, is often depicted with a magnificent bare chest.

These representations of Deity are as it should be.  However, “The Charge of the Goddess” also says, “as a sign that ye be really free, ye shall be naked in your rites.”  A lot of Pagan groups take this and run with it, holding skyclad rituals that make many families cringe.  This is unfortunate.  While no one should be made to feel uncomfortable in ritual,  and all parents have the right to raise their children as they see fit, always holding clothed rituals does seem to go against the grain of the one piece of liturgy that most Wiccan groups revere some version of.  Some of these groups, though, have edited out the part about holding naked rites, perhaps in an effort to seem legitimate among the sea of naked worshipers.  Holding topless rites is a perfect compromise.  While many parents, understandably, are not comfortable with full nudity around their children (and the law in most areas is firmly against it for obvious reasons), some parents, surprisingly, would probably be comfortable with a top-optional ritual, especially if the laws in their area supported topless women.  Despite the religious sexual overtones that imbue Wicca, most groups enact Hieros Gamos via a chalice and an athame.  Therefore, the topless men and women are not partially dressed to purposely invoke sexual feelings within the group.  That’s one of the caveats that is attached to many pro-topless laws.

As the year progresses towards Yule, I’ll be interviewing Pagan leaders and state legislators in my state of North Carolina about their views on women going topless, North Carolina’s topless laws, and the possibility and implications of top-optional rituals.

I enjoy feeling the sunshine on my naked skin and the wind whispering my skin to goosebumps.  There’s nothing like lounging by the water in summer with nothing on.  If you’ve not experienced outdoor nudity yet, please do so, at least once, during the next year.  Once you experience it, you’ll never want to frolic outdoors fully clothed again.

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The Scourge–Part 2

     In my last blog about scourging, I discussed the tradition of Lupercalia, where runners flogged women to impart fertility (sort of like a drive-by—but on foot!).  Another Roman tradition related to fertility scourging and purification is the legend of the rape of the Sabine women.
The Rape of the Sabine Women by Giambologna

When Rome was first founded, there were more men than women, as is often the case in new colonies and settlements.  To bring in potential mates, the Romans invited the Sabines to a festival, and then they raped the women and held them hostage.  The Sabine men, of course, took offense, attacked Rome and recaptured their ravished womenfolk.  There was a catch. The women were now infertile.
     The Sabine women appealed to Juno, who told them that if they made love to a sacred billy goat or a ram (we’re not sure because the leaves were rustling) that they would regain their fertility.  They found this remedy unappealing.  An oracle was consulted, and the dilemma was solved.  Instead of sleeping with the goat, they would kill the goat and make a scourge out of it.  By submitting to the goat scourge and by extension Juno, the women were being purified from the scourge of infertility.
Juno
     The whip served a duel purpose here: fertility and purification.  It’s been recently explained to me that in some traditions the handle of the scourge represents the feminine while the falls of the scourge represent the masculine.  Some scholars have linked the story of the Sabine women to Lupercalia, but others dispute that claim. Spring fertility/purification festivals using scourges and scourge-like implements still continue today all over the world, particularly in Eastern Europe and South Korea.  Evidently it’s not just a Roman notion.
     The scourge has also been used in many cultures as a tool for initiation.  Pain can be the ordeal that many folks are looking for when seeking a “real” initiation (ie fraternity paddlings) because it does prove something, if not to the outside world then at least to the initiate.  The rhythm of the blows and the brain chemicals released when the body is in pain can also lead to deep meditative states that are necessary to a good initiation experience.  Many of the Greek mystery cults realized this and utilized the scourge in this way.
This is Nemisis but pretend that it’s Telete
The goddess Telete, Dionysus’ daughter and the goddess in charge of initiations, was often portrayed holding a whip or a scourge.
     The scourge also makes an appearance in the myth of Inanna, in her descent into the Underworld.  This myth is seen by many to represent initiation at its best and is used as the basis for many Wiccan and Pagan initiation rites today.
There are many versions of the Descent myth and they give different reasons for her descent, but in all of them, Inanna must give up seven symbols of power as she proceeds through the seven gates of the underworld.  Eventually she arrives in the underworld naked and seemingly powerless.  In the ancient myths she dies at the hands of her sister Ereskigal and is hung on a hook (sounds a lot like suspension).  In Wiccan interpretations that some suspect to be Gardner’s embroidery on the fabric of older myths, she is scourged by Death as a punishment, perhaps, for refusing his advances.
Death and his scourge

 

The Inanna descent, regardless of which version you go by, represents for many people facing their inner demons and fears–which is one of the aims of initiation.  The myth also symbolizes not only death and rebirth but purification of soul and spirit by being broken down and built back up.  This is another aim of initiation and is a continuing cycle within life.