I hope everyone has been having a happy Samhain/Beltane (depending on where you’re located). Mine has been nice, but a little strange. At this time of the year and again around Beltane, the veil between the worlds is thin. Some people believe that it’s so thin that it disappears all together and that spirits, ghosts, fairies, and other beings (including us) can travel freely back and forth between the worlds. Because there’s nothing keeping the mischief makers at bay during this time of the year, objects that were here one minute tend to disappear as if into thin air. This is also the traditional time to celebrate the Descent of the Goddess (http://barbedpentacle.com/2011/11/enjoy-the-descent-of-the-goddess/) into the underworld to seek her missing lover, who like several objects from my home this evening, appeared to have vanished into nothingness. While there’s many different Goddesses who have been reputed to have made the descent, the one that most folks think of first is Inanna.
Basically this is her story:
Some people have speculated that the much celebrated “Dance of the Seven Veils” is an ancient recreation of this myth.
Other people have disproved this theory. http://www.shira.net/sevenveils.htm While the debate is interesting, it doesn’t change the fact that the dance itself can be used in ritual to represent the seven gates that Inanna and some of the other descent Goddesses traditionally travel through. Although modern belly dancers have cemented certain moves as being integral to the dance, there’s no reason why a graceful and willing priestess couldn’t make up her own moves as she drops the veils. It’s an interesting twist on a story that can become trite if a group isn’t careful.
Another descent story centers around Persephone. Poor Persephone, pretty Persephone, or is it “Oh please don’t take me (but snatch my ass up quick) Persephone? That’s always the question. If you’re familiar with the Persephone story, then you’ll understand where I’m going with this. Supposedly, Persephone was stolen from her mother’s care and taken to the Underworld by Hades to be his bride. But a more likely scenario is that Persephone saw her chance to escape an overbearing mother, ran off with a bad boy, and fulfilled a kidnapping fantasy.
Pomegranates, those exotic fruits with the sexy red arils that pop little squirts of juice into your mouth just like suckling on a clit, play an important part in the Persephone myth.
If Persephone had been able to resist eating the pomegranate, then she would have been allowed to return home free and clear, but because she gave into temptation (and really, who could resist something so succulent?), she divides part of her time in the Underworld and part of her time her on Earth. http://www.pomwonderful.com/about/pomegranate-history-legend/paths-of-the-pomegranate/
Pomegranates, besides being fun to eat in bed, can be used in a couple of different ways. The juice from the arils can be smeared onto your lover to create pinkish/red streaks. Juice acts as an extremely temporary dye. The skin of the fruit can be used as a permanent vegetable dye, good for things like veils. http://thenaturalsurface.blogspot.com/2010/01/how-to-dye-with-pomegranate.html
Look for part 2 of “Piercing the Veil” tomorrow. The “Feed Your Head” series will resume as soon as some of my experiments are completed.
Now, just for fun: http://www.themaskofinanna.com/
These folks know what arils are:
The Geeky Kink Event http://thegeekykinkevent.com/
Passion And Soul: http://passionandsoul.com/
Knotjokin Rope Floggers: http://www.knotjokin.etsy.com
Tonia Brown www.thebackseatwriter.com