"Are we prepared to promote conditions in which the living contact with God can be reestablished? For our lives today have become godless to the point of complete vacuity. God is no longer with us in the conscious sense of the word. He is denied, ignored, excluded from every claim to have a part in our daily life." - Alfred Delp, S.J.

Tuesday, June 02, 2015

Bruce-Caitlyn Jenner: Menstruation Myth and Metaphor in Neo-pagan Culture.

Frida Kahlo


Now that's a thesis someone should write.

Not me of course, paganism, neo or paleo, is not my forte - even though I dabbled in the occult in my hippie days, at the dawning of the Aquarian Age and all of that smokey stuff.  Now days many people do more than dabble - they plunge right in.  In our times the prophecy from the Book of Revelation appears to be realized: "All are made drunk from the cup of the whore of Babylon."

Yesterday, commenting on the Caitlyn Jenner Vanity Fair cover story, I said I was surprised that radical feminists weren't slashing themselves over Caitlyn's glamorous Hollywood debut.  I had in mind the Baal-priests and prophets of Jezebel in the time of Elijah [1 Kings 18].  I added the following analogy of why superficial transition based upon gender-stereotype may actually be more tolerant to feminist ideology than one might think.


The Beast


Trans-idolatry.

I wrote, if Jenner goes through with sexual reassignment surgery - genital surgery, it seems to me that might herald a sort of feminist victory over patriarchal dominance, thus rendering Jenner's chosen gender-stereotype more tolerable. I think cutting the male genitalia can be considered as a sort of homage to ancient, matriarchal, origin metaphors connected to menstruation; making the transition a sort of blood ritual, an emasculation ritual far more extreme than circumcision, which ancient pagan cults connected to Goddess worship.*  (Likewise, the gender-mutilation of female to male transition, hearkens back to various menstrual myth and metaphor in ancient cultures, such as the pregnant male myth and aspects of lycanthropy.  A deeper study of which would most likely link gender-theory to therianthropy.  Like I said - it is not my area of expertise.)


Caitlyn


I wanted to highlight my observation to connect with an article I discovered today, written by Bevil Bramwell, OMI, discussing The Return of the (Pagan) Gods.  I believe it ties into what I have been trying to express concerning post-Christian Western culture and the strange adaptations we are witnessing.

119th Division - Richard Lindner


False religion - apostasy - draws people away from the religion of the true God.


A modern historian would have to labor to get a grip on the soup of religious ideas and practices that existed in the first century at the very dawn of Christianity. Yet the modern world is reviving precisely that as it progressively detaches itself from Christianity. Those ideas and practices are inspired by evil spirits now, even as they were then. In the West today, many behaviors might not be called religious, but by their power over individuals and their fixed routines, and their centrality in the life of many individuals, that’s what in reality they are.
One obvious modern worship is the adoration of Priapus. That “god’s” attributes do not need to be detailed here. But a whole industry of medications is devoted to the worship of Priapus by men who do not have a medical condition requiring medication. You can’t escape it: Ads are plastered all over TV.
[...]
False religions draw people away from the religion of the true God. When we paid more attention to what the Bible actually says rather than what we want it to say, we read: “all the gods of the nations are idols, but the Lord made the heavens. Splendor and majesty are before him; strength and glory are in his sanctuary.”(Psalm 96:5-6)
Idols even distort the appearance of the true religion. They soak up time, energy, and moral commitment, leaving much less for the real thing. It is as if the denial of the true God redounds upon its idolaters in real time.
And there are even worse consequences: “reason itself is slow and hesitant in determining the course of action to be followed; it loses its sensitivity for what is truly human good and compromises with material interests. The will becomes pathologically self-seeking, absorbed in asserting the individual’s own rights and blind to the rights of others. Man’s sensual powers which should cooperate with and make more profoundly human the decisions of the virtuous man initiate a separatist movement and seek for autonomous satisfaction.” (Colman O’Neill O.P.) - The Catholic Thing


The Whore




*It strikes me as no small coincidence that the Church of England now appears to be tending toward a sort of Magna Mater cult in it's development of doctrine:
Support is growing within the Church of England to rewrite its official liturgy to refer to God as female following the selection of the first women bishops. - Read more here.

The Great Mother cult is the primal archetype of Goddess worship.


H/T Spirit Daily for Return of the Pagan Gods article.

9 comments:

  1. Always happy to visit here and then I retreat back into the shelter of my Church. All this makes me so ill but I can't hide from it entirely. At least HERE, I can read something intelligent. Thanks so much for your words.

    ReplyDelete
    Replies
    1. Thanks - you give me too much credit though. God bless!

      Delete
    2. One more reason NOT to be Anglican.

      Delete
    3. Here's an even better reason:
      "Therefore when you see the "abomination of desolation, spoken of by Daniel the prophet, standing in the holy place" (whoever reads, let him understand), "then let those who are in Judea flee to the mountains.“(Mt. 24:15-16)

      The Temple today is the Body of Christ, and the "abomination that makest desolate" is gay marriage, which cannot produce children; the Abomination "stands in the Holy Place" when the Church recognizes gay "marriage" as a sacrament, and in so doing makes the defacto statement that the Mystical Union of Christ and His Bride, which gives life to the world, is the same as the barren union of a homosexual couple - this is the final Blasphemy whereby the Church unmakes itself.

      Delete
  2. And my father thought the world had gone nuts when the Beatles appeared on the Ed Sullivan show in February 1964.

    ReplyDelete
  3. Great post, but I wonder if your beast and whore captions were inadvertently switched?

    ReplyDelete
    Replies
    1. I'm not quite sure - I labeled these according to what I read when I first discovered the images - but now I can't find that resource - I see why they could be changed, but the whore rides the beast with seven heads in the last image - or should be astride it. The whore image is really the Tiber Monster:

      "This marvelous hybrid was left stranded and dead after the flooding of the river Tiber in 1496 subsided. Like medieval images of the Devil, the creature’s form is ambiguously male and female, reptilian and mammalian; news of its appearance circulated in broadsheets, and became notorious after the reformers adapted the image to represent “the Papal Ass,” agent of the evils of the Church of Rome."

      I used it because it seemed like a metaphor for the Caitlyn cover shot.

      Delete
    2. I should say - The beast image seemed like a metaphor for the cover shot.

      Delete
    3. Indeed it did!

      Delete


Please comment with charity and avoid ad hominem attacks. I exercise the right to delete comments I find inappropriate. If you use your real name there is a better chance your comment will stay put.