Descent Of The Goddess
Copyright 1993 Durwydd Mac Tara
(With special thanks to G. B. Gardner, Freydis Vasa,
Julia Phillips, and Pyrocanthus Basileus)
In ancient times, our Lord,the Horned One, was (as hestill is)
Controller, the Comforter. But men know him as the dread Lord of
Shadows, lonely, stern, and just.
But our Lady the Goddess oft grieved deeply for the fate of her
creations as they aged and died. She would solve all mysteries, even
mystery of death, and so journeyed to the underworld.
The Guardian of the Portals challenged her: 'Strip off thy
lay aside thy jewels; for naught may you bring with you into this
our land, for it is written that your True Self is the only fitting
adornment for those in the realms of Death.'
So she laid down her garments and her jewels, andwas bound, as
living must be who seek to enter the realms of Death, the Mighty One.
Such was herbeauty that Death himself knelt,and laid his sword
crown at her feet, and kissed her feet, saying: 'Blessed be thy feet
that have brought thee in these ways. Abide with me; but let me place
my cold hand on thy heart.'
And she replied: 'Why do you cause all things that I love, and
take delight in, to fade and die?'
'Lady,' replied Death, 'it is age and fate, against which I am
helpless. Age causes all things to wither; but when men die at the
of time, I give them rest and peace and strength, so that they may
return. But you, you are lovely. Return not, abide with me.'
And she replied, 'Nay, I love theenot and I am needed in the
of the living.'
Again Death knelt, and kissed her knees, saying: 'Blessed be thy
knees that kneel before the Altar. Abide with me; let me place my
hand on thy heart.'
And she replied, 'Nay, I love thee not and I am needed inthe
of the living.'
Death (still kneeling), kissed her on the womb, saying:
'Blessed be thy organs of generation, without which none of us would
Abide with me; let me place my cold hand on thy heart.'
And she replied, 'Nay though I feel the beginnings of love for
thee, I must return to those I fully love in the world of creation.'
Deaththen stood, and kissedher on thebreast, saying: Blessed
thy breast, formed in strength and beauty. Abide with me; let me
my cold hand on thy heart.'
And she replied, 'Nay though I feel love for thee, I must not
abandon those I am responsible for, in the world of creation. I cannot
do this thing, better you would return with me.'
'Lady,' replied Death, It cannot be so. If I were to leave my
realm, and abandon those who seek their comfort and rest with me, then
the Wheel would no longer turn. Age and weakness would overtake those
whom you love, and they would have nowhere to find rest, and peace,
reunion with those who have gone before. As age and debility overtook
your creations, there would quickly be no room for the new, only the
withered, the tired, and the stagnant.' He then kissed her lips,
'Blessed be thy lips, which shall utter the Holy Names. Abide with
let me place my cold hand on thy heart.'
And shereplied, Let us BOTHlay our hands, eachunto the heart
the other, thereby claiming and uniting each unto the other. In this
way may I rule my kingdom of birth, creation, and life; yet share with
you your kingdom of death, rejuvenation, and rest. United in Perfect
Love and Perfect Trust, that the Universe may be whole and the Wheel
Death replied, 'This is indeed WISDOM, So Mote it Be!' They
embraced, thus pledging their eternal love.
And he taught her all his mysteries, and gave her the necklace
is the circle of rebirth. And she taught him her mystery of the
cup which is the cauldron of rebirth.
They loved, and were one; for there be three greatmysteries in
life of mankind, and magic controls them all. To fulfil love, you
return again at the same time and at the same place as the loved ones;
and you must meet, and know, and remember, and love them again.
But to be reborn, you must die, and be made ready for a new body.
And to die, you must be born; and without love, you may not be born.
And our Goddess is ever inclined to love,and mirth, and happi-
and guards and cherishes her hidden children in life, and in death
she teaches the way to her communion; and even in this world she
teaches them the mystery of the Magic Circle, which is placed between
the worlds of men and of the Gods.
And thus we are taught of the beginnings of the wheel of the year
wherein the Lord and the Lady share their rulership of the year, each
offering and sharing a balance to the other, and the basis of that
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