Continuing with the slow build up to the climax of my launch, I asked my audience if they wanted to hear the story of how I lost my virginity. They were very keen. 🙂
I forgot to tell them that that section of the book is entitled: “All it takes to cure virginity is one small prick.” You can check it out for yourself on p23.
Since I was launching my book, I thought I should read aloud to my audience – y’know like a normal author at a normal launch. But no such luck! I had to look long and hard for that section of the book and simply could not find it.
Rev. Steph looked long and hard for the chapter on how she lost her virginity
Eventually, I surrendered and asked the Bishop to look for that section while I donned my witch’s hat and launched into a feminist herstory of witchcraft. Some members of the audience who had been raised in a traditional Christian religion were very shocked and maybe a little scared, proving that we have been well trained to perceive witches as evil. This was part of the patriarchal plot to vilify women.
When a single male god began to replace the Great Mother Goddess in the heavens and correspondingly, the male priests began to take over from the priestesses in the temple, the women were forbidden to carry out their rituals or prayers or healing work on the temple grounds. If they had been caught, they would have been tortured or put to death. So the priestesses simply went outside into the woods to gather herbs to make remedies and to do their praying, chanting and rituals. And that is when the women became known as witches. Nothing more. Nothing less. Nothing to do with evil although I bet some of the priestesses were enraged at having their power usurped by the priests and may have, indeed, been tempted to curse the the imposters who even had the cheek to wear the priestesses’ ceremonial robes as a sign of divine authority! This is why today we still see the Archbishop of Canterbury and other high-up religious dignitaries doing their Christian ceremonies in long gold brocade dresses…..
More next week!
Appreciating the miracle of global communication via technology.
“The Miracles of Earth are the Laws of Heaven” – Johann Richter