Nature’s Gay Sons

The magical ones,

nature’s gay sons,

gentle feminine men

had a role back then,

in the ancient days

of the Goddess Mother

the first priesthood on the planet

was this band of brothers.

Known as Gala

they sang, like the women,

for the dead

and tended the temples

wherein lived

the Godhead,

serving as priests for all time

as Goddess Inanna had said:

hated and rejected by most,

but special to Her heart:

She predicted a time to come

when the world would recognise

and honour

the queer sacred arts.

In the ancient lands of Mesopotamia,

genderbending priests were created,

so the legend says,

to rescue the Goddess

from prison imposed by her sister

in the dark Underworld,

wherein no male nor female could enter

but the queerkind could.

They succeeded in their task

brought Inanna back to the earth,

but the sister required a replacement –

the Goddess sent her greedy husband Tammuz,

who had simply revelled while She suffered below,

to the dark depths for half of the year:

legends of dying and resurrecting Gods –

reflecting the cycle of nature’s seasons –

began here.

The centuries rolled by and the Christ took the throne

that had once been the Great Mother’s alone,

the Goddess became the Virgin, meek and mild

then her power all together denied

under Protestant religions and secular society:

the Goddess is chained up once more in the dark

and her holy queer people have forgotten who they are.

The Goddess is again trapped in the darkness

and needs her priests to rescue Her once more…

The Gallae of Cybele, Demeter, Atargatis,

the Qedesha of Ashtoreth,

the Megabyzoi of Artemis,

the Kelebim of Astarte:

feminine men wore the robes

sang the chants, led the prayers, laments and rituals

beat the drums, led the dancing, offerings and ecstasies

they were known as the Holy Ones

they embodied DIVINITY,

some self-castrated to ‘limit their infinity’

ie their ability to procreate, so that they might

serve and embody the infinite mother divine:

so that the heavens and the earth might always be aligned

the world is changing, and once more the time is here

for the Goddess’s return,

BUT THIS NEEDS HER PRIESTS, THE QUEERS,

TO REMEMBER WHO WE ARE, RECLAIM OUR QUEER SACRED ARTS

and recognise that in human consciousness

we play an integral, essential, sacred part.

Published by shokti

i am shokti, lovestar of the eurofaeries, aka marco queer magician of london town. i explore the links between our sexual-physical nature and our spirits, running gatherings, rituals and Queer Spirit Festival. i woke up to my part in the accelerating awakening of light love and awareness on planet earth during a shamanic death-and-rebirth process lasting from January 1995 to the year 2000, and offer here my insights and observations on the ongoing transformation of human consciousness, how to navigate the waves of change, and especially focusing on the role of queer people at this time.

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