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Venus Cloacina — the purification goddess… and poo

Venus Cloacina was the Roman goddess of sewers and she is a darn useful Goddess to have a contact with. She originally came from Etruscan mythology and is a truly ancient force was a spirit of a small stream called the Cloaca which ran through the early Roman Forum. Rome was city built on a marsh and the Cloaca stream, which drained into the Tiber, was said to have seven tributary brooks that drained all the valleys of the Esquiline and Quirinal hills. Where now the Forum lies, were pools of water and marshland, Streams from the Tiber's flood swelled high the banks of this brook... Where now through the Velabrum processions move toward the Circus, Was nothing but willows and reeds that shook in

HEROES IN MAGIC

In the Geometric Greek period (8th Century BC), there was an interesting development from Ancestor Worship to the worship of Heroes.  This was inspired by the rise of Homer and other poets. The belief was that the Heroes had been so significant in life that they could act as go-betweens between the living and the dead. Despite their often bloodthirsty acts in life, they became  defenders, healers and oracles and guaranteed fertility of the land.  The idea that they had created an access of power by their heroic acts is similar to the idea of Christian saints which came much later. In this case, they filled a role often associated with stone circle’s as the guardians of the land.  Often they were fixed

THE GOLDEN DAWN UNDERWORLD INITIATION

There are those who like to see the Golden Dawn as all sweetness and LVX and assume that it would never touch those dark regions of the unconscious where demons and other nasty beings like hang out. Of course, since Christianity arrived and told the pagans that their terrestrial gods were all demonic and the underworld was hell, it has made life a little more black and white. However encoded into the Golden Dawn 0=0 is a formula which suggests that that particular ritual is a journey to the underworld of archetypal proportions. Your standard visit to the underworld, at least while you are alive, is to rescue something, a princess or the love of your life, and get away still alive without

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