The Ancient Religion of the Queen of Heaven
Changing of the Epochs… From the Mother as Goddess to the Father as God
The ancient Goddess worshippers were in turmoil: their life was changing so drastically. A new religious belief was being thrust upon them. They feared for their lives. Hundreds of thousands were being murdered. Today we might liken their time to the time when Native Americans were being killed: their men, women and children taken and forced to wear European clothing, to live and study in ways that were not their own, forced to convert to Christianity and practice traditions that they did not believe in. Or to the Christians, who were persecuted over two centuries by the Romans and the Ottoman Empire. Or the Jews and Muslims, who have also suffered their share of persecution. Today many people feel sorry for what was done to all of these people, who after all were only following their sacred, religious traditions.
Here is an example from the Bible telling about this change of the Epochs – from the time when the Goddess as Mother was worshipped throughout the ancient lands, a period spanning at least 35,000 years, to the time we have been in for about 5,000 to 6,000 years, worshipping the Father as God.
The quotes below are from the chapter of Jeremiah. We can see how difficult the change to the new religion was for them. These brave ancient people struggled and tried to defend their beliefs–as Jews have done. As Christians and Hindus and Muslims and all Native peoples have done.
And historians have shown that the traditional Goddess worshippers did not burn people or children for their sacrifices. This came as they were overtaken by others. And their Priestesses were not ‘prostitutes’, but conducted the ‘Sacred Marriage’, which, in their belief, brought down from the heavens those children from the Goddess, who were to be the next Priestesses and Priests. While this may seem foolish to us, or to some as sacrilegious, we should be able to have at least a modicum of understanding that this was sacred to them, and not at all sinful.
For these reasons, with our advanced understanding, it is time that we stop calling these people derogatory names such as ‘idol worshippers’ or ‘pagans’, and give them the same respect for their religion as we would like others to speak of our own: Goddess worshippers of the Queen of Heaven.
Here we will find the people are proclaiming their loyalty to the Queen of Heaven and this forced conversion:
“As they remember their children, so they remember their altars and their Asherim* by green trees on the high hills.
“Do you not see what they are doing in the cities of Judah and in the streets of Jerusalem? The children gather wood, the fathers light the fire, and the women knead the dough and make cakes to offer to the Queen of Heaven.
“But rather we will certainly carry out every word that has proceeded from our mouths, by burning sacrifices to the Queen of Heaven and pouring out drink offerings to Her, just as we ourselves, our forefathers, our kings and our princes did in the cities of Judah, and in the streets of Jerusalem; for then we had plenty of food and were well off and saw no misfortune.
And when we burned incense to the Queen of Heaven, and poured out drink offerings unto Her, did we make Her cakes to worship Her, and pour out drink offerings unto Her, without our men?
Jeremiah, 7:17, 7:18, 44:17-18
*Asherim –Poles created from sacred trees; Asherim are monoliths created from Sacred trees and they stand at the entrance to Her temples. They have been found at the entrance to sacred alters of YHWH
Asherah was an Ugaritic Mother Goddess. She was consort to El, the same root as Elohim, the Hebrew word for God, which translated actually means, Many Gods, El being singular. Lady Wisdom, mentioned in the Torah was also the consort of God. She is quoted as saying that she existed before God created the universe. Many connections exist in the bible to the ancient Goddess religion. This is from The Jewish Women’s Archive:
According to the biblical record, these sacred poles or stylized trees associated with Asherah were erected by the Israelites throughout most of their history, especially during the premonarchic (tribal) period (Judg 6:25–26, 28, 30)) and during the period of the divided monarchy, both in the northern kingdom of Israel (1Kgs 14:15; 16:33; 2 Kgs 13:6; 17:10, 16; 23:15; and parallel references in 2 Chronicles) and in Judah, in the south (1 Kgs 14:23, 15:13; 2 Kgs 18:4; 21:3, 7; 23:6, 14; and parallel references in 2 Chronicles).**
Photo: Qadesh, the Goddess Asherah, Riding on Her Lion, between Egyptian gods Min and Resheph,
photo: by Rama — (Also known as Elat, and Astarte)
In Wisdom’s Light, Ancient and Modern Teaching Stories and Practices, Vol. III, Emi Miller, Copyright, 2017, Emi Miller, All rights reserved
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