Nov 17, 2011

The Divine Miss Neith


Last week, I realized I wanted (needed) to get in touch with Mary, the Divine Fem. That’s also Bette Midler, the Divine Miss M. Bette got her start playing gay bath houses in NYC, FYI. So I put on “The Rose” and did my best to grok the fullness. I felt so freakin’ Catholic it wasn’t even funny.



Even made Oprah cry.

It started when I was watching LOTR - Two Towers. The hobbits are chased into the murky woods by a hungry orc, and they are saved when Pippin yells “Merry!”, which awakens Treebeard, who squashes the orc. So... I am Pippin, chases by orcs (egoic demons) and I call on Mary, or the Divine Miss Fem: Isis, Ishtar. Gaia. Somehow, she awakens the ancient phallic tree that saves the Shire. Or something like that.


Anyway, it just seemed important to pray to her, OK? After all, it was “Isis” who had the bucks to save Oliver.

“She’s rich.” ~Luke Skywalker, A New Hope

Santa MarĂ­a Madre de Dios! Today is the 17th (Osiris, KK day) I’m wandering the Kirkland library and I pick up a sailing mag called Classic Boat, a nice publication from the UK. It’s their Special American Edition, so they are featuring a lot of classic yachts from across the pond. One is named Neith. The 100 year old yacht even features an idol of her, in the main cabin. Oddly enough, Neith has been brought back from the dead many times, being an extremely lucky vessel.

In Egyptian mythology, Neith (also known as Nit, Net, and Neit) was an early goddess in the Egyptian pantheon. Neith was a goddess of war and of hunting and had as her symbol, two crossed arrows over a shield. Her symbol also identified the city of Sais. Her name also may be interpreted as meaning water. In time, this led to her being considered as the personification of the primordial waters of creation. She is identified as a great mother goddess in this role as a creator.
Neith is called the Virgin Mother of Ra, Isis is the sister/wife of Osiris and the Mother of Horus, Mary is the Mother of Jesus, Jesus is our own-personal-sun god, “mar” is the root of marine (aka classic boats). I took it as a sign.
Sometimes Neith was pictured as a woman nursing a baby crocodile, and she was titled "Nurse of Crocodiles". As the personification of the concept of the primordial waters of creation in the Ogdoad theology, she had no gender. As mother of Ra, she was sometimes described as the "Great Cow who gave birth to Ra". Neith was considered to be a goddess of wisdom and was appealed to as an arbiter in the dispute between Horus and Seth.

Flipping a few more pages, I see they have a story about a newly restored yacht called St. Patrick. The Patron Saint of Ireland converted the Irish from worship of a previous mother deity to Mary. Of course, St. Patrick’s day is 3/17, which is the mythical date of Osiris’ death, who is the husband/brother of Isis. And the Irish have luck, or so they say.


Treebeard is also known as the Green Man, which is another name for Osiris.

In a way, Neith has helped me to turn back time, to see the Goddess in all her guises. I may not have stripped her bare, but honestly, I don’t want to. To me, she will remain a holy virgin.
I am the things that are, that will be, and that have been. No one has ever laid open the garment by which I am concealed. The fruit which I brought forth was the sun.
Wow! Who woulda thunk everything could be contained within the pages of the November Classic Boat?

1 comment:

Devin said...

so many times the people who are around 5 years plus or minus my age really take me back -good memories many times!
my mom used to have a record (remember those :-) of The Rose and i think she wore it out listening to it!
atb, Devin

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