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Saturday
Dec282013

Samsara: Returning The Sacred Feminine To Her Historical Place Of Honor Will Help Save The World

Samsara, a visual exploration of Native American and Pagan beliefs about the feminine force within creation, nature, and the circle of life. Through the lens of Paul de Luna, who captures Serafima in this shoot inspired by ancient women and the power of femininity. Styling by Edda Gudman for the fall/winter 2013 issue of WestEast Magazine. Makeup by Hazuki Matsushita; hair by Damian Monzillo.

By Feanne & Anne

In their book ‘Myths of the Female Divine’, authors David Leeming & Jake Page describe researchers earliest understanding of the Goddess:

Like the human fetus in its early form, Goddess was thoroughly female; she preceded any differentiation into God and Goddess. She seems to have been absolute and parthenogenetic — born of herself — the foundation of all being. She was the All-Giving and the All-Taking, the source of life and death and regeneration. More than a mother goddess or fertility goddess, she appears to have been earth and nature herself, an immense organic, ecological, and conscious whole — one with which we humans would eventually lose touch.

Evidence of Goddess mythology is pervasive around the globe. Scholars studying the ‘sacred feminine’ believe that by the time the great civilizations of Mesopotamia and Egypt flourished, the Goddess had dominated human consciousness for 25,000 years.

Over thousands of years a power struggle ensued between the primacy of the feminine and the growing influence of the masculine — with feminine principles losing influence as the patriarchy gained power. Once powerful goddess creation myths were replaced by new ones in which gods were now male and male values dominant.

In the beginning, according to a Native American creation myth, there was a woman who fell from the hole in the sky. In fact, she had been ill, and it was an angry man who had kicked her down that hole, sending her plunging into this world. There was no Earth at that time, only a great expanse of water populated by animals, who gathered to break her fall and carry about her as she lay incapacitated. One of the creatures dove to bring up soil from the bottom of that primal sea, and out of this soil was created the Earth, as a home for the woman to live in.

This is a very old narrative— surely predating the era of colonization— and yet it tells our present story very well. Over the centuries, civilizations with military might expanded ruthlessly — crushing, conquering and assimilating advanced cultures and indigenous tribes alike.

Man’s pursuit of the dreams of Icarus and a desire to conquer nature replaced respect for her. Women became enslaved and often, victims of rape and kidnapping. With the rise of monotheism, the feminine principles made a pact with the devil, resulting in the searing guilt of original sin and expulsion from paradise. Woman was now responsible for the endless suffering of humankind, more often a witch or demon than a goddess.

In the 21st century, the state of women worldwide and the state of the environment are in grave need of healing.

Samsara from Paul de Luna on Vimeo.

It is our task now to dive deep into the sea— the sea of memory and history’s lessons, the ocean of our own subconscious, the flowing energy of our communal willpower— and to restore the Earth:

The degradation of nature is partially a result of the subjugation of women and earth-based spiritual systems. The collapse of humanity’s sustainable relationship with the earth is due in part to the rise of patriarchal religions that suggest the destiny of humanity to be “a paradise elsewhere”.
- Anthony Hegarty

This disconnect— our loss of the Earth and the downfall of women— has carried a terrible price. Those of us fortunate enough to have been born into a life of privilege have been somewhat sheltered from the horrors of environmental degradation and women’s enslavement in the developing countries. And yet, even in America, the damage and disregard brought on by the pursuit of purely masculine principles of conquering, winning and controlling at any cost, leaves deep scars on our social structure and our environment.

We are soaking all life forms with poisons, changing rivers into lethal sewage, and hurling millions of tons of noxious gases into the respiratory system of the Earth. As scientific as we claim to be, we have yet to realize that babies do not come from storks. The simplest, most empirical fact is that babies of every species are created out of soil, air, rain, food, and rivers. If we change all of these into poison, we must accept the fact that we change our unborn into poison as well. What materials will be used for their arms but the minerals of the poisoned continents? Of what stuff will their eyes be fashioned but the water of our lethal rivers? What will those wet fleshy brains be made of but noxious gases and acid rain?

Our agricultural processes poison our water and destroy four billion tons of topsoil on the American continent each year, and still we keep at it. We are captivated by our consumer lives, addicted, and apparently nothing can break through. Unable to see the simple sadness of our way of life, sunk into our addictions, we overstuff our homes and garages, carrying on, unmoved by the smoke rising over the burnt-out lives of fifty other nations and a million other species.
- Brian Swimme

Feminism is dated? Yes, for privileged women… but not for most of our sisters in the rest of the world who are still forced into premature marriage, prostitution, forced labor— they have children that they don’t want or they cannot feed. They have no control over their bodies or their lives. They have no education and no freedom. They are raped, beaten up and sometimes killed with impunity.
Millions of women live like this today. They are the poorest of the poor. Although women do two-thirds of the world’s labor, they own less than one percent of the world’s assets. They are paid less than men for the same work if they’re paid at all, and they remain vulnerable because they have no economic independence, and they are constantly threatened by exploitation, violence and abuse… Even the most destitute of men have someone they can abuse— a woman or a child.
- Isabel Allende

Earth-based spiritual systems emphasize connection. We are connected to each other and to the Earth. When we think of ourselves as connected to others, it becomes difficult to cause suffering. It becomes easy to do things that benefit others and contribute to the whole.

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Wednesday
Jan302013

Nomi Leasure On Sacred Feminine, Goddess Conspiracy Theories, Fashion Imagery and Nurturing Earth Mothers

Izabel Goulart In Sign from Lilith that Anne Has Religious Morals After All AOC Private Studio

By Nomi Leasure

Encountering the Sacred Feminine

“I’m not ashamed the foundation of my world view came from best-seller, airport fiction. Through Dan Brown’s twisted conspiracy The Da Vinci Code I had my first encounter with the Sacred Feminine. Granted, being born to a self-professed Pagan mother did mean coming in contact with terms like “feminist,” “goddess,” and “earth mother.” Yet, I still wasn’t presented a digestible theory until reading this novel. Within the pages of Robert Langdon’s journey to the find the Holy Grail, we uncover hidden evidence of a child of Jesus, a lineage that would disprove the divinity of Christ, and unearth the buried history of the Sacred Feminine and Goddess worship.

A Solid Faith Abandoned

Almost two years after finishing the page turner I found myself sitting cross legged with a Shaman in the hills of Big Sur, California. Within the spiritual safety of his Iowaska cleansed hut he divulged the guiding beliefs of Shaman who live deep in wooded mountains, awaiting the balance of the world to be restored. The world turned upside down, he told me, when we abandoned our faith in the Sacred Feminine and implanted a patriarchal society in its’ place. Ancient cave paintings depict invasions by “half-man half-beasts,” what we now know as conquistadors and Aryans on horse back who spread “religion,” as well as destruction. Humans lost their connection with nature, which resulted in a phase of history wrought with famine, war and disease that we are still within. Suddenly, what woman was once worshiped for, her feminine sexual powers of regeneration, were blocked by “sacred virginity.” The world will right itself, said the Shaman, when we recognize again the Sacred Feminine of the Universe and adopt a nurturing, rather than war-like, mentality.

These ideas encountered no opposition with me. Instead, they seemed to click with something deep and truthful, awakening a sense of guidance that had until then been dormant, but ever present.

But what I questioned — skimming through Myths of the Female Divine Goddess, loaned to me by Anne as background reading for my new post — does any of this have to do with fashion? At first, coming to Anne of Carversville, I couldn’t relate to the editorial language. I never peered much into the world of high end fashion for it was always a financial improbability that I would soon acquire any of the things I was admiring.

Suddenly now, in this schema of Sacred Feminine, the industry takes a new form in my outlook.

Kate Moss from Versace Spring 2013 CampaignThere’s absolutely no denying one thing: We love looking at beautiful women in and out of clothing. Women, as a sex, are a work of art that the world loves to adorn, depict and capture with the lens of a camera. We are infatuated with women’s fashion, couture and editorials because they are, in a sense, our modern day female worship. These images, I’ve learned, aren’t meant to emulate or capture the everyday woman, but the extremes and depths of a women’s temperament. Take one look at Kate Moss in Versace and there’s no doubt in your mind about the divinity of females. While one can make a legitimate argument about the shallowness of the fashion industry, in comparing images of female deities of the past and the models now gracing the page of Vogue we see similar themes and values. In both, women are revered, powerful and cloaked in the finest.

This is just the beginning of my understanding of Goddess, and I am both nervous and excited about where my journey here at AOC will take me. But where once I felt alone staring at the world this way, I can now seek comfort in the thousands of eyes widening along side mine as we explore ourselves and the world around us. I’ve learned that in embracing Goddess women have an instant connection with Her, as if by simply being female we all share a part of Her energy. Men and women alike may feel a connection with a male Almighty, but from what I’ve heard that connection is like that of a father, not a shared energy or soul. While God can love you, you cannot be God. Women, on the other hand, well we are all Goddesses.” ~ Nomi

“Nomi Leasure is the newest addition to the Anne of Carversville enterprise. Currently she studies Broadcast Communications and Writing at Temple University. A feminist before she even knew it, Nomi embodies the mission of the website and feels a personal connection to the values reflected here. She hopes her young, unforgiving and, at times, naive perspective will find a home in this viewership. Though not well versed in the language of high fashion, she is quickly learning and drawing connections between body image, sensuality, values and style. You can still be feminine and be a feminist.”  

Read Nomi’s first piece First Lady Michelle Obama in Jason Wu: The Feminine Feminist Wears Red. We’ll ask her what she thinks of Karl Lagerfeld’s criticism of Mrs. Obama’s new haircut. Karl loathes the bangs. 

On a parallel note, read Anne’s Lilith Stamps Fury on ‘Lady Lilith’ for L’Officiel Thailand February 2013 AOC Style

Izabel Goulart In Sign from Lilith that Anne Has Religious Morals After All AOC Private Studio


Wednesday
Jan022013

Phoenix Rising, Charlotte Allen's Weak Women, The Antichrist: 2013 Should Be A Spectacular Year

Leaning Towards Solace from Sigur Rós Valtari Mystery Films on Vimeo.

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Sigur Rós ‘Valtari’ Mystery Film Experiment: Leaning Towards Solace
Directed by: Floria Sigismondi

We start the new year with a beautiful, conceptual film starring Elle Fanning and John Hawkes in ‘Leaning Towards Solace’, part of Sigur Rós’ Valtari Mystery Film Experiment, in which they’ve urged different artists to create short films inspired by songs off their new album Valtari. Follow the link for many other outstanding films that provoke and inspire thought. See also Sigur Rós’ blog.

“Leaning Towards Solace” was made by Black Dog Films and was directed by Floria Sigismondi.

The concept of the Phoenix, found in Greek mythology and also that of Egypt, is supremely threatening to social conservatives who argue that it’s just another anti-Christ, anti-American concept. Anne of Carversville finds Phoenix Rising concept, which represents the reinvigoration of female values and principles into our thinking, of great interest. Our ideas put us at major odds with Charlotte Allen.

Anne Is Watching

Selita Ebanks | Kanye West ‘Runaway’ Full Video Embedded

I went to sleep last night with the most preposterous thoughts, perhaps inspired by watching the hate videos posted yesterday on AOC, on the 150th anniversary of America’s Emancipation Proclamation.

Rarely do I hoot in the dark, saying “Oh, God, Anne. That is a ridiculous thought!” Probably so.

Watching Floria Sigismondi’s beautiful, haunting film above, I couldn’t help thinking of Kanye West’s ‘Runaway’. I’ve posted it again within the context of this new intellectual meditation.

Symbols of the ancient Phoenix are deplored by ardent social conservatives as signifying the rise of the anti-Christ in the form of Lucifer. The Phoenix destroys itself in flames and then rises from the ashes. The symbol is also tied to the ‘Masonic Christ’, considered by today’s social conservative Republicans to represent the global threat of a new world order.

Charlotte Allen’s Bonfire

Conservative pundit, anti-feminist Charlotte Allen, argues at the National Review that men would have made all the difference in the Newtown massacre, simply because they are male. National Review published Allen’s controversial piece on last week, where she attributed the massacre to Sandy Hook’s female staff and its “feminized setting.”

Male aggression can be a good thing, as in protecting the weak — but it has been forced out of the culture of elementary schools and the education schools that train their personnel. Think of what Sandy Hook might have been like if a couple of male teachers who had played high-school football, or even some of the huskier 12-year-old boys, had converged on Lanza.

When the public predictably went nuts over her comments, Allen responded saying she wasn’t blaming the parents. With thinking people combing her words for countless errors in her facts and assertions, Allen sent out another major volley, writing:

I am, however, blaming our culture that denies, dismisses, and denigrates the masculine traits—including size, strength, male aggression and a male facility for strategic thinking–that until recently have been viewed as essential for building a society and protecting its weaker members.

For more information on just how stupid and weak Charlotte Allen thinks women are, read We Scream, We Swoon. How Dumb Can We Get, a 2008 Washington Post op ed piece.

High Profile Parents

Kim Kardashian on pregnancy with Kanye West’s baby: ‘It’s not as easy as people think’ NY Daily News

We’re assured that the birth won’t be televised. And I’m certain that the news that Kim Kardashian and Kanye will be parents has the KKK beyond bezerk.

Kardashian, 32, hit the 1 Oak party just a day after West, 35, dropped the baby bombshell during a performance in Atlantic City. The happy couple raced from New Jersey to Los Angeles early Monday and then high-tailed it to Vegas for Kardashian’s long-scheduled paid appearance.