Wednesday, April 12, 2006

As most Wiccans and Pagans know, having a priestesses minister in Goddess worship is the norm. Only in male-dominant religions where women have been regarded as inferior, is the concept of women in ministry a novel idea. With The Da Vinci Code making such a stir in theaters and creating such debate and controversy in religious arenas, one might think Dan Brown’s idea of portraying the holy grail as Mary Magdalene and the wife of Jesus Christ was a new theory. However, history reveals that this was once common knowledge but has since been covered with dogma and doctrine that served a political agenda.

THE MOON UNDER HER FEET authored by Clysta Kinstler gives a fictional, personal account the life of Christ from a woman’s point of view—that of Mari Anath, a Magdalene Temple priestess of the Goddess who traveled with Yeshua in his public ministry. The two were married in the Great or Sacred Rite of Heiro Gamos the evening before the arrest of Yeshua that lead to his crucifixion. His death was arranged by himself, his twin brother and his mother, who in the book is named Almah Mari— a temple priestess preceded by Anna. You may remember Anna and Simeon from the Bible in the account where Mary and Joseph brought the five-year-old Jesus to the temple in keeping with Jewish custom.

Kinstler’s tale winds around the Ancient Egyptian myth of Isis, Osiris, and his evil brother Seth. The character of Isis is played by Mari Anath. Yeshua is believed to be Osiris. His evil twin brother was Judas of Scarios, who was separated from his family and raised by the midwife, Miriam, who assisted Almah Mari when she delivered her boys in a refurbished stable. Mari Anath is pregnant at the time of Yeshua’s crucifixion. The child she is carrying is not only Yeshua’s seed, but his soul which plans to reincarnate once he delivers and sets free the captives of the Netherworld. Seth, or Judas, did not commit suicide as was written in the Bible, but instead feigned his death and fled the country. Mari Anath followed him there and became his wife and the father of his brother’s child.

While this story is somewhat confusing in the beginning when so many characters are introduced rapidly, it was a great book with a air of mystery and intrigue. Much like The Da Vinci Code, the story causes the reader to wonder whether the retelling of historical accounts contained any truth or whether they were entirely fiction.

Yvonne Perry is a freelance writer and the author of thirteen books. She is the owner of Write On! Creative Writing Services—a group of writers and editors in Nashville, Tennessee.

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