We fight the good fight
with lipstick and kisses
made for pleasure not for punishment
we know that’s what a fist is;
faeries fucking for freedom
and fighting for the light
we’re frolicking and fornicating
to bring an end to the longest… darkest night.
Once, faerie menwomen opened
the gates to the cosmos
but power hungry straight men
became afraid of us…
they used their brawn
but we used our brains
hiding in temples, then theatres, monasteries, molly houses
we knew all along
our time would come again.
In Mesopotamia, in the temples of Inanna
the God Enki created the Galla, the name means penis-anus,
priests made to serve the Great Goddess of Love and War
In Turkey we were Gallae, serving Great Mother Cybele for millennia,
spreading into Greece, Rome and around the Meditteranean
long haired, bejewelled, loud and outrageous queers
leading ecstatic, raucous celebrations for hundreds of years:
beloved of the people and feared by the elite
crushed to extinction by the Christians in the 4th century –
but the Jewish Kings were at it first – over 1000 years before…
in Palestine we were Qedesha, Anointed Ones, and sodomy was our service
in the temples of Asherah, we were rounded up and massacred.
Muslim leaders did the same, wiping out goddess worshipping people
and her genderqueer priest/esses as they spread the
dictatorship of the Father God.
YET HERE’S THE THING…..
A sacred black meteorite was worshipped as Cybele’s symbol in her temple in Anatolia for thousands of years
and was brought to Rome in 200 BCE, installed with great fanfare in a new temple
as the Magna Mater was welcomed as the official deity of the Roman Empire.
She was served by the genderqueer Gallae priest/esses who spread her worship across the whole Empire, Cybele was loved as the Great Mother from Turkey to Britain, across north Africa as well as southern Europe, and her long-haired, bejewelled, loud and lewd queer priests were loved by the people, feared by the authorities because of the wild, sexual and bloody dionysian-like ritual celebrations they threw.
This Goddess religion was the major rival to Christianity – and the Church adopted a fiercely homophobic attitude to distance itself from the hated pagans. But its priests had to be celibate, because priests were not expected to have partners and children (they’d always been gay), and the Pope adopted and still wears the mitre headdress of the arch-Gallus, the High Priestess of Rome.
When Rome collapsed the Great Mother’s holy stone ‘disappeared’
But a sacred black stone, which “came down from Jannah (Paradise).” (At-Tirmidhi, Sunan, hadith no. 877) was installed by Mohammed at the Kaaba in Mecca not long after, in 605 AD –
this oldest mosque itself was placed on the site of an ancient pagan temple –
and to this day, Moslems flock to visit this stone
that may well be the meteorite held sacred to the Mother Goddess for many millennia.
Note too that in India the great god Shiva, who is both male and female, is worshipped as a black phallic rock, the shiva lingam.
The men of war made sex taboo
held down the power of women
made the queers feel shame
that’s how they took control
cut us all off from the whole:
without a strong feminine
and the queers with no role
the magic of life was lost
the earth, once our mother, became a resource
we are now seeing on the planet
the tragic cost:
mass extinction, all life under threat
the biggest step in humanity’s evolution
the biggest challenge yet.
Only by shifting our understanding of life
can humanity hope to change its ways and survive:
the good news on this terrifying journey is….
the Goddess and her Servants
are still alive…
FREEDOM OF THE SPIRIT
Freedom of the Soul
FREEDOM OF THE BODY
and from any gendered roles
FREEDOM TO LOVE
and find out just Who We Are
FAGGOTS DYKES AND QUEERS
we unite the earth and stars
we’re coming out of the bars
to proclaim Who We Are
What we are, Why we are HERE
Why we are COSMIC AND QUEER.
of body, mind, heart and soul
Fucking for freedom, to be whole is the goal:
Love, compassion and community
Queer pioneers are reclaiming our forgotten role.