Illustration by N Lucie
In 1997, I was throwing out a newspaper and I noticed a story about Princess Diana’s funeral (September 6th, 1997 ) was on one side of the page and on the other an article about Mother Teresa passed away on September 5, 1997.*
The feeling hit with a bolt of lightning. The mother and the crone are dead.
For those who aren’t into new age religion, American feminist, neopagans and wiccans have come to believe the mother, maiden, and crone represent a divine feminine. The maiden, sometime called the kore, is a young virgin who is not awake to the ways of the world. Represented by the waxing moon, the maiden is magic, spring and sprouting plants. The mother is the full moon. the harvest, fertility and abundance. Winter and the waning moon is the crone, the wise women.
But I digress, on that sunny fall afternoon my second thought was who is the maiden?
Obviously, Colorado beauty queen, JonBenét Ramsey, murdered on December 25, 1996, could fit the bill. The incidents were nine months apart, and interestingly enough, that is also the gestation period of a human embryo, the ultimate kore.
I checked an ephemeris and all three deaths happened near or during a mercury retrograde. According to Horoscope.com
"When Mercury is in retrograde, technology, communication, travel, logic, and information all get disrupted, but understanding Mercury retrograde’s meaning, the risks and benefits behind it, the sign it's in, as well as how long it lasts can help you deal with astrology’s most nerve-wracking event."
Poor mercury gets a bad wrap. It is more likely to cause you to miss a phone call or a plane, and not to kill a saint.
Maybe the answer is in the stars? Here are the charts:
1996 (Jonbenet death)
I’m not seeing much here and I haven't thought about astrology in a million light years. There is a lot of Virgo and Capricorn going on, but that isn't telling me much. Besides those are two sign I have trouble understanding anyway.
Maybe someone else will find sense in their stars.
So back on the hunt, if the maiden is not Jonbenet, then who was she?
There were a lot of scientist having breakthrough around with cloning and stem cells during 1996-7. You remember Dolly the sheep? Maybe that was the death of motherhood as we know it. The maiden is no more.
Another hint may live in the other word for the maiden, the Kore. From the Greek, the word is described in the OED as:
"An archaic Greek statue of a young woman, standing and clothed in long loose robes. The principal difficulty of interpretation posed by the korai lies in the statues' presence - generic and anonymous."
The key words here are ‘generic and anonymous’. The maiden died, but was anonymous, an unknown person.
My last thought is Steve Jobs returned to Apple ( to work on the iPod), Netflix went online, and Nintendo 64 went to market. So, because of media and technology, children stopped having childhoods. They aren't making kore anymore.
This make me want go into a diatribe about the extinction of “childhood, but I’ll save that for another time.
Either this is sign of the end times or I have too much time on my hands.
*The name Teresa is derived from the Greek for huntress and a familiar name to Diana, the hunt goddess, weird huh?
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I was listening to a vlog from Galen Emmanuel on youtube. It was about being an entrepreneur and starting your own business. Gallen pointed out that when you start a business be prepared to only spend 3-6% of your time doing what you love. The rest of the time is "running" the business. So, true my friend. I've been working with Galen in my day job. Check him out.
That has been the case for me in the "publishing on Amazon" business I'm starting up. There is all the book publishing prep work, marketing plans, website and social media site building, plus writing all the content you need to create to support. It is fun but exhausting.
And, I have only written about 15,000 words of Colony Collapse - Genus Magica Book Two. And my Novel writing class starts on October 1st and I have to get all the materials into Canvas.
Luckily I know that no one if reading this, so that takes some of the pressure off.
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. Self-publishing your first novel is like being dressed up and waiting for your ride to a party to pick you up. You wonder if your wearing the right outfit, and will you be welcomed by everyone, or will they ignore you. You check your watch and tap your foot. Is that Uber ever arriving? It is agonizing and exhilarating.
Over the last month, I sent my manuscript to the two of my three editors and approved thumbnails of my cover. I learned how to use Vellum, the software program I need to format my book and created my author platform - this website, author Facebook page, author twitter account, and a "ready for primetime" version of my Pinterest novel vision boards. I started a book marketing plan, but haven't finished it.
I don't know why I'm so anxious, I've been working on this damn book for more years than I care to admit. The first draft flew out of my fingers in a matter of weeks, but it took years to discover it was bad and even more to begin to learn enough of the craft to "write". You'd think after all this time I would be able to shout - I'm a writer, without being buried by an avalanche of imposter syndrome. Thankfully everyone assures me they all feel that way.
This is my first blog post and I will do my best to post weekly. Forty-five days Takakush - Genus Magica Book One's "ships".
Watch this space.
Raine Reiter weaves together an empowered, female-centered narrative with rich descriptions of nature and an ever-present sense of mystery. Her vivid, flowing prose takes readers of dark fantasy into a world that looks and feels real, while still evoking the enticing paranormal creativity shared by authors such as Richelle Mead and Kat Richardson. Follow Raine on Twitter, Facebook, and Pinterest. Check out Pinterest to see the world of Takakush.