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  • 01:34

    The Eleusinian Mysteries with Feraferia's Jo Carson

    in Radio

    On Thursday March 27th, 2014 Hermetic Hour host Poke Runyon will talk with Jo Carson, leader of Feraferia, about Eleusis and the Mysteries of Death and Rebirth. What happens to the soul after death? What can be expected in the afterlife? Jo has written a new book, Celebrate Wildness—Magic, Mirth and Love on the Feraferia Path which includes a discussion of the Eleusinian Mysteries. The Mysteries of Demeter and her daughter Persephone were held at Eleusis, in Greece, for almost 2,000 years. These Mysteries had the goal of providing a first hand experience of certainty in the continuity of life after death. The Mysteries were established around 1450 BCE, and ended only when the Roman Christian emperor Theodosius I forcibly closed them in 392 CE. They were centered around the myth of Demeter, the earth mother Goddess, and her daughter Persephone. In this story, Persephone was abducted by Pluto and taken to the Underworld, and eventually was able to return. This myth provided a key to giving real revelations to the population of that world. Thousands of people journeyed to Eleusis each Fall to experience the Eleusinian Mysteries, which means hundreds of thousands were initiated. However, so tight was the secrecy, or so inexpressible was the experience, that no one has ever revealed its profound secrets. We will explore what is known, what is conjectured, and how Feraferia honors the Eleusinian experience. So tune in and peek behind the veil of death.

  • 02:00

    Carol Christ - Voices of the Sacred Feminine

    in Spirituality

    Foremother and internationally acclaimed author, Carol Christ, will discuss the work of Marija Gimbutas, the sacred locales of Eleusis, Lesbos and Crete as well as the ancient female poet Sappho.

  • 02:00

    M. Macha Nightmare/Brigid/Building Pagan Culture & Carl Ruck/Eleusian Mysteries and Drug Use

    in Politics Progressive

    M. Macha Nightmare, author, teacher and ritualist is among the founders of the Reclaiming Tradition, a member of the American Academy of Religion, the Marin Interfaith Council and theNature Religion Scholars Network, CPG and Cherry Hill Seminary will discuss the Celtic Goddess, Brigid and aspects of Building a Pagan Culture such as the role of Pagan clergy, politics and seminaries for Pagan study. AT THE BOTTOM OF THE HOUR, hear Dr. Carl Ruck, classicist and author of The Road to Eleusis: Unveiling the Secret of the Mysteries, discussing drug use in the mystery cults of Demeter and Persephone,women and the psychedelic movement and women in ancient cults.