I’m finding some interesting, er, artifacts as I sift through stuff I’ve been carrying around for years. One thing that caught my attention last night is a copy of Fifth Estate’s spring/summer 2005 issue. I believe it was an essay—the title of which I’ve used for this ramble—that sparked something within me.
Under the title, it says “by John Moore”, but in smaller print after the essay one finds this note: “The text has been adapted from renderings of ‘The Change of the Goddess’ by Starhawk and Charles G Leland. And—amazingest of all—the link given is still good! Even so, I want to put it here, so I shall.
Amidst ecstatic visions, Anarchy appears. She says:
Whenever you need anything, once a month at the full moon, assemble in the wilderness—in the forest, on the heath, by the seashore—for the state of nature is a community of freedoms. Recognize the imminenece of total liberation, and as a sign of your freedom, be naked in your rites.
Dance and sing, laugh and play, feast on the fruits of the earth, the delights of my body, make music and love—for all acts of pleasure are my rituals. And I am that which you find in the fulfillment of desire.
Abolish all authority, root out coercion. Share all things in common and decide through consensus. Shake off the character armor which binds and constrains. Let the wilderness energies possess you.
Cast the magic circle, enter the trance of ecstasy, revel in the sorcery which dispels all power. But commit no sacrifices. Repudiate harmfulness, exploitation, and slaughter. Rather venerate all creatures and respect them as different but equal to you.
Total transformation thus becomes possible.
This rite shall continue to be celebrated until Anarchy becomes universal.
At the time this magazine came into my possession many elements of this piece did not resonate with me. Yet I kept it. And today, nearly all of it does (it may in fact be all; I haven’t enough spare brain cells to ponder on that at the moment).