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The People of Goda Paperback – June 2, 2012
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About the Author
Shani Oates, in whose tradition of ‘The People’ she is Maid of the Clan of Tubal Cain. As a published author, her substantial writings and musings on wide-ranging occult themes are transmitted into four books via Mandrake of Oxford, whose titles are: ‘Tubelos Green Fire’; ‘The Arcane Veil’; ‘The ‘Star Crossed Serpent’ (Volumes I & II, Vol. III forthcoming); as Guest author in ‘Hekate: Her Sacred Fires’ by Avalonia Press and in ‘The Wanton Green’ by Mandrake of Oxford and finally ‘Abraxas II’ by Fulgur. Her other works have also appeared in various Pagan and occult journals and magazines including The Cauldron, The Pentacle, The Wytches Standard, Verdelet, White Dragon, Pendragon, Hedge Wytch, Goddess Alive and Brigid’s Fire.
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The teaching of Robert Cochrane were not meant to be taken as literal truths but metaphors to help one learn the truth through much effort and work. The book begins with a contemplation about the nature and identity of the Goddess or the primal force of creation. The next question is who or what is the Goda. The book spends more time with the first question. In a nutshell the Goddess was seen as the dark goddess whose real identity remains unknown three then subdivides herself into three goddesses which were familiar with as the three fates. In Norse mythology they were referred to as the norns, in Greek they are the Moire and in Latin the Parcae. They weave the fate of man and god and none has power to change the course of such fate. In comes the symbol of the cauldron. The cauldron represents the womb where destruction and rebirth occur. It also serves as a dark reflecting pool as well as a tool to help one over come their fate. Irminsul a runic symbol which can represent the ygdrassil tree is discussed and it is connected with the Norse God Tyr. Irmin holds up the heaven and supports law and order but there are some feminine aspects as well.
Norse mythology and clan ethos are analyzed and compared to Hindu, Hebrew and Sumerian mythology. Women were warriors in Norse culture they were valkyries and sometimes served as guardians of the living called Disir. Disir were family protectors and they were females. They also bore shields and spears an would beat them together in a certain fashion much like Tyr would do. Of note the elements of air, water and earth are assigned to the three goddesses and the fourth fire is given over to the horned fire god of the smith. Hecate is often approximated to this invisible goddess deity as she has three parts to her as well.
Through a series of comparison involving myth and linguistic Shani Oates conveys the teaching that the King of Northumbria was originally a queen and many queens had their identities changed to male identities. They still have a female pronoun. Tyr is a word that just means God. It is not a name and sometimes that too has female pronouns. Tyr represent law and order much like the Goddesses Maat and Asha of Egypt and India respectively. Tyr used to be an a sexual deity or at least a female deity until a massive change over. I will let you read the details.
North is the area of the Goddess , Thule is a moveable island with the consistency of a jelly fish. It is arctic and the land of the midnight son. Our origins were in Ida which is located in Anatolia.
The book finishes out with some clan history,anecdotes on Roy Bowers and explanation of the mythos. Definite must read.
The first half of the book revolves mainly around Nordic mythology/religion, especially in regards to how it relates to the Clan goddess. The Norns and other goddesses of Fate are discussed, the idea of the Mothers. The second half of the book revolves more on the Clan itself and more recent history and practice, including a very nice long chapter about the origin of the Clan as it relates to Robert Cochrane and the practitioners he worked with.
Again, a fascinating book. But without some previous grounding and understanding about the Clan and its terminology from other sources, much of what is in this book can oblique and even frustrating for a lot of readers. The names of specific rituals are mentioned, but not described. Words are used to reference ideas--such as chasing lapwings--but not explained. Not that this book is written for the average dabbler in the Craft by any means, but it would have been nice to have some more straightforward explanations scattered here and there through the material, including examples perhaps, for those readers who are interested in the topic but are coming at it without knowing what is meant by the Craft terms/symbology being used.
Yes, I know this author has other books out there that have material this book's exploration is probably in reference to, but this makes it seem like this work was missing a lot of explanation...perhaps, it might have been better to put a note in the blurb about the book that you had to read other works first? The book also wanders at times, throwing in words and concepts from India and ancient Sumer (among others) and weaving it in with Nordic ideas and Cochrane's Craft, also without explanation. After a while, it felt like reading this book was coming in on the middle of a long conversation where you missed out on the opening and so have no idea what is actually being talked about.
Of course, perhaps, that was part of the point...to be somewhat opaque to most readers? Perhaps, the reader is meant to be left to their own devices to pull together the pieces and figure out for themselves how it relates to the Clan and its Mythos? Still, this book seems best meant for those who already have some understanding of Trad Craft, specifically the terms and structures that the Clan of Tubal Cain is based upon, and not for most non-Trad Craft readers who haven't done a lot of reading already along these same lines. It seems very much an "insider" book, which has both its benefits and its drawbacks.