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Thursday, March 4, 2010

Bella Strega Aradia

Found out something interesting recently; "ara" in Italian means altar, and "dia" is the feminine form of "dio," which means god, so dia = goddess. So, in essence, "Aradia" means "altar to the Goddess." The specific Goddess, in this case, presumably being Diana, Aradia's mother. Hmm......

Also, as folks may or may not be aware, Italian Witchcraft has a long history of familial intermarriage - this is because it was believed that Witchcraft was carried in the blood, and so to keep the magick strong, Italian Witches would often marry and reproduce with relatives. I figured out today that this must stem from Aradia's parents, Diana and Lucifer, being siblings and giving the world Aradia, who taught Witchcraft to the Italian people.

Behind the cut are the lyrics to two songs by the British Pagan Goth band Inkubus Sukkubus. One is called "Aradia," posted here for obvious reasons, and the second is "Lord of the Flame," just because.



(*Note: all "misspellings" of witch(es) as "wytch(es)" are Inkubus Sukkubus' preferred spellings)

"Aradia"

Mother Diana, Queen of Wytches
Stars in the Heaven obey your calling
Mother Diana, temptress, sorceress
Spinning your magick above the earth
Bore ye Aradia, daughter of incest
Wytch child of Lucifer, teacher divine

Lucifer, Diana, strega Aradia
La Vecchia Religione
Lucifer, Diana, strega Aradia
Spinning your magick above the earth

Stregoni, stregoni sulla terra
Bella strega Aradia

(*Note: this song is very chant-like, and at times all parts are layered together. The Italian translates roughly as follows:
"Lucifer, Diana, witch Aradia
The Old Religion"
and
"Witches, witches on (or "of?") the Earth
Beautiful (or good) witch Aradia")





"Lord of the Flame"

He is coming through dust, sea and sand
And he is coming from the Ancient Lands
Angel of Light, and Lord of the Sacred Flame
A liberator to free you from your shame

Ride out and set the slaves all free
Fill our souls with your love and with your ecstasy

He is Osiris, and he is also Pan
And he is god, but he is also man
He has come from Heaven and of Earth
A god of lust, of music and of mirth

Ride out and set the slaves all free
Fill our souls with your love and with your ecstasy
Break the chains of the last two thousand years
save us from pain, save us from fear

Oh great Horned God, we have not forgotten you
Oh great Horned God, we have not forsaken you
Oh great Horned God, we have not denied you
Oh great Horned God, we have not defied you

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