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My Extract for Scottish writers 2016, going to let readers decide do I cut 2,000 words from beginning or end?

Uranus in aspect to Venus

Venus represents our emotional responses in a primitive childlike state that are unfiltered. What this means is they are experienced without equating a value or judgement to them. Bertrand Russell was accused of being a sexual deviant because he said children under six months should not be slapped for touching their genitals this may be shocking today that anybody in the west could think otherwise but it highlights part of Venus it experiences pleasure without judgement. As such it represents our innate hedonism. This hedonism is part of the bonding process between mother and child, from the pleasure of a mother’s touch to the warmth and comfort of breast feeding.

In this aspect Venus represents our hedonism our ability as children and babies to experience pleasure without placing a moral or rational value to it, our need to be nurtured, held, hugged and kissed. This hedonism is usually curtailed whether that trauma is the Uranus slap of the hand delivered by a parent or the judgement of society our hedonism will usually be curtailed in some form. This is symbolised in the castration of Uranus (our creative freedom and pleasure) by Saturn (which represents parental and societal responsibilities and power).

In Sumerian mythology Uranus is An (heaven) and with Inanna (Venus, Queen of Heaven) they ruled the city of Uruk. An is also castrated in Sumerian mythology by Enlil. Both An and Inanna represent the equinox, but Inanna usurps An’s power in mythology by attacking the Scorpion and causing the autumn equinox. Venus is still associated with the spring equinox and her rule of Taurus comes from this period when it was slain by the sun on the spring equinox. Her rule of Libra may also come from this period, Libra was part of the Scorpion – its great claws which held the earth in balance between night and day. Innana slaying the Scorpion at the autumnal equinox earned her the right to be worshipped at the temple of Eanna in Uruk usurping it from An.

The temple in mythology was founded by the seven sages of Enki who resided with him in the absu(EA is the Akkadian form of Enki). Thus assuming the temple is a political testament to her cultic strength in being able to overthrow two of the most powerful Gods in Sumerian mythology. Enki founded Eridu the first civilisation in Sumerian mythology.

In Greek mythology Venus is born from Uranus’ castration and was called Urania before she was known as Aphrodite. In Sumerian mythology she is at times called the daughter / wife of An but she is also called the daughter of Nanna (the moon, Lord of Heaven). The oldest association is probably with An. Her association with Nanna probably marks political, environmental and economic changes. As Nanna is the son of Enlil it may mark the rise to prominence of the city of Nippur, in which their patron God Enlil replaces Enki patron God of Eridu as Head deity. It also may mark the rise of importance in the moon in marking time and knowing when to cultivate crops. Thus having Nanna and Innana as descended from Enlil would be a mark of power over the heavens backing up his position as head God.

As head deity Enki fertilised the earth, Ninhursag (Queen Mountain) with fresh water as well as creating the fertile crescent and mankind, fresh water and semen in Sumeria were the same word Ab, the Ab rose from the sea (Tiamet). Upwelling is a natural phenomena of the area, as the gulf stream flows to the arctic it becomes cooler and the salts dissolved in its waters become less, this cold fresh water flows back along the bottom of the ocean back to the gulf where it rises up to the surface. This as well as the natural phenomena of aquifers led Sumerians to believe the earth lay on a fresh water ocean called the absu. Thus Sumerian and Greeks mythology has fresh water rising up through the earth and flowing from the sea upwards to the top of mountains. Enki was represented by Aquarius, waters of the great one, Capricorn the sea goat representing his relationship with the Tiamet and Ninhursag. Enki is also the founder of civilisation and it is this role that Inanna usurps from Enki / Eridu to her temple at Uruk. This marks Uruk’s rise as the first major city state.

Inanna takes the Mes, (Enki’s tablets) which contain the necessary foundations of society such as trades, religious rites, diplomacy, war and sexual practices / rites. Placing her cult in control of civic life and giving her priestess immense power. Bonobos our closest relation amongst primates, have a matriarchal system that uses sex as a means of social bonding, resolving disputes and maintaining harmony within the group. The mythology between Inanna’s characteristics and females and their roles within Bonobo society has many similarities.

In the myth of Enki and Inanna it starts with, “her genitals were remarkable…..her genitals were remarkable. She praised herself full of delight at her genitals, she praised herself full of delight at her genitals.” Bonobo clitorises are three times bigger than the human equivalent. In scientific literature, the female–female behavior of bonobos pressing genitals together is often referred to as genito – genito (GG) rubbing, which is the non-human analogue of tribadism. The position of the clitoris may permit GG-rubbings, which allows female Bonobos to form close bonds with each other indulging in GG rubbing every 2 hours on average.

Female Bonobo genitals are amazing but so are female human genitals, the abundance of nerve endings around the exposed area of the clitoris is far superior to exposed nerve endings around the penis although both genders have an abundance of nerve endings around the Urethra which may be connected to closing it during sex. For men who lack the abundant nerves of the clitoris the experience of stimulating the nerves around the urethra may be as close as they can come to the sensual experience of the stimulation of the clitoris and vulva area.

Although there are medical recordings of both sexes inserting objects into the urethra and bladder for sexual pleasure there seems to be a higher frequency among males. Kenney’s theory states that the initiating event is an accidentally discovered pleasurable stimulation of the urethra, which is followed by repetition of this action using objects of unknown danger, driven by a particular psychological predisposition to sexual gratification or in other words hedonistic tendencies.

The hidden male equivalent of the Vulva is in the erectile tissues surrounding the urethra inside the penis this area contains very sensitive nerves similar to the erectile tissues of the clitoris. This are can be exposed in males by Penile subincision or genital bisection. Subincision means the penis resembles a vulva in appearance but it also increases the abundance of nerves exposed although it is still not equivalent to the nerves exposed by the clitoris. Subincision is not only practiced by aboriginal cultures but is done for sexual pleasure more frequently in modern society without cultural relevance.

Penile subincision is practiced among the Australian tribes in the Amazon basin it is done to remove a small parasite, in Fiji and Tonga it is done to prevent disease but the samburu of Kenya also carry out this act on themselves but without apparent symbolism or ritual. Many men self-perform complete bisection and do so gradually over time this is not to cause pain but to enhance their sexual pleasure or hedonism. This may be difficult for many to understand but the sensual pleasure they gain from exposing this area of the penis is far greater than the pain from self-surgery.

Some start by inserting objects into the urethra and slowly graduate to exposing the urethra through first bisecting the head of the penis, which again exposes more nerves to stimuli before periodically cutting the penis along the shaft to slowly expose the urethra tube which is also cut through. After penile subincision is complete some go on to bisect the penis. These hedonistic drives may relate to reclaiming their Venus.

Venus the symbol of hedonism, sexual desire and lust connects to human sensuality and pleasure rather than the instinctual sex drives of Mars. In modern astrology the male Venus is often removed from them and ascribed to their ideal female partner, who is allowed to be hedonistic, sensual and erotic. This is slowly changing and parents recognise the importance of hugging little boys and expressing affection through touch. As such the importance of male sensuality and their hedonistic desires are much more openly acknowledged and able to be expressed.

The opposite of Male penile subincision is female genital mutilation which is done to remove sexual pleasure, desire and lust. FGM has various categories which can prove fatal to women increasing risk of infection and difficulties in child birth. Traditionally practiced in parts of Africa and the Middle East but now illegal, it has also been practiced in Great Britain and USA in modern times as a ‘cure’ to female hysteria, PMT, Lesbianism and masturbation. Dr Bloch author of “Sexual Perversion in the Female” -1894, removed the clitoris of a two year old to prevent the ‘moral leprosy’ of masturbation. This was due in some part to fears within Victorian society that population rises would out strip food production thus an ideological war against sex and hedonism ensued.

This ideological war blamed masturbation and sex for physical as well as mental health conditions. This led to doctors performing clitirodectomy as well as penile cauterisation. Although some doctors were firmly against such practices few questioned the ideological beliefs behind them, in relation to women’s health this led to women both being masturbated with vibrators by doctors as a treatment for hysteria at the same time some were undergoing FGM to prevent masturbation.

Today there has been an increase in discussion and portrayal of masturbation in art, popular music, television, films, and literature, with moderate and conservative religions varying in their views of masturbation. A clay figurine of the 4th millennium BC from a temple site on the island of Malta, depicts a woman masturbating, roughly 6,000 years ago it is likely the people in Malta associated female masturbation with fertility and modern science backs up the idea of masturbation increasing likelihood of pregnancy.

However, in the ancient world depictions of male masturbation are far more common and male masturbation also increases fertility. Male masturbation became an even more important image in ancient Egypt. When performed by a god it could be considered a creative or magical act: the god Atum was believed to have created the universe by masturbating to ejaculation, with the ebb and flow of the Nile attributed to the frequency of his ejaculations. Egyptian Pharaohs, in response to this, were supposedly at one time required to masturbate ceremonially into the Nile.

Both genders have in various times and in various parts of the world experienced violence to curtail their sexual hedonism women have been affected by this for longer and on a much larger scale than men. This may be because sexual expression and prostitution by females especially has been used to express independence and to obtain it. However attitudes in the west have changed dramatically with May being masturbation month and masturbate-athon events, at the same time youths are encouraged to masturbate daily by health authorities in an attempt to reduce teenage pregnancy and to prevent sexually transmitted diseases.

Although illegal under international law the practice of FGM still continues one obstacle is the fact that it is women who have this done to their daughters and still continue to do so. Unfortunately because these activities happen in extremely patriarchal societies the focus is sometimes put onto males to prevent this, rather than the matriarchal system that often puts pressure on the mother. Perhaps due to a refusal to acknowledge extremely patriarchal societies are often also extremely matriarchal. This may also be extremely ironic as female genitalia may have evolved as part of matriarchal socio-sexual bonding between women.

Inanna has a close relationship with Ninshubur (Mercury, Queen of the East) who Inanna states is second only to her and with whom she may have had a sexual connection. However Ninsubur has more than one gender, although the name means Queen of the East she is sometimes male in mythology and was synchronised with the Akkadian Papsukkal. The dual gender of Ninshubur in relation to Inanna may reflect protection and freedom given to both male and female cultic prostitutes and those with various types of sexual orientations.

The Sambia tribe of Papua New Guinea believed that semen had sacred fertile life giving properties and as such masturbation or wet dreams were social taboos but youths swallowed each other’s sacred semen for its potent effects as did their future wives in order to prepare their bodies for the sacred work of making babies at a later age.

In their culture there was none of the hedonistic divisions of homosexuality or heterosexuality their hedonism was defined in the sacred meaning they gave to semen equating it with mother’s milk. Their hedonism did not separate gender but was sanctified for the common good in ensuring everybody ingested the ‘life giving’ sperm. In this way definitions such as heterosexual or homosexual may have no meaning in past and different cultures because the gender is irrelevant.

Thus ideas on gender, sexual orientation and prostitution tend to reflect the confirmation bias of our culture. Inanna existed in a culture that did not have a masculine equivalent to Mars but in which Inanna possessed those characteristics. This has led some to describing her as having ‘masculine’ characteristics, rather than describing her as containing characteristics that would later be ascribed to males in later cultures.

Inanna was Goddess of lust, war and hedonism in a culture who’s views of sex and sexual orientation cannot be defined by modern definitions.
Prostitution can offer the freedom to opt out of society controls and provide financial independence. By giving those involved sole control over how they earn a living, what hours they work and when irrespective of social situation in life. For many men and women this would enable them to have a greater control of their prospects in life. Shamat (luscious one) is a temple prostitute in Uruk in the ‘Epic of Gilgamesh’ she is held in great respect in the epic, introducing Enkidu to civilisation and taming his wild nature through sex in much the same way as female bonobos calm and maintain group coherence through sex.

This is achieved through creating equality of hedonistic experience which leaves all in the group satisfied. This strategy is also employed by Bonobos when meeting other groups rather than being aggressive they are likely to indulge in socio-sexual bonding between both groups. In many societies Royal mistresses held an important status and could influence relations with othe countries Shamat may have been Gilgamesh’s mistress as she seems to know him intimately, and has influence over him. Thus Cultic prostitution may have given freedom, independence and power to those who practiced it whilst providing a means to ensure social cohesion and less violence within Mesopotamian societies at all levels.

In ancient Greece the Hetairi were the equivalent of Shamat, the cultic prostitution in Greece had three levels. On the bottom were slaves, next were those who had gained their freedom and at the top the Hetairi. Slaves could buy their freedom on credit and pay through prostitution. Those who had paid were full Greek citizens paying taxes on their earnings, these self employed prostitutes clearly had the time and resources to improve their education and some went on to become Hetairi, courtesans who were well educated companions who also offered sexual services. Plato, digenes and Socrates held the Hetairi in high regard and they were the only women allowed to frequent the symposium where debates were held. Plato mentions Hetairistriai women who only offered their services to other women but there is no other independent mention of them.

The second level of prostitution not only contained freed slaves but women seeking financial freedom and escape from grinding poverty. Prostitution was viewed as an essential of democracy in which every citizen should have access to affordable prostitution thus those in the lowest level had their prices set at the level of that which the poorest could afford whilst the Hetairi were often extremely wealthy and could afford to consort with the great thinkers of the time free of charge.

Tait in his book “Magdalenism: a inquiry into the extent, causes and consequences, of prostitution in Edinburgh” (1840) lists along with those whose sole profession is prostitution, dressmakers, sewers, bonnet makers, book stitchers, shop girls and house servants as also working as prostitutes on a part time basis. He believed their lifestyle to be responsible for spreading revolutionary and infidel principles. In 1820 there was a radical uprising due to the industrial revolution, which put the occupation of self employed weavers under severe strain.

Because the weavers were self employed they decided their working hours and had the spare time to read and maintain their education something that was encouraged ideologically within the Church of Scotland and still is today. Prostitution offered those whose independent lifestyles were under threat by the industrial revolution and other changes a means to remain economically viable and afford the resources to start a new business or retain their original business through topping up income.

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The ancient Greeks like Bonobos were using sex as a means of forming social unity and cohesion, Bonobos live in an environment with more abundant food sources and in such an environment bonding with sex is a much better strategy than fighting when you come across other groups. The same can be generally said about humans when resources are abundant we prefer to make love not war. The more abundant the resources the more our urge to bond with everybody through sex becomes, because it is the best survival tactic. This may be why humans have a complex sexual nature similar to Bonobos. With the first Homo sapiens to arrive in Europe 40,000 years ago already exhibited complex sexual behaviour that they illustrated in a few cave paintings with abstract drawings of sexual organs, sex scenes, oral sex and voyeurism depicted.

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In the Babylonian epic of Gilgamesh Siduri says, “Fill your belly. Day and night make merry. Let days be full of joy. Dance and make music day and night […] These things alone are the concern of men” – This urge to embrace the hedonism of life and to enjoy it whilst you can is one which may create a more peaceful and relaxed society based on enjoyment rather than attainment. Siduri is Hurrian for ‘young woman’ and may represent Ishtar, Inanna’s Akkadian, Assyrian and Babylonian counterpart.

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“He shaped my loins with his fair hands,
The shepherd Dumuzi filled my lap with cream and milk,
He stroked my pubic hair,
He watered my womb.
He laid his hands on my holy vulva.
He caressed me on the bed.” – Inanna (Venus) Inanna and Dumuzi

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Dumuzi in this mythology symbolises the King, although it is impossible to know for sure it may be likely that the King performed ritual sex with the high priestess of Inanna as part of a fertility rite and also to show his authority as being handed down from Inanna. In this way Innana is used to support the hierarchy and the King symbolises the fertility attributed to Enki as Dumuzi is his son. This may represent a usurpation of the female authority through her priesthood to male hierarchy.

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Inanna is rebuked by Gilgamesh for her predatory behaviour and her treatment of lovers. This may relate to the political control of her priesthood, Gilgamesh represents the king and it is as the king he encloses her area of Inanna temple and restricts her influence. This attack is one which seeks to restrict female power through mythology and blame women for male misfortunes.The criticism especially of her treatment of Dumuzi in the myth of her descent into the underworld when her sister Ereshkigal kills her and Dumuzi is forced by Inanna to take her place in the underworld may be part of a male propaganda campaign to restrict female powers. However this myth has more to do with seasons, Ereshkigal (Lady of the great earth i.e underworld) represents the infertile seasons and Innana rules over the fertile periods.

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The myth has Dumuzi taking her place for 6 months of the year and his sister Ngeshtinana (Heavenly grape vine) for the other 6 months. One origin of the myth may be the Akkadian goddess Mullissu the wife of Ashur, Ashur was synchronised with Enlil which would mean that Mullissu would be equivalent to Ninlil, (Inanna’s grandmother) however the Assyrians identified her with Ishtar Innana’s counterpart. Ninlil (Spica, star representing the grain of cereal in Virgo). Ninlil descends into the underworld following Enlil after he rapes her and impregnates her with Nanna (Innana’s father) Enlil impregnates her another 3 times which represents the sowing of cereal as well as providing a means for Nanna the moon to ascend as his place is taken in the underworld by his brothers.

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Tammuz (Dumuzi) is in July and it was at this time Inanna and her followers performed ritual wailing for his death, this would have corresponded to the time when Spica was slain by the Sun during the age of Taurus (when Taurus was on the horizon at sunrise during spring equinox). This mythology corresponds with the Adonis, Aphrodite and Persephone mythology where Adonis spends 6 months between both Goddesses. Eleusinian mysteries were rites performed on this theme and the greater mystery was held in September (when Spica would have been slain by the sun during this period, Age of Pisces). However the Adonis mysteries, appears to be the closest cult to Dummuzi.

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Adonis comes from the Canaanite word Adon Lord, and is a later version of Dumuzi and Innana which is also linked to Osiris, Isis mysteries. Isis is represented by the star Sirius, whose Helical rising coincided with the Nile floods and her weeping for Osiris is what causes the flood in mythology. Part of the Dumuzi mythology could have been incorporating this Egyptian mythology as Isis is associated with Venus and Demeter. Ishtar (Akkadian Inanna) is also associated with Sirius and it is called her star, Sirius was also closely associated with Spica and both have been called Ishtar’s star.

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However Innana in Sumerian mythology does not have the maternal aspects of either Isis or Roman Venus. This aspect of Inanna as a strong independent warrior capable of sexual aggression, pride and lustful hedonism clashed with many Greek and Roman ideals. In roman mythology Venus (Innana) is shamed because she has intercourse with Mars and is caught and displayed in public. Innana who levelled down mountains because they did not bow down to her is reduced to the fallen woman displayed in a net.

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This mythology reveals double standards towards adultery that mark distinct changes in the rights and freedoms between genders. This may have much to do with assuring paternity of children, Bonobos have sex with all adult males except adult sons because it ensures all have a vested interest in raising their offspring and their society is fully communal. However Humans did not live in fully communal societies at this point and males in hierarchical societies seek to invest a large amount into their own offspring thus the more hierarchal a society is the more males wherever they are placed within the hierarchy usually want reassurance that the child they are investing in is their own. One method of achieving this is to neuter female hedonism through psychological, social and physical restraints.

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This hierarchy within society has been challenged throughout history by various radical movements seeking greater freedoms, equality and a better living standard. The apex of this may be the changes after the Second World War in most of the western world to prevent the spread of communism.
The introduction of post war social housing, NHS and the Welfare state in Great Britain along with social programmes throughout Europe and USA as well as the development of oral contraception created an environment where the ‘sexual revolution’ of the sixties could occur.

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Society was less hierarchical with the general population having the highest standard of living since earliest records and access to higher education this gave rise to a belief that real change was possible. Although called the sexual revolution this process dates back to the Victorian era especially the origins of the LGBT movement which was a response to late Victorians tightening laws against homosexuality. Uranian comes from this period and does not originate from Uranus as many believe but Urania, Aphrodite as love born from the testicles or homosexuality.

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Victorian society became increasingly authoritarian about sex which creates an atmosphere of rebellion and noncompliance. In the 18th century there were few prosecutions for homosexual acts as a person’s private life was generally deemed private. With the exception of a few famous ‘Molly houses’ being raided what happened in private stayed private. In the 19th century raids became more frequent not only in London but elsewhere in Hulme, Manchester in1880 38 men were arrested for wearing female attire at ‘a drag ball’, traditionally Molly Houses catered for cross dressing and homosexuals. The Cleveland Street Scandal of 1889 linked the son of the Prince of Wales with a male prostitute ring using telegraph boys and set the idea of homosexuality being an upper class disease that would corrupt the lower classes.

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What may also surprise many is that not only did Victorian women work, all classes of women worked and the numbers of women employed in various occupations during pre –Victorian era, Victorian era and the 20th century percentage wise are equal women were never tied to the kitchen sink to be liberated from it. What liberation women strove for was against the effects of the industrial revolution which created the idea of the cheap female workforce. This battle as well began during the Victorian era with the matchstick girls strike. This fight also encompassed the fight for social change.
The first family planning clinic in London was 1921founded by Marie Stopes, Mary Barbour helped set up Glasgow’s first family planning clinic, the woman’s advisory and welfare clinic in 1925.

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Scottish law on abortion prior to 1967 was different from the rest of Britain in that it could be carried out by a doctor not only if the mother’s life was in serious danger but if the doctor regarded it as important to the mother’s health. This meant in reality that only back street abortions were ever prosecuted. Aberdeen had a very liberal policy towards abortion decades before the 1967 Act and the Chief Constable of the time stated, “What we are concerned about is the procuring of abortion with criminal intention. We have no connection with what doctors do in hospitals.” However the rest of Britain had very different attitudes and Abortion Law Reform Association was formed in 1936.

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The 60’s ‘liberation’ of women included sexual liberation but it was one that came at a cost, sex became another commodity to be bought or sold without any intrinsic value. What Dr Baird advocated as “A Fifth Freedom” in the British Medical Journal in 1965 free contraceptive and abortion provision as a means of allowing women to optimise their potential and open up more possibilities available to them, had an unforeseen side effect. Rather than empowering women it commoditised them.

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This side of the 60’s actually devalued women and the role of sex in society as an important method of creating deep emotional bonds with each other and it is at this point that women lost the power to enact deep societal change as sexual equals and became sexual commodities. Feminists especially failed to grasp the differences between a matriarchal system that uses social- sexual bonding to create unity, equality and community and a male hierarchal system based on violence, authority and dominance. Sex was merely a freedom to be gained rather than part of the social structure that women were best placed to adapt. This hedonistic freedom was usurped by the new dominant hierarchy of the ‘free’ market, in which there is no community only commodities, and which says there is more value in being a CEO than a mother, a carer, teacher or community leader.

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One reason for this is the lifestyle of the 60’s was funded on imperialist raiding of the third world through the ‘free’market. Feminists focused on ensuring women were receiving an equal share of this loot rather than creating fundamental changes to this system. As long as the top of the ladder could contain as many women as men the thought of breaking the ladder was inconceivable. The early feminist notions of creating a more equal society and improving communities that existed prior to the 60’s was replaced by gender politics.

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Thus women on the bottom of the ladder were used, abused and betrayed. Studies on domestic abuse were altered through feminist ideology that ignored the fact that a lot of the women themselves instigated violence with figures of roughly 50% between genders one of the most common triggers being due to the stress of living in poverty. Rather than associate domestic violence with the gap between the poorest and richest in society and the added pressures that put on them due to extreme limits in available resources, the women were portrayed as powerless victims of men, and patriarchy in the sense of there not being enough women on that top rung.

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Feminism in the west has a fundamentally arrogant attitude in regards of the majority of women, the poor, the less educated, Black, Asian all portrayed as powerless victims in need of a white, middleclass, college graduate to think for them. This infantilised grown women and perhaps what is even worse instead of these women challenging the inequalities prevalent in society, they were sold an ideology that blamed children, the most vulnerable members of society for the ‘enslavement’ of women rather than the corporate system. However this is changing and perhaps the greatest chances for change come from unexpected sources.

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Scotland measures wealth not merely in financial terms, but family, friends, community, quality of housing, access to nature, parks, libraries, museums, education, culture, history and good health care. Oxfam’s Humankind Index which is only currently used in Scotland is a means of measuring the type of wealth we consider important.

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This is used to examine government policies: do they promote good relationships between family and friends and are they inclusive, do they help people to feel safe, do they help promote a feeling of community, will it help provide satisfying work, will it help provide decent, affordable and safe housing, will it improve public transport, walking and cycling routes, will it improve physical and mental health, will it improve education and skills, will it increase optimism, self-esteem, resilience, sense of purpose and feeling good, does it promote rights and respect, does it provide job security, does it provide financial security, does it ensure people have enough money to live on, will it improve neighbourhoods, will it improve green space, community space and play areas, will it promote community access to art and leisure activities, will it improve local facilities and provide high quality services?

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At the top of the list is the promotion of good relationships and sense of community and whilst it is important that government policy reflect this, real change can only occur within communities which means that we need to examine how our social and sexual relationships promote feelings of inclusion, self worth, security, belonging, purpose, community and optimism.

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In Rojava Syria, the Kurds and other ethnic groups have set up a new independent (state), unlike other states it is one that is governed from the bottom up the community. According to David Graeber they have adopted Ishtar as their symbol and there are female fighting units as well as female groups to prevent domestic abuse and rape. There are also all women groups on their councils that can veto decisions that they think would have a negative impact on their communities.

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Polygamy is banned which in itself will lead to less violent society, and may contribute to greater cohesion at the community level. With female groups in place to effect social policies and changes in socio-sexual practices it is likely that they are capable of forming strong cohesive communities very similar to those in Bonobo society. They are currently fighting IS and women are playing a strong role in this which is the other side of Inanna, the warrior. In mythology Inanna is also the Goddess of War, however her mythology is not one of violent imperialism but defence.

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Uranus in aspect to Venus is about how our sexual relationships and hedonism works within our society and community, what type of system is it maintaining? How could this system be altered to provide more equality and opportunity for all?

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Posted May 26, 2015 by neptune's Aura Astrology in musings

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