“Bona Dea”

“Lending credence to the theory that one assumes different genders in various lives, my artist-self once caught, in reverie, the barest glimpse of a figure I ought, as a man, never to have seen. Quite possibly it was a buried memory from a life I had spent as a female, come to this one, in which I lived as a male. Very faint and distant, shrouded in veiling vapor, the comely figure of a youthful woman, a snake encircling one arm, a fully-laden cornucopia resting in the other, glided through my field of sight. I knew her to be Bona Dea, and reinforcing the idea that I might have worshipped her while living as a female, her true name came into my mind, the sacred name not to be pronounced among men and the uninitiate, Fenta Fauna. The figure faded and disappeared. As I returned to waking consciousness, I recalled that Bona Dea governed chastity and fertility among women; that being the case, I could not help hoping that her future travels would keep her far from my neighborhood.”

Richard Maddox

Richard Dietrich Maddox's writing focuses on the search for permanent happiness, the goal of finding paradise on earth, the attainment of human Enlightenment. His work, though fiction, attempts to convey the profound spiritual Truth passed on to humanity by Enlightened Masters. Maddox approaches spiritual wisdom from a Western level of experience, presenting characters to whom readers can easily relate, offering situations in which readers might well have found themselves. His work offers, in a style which those living in the West will find understandable, the possibility of blissful existence.

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