THE SERPENT’S TALE
An allegorical novel, The Serpent’s Tale explores my search for meaning in response to my daughter Sophia’s suffering. Through a matryoshka set of storytellers, three interwoven tales lead the reader on an inspiring journey of spiritual transformation rooted in pagan mythology, Gnosticism and the wisdom of the Black Goddess Sophia.
The Mother’s Tale
Following my autobiographical account of my daughter’s birth, I’m sitting beside her incubator, wondering why she has to endure such suffering.
The Nurse’s Tale
In response, an Italian nurse tells me a story that was told to her ancestors by a travelling storyteller in 1645.
The Storyteller’s Tale
It is 1583 and Italy is at the mercy of the Roman Inquisition. Driven by his desire for revenge, the storyteller Alessandro arrives in Santa Sofia and conspires with the villagers to overthrow the Bishop. During the ensuing seven days, their lives are changed forever as they fight to protect their wisewoman from the fires of the Inquisition.
At least 60,000 wisewomen were tortured and killed during the European Witch Trials (1450-1750), although some estimates are far higher. The Roman Inquisition was a system of tribunals developed by the Roman Catholic Church (or Roman Church as it was then known) during the second half of the 16th century, responsible for prosecuting individuals accused of heresy, including sorcery and witchcraft, mainly in Italy and Malta.
Although The Serpent’s Tale is set in the 16th century, the social issues it explores, such as the subjugation of women by patriarchal religious doctrines; violence against women, including abuse, rape and torture; and maternal mortality, remain endemic in our global society as the following statistics from www.womankind.org.uk (2009) reveal.
♥ Domestic violence causes more deaths worldwide in women aged 15-44 than war, cancer or malaria
♥ 1 in 3 women worldwide are beaten, abused or raped
♥ 1 in 4 women worldwide are beaten while pregnant
♥ 1 in 7 women worldwide are raped by their spouse
♥ 1 woman dies every minute from pregnancy related causes, most of which are preventable
♥ 5,000 women worldwide are killed in honour killings each year for ‘crimes’ such as trying to leave an abusive marriage
♥ 2 million girls worldwide are forced into marriage each year
♥ 6,000 girls worldwide are forced to undergo female circumcision each day
The Gnostic’s passionate adoration of Sophia was known as Philosophia – the love of Sophia – a mystical communication with divine feminine wisdom, having little to do with the strictly intellectual, most often masculine, pursuit currently labeled ‘philosophy’.
The Serpent’s Tale explores the wisdom of the Gnostic Goddess Sophia, known as Philosophia. This is at the core of all my work so reading my book is a great introduction to working with me.
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THE PHILOSOPHIA WHEEL SELF-GROWTH JOURNEY
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