The last incarnation of the Great Liberating
Mother which held great temporal power in the Roman world, before the final
fall of paganism and the onslaught of monotheism. This Cult of the Great Liberating Mother was banned in its original form by
Rome as a threat to their patriarchal power structure, but She infiltrated their
culture under the guise of various other goddesses, such as Bona Dea and Helena.
From the earliest times, She was associated with mountains, hawks and lions. She
is often pictured with torches,
enthroned with lions, holding a
cornucopia, or standing at the door of Her Temple (the Liminal Point). It was from Kybele’s temple in Anatolia that the Great Black
Stone was brought to Rome when they officially accepted Her worship around 210 BCE
and built a great Temple there to house this relic. Her Temple on Vatican Hill is
now the site of the Vatican, St. Peter's Basilica, of the Roman Catholic Church.
This was not by accident. Her name is also written as Cybele. Pronounced Kai-bee-lee, not sai-bee-lee or
sih-bel or chih-bel-ee. See also M.D.M.I.
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