Noree Cosper Guest Blogs about Aradia, Queen of the Witches
Noree Cosper loves writing about magic in the modern world. While growing up in Texas she constantly searched for mystical elements in the mundane. She buried her nose in both fiction and books about Wicca, Religion, and Mythology. Everyday became an adventure as she joined a group of role-players, acting out her fantasies of vampires, demons, and monsters living in the world.
She embraced her nerdom wholeheartedly.
Noree grew, but never left her love for fantasy and horror. Her dreams pushed her and her hand itched to write the visions she saw. So, with her fingers on the keys, she did what her heart had been telling her to do since childhood. She wrote.
She also likes to ramble about things magical or supernatural at Trip the Eclipse
Aradia, Queen of Witches
First, I would like to thank Rebecca for having me. She’s a real treat and I love her to death. Gabriella in “Flower of Hell” is what I consider a strong female character. These are the women I love most in fiction. So, I started thinking about the strong women throughout history and myth. And a new series was born.
According to the legend, Aradia brought about a revival in Italian witchcraft during the latter half of the 14th century. She is known as the Holy Strega (Holy Witch) as well as La Bella Pellegrina (the Beautiful Pilgrim) because she traveled through Italy dressed as a pilgrim. Through her travels she taught and preached the religion of Diana, goddess of the moon to the poor and oppressed.
Many believe that Aradia was sent to Earth to teach Diana’s followers the workings of magic. She is considered what the Hindu religion calls and Avatar. This would make Aradia a Messiah figure such as Christ, Buddha, or Isis. These figures can be found in many religions throughout history.
Stories of Aradia’s beauty and wisdom spread beyond Italy. According to the Romanian historian Mircea Eliade, she was considered the Queen of the Fairies in Romanian folklore. He believed her to be a “Metamorphosis of Diana” and the patroness of a group of dancers known as the calusari. They were most noted for their “Ability to create the impression of flying through the air.” This might be one of the reasons witches are believed to be able to fly.
Of course, the church considered Aradia a heretic, though witch hunts did not happen in the Italian province until after her time. Many church scholars claim she is a corrupted form of Herodias from Mark 6:14-24. Herodias was connected to Diana and responsible for the death of John the Baptist. However, According to Charles Leland “Aradia is not derived from the Herodias of the New Testament but from and earlier replica of Lilith bearing the same name.”
Despite the conjecture of her origin, Aradia’s story inspired a rise in the practice of the Old Religion during the 14th century. Her ideal gave hope to those who did have much. For a fuller account I would recommend reading “Aradia: Gospel of Witches.”
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The Flower of Hell by Noree Cosper
Demon hunter Gabriella devoted her immortal life to finding the vile creature that slaughtered her family. Tracking it to Paris, she encounters Dimitri, a handsome vampire hunter. Forced to seek his aid, she becomes distracted by long forgotten desires. But it is a distraction that may get them killed.
Rebecca Hamilton is a USA Today bestselling Paranormal Fantasy author. Her bestselling Forever Girl Series is available at online retailers and has been optioned for film with Witten Pictures. The Hungarian edition has been published with IPC books and the German edition has been published with Darkiss, a Harlequin imprint.