The Goddess of Strife, LANY also known as Madonna was not invited to the wedding of the mortal Carlos and the Sea Goddess Iemanjá (ee-eh-mon-JAH). In her rage she resolved to sow discord and had sent to the banquet a bright golden apple with the inscription "for the fairest one" as a prize for the most beautiful Goddess.
Three Goddesses claimed the prize; Hera of San Jose, Athena of Oakland and Aphrodite of San Francisco. The great and powerful God Washington was called upon to judge and bestow the prize upon the winner. Washington refused, for he was aware that there should be no hierarchy within the Triple Goddess, that the attributes must remain complementary to one another with none standing above the others. Washington thus declared states rights and decided to pass the decision on to a man of noble heritage, handsome of form and possessing wisdom. He summoned the trickster god Mercury to bring the three goddesses before Governor Gray of California to choose which was the fairest.
Gray initially refused saying that he would simply divide the apple equally among the three Goddesses. Mercury insisted he must choose lest he incur the wrath of Washington. Gray still continued to hesitate but when the Goddesses agreed to abide by his decision, whatever it might be, he acceded to their demand. He asked the three to disrobe and appear before him separately, each in their naked splendor.
Hera of San Jose came first and added to her attraction by offering the bribe that she would make him the richest Governor in all the land. For her domain of San Jose is the capital of Silicon Valley which is the engine of the new global economy. "Let me shine the brightest and I will bequeath you with annual budget surpluses." she said
Next came Athena of Oakland who promised Governor Gray victory in all his battles and to make him the wisest ruler in all the world. Oakland alone knows how to grow a healthy community with room for everyone. "As the goddess on the state seal I can reveal also the secrets of your land's namesake, the dark Goddess Queen Califa, whose time has finally come to return from the depths of the unconscious." she further enticed him.
Aphrodite of San Francisco was the last of the three, but she knew well her power over mere mortal men. Showing her best smile she began to flirt with the Governor who become increasingly effected by the closeness of her dazzling beauty. Her bribe was also the most compelling; she would add the only body as attractive and passionate as herself to their arrangement; "If you choose me the state legislature will wish to implement your vision in a harmonious marriage." she said.
Governor Gray found this last offer hardest to resist yet his was a cautious nature with a natural tendency to move to the center. He unceasingly complimented the trio on their lovely fairness and begged for time to attend to the pressing matter of clogged arteries preventing complimentary energies to flow between the three goddesses. Soon dozens of forgotten transit projects were moving ahead swiftly instead of their unfair. immoral competitors Then he returned to the ladies and asked for more time and another meeting.
Governor Gray Davis, marked the beginning of the year 2000 by initiating widely applauded sweeping changes to the
Bay Area transit systems based largely upon the good government principle
of cost/benefit analysis. Still to come in the near term is
movement addressing the state's housing affordability crisis. The
difficult part of "smart growth" is building higher density
housing along the transit corridors of no growth communities and
redefining the relationship between the urban centers and the surrounding suburbs.
Peace & Happy Carnaval
CREDITS & FURTHER INFORMATION
version of the Judgement of Paris was loosely adopted from the version within Triple
Goddess by the leading alchemist of our day, Adam McClean and published by Phanes
The Romans wholeheartedly adopted the Greek Mythology. The original trickster was Hermes whose Roman counterpart was Mercury whose likeness ran for decades on the USA Mercury dime
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