Miss Amalya Corinthian wrote:

We are all familiar with the Pit insofar as it refers to late-patriarchal Telluria. But, dear pettes, how many of us have considered why this particular term is used? Aristasians do not use words lightly, and words like Pit are not used arbitrarily. Why, then, do we call late-patriarchal Telluria the Pit? Why not call it simply “Late-Patriarchal Telluria?” And, furthermore, does the Pit mean more than just late-patriarchal Telluria?

Dearest fellow Aristasians, I believe I have the answer to at least some of these questions. Let us all think for a moment about pits. What is a pit, in the most “literal” sense? A pit is a deep hole in the earth. Sunlight rarely penetrates, and there is a real danger of falling in. Imagine falling into a pit, particularly if one is walking alone. With broken limbs from the fall, it would be very difficult to climb back out again on one’s own. It would be cold, and one would have no recourse from the elements.

How does this relate to late-patriarchal Telluria? This should be quickly obvious to anyone who has spent time there. Telluria often does not feel the light of Our Mother, just as a pit in the ground is in perpetual shade and hidden from sunlight. If one finds oneself in Telluria, escape seems impossible, given that often, the only company one has is other late-patriarchal Tellurians; others in the pit. It may seem that there is no one up there, on the outside, to help you out of the pit. Similarly, Tellurians are wounded from their fall into the pit, which makes ascension difficult. Like a maid who, walking alone, falls into a deep chasm, the situation may seem hopeless if one feels mired in the pit

Let us all remember, however, that when we fell into the pit, we weren’t, in fact, walking alone. Dea watches over all of us, even (and I might add especially) those trapped in Telluria, and She is eager to extend a luminous hand to those mired in Darkness, so that we might become closer to Her. She, too, can tend our wounds and heal us from our fall, if we only call to Her.

I know, dear ones, that ascent from the Pit may seem a perilous task. Here, it is important to remember another thing about pits in general, which I will illustrate with an example. I once knew of a deep, dark hole near my home, and never went near it, for fear of tumbling in. It was very large. Several years later, I returned, and found that years of rain had entirely filled it with water. I no longer feared tumbling into it, knowing that, even if I did, I could easily kick to the edge and escape. Just as water can save a maid from a dark physical pit, Divine Love can save maid from a spiritual pit, by filling her heart and surroundings with buoyancy, lightening her burdens, and carrying her to the edge.

Now I come to the other point I wanted to make. When the phrase “the Pit” is used almost always to describe late-patriarchal Telluria, it can be easy to forget that Telluria is not the only pit we need worry about. I am sure there are many. Darkness can manifest in many ways.

Lady Aquila added:

The Feminine Universe contains the following note on the use of the word “Pit”:

Note: in this chapter the Aristasian term ‘the Pit’ is used in place of what has elsewhere been called the Tamasic or Inverted post-Eclipse world. It will be seen that the naming of the phenomenon has a certain potency, and the term is both vigorously descriptive and carries an obvious symbolic significance, both directional and in terms of Western iconography.

“In terms of Western iconography” presumably refers to the infernal Pit which is rather interesting in view of the possible status of Telluria as a purgatorial or “lower world”. Specifically the “infernal” element here would presumably be the inversion of values that came about with the Eclipse rather than the nature of patriarchal society as a whole.

Miss Corinthian’s last paragraph is extremely telling. It is true that wherever there is life there is the conflict between light and darkness, and beings everywhere must be careful to avoid what are so rightly called “pitfalls”. It is by following the Way of Thamë and by the Love of the Mother that we do so.

See also

The Encyclopaedia Aristasiana entry on the Pit