a brief unauthorized bio
Obscurity surrounds the early life of Saint Gnostica (gun-nos'-tick-uh),
perhaps the most widely known personage of his/her day. Perhaps the reason
for this is that he/she seems to have been born around 20,000 B.C., a time
when nothing was written. The story has been pieced together, however, from
bits and pieces of oral history -tales told around campfires all over the
river valleys of the Cezere and Dordogne in Southern France. The many
female statues from this time, which remain even today, give confusing
testimony to the adoration that was given her/him. Only a few of the
statues show the genitalia of both sexes, perhaps due to careful grinding
defacement by religious groups over the years.
Suffice it to say, however, this thoroughly hermaphroditic person was the
object of ridicule and homicidal attempts throughout her/his childhood,
requiring valiant efforts by his/her parents who recognized special
qualities in their child from the first. For instance, almost as soon as
he/she could sit up, little Gnostica would appear to be listening intently
and then would make a face, cross his/her fat little arms, and sigh,
staring at the ceiling, particularly when ignorant statements were made,
which were frequent in those days.
The many stories of how Gnostica outsmarted the wiles of man and beast are
legendary. Many of the favorite stories were of the times she/he used
sleight-of-hand and ventriloquism to make fools of the so-called Wise Ones
of the valleys. Presumably it was through her/his own efforts as much as
the protection of her/his doting parents, that he/she survived the
murderous intents of those who saw her/him as evil from birth because of
his/her unusual sexuality.
By adolescence, however, he/she was loved and feared by all, due to his/her
massive intelligence, which included endless practical knowledge beyond
that of anyone else, as well as wisdom in matters of the restless questing
of the human mind for answers to the ultimate mysteries of existence.
He/she made short work of the animism of the Wise Ones, whose explanations
for everything was, "There's a little spirit in there making things happen
and if you will give me offerings I will appease it in your behalf."
Her/his main method of dealing with such matters was a wit and humor so
brilliant and pointed that the common people fell into virtual convulsions
of joyous laughter so contagious that even those who had not heard
Gnostica's utterance seemed healed of ignorance and free of enslavement to
the pseudoknowledge of the "Wise Ones." Even some of the Wise were
converted and to this day there is a continuing lineage of standup
comedians who retain the ability to transform the grim dictates of
orthodoxy into bubbles and squeals.
It was Gnostica's giving virgin birth to another of his/her kind that was
her/his undoing. Some say it was the beginning of the taboo against
masturbation, due to the fear that it could lead to a return of the holy
superior hermaphrodite, eclipsing the normal limited human being, perhaps
making it obsolete. Gnostica, in his/her wisdom, however, knew that her/his
end was near and sent the infant, packed in potent herbs, to Greenland,
where it is said to be freeze dried to this day, awaiting the time for
reconstituted revival. Others see this story as symbolic as mankind waiting
for the return of wisdom in us all.
Gnostica also left us magickal methods that transcend the rational and
which are being rediscovered by a devoted body of seekers, across the