Wednesday, July 18, 2018

The Sons of Tannhäuser

The Sons of Tannhäuser are a secret society whose origins date back to the 15th century, around the year 1430, and whose members, among whom we suspect that famous celebrities such as Richard Wagner or Ludwig Bechstein have been followed in the footsteps of the legendary Tannhäuser.


Tannhäuser was a German poet and Minnesänger, born into a family of knights from the Salzburg area, the Knights of Thannhausen, who resided at his castle in Tannhausen, near Ellwangen and Dinkelsbühl.

Tannhäuser was an active member of the court of Frederick II of Austria, and according to the Codex Manesse would have taken the habits of the Teutonic Order, and participated in the Fifth Crusade.
After this he would have led a life as a wandering poet in Germany, composing lyric poems and songs (Tanzlieder).

At his death was born the legend according to which Tannhäuser would have found the Venusberg, the underground dwelling of the goddess Venus, where she would have spent seven years of her life given over to the pleasures of the goddess.

The Venusberg (in German, Mountain of Venus), is the name of a mythical mountain in Germany located between Gotha and Eisenach. The caverns of the mountain house the court of Venus, goddess of love, who was supposed to be perfectly hidden from mortals: entering there meant eternal damnation, and the ultimate erotic adventure.

According to the legend, after leaving the Venusberg, Tannhäuser had remorse and traveled to Rome to ask Pope Urban IV if it was possible to absolve his sins.
Urban replied that forgiveness was as impossible as it would be for his staff to flourish. Three days after Tannhäuser left, Urbano's staff blossomed. Messengers were sent to look for the gentleman, but this one already had returned to the Venusberg and never was seen again.

The Daughters of Venus

For the Sons of Tannhäuser the legend is true, though hidden behind metaphors that obscure the real meaning of Tannhäuser's discovery.
For the members of this organization, what really happened is that by chance Tannhäuser discovered a group of what they call "Daughters of Venus", female secret societies that coexist daily with the world without being discovered, and that live according to certain principles among which are the impossibility of refusing the wishes of any man who requires obedience to fulfill his carnal desires, the permanent care of his physical beauty to be irresistible to the opposite sex, and the desire to search for perfection through male pleasure.

For the Sons of Tannhäuser there are groups, such as the White Ladies, which make up what they call the Daughters of Venus, and whose existence is protected exclusively by anonymity.
The Sons of Tannhäuser maintain that the Venusberg is nothing other than the discovery of the existence of one of these groups, and that the man who manages to identify one of its members will be what they call the Tannhäuser Gates.
The man who manages to discover one of these groups of women would find a virtually inexhaustible source of pleasure, since he would obtain from them pleasure and obedience in exchange for his silence, which would be what Tannhäuser would have discovered.
The oath of the Sons of Tannhäuser is to seek these "Venusberg" and share it exclusively with the other members of his brotherhood.

Although there is ample evidence of the existence of the White Ladies, as well as abundant references to Tannhäuser and his followers, there are those who question the nature of the search for the Sons of Tannhäuser, and while there are scholars who prefer that the group maintains a search of metaphysical type, in pursuit of reaching the true Venusberg, others argue that it is more mundane and pragmatic objectives, the identification of the "Daughters of Venus" as a way to achieve physical pleasure, without other ulterior goals.

Thursday, July 12, 2018

White Ladies: a female secret society

Last week I found a very interesting article in a German magazine, about a secret society composed exclusively of women that has been maintained through the centuries: the "White Ladies" or "Ladies of the White Rose".
I took the trouble to try to transcribe it.

The White Ladies is a female secret society whose origins can be traced back to the ancient world.
It is an organization composed exclusively of women, and its logo is a white rose, since in its early stages who belonged to this organization used this flower to identify themselves, and that would have given rise to its modern name.

While there are no documents to support its existence until well into the Middle Ages, there are indications that its beginnings are linked to the cults of Aphrodite in Greece.
The society would have persisted taking as an object of worship to Venus, already in Rome, and through it they would have spread throughout a good part of Europe.

However, it is not until the beginning of the thirteenth century that evidence can be found of the existence of this secret society, mentioned in documents of the period in which the house of Hohenstaufen the Holy Roman Germanic Empire, found in the monastery of Rupertsberg, in which it alludes to the "Ladies of the White Rose" (Damen der Weißen Rose), and stories are mentioned that would place the same Countess of Rheineck, Gertrude von Nordheim, a noblewoman famous for her great beauty, such as Große Mutter, Great Mother, of the Ladies of the White Rose.

The organization would be harshly persecuted by the Church, under the accusation of the practice of witchcraft, which is why it would be practically disarticulated, and the surviving members would disappear.
However, it is known that various groups would remain in hiding, and would no longer publicly identify themselves, maintaining the identity of their members in the strictest secrecy.
It will not be until the eighteenth century that there would be news of different groups of "Ladies of the White Rose" in countries such as Italy, Spain, Germany or England, although the existence of groups in most of the countries of Europe, and the emergence in the nineteenth century of similar groups in America.

The name "White Ladies" would be a variation suffered through the centuries of the "Ladies of the White Rose", although by the secret nature of these groups, and the long period of isolation due to the persecution suffered, they would have originated different denominations, being the best known: "White Ladies", "White Roses", "Ladies of the White Rose", "White Lodge" and "Lodge of Venus".

It is estimated that only here in Germany, Damas Blancas would have more than 2,300 members today, although this information has been questioned since there has been a debate between those who say that this organization has never existed and it is a question of popular tradition, who argue that it did exist but was dismantled during the Middle Ages, and who argue that there is evidence of various active groups to this day.

Do not confuse the White Ladies with the Ladies in White; the latter is about a Cuban anti-Castro organization that has no ties of any kind with the White Ladies.

Thursday, July 5, 2018

The three fundamental reasons why women ask for a divorce

For a marriage to last over time, it is very important to have life goals similar to those of the couple. If this does not happen, it becomes the first cause of divorce. More than 43,000 women are enrolled in NextLove, the largest online dating network in Europe for divorced people and single mothers and fathers. The platform has asked its users the reasons why they broke their marriage. Some of them are physical abuse, infidelity or lack of privacy.

"The lack of common interests in a long-term life together can also be the cause of the second reason for this list," says Sigurd Vedal, CEO of NextLove and Victoria Milan, another dating website for married and divorced people looking for a affair "While infidelity is sometimes a very effective way to save some marriages, it can also be responsible for breaking others," continues Vedal. In fact, 29.2% of respondents cited infidelity as the second reason to leave their marriages. In the third step, 10.9% of the respondents affirmed that the constant fights and discussions were the main cause by which they broke their relationship.

The list is followed by a lack of privacy, which "can destroy a marriage and cause a couple to lead completely separate lives," says Vedal. Most women want excitement in their bedrooms and an active sex life and if they do not have this at home, they will look elsewhere. "In fact, we have seen that many of the users, both men and women, do it exactly for this reason: for taking time in a sexless relationship," explains the CEO of NextLove.

Another reason why women apply for a divorce is because of mental illness. Despite the efforts of the couple, the challenge of these types of illnesses can break the marriage. Although it is less frequent, 5.6% of the respondents affirmed that this was the main reason why they divorced.

The number 6 position on the list is the bad behavior on the part of the couple, either emotionally, financially or even physically. "Not helping with domestic chores, not worrying about their children or having bad character" are attitudes that "end up burning the couple", Vedal explains.

Boredom ranks seventh in this top. According to the dating platform, it is "a partner relationship killer" that has received 4.2% of the votes in this survey. Researchers from the University of Winnipeg say that the most common way for couples to describe their marriage is 'bland' or 'boring'.

Almost 3% of divorces due to abuse

The number 8 of the study is the physical abuse, a very serious issue suffered by 2.63% of women surveyed, which is 1,131 women in total.

To avoid this kind of abuses "in NextLove and in the rest of our online dating sites we make sure that there are no false profiles, and second that all members' conversations are absolutely healthy. In other words, our technology controls, through keywords, that users do not use bad words or that they can harm the person they are chatting with ", explains the CEO of the company.

Vedal says that, although it is "difficult" to control abusive behavior in offline life, when users leave our website, "all their platforms are designed so that no abuse occurs in them".

Other less important reasons that appear in the queue of the list are other domestic and economic problems. The CEO of NextLove believes that this top "represents quite well the reasons why many women decide to end their marriage and ask for a divorce" and celebrates that "after this process, they are usually quite open to give love a second chance" .