© Lori Lappin, the Witch of WITCHCRAFTS ARTISAN ALCHEMY®

Paleolithic Art, Chauvet Cave, France - © Altered Version Edited by WITCHCRAFTS ARTISAN ALCHEMY®

The video below clearly demonstrates European Cro-Magnon early modern humans were a hybrid species - a hybrid of at least early Homo sapiens and Neanderthals. Note the large orbital areas (eye sockets) of the Neanderthal and Cro-Magnon skulls as compared to the modern human skull - this is an important feature and clue to the idea that both Neanderthals (especially) and Paleolithic European Cro-Magnon humans were nocturnal creatures (as nocturnal creatures of every species evolve large eyes for night vision and nocturnal hunting), and by extension as it has been suggested by some writers, that Neanderthals are the source of the "Old European" Moon Goddess religion. Indo-European religion is definitely a more sun-centered masculine religion (where the moon is masculine and the sun is feminine), suggesting that early Homo sapiens (before migrating out of Africa) evolved features (eyes, particularly) specifically suited for daytime hunting. Paleolithic Old European witchcraft preserves the Moon Goddess religion of our Neanderthal ancestors.

Neanderthals were nocturnal hunters and religiously moon-centered, having evolved in cold dark Northern climates. Early Homo sapiens were daytime hunters and religiously sun-centered, having evolved in warm sunny Southern climates. Many Neanderthal-Homo sapien hybrids (as are all modern humans today whose ancestors migrated out of Africa), in Europe as well as in the Levant, sought to blend together and harmonize the dual inclinations toward moon-centered and sun-centered spirituality.

Significant to my own spirituality, both my genetic motherline and fatherline are Paleolithic Cro-Magnon genetic lineages.

Significant to all modern humans whose ancestors migrated out of Africa, all of us have some level of Neanderthal genetic ancestry.

It is also significant to note that both human species, whether matriarchal (Neanderthal) or patriarchal (early pure Homo sapiens), both nocturnal Neanderthal and diurnal early Homo sapien hunted by the light of the feminine. For Neanderthals, this light was the moon. For early pure Homo sapiens, this light was the sun. For both species, blessings came from the mothers and the light by which the males hunted. Hybrid Cro-Magnons most likely hunted by the light of the line of their mother, as it was she who bestowed both material and spiritual blessing, whether Neanderthal or Sapiens.

This fact that both Neanderthals and Sapiens hunted by the light of the feminine suggests that the idea that blessings come from the ancestral mothers is more ancient than either distinct human species (Neanderthal or Sapien) and was an idea that evolved in human consciousness before the distinct speciation of the human line (the genus Homo) into Neanderthal or Sapien. The idea of "blessings come from the ancestral mothers" most likely evolved in human consciousness at least as early as during the evolutionary time in which the common ancestor of Neanderthals and Sapiens lived - at the root of the human family tree. Importantly, this idea in primate consciousness may have even led to the speciation which gave rise to the human genus Homo, distinguishing our human family from the other apes. I'll bet it was a female ape who fashioned, developed and taught her offspring how to make the first tool and/or willfully make fire, evolutionary leaps in cognition which set the stage for our primate line to become human. To skillfully exploit and master the environment in which each species lived, these are the lessons of the mothers.