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The Phygianum


We call our home the Phrygianum after the Phrygianum on the Vatican hill just outside Rome during the classical period.  Literally it means the home of the Phrygians.  The property is also the home of the Maetreum, or Home of the Great Mother..  That was the name of the primary temples, most specifically, the Temple on the Palatine hill within Rome itself.  Our Phrygianum was formally dedicated as such in the fall of 2003 with the transfer of interest in the property from the sole non-Cybelne owner to a priestess.    At that time we adopted formally our primary organizational model.  Basically, we are a consensus based group and all our elevated priestesses are equals with equal say in all but the basic theology.  We hold one or more Conclaves (meetings) during a year, the primary one being in the spring.  The Battakes of a Phrygianum calls the other Conclaves as needed and acts as the facilator of the meeting.  Our Conclaves are normally open to all who attended services, the consensus is arrived among the elevated priestesses.  Future Phrygianae can be started by an elevated priestess who becomes a Battakes in her own right by doing the work of establishing one.  The various Battakes or their representatives meet every few years in a Conclave of Phygianae.  In those Conclaves the Battakes of the original Phrygianum in the Catskills acts as facilator.

Each Phrygianum has it's own priestesses under it's own Battakes.  All are expected to organize according to the Rule of the Women of Cybele.  This document represented a major leap forward as it is the outline for women living together in a spiritual community (Convent) complete with internal conflict resolution, which is separate from the Conclaves and not to be confused with them.  It was recovered from the Rule of the Women of St. Benedict, the model for living in a Benedictine Convent and which predated the Rule of St. Benedict (the model used for men) by several centuries having been directly adopted from the Montaist heresy.  The Montaist heresy was a christianized version of Cybeline religion as it was practiced in the time of the Romans.   Unlike many neo-Pagan groups, our priestesses are expected to contribute to the running and maintainace of the Phrgyianum they belong to, live a life dedicated to charitable service to others and minister to the congregants of the faith.  The congregants are the reason the priestesses are elevated.  Goddess oriented women not specifically Cybeline are permitted to live in residence at the Phrygianum.  We also take in women in need as part of our charitable outreach.

A Phrygianum normally would include a Maetreum (Temple).  The Catskill Phrygianum is the first one in approximately 1600 years, the last known one being the Phrygianum on the Vatican which was destroyed by the Catholics at the beginning of the 5'th century and all the priestesses murdered in their sleep.  Interestingly enough, that Phrygianum was rebuild by Pius the IV.

The Catskill Phrygianum is a former 150+ Catskill Mountain Resort Inn on a little over three acres tucked into the base of the Kaaterskill Clove.  The primary Maetreum is in the back of the property at the natural junction of three pathways.  The entire Phrygianum property is located at the junction of three roads.  In the ancient world it was the crossroads of three that were sacred, not four as commonly believed today.  Currently it serves as the worldwide home of the Cybeline religion, the home of the Cybeline Priestesses around the world and a sacred place all those who follow our religion are encouraged to visit.  Men are just as welcome as women to participate in all but the special rituals reversed for women only.  Male guests are welcome to stay briefly at the Phrygianum but only women, primarily Priestesses and Novitiates are to be in residence.  Those who join us are expected to participate in Evening Praise, our daily "checking in" with the Goddess at a minimum, all are encouraged to use the Temple/Grove for private meditations.

Due to the secular requirements of the US, we have elected officers from our priestesses.  These positions carry no extra weight in Conclave, only the responsibilities imbued in the offices.

Our current officers are:

Rev. Mother Battakes Cathryn Platine --Battakes, First Battakes, duration of her natural life.
Rev. Mother Battakes Cathryn Platine --President and CEO,  term from 3/24/12 thru 3/24/15
Viktoria Whittaker --Treasurer, term from 3/24/14 thru 3/24/17, temp Secretary until next Conclave


Current Fully Ordained Priestesses, Catskill Phrygianum:

Cathryn Platine - Battakes, Catskill Phrygianum  --permanent  residence at Phrygianum
Viktoria Whittaker - Battakes in waiting   --maintains residence at Phrygianum
Caillean McMahon - Advisor to Battakes  --maintains residence at Phrygianum
Laura Seabrook  -- lives in Australia
Susan Davis  --lives in Canada, maintains residence as well at Phrygianum
Rachel Phyllis McBee (deceased, ashes buried at Temple entrance)
Francesca Tronetti -- maintains residence at Phrygianum
Kiara Lama -- maintains residence at Phrygianum
Marina Brown


Priestesses at Large: (not formally connected at this time to the Catskill Phrygianum)

Cathie Watson
Laura DeGrey



Mailing address:
Maetreum of Cybele, Magna Mater
3312 Route 23A
Palenville, New York 12463


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