Date: Fri, 16 Feb 1996 17:55:07 -0500
From: RonButters[AT SYMBOL GOES HERE]AOL.COM
Subject: Re: subculture terms (Zenobia, Jupiter)
I believe it was Tim who asked a few days ago, "Do the names "Zenobia"
(Xenobia?) and "Jupiter" have any significance in lesbian subculture
Here are the two answers that I have received to date from a GLB bulletin
board; please let me know if anybody has got any others somewhere else:
According to my resource, "The Woman's Encyclopedia of Myths and Secrets," by
Barbara G. Walker, Harper & Row, C. 1983:
Dynastic name of matriarchal queens of Palmyra. In their native Aramaic, the
name was Bath-Zabbai, or Bath-Sheba, meaning "Daughter of the Goddess." See
Solomon and Sheba. The famous queen Zenobia Septimia was the "seventh
Bath-Sheba." She had no official consort. She named her son Wahab-Allath,
"Gift of the Goddess Allath." Allath was the same Semitic Moon-mother whom
Islam later masculinized as Allah.
Walker's other book, "The Woman's Dictionary of Symbols and Sacred
Objects," also has a rather lengthy discussion of Jupiter, and the notion
that as a youth "Jove," he replaced the Virgin memberof the formerly
all-female Capitoline Triad, consisting of Juventas, Juno and Minerva. He, of
course, later became Juno's consort.
As for uses of these names in Lesbian parlance. . .I've never heard it; and
I've been around the block and read a heckuva lot. If you find out about any
slang usage, I'd like to know of it.
*Z*enobia SHOULD [have significance in lesbian subculture parlance]-- a
warrior queen in the Roman empire, commander of Palmyra in Palestine, died