Saturday, April 23, 2016

Buzz Coil: April 2016

Some recent posts from blogs on our blogroll (please note, we don't knowingly list posts in Buzz Coil that have been published previously by the blogger elsewhere or on the same blog):

Association for Women and Mythology: AWSM's April 9 post is "Her Banner over me is Love: Remembering Lydia Ruyle" by Gayatri Devi. The organization's April 14 post announces, "Donna Read Wins 2016 Saga Award." The SAGA award is given for Special Contributions to Women’s History and Culture. Filmmaker Read received it for her "role in making feminist scholarship and the history of spirituality visible and accessible to a wide audience."  

Glenys's Blog/PaGaian Cosmology: In an April 10 post, "Behind the Screen: the Uncut Interviews," Glenys D. Livingstone announces the availability of  interviews from the documentary, Signs Out of Time, by Donna Read and Starhawk about the life and work of Marija Gimbutas. With links to the 17 video interviews.  

Broomstick Chronicles: In her April 21 post, "Kith and Kin,"Aline O'Brien (aka Macha NightMare) re-examines a vow she made when initiated as a Witch.

Love of the Goddess: Blogger Tara's April 21 post, "Goddess of the Mountains," discusses a few of the many goddesses associated with mountains and ends by asking, "So, what is your favorite natural setting?"

Annelinde's World: Annelinde Metzner's April 16 post, "Returning" is about spring--with lots of flower pics. Her March 25 post, a poem titled, "The Egg," begins:
 The egg, elliptical, luminous, whole,
 separate, indivisible, complete,
nexus of life, invisible, unspoken,
unnamable ancestral pearl of power,
chosen one: you are my pride, my treasure. . . .


HecateDemeter: Blogger Hecate has been adding new stories--apparently fiction--to her blog, including: "I Will Not let you Go Unless You Bless Me (April 9), "Shiny Things" (Apr. 12), and "More Shiny Things" (Apr.14).

Contemplation - Yeshe Rabbit: In her April 21 post, Yeshe Rabbit announces that it is "The Final Post on This Blog," but that she will leave the blog up for people to read past posts.

Goddess/Spiritual Feminist Blogs

Because of the large number and variety of bloggers and posts on these blogs, we are now suggesting that you visit them and select the posts that interest you most.

Feminism and Religion: Many bloggers from many different religions and paths.

The Motherhouse of the Goddess: Blog affiliated with Motherhouse Podcasts and Mystery School.

The Wild Hunt: Pagan, news-oriented blog that has grown from single blogger to many bloggers.

Return to Mago: A Goddess-centered blog whose administrator/owner is Helen Hye-Sook Hwang.

Pagan Square: This blog of many mostly-Pagan paths is sponsored by BBI Media and includes SageWoman blog posts.

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Sunday, March 27, 2016

In Memoriam: Lydia Ruyle 1935-2016, Creator of Goddess Icon Spirit Banners

updated 3/31/16, with addition of second video
updated 4/21, 4/23 with additional links at end

Lydia Ruyle, artist and scholar, died yesterday in her home state of Colorado of brain cancer diagnosed about a month ago. She was 8o. She was known internationally for her Goddess Icon Banners honoring female deities around the world.

She was an artist scholar emeritus at the University of Northern Colorado in Greeley, which established a Lydia Ruyle Room of Women’s Art, a scholarship in her name, and gave her a lifetime achievement award. She received her BA degree from the University of Colorado at Boulder, and MA degree from from UNC. She also studied with Syracuse University in Italy, France, Spain, and with the Art Institute of Chicago in Indonesia. She worked regularly at Santa Reparata International School of Art in Florence, Italy and Columbia College Center for Book and Paper in Chicago. For a number of years, she led women’s pilgrimage journeys to sacred places around the world. Among the countries where her Goddess Icon Spirit Banners have flown are: Australia, Canada, Britain, France, Luxembourg, Italy, Greece, Serbia, Bulgaria, Germany, the Czech Republic, Hungary, Poland, Russia, Turkey, Ghana, Kenya, Brazil, Mexico, Peru, Japan, Nepal, Bhutan, Tibet, China and the U.S. She is author of Goddess Icons Spirit Banners of the Divine Feminine  (2002), and Goddesses of the Americas: Spirit Banners of the Divine Feminine, published this month. She received the 2013 Brigit Award for excellence in the arts from the Association for the Study of Women and Mythology.
 
I became personally acquainted with Lydia on a internet discussion list where she kept us up to date on her many fascinating experiences with her banners. Perhaps the most remarkable one was her experience surrounding the disappearance and then reappearance of 40 of her banners. She allowed the story to be posted on this blog under her byline and the title , Forty Goddess Banners Take a Detour in 2014.” When I contacted Lydia several years ago to ask if I could use her banner art on the cover of the third edition of my book, She Lives! The Return of Our Great Mother, she did not hesitate to say yes, and gave me innumerable banners from which to make my selection. I will always be grateful for her generosity.

May all the Goddesses of her banners surround her with love and blessings, and may she rest in their arms and be renewed.

 Here is a You Tube video with Lydia’s banners and other goings-on, first shown at a conference several years ago; music is Jennifer Berezan’s “Returning.”


update 3/31/16: The following video is copyright 2015 by filmmaker Isadora Gabrielle Leidenfrost. It is narrated by Lydia Ruyle and has autobiographical material beginning with her childhood.


 
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Thursday, March 24, 2016

Buzz Coil: March 2016

Some recent posts from blogs on our blogroll (please note, we don't knowingly list posts in Buzz Coil that have been published previously by the blogger elsewhere or on the same blog):

Broomstick Chronicles: In a March 11 post, "Claremont Pagan Studies Conference – III," Aline O'Brien (Macha NightMare) discusses January 25 presentations about social justice by Nikki Bado, Kahena Dorethea Viale, and Joseph Futerman.

HecateDemeter: Blogger Hecate's  March 9 post, "Pagan Conferences: Why Would Any Thinking Person Willingly Go?" tells why and how she prepares for the Sacred Space conference in Maryland. Her March 18  post , "When You Are a Priestess, Wherever You Go, There You Are," is what I would term a prose-poem about an occurrence (and this is my guess:) at that conference involving a certain priestess from further south.

Association for the Study of Women and Mythology: The ASWM  blog  is currently focusing on its upcoming conference in Boston April 1-2.  Its March 14 post  announces:
" 'THE AMAZONS' Wins 2016 Sarasvati Award for Nonfiction."  The author is  Adrienne Mayor.

Contemplation - Yeshe Rabbit: In the context of her travels, in a March 7 post, "Being in the Flow," Yeshe Rabbit discusses this concept and, in one of the paragraphs, writes:
"...I believe we are always both here AND there. We are flesh, and we are stardust. We are human, and we are divine. We are light and shadow at once. We are real, and unreal, at the same time.We are living pluralities, not convenient or easy to label and fix in stone, but rather dynamic forces of movement. In my view, Goddess is not a single being, she is a flag waving in the cosmic wind, rippling with many colors, names, stories, and possible truths...."

Fellowship of  Isis Central: A March 19 post "Happy 40th Anniversary to the Fellowship of Isis," gives information about how FOI is celebrating.  A March 15 post  announces "Goddess World,"  a project  involving member participation in sharing   "research  on  sacred wells, springs,  rivers  and streams, woods, mountains,  groves,  caves ,  all manner of sacred sites." 

Glenys's Blog:  Glenys Livingstone's  March 14 post, "Equinox @ EarthGaia  March  2016," describes the celebration  of the autumn equinox  in her home country of Australia and in the rest of the Southern Hemisphere and the spring equinox  in the Northern Hemisphere.    

Starhawk's Blog: Starhawk's March 19 post, "Equinox blessings!"  discusses  "Spring Equinox – Eostar, the festival of the ancient Goddess who gave her name to Easter."  She writes that at this holiday she is letting go  of worrying about bad things that can happen,  and continues
"I truly believe the daffodils want us to notice how the light shines through them so they glow, translucent in the late afternoon. The lilacs and madrones want to make us drunk with their scent." 

Woodspriestess:  Blogger  Molly started  a  series this month  called,  "30 days of  Days of Spring." For instance, her March 16 post (on day 5 of the series), "Planted,  Struggling, Growing,"  tells about " a truly beautiful day  of ceremony and restoration."  With pics. 

Love of the Goddess: In her March 10 post,  Blogger Tara  writes about the Slavic Goddess, Vesna, who "carries the scent of spring flowers with her wherever she goes."   

The Goddess House: In a February 29  post,  "Grainne Ni Mhaille - the Irish Pirate Queen,"  Frances Billinghurst,  founder and current priestess  of the Goddess House in Adelaide, Australia,  writes about  one of the  "Celtic Queens and  Warrior Goddesses"  that will be discussed at a workshop in Melbourne on April 23.

Goddess/Spiritual Feminist Blogs

Because of the large number and variety of bloggers and posts on these blogs, we are now suggesting that you visit them and select the posts that interest you most.

Pagan Square: This blog of many mostly-Pagan paths is sponsored by BBI Media and includes SageWoman blog posts
 
Feminism and Religion: Many bloggers from many different religions and paths.

The Motherhouse of the Goddess: Blog affiliated with Motherhouse Podcasts and Mystery School.

The Wild Hunt: Pagan, news-oriented blog that has grown from single blogger to many bloggers.

Return to Mago: A Goddess-centered blog whose administrator/owner is Helen Hye-Sook Hwang.

Tuesday, March 22, 2016

Dear Media: Isis is a Goddess


What started me on posting about this issue at this particular moment is Susan Morgaine Stanley's March 20 post on The Motherhouse of the Goddess blog,  "Ritual for Reclaiming the Name of the Goddess ISIS."  Susan writes that listening to the news one night, she again heard  the name of this Goddess used to describe a terrorist organization. She continues:
"I immediately cringed and once again, felt sick inside. I think that for most of us who practice a Goddess-based spirituality, the name of our beloved Goddess becoming the name of an international terrorist organization, is painful....I also began to realize that I just did not want to sit back any longer. I wanted to fight against Her name being taken in vain."
She then offers a ritual, complete with  instructions,  actions,  words, and pics.

I then came across a Feb. 10 post on The Wild Hunt blog by Terence P Ward, "Facebook Deletes 'Following Isis' Group."  And then there is the statement on the Fellowship of Isis website. Some may say "it's just an acronym, get over it." But I can't.  At this point, some newspapers, such as Britain's The Guardian, don't even capitalize all four letters, as is appropriate for an acronym. Here's one example from its U.S. online edition in coverage of the Brussels attacks . And here is the same mistake in its Global edition.

All of these led me to Google "goddess isis terrorist." Here are just some of the links you can find there:

http://www.nytimes.com/2015/11/21/world/europe/when-youre-named-isis-for-the-goddess-not-the-terror-group.html?_r=0

http://sacredcenters.com/in-the-name-of-the-goddess-isis-and-the-thugs-of-iraq/

http://yournewswire.com/goddess-isis-has-magical-powers-stop-associating-her-with-the-islamic-state/

http://www.ibtimes.co.uk/isis-thousands-ask-media-stop-using-acronym-islamic-state-1530096

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Thursday, February 25, 2016

Buzz Coil: February 2016

Some recent posts from blogs on our blogroll (please note, we don't knowingly list posts in Buzz Coil that have been published previously by the blogger elsewhere or on the same blog).This is a short Coil for a short month. (Perhaps because people are wrapped up in U.S.primary elections or the inclement weather, not many of the usual individual bloggers are writing about Goddess or spiritual feminist topics this month. We are deliberately not getting involved in election politics here.):

Works of Literata: Blogger Literata writes about the holiday of Brigid, inspiration, and direct contact with the sacred in her Feb. 4 post, "Imbolc - Sacred Inspiration."

Glenys's Blog:  In her Jan. 27 post,  "Lammas Dedication,"  Glenys Livingstone  writes about  the Lammas ceremony at MoonCourt in Australia  and tells how it is related to what to similar ritual work at Imbolc.

Broomstick Chronicles: In her Feb. 18 post, "Claremont Pagan Studies Conference - I," Macha NightMare (Aline O'Brien) gives details on  the Twelfth Conference on Current Pagan Studies at Claremont (CA) Graduate University, including presentations on feminist spirituality and Goddess topics.  


Association for the Study of Women and Mythology: ASWM's  Feb. 6 post tells about the organization's "2016 Conference: What You Need to Know (with Links),"  including the Program and Registration information for the April 1-2 event in Boston.

My Village Witch: This blog has a new url, shown in the link to the left and in our Blogroll. Byron Ballard's Feb. 21 post, "Three Tricksters and the Current Apocalypse, " tells about one of her social, physical, and spiritual  experiences at this year's Pantheacon.

A Crone Speaks Out: in her Feb. 10 post, "The Maetreum of Cybele, a View from Outside the Pagan 'Bubble',"  Rev. Cathryn Platine writes:
 "As the Maetreum of Cybele continues to break new ground, the 'mainstream' (can anything Pagan actually be mainstream?) Pagan blog-o-sphere continues to basically ignore us.  This used to piss me off but upon reflection is one of those accidental 'gifts' in many respects." She then explains why, and describes her other activities with the Maetreum, including  its  low-power radio station and its winning of a legal battle to be recognized as a "church."


Annelinde's World: If, like me,  you've wondered what downtown Asheville, NC, is like,  or if you're already familiar with it,  you'll want to read Annelinde Metzner's Feb. 20 post, her poem "Down and Up on Lexington." With pic.

Love of the Goddess: Blogger Tara's Feb. 11 post discusses "Tlazolteotl, Aztec Goddess of Filth," who is also Goddess of "decomposition, fertility...the earth, the moon" and purification and "said to absorb the sins of her followers into herself."

Large Goddess/Spiritual Feminist Blogs
 
Because of the large number and variety of bloggers and posts on these blogs, we are now suggesting that you visit them and select the posts that interest you most.

Feminism and Religion: Many bloggers from many different religions and paths.
The Motherhouse of the Goddess: Blog affiliated with Motherhouse Podcasts and Mystery School.
The Wild Hunt: Pagan, news-oriented blog that has grown from single blogger to many bloggers.
Pagan Square: This blog of many mostly-Pagan paths is sponsored by BBI Media and includes SageWoman blog posts.
Return to Mago: A Goddess-centered blog whose administrator/owner is Helen Hye-Sook Hwang.

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Wednesday, January 27, 2016

Buzz Coil: January 2016

Some recent posts from blogs on our blogroll (please note, we don't knowingly list posts in Buzz Coil that have been published previously by the blogger elsewhere or on the same blog):

The Retiring Mind:  Wendy Griffin's Jan. 13 post,  "The Decolonized Goddess: Brigid of Ireland,"  discusses Brigid  in terms of both  myth and  folktale, and concludes with Brigid's status today.  She begins:
"The distinction between myth and folk-tale isn’t always all that clear. Many myths incorporate folk-tale motifs, and many stories are simply narratives that just happen to have a god or goddess as protagonist. We can see this in Brigid of Ireland, a religious symbol with multi-vocality that links one sphere of reality with others. This shouldn’t be surprising, for it has been said that the Irish nature is rooted in a pagan heart and a Christian soul."

Association for the Study of Women and Mythology: A January 12 post announces: "Dr. Elinor Gadon’s Keynote To Explore “History or Mystery” at the 2016 ASWM Conference: “Seeking Harbor in Our Histories: Lights in the Darkness," April 1-2 in Boston. Gadon is author of  The Once and Future Goddess:  A Symbol for Our Time and Tiger by the Tail: Women Artists of Indian Transforming Culture. She is a resident scholar of the Brandeis University Women’s Studies Research Center.

WoodsPriestess:  in a Jan. 14 post,  blogger Molly  announces,  Free Mini Course: Womanspirit Wisdom"  beginning  Feb. 1.   Her Jan. 21  post  features her  "Priestess Year  in Review," with pics.

Hecatedemeter:  Blogger Hecate's Jan. 22 post, "Blizzard Potpourri" tells how she is getting through  the blizzard occurring in the Mid-Atlantic states at the time she is writing.

Annelinde's World: During the same snowstorm, a few miles southwest of Hecate, Annelinde's Metzner's Jan.22 post is a poem dedicated to the Goddess "Holle." With snowstorm pic.  

The Goddess House: Frances Billinghurst  takes on the issue, "The Sacred  Feminine or  Goddess Feminism?" in her Jan. 26  post,  first  giving the reasons  for her use  of  "divine feminine " and then quoting from an article by Carol Christ.  

Love  of the Goddess:   In her Jan.  21 post, blogger Tara  writes about  "Nimue,  Lady of the Lake," high priestess of Avalon in Arthurian legend, and sometimes called a Goddess.   In her January 14 post,  " The Highly Sensitive Priestess,"  Tara describes  " sensitivity ,"  and its relationship to energy.   she also  advises how to work  with such energy,  including  how to deal with its problems. 

Works of Literata: Blogger Literata's  Jan. 10 post, "High Priestess and duality," discusses the theological complications of Tarot's High Priestess card.  

Hearth Moon Rising's blog: Blogger Hearth Moon's Jan. 22 post is about "The Celtic Raven Goddess," with a focus on Badb Cath. She also names several other raven/crow goddesses and notes: "Like actual ravens, these goddesses are difficult to distinguish and debate continues over whether they are in fact different appellations for the same goddess."

Mythkenner's Myths: In a Jan. 18 post, "What Freyja Said About Angrboda," Caroline Kenner 's presents a story in the voice of a Goddess.

Large Goddess/Spiritual Feminist Blogs
 
Because of the large number and variety of bloggers and posts on these blogs, we are now suggesting that you visit them and select the posts that interest you most.

The Motherhouse of the Goddess: Blog affiliated with Motherhouse Podcasts and Mystery School.
The Wild Hunt: Pagan, news-oriented blog that has grown from single blogger to many bloggers.
Pagan Square: This blog of many mostly-Pagan paths is sponsored by BBI Media and includes SageWoman blog posts.
Return to Mago: A Goddess-centered blog whose administrator/owner is Helen Hye-Sook Hwang.
Feminism and Religion: Many bloggers from many different religions and paths.
 

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Thursday, January 14, 2016

UK Historian Looking for Interviewees about Goddess Practices

I've received request from Ruth Lindley, Ph.D, of the Department of History, University of Birmingham, UK, to publish the following information from her here. She is looking for participants based in England, Wales, Scotland, and Northern Ireland. Dr. Lindley writes:

"Call for Interview Participants

"I am looking to conduct interviews with women whose spiritual practices focus on, or relate to, ‘the Goddess’, for my PhD research on religion and spirituality at the University of Birmingham. My thesis, funded by the Arts and Humanities Research Council, will challenge current scholarship on religious change in modern Britain, especially in relation to women’s experiences of faith from the 1960s to the present day. 

"Most historians and sociologists claim that women abandoned institutional religions en masse in the 1960s due to the effects of second wave feminism and the sexual revolution. They argue that, in lieu of the Christian dogma of love and self-sacrifice, women then turned to ‘alternative spiritualties’ that provided an outlet for their natural feminine care-giving roles. This scholarship takes up the implicit perspective of religious institutions for whom ‘women’s spirituality’ is casual, unorganised and diluted.

"In collecting oral testimonies, I hope to rescue women’s spiritual experiences from the condescension of this scholarship. I want to find out what faith really meant in the lives of ordinary women in contemporary Britain and, in doing so, reveal something of the rich and textured history of belief in the modern world. I am interested in hearing the perspectives of people rather than institutions.

"Complete anonymity is guaranteed for all participants, if desired. If you are interested in taking part, please email Ruth Lindley on RML033@bham.ac.uk for more information, or to arrange an informal conversation prior to interview."  


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Monday, January 04, 2016

Winter-Spring Issue of Goddess Pages Out

Issue 28 of Goddess Pages is out! It opens with the art, "Jubilation" by Ana Heller, and with Geraldine Charles' editorial, "She Changes Everything She Touches," which introduces the issue and announces that the magazine is now also available as a PDF.

Article authors include Isabella Lazlo, Nicole Schwab, Susun S Weed, Marcia Tucker, and Mari P. Ziolkowski. Fiction is by Carolyn Lee Boyd. Poetry is by Lisa Wersal, Susan McCaslin, Sheila Rose Bright, Annelinde Metzner, Daniel McIlvenny-Cox, Frances Roberts-Reilly, Susa Silvermarie, and Atiya Walker Dykes .

Book reviews are The Hidden Camino by Louise Sommer, reviewed by Geraldine Charles, and Fierce Feminine Divinities of Eurasia and Latin America by Malgorzata Oleszkiewicz-Peralba reviewed by Barbara Ardinger.


As last month, I'm unable to write as full a description as I usually do, due to carpal tunnel syndrome. Any typos are the fault of the voice recognition software I'm trying to use ;-)

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Friday, December 25, 2015

Buzz Coil: December 2015

Some recent posts from blogs on our blogroll (please note, we don't knowingly list posts in Buzz Coil that have been published previously elsewhere or on the same blog)

Fellowship of Isis Central: A November 26 post issues a “Call to Peace” with the “Goddess Isis – Our Beloved Mother of All,” lighting this path. A December 14 post announces plans for “2016: 40th anniversary of the founding of the Fellowship of Isis.”

Broomstick Chronicles: Aline O’Brien (aka Macha), in a December 15 post, “Thanksgiving with Our Homeless Population,” tells of differences between her presentation between this year’s service in previous years’ presentations, in shares the song they sang this year. (Published simultaneously in COG Interfaith Reports).

Glenys’s blog: In her December 12 post, “We are the Bread of Life – Communion,” Glenys Livingstone writes of the Earth and the Cosmos as “a Communion event that is “relational, reciprocal…sacred interchange,” and shares a Solstice poem she wrote about “Mother Sun.”

Association for the Study of Women and Mythology: A December 19 post announces open registration for a 2016 conference in Boston, April 1-2.

Annelinde’s World: Two environmentally-related poems posted by Annelinde Metzner: on December 15, “Christiana saves the world,” honoring Christiana Figueres, executive secretary of UNFCCC, and on November 30, “I Have Sworn to Protect Her.” Both with pics.

Works of Literata: In her December 3 post, "Gratitude without complacency,” blogger Literata writes, I fundamentally believe that we can and should change the world; I am concerned about too much acceptance of what is, just because it is, especially for the situations that humans create and thus could change.” The post continues with a discussion of her own practice of gratitude.

 My Village Witch: In her December 2 post, “Beginning from Here…” Byron Ballard has suggestions on how “to secure our resilience in these chaotic times.”

Yeshe Rabbit: In her December 15 post , “Willful, not wanton destruction,” Rabbit asks (with a comparison to menstruation), “What if we began, as a society, to seem to include destruction and/or completion as part of the cycle of creation?”

HecateDemeter:  Blogger Hecate’s December 8 post, warnsIt Can Happen Here; It Can Happen to Pagans.”With pic of Donald Trump.

Radical Goddess Thealogy:  In a December 15 post, “We (heart) the Winter,” blogger Athana offers a “Winter Solstice Story” about faeries and a sun king.

Love of the Goddess: Blogger Tara’s December 17 post gives background on “Ixchel, Mayan Goddess of the Moon.” Includes pic.

Woods Priestess: This month blogger Molly has been running a series, called “30 days of Yule,” with many Goddess pics.


Large Goddess/Spiritual Feminist Blogs
 
Because of the large number and variety of bloggers and posts on these blogs, we are now suggesting that you visit them and select the posts that interest you most.

The Wild Hunt:Pagan, news-oriented blog that has grown from single blogger to many bloggers.
Pagan Square: This blog of many mostly-Pagan paths is sponsored by BBI Media and includes SageWoman blog posts.
Return to Mago: A Goddess-centered blog whose administrator/owner isHelen Hye-Sook Hwang.
Feminism and Religion: Many bloggers from many different religions and paths.
The Motherhouse of the Goddess: Blog affiliated with Motherhouse Podcasts and Mystery School.

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