Tuesday, September 09, 2014

RCG-I's Hallows Gathering

The Re-Formed Congregation of the Goddess, International, will hold its annual Hallows Gathering October 17-19 at Wisconsin Dells, WI. The event will include rituals, workshops, and a Women's Market for the display and sale of arts and crafts. RCG-I defines itself as a multi-tradition women's religion whose members are committed to positive spiritual practice, and are on a variety of spiritual paths that  have in common a belief in a female deity.  

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Monday, September 08, 2014

Max Dashú, Australian Goddess Conference

Max Dashú, founder of the Suppressed History Archives in the U.S., will be one of presenters at the 2014 Australian Goddess Conference Oct. 24-26 in Sydney. Dashú will also be presenting lectures and workshops through November in Blue Mountains, Brisbane, Grange, Bundaberg, Melbourne (including an event with author Susan Hawthorne), and Tasmania.

With the theme, "The Wellspring," the Conference will include about 24 presenters including, in addition to Dashú, Jane Elworthy, shamanic musician; Glenys Livingstone, author and founder of MoonCourt in Blue Mountains; Anique Radiant Heart, author, musician, and founder of the Temple of the Global Goddess near Maitland. Also, Maree Lipschitz, Lindy Spanger, Asha Maria, Mardi Terrasson, Jennifer McCormack, Jacqui Bushell, Jane Hardwicke Collings, Kristen Lee Read, Sharon Freeman, Yia Alias, Elizabeth Brandis, Karen Oakley, Rena Hoffman, Chris Sitka, Frances Billinghurst, Kaalii Cargill, Tracy (Ariana) McFie & Larissa O'Neill, Sara Catherine Motta, Jess Krop, Kristan Lee Read, and Kerri Ryan.

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Tuesday, September 02, 2014

Review: Susan Hawthorne's Latest Poetry Book

Lupa and Lamb by Susan Hawthorne, Spinifex Press 2014, trade paperback, 176 pages. Also available as an e-book.

Engaging both the intellect and the emotions, Susan Hawthorne’s Lupa and Lamb is a scholarly, feminist, spiritual book that is also at times erotic and humorous. The poetry collection has prose here and there and a novelistic feel. It has a cast of characters and plot, in which Curatrix, director of the (fictional?) Musaeum Matricum, and the poet Sulpicia guide travelers Diana and Agnese first through mythic archives about wolves (in a section titled, “Lupa”) and sheep (in a section titled “Lamb”), and then to a party (in a section titled “Lambda.”)
The book’s opens with an epigraph, a well-known quote translated from Monique Wittig’s from Les Guérillères, which I excerpt here:
“There was a time when you were not a slave, remember that….You say you have lost all recollection of it, remember….You say there are no words to describe this time, you say it does not exist. But remember. Make an effort to remember. Or, failing that, invent.”

Hawthorne is an adjunct professor in the writing program at James Cook University in Australia and author of 11 previous books including 6 of poetry, the most recent of which, Cow (shortlisted for the 2012 Kenneth Slessor Poetry Prize and finalist in the 2012 Audre Lorde Lesbian Poetry Prize), we reviewed here. She writes poetry in the imagist style—free verse with clear images. One result is that even the most scholarly material in this book is presented through contemporary speech patterns and words (sometimes even slang).

Lupa and Lamb is esoteric yet accessible, especially to Goddessians and feminists; many of the topics and characters in the book will be familiar to those knowledgeable about mythology and women’s history. For those without this background, or who are not fluent in as many languages as Hawthorne, the book includes other features. These include a list and explanation of the “main characters”; a Preface by Curatrix (whom I suspect of being an alter ego of Hawthorne’s); notes in the margins translating various words in non-English languages (both contemporary and ancient); and, at the back of the book, a page explaining date abbreviations (BP, aC, CE, BE), “Background Notes by Curatrix” with additional information about many of the poems, and a 6-page bibliography. (To see the complete table of contents, visit Spinifex Press.)

The poems, including their titles, are printed in lower case except for proper nouns (with the exception of a few words in all caps) and little punctuation. The first poem in the book, “descent,” has a blend (typical of the poems in this book) of the ancient with the contemporary, the present with the past. It begins:
“the call
that hollow sound of Cumaea
I was here before
thousands of years ago”
and continues in the 3rd stanza:
“the journey looming
flight into the unknown
descent into
the dark thighs of your cave”

After referring to Medusa (who is explained in the first of Curatrix notes in the back of the book), the poem ends with:
“I flail at vanishing memory
bruised rise from darkness
almost miss the plane”

As in many good poems, Hawthorne’s images and words often have multiple meanings. When I first read this poem I asked myself: is the “plane” an airplane? a plane of existence? both? To me, the “descent” itself could mean the descent of a plane, descent into the past, descent into trance or some other form of deep consciousness. 

Mentions of Goddesses and human women abound in these poems and include a number of references to Psappha (aka Sappho). There are connections between poems. For example, the poem “canis,” which begins with a reference to “the constellation of the dog,” and contains references to Artemis, Artemisia, and, through a reference to Holofernes, the biblical Judith, ends with
“but I prefer cushions
open fires roiling seas

and love”

 The next poem, “throw me to the wolves,” begins:
“love is sneaky creeps up from behind
surprises you at an intersection
shouts boo in the piazza”
This poem includes a reference to Venus.

I have three pages of notes about other poems in this book that I intended to share with you. But obviously I have to limit myself (otherwise I spoil the fun for you). So here are just a few more of them:

Still in the Lupa section, the poem, “Curatrix, tour of the lost texts,” contains a reference to “Marija"—Gimbutas, I assume from the context. This is followed by “Lost text: dog three bones has,” which reminds me of the Tarot Moon card.“Subine women” begins with a swipe at Wikipedia. “diary of a vestal virgin,” dated 15 BCE, tells of the lives of vestal virgins and, through a Curatrix note in the back, relates their clothing tradition to that of Roman Catholic cardinals and popes. Eight “Sulpicia,” poems, dated 21-7 BCE, are written in today’s colloquial—sometimes slangy—English.

In the “Lamb” section, the poem “come to kill us,” about the martyrdom of Saints Cecilia and Agnes with reference to the Pope who “wears the pallium,” relates back to  “diary of a vestal virgin. “Joan and the Johns,” written in colloquial English, is about Popes with those names. A Curatrix note explains that “Lost text: Estruscan: ativu andatinacna,” has been “re-membered from fragments found in an Etruscan necropolis” and describes a ritual. Part of the 4th stanza reads:
“calling the ancestors to heel
she draws signs
from entrails”
I take “heel” to be a pun on “heal.” It is one of a number of puns and other plays on words in this book.

 “crimes of women” begins:
“each day there is more bad news
today it is Anastasia
they say she walks like a man”
Creatrix’s note on this poem refers to Mary Daly’s term “untouchable caste.”

The poem “Tuscany: Il Giardino del Tarocchi,” is inspired by Niki de Saint Phalle’s Tarot Garden in Italy. 

The last three poems of the “Lamb” section are about Malta. In the first of these, “Malta: hypogeum,” what seems to be an ancient narrator describes a temple. The 6th stanza reads:
“on the walls ochre spirals
statuettes among the skeletons
my figure lying
head upon hand
body at rest”

The last of the three poems, “Malta: Curatrix” describes the well known ancient Goddess sculpture:
“back in the Musaeum Curatrix
holds up the small body
of a sleeping woman runs her hand
over the round lift of the hip”

The last part of the book, “Lambda,” takes place mostly at or near the present time and is the most colloquial and at times most audacious section. Some of its poems are: “six thousand years,” about songs found on the “web”; “they call women monsters,” based on a quote by Robin Morgan and ending in the 7th stanza with names of several female creatures that some may consider monsters; “minder of the lost texts: Angelic: Curatrix,” dated 2014 CE, about preparations for Livia’s party (the character Livia is based on a Roman Empress, 58 BCE-29 CE.); “Livia’s connections,” which mentions Diana, Agnese, Ceres, Demeter, the Vatican and “this new guy Francesco”; “Musaeum Matricum,” where we find women on their way to the party; “hats,” in which we discover what they are wearing on their heads; “tarantella” describing the party scene in which  “our favorite goddesses appear as plants,” and dancing goddesses include Diana, Venus, Ceres, Hecate, Aphrodite, Demeter, Cybele, and others; "you can teach an old god new tricks," which seems to me to be a play on words (god spelled backwards is dog). Also, “performance poem by Curatrix: slut but but,” which is given in the book in English and Italian. A Curatrix note at the end of  the poem hints that its full English translation can be found on You Tube. After trying several different ways to search for it, I found it (with Hawthorne reading) and placed it at the end of this review. The poem “Hildegard” refers to her abbesses and to Empress Pulchiria, Santa Teresa, “kd"(lang, I assume) and Saint Julian (of Norwich, I assume), and thematically refers back to “diary of a vestal virgin." The Lambda section contains the two longest poems in the book, both of about 4 pages, “wolf pack,” which includes wolf-like surnames of well-known women and a description of a “Marxist lesbian” party at Vassar; and “Demeter and Santa Dimitra," which begins:
“some have dual citizenship
saints and goddesses
demons and goddesses
witches and goddesses”

This poem is preceded by “tomb of the forgotten women,” which describes the chanting of the first names of both human women and goddesses. A few poems later, “Baubo” leads a ritual, accompanied by Demeter, Medusa, La Befana, and Perchta. 

The last poem in the book, “the calculus of lambda” explores the mathematics of the Greek letter. Curatrix’s note relates it to physics and cosmology, and writes that “in the Greek counting system it signifies the number 30.” What she doesn’t tell us (after all, she wants to leave some work to us) is that this Greek letter is a symbol widely used in the lesbian/gay community, and that the number 30 is used by journalists to indicate to editors, printers, and proofreaders where the story ends. 

Though some people may read this book for its scholarship, some purely for its poetry, and still others just out of curiosity, I have no doubt that many will read it with great enjoyment.

Susan Hawthorne reads full English version of "performance poem by Curatrix: slut but but" beginning at about 2:12 on this video:


Monday, September 01, 2014

CFP for ASWM 2015 Symposium

The Association for the Study of Women and Mythology (ASWM) has issued a Call for Proposals for presentations at its 2015 Symposium to be held April 11, 2015 in Portland, Oregon. The theme of the Symposium is "Tales and Totems: Lineage and Myth in Goddess Scholarship." The deadline for submission of proposals is November 15. 

ASWM invites proposals for papers, panels, and workshops including, but not limited to, these topics:
·       Tales and totems of the Pacific Northwest
·       Ancestry, foremothers and methodology
·       Prehistory, history and changing experiences of the sacred and the profane
·       Shakti, prakriti, and purusha from east to west
·       Goddess myths, clans, and communities
·       Cultural ecofeminism
·       Myth and lineage of sacred places
·       Animals as totems and symbols
·       Creation stories of the First Nations, particularly the Pacific North West
·       Indigenous myths, aboriginal histories, and women’s communities
·       First Nations, First Worlds, Third Worlds and the global environmental crises
·       Totems and symbolic language
·       Goddess lineage, rituals and community
·       Mother earth, motherhood and matriarchy
·      Altars in the home, nature and at work
For more information go here.

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Wednesday, August 27, 2014

Z Budapest, Temple of Diana, Claudiney Prieto

As far as I know, this is the first public publication of the response of Dianic High Priestess Ruth Barrett and the Temple of Diana to Z Budapest's recent announcement concerning what transpired during Z's visit with Claudiney Prieto of Brazil. We have received Ruth's permission to publish these statements here. They were previously published on Ruth's Facebook "friends" page.  Z's announcements and press releases are published on her blog and we link to them in the following information. I am not a Dianic Witch in Z's or any other lineage.  I'm presenting this material because I consider these groups and individuals, and their opinions and actions, important to the greater Goddess community and spiritual feminists.

In an August 13 post to her blog, Z Budapest, founder of the feminist Dianic tradition in the United States, announced  that she had blessed or ordained (depending on when you've read the post/press release or whom you ask),  Prieto, Brazilian leader of the Dianic Nemorensis Tradition.

The Temple of Diana, founded by Ruth Barrett, responded:

August 16, 2014

Dear Temple of Diana Community and our Dianic Sisters everywhere,
We feel it is our responsibility as the first national Dianic Temple sourced from the Z Budapest lineage to respond to the recent ordination in Brazil by Z Budapest of Claudiney Prieto, as the first Dianic High Priest in our tradition. This unprecedented event was announced in their own words publically on Facebook on August 10th by both Budapest
and Prieto as an “ordination”. Subsequently the wording of the post was changed after initial uproar, to a “blessing” of his work. It is also a matter of public record, posted on the internet by first hand witnesses, including Sorita D’Este, who posed in pictures of herself with Claudiney after what she described as his “historic” ordination into the feminist Dianic tradition by Z Budapest.

In addition to the changes in wording, it is also evident from the many photographs taken on Prierto’s Facebook page that he is wearing the identical “kata” that Budapest has used to signify Dianic High Priestess ordinations in recent years. Since Prieto received the Kata from Budapest in this ceremony, it is evident that he was ordained as a High Priest in our Dianic tradition. As Budapest has written herself, “The Kata is a pure silk white scarf which is given in our tradition to those who are elevated.”
Temple of Diana, and other Dianic sisters would have been thrilled to stand with Budapest if this had been honoring a goddess-centered man in spiritual service by blessing him and his work. However, this is not what happened. Budapest’s actions are contradictory to the foundation of our Dianic female-centered tradition. We are truly baffled that Budapest would ordain a man in a tradition that excludes him. For us, it is impossible for any male to participate in Women’s Mysteries, or any female-embodied Mysteries tradition, given our physical/cellular differences, and socialization from birth. This is why our tradition excludes males and trans-individuals wishing to attend or be included in our rites, and why there has never been a male Priest in our tradition however sympathetic with our tradition he may be.
We will not recognize Budapest’s ordination of Prietro, or any man, as a Dianic Priest in our tradition, and most certainly not as a High Priest. The vast majority of Wiccan and pagan traditions already include all sexes. Our tradition was simply not created to meet the needs of male physiological and cultural socialization. 

The bottom line is: Temple of Diana Board stands for the integrity of our Dianic tradition, as sourced and evolved from its origins in Los Angeles, California in the early 1970s. Our national Groves will continue to provide spiritual service to women and girls, and to maintain the core values of our religion based in providing life-saving female-only space and Women’s Mysteries.
Board of Directors
Temple of Diana, Inc.

In an August 19 post, "Elder and Originator Z Budapest’s Official Statement to the Dianic Community,"  Z responds to the Temple of Diana's criticism and specifically to Ruth Barrett, whom she ordained several decades ago.  Z's post includes a press release dated August 18,  that begins by stating that she "was prepared to amend her previous press release from August 13, 2014."

On August 20, Ruth Barrett published the following on her Facebook page:

Members of the Dianic Tradition in the Zsuzsanna Budapest Lineage
August 20, 2014

I feel joyful that Z Budapest decided to tell the truth at last. However, it is evident that Z used me as her excuse for not being honest in the first place. It was her own words and actions that caused the media drama. There would have been no need for statements from me privately or from Temple of Diana’s Board of Directors if Z had told the truth originally. Her explanations of what happened in Brazil changed so many times in the public record, I know that many of us couldn’t help but notice this and document the ever-changing story. The letters we wrote were written respectfully and clearly, with no malice. We just wanted to hear the truth.

I don’t wish to continue correcting or commenting on several things written in the latest public statement from Z and the Women’s Spirituality Forum. I have to trust that those who are following this situation will do their own critical thinking on what has transpired and this latest spin. I hope that interested women will read about the role of the Kouretes as documented by Jane Ellen Harrison in Epilegomena To the Study of Greek Religion & Themis: A Study of the Social Origins of Greek Religion (University Books – out of print, but can be found). Kouretes often served as caretakers of children, dancers, initiators of male children into Men’s Mysteries, and guardians. As Dianic separatists we have no need for Kouretes, we have our own Priestesses of the Guardian Path who provide spiritual service by protecting our circles from possible intruders, plus we do our own dancing and child care.

With our paths diverging now, I release my commitment to Z Budapest that I made on Halloween night in 1980. I bless Z’s new direction and wish her well.

My sacred commitment to provide and ensure Dianic female-only space, our female Mysteries, and our female-only clergy will continue as it has been. I am thankful knowing that I have truly done my best to stand in my integrity with the responsibility I took on so long ago. I bless the path before me and my Dianic sisters as we continue onward.

In Her Service,
Ruth Rhiannon Barrett


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Tuesday, August 26, 2014

Buzz Coil: August 2014

[updated Aug. 28, 1:05 p.m.]
A look at some posts of interest from our blogroll and sometimes beyond:

My Village Witch: In her Aug. 22 post, Byron Ballard writes about "Garden as Metaphor, Gardener as Priestess," including earthy work that both she and her Goddess sisters are doing, a discussion of what she has called "Tower Time," (referring to the Tarot Tower card) which she describes in this post as
 "....living through momentous times, times in which we are experiencing the collapse of ancient systems that have plagued humans and the Earth for far too long."
and her feeling that
"The Abrahamic god, who has been a cipher for so long, has vanished from the firmament. At last. At last."

Radical Goddess Thealogy: Blogger Athana's Aug. 15 post, "Glueing Things Together Again," looks back about 6000 years to see how we might fix things today. She begins:
"When the world whirled around goddesses, we were OK."

Daily Kos: In an Aug. 27 post, "Cowards with guns are not Gods...so let's not treat them as such," diarist Vision explores the question of why the mainstream media insists in using the acronym ISIS and why this is inappropriate, including a discussion between MSNBC's Richard Engle and Rachel Maddow. With poll.

Contemplation-Yeshe Rabbit: Rabbit's interweaves guiding principles with life experiences in a July 30 post, the 5th part of her series, "priest/ess at large."   An excerpt from what she writes:
"My work as a volunteer Community Priest/ess and my work as a Ceremonial Priest/ess for Hire are responsibilities I have taken up in joyful service....But, fittingly for a Priestess of Hekate, there is a third face to my Priestesshood, which I mentioned in my second article in this series is the source from which the others draw their energy. This third face is one I call "Priest/ess at Large." Nothing else I do as a Priestess would exist without this source."

The Goddess House: In a July 30 post, "2014 Australian Goddess Conference," Blogger As't Moon writes about her plans to present a workshop about two Mesopotamian "primordial mothers," Tiamat and Ereshkigal at the Conference, October 24-26 in Sydney.  

Fellowship of Isis Central: In a "Notice from the Circle of Brigid" on Aug. 27, all  Iseums, Lyceums, Priories and Groves, and other groups within the Fellowship are asked to contact the Foundation Centre by Samhain 2015 so that all affiliated groups can be included in a world membership map being planned for FOI's 40th anniversary in 2016.

The Retiring Mind: Wendy Griffin shares "unpublished notes from the field" in her July 28 post, "The De-colonized Goddess II: Puerto Rico," which begins at an Reformed Congregation of the Goddess Priestess Gathering in 2005. With pics.

The Wild Hunt: An Aug. 21 post by Cara Schulz, reports that "Despite legal battle wins, Maetreum of Cybele may lose financial war," and gives background on the financial drain being experienced by the Catskill, NY, Goddess organization due to its continuing need to defend its tax exempt status as a religious organization. The post includes a statement the Maetreum originally posted to Facebook. 

Annelinde's World: Among Annelinde Metzner's recently posted poems is a July 31 post telling "The Story" of the Goddess Oshun with images of daisies and forget-me-not flowers.

HecateDemeter: This year's Lughnasadah/Lammas may be past, but I think you'll still enjoy reading blogger Hecate's Aug. 1 post, "A Lughnasadah Tale," about a conversation a "Nonna" has with her young grandson. And don't miss, "A Place Without A Witch Chapter 42," posted on July 31. 

Love of the Goddess: In an Aug. 17 post, "Sacred Dance in the Ancient World," blogger Tara writes about spiritually-related and often Goddess-related dancing in ancient Egypt, India, and Greece. She also gives advice about how to incorporate dance into your spiritual practice.

Hearth Moon Rising's blog: Hearth Moon Rising's Aug. 15 post, "Queen Deities and Patriarchal Distortions," illustrated with a crowned cat, discusses animal goddesses (or those with animal-like qualities), the word "queen" and many other words. For example, she writes:
"Mother, goddess, and queen are clearly feminine nouns and also carry the connotation of rank, privilege, or power-over."

Woodspriestess: In her Aug. 15 post, "Ocean Seminary College," blogger talkbirth tells about her experience with the program there, including coursework.

The Motherhouse of the Goddess: Tracey Paradiso blogged about my appearance on Goddess Alive Radio in her Aug. 16 post. In an August 23 post, Kimberly wrote about "the  Mayan Goddess of Women and the Moon, Ix Chel."

Harita Meenee: This blog's Aug. 15 post is entirely in Greek. Its title translates into English (according to Google Translate) as "The August Moon and the Lady," while its url includes the words "August Moon and Mary" (possibly "Παναγία," the last word of the title, means both?)

Large Group 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.
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.


Tuesday, August 12, 2014

Second Chance to Hear Me on Goddess Alive Radio

[updated 8/16, 12:05 a.m., 8/16 11:21 p.m. ET]
I really enjoyed doing the program described below. You can listen to it now (and in the future) at this link.

I'm scheduled to make my second appearance on Goddess Alive Radio this Saturday at 8 7 p.m. Eastern Time. In the live broadcast, I'll be talking about gender equality (or the lack thereof), and other aspects of Jewish Kabbalah and Hermetic Qabalah, and my re-visioning of the Kabbalah Tree of Life based on these and other factors. The material is based on my  award-winning book, Goddess Spirituality for the 21st Century: From Kabbalah to Quantum Physics. Towards the end of the show, I plan to lead a guided meditation based on my re-visioning. If you can't make it Saturday night, the show will be available in the Goddess Talk Radio archives, where you can also find the recording of my previous appearance, marking the new moon of late May. Goddess Alive Radio is part of Blog Talk Radio. The hosts are Kimberly F. Moore and Tracey Paradiso of the MotherHouse of the Goddess    

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Sunday, August 03, 2014

From Australia: Imbolc/Lammas

From Glenys Livingstone of the MoonCourt in Australia's Blue Mountains, these two videos of the celebration of Imbolc, the present holy day in the Southern Hemisphere, and Lammas, celebrated at this time in the Northern Hemisphere. Both from previous years' celebrations at MoonCourt.

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Monday, July 28, 2014

In Memoriam: Margot Adler 1946-2014

With a great sense of loss yet gratitude for a life well lived, I inform you of the death today of Margot Adler from cancer. She was 68. Many are they who came to Goddess and Paganism through Margot's book, Drawing Down the Moon.  She is also the author of the autobiography, Heretic's Heart: A Journey through Spirit and Revolution, and most recently, Vampires Are Us. I am grateful for having being able to attend one of her workshops with ritual many years ago---she was an exquisite ritual leader. The world outside of the Pagan community probably best knows Margot from her reporting on National Public Radio, where she began working in 1979. NPR has posted this obituary.

May she rest in the arms of the Goddess and be renewed.

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Buzz Coil: July 2014

A look at some posts of interest from our blogroll and sometimes beyond:

Works of Literata: In her July 4 post, "Columbia's Day," blogger Literata notes that the upcoming Bibliotheca Alexandrina anthology, Columbia: A Devotional for the Spirits of America, is accepting submissions which
"may include, but are not limited to, scholarly articles, poetry, short fiction, retellings or original translations of stories and texts, artwork, and rituals related to the goddess Columbia and her aspects, as well the many American spirits of place."
 Submission deadline is Oct. 1.  Literata, who lives in District of Columbia area, also includes material on her own personal relationship to Columbia.

The MotherHouse of the Goddess:  In a July 27 post, "MotherHouse Birthday Giveaway," the MotherHouse of the Goddess announces that it is giving away four Goddess Oracle readings a week beginning July 27 and continuing each Sunday in August. In a July 25 post, "Happy One Year Birthday, MotherHouse on July 26,"  Kimberly Moore, priestess and founder of the MotherHouse, celebrates a year of the online community that, among other things, brings us the Goddess Alive Show on Blogtalk radio. On July 24, Tracey Paradiso, shaman and co-founder of the MotherHouse, posts "Woman to Know Interview: Kimberly Moore, Priestess of the Goddess & MotherHouse Creator" in which she and Kimberly discuss Kimberly's fascinating Goddess path.
Contemplation - Yeshe Rabbit: On July 20, Yeshe Rabbit, High Priestess of Caya Coven, posted, "Community Service Volunteer,"  the third installment in her series on "Priest/essing." The first installment, Priest/ess 1: What Does It Mean?,"   appeared on July 11, and the second, Shapers of Culture  on  July 15.

 Annelinde's World: Annelinde Metzner's July 18 post, "I Have Sworn To Protect Her," includes a poem that begins:
I have sworn to protect Her!
Miracle blue-green jewel of all the worlds,
ancient blue mountains, vast golden deserts,

Annelinde then shares the good news that this poem will appear in both the We'Moon 2015 Datebook and Wall Calendar. She also tells about a concert with the theme, "Goddess Bless the Grass!" given  in Asheville NC by the Sahara Peace Choir, which she leads.

Hecate: In response to a U.S. Supreme Court ruling about opening a town meeting with prayer, blogger Hecate, in a July 22 post, "Advice Following Town of Greece from a Witch with Experience," interviews Byron Ballard of the Mother Grove Goddess Temple in Asheville NC.  Hecate continues her fiction (serialized novel?), "A Place Without a Witch," with Chapter 40 on July 14, and Chapter 41 on July 21.  Her July 4 post, Hail, Columbia!, is a video with depictions of various female deities often associated with the U.S.  

Goddessian: In the first post, "initial thoughts," in this new blog written in all lower case, on July 16 an unnamed blogger writes:
my purpose with this blog is to explore goddess worship from a lesbian-feminist and radical-feminist perspective.
She goes on to describe "wicca or wicca-esque religions" along with "other pagan religions" as being patriarchal in nature and structure and writes that
they subjugate their goddess/es and call that subjugation “egalitarian.”

Hearth Moon Rising's blog: Hearth Moon Rising's July 11 post, "Non-Hierarchy in Covens, examines the idea of non-hierarchical groups and why she feels they don't work. She begins her explanation:
In my experience the woman with the most urgent need for a “nonhierarchical” women’s group, and the type of woman who promotes the idea most emphatically, is the woman with highly controlling tendencies who is uncomfortable with her need to control and wishes to change. She will declare the group “nonhierarchical” and proceed to run it, insisting to herself and others that there is an equality of leadership.

Tamis Hoover Renteria: In her July 21 post, "Fear of The New: Opening Up to Women’s Spirituality," Tamis Renteria recalls an experience that began with difficulty yet ended with inspiration. 

Love of the Goddess: Blogger Tara's July 8 post, discusses "Kupala, Slavic Goddess of Winter and Summer," including ways to honor this deity whose name means "to bathe" and who has a male aspect.

Large Group 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.

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.