Tuesday, October 06, 2015

Review of The Hebrew Priestess

The Hebrew Priestess: Ancient and New Visions of Jewish Women’s Spiritual Leadership by Jill Hammer and Taya  Taya Shere (Ben Yehuda Press 2015), trade paperback, 330 pages.

[The authors are co-founders of Kohenet Hebrew Priestess Institute. In an email response to my query, Rabbi Hammer explains that the title rav kohenet was given to them both by their students and is based on the ancient Phoenician title rab kehinit, which, translated to English, means high priestess. Except for the bios at the end, this review will refer to the authors as Rav Kohenet Jill and Rav Kohenet Taya, using their first names rather than their patriarchally-determined surnames. Unless otherwise noted, Rav Kohenet Jill is author of all sections of the book with the exception of Rav Kohenet Taya’s Introduction and the practice sections at the end of chapters about the individual priestessing paths.]

The authors’ introductions to The Hebrew Priestess are just the beginning of the treasures in this book. Both introductions tell of the authors’ journeys to the priestess path and their co-founding of the Kohenet Hebrew Priestess Institute, which now has chapters on both the East and West Coasts of the United States.

Rav Kohenet Jill’s introduction, the longer of the two, begins and ends with symbolic and possibly prophetic dreams, discusses the influence of her childhood, her education, the conflicts in her desire to be a rabbi, and the influence on her of the feminist movement and Jewish women poets, of which she writes:

“To me, what these women were writing could not be defined solely as poetry. It was liturgy. God was mother, lover, bride, queen, even rebel lesbian . . . . I learned the word Shekhinah – divine presence, bride of God – and then heard a respected professor rail against Jewish feminists’ use of the word. . . . Why all the anger? I began to wonder. What is there to be afraid of in a female image of God?”

She also tells of her time in rabbinical school, her writing of midrash (stories interpreting biblical texts), her time studying in Israel, of her building of altars centering around the female divine and earth-based spirituality, and other subjects leading to the founding of the Kohenet Hebrew Priestess Institute.

In her introduction, Rav Kohenet Taya writes of her involvement in African-Brazilian spiritual tradition while in graduate school and her time in a “women’s collective house that was a living laboratory of ecofeminist spirituality,” along with her discovery of Goddess. She ends her introduction with questions she suggests readers ask themselves and concludes:

“Know that you are not alone and that you are necessary. The world, Jewish and beyond, is gifted and transformed by your unique expression of spiritual connection and leadership. Your work and play and prayer are powerful. Your dancing and your loving are medicine. Your waking and sleeping dreams are sacred. Your laughter and your tears are holy. Your being is ancient and new and alchemical. We need your priestessing. We need you, priestessing. We need you, priestess.”

In Chapter 1, “A Brief History of The Hebrew Priestess,” Rav Kohenet Jill discusses the relationship of the Hebrew priestess to priestesses of other religions of the ancient Near East, Africa, and Europe, such as  Sumerian poet and priestess Enheduanna, best known for her poem/hymn, “Exaltation of Inanna; the Delphic Oracles; priestesses of the Egyptian Goddess Hathor; Demeter’s bee priestesses; Yoruba priestesses; and women who had similar roles in Ireland, Germany, the Americas, and Asia. She elaborates on the names by which Israelites who held the role of priestess were known, prominent biblical priestesses, and the controversy over whether or not certain titles referred to priestesses involved in sacred sex practices. She traces the history of Hebrew priestesses from their prominence to the lessening of their role beginning with the Babylonian exile after the first destruction of the Temple; their presence in the Egyptian Jewish community; and their role or lack thereof in medieval times. The chapter ends with a brief discussion of contemporary Hebrew priestesses. She goes on, in chapter 2, to give “A Brief History of the Hebrew Goddess,” by the various names by which she was known, her relationship with other Middle East deities of the time and their similarity to goddesses of other cultures. Also discussed are the roles of the Goddess in the “portable Tabernacle” in the 11th century BCE, and in the Temple in Jerusalem in 953-586 BCE. Rav Kohenet Jill writes:

“Post-Temple Jewish ritual hints at the Goddess even as it erases Her. The Torah, dressed in finery and then undressed during the Torah service for a ritual of learning and knowing, is an image of a woman.”

She goes on to quote Amichai Lau-Lavi, who has written:

“the ark. . . is separated by a curtain, as it was in the Temple, and behind the curtain is the Torah, wearing a silver crown and velvet dress, always referred to in the feminine. Then we bring her out with great decorum, kiss her, undress her, open her up and commence the ritual of knowledge in the biblical sense.”

I applaud Rav Kohenet Jill for pointing out that “Torah,” is a feminine noun in Hebrew and for having the courage to write of the underlying symbolism of the ritual that precedes its reading in the synagogue. For me, personally, it is wonderful to have confirmed a similar interpretation that came to me in the 1990s as I was writing my book, Goddess Spirituality for the 21st Century: from Kabbalah to Quantum Physics. In the second chapter, I wrote:

“. . .the Torah. . . continued to be perceived by kabbalists as a crowned female wrapped in beautiful garments. And to this day, ‘garments’ cover the Torah scroll. . . . Before the Torah can be read, her crown and garment—usually fringed, embellished, and embroidered velvet or silk—are removed. The two wooden legs of the scroll part as it is unrolled.” (1997 ed., p. 46; 2008 ed., p. 60)

In Chapter 2 of The Hebrew Priestess, Rav Kohenet Jill quotes from the Zohar (an early major kabbalistic text) demonstrating the role of the Shekhinah in medieval Jewish mysticism and goes on to write:

“the modern feminist movement has transformed and reclaimed Shekhinah as a female experience of deity, a way that women may begin to see themselves in the Divine image, and a way that all people may begin to experience God as multigendered.” She then points out that “Modern Jewish feminism, like other types of spiritual feminism, has woven itself with the ecological movement.”

The chapter closes with a look at contemporary views of Goddess in Judaism from several authors and introduces an in-depth look at the role of priestessing today, a focus which continues for the next 13 chapters, each of which is devoted to one of the “thirteen specific priestesshoods documented in the Bible an/or later Jewish tradition. . . . In myth, thirteen is a significant number, representing the moons of the year and the months of a woman’s cycle.” Each of these chapters ends with a “spirit journey,” much like a guided meditation, and with Rav Kohenet Taya’s practice suggestions.

These thirteen priestess paths with which the Kohenet Hebrew Priestess Institute works are: Weaver-Priestess, Prophetess-Priestess, Shrinekeeper-Priestess, Witch-Priestess, Maiden-Priestess, Mother-Priestess, Queen-Priestess, Midwife-Priestess, Wise-Woman-Priestess, Mourning-Woman-Priestess, Seeker-Priestess, Lover-Priestess, Fool-Priestess. Chapter 16 takes another look at all these paths, focusing on their future potential. Chapter 17, an epilogue, tells about the 2009 ritual ordaining the first class of priestesses trained by the Institute.

The back matter of the book contains two appendices:“MotherLine Ritual Materials,” and “Kohenet Biographical Statements” from the priestesses, including the 3 core faculty, and the 43 students who had been ordained by the time the book went to press. There are also 18 pages of endnotes, 12 pages of references, a 14-page index, an Acknowledgments section, and an “About the authors” page.

The Hebrew Priestess brings together an enormous amount of historical material, making a convincing case for the inclusion in Judaism of what we call today the sacred feminine, or the divine embodied as female, or Goddess, as well as the participation of women as priestesses. The book shows how these traditions persisted despite efforts to suppress and deny them, and how Hebrew Goddess priestessing might further be developed today and in the future. It is an extraordinary book – scholarly, inspiring, and, for me, exciting. I recommend it to you with great enthusiasm.

In addition to their continuing leadership at the Hebrew Priestess Institute:
Rabbi Jill Hammer holds a Ph.D in social psychology from the University of Connecticut and received rabbinical ordination from the Jewish Theological Seminary. She is director of spiritual education at the Academy for Jewish Religion in Yonkers, New York, author of 4 previous books and co-author, with Taya Shere, of Siddur haKohenot: A Hebrew Priestess Prayerbook.

Taya Shere teaches at the Starr King School for the Ministry, has recorded several albums of chant, has led a Jewish congregation in the D.C. area of which she is now spiritual leader emeritus, and currently leads a spiritual community in Oakland, California

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Sunday, September 27, 2015

Buzz Coil: September 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). Please excuse the variation in some of the font sizes. I have tried to fix this in both Explorer and Firefox, but couldn't fix it all and had to stop due to persistent carpal tunnel syndrome.

Hearth Moon Rising’s blog: Blogger Hearth Moon’s September 18 post is a “Call for Contributions” for authors of books related to spiritual feminism published in 2015. The books and authors selected will be featured on Dec. 16 during an hour-long part of a 9-day Solstice video project hosted by the Mago Academy.  Hearth Moon’s September 11 post, “What’s in a Name? Part Part III (Shaman),” explains the relationship of the terms “Witch” and “Shaman.”

 The Wild Hunt:  Heather Greene’s September 27 post, “Goddesses Alive! A Ritual in Masks,” which will be presented at the October 18 Parliament of World Religions, gives the background on previous presentations of this ritual theater piece, the creation of the masks by Lauren Raine, and the script by Aline O’Brien (aka Macha NightMare) and helpers. With video showing masks.

Yeshe Rabbit: Rabbit's September 16 post, “Empowered Surrender,” confronts the “impermanence” of life, including death. 

The Retiring Mind: In her September 25 post, “Hearing Within,” Wendy Griffin writes:
“My spiritual life is Earth-based, I am part of that blue-green web that is Gaia. The stories we have told ourselves have put that web in danger. Until I began focused study of the issue, I didn’t realize just how serious the situation is or how immanent the danger is.”
With video of her lecture on the subject.
She also announces what mask she will be wearing in the performance of Goddesses Alive! at the Parliament of World Religions in October.
The Motherhouse of the Goddess: In addition to several posts about Motherhouse activities, on Sept. 8 priestess and founder of The Motherhouse Kimberly Moore posts “Blessings of the Sweet Waters — Happy Oshun Day,” in which she describes Oshun as a Goddess and her “Guardian Orisha.” With a video interview with Luisah Teish. In a September 24 postthis blog reprinted, with my permission, my review of Jeri Studebaker’s book, Breaking the Mother Goose Code, and added a pic of one version of Mother Goose.

Annelinde’s World: Annelinde Metzner’s September 11 post, “Reaching,” is written from the Catskill Mountains to her grandmother and sisters, and begins:
Each mountain a Lady's breast,
I feel Her body, Gaia’s self,
Speaking, speaking.”
Her September 9 post, a poem called, “September Light,” is accompanied by several pics.

Alchemy of Clay: Potter Barbara Rogers September 16 post is a poem, “Am I the earth?” that begins:
I lie down to sleep
On Her waters
To sleep and be washed clean
My Village Witch: In a September 21 post, Byron Ballard announces "The Fire of Her Bright Spirit: a Year of Priestess Training in the Mother Grove Tradition,” which will begin in November in Asheville NC.

HecateDemeter: Blogger Hecate has posted several posts beginning September 9 about Dion Fortune’s book, The Magical Battle of Britain, including a September 12 post, “Only a Story, Born of a Story,” about a Gardnerian coven, dreams that witches had in Britain in 1940, and a Lammas eve ritual during which a cone of power was raised against Nazi Germany.

Glenys’s blog: Glenys Livingstone’s September 9 post, “Equinox EarthGaia,” explains the astronomical and mythological relationships of the two simultaneous equinoxes on our planet.

Works of Literata: In a September 22 post, blogger Literata discusses the relationship of water to “autumn and the western direction,” including this observation:
"At this time of the equinox, we like to think about balance, and it’s easy to get caught up in thinking of that balance as a single point, the perfect moment of equality, as if that were a stable thing. But it’s not; even if that moment of balance happens for a second, it’s because of the motion around it, through that moment, which makes the balancing possible.” 

Woods Priestess: Blogger Molly’s September 16 post offers a "Ritual Recipe: Fall Equinox Gratitude Ceremony.” On September 16, she began a series marked “(#30DaysofHarvest),” with a post on “The Coming of Autumn.” She is writing this series as part of a course she is taking.
No Longer Qivering: A September 23 post by Samantha Field, “Huckabee and the Downfall of Western Civilization,” is a response to the most recent Republican presidential candidates’ debate and focuses on what is meant by “Western Civilization” and its relationship to fundamentalist and evangelical Christianity.

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



Deadline Extended to Oct. 6 for Abstracts for Pagan Studies Conference

According to an email received from the organizers of the Conference on Current Pagan Studies to be held January 23-24, 2016 at Claremont Graduate University, the deadline for "paper abstracts" has been extended to October 6. The theme of the Conference is Social Justice. Quoting from the email, with words of particular interest to readers of this blog italicized by me, and with the addition of the bracketed phrase at the end ):

"We face issues of social justice everywhere we look, from something as overwhelming as #blacklivesmatter to the seeming trivial Wiccanate privilege.  Like the innumerable heads of the Lernaean Hydra, it seems that every time we manage to quell an issue involving racism, sexism, or privilege, two more such issues appear.  Add to this the poisonous breath of the hate rhetoric that surrounds these issues, and virulent ichor of the rigid beliefs from which such transgressions emerge, the task of those on the side of social justice does appears quite Herculean. How do we as Pagans, Wiccans, Druids, Witches, Heathens and the many other paths that have arisen incorporate these concerns into our research, our outlook, our activism, etc.? We are using this idea in its broadest terms. We are hoping to encompass issues concerning racism, feminism, womanism, eco-justice, food security, gender justice, classism, neo-colonialism, etc. seen through the eyes of our scholars/activists.

"We are looking for papers from all disciplines. A community needs artists, teachers, scientists, healers, historians, philosophers, educators, thinkers, activists, etc. As usual, we are using Pagan in its most inclusive form, covering pagans, wiccans, witches and the numerous hybrids that have sprung up as well as any indigenous groups that feel akin to or want to be in conversation with Pagans. Abstracts should be no longer than 300 words. . . Go to our website www.paganconference.com for advice on presenting papers..." [and for the email address to which you can send papers].

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Monday, September 21, 2015

Podcast Interview About Book, Goddess Matters

I was pleased to be interviewed by host Kimberly Moore about my book, Goddess Matters: the mystical, practical, and controversial, on a podcast of Goddess Alive! on Saturday, September 19. You can listen to it now in the program’s archives. The podcast is a feature of the Motherhouse of the Goddess, an online community that also features classes through its Mystery School.  In Saturday’s podcast, I discuss a number of issues included in the first section of Goddess Matters, “Today’s Trends,” including how I got into Goddess spirituality back in the 1970s, today’s challenges, and Goddess in Christianity and Judaism. The section on Christianity starts at about 35:44; the section on Judaism starts at about 42:00. I end with a reading (at about 52:13). The plan is that my “appearance” there last Saturday is the first in a series on the material in Goddess Matters, which was the second of my Goddess books to receive awards--two finalists award in the “Spirituality” and “Women’s Issues” categories of the International Book Awards 2012. My previous book, the Second Enlarged Edition of Goddess Spirituality for the 21st Century, was Winner of the USA Best Books Award 2009 in the “comparative religion” category.

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Tuesday, September 01, 2015

Goddess Ritual Scheduled for Parliament of World Religions

{updated 9/15/15}
We are glad to share with you,  with permission,  an announcement from Faelind, High Priestess of the Tree of Knowledge Coven in Dallas.  (We edited it only slightly. Goddess Alive! is a different ritual from the "Dancing the Goddess Home" ritual that was part of the Goddess 2000 celebration.)   
“Goddesses Alive! A Ritual with Masks” has been chosen to be performed at the upcoming Parliament of World Religions in Salt Lake City, Utah, in October 2015.  Originally created in celebration of the Goddess 2000 Project by M. Macha NightMare (Aline O’Brien) and mask-maker Lauren Raine, this ritual draws from several different contemporary and historical Pagan paths.  Incorporating music and singing, chant and narrative, dance and direct interaction with attendees, 13 embodied indigenous, ethnic, and historical faces of Goddesses speak to the issues of climate change and care for creation, respect for women and Nature, and can bring an experiential awareness of the divine feminine.
What: The 2015 Parliament of the World’s Religions
When: October 15 - 19, 2015
Where: Salt Palace Convention Center, Salt Lake City, Utah, USA
The Parliament is the oldest, the largest, and the most inclusive gathering of people of all faith and traditions. The first Parliament took place in 1893. Since then, this historic event has taken place in Chicago, USA • Cape Town, South Africa • Barcelona, Spain R 26; Melbourne, Australia - and this year will be in Salt Lake City, Utah!
I am honored to be presenting Inanna among the 13 Goddesses. . . .Let me know if you would like to participate. We need technical assistants (low-tech for hand-held mag lights).
I hope to see some of you there!
High Priestess of the Tree of Knowledge Coven in Dallas, TX 

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Saturday, August 29, 2015

Two Additional ASWM Opportunities

In addition to the Kore Award mentioned in our August Buzz Coil (see post below), the Association for the Study of Women and Mythology has announced two additional opportunities (ASWM material that follows is marked "please distribute widely"):

2016 Biennial Conference
Association for the Study of Women and Mythology
April 1­2, 2016, Boston, Massachusetts
Call for Proposals
“Seeking Harbor in Our Histories: Lights in the Darkness”
Goddess Scholarship draws on historical, ethnographic and folk sources, among others, to document and honor the sacred and mundane stories which animate the traditions and spiritual lives of our global sisters and our foremothers. In past conferences, the innovative methodologies and scholarship of ASWM participants have served to problematize contemporary perceptions of civilization, “modernization” and “progress.” Multi­discipline research methodologies have focused on representing historical, thealogical, philosophical, mythological, symbolic, cultural, linguistic and aesthetic lineages.
This year’s conference theme embraces the heritage of location in the historical City of Boston, a harbor city rich in stories and symbols of First Nations of the Atlantic Northeast and the formation of the United States.
We invite papers and panels including,but not limited tothe following topics:
Harbor and hearth as women­centered metaphors
Myth and lineage of the spirit of place, especially focus on the larger Boston area
Indigenous stories, histories, and women’s communities of the Atlantic North East
Paradigms of rebellion, freedom and independence
Water, ritual and civilization, stories of aquatic goddesses
Perspectives on First Nations/First Worlds
Women’s sense of self, social agency, and their roles as citizens
The female principle in ethics and ancient wisdom for modern times
Cultural ecofeminism
Animal mysteries and myth
Ancestry, foremothers and methodology
Changing experiences and definitions of the sacred and the profane
Papers should be 20 minutes; panels with up to four papers on a related topic may be proposed together. Workshop proposals should be organized to provide audience interaction and must clearly address the theme. All sessions and workshops are limited to 90 minutes.
Presenters from all disciplines are welcome, as well as creative artists and practitioners who engage mythic themes in a scholarly manner in their work. Presenters must become members of ASWM.
Send 250 ­word abstract (for panels, 200 word abstract plus up to 150 words per paper) in PDF or MSWord to aswmsubmissions@gmail.com by November 15, 2015. Use “2016 proposal” and last name in subject header.  Include bio of up to 70 words for each presenter, as well as contact information including surface address and email. See www.womenandmyth.orgfor program updates and registration.
Association for the Study of Women and Mythology
Sarasvati Nonfiction Book Award Notification
The Sarasvati Book Award solicits nonfiction books published during 2013-2015 in the field of goddess studies.  Named for the Hindu goddess of learning and the creative arts, the Sarasvati award from the Association for the Study of Women and Mythology (ASWM) honors creative work in the field of goddess and mythology studies. The award will be presented during ASWM’s biennial conference, Boston, April 1-2, 2016.
Past winners include Sacred Display: Divine and Magical Female Figures of Eurasia by Miriam Robbins Dexter and Voctor H. Mair (Cambria, 2010). and The Dancing Goddesses:  Folklore, Archaeology and the Origins of European Dance, by Elizabeth Wayland Barber (Norton, 2013).
Note to Publishers
Please submit books for consideration and guidelines queries at this email address: aswmsubmissions@gmail.com  Deadline for submissions is December 1, 2015; the winner will be notified by February 25 2016.
The award covers books published during the past two calendar years. Nominations must come from the publisher. Self-published books and anthologies are not eligible for the award.
Criteria for Submission
·        --Must be published in the last two calendar years 
·      --Must belong to the field of goddess studies and mythology  
·      --Must add to and enhance the field of goddess and mythology studies with distinction 
·      --Must demonstrate an original approach to goddess and mythology studies in all its diversity 


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Monday, August 24, 2015

Buzz Coil: August 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):

Association for the Study of Women and Mythology:  An August 24 post announces the opening for applications for the “Kore Award for Best Dissertation” about women and mythology. The post includes a form and rules for applying. Time period for submission is November 1, 2015 – January 15, 2016.

Woods Priestess: In her Aug. 14 post, “Call for Contributions: Practical Priestessing,” blogger Molly invites contributions to an anthology section she is planning to add to her dissertation. The post includes guidelines. Deadline is Feb. 1, 2016.

Yeshe Rabbit: Rabbit’s July 31 post is the full text of her presentation at this year’s Glastonbury Goddess Conference, “Sky Dancer: Flight of the Dakini.”

 Casa della Dea: This Italian blog’s August 9 post, “Katinka Soetens è una Sacerdotessa di Avalon e di Rhiannon, Dea dell'Amore. Madre di tre figli, originaria dei Paesi Bassi, vive a Glastonbury/Avalon,” announces a two-year course with 10 meetings, beginning in December 2015 and running through November 2017, to be given by Katina Soetens, priestess of Avalon and Rhiannon.

The Goddess House: Beginning August 1, Frances Billinghurst (the Australian blogger formerly known as As’t Moon?) has been posting a series about the similarity of a serious health situation in her life to the descent of Inanna to the Underworld through seven gates. As of my last visit on August 24 there were four posts, the last on August 8 titled “Before the Third Gate.”
The Motherhouse of the Goddess:  Priestess and founder of The Motherhouse of the Goddess Kimberly Moore writes about “Celebrating the Goddess Hecate as Protector from Storms,” in her August 13 post that includes the history of this association.
Hearth Moon Rising’s blog: Blogger Hearth Moon’s July 31 post, “What’s in a Name Part Part II (Witch),” discusses the meanings and derivations of the words “witch” and “wicca.” Second in a three-part series.
Annelinde’s World: Annelinde Metzner’s August 16 post, “New to the World,” is a poem welcoming her great-niece. With pics.

 The Wild Hunt: Cara Shulz’s August 18 post, “Kermetic Wiccan Builds Temple Dedicated to the Goddess Hathor,” is an interview with the builder of the temple in Wisconsin, which is nearing completion after 10 years.
Katrina’s Joy: Katrina Messenger’s August 9 post, “Celebrate Wildness:Feraferian Beauty & Depth,” is a review of a book by Jo Carson about the Pagan tradition of Feraferia. In her review, Katrina writes:
“I am especially in awe of the raising of the Maiden as the cure to our collective patriarchal madness. Kore becomes more than a fair maiden who becomes swept away; she becomes the empowering life principle within us all to counter the toxic influences of our Western culture.”

Works of Literata: On August 18, blogger Literata also posted a review of “Celebrate Wildness.” In it she writes:
“My biggest discomfort about the book is that something about the approach feels slightly off to me in a feminist sense. It’s very hard to put my finger on, but the whole attitude seems like it honors the goddess as the divine feminine other, perpetuating the idea that masculinity is normal and the feminine is other. . . .”

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

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.

Friday, August 21, 2015

Blogroll Policy

Going through my blogroll as I prepare the August Buzz Coil, I removed seven blogs from the listing, not because I don’t like them, but because there have been no posts on them for more than a year. Medusa Coils has a long-standing policy of removing blogs from the blogroll that not have not had posts in more than a year. Sometimes these blogs start up again. If you have a blog that used to be active and was listed in our blogroll but has not had a post in more than a year and you start blogging again, please let us know (preferably when you have posted anew at least twice) so we can put you back on the blogroll. Also, while I’m on this subject, if you have a blog whose focus is Goddess spirituality/religion and/or feminist spirituality and if you are posting original material regularly and are not now listed on our blogroll, let us know. You can let us know about either of these instances by leaving a comment on this post.

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Sunday, July 26, 2015

Buzz Coil: July 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):

Mythkenner’s Myths: In her first post on her new blog, on July 17 after a pilgrimage to the Psychro Cave in Crete, Carolyn writes about Diktynna, Goddess of Hunting Nets, Sister of Britomartis and Aphaea.”

 Glenys's Blog: Australian Glenys Livingstone writes about the relationship of the winter holiday of Imbolc and the summer holiday of Lammas in her July 9 post, “Imbolc/Lammas August 2015.”

 HecateDemeter: Blogger Hecate’s July 22 post, "The Feast of St. Mary of Elegance Blogging,” includes a pic, two videos of songs for Mary Magdalene, and a poem. Hecate also tells why the word “elegance” is included in the title of her post.

Hearth Moon Rising’s blog: Blogger Hearth Moon’s July 17 post, “What’s in a Name Part Part I (Pagan),” discusses the history of the term “pagan.” The next two parts will discuss the words “witch” and “heathen.”

A Crone Speaks Out: “Be Thou the One and Renew the Light,” by Rev. Cathryn Platine of the Maetreum of Cybele on July 8, brings together several topics from her previous blogs about what she feels are problem with current Paganism.

 Annelinde's World: Annelinde Metzner’s July 25 post, “Yemaya Knocks Me Down,” is a poem about that Yoruba Orisha and information about her. With pic.

Love of the Goddess: Blogger Tara’s July 17 post, “Inanna in a Visionary Style,” includes her portrait of and comments about the Goddess and about Tara’s visionary paintings.

 The MotherHouse of the Goddess: M. Isidora Forrest continues to write about the Goddess Isis in her July 25 post, “The Goddess ISIS – Ma’at Lady of the Truth.” In a July 22 post, Carol P. Christ writes about “Mermaid – Goddess of the Sea.”

Starhawk’s blog: in a July 23 post (see calendar to the right of post and click on greyed dates to see when posts were posted), “City of Refuge – The Self-Publishing Saga Continues,” Starhawk explains why she has decided to self-publish the sequel to her novel, The Fifth Sacred Thing, and how she plans to raise money for it.

Fellowship of IsisCentral: The July 22 post, “Veil of Goddess of Mysteries,” is a quote from Fellowship of Isis’ co-founder, Olivia Robertson. With 2 pics by David de Roeck.

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.

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.



Wednesday, July 22, 2015

Goddess Pages Summer/Autumn 2015

Issue 27 of Goddess Pages is out! It opens with the art, "Untitled," by Foosiya Miller, and with Geraldine Charles editorial, "She Changes Everything She Touches."

Article authors include Atasha Fyfe, Elizabeth Chloe Erdman, Helen Anthony, Susan S Weed, and Louise Sommer. Fiction is by Carolyn Lee Boyd. Poetry is by Souza Silvermarie, Penn Kemp, and Annelinde Metzner.

Book reviews are Blacksmith Gods by Pete Jennings and Breaking the Mother Goose Code by Jeri Studebaker, reviewed by Geraldine Charles; The Heart of the Labyrinth by Nicole Schwab, reviewed by Lisa Newing; and Voices of the Sacred Feminine, edited by Karen Tate, reviewed by Laura Slowe.

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 ;-)