Friday, April 11, 2014

Session of Hebrew Priestess Institute This Summer

The Kohenet Hebrew Priestess Training Institute is accepting applications for the session of its two-level training program that starts July 28 and runs through August 3, Rabbi Jill Hammer, Institute co-director with Taya Shere,  announced this week. The program will take place at the Isabella Jewish Retreat Center in Falls Village, Connecticut.

"The Kohenet Hebrew Priestess Institute revives and re-embodies Judaism through the gifts of women spiritual leaders and through experience of the sacred feminine, Rabbi Hammer said. "Kohenet facilitates the creation of transformative Jewish ritual that is embodied, earth-based, feminist and inspired by traditions of women’s spiritual leadership. Kohenet draws on ancient Israelite sources, Jewish texts and folklore, kabbalah and contemporary creativity."

This webpage has more about the curriculum, and this page has more about the 13 priestess paths. An application form is here.  

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Saturday, April 05, 2014

Review of Anthology on Priestessing

Stepping into Ourselves: An Anthology of Writings on Priestesses, edited by Anne Key and Candace Kant, (Goddess Ink 2014) trade paperback, 592 pages.

This is a BIG book, not only in pages, but also in concept and design, in inclusiveness of many paths and cultures, in the number of contributors, and in the quality of the prose, poetry, and art.

The cover art by Betty LaDuke is gorgeous and the art of the book's title page and section title pages by Katlyn Breene are wonderful as well. Soujanya Rao's design of both the cover and the interior is excellent.

In their preface to the anthology, editors Anne Key and Candace Kant write:
"The colorful tapestry of voices in this anthology displays the diversity and roles of priestesses and different ways of priestessing, and how they weave together to create the beautiful fabric of women’s spiritual authority. Differing opinions exist without crushing each other."
 And so it is: 

Each of the four sections of the book has a brief introduction by the editors, followed by a poem or invocation, and then several essays and poems. I really like the inclusion of both poetry and essay not only because of their high quality but also because it gives the reader the opportunity to experience the book on both intellectual and emotional levels. To get an idea of the scope and the book, you might want to take a look at the contents with titles and authors, as well as links to “snippets” from some of the contributions.

The opening poem of the first section, “Lineage of the Priestess,” is Patricia Monaghan’s “Calypso’s Island,” a fitting tribute to this important poet and Goddess scholar who died Nov. 11, 2012. This is followed by various authors and poets writing about the Mesopotamian poet and priestess, Enheduanna, and the Goddess Inanna; a discussion of the controversial topic of whether there was “sacred prostitution” in the Ancient Near East; roles of priestesses in the ANE; the mythology of the Goddess Hathor; several essays and one poem about Israelite priestesses, goddesses and later Jewish traditions (including one that also discusses the possible priestess role of Mary, eventual mother of Jesus); Indian yoginis; and the role of Mesoamerican women in creating “figurines” used in ritual.  This section closes with essays and poems containing personal stories about contemporary priestess lineages in various cultures and traditions, including Mexican, Hawaiian, and Dianic.

In their introduction to the second section, “Roles of the Priestess,” the editors point out:  "A lament for what has been lost with the disappearance of the lineage of priestesses opens this section." The poems and essays in this section present a variety of views of priestess roles, which the editors describe as including those that clash with “modern feminism, geopolitics, religious heritage, gender roles....” Included are a description of a firewalk ceremony; reflections on what it means to be a priestess in patriarchal times; three essays related to Indian traditions, including Tantric temple dance; becoming a priestess after being an ordained minister in an interfaith church. Also, priestessing and: community service, marriage officiation, trees, Dianic Wicca, Queer spirituality, Paganism in Israel, Brigid, and initiation via snakebite. 

The third section is a “Toolkit,” of poetry and prose that focuses on methods, skills, and tools including designing and leading rituals, considering group dynamics and other psychologically-based factors, being aware of rhythms of body and cosmos, approaching the mystical, the relationship of leading and serving as a priestess in community, priestessing styles including solitary priestessing, and the relationship of ritual and theater. Also, use of altars, incense, dance, energy, acting skills, and music including chanting, droning, and drumming.

The last section, “Stepping Into Ourselves,” has two pieces: a poem by Jill Hammer and a short story, (the only one in the anthology) by Tamis Hoover Renteria.

The back matter includes acknowledgements, bios of the editors and contributors, a bibliography of more than 9 pages, “ A Guide to Incense Botanicals” by Katlyn Greene, and a Group Reading Guide.

Stepping Into Ourselves has more than 50 contributors. Some are ordained ministers and rabbis, some are ordained priestesses in various Pagan paths, and others are scholars who have researched priestessing at various times in history (and more than a few are both clergy and scholars). Contributors with more than one poem in this anthology are: Janine Canan, Andrea Goodman, Patricia Monaghan, Geela Rayzel Raphael, and Lorraine Schein. Those with more than one essay in this book are: Ruth Barrett, Jalaja Bonheim, Jill Hammer, Anne Key, Shauna Aura Knight, and Kathryn Ravenwood. Those with both poetry and prose are Jill Hammer, Le’ema Kathleen Graham, and Normandi Ellis.

I enthusiastically recommend Stepping Into Ourselves to you and anyone interested in the subject matter (and to some who don’t think they’re interested—yet). For a more complete idea of the authors and topics in this extraordinary anthology see the contents list on the publisher’s website.
 
Contributors for whom I am aware that the publication of their work in this book is posthumous are Shekhinah Mountainwater, Patricia Monaghan, and Layne Redmond. The memories of their lives bless us as we bless their memory.

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Wednesday, April 02, 2014

Brighid Festival in May in Canada

"Brighid for All Seasons: Fire in the Soul," a festival for women, will be held May 2-4 in London, Ontario, Canada. It is sponsored by the Women's Centre for Spirituality, Activism and the Earth and will be guest facilitated by Mary Condren, national director of the Institute for Feminism and Religion in Dublin, Ireland, with additional facilitation by Mary Hamilton, pioneer in dance and theater education, and Ann Skinner, voice specialist and creator with Marion Woodman and Mary Hamilton of BodySoul Rhythms. The festival will include lectures, rituals, music and dance, and labyrinth walk.

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Conference on Gimbutas' Work in Italy Next Month

"Marija Gimbutas: Twenty Years of Goddess Studies" will be held May 9-10 at Casa Internazionale delle Donne in Rome. The Conference opens on May 9 with an exhibit containing the work of 11 artists and introduced by Lydia Ruyle. This will be followed by meditative movement and ritual performance.  Saturday's program will be introduced by Luciana Percovich and Morena Luciani. Presenters are to include Joan Marler, Harald Haarmann, Sirka Capone, Filomena Tufara, Laura Leone, Sara Perini, Giovanni Feo, Adele Campanelli, Valerie Aliberti, and Sandra Schiassi. For more information (in Italian), see convegni.associazionelaima.it/2014/

Thanks to Lydia Ruyle for the assistance in translating the Conference information from Italian.

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Thursday, March 27, 2014

Buzz Coil: March 2014

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

The Retiring Mind: In a extensive March 13 post, "The Decolonized Goddess, Part I," Wendy Griffin recalls a trip to Mexico during which her field work led to several experiences related to the re-emergence of the Aztec Goddess Coatlique. 

Annelinde's World: In her March 21 post, Annelinde Metzner's poem, "Ix Chel in my Window,"  is accompanied by several pics and portraits of the Mayan Goddess.

Veleda: Among Max Dashu's six March 6 posts are two about an Ethiopian Goddess: "Oromo women protest male violence under banner of goddess Atete," and "Atete, Goddess of the Oromo People in southern Ethiopia." The Suppressed History Archives, which Max founded in 1970, is nearing the end of an indiegogo fundraising campaign. Max explains the reasons for the campaign in her Feb. 24 post, "Suppressed Histories Archives: the Next Step."   

Woodspriestess: In a  March 11 post, "The Goddess of Willendorf and Does My Uterus Make Me Look Fat?" blogger talkbirth discusses her feelings and findings (including pics of statues and jewelry) related to one of the best known ancient goddesses, unearthed in what is now Austria.

The Rowdy Goddess: On March 23, "The Gifts of Durga," is the second of Gail Wood's two posts on this Hindu Goddess.

Love of the Goddess: Blogger Tara writes about "Rhiannon, Welsh Goddess of Horses and Magic," in her March 22 post.

The Goddess House: In a March 21 post, "Green Tara at the Goddess House," blogger As't Moon gives background on this Goddess in the Mahayana Buddhist tradition and tells how the Goddess House in Adelaide, Australia, honors her.

Broomstick Chronicles: On March 22, Macha NightMare (Aline O'Brien) writes a long and personal memorial post for "Judy Harrow, 1945-2014" ,who died on March 21. 

Hearth Moon Rising's blog: In her March 21 post, "Feasting with the Dead," Hearth Moon Rising speculates about whether Sumerians practiced menstrual seclusion, based on the their timing a family celebration honoring ancestors at the time of the "disappearing moon." 

Panthea: Blogger Lisa shares "Musings of the Sacred Masculine" in a March 10 post, in which she writes:
"For years I struggled with ideas of a male god. I didn't understand him nor did I want to based on the examples of war-mongering, vengeful sky gods that I'd been presented with in my life. I had a clear picture of the Goddess and realized he was a part of her....In the last few years....I've been realizing that the God concept needs a reworking based on the fact that the male divinities we've known for many millennium are all rooted in a system that was never meant to represent the true nature of the male human, let alone his inherent divinity...."

Tamis Hoover Renteria: In her March 22, post "In Defense of Men," Tamis worries that she may be getting an reputation for "man-hating" and explains:
"It’s not men that I’m railing about...it’s the systems of patriarchy that men and women together have created across the world which privilege men and men’s way of looking at things...."

Radical Goddess Thealogy:  In her March 20 post, "Switch or Die? What'll It Be?" blogger Athana (author, under another name, of Switching to Goddess), writes:
 "If humanity doesn’t switch back to its old mother goddesses soon, it will lolligag on down the road after the dinosaurs to extinction....When you worship war gods, you do war...."
Her March 20 post,  "Baby, Baby, Get Down On Your Knees and Pray," takes Ian Hodder to task for claiming that "there’s no such thing as female figurines at the 8000 year-old site Catalhoyuk...."  

Works of Literata: In her March 24 post, "Columbia and Justice for women's choices," blogger Literata shares her prayers to Goddesses Columbia and Justice just before the U.S. Supreme Court's hearing of arguments related to the coverage of contraceptives under the Affordable Care Act (Sibelius v. Hobby Lobby).

HecateDemeter: In her March 11 post, "Monday Evening PotPourri," blogger Hecate shares some "INTJ tips for surviving a conference" before attending Sacred Space in Maryland.

My Village Witch: In her March 20 post, "A Dubious Balance," Byron Ballard writes about preparing for Spring Equinox while being aware that winter weather in Appalachia is probably not over, and she distinguishes between "balance" and "stasis."

The Wild Hunt: In a March 27 post, in preparation for its blogiversary March 29, Jason Pitzl-Waters looks back on "Ten Years of the Wild Hunt," and reveals plans for the blog's near future, including the addition of more writers. He asks:
 "Think you could be a part our team in the future? "

 Brandy Williams: In her March 15 post, "A Pagan Future, " Brandy tackles the question: "What does Paganism look like in 50 years?"  
She writes:
That question begs an underlying one, “What does the world look like in 50 years?”
She then looks at the present situation, the relevance of the question to magic workers, and two alternative outcomes.


House of Inanna: In a title-less March 20 post, blogger Idris tells why he has returned to blogging after a long absence.

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.
  

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Friday, March 21, 2014

Spring Global Goddess Oracle Online

Global Goddess Oracle Spring 2014 opens with editor Dawn Thomas' Welcome to Spring based in Florida, in which she tells what happened to a Monarch that "froze the night before the butterfly left the chrysalis." Articles include "Imaginary Friend," in which Molly explores, in prose and poetry, whether Goddess is a type of imaginary friend; Jeri Studebaker's "Newsflash: Fairy Tales Are All About Goddesses," in which she brings together opinions from a number of sources; "Our Loss of Od," in which Deanne Quarrie connects changes in many people's childhoods  to the mythology of the Icelandic Goddess Freya's loss of her first consort, Od; two excerpts from Barbara Ardinger's book, Pagan Every Day: "Tellus Mater," and "Veritas"; A "Spring Equinox Ritual for Women," by Deanne Quarrie; and Heather Kohser's prose and poem, "This One Is For the Birds."

Regular features include Mama Donna Henes' "Ask Your Mama," in which, this month, she replies to a question from a woman who says she isn't a Goddess follower but her 6-year-old daughter is; Moon Schedule for Spring and two book reviews by Dawn Thomas

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Wednesday, March 19, 2014

'Interfaith Observer' devotes March issue to Embodiment of 'Divine Feminine'


The March issue of the monthly e-journal, The Interfaith Observer focuses its special feature section on "The Divine Feminine Embodied." The issue begins with an editorial, "Women – the Heart of Interfaith Culture" by Paul Chaffee. The special feature section has 10 articles, including an article about the Hindu Goddess Radha by Catherine Ghosh, "The Divine Feminine Emerging, Embodied, and Emboldened" by Kathe Schaaf and Kay Lindahl, "Missing in Action for 5,000 Years, Great Mother Found Alive" by ALisa Starkweather, and "Finding a Worthy Consort for the Divine Feminine" by Matthew Fox. 

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Monday, March 17, 2014

Goddess Conference 2014 in Vienna, Austria

A Goddess Conference will be held May 1-3 in Vienna, Austria. The conference honors the water goddesses in particular and is being held in the Schloss Laudon, a castle turned conference center situated on a lake (once a moat). The conference, under the matronage of Zsuzsanna Budapest, will include workshops, music, dance, and ceremonies led by various presenters . Z will also lead a separate workshop there on May 9-11.

The sites linked to in this announcement are in German.  Google Translate and other translation sites can be used to translate the German into whatever language you speak most fluently.

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Friday, March 07, 2014

Forty Goddess Banners Take a Detour

[Note from Medusa: Lydia Ruyle is creator of renowned and beloved Goddess Icon banners that have flown internationally at many events. She will be speaking  on "Dark Mothers" at the Association for the Study of Women & Mythology Conference in San Antonio March 28-29.]

Forty Goddess Banners take a detour in 2014


The Goddess Banners have traveled millions of miles around the globe since their debut at the Celsus Library in Ephesus, Turkey in 1995. I’ve schlepped them in my luggage, sent them with friends, trusted chaperones, UPS, Royal Mail, US Postal Service, DHL, FEDEX, etc. But sometimes, the girls take detours much to my concern and dismay. It’s a miracle only four out of 300 have been lost permanently in nearly two decades of constant travel.

Crow Mother by Lydia Ruyle
 one of "detoured" banners
On February 1, I sent 40 Goddess Banners to Seattle for the 22nd Annual Women of Wisdom Conference where I was speaking and doing a workshop. I've been sending the girls there for more than ten years. On February 10, I got an urgent email that they had not shown up. We traced them with UPS and found they had been delivered on February 6 to the front porch of the conference organizer and were definitely missing.  

Needless to say, I was devastated and in shock as the forty banners represented 19 years of work including several of the original banners that flew at Ephesus. All of the banners I created in 2013 were gone.  

We reported the box missing to the police and the Seattle trash collection department. Volunteers posted flyers in the neighborhood. I took out an ad in the Seattle Times and reported them missing on the internet, radio and TV networks. Many friends around the globe sent heartfelt messages of their experiences with the girls and were doing ceremonies to help call them home. 

I took another 30 Goddess Banners with me in my roll aboard and attended the WOW conference in Seattle the next weekend. When I returned to Colorado my intuition told me to ask for more help.

A woman shaman friend suggested I do a despacho to quiet the negative energies surrounding the loss. Bob and I created one burying the energies in Mother Earth for transformation just outside my home studio where many of the girls were created. It’s been a cold winter and the ground was frozen but he managed to dig a small hole. Bob is a GEM--Goddess Empowered Man! I burned prayer papers collected from my travels, written with negative words/fears on them, in the tin bread cauldron my maternal grandmother used for bread rising. We live in Greeley, Colorado in and on my German Russian grandparents land as our home/studio is made out of rammed earth from the land.  

Bob sacrificed a Cuban cigar for tobacco, my shaman friend gave me a bottle of spirit water from the Amazon, we sprinkled cornmeal, truffle salt from one of our daughters, cacao bits and Jack Daniels to feed the spirits. I rattled the spirits with my Grandmother Turtle rattle then placed a faded Valentine rose on the despacho.  

Last night, a week later, the conference organizer called me @ 10:00pm to tell me  great news ! She had the girls ! A kind, wise woman in the neighborhood had returned the box with a Missing !!! flyer and the banners in it to her (the organizer’s) address. The woman's son had seen teenagers throwing the banners in the street and saved them.  

I had a hard time sleeping. It’s not my first experience with a despacho, which is another story, but it is Bob’s. We are both amazed and humbly grateful. We’ll enjoy a big celebration when the girls are finally home and I can see and hold them in my hands! 

LYDIA RUYLE 3/6/14
P.S. After creating the despacho in Colorado, Bob and I took off the next day for California and six weeks in Palm Springs where he plays golf and I paint Goddess Banners. Our route took us through northern Arizona and the Hopi reservation. We stopped on Third Mesa to see the Hopi Cultural Center and Museum which tells their cultural and spiritual story. On one wall is a huge photo mural of the Powamu Ceremony with Crow Mother. She was one of the missing Goddess Banners at that point. I stood in front of Crow Mother and asked her to help bring the girls home.

Copyright 2014 by Lydia Ruyle. All rights reserved.

[UPDATE from Medusa 3/9/14: Lydia reports that she received the banners in good shape---on March 8, International Women's Day!]

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Thursday, February 27, 2014

Buzz Coil: February 2014

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

Tamis Hoover Renteria compares what gods in Abrahamic and Pagan religions require of those who worship them with the Charge of the Goddess that proclaims, "All Acts of Love and Pleasure Are My Rituals." Here's part of what she writes in her Feb. 21 post:
"At first I wrestled with this idea that a deity——in this case a goddess——would claim that anything I did that expressed love and that gave me pleasure was an appropriate way to express my devotion to her.  This felt somehow immoral (evil hedonism!) and potentially threatening to human society."

Hearth Moon Rising's blog: Hearth Moon Rising's Feb. 14 and Feb. 21 posts are about drinking (especially beer) and other extracurricular activities in Mesopotamia. 

My Village Witch: In her Feb. 12 post, "A Long Season of Imbolc," Byron Ballard tells of her preparations, celebration, and why she doesn't think "Imbolc is quite finished with me yet."

HecateDemeter: Nonna tells her grandson An Imbolc Tale, in Hecate's Feb. 1 post. And, in case you missed it, Hecate interviews me in her Feb. 19 post

Panthea: In a Feb. 2 post, Aine, Sun and Moon, blogger Lisa explores symbolism of this Celtic Goddess and its relevance to polarity and spiritual balance. 

Love of the Goddess: Blogger Tara's Feb. 23 post explores the mythology of Aine, Celtic Goddess of Love. 
 
WoodsPriestess: Talkbirth's Feb. 21 post, Womanrunes: The Yoni, explains the relationship of a rune stone to the significance of the yoni and shows her yoni Goddess sculpture. Talkbirth writes:
" In our house, we’ve used the word 'yoni' for a long time. I find it much more descriptive and appropriate than the often-incorrectly used 'vagina' and the often-awkward-sounding 'vulva'.”  

The Wild Hunt: Heather Greene's Feb. 23 post gives "An Overview of PantheaCon Wiccan Privilege Discussion," that lasted 2 hours with an SRO audience. Heather writes that the discussion grew out of earlier articles and blog posts about whether Wicca is or should be considered "normative" for Paganism, and notes that among those taking part in the PantheaCon discussion were Margot Adler and Starhawk. 
An Overview of the PantheaCon Wiccan Privilege Discussion - See more at: http://wildhunt.org/2014/02/an-overview-of-the-pantheacon-wiccan-privilege-discussion.html#sthash.uN6r2O5V.dpuf
An Overview of the PantheaCon Wiccan Privilege Discussion - See more at: http://wildhunt.org/#sthash.6zbsUjL0.dpuf
An Overview of the PantheaCon Wiccan Privilege Discussion - See more at: http://wildhunt.org/#sthash.6zbsUjL0.dpuf
 
Fellowship of Isis Central: If you've never been to an Imbolc Seasonal Festival at Clonegal Castle (and even if you have), you'll want to read Maire Doyle's Feb. 10 post about this year's. The Feb. 12 post announces and gives details about the Fellowship of Isis Gathering in London this May.

Works of Literata: In her Feb. 23 post, OHF Current Location Will Close, blogger Literata reports on a town meeting of the Open Hearth Foundation, a DC area Pagan organization. Literata writes that
 "the biggest news is that OHF will no longer have its current location after the end of March. The board is currently working on making decisions about what OHF will do after that."
 Then she gives background on the situation. 

WATERVoices: A Feb. 21 post on this blog of the Women's Alliance for Theology, Ethics and Ritual, "Talking Taboo Part Two Notes" is a summary of a Feb. 5 teleconference with Christian feminists Grace Biskie, Gina Messina-Dysert, Tara Woodard-Lehman, and Katey Zeh about a anthology for which they  wrote chapters. 

Large Group Blogs 

Return to Mago: Among this month's posts to this Goddess-centered blog:

Blog owner Helen Hye-Sook Hwang continues her series on The Magoist Cosmogeny in her Feb. 24 post, focusing on the sex of the Four Heavenly Persons and Mago's eight grandchildren.

In her Feb. 17 post, Re-Storying Goddess: A Pagaian Cosmology, Glenys Livingstone writes that to her the title of her post means "re-storing a sense of 'She' to the Cosmos."

Jassy Watson's Feb. 14 post, She Who Has Faith in the Unknown, is based on a painting she did in 2013. This post shows this wonderful painting, which Jassy reveals she sees as her "Inner Priestess Self." She goes on to explain her approach to her artwork.

In a Feb. 7 post, which contains a reproduction of Lydia Ruyle's  stunning Goddess icon banner of Venus of Willendorf, the artist gives background on the symbolism she used in this banner, as well as news from Vienna.

 Xanath Caraza's Feb. 5 post is her poem, El reboso de Adelita/The shawl of Adelita, in both Spanish and English.

In a Feb. 3 post, Christian Women and Thealogy, Mary Ann Beavis writes about her research into what she calls "Christian Goddess Spirituality."

Pagan Square:  From this blog of many mostly-Pagan paths, sponsored by BBI Media:

Blogger Candise's Feb. 18 post, Transitioning into the Mother Weaver,   tells of her changing from Maiden to Mother on her priestess path, a change which included grief, wonder, and the weaving of magic.

In her Feb. 18 post, Brighid--Harbinger of Spring, blogger JudithAnn discusses the difference she felt celebrating this holy day in the southern U.S. rather than in the north, as she has done previously. With beautiful Brighid art. 

In a Feb. 13 post, Deep White and Silent World, Byron Ballard tells of a recent wintry night in Appalachia that becomes a preparation for spring. An excerpt from what she writes:
"When this snow has made its transformation from flake to droplet, the world here will be ready to welcome the new spring, I think. We'll have more cold and perhaps more snow--March is often a snowy month here--but there is a shift out in the garden, amongst the perennials and the fruit trees. They have shaken off their winter's rest and the buds are fattening in expectation....
There is a responsibility inherent in following a spiritual path so closely tied to the changing of seasons and the turning of the Great Wheel....We have a responsibility to know when to leave the old season behind and embrace the new."

In a Feb. 12 post, pondering the death of a friend, Deborah Castellano writes that Everything Is Not Under Your Control: Making Sense of the Senseless. Focusing especially on those who practice magic, Deborah writes (excerpted):
"If we’re not careful, it’s easy to find ourselves as Workers of all stripes to wind up stuck in a Secret trap – that if you were just better – a better Worker, a better manipulator, a better planner...you wouldn’t have found yourself in the situation that is causing you unmitigated grief and despair.  You could have prevented this if you were better.  You deserve these terrible things that have happened to you because you didn’t work harder to prevent these situations.....
I refuse to believe that all of these incredibly painful events could have been mitigated if I just tried harder as a Witch.  You think I wasn’t praying as hard as I could pray?  You think I wasn’t crying as hard as I could cry?  You think I wasn’t Working as hard as I could Work?..... It’s terrible and awful but it’s the way things work in the universe.  Not everything can be changed."

In her Feb. 12 post, Carol P. Christ shares "What I Learned on the Goddess Pilgrimage to Crete," focusing on 5 "gifts," as well as other occurrences in her 20 years of conducting tours that seemed negative at the time, such as:
"On the first pilgrimage, I lost my voice. Back home but still not able to speak, I realized that 'I' could not control everything and that this meant that I could not 'make things happen' exactly as I wanted them to happen in my life."

In her Feb. 12 post, Max Dashu explores artifacts, mythology, and other information about Australian Aboriginal traditions such as Jillinya, Great Mother of the Ngarinyin.

In a Feb. 11 post, Bee Smith writes about her experience of The Cailleach Initiation in rural Ireland.

Galina Krasskova gives information about a conference planned for this July in New York state in her Feb. 8 post, Polytheistic Leadership Conference A Go.

In her Feb. 8 post, Magic of Place, Jane Meredith writes about the Coogee Women's Baths in Sydney, Australia

In a Feb. 6 post, writing from the perspective of New Zealand, blogger Mistress Polly writes about Omens, Signs, Messages, and Symbols.

Feminism and Religion: From this month's posts of many bloggers on many paths:

In a Feb. 26 post, Making Our Way -Updating the Guide for Women in Religion, Kecia Ali tells about the planned update of the Guide she is undertaking with Mary E. Hunt and Monique Moultrie, the changes that have taken place since previous editions, and asks for your input.

Carol P. Christ's  Feb. 24 post,  Is Goddess "With Us" or "In Control" of Everything? The "Theological Mistake" of Divine Omnipotence,   begins:
How do we make sense of loss, great loss, and everyday disappointment? Some would tell us that “everything has a purpose” or that whatever happens ”must be the will of God.”  I have found that these answers to questions raised by life as we know it often do more harm than good.  Yet they have a sticking power–we hear them all the time, sometimes even from other feminist seekers.
In her Feb. 17 post, Matriarchy: Daring to Use the "M" Word, Carol explains why she is departing from long-standing Goddess feminist usage in naming the social construct that preceded patriarchy. Her Feb. 10 post, Women and Weeding, The First 10,000 Years, relates her personal experience with weeding, which she says has been "women's work" since about 8000 BCE.  Her Feb. 3 post, The Great Commandment for Women: Love and Care for Yourself as You Love and Care for Others," begins by comparing Jesus of Nazareth's teaching with a "midrash" by Charles Hartshorne and extending it the women's culturally-based ideas of self-sacrifice.

Kile Jones interviews Judith Butler in a Feb. 19 post, Sex, Religion, and Discourse.

In a Feb. 12 post beginning with a poem, Molly Meade writes of the Echoes of Mesopotamia in both her spiritual practice and her sculpture.

In what she realizes will be a controversial post, on Feb. 11 Andreea Nica writes "Why I Don't Believe in Female Pastors."

In her Feb. 9 post, On the Path of Holiness, Ivy Helman compares what is considered holy in two Abrahamic religions.

In a Feb. 2 post, Barbara Ardinger suggests Let's Build an Altar for Springtime and gives some ideas about how to go about it. 

Laura Shannon's Jan. 31 post explores Women's Ritual Dances... especially from the aspect of healing, with a particular focus on Balkan folk dances.

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