Saturday, March 30, 2019

Buzz Coil: February-March

Here are some notes about recent posts from blogs on our blogroll:

Association for the Study of Women and Mythology: ASWM blog's March 4 post "Still Powerful: Artworks by Rae Atira-Soncea" the late feminist visionary artists work, which will be exhibited March 23-31, 2019, on the 3rd floor Common Wealth Gallery, 100 S Baldwin, Madison, Wisconsin.

HecateDemeter:  Hecate's "The Magical Battle for America" continues. The March 25 post
focuses on the "five giant banners in this series, those of Walden Pond, the Underground Railroad, the Cowboy, the Salmon, and Lady Liberty."  The other posts in this series in March and February and their topics include: March 17, Lady Liberty and immigrants; March 10, Underground Railroad and its banner; March 3, the signs of Spring; Feb. 24, American patriots; Feb. 17, the Cowboy banner and fences; Feb. 10, female salmon; Feb. 3, Winter and its "retreat," along with the retreat of "evil" in the U. S. This follows 2 posts on Imbolc (aka Brigid), the Feb. 1 of which includes political advice.  Hecate's March 24 post "Sacred Space Conference Follow-Up" also includes a discussion of "Postcards to Voters." In her March 22 post, "Magical Battle Sources," she shares the list of sources for the series that were promised in her presentation at Sacred Space. Her March 20 post, part of her "Words for Wednesday" series, is a prayer to Aphrodite that begins:

"This is a prayer to Aphrodite.  This is a prayer for Resistance.

This is a prayer for love and beauty.  This is a prayer for Resistance.

This is a prayer for wine and roses.  This is a prayer for Resistance.

This is a prayer for orgasm.  This is a prayer for Resistance."

Annelinde's World: Annelinde Metzner's March 22 poem, "My Grief, My Love for the World" was written in 2014 and will appear in the 2020 We'Moon Datebook. It begins:
"I watch the dancer, one arm framing her face, one hip drawing upward in the belly’s rhythm.
The dance of mature women, Raqs Sharqi,
born of the sensuous music of the Middle East."
(Raq's Sharqi is the original language name for what others now call "belly dancing.")
Metzner goes on to take us on a tour of various countries and their traditions.
With pics.

PaGaian Cosmology: Glenys Livingtone's March 25 post is a review of the new edition of Hallie Ingelhart Austen's book, The Heart of the Goddess, the 1st edition of which was published in 1990. Livingstone's March 17 post, "Equinox Moment EarthGaia, March 2019 C.E.," discusses the 2 equinoxes celebrated this year on March 20 and 21, depending on whether you live in Earth's Northern or Southern hemisphere.

The Goddess House: In her Feb. 25 post (misdated, I think, as 2018--a common mistake at the beginning of a year), Priestess in Residence Frances, announces, "Circles of Sisterhood finally happening". The group began meeting on March 21 in the Adelaide, Australia area.

A Weblog for Our Mother God: The most recent post of this Goddess Christian blog (which for some reason doesn't date its posts) is about "The Easter Cycle," which the blog writer defines as, "the rebirth of the cosmos itself and of Deity Herself."

Fellowship of Isis Central: This group's March 20 post, "Happy 43rd Anniversary, Fellowship of Isis!" celebrates its 43rd anniversary and announces a new publication by its founder about the Vernal Equinox, on which FOI was founded. Its March 19 post, "FOI 43rd Anniversary and Full Moon," is a priestess-led oracle for the full moon. 

Mythology Matters: In his March 5 post, Arthur George announces "My New Article Just Published." Requested by the Joseph Campbell Foundation, the article is titled, "The Mythology of Celebration."

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

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


Thursday, January 24, 2019

Buzz Coil: November-December-January

Here are some notes about recent posts from blogs on our blogroll:

(updated Jan.29, 2019)

Annelinde's World: Most of Annelinde's posts are in the form of poetry. Here are the first 3 lines of her poem for Jan. 12, "Wind Drum":
"The shaman elder in Greenland weeps and sings into his wind drum
as his Mother, the Big Ice, sacred site of millennia,
shrinks away to dwarf Her former self."
Her Dec. 31 post/poem, "The Falling Away," is about the onset of winter. Her Nov. 23 poem, "Just Friday," written on what some refer to as "Black Friday," (the day after U.S. Thanksgiving, at which businesses aim to go "in the black," that is reach a profit for the year). The poem humorously repeats the phrase, "NOT SHOPPING."
All with pics and some now also with audio.

Brigid's Grove: This blog used to be "Woods Priestess." Molly's Dec. 31 post, "Honoring the Year" begins with an invocation to Goddess, then tells about the ritual Molly performs every year's end, and goes on to list "Resources for Reflections" before introducing one way to end the ritual.

HecateDemeter: This summary is long because, well, blogger Hecate posts a lot of excellent, thought-provoking posts. What I'm posting here today is just a small smattering of those posts. Hecate's Jan. 17 post is an obituary for the poet, Mary Oliver, which Hecate headlines with what has became her traditional death blessing, "May the Goddess Guard Her. May She Find Her Way to the Summerlands. May Her Friends and Family Know Peace." Hecate then quotes what she says has become one of her very favorites of Oliver's poems, "When Death Comes." It is indeed a beautiful poem. This post also links to an obituary on the NPR site.
Continuing her series (all of which end have a meditation/working),"The Magical Battle for America," Hecate's Jan. 27 post consists of a meditation/working that focuses on Lady Liberty, Ellis Island, and immigration. The Jan. 13 post in this series, discusses Teddy Roosevelt's relation to nature sites now in danger.  Her Jan.6 post begins with a discussion of Dion Fortune's The Magical Battle of Britain, and compares it to what the U.S. is going through now. After referring to Byron Ballard's suggestions, Hecate suggests ways for you to counter the problems now posed by this situation. On Dec. 30 Hecate asks her readers: "Do you find it useful to have these workings posted weekly?  Are you able to do one each week or would it be more realistic for them to be monthly?  Do you feel that our tide has turned sufficiently to allow us to move to monthly workings...?  Are there particular symbols and/or workings that you’ve found to be more effective than others?  Do you use the symbols and/or methods in your own workings? "Dec. 16 and Dec. 9 posts contain only the meditation/working feature of this series, with that of 12/16 focusing on Thoreau and Walden Pond, and that of 12/9 focusing on the U.S.'s political difficulties. The Dec. 2 series' post encourages you to become conscious of and work with the Goddess related to where you live. 
Hecate's Dec. 15 post, "We’ve Got 99 Problems and This Ain’t One of Them," discusses "Paganism's latest controversy," and delves into racism and genetics.

Pagaian Cosmology:  Glenys Livingstone's Jan. 27 post, "Lammas/Imbolc @EarthGaia 2019 C.E." explains these two upcoming holidays in the Earth's southern and northern hemispheres, including their relationship. A Nov. 18 post, "Video Interview with Glenys Livingstone, PaGaian Cosmology Author" has autobiographical material on Glenys' activities in Goddess spirituality as well as her education (including information on her Ph.D thesis) and other parts of her life in Australia, as well as in the U.S, where she received her master's degree. The post also has information on the books she authored, cds, and many anthologies, magazines, journals and blogs (including this one) to which she has contributed.

Radical Goddess Theology:  Blogger Athana's December 16 post, "Flipping Santa into a Man's Bod," explains that Santa (feminine for Saint in Italian, Spanish, and Portuguese) was originally,"the Germanic Goddess Holda, who during the Christmas season brought gifts to all good children."

Fellowship of Isis Central: FOI's Dec. 12 post, "New Italian Translations"  features a link to new translations into Italian of the FOI liturgy. In addition to new Italian translation, the organization's Dec. 3 post, "New FOI Liturgy Translations" features a link to French translations.

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

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

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

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

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


Wednesday, December 26, 2018

Ebook Sale

Three of my ebooks (by Judith Laura) are available from now through Jan. 1 on Smashwords at half-price. The ebooks available from Smashwords in this promotion are my two novels, Three Part Invention, and Beyond All Desiring (recipient of 3 awards in print), and a Study Guide for the 4 Kabbalah chapters from my award-winning book, Goddess Spirituality for the 21st Century: From Kabbalah to Quantum Physics. You can either go directly to one or more of the links just given, or you can go to for info, then scroll down to the list of books and click on the one(s) you're interested in. The half-price coupons will be on the top right of the individual book pages.

All links above, except the one for the print book Goddess Spirituality for the 21st Century, are on Smashwords. That book's link here goes to its page on my website. You can also see additional information about the two novels on my website: Three Part Inventionwhose page there includes a trailer, review clips, and links to excerpts from the novel; and Beyond All Desiring , also available as an audiobook, and whose page on my website also includes parts of review and links to excerpts.

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Tuesday, October 30, 2018

Buzz Coil: August-September-October

Blessed Samhain/Hallows and Happy Halloween.
Here are some notes about recent posts from blogs on our blogroll:
Annelinde's World: Annelinde Metzner's poems discussed here are all accompanied by illustrations: Oct. 5 post: the poem, "I Feel Like a Big Person" which begins "Dr. Mukwege sews and sews" tells about a surgeon Annelinde writes she was introduced to by Eve Ensler and the relation of his activities to women's power. Annelinde's Sept. 24 posted poem, "Milkweed" is about the warmth of September and its bees, wild strawberries, goldenrod, and the "Sacred Mound." Her Sept 18 posted poem, "She's Still There" tells of a mountain called "Grandfather" by some and "Grandmother" by others, including Annelinde. Her Aug. 11 posted poem "The Holy City" is about a mountain called "Grandmother of North Carolina."

Veleda: Max Dashu's Aug. 5 post, "Serpent Goddess in the Tree" focuses on the representation of the Serpent as a Goddess in the Tree of Wisdom  by European artists from 1200 into the 1600s. With many illustrated examples. Dashu's Aug 2 post, " Furies and Witches" contains historical information about the stories of the Furies, focusing on Tisiphone. Also with many illustrated examples.

HecateDemeter:  Hecate's Oct. 23 post, "Public Magic in Spite of..." opens with a general discussion of her views on Pagans who tell other Pagans that they're doing "it" wrong, and goes on to discuss the U.S. electoral process. I can't resist quoting an excerpt from the paragraph that starts the electoral discussion. Hecate writes:
"One very public act of magic is showing up to vote.  (Your vote is secret, but the fact that you voted is public information — as someone recently had to explain to the moron in the White House.)  And. . . . what I’ve learned is that, when enough of us vote, the magic works."
 Hecate's Oct. 18 post, "In Event of Emergency, Break Window and Perform Spell," illustrated with a beautiful picture of a blue candle flaming white, is a ritual from Michael M. Hughes, centered around the need for a "blue wave."  Hecate's series, "The Magical Battle for America," continues on: Oct. 14 and 7; Sept. 23, 16, 9, and 2; and Aug. 26, 19, 12, and 5.

Pagaian Cosmology: Australian Glenys D. Livingstone's Oct. 18 post, "Beltaine/Samhain Moment @ EarthGaia," explains the astronomical and spiritual significances of these 2 holidays occurring in late October-early November in Earth's Southern and Northern hemispheres. Among her many fascinating statements is "Death is actually the Mother of us all " (yes, in red, and in her post, linked to more info).

Fellowship of Isis Central: The Sept. 26 post of this blog announces the uploading of an FOI liturgy ritual in a translation from English into French.

My Village Witch: When I visited Byron Ballard's blog this time ( c. 10/26-10/29), what I assume is an html (or coding) error made it impossible for me to enter the blog.

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

Feminism and Religion: Many bloggers from many different religions and paths.
The Motherhouse of the Goddess: Blog affiliated with Motherhouse Podcasts and Mystery School.

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

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


Thursday, October 04, 2018

REVIEW: The Holy Wild by Danielle Dulsky

The Holy Wild: A Heathen Bible for the Untamed Woman by Danielle Dulsky, New World Library 2018, Trade Paperback, 292 pages, ISBN 978-1-60868-527-1 (also available as e-book)

In her newest book, Danielle Dulsky writes with a poet’s use of words and a scholar’s structure of material. To give you an idea of the beauty of the writing, with permission of the publisher I will quote here several passages from the author’s Introduction, titled “Her Genesis,” and hope that you will remember that these are only brief glimpses of this beautiful Introduction, which begins:
In the beginning, there was She.
She was nature’s primordial pulse, the pan-elemental alchemy of birth; the fertile void of death; and the mysterious, enduring, and numinous cosmic infinite. All was She, and She was all. Her power pervaded the totality of existence and veiled all potential worlds in the name of holy manifestation. Her steady, purposeful rhythm pounded on, in, and through the stellar fusions, the planet building, and the great galactic swell. The universal dawn was a quantum prayer to Her, and She was dancing for us long before humanity’s blessed inception, long before the glow of the primal feminine was eclipsed by modernity.
“While the rhythm of Her hallowed drum has slowed and quieted to a barely audible, near-whisper beat, while humanity’s spiritual landscape has been overbuilt and hums with man-made hymns, She can never be silenced....

“This book is a five-part ode to Her, to you, and to the yet-to-be-rebuilt bridge between our spirituality and our lived, embodied experience. What you will find here is hearty home-cooked nourishment for the nature-hungry spirit, seasoned with a good deal of feminine ire and served hot. What you will find here is an invitation to descend into the dark with me, to gather up pieces of ourselves we have forgotten, and to rise. The wilds of nature will always be our ancestral home....

“Rise Up, Heathen Priestess: She Lives in the Wilds
....As women of the wild, we deserve our own holy books, our own teaching tales, and our own venerable verses of validation….The her-stories I offer here have merit only in their meeting with your own life; they do not stand alone as immutable truths or a step-by-step path toward any lofty and permanent healing goal, nor do they assert any secret mysteries that I alone am privileged to know....

“The women who have been locked inside the books they called good deserve liberation from their externally imposed immorality. We must unlock the cages in which they have been contained for so long, trapped behind the iron bars of judgment and dismissal…. We share the scars of every woman who has been condemned to ever be spiritually imprisoned, and, in these pages, I offer all the primal feminine technology this Witch has in her toolbox to dismantle the indoctrinated beliefs that continue to limit our spiritual autonomy; divorce our bodies from our spirits; and fence in what is, by nature, untamed, heathen, and wild.

“The roots of the word heathen run far deeper than its derogatory, godless connotation; it is believed to come from the Germanic word meaning “dweller on the heath, one inhabiting uncultivated land.” To be heathen means to belong to the wild, to take our lessons from the natural world, and to be nourished by what we fundamentally are rather than what we are told we must be. Let me distinguish here between Heathenry, a polytheistic neo-Pagan religion for which I have much reverence but to which I do not belong, and the eclectic pre-Christian landscape of our ancestors....

 Find Her in the Dark:
 The Fertile Shadows of the Feminine Path
Heathen Priestess, your bejeweled crown is the same size as mine. I am neither above nor below you, and the round table of the Holy Wild has no structured hierarchy....

“My story is no more significant than yours, and my hope is that you drink in the poetry, feel nourished by the ceremonies, and complete the myths I begin here while constantly affirming your own authority and your own spiritual agency....

“....Sister, we do not always find Her in the light. Sometimes, we find Her in the dark.
“We find Her in the places that terrify us, and we find Her in the places they told us not to look.

“Walking a Wilder Path: Seeking Out the Fringes
You have many names, my love. In this book, I will call you a Priestess to validate your authority over your own spiritual journey. A Priestess looks within for direction and listens to the whispers, whimpers, and guttural groans of her inner wise woman. A Priestess is an elder. A Priestess is a woman who, regardless of linear age, has done the work and earned the right to say who she is and what she believes....
“I will call you a Witch to affirm your birthright as a holy healer, to vindicate those socially rejected women who were hunted — who still are hunted in many parts of the world — in the name of not only patriarchy but also institutionalized racism, classism, and persistent imperialism. I will call you Witch to give a fierce nod to our stolen feminine spirituality and to give your wisdom a real name....

“This path is wild because we cannot possibly predict where it will lead us…. In these pages, I will call this wild path the Red Road, the always-spiraling, unmapped route toward a woman’s spiritual home.”
The Introduction goes on to introduce the 5 sections of The Holy Wild, each called a Book and named after the traditional elements of Earth, Water, Fire, Air, and the not-so-familiar to some—Ether. Each book begins with a chapter of “verses,” that is, poetic writing, and continues with chapters about and of rituals and magick. The Books are related to various Goddess imagery and female/feminine archetypes. It is within these sections that Dulsky’s scholarly structuring is most strongly exhibited. Here are some examples:
The “Book of Earth” is devoted to “The Wild Feminine Archtype: The Priestess of the Wild Earth. Its “Earth Verses,” section asks readers to “envision yourself encircled by your ancestors as you read.” Dulsky then relates the Earth archetype to the “sovereign maiden,” aspect of the Goddess and specifically to the mythology of Lilith, Persephone-Kore, and Inanna. It also includes comments, several related writings including at least one from the Abrahamic (Abrahamic is a term that refers to Judaism, Christianity, and Islam, that is, religions that can be traced back to the patriarch Abraham) Bible and a suggestions for the reader’s writing and other assignments. The section on Earth Rituals has 7 rituals including those for “the Everyday Warrioress,” “Forbidden Fruit,” and “Self-Initiation.” Earth Magick includes a 4-part “welcoming” working related to Lilith, and also has 4 other workings.
The Book of Water is devoted to “The Wild Feminine Archetype: The Maiden of the Unbridled Feminine.” It focuses on the women and goddesses Salome, Freya, and Lalita.  The “Water Verses” section’s 10 parts includes “Revisioning Salome,”and “Our Wild Art and Unbridled Sensuality.” In the ritual section you will find rituals for the solstices and equinoxes, and 5 other rituals, including one of dance involving masks and veils and another with 3 parts. Among the 6 workings in the The Water Magic section are “Crafting the Cosmic Egg,”and “Making Holy Water.”
The Books of Fire, Air, and Ether include similar definitions, sections, and workings. The Book of Fire is devoted to the “Prophetess of the Wild Fire” and focuses on the “Dark Goddess,” and more specifically the women and goddesses known as “Mother of Babylon” (Christian Bible), Medusa, Oya, Kali, Brighid, and Hestia. The Book of Air archetype is “Witch of Sacred Love” and/or “Sacred Healer,” which include the women and goddesses Mary Magdalene, Aphrodite, Oshun, and Paravati. The Book of Ether archetype is “The Queen of the Ethereal Divine,” including the Hag or the Crone. It includes the Biblical  Jezebel and the “dark goddesses” Hekate, Baba Yaga, and The Cailleach.”
The last chapter of The Holy Wild is named, “Her Revelation.” Its 2nd paragraph begins: “A woman can certainly bring about the End of Days —the end of the world as we know it….” This relates it to the “Book of Revelation” the last book in the Christian Bible. Yet as in discussions in other parts of the book, Dulsky also departs in her writing from Abrahamic religions and adds other associations, such as “nature-based practices,” contact with Goddess, magick, and other Goddess associations. And the author begins the last section of this book with these words:
“Here in this book I offered you no religion. To be heathen is to predate the spiritual systems that have bound us. To my mind our modern religions have too often, though certainly not always, been a largely male-led dimension of systemized spirituality that is easily spoon-fed to the masses when seasoned with a good deal of fear.”
Though some people may object to this book’s combining Goddess Spirituality with material from the Abrahamic Bible, it may open the way to Goddess for others, particularly those just beginning on this path, for whom the book is especially suitable. It will also be an asset for those seeking to combine Goddess with Christianity or Judaism (a practice becoming increasing common) whether they are just starting on the Goddess path or have been on it for some time. In any case, The Holy Wild is terrific teaching tool and is extraordinarily well written.

The book’s back matter includes an Appendix with sources for further study, divided by the 5 Books of The Holy Wild; Acknowledgements; Notes on the material on the various chapters; Additional Resources for  Kali, Lalita, Oshun, and Oya; and a 14-page index.

Danielle Dulsky is author of 2 books related to Goddess Spirituality. She is also an artist, yoga teacher, energy worker, and founder of Living Mandala Yoga teacher training programs. She leads women’s circles, witchcraft workshops, and energy healing trainings and lives in Phoenixville, Pennsylvania. For more information, see her website,

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