Wednesday, August 24, 2016

Buzz Coil: August 2016

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

HecateDemeter: Blogger Hecate's brave (and helpful to many women) all-too-true August 3 post, "Telling a Story that Shames Me," is about an incident that occurred when she was in midst of a professional victory, and which, imo, brings shame not to blogger Hecate, but to the culture in which it occurs. Her August 19 post, "Into Inanna --Part I," is the first installment in a new work of fiction.

Starhawk's blog:  In an August 12 post, "Death and Mystery," Starhawk notes: "The Goddess doesn’t offer us easy comfort or consolation. We don’t have heaven to reward the good or a hell to punish the bad. We might believe, as Martin Luther King says, that the arc of the universe bends toward justice—but we observe that it has a long, long way to go." She goes on to ponder the death of "a lovely young woman" and its implications, ending with poetry dedicated to her.   
  
PaGaian Cosmology: Glenys D. Livingtone's August 7 post, "An Integral Universe: Conscious from the Beginning, in Conception," begins with quotes from Thomas Berry and  goes on to discuss the  idea  that "we are more than our biology," in terms of dualism and her own and others' writings. The post also announces a Cosmic Walk ceremony to be held Sept. 3 in Australia, where she lives.   

My Village Witch:  Byron Ballard's  August 1 post, "Lammastide  in My Moonstruck Soul," reflects on what has happened since she turned 60 a year ago, including this year's Lammas  ritual  at Mother Grove Temple, which she leads. The ritual description she shares includes a poem by the late Patricia Monaghan and the experience of the post-ritual Irish Stomp Dance in the rain.   

Alchemy of Clay:  Barbara Rogers' August 21  post, "Blessings on  water,"  is a report, in words and many wonderful photos, on "A beautiful production of Blessings on The River," in North Carolina near the Swannanoa River, with the Sahara Peace Choir and organized by Annelinde Metzner.

Annelinde's World: Annelinde Metzner's August 19 post, "Voices of Gaia III," contains poems in the voices of "Grey Wolf," and "Key Deer."

Hearth Moon Rising's blog: Among several posts about deer (with pics and an elk video), is Hearth Moon's August 12 post on "Diana and Deer."   

A Crone Speaks Out:   "TERF Wars  and Trans Terrorism" Rev. Cathryn Platine's August 7 post is subtitled: "How the most trans affirming Pagan tradition got labelled transphobic and why you should care."  In this post Rev. Platine, founder of the Cybeline Revival and Maetreum  of Cybele, seeks to correct this.

WoodsPriestess: Blogger Molly's August 18  post, "Where I am and what I’m doing!"  announces that she is  "'retiring' from my commitment to regularly maintaining this blog" and tells why.   


 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.

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

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

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


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Wednesday, July 27, 2016

Review: Jailbreaking the Goddess

Jailbreaking the Goddess: A Radical Revisioning of Feminist Spirituality by Lasara Firefox Allen (Llewellyn Publications, 2016), 7.4” x 9.1” trade paperback, 288 pages. Also available as an ebook.

 Wow! is my first reaction to this extraordinary book. As I settle down to try to contain my excitement, I will attempt to tell you the reasons for my reaction. For starters, Lasara Firefox Allen not only revisions Goddess “faces” (aka, aspects or archetypes), but she also brings into her analysis, the feminist theory of intersectionality . She deconstructs what has become the traditional Goddess archetype in modern Goddess religion and Paganism of Maiden/Mother/Crone, because, as she writes on the first page of the first chapter, “We are more than our biology.” She points out that the triple Goddess concept is rooted in patriarchy. (Most sources trace its origins not to antiquity, but to the 20th century writings of Sigmund Freud and Robert Graves.)

In the second chapter titled, “More Than Our Biology,” the author explains in depth the problems she sees with the Triple Goddess concept including its exclusion of factors outside of reproduction. This, she writes, leads to a woman’s “basic worth” being “based in utility....or usefulness, her body is a commodity”; this prevents her from having “full self-determination.” She also sees it as excluding women who can’t or don’t want to have children, women who cannot have menstrual periods, and women born without uteri. She suggests that women’s bodies have been “colonized” by the dominant culture, delves into the ways that various groups—including racial, ethnic, and “trans”—have been colonized more or differently from others, and suggests ways to counter the dominant culture’s definition of woman as biologically-determined. She also discusses non-binary gender identity and the role of women’s use of language in various cultures

Firefox Allen describes herself as “a white woman” who acknowledges her “position and privilege,” and is dedicated to “the concept and practice of intersectional feminism.” She writes that in this book she is “making it up” as she goes along, and invites readers to do the same and not to necessarily accept or follow what she proposes. The bio on the inner flap of the book’s back cover describes her as a “family traditions Witch and second generation ordained Pagan priestess.”

She notes that she will be using some words that readers may not be used to, such as “feminal” (which I like— she frequently uses it where others might use “feminine” and sometimes “female”). She apparently has resurrected this word, as the Oxford dictionary defines it as archaic. Also noting that she uses the word “archetypes,” but not in the usual Jungian way, she proposes that the Maiden/Mother/Crone trinity be replaced by five “faces” or aspects of the Goddess with Latin names. Taking the definitions from the inside flap of the front cover, these are :
 --Femella: “girl. . . .the primal child, the divine child
--Potens: “able, patent, might, strong, powerful…the woman of strength, full of potential and power, bursting forth.”
--Creatrix: “female creator….the mother, the maker, the author.”
--Sapientia: “wisdom, discernment, intellect, a science….Master of her craft, teacher, leader, woman of science & art.”
--Antiqua: “Ancient, aged, time honored, venerable, traditional, essential….the old woman, the dreamer, the storyteller, the witch at the gate.”

The author greatly expands on these inside the book, devoting a chapter to each new face. She suggests that these aspects are not necessarily connected to age, but can also be connected to the stage we find ourselves in our lives—and that we may inhabit more than one face at a time, depending on the circumstances.

The chapters for each of her five proposed new faces of the Goddess begin with the “sigil” (magical symbol) and beautifully written poetic prose description of that particular aspect. They end with a poem/invocation to that aspect. Some of the material within these chapters include descriptions of the aspect in her “Occult” and “Empowered” (words she uses because she dislikes the racial implications of “dark” and “light” [as do I]) appearances, sexuality, stages of womanhood not necessarily linked to biology, deities from a wide variety of cultures that may be related to this particular face, attributes, relationship to elements, animals, plants, weather, seasons in both global hemispheres, holidays whose sources may be religious/spiritual or secular, and suggestions for rites, rituals and observances.

And all this is just in Part 1 of the book, which ends with a short chapter, “ Rewilding: the Path from Here.’’ This chapter acts as a transition to Part 2, which discusses “relationality, liberation, collectivism, self-reflection, and magick.” Its first chapter (chapter 9 of the book) discusses philosophical and ethical concerns of “The Relational” including collective liberation and personal responsibility. This chapter also discusses why “Intention is Not Everything,” revolving around the question of whether we are able—or even would want to—create our own reality. In the section immediately following this, Foxfire Allen writes: “We cannot live in the ‘believe it, and it shall be so’ and ‘everything happens for a reason’ bubble without casting blame on those whose cultures are being constricted, starved, contaminated instead of looking at the real perpetrators of the desecration.” Among the topics also discussed in Part 2 are “decolonizing our magicks” and the shortcomings of “White Feminism’; “Decentralizing Your Working Group” including examining and changing group power structures; being drawn to specific deities and spirit possession; and information and advice on creating rites of passage and other rituals. The book also includes two Forewords, one by Ariel Gore and another by Rosa De Anda, and an appendix with “Magical and Ritual Considerations for a New Practitioner.”

It seems to me that Jailbreaking the Goddess can be considered part of a trend in the last decade or so of books and teachers presenting alternatives to what was/is assumed to be ancient Goddess practice but at least some of which, like the triple Goddess concept, can presently be traced only as far back as the early 20th century. Examples of relatively new ideas and alternatives include Carol Christ’s She Who Changes (2003), which seeks to combine Goddess religion with process theology; Glenys Livingstone’s PaGaian Cosmology (2005), which combines the Maiden/Mother/Crone “female metaphor” with current scientific theory; and The Queen of Myself (2o04) by Donna Henes, whose proposal that “Queen” be added between Mother and Crone has been adopted in the teachings of Rev. Ava of The Goddess Temple of Orange County. What can also be considered another part of this trend is people creating alternatives in other religions, such as the 13 priestess paths related to both the understanding of the female divine and human or legendary women in [Rabbi] Jill Hammer and Taya Shere's The Hebrew Priestess (2015) and drawn from their work as leaders of the Kohenet Hebrew Priestess Institute.

Speaking of updating, I want to mention the use of the term “jailbreaking” in this book’s title, as well as another incident that I’ll get to shortly. When I first saw “Jailbreaking” in the title,I was a bit startled. I showed the book cover to two other people. One had a little familiarity with Goddess spirituality and the other had none. Both people had the similar reactions to mine (I didn’t tell them mine until after they told me theirs), which went something like “Why does the Goddess need to be broken out of jail?” “What did she do wrong that caused her to be imprisoned?” “If we help her break out of jail, aren’t we also doing something illegal?” Of course the Goddess hasn’t done anything wrong and neither have we. But that seems to be a gut response for some people. So I thought about it, knowing at that time only a bit about what was inside the book. I decided that what the title really meant was something like freeing the Goddess or liberating the Goddess. And I had another thought: Maybe there was another meaning for jailbreaking I think I favor this iPod/iPad/iPhone-related definition as a metaphor for breaking out of limitations in general because there is less confusion about meaning. The second incident also seems techie-related. In Chapter 14, “Ritual Elements and Templates,” in a section of templates for “Rituals of Invocation and Rituals of Initiation,”  there is discussion of guided visualizations. But sometimes (at least in the copy the publisher sent me) the word is spelled "vizualizations" in the heading and "visualizations" in the text (often directly under the heading spelling). What’s going on here, I wondered and headed over to Google again. And guess what! There is a spelling with the 2 z’s and it’s apparently related to technology,  possibly adopted from street slang, “Vizual.” So I have to wonder, was this a magickal manifestation of the contemporary Goddess Computa?

Before leaving this review I want to mention that throughout the book, as part of each section (yet set apart typographically), the author gives suggestions for journaling topics and subjects for action (voluntary, of course). This increases the book’s usefulness not only for individuals, but also for use in groups and classes.

I also want to note – as the author herself recognizes in several places – that not everyone will agree with some of the ideas nor want to adopt some of practices discussed in this book. (For example, I am not comfortable with the idea of me practicing spirit possession though I have observed it on a few occasions and understand and respect it as part of a number of cultures’ practices.) That we might not agree with everything in the book doesn’t detract from its value – in fact, may increase its value – as Firefox Allen offers a vast array of different ideas/practices and encourages readers to adopt or develop whichever they wish.

Jailbreaking the Goddess is a scholarly, spiritual, poetic book. Theoretical and practical and inspirational, it is beautifully structured and beautifully written – a welcome contribution to the growth of feminist/Goddess spirituality at this time of evolution and expansion in these living religions.

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Tuesday, July 26, 2016

Buzz Coil: July 2016

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

Pagaian Cosmology: Glenys Livingstone's  July 17 post, "Imbolc/Lammas Moment August 2016 C.E"  provides background on the two holidays –  one in the southern hemisphere where Livingstone lives, the other in the northern hemisphere – including their  differences and similarities.  Her July 24 post, "No Eye But Hers," quotes a poem by Jami from 1414 CE. Livingstone begins her reflection on this poem by writing:
"this is Virgin – no matter what your sex on the spectrum, She is in all.
… this is parthenos, which is so much more than the patriarchal reduction to mean 'unbroken hymen': She is 'one-in-herself', 'unto Herself' – integral, complete, embodying the whole universe, as each and all being does."
With large pic by Livingstone.


Works of Literata:  On July 18, blogger Literata shared ritual work for then upcoming Republican Convention. She invited readers to participate in the ritual "To keep the peace in Cleveland." I guess it worked!

 HecateDemeter: Blogger Hecate's July 4 post, "Hail, Columbia!" is about the Goddess (aka "Freedom," "Libertas,") atop the U.S. Capitol  (and also located elsewhere).  The post includes a number of links, including those to longer posts she's written on the subject previously. 

Annelinde's World:  Annelinde Metzner's July 22 post  is a poem she wrote in 2012, "Thank You, Hillary."

 Hearth Moon Rising's blog:  Hearth Moon's July 22 post, " Really Big Deer," is about the Scottish Goddess Cailleach Bheur, as well as Hearth's personal experience with one particular deer.

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

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


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.

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

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Tuesday, June 28, 2016

Buzz Coil: June 2016

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

Annelinde's World: Annelinde Metzner's June 25 post, is a poem about "Raining" and Goddess. Her June 5 post, the poem, "Release," begins "Angry men carry guns..." and ends with a message from the Goddess.

HecateDemeter: For her June, 25 post, Blogger Hecate gives us a new work of fiction, "What Jayshee Recorded," set in India. Hecate's June 9 post, "What Maiden, What Mother, What Crone Means for this Election," includes a touching moment between Hillary Clinton and her daughter, Chelsea. 

My Village Witch: In her June 14  post, "Lighting Signal Fires in Tower Times," Byron Ballard writes about "the roiling change, the fear, the uncertainty," of the "enormous shift"  she sees taking place in the U.S. and elsewhere and offers suggestions about how to cope.

PaGaian Cosmology: This blog was formerly known as "Glenys's blog." It now has a new name and new url, but the blogger is the same.   Glenys D. Livingstone's  June 29 post, "Creation Stories @ Winter Solstice," shares stories of the holiday being celebrated in June in Australia and elsewhere in the Southern Hemisphere.

The Goddess House: In a June 9 post, "Opening the Discussion About Death," Frances Billinghurst discusses the establishment of "Death Cafés " in various countries. These cafés   discuss end of life issues. This post also gives information about one such café being held by The Goddess House, which Billinghurst leads, in Adelaide, Australia on July 23. 

Hearth Moon Rising: Hearth Moon continues her series on woodpeckers (and on June 17, turtles) and their relationship to deities.

Broomstick Chronicles: Aline O'Brien's (aka Macha NightMare)  June 2 post is about "Creating a New Oracular System" called Green Pulse Oracle with a friend, based on the work of the late Fred Adams, founder of Feraferia.

Casa della Dea: This Italian-language blog's May 28 post, " Voci di Sacerdotesse,"  is the first  installation in a new section to keep track  of the activities of Goddess priestesses and priests in Italy.

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.

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

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

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Sunday, May 29, 2016

Buzz Coil: May 2016

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

Starhawk's Blog: In a long May 11 post, "Facilitating Diversity," Starhawk posts about taking a break from a Passover seder , a discussion of another seder. and combining her Jewish roots with her Paganism, as well as working together with others "across differences" in general.

The Retiring Mind: Wendy Griffin's April 23 post, "A New Telling," compares various creation stories with the version now accepted by science. At the end, she poses several intriguing questions about science and Gaia.


Association for the Study of Women and Mythology: ASWM's May 24 post, "Kore Winner, Dr. Annette Williams, Joins CIIS Faculty" is a post of the announcement from the California Institute of Integral Studies. The May 9 post, "Call for Papers..." is from the American Academy of Religion's s Goddess Studies Unit, Western Region, with a deadline of Sept. 30.

The Goddess House:  In the May 18 post "Monday Night Meditations -- Tara,"  Frances Billinghurst, priestess of The Goddess House in Adelaide, Australia, writes of the Goddess House's honoring of Green Tara during its Monday night meditation program.

Glenys' Blog/Pagaian Cosmology: Glenys D. Livingstone's May 2 post is a poem, "Transformation." Her April 28 post is about the relationship between Samhain in the Southern Hemisphere, where Livingstone lives (Australia), and Beltaine in the Northern Hemisphere.

Annelinde's World: Annelinde's Metzner's  May 28 post is the poem "through the green" about this time of year in the Northern Hemisphere.

HecateDemeter:  Blogger Hecate's May 21 post, "A Shiny End,"  continues the story about  Harry,  Melissa,  and the  Goddess Athena.  With links to the first two parts.

Hearth Moon Rising: Hearth Moon's May 20 post, "Classical Woodpecker Deities," discusses both gods and goddesses associated with woodpeckers. 

Radical Goddess Theology:  In a  May 8 post, "Trotting Out the End Times Again," blogger Athana  comments upon the hundred  of predictions  over the centuries  that the world was was coming to end, including one made by a current presidential candidate.

Goddess/Spiritual Feminist Blogs

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

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

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

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

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

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

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Wednesday, May 25, 2016

A True Spring Story

I once lived on a street that ended in a cul-de-sac. (This “once” was in the previous century.) My home was in one of the brick colonials common to the area. In the brick colonial directly across the street was a family named Starling. They lived there for, oh, about 10 years before selling the house to a family with the last name Bird. The Birds lived there at least until I moved, near end of that century. I decided to move to get closer to work, but had trouble finding a buyer for the house (it was that kind of market). But just as the house I wanted in a new location became available, a member of the Starling family contacted me by phone and said she wanted to move back on the street and asked I knew of any available houses.

“Do I have the house for you!” I said, and asked her if she wanted to buy mine. Ms. Starling bought my house and that winter I happily moved to the state across the river, much closer to work. My new house was on a street name Byrd. (I am not making this up. Wait ‘til you read the rest!)

In early spring, in my new home, I heard a noise that seemed to be coming from my kitchen. When I got to the kitchen I followed the sound to my stove. The high-pitched racket seemed to be emanating from the fan above my stove—but it wasn’t the fan, which was turned off. I never had a stove fan before—it was one of the kitchen features that attracted me to the house—and I couldn’t guess what the noise could be. I asked a neighbor, who said, “probably small birds. We had them last year in our stove fan and put screening up to keep them out.”

I called a wildlife expert. He took a look and said, “Starlings.” After mating season was over. He cleaned out the fan area , and put up screening. “They’ll be happier outside anyway,” he said. “Sometimes they just make a mistake in where they choose to nest.”
Bird Goddess on my altar

So that is my true Spring story, written today as I listen to the birds of many types singing in my backyard, and remember one in particular who sang just at the right moment as I was recording my audiobook, Goddess Guided Meditations.

And oh, btw, did I mention that the first Goddess statue I ever bought (in the early’80s) was a bird Goddess? I’m posting her pic with this article.
Copyright© 2016 by Judith Laura

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Saturday, April 23, 2016

Buzz Coil: April 2016

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

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

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

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

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

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


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

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

Goddess/Spiritual Feminist Blogs

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

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

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

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

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

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

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Sunday, March 27, 2016

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

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

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

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

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

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


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


 
Links with more information about Lydia Ruyle:
 
 

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Thursday, March 24, 2016

Buzz Coil: March 2016

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Goddess/Spiritual Feminist Blogs

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

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

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

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

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

Tuesday, March 22, 2016

Dear Media: Isis is a Goddess


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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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