Wednesday, June 24, 2015

Buzz Coil: June 2015

 Some recent posts from blogs on our blogroll (please note, we don't knowingly list posts published elsewhere before being published on the blogs referred to in this post. ):

My Village Witch: On June 22, Byron Ballard, leader of the Mother Grove Goddess Temple in North Carolina, posts a sermon she gave the previous day at the Unitarian Universalist Church of the Shenandoah Valley in Virginia. Titled, “Midsummer Dreams of Justice and Peace for the UUCSV,” the sermon touches on the murders at Emanuel AME church in South Carolina and previous violence at a UU church in Tennessee, North Carolina politics, and other problems worldwide, as well as thoughts on how to deal with what she calls a “Tower Time.” She also shares how Summer Solstice is celebrated in her community and related European folklore.

Starhawk’s blog: Starhawk’s June 19 post is a response to the “Charleston Massacre”and other racially-motivated violence.

HecateDemeter: Blogger Hecate tells how she celebrated summer solstice in her June 22 post, “Sacrament of the Soil.” In another June 22 post, “Really? Really?,” she begins:
“Do I need, here in the Twenty-First Century, to explain that when a white man shows up spewing bullets and talking about how the “others,” aka African Americans, want to rape 'our' women and take over 'our country,' Patriarchy is at work?”
In her in June 19 post, “Thursday Night Odd Bedfellows Blogging,” she explains why what she calls a “real post” was delayed by the murders in Emmanuel AME Church in South Carolina to tell, in what I consider a “real post,” why she, a Pagan donated to that church.

 

The Wild Hunt: In “Pagan Community Notes” of June 22, Heather Greene includes news of the support by Pagans of the Emanuel AME Church in Charleston, SC including a statement by Cherry Hill Seminary, also located in South Carolina, and the Wild Hunt’s work with SC Pagans.
  
Broomstick Chronicles in her June 4 post, “On*a*Pagan Community Statement on the Environment,” Aline O’Brien (aka Macha NightMare), comments on a statement signed not only by Pagans around the world but also by Buddhists, Anglicans, UUs, CRs, African Diaspora, Heathens, and interfaith colleagues.” She goes on to write about Pagans who said they felt they couldn’t sign the statement because they aren’t public about their Paganism. She quotes a blessing by Paula Walowitz and goes on to write:
“We are no better or worse Pagan for choosing a private spiritual life. That said, our ecosystems are shared; thus, I see it as the obligation of each of us to do whatever we can to maintain its sustainability and viability. Recycling, voting Green, donating are all good, but in the bigger picture they don't make a huge difference. Not any more than this remarkable statement makes without follow-up in the real world.
“Signing a document that states things you agree with is not ‘doing public pagan stuff.’  What it is, however, is standing with others in the face of a dire situation, and standing together makes for a stronger force....No one's personal spirituality is compromised in the least when she signs a document that serves the entire planet.”

The statement can be found at ecopagan.com. At this writing there are 6459 signers. Stating your religious/spiritual affiliation is optional.

The Motherhouse of the Goddess: M. Isidora Forrest has two posts about the Goddess Isis on this blog this month: “The Goddess Isis and the Waters” on June 20, and “Offering to Isis,” on June 13. I am glad to mention these here, not only because they are fine posts, but because this is a time when we need to remember who the real Isis is.
 
Branches Up, Roots Down: In her June 13 post, “A Bowl of Cherries,” Deborah Oak writes about the relevance of her Paganism and a farmers market in coping with a friend’s illness.

Mythology Matters: In a June 19 post, “Summer Solstice Mythology: Midsummer Night,” Arthur George gives an extensive history of this celebration especially in Europe and including the influence of Christian holidays.

WoodsPriestess: Blogger Molly’s June 17 post, “Summer Solstice Imprint Necklaces,” starts with a short poem, then reflects on summer and gives instructions for making a necklace that may give you a message.

Hearth Moon Rising's blog: What started out as a four-part series on “The Mathematical Priestess,” with the first part posted on May 22 (see May Buzz Coil), has grown to a five-part series, the last of which was posted on June 19. Part II, about mathematical systems in Mesopotamia, posted on May 29. Part III, about Greek mathematics, posted on June 5. Part IV which includes an announcement that this will be a five-part series, is about Alexandria, Egypt and posted on June 12. Part V is about the Renaissance and Enlightenment. Towards the end of this post, Hearth Moon tackles the question of the relationship between metaphysics and science. She recalls trying to follow the advice of a male physicist who told her that when dealing with metaphysics one should avoid scientific language because “science and metaphysics are two different things.” She writes that after trying to follow his advice,
 “I now believe that by putting a firewall between science and the occult what we have is bad science and bad magic, including flaws in the predictive sciences.”
All parts with pics.

Radical Goddess Thealogy: In her June 5 post, blogger Athana answers the question, “What Would a Goddess Country Look Like?” including social, financial, economic, political, and legal aspects, and including the opinion that, “There’d be no such thing as a police force.”

A Crone Speaks Out: Rev. Cathryn Platine of the Maetreum of Cybele takes issue with a post on the Pantheos Pagan channel in her June 3 post, “Caitlin Jenner as the Goddess? Seriously?”

Annelinde’s World: Annelinde Metzner’s June 15 post, “The world opened,” is a poem about seeing mountain laurel blooming for the first time when she was a child.

Casa della Dea: A prayer for the Goddess Tiamat in Italian, titled  “Preghiera a Tiamat” is the June 6 post by Eilantha Redspring.


Godddess/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.
 
Editorial Note: I am having problems getting the fonts to be consistent, so please know that if some look bigger than others (or, horrors, are actually different fonts!) it is not my intention. We are not going to spend a lot of time correcting them due to my persisting carpal-tunnel-like fingers (still not properly diagnosed by dr.) Thank you for bearing with me.

Wednesday, May 27, 2015

Buzz Coil: May 2015

 Some recent posts from blogs on our blogroll:

Broomstick Chronicles: In her May 14 post, Aline O’Brien (a.k.a. Macha Nightmare) describes her reactions to the Marin (CA) Interfaith Council’s “Interfaith Celebration of National Day of Prayer,” including her difficulties with the Abrahamic assumptions of some presentations.

Fellowship of Isis Central The Fellowship’s May 7 post gives information about “Summer Solstice Faire – Long Beach, California,” which takes place, June 6.

Hearth Moon Rising's blog:  In the first of a planned four-part series, Hearth Moon’s May 22 post, “The Mathematical Priestess, Part I,” identifies nine “mathematical worlds” that she feels women have been “hermetically sealed” out of. Her May 15 post is a review of Jeri Studebaker’s book, Breaking the Mother Goose Code.
 
Branches Up, Roots Down: On May 21, in her first post in a long time, “ Unusual Alchemy,” Deborah Oak starts with words from a poem/song and goes on to compare a recent disaster to a near-disaster of decades ago. She then shares her feelings about survival.

 My Village Witch: In an April 28 post, “These Are The Times We Are Made For…,” Byron Ballard offers a meditation for times that feel difficult, and suggestions for helpful actions. In a May 25 post, “Where Did May Go?” She reviews the many activities of May that seemed to make it pass quickly.

 Works of Literata:  In her May 9 post, “Practicing through depression,” blogger Literata discusses how difficult it is for her to do her spiritual practice when she is depressed, writing
 “At times like this, it feels like I’m faking my practice, or doing it in an empty fashion. (When I’m depressed, empty is at least better than hurting.) That plus difficulty concentrating makes it pretty hard to do even the simplest devotions or meditations.”
 She then asks others have had similar experiences.

Radical Goddess Thealogy:  In her May 23 post, “Jehovah In A Skirt?” blogger Athana discusses why she finds a post on the blog Pantheos by Roger Olson confused (confusing?).

The Wild Hunt: Heather Greene, in a May 17 post Shifting Religious Landscapes: Pew Releases Two New Studies,” reports on and analyzes two new reports from Pew Research on religious trends in the world and in the US. 
 
WoodsPriestess: In a May 22 post, “The beauty that is you,” blogger Molly writes of her reservations about participating in “A Gathering of Priestesses.”

Godddess/Spiritual Feminist Blogs

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


Feminism and Religion: Many bloggers from many different religions and paths.
Pagan Square: This blog of many mostly-Pagan paths is sponsored by BBI Media and includes SageWoman blog posts.
Return to Mago: A Goddess-centered blog whose administrator/owner is Helen Hye-Sook Hwang.

Monday, May 18, 2015

20th Annual Glastonbury Goddess Conference in July-August

I just received the following communication from Kathy Jones about the 20th annual Glastonbury (UK) Goddess Conference, and I'm passing it along to you. You might also want to look at the full conference programme and the booking information. Kathy writes:

Goddess Conference is coming! There are still spaces left on all the Conference Fringe workshops 25th/26th July, 3rd August with amazing experienced teachers:

VICKI NOBLE - Becoming a Cosmic Dancer.... Experience Shakti, using chant, visualisation, healing, based in Tibetan Buddhist Dakini practices. An amazing opportunity to experience this feminist artist, scholar, teacher, writer and co-creator of the Motherpeace Tarot from the USA.

HELOISE PILKINGTON - From the Depths of Silence... A day journeying between the worlds in sound, silence ceremony and song. Heloise is a stunning singer/musician with amazing vocal abilities to transport you into other dimensions.

ANIQUE RADIANT-HEART - Sitting with Goddess Giving yourself the opportunity for deep immersion in to devotional Goddess practices, using chanting, breath techniques to open the heart further to Goddess.

TERENCE MEADEN - Pilgrimage to Ancient Temples at Overton Down, Avebury. Visit the newly recognised megalithic stones and sculptures with this leading Goddess archaeologist.

Friday, April 24, 2015

Buzz Coil: April 2015

Some recent posts from blogs on our blogroll:

Pagaian Cosmology: Glenys Livingstone's blog from Australia, posted  "A Pagan Statement  on the Environment," on April 22,  Earth Day.

Musings of a Pagan Witch: Stasa Morgan-Appel also posted about this statement on April 22. 

The Motherhouse of the Goddess: In an April 22 post, "Becoming an Earth Speaker– Ritual Meditation with Gaia," Kimberly begins with a quote from Sue Monk Kidd and then writes,
"In the beginning, Gaia was.  Primordial Goddess.  Creatrix.  Font of life.  Source. Gaia is eternally shrouded...."
She then shares a ritual with meditation.

 The Wild Hunt: In an April 23 post, "Outdoor Pagan Temple Vandalized," Cara Schulz reports on the repeated desecration of a Pagan temple in Italy. With picture taken from video of the vandals smashing a statue of Nike.

Woodspriestess: In her April 18 post, "Gratitude," blogger talkbirth shares a poem she wrote as part of ritual work. With many pics, including two of talkbirth with her baby.

Annelinde's World: Annelinde Metzner's April 13 post, the poem "Bundled Up With Grandmother," is a poem about a mountain most people call "Grandfather Mountain," but which to her is more like a Grandmother.

HecateDemeter: It looks like blogger Hecate is starting a new fiction series. She posted the first installment of "Raven Mistress"on March 28, and chapter 2 on April 18. The setting for this series appears so far to be England.

Fellowship of Isis Central:  A  March 18 post  announces  a June 7 event  in London,  "She Speaks: the Oracle and the Priestess," featuring talks, practical work, techniques and ceremony.

Mythology Matters: In an April 3 post, Arthur George writes of "The Goddess of Easter,"
 relating Christian, Jewish, and Pagan traditions.


The Rowdy Goddess: In an April 16 post, "In Praise of the Sweetness of Life," Gail Wood shares her mixed feelings about Easter.

Hearth Moon Rising's blog: Hearth Moon's March 27  post, "The Joy of Laughing with Them,"  is about humor in Mesopotamian mythology.

Godddess/Spiritual Feminist Blogs

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


Pagan Square: This blog of many mostly-Pagan paths is sponsored by BBI Media and includes SageWoman blog posts.
Return to Mago: A Goddess-centered blog whose administrator/owner is Helen Hye-Sook Hwang.
Feminism and Religion: Many bloggers from many different religions and paths.

 

Friday, March 20, 2015

Buzz Coil: March 2015

There has been a hiatus in Buzz Coil due to what is probably carpal tunnel syndrome. I'm hoping to start the Buzz Coils again regularly. I will be doing links only to the blogs' homepages (not the individual posts) because I can't do the links well using voice recognition software. Thank you for your understanding.

A Crone Speaks Out:  Rev. Cathryn Plantine's February 6 post, "The Future of Paganism, to Build or Not to Build," gives background on the Maetreum of Cybele in relation to "an online debate raging about Pagan infrastructure in multiple blogs" and attempts to answer the question, "So what is the future of Paganism?"

Annelinde's World: Annelinde's Metzner's March 13 post, "Dancing Swords, " is a poem with pic about belly dancing and Goddess.

ASWM Blog: On March 13 the blog of the Association for Women and Mythology announced "We’Moon to Receive 2015 Brigit Award for Excellence in the Arts," and in conjunction with its 2015 symposium  in in Portland, Oregon, a program celebrating the work of the late Patricia Monaghan, "Celebrating 'Mary: A Life in Verse' by Patricia Monaghan."   A March 9 post announces, "Symposium Features Saga Award Honoree Z Budapest," and gives details about this award.

 Broomstick Chronicles: Aline O'Brien (aka Macha NightMare)  gives details of two conferences: her March 6 post tells about the events relevant to Paganism of the meeting American Academy of Religion; per February 20 post tells about "Hanging with My Peeps at PCon."

Contemplation/Blog: Yeshe Rabbit's March 2 post looks at women's history month in two parts: "Women's History Month Ritual: Can you commit to women?" and "Women's History Month Daily Practice."

 Goddess in a Teapot:  In a March  8 post, "Words Which I Command Are Immortal," Carolyn Lee Boyd begins with a quote from Sappho and goes on to discuss the power of words as related especially to the maiden/mother/crone description of the triple Goddess. She goes on  to propose words to describe "women's spiritual power" and also an alternate for "priestess."

Hearth Moon Rising's blog: The March 6 post on this blog, "The Myriads of Wenut" is about an Egyptian hare Goddess.

HecateDemeter:  In a March 7 post,   "Conference Self Care," blogger Hecate writes about time spent  with various Pagans at a recent conference. With pic of " Hail Columbia "candle .

Mythology Matters in a March 13 post, “Mythic Travel: Malta’s Neolithic Sacred Temples," Arthur George writes about Malta’s Neolithic ruins. 

My Village Witch: Byron Ballard’s March 19 post, “Alewives,” tells about a meeting with a “closed group of witches,” in Appalachia. 

The Motherhouse of the Goddess: Kimberly’s March 18 post tells about "Creating an Altar to Connect with the Hindu Goddess Lakshmi {Journal Prompts & Mantras}.” In her March 16 post she writes about “The Goddess Lilith — Reclaiming Women’s Power and Survival.”

The Wild Hunt: In her March 11 post, Heather Greene discusses “Women, Witchcraft, and the Struggle Against Abuse.” In a March 12 post, Cara Shultz delves into “Life Cycles: What Modern Society Can Learn from Paganism.” 

Veleda: Max Dashu’s February 2 post,The Pontifical Council for Culture has an agenda on women: the same tired old cage,” compares views of Vatican with the  history of various cultures. With pics. 

WoodsPriestess:  In a March 18 post, blogger talkbirth shares information about her “Dissertation Research: PriestessPath” for Ocean Seminary College.


Godddess/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.

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Thursday, March 12, 2015

Goddess Pages Winter 2014/Spring 2015

I am a little late and will be a little short in telling you about this issue of Goddess Pages due to my own ongoing battle with carpal tunnel syndrome. So please excuse the lack of lots of links. I'm writing this with  the help of speech recognition software. Any mistakes are due to the misunderstandings by the software ;-)

This issue opens with art of Morrigan by Laura Bell, who also wrote an article on this Goddess. The introduction to this issue by Geraldine Charles appears under the title "She Changes Everything She Touches."

Articles are by Susun Weed, Morgan Daimler, Georgina Sirrett-Armstrong-Smith, Hannah Spencer, and Sue Oakley.


Fiction is by Carolyn Lee Boyd. Poems are by Annelinde Metzner and Susa Silvermarie

There are six reviews, including those of Goddess by Laura Powell, Lupa and Lamb by Susan Hawthorne (which we also reviewed here), and The Morrigan: Meeting the Great Queen by Morgan Daimler.


Hope you'll go over to the Goddess Pages website to find out more.

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Friday, February 06, 2015

20th Anniversary Glastonbury Goddess Conference Announced

The 20th Anniversary Glastonbury Goddess Conference will be held Tuesday 28th July - Sunday through 2nd August 2015 in Glastonbury (aka Avalon), England, with Fringe events from Sunday July 26th - Monday August 3rd. The Conference will celebrate Anu, An Cailleach, Stella Nolava, Queen of Heaven & Earth, Cosmic Star Mother, and  Sharing Goddess Spiritual Practices.

 Announced presenters included:
From Australia & the USA: ANIQUE RADIANT-HEART, JUDY PIAZZA, LAUREN RAINE, PAULA GIRARDI, VICKI NOBLE, YESHE RABBIT & ZSUZSANNA BUDAPEST,
From Europe & Britain: IRIS LICAN, ISABELLA VERBRUGGEN, JULIE FELIX, KATHY
JONES, KATINKA SOETENS, KIRSTEN BRUNSGAARD, SALLY PULLINGER & TERENCE MEADEN. PLUS many more inspiring Artists, Musicians, Performers, Priestesses, Melissas & lots more wonderful women and men.

Announced Artwork Exhibitions include:
DREAMS AND VISIONS with TIANA PITMAN with AMBER SKYES, FOOSIYA MILLER, JILL SMITH & more artists in the Glastonbury Assembly Rooms, WENDY ANDREW in the
Miracles Room.


For more information, and to make reservations, go to goddessconference.com

Monday, December 29, 2014

Review: Second Book in Trilogy by Martha Shelley

The Stars in Their Courses, a novel, by Martha Shelley (Ebisu Publications 2014), trade paperback, 324 pages.

This is the second novel in a trilogy by spiritual feminist Martha Shelley. It continues the story begun in the first of the three novels, The Throne in the Heart of the Sea, and like that novel is set in the ninth century BCE in the area often known as the Levant, where most of the Bible takes place. Like the first novel, it’s written in today’s sometimes colloquial American English while keeping some of the terms used in the Ancient Near East (ANE). Also like the first novel of the trilogy, it presents alternative views of biblical characters such as Jezebel and Elijah and creates additional characters such as Tamar and her mutarajjul, Bez. (As Shelley explains in the book’s glossary, a mutarajjul refers to a “woman dressed in male clothing, usually employed as a soldier or harem guard.”)

 As the second novel opens, Tamar has arrived in Egypt, with her guard Bez, to continue her study of medicine with the blessings of her former lover, Jezebel, who has married Ahab and become Queen of Israel. Jezebel feels she must produce an heir for Ahab in order to keep her status. Jezebel achieves motherhood, yet enjoys flirting with the women of Ahab’s harem. Elijah has become, among other things, a murderer. Both Tamar and Bez find new women to love in Egypt, and Bez begins to develop her artistic talent. Shelley weaves into this story the worship of various ANE goddesses including Asherah, Neith, Anat, and the pre-Islamic Arabic goddesses Allat, Al-Uzza, and Manat.

 Shelley’s excellent descriptions of details bring this time period and its people to life; for example, her description of the flooding of the “Great River,” including its devastation and harm to humans, and Tamar’s learning, in the clinic where she is receiving training, how to treat accompanying medical conditions. This includes Tamar’s amputation of a leg.

 In addition to the glossary, the back matter includes the art and information about the Seal of Jezebel that Max Dashu created from a small photo that Shelley took of the original in Israel. The front matter includes the seal, as well as maps of “the ancient world,” including Jerusalem and the Great River, and the Levant including Israel. In addition, a map of Assyria is placed at the beginning of chapter 29.

 Shelley’s background includes Goddess religion and Jewish feminism. She also is a poet and one of the founders of the Gay Liberation Front in New York City.

In a novel series such as this the reader may wonder if it’s necessary to read the whole series, or the previous book, to understand each book. In my opinion Shelley has incorporated enough material in the second book so that you don’t have to read the first book to understand the second. (But of course you may want to for enjoyment.) In addition, because of the subtlety with which Shelley includes the material from the first book, this material will not interfere with the enjoyment of the second book for people who have already read the first one.

 Yes, the second book in this trilogy is as good as the first. I look forward to the publication of the third.

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Tuesday, December 02, 2014

Just Published: Merlin Stone Remembered

Last April I was asked to write what is known in the book trade as a “blurb,” or “endorsement” of a work-in-progress planned to be published as a remembrance of Merlin Stone and centered around the remembrances of Merlin’s life partner of 34 years, Lenny Schneir. A few months later the book was acquired by Llewellyn Worldwide. It has now been published with the authors listed as David B. Axelrod, Carol F. Thomas, and Lenny Schneir. A quote from my blurb is included among the many endorsements printed in the beginning and on the back cover of this book. As is common when a publisher has received many endorsements, they used only one line from most blurbs, including mine. I’d like to share with you here my entire blurb for the book, Merlin Stone Remembered, and also give you a little more of an idea of what the book contains.

“This book is a lovely and loving tribute to the late Merlin Stone, a foremother of Goddess feminism, author, sculptor, and professor of art history. Remembering Merlin Stone includes a beautiful and revealing memoir by her life partner, poet and poker player Lenny Shneir, along with his poetry, previously unpublished material by Stone, pictures, and other treasures by a number of contributors. What a gift to those of us familiar with Stone’s work, as well as those who want to know more about her life, both personal and professional.”
--Judith Laura, author of Goddess Spirituality for the 21st Century: From Kabbalah to Quantum Physics
 
The book also includes a preface, essay, and epilogue by Carol Thomas; an editor’s note, poem, and several essays by David Axelrod; a long introduction by Gloria Orenstein, placing Stone’s work in the context of work that came before and was contemporaneous with hers; excerpts from Stone’s writing--published and unpublished--including chapter 10 of When God was a Woman, “Unraveling the Myth of Adam and Eve”; letters from admirers (mostly unattributed) including one (attributed) from Robert Kennedy in a section on Stone’s sculpture; and an essay by Cynthia Stone Davis. The book also has many illustrations.

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