Monday, July 28, 2014

In Memoriam: Margot Adler 1946-2014

With a great sense of loss yet gratitude for a life well lived, I inform you of the death today of Margot Adler from cancer. She was 68. Many are they who came to Goddess and Paganism through Margot's book, Drawing Down the Moon.  She is also the author of the autobiography, Heretic's Heart: A Journey through Spirit and Revolution, and most recently, Vampires Are Us. I am grateful for having being able to attend one of her workshops with ritual many years ago---she was an exquisite ritual leader. The world outside of the Pagan community probably best knows Margot from her reporting on National Public Radio, where she began working in 1979. NPR has posted this obituary.

May she rest in the arms of the Goddess and be renewed.

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Buzz Coil: July 2014

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

Works of Literata: In her July 4 post, "Columbia's Day," blogger Literata notes that the upcoming Bibliotheca Alexandrina anthology, Columbia: A Devotional for the Spirits of America, is accepting submissions which
"may include, but are not limited to, scholarly articles, poetry, short fiction, retellings or original translations of stories and texts, artwork, and rituals related to the goddess Columbia and her aspects, as well the many American spirits of place."
 Submission deadline is Oct. 1.  Literata, who lives in District of Columbia area, also includes material on her own personal relationship to Columbia.

The MotherHouse of the Goddess:  In a July 27 post, "MotherHouse Birthday Giveaway," the MotherHouse of the Goddess announces that it is giving away four Goddess Oracle readings a week beginning July 27 and continuing each Sunday in August. In a July 25 post, "Happy One Year Birthday, MotherHouse on July 26,"  Kimberly Moore, priestess and founder of the MotherHouse, celebrates a year of the online community that, among other things, brings us the Goddess Alive Show on Blogtalk radio. On July 24, Tracey Paradiso, shaman and co-founder of the MotherHouse, posts "Woman to Know Interview: Kimberly Moore, Priestess of the Goddess & MotherHouse Creator" in which she and Kimberly discuss Kimberly's fascinating Goddess path.
Contemplation - Yeshe Rabbit: On July 20, Yeshe Rabbit, High Priestess of Caya Coven, posted, "Community Service Volunteer,"  the third installment in her series on "Priest/essing." The first installment, Priest/ess 1: What Does It Mean?,"   appeared on July 11, and the second, Shapers of Culture  on  July 15.

 Annelinde's World: Annelinde Metzner's July 18 post, "I Have Sworn To Protect Her," includes a poem that begins:
I have sworn to protect Her!
Miracle blue-green jewel of all the worlds,
ancient blue mountains, vast golden deserts,

Annelinde then shares the good news that this poem will appear in both the We'Moon 2015 Datebook and Wall Calendar. She also tells about a concert with the theme, "Goddess Bless the Grass!" given  in Asheville NC by the Sahara Peace Choir, which she leads.

Hecate: In response to a U.S. Supreme Court ruling about opening a town meeting with prayer, blogger Hecate, in a July 22 post, "Advice Following Town of Greece from a Witch with Experience," interviews Byron Ballard of the Mother Grove Goddess Temple in Asheville NC.  Hecate continues her fiction (serialized novel?), "A Place Without a Witch," with Chapter 40 on July 14, and Chapter 41 on July 21.  Her July 4 post, Hail, Columbia!, is a video with depictions of various female deities often associated with the U.S.  

Goddessian: In the first post, "initial thoughts," in this new blog written in all lower case, on July 16 an unnamed blogger writes:
my purpose with this blog is to explore goddess worship from a lesbian-feminist and radical-feminist perspective.
She goes on to describe "wicca or wicca-esque religions" along with "other pagan religions" as being patriarchal in nature and structure and writes that
they subjugate their goddess/es and call that subjugation “egalitarian.”

Hearth Moon Rising's blog: Hearth Moon Rising's July 11 post, "Non-Hierarchy in Covens, examines the idea of non-hierarchical groups and why she feels they don't work. She begins her explanation:
In my experience the woman with the most urgent need for a “nonhierarchical” women’s group, and the type of woman who promotes the idea most emphatically, is the woman with highly controlling tendencies who is uncomfortable with her need to control and wishes to change. She will declare the group “nonhierarchical” and proceed to run it, insisting to herself and others that there is an equality of leadership.

Tamis Hoover Renteria: In her July 21 post, "Fear of The New: Opening Up to Women’s Spirituality," Tamis Renteria recalls an experience that began with difficulty yet ended with inspiration. 

Love of the Goddess: Blogger Tara's July 8 post, discusses "Kupala, Slavic Goddess of Winter and Summer," including ways to honor this deity whose name means "to bathe" and who has a male aspect.

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.  



Monday, July 21, 2014

In Memoriam: Lady Loreon Vigne of Isis Oasis

 We join the Pagan community in mourning the passing on July 15 of Lady Loreon Vigne, Founder and Archpriestess of Isis Oasis in Geyersville, California. She was 82. An obituary for Lady Loreon appears online in July 18 issue of  the Geyersville Press Democrat. Among the online memorializations are a Fellowship of Isis tribute on July 16, and in a July 19 post in The Wild Hunt. 

May she rest in the arms of the Goddess Isis and be renewed.

[updated July 26]


Tuesday, July 08, 2014

Global Goddess Oracle: Summer Solstice 2014

The Summer Solstice issue of the e-journal, Global Goddess Oracle, begins with a "welcome" from Dawn, writing from stormy Florida.

Invocations and poetry include: "Carol for Cardea" by Heather Geileis Kohser (with link to video so you can hear the melody); and  "Morning Devotion" and "The Arrival of Joy" by Katy Ravensong.

Articles includes two excerpts from Barbara Ardinger's book, Pagan Every Day, "Mary Magdalen" and "The Feast Day of St. Olga";  "The Story of Agriculture, Corn and the Corn Goddesses Who Grew with Them Part 1" by Amy Martin; "Linden: Taste the Sweetness of Summer," by Deanne Quarrie; "Solitary Ritual for the Summer Solstice," and "A Rune for Duir for the Summer Solstice," by Dawn "Belladonna" Thomas; "Ask Your Mama," by Mama Donna Henes, and "Moon Schedule Summer Solstice to Lammas" (unattributed).

Dawn Thomas reviews the following books: Season of the Witch by Natasha Mostert,  The Tree Mothers: Living Wisdom of the Ogham Trees by Mut Danu, Witch’s Brew: The Spellspinners of Melas County #1 by Heidi R. King. Katy Ravensong reviews the e-book, Pagan Poetry for the Seasons & Festivals, ed. Edain Duguay.


Wednesday, July 02, 2014

Australian Goddess Conference, Oct. 24-26

Early-bird registration for the 2014 Australian Goddess Conference, being held in Sydney Australia Oct. 24-26, is open now through Aug. 31. The early, reduced-fee registration requires that you be a member of the sponsoring organization, Goddess Association in Australia, Inc (GAIA); membership costs $15 AUD (currently $14.81 US, $15.12 Canadian, 10.96 EU, 8.20 £ ). Early-bird registration represents a $50 AUD savings over registration made after Aug. 31.

Announced presenters for the conference, themed "The Wellspring," include: Max Dashu, Jane Elworthy, Glenys Livingstone, Anique Radiant Heart, Maree Lipschitz, Lindy Spanger, Asha Maria, Mardi Ferrasson,  Jennifer McCormickJacqui Bushell, Jodie Danaan, Jane Hardwick Collings, Kristan Read, Sharon Freeman, Yia Alias, Elizabeth Brandis, Karen Oakley, Rena Hoffman, Chris Sitka, Frances Billinghurst, Kaali Cargill, Talulah Gough, Ariana McFie, Larissa O'Neill, Phoenix Arrien, Hollie B, Angela Brosso, Sara Catherine Motta, Jess Krop, and Kerri RyanMore information about the presenters and their workshops is here.

For the "herstory" of the Conference, click here

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Monday, June 30, 2014

Brazilian Author Announces World Goddess Day

Claudiney Prieto, author of several books  on Wicca in Portuguese and participant in the Dianic Nemorensis tradition in Brazil, is encouraging people worldwide to celebrate a World Goddess Day yearly on the first Sunday in September. This year the holiday falls on Sept. 7.  The link to the World Goddess Day website above is in English (there is also a Portuguese version), and includes a page where you can volunteer to be a "local coordinator," and another page where you can list the event you have planned for this holiday. 

Kimberly Moore of the Motherhouse of the Goddess, in a comment on Facebook, points out that September 7 is Orisha/Goddess Yemaya's feast day  (in Santeria, her Brazilian Feast day is Feb. 2).  

Here is an excerpt (from  home page of the World Goddess Day site) of Prieto's explanation of this holiday :
"The World Goddess Day Project emerged to unite the Mother Goddess' worshipers world wide through their many expressions and manifestations. The purpose of the Project is grant to the Goddess one day of visibility to share Her many myths, stories and worship diversity, so everyone will remember or will know that the first religion of humanity was the Worship of the Goddess....
She returns for several reasons. The Goddess is calling all who feel dissatisfied; she calls out all who have found in Western religions just political institutions focused only on a male dominant figure; She also calls for all who feel dissatisfied with the patriarchal religion inherited from their ancestors who have only contributed to sicken the world with their distorted and corrupted values...."

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Sunday, June 29, 2014

Goddess Pages: Summer-Autumn 2014

The online magazine, Goddess Pages, headquartered in Great Britain and featuring authors internationally, published Issue 25 a few days ago. It opens with art, "Enchanted Moon Goddess Cabinet," by Rachel Pereira and editor Geraldine Charles' introductory, "She Changes Everything She Touches." All material begins on the home page and continues on linked pages.

This issue's poem is  Annelinde Metzner's "Ix Chel in my Window."

Articles include: "Dancing in the Footsteps of the Muses: Traditional Dances of Mount Olympus," by Laura Shannon; "The Princess Who Would Not Laugh: The Ancient Goddess as Revealed Through Fairy Tales," by Jeri Studebaker; "Be Your Own Herbal Expert - Part 5" by Susun S Weed; "The Scandanavian Cailleach..." by Kirsten Brunsgaard Clausen; "Serket, the Goddess who understands Poisons," by Lesley Jackson; and "The Waters of Life," by Hannah Spencer.

Book reviewed include: Goddess Calling: Inspirational Messages & Meditations of Sacred Feminine Liberation Thealogy by Karen Tate, with an extensive review by Geraldine Charles and a shorter one by Wendy Stokes; Hathor: A Reintroduction to an Ancient Egyptian Goddess by Lesley Jackson and Welcoming Lilith: Awakening and Welcoming Pure Female Power by Theresa C. Dintono, both reviewed by Geraldine Charles.


Thursday, June 26, 2014

Buzz Coil: June 2014

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

A Crone Speaks Out: In a June 12 post, Catskill Steps up its War on the Maetreum of Cybele..., Cathryn Platine, founder of the Maetreum, writes about the latest action taken by the Town of Catskill against the religious organization, despite a New York appellate court decision in their favor last fall after a 7-year legal battle over the Maetreum's religious property tax exemption.

The Wild Hunt: If you're disturbed about the recent use of an acronym in news reporting that sound like it refers to a Goddess, you're not alone! In a June 25 post, ISIL or ISIS? Pagans Join Debate Over Islamic Militia’s Name, Heather Greene give extensive information about what the difference between these two acronyms are, another acronym that is used for this group, what various news organizations have decided about which acronym to use, and some Pagan groups' views and actions.

The Huffington Post (UK): Jessica Elgot's May 20 post, Pagans Are Really Annoyed That ISIS Took The Name Of Their Goddess, includes a letter  from the Pagan Federation, which says, in part:
...the acronym ISIS is likely to form an inadvertent association in the minds of hearers between Sunni jihadists and followers of the goddess Isis, with the potential for harm to innocent people from a completely unrelated religion.

Fellowship of Isis Central: A June 6 post, Inner Sanctum Symposium of Infinite Possibilities, announces a weekend of lectures and workshops on Aug. 22-24 at Isis Oasis in  California, with more complete information on the Symposium blogsite Minette Quick's June 23 post, reports on and extensively describes Midsummer Seasonal Festival at Clonegal Castle, Ireland .With pics.
On its website, FOI published its June 19 press release, Public statement re:ISIS acronym, which reads, in part:
It is disturbing and confusing to our members and the general public who know of our organization when media use the acronym ISIS for the Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant militia. The alternative rendering of ISIL, ‘Iraq and the Levant’ would avoid any misunderstanding on this matter. 

Casa Della Dea: In a May 28 post, Nei luoghi più inaspettati... , Eilantha Redspring posts about a sight that surprised her in Venice. Roughly translated from the Italian (by Google Translate with small edits by me), here's what she saw on the outside wall of a building:
A little Goddess, of the Venus of Willendorf type, and majestic, to protect passers-by, placed there as if to say "I am here and rest!" I could not figure out what material it is made​ of​, but one thing is certain: you cannot get to where it is placed from a window.....
 With pics including a map and a photo of the Goddess figure on the building. Eilantha asks other people who have seen this sight to comment; she would especially like to know how long "the lady" has been there. 

House of Inanna: Blogger Indris, in his June 17 post, It ain't necessarily so..., asserts
There is a lie at the root of our civilization.
He credits Merlin Stone, Asphodel Long and others with uncovering this lie. Post also includes references to the work of Riane Eisler, Starhawk, William Blake, Samuel Noah Kramer, William Wordsworth, Louis MacNeice, Bob Dylan and others, as well discussion of history (from ancient to recent), anthropology, archeology, biology, and mythology.

Glenys's blog: In her June 13 post, Cosmogenesis Dance for Winter Ritual, Glenys Livingtone writes about a "three-layered" dance that is part of the Winter Solstice ritual at MoonCourt in the Blue Mountains of Australia.

The Goddess House: Blogger As't Moon's June 15 post, focuses on The Conpassionate [sic] Kuan Yin, as both a bodhisattva and Goddess, and announces a July 12 half-day workship on Kuan Yin in Adelaide, Australia.

Annelinde's World: On June 13, Annelinde Metzner posted, with pics, her poem, The Rainbow Kites, which begins:
Evening at the beach,
six of us sing with delight, pouring ourselves into the surf,
Aphrodite's lacy foam blessing us....

HecateDemeter: Blogger Hecate tells about her Lace for the Litha Altar (maybe not the kind of lace you think) and shares a poem by William Carlos Williams in her June 21 post.

 My Village Witch: In her her June 7 post, The Days Are Long, Byron Ballard discusses preparing for the Summer Solstice and departing for Pagan Spirit Gathering, the renaming of a garden in Herland for the late Maya Angelou and weeding the Rachel Carson Roof garden above it, and her frustration with and dread about environmentally-endangering plans in North Carolina. 

Works of Literata: Blogger Literata's June 20 post, Litha--Destruction Averted, explains why she uses "a different definition of the seasons," especially when it comes to Summer Solstice, and includes information about a variety of cultures and religions. 

The Motherhouse of the Goddess: Kimberly Moore, founder of the Motherhouse, wishes us Happy Summer Solstice! with a June 21 post that includes a list of Goddesses she feels "are active in this summer season," the Motherhouse's plans for the summer, an invitation to share your summer and Goddess experiences, and a list of  "Links to Love."

Hearth Moon Rising's blog: In a Jun 20 post, What are the women’s mysteries? , Hearth Moon Rising gives background on ancient Greek "mysteries," and then shares her thoughts on Goddess-focused ritual that some call "women's mysteries" today.

Tamis Hoover Renteria: In a June 4 post, Tamis Renteria asks, Is it Better to Have Just One God?, pondering the pros and cons of the monotheistic and polytheistic traditions, drawing on her Christian childhood, Jewish adulthood, and her interest in Goddess.

Panthea: In a June 18 post, Divine Partnership and a New Leg of the Journey, blogger Lisa writes that she is "becoming increasingly disinterested in accepting the concept of the Goddess as being a lone creator," and explores the possible reasons for her new feelings on this subject. 

Radical Goddess Thealogy: Blogger Athana's June 9 post, These Dudes Rock and Rule, begins with the riddle:
What do Native Americans, ancient European Pagans, and the Southeast Asian Minangkabau have in common?
Athana provides the answer and goes on to focus particularly on the Mingangkabu culture.

Mythology Matters: In a June 23 post, Arthur George asks, What Should Be the New Myths? Global Myths? and begins his post, writing:
Among of the burning questions in mythological studies these days are what should be the new myths that will replace the old ones that no longer resonate with us in the modern world, whether the new myths can be truly global, and how to develop them.

Love of the Goddess: Blogger Tara explores the mythology of "Medusa, Ancient Snake Goddess" in her June 6 post.

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.

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.  


Saturday, June 14, 2014

Glastonbury Goddess Conference in late July

Painting, "Antler" Copyright by Carolyn Hillyer
The 19th Annual Glastonbury Goddess Conference will be held July 29-August 3 in Glastonbury, England, with fringe events starting July 26. Themed "Celebrating the Crone Goddess: The Cauldron and the Loom," presenters (alphabetically by first name) include:  Anique Radiant Heart, Carolyn Hillyer, Dragonfly, Jane Meredith, Kathy Jones, Kelliana, Lydia Ruyle,  Starhawk, Tricia Szirom, Wendy Rule, and others. There will also be a masqued ball and, on the last day of the conference, a "Procession through Glastonbury to the Sacred Landscape of the Crone in Avalon." See the provisional programme for more conference event details. Fringe events will include a Lammas Ceremony, "Honouring the Abundant Mother," at the Glastonbury Goddess Temple on July 4 at 7:30 p.m., as well as events led by (in order of announced appearance): Katrina Soetens, Marion Brigantia Eupen, Starhawk, Carolyn Hillyer, and Joanne Foucher. You can register for the entire conference, for separate days, for parts of days, for Saturday evening's Masqued Ball only, and for fringe events separately. You can book directly online, or through the regular mail with a pdf form available here.   ("Antler" pic added 6/15/2014, 12:33 p.m., thanks to Kathy Jones.)

Preparations for last year's Conference: Video by Marion van Eupen

(This post is updated from a post last February, which has a video of the 2013 traditional procession through Glastonbury.)

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Friday, May 30, 2014

Buzz Coil: May 2014

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

Annelinde's World: Annelinde Metzner's May 16 post is a beautiful poem, It's May! With pics of wonderful May flowers.

HecateDemeter: Gemmy's back! Blogger Hecate posted Chapter 34 of her fiction saga, "A Place Without A Witch," on April 30. Chapter 35  was posted on May 13, and Chapter 36 on  May 20 . 

My Village Witch: In a May 6 post, Working Backwards, Byron Ballard writes of her experience honoring ancestors with others at an event called "Wordfest" in Asheville NC.

The Motherhouse of the Goddess: In her May 21 post, Remembering My First Steps Into “Alternative” Spirituality  Tracey Paradiso recalls how she dealt with certain  problems when she first became involved in shamanism and asks if you'd like to share in a blog comment "your first steps into a non-traditional spiritual realm." Kimberly Moore, in a May 25 post, Elliot Rodgers and the Altar of Male Entitlement, first writes about what she feels are motivations for continuing violence against women and then points out the relationship between these actions, the demonization of Goddesses and women, and related doctrines and practices in various cultures and religions. 

The Wild Hunt: Jason Pitzl-Waters' May 25 post, Opinion: Goddess in Times of Horror, examines the recent Isla Vista CA shooting massacre with an explanation of why he became a Pagan, as well as Goddess feminism's response to misogyny. He quotes Starhawk and Naomi Goldenberg (among others) and also refers to Carol Christ, Margot Adler, and Margaret Atwood. Jason then writes of the massacre:
 "In the face of such horror, is the only sane reaction a radical re-embrace of female divinity? In a time when hate towards women seems at a fever pitch, do we not need to answer with: that which you hate and try to destroy is sacred."

Panthea: In her May 6 post, Your Mother Knows Who Your Father Is, blogger Lisa comments on blogger Athana's April 24 post on Radical Goddess Thealogy, which she found through last month's "Buzz Coil" on this blog. Lisa writes:
"I read it [Athana's post] gleefully, taking in all the Goddessy goodness until this point: 'It’s the female body AND the female body alone, with its magnificent, mysterious, magical holy powers, that manufactures life'."
Then Lisa tells why she takes issue with Athana's point of view.

Radical Goddess Thealogy: Blogger Athana's May 17 post, Dirt Happens, Clean It Up, tells why she thinks switching spiritual affiliation to pre-patriarchal "peace goddesses" would be more effective in cleaning up "today's dirty world" than switching to "peace gods."  (She defines the "dirt" as "fighting, meanness, stinginess, etc., etc., etc.")

Glenys's Blog: In her May 29 post, Solstice – Winter/Summer @ EarthGaia, Glenys Livingstone discusses how the Winter Solstice in the Southern Hemisphere and the Summer Solstice in the Northern Hemisphere reflect each other. She then issues an invitation to the upcoming Winter Solstice Celebration at MoonCourt on June 20 at 7 p.m. local time in the Blue Mountains of Australia. 

The Goddess House: Preparing for the winter in Australia, in her May 16 post, Journeying With the Dark Goddess, blogger As't Moon gives background on working with  "dark" deities and writes: "On Saturday, 14 June 2014, I will be inviting people to journey with me into the Underworld in order to meet three of these wonderfully powerful and often grossly misunderstood Goddesses....It is envisioned that a workshop on the "dark" aspects of the God (the divine masculine) will be held in 2015."

Hearth Moon Rising's blog: In a May 2 post, Hearth Moon Rising discusses Ianuaria, Celtic Goddess of Music, her shrine in Burgundy, France, and her relationship to turtledoves. With a pic and a turtledove video. 

Tamis Hoover Renteria: Tamis advocates more dancing and other "sensual spiritual experience" in her May 17 post, The Problem With Too Much Thinking in Religion. She discusses various Jewish, Christian, and Pagan thinking and less-thinking practices.

Queen of Heaven: Beginning with the Michelangelo pieta (with pic) in the Christian tradition, blogger Carisa in her May 3 post, Weeping for Tammuz: The Queen of Heaven and the dying god, goes on the give background on the grieving goddesses Isis and Demeter, and the dying god, Tammuz, who is associated with Ishtar, who she relates to Inanna, Astarte, and others.   

Fellowship of Isis Central: A May 6 post gives us a Festival Report for Beltaine with a description of an observance on May 3 presented by members of the Fellowship Priesthood and the Circle of Brigid at the Foundation Centre.

Casa della Dea: Several posts about Brigid grace this month's offerings at this Italian language blog. For example, the May 13 post Viaggio a Kildare: le sorgenti sacre  ("Travel in Kildare: the sacred springs," according to Google Translate), tells about traveling to Ireland and how to get to Brigid's well. 

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.

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.