Friday, February 08, 2008

Global Goddess Oracle: Imbolc 2008

Much of this issue of Global Goddess Oracle is devoted to the holyday celebrated at the beginning of February called Imbolc or Brigid (or variations Brigit, Bridgid, etc.), also sometimes called Candelmas. The cover is a picture of an Acorn with a better and longer explanation of Imbolc than what I just gave.

Other Imbolc-related articles are:
--"Brighid" by Dianne Quarrie," about the festival, the Goddess Brighid, and "things you can do to honor Imbolc."
-- "Folklore of the Isle of Man or Imbolc," including Celtic poetry/chant, shared by Bendis.
-- "Imbolc Solitary Ritual" by Dawn "Belladonna" Thomas (a solitary ritual is one meant to be done by only one person).
--"What the Groundhog Sees" by Mama Donna Henes, connects the American Ground Hog Day to other celebrations at this time of year--and to pregnancy.

Other features of this issue include:

"Ripples Out from the Center" by H. Byron Ballard. Beginning with a quote from Chaucer's, "The Canterbury Tales," Ballard writes about "the call" to pilgrimage and what may happen if you answer it.

Flash Silvermoon's "Walking a Rainbow Path." Flash describes a path of diversity based in Womanspirit that "goes beyond the Western European and Celtic styles."

"Letter to the Goddess" by Rhiannon. Gratitude and appreciation of Great Mother that might even be a prayer.

"Found Goddess Verbena: Goddess of Wordplay and Really Awful Verse," by Barbara Ardinger, Ph.D. A humorous piece about a made-up goddess, one of a number for which Ardinger has become known.

"Herb of the Season: Blackberry," and "Moon Schedule and Planting and Harvesting Days," both by Dawn "Belladona" Thomas.

"Woman and Spirituality" an unsigned post announcing the launch of a site with blogs and other stuff by a variety of women, a number of whom are well known.

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At Friday, February 08, 2008 4:00:00 PM, Anonymous GoddessKnowsWho said...

You might want to consider doing something special when the moon "turns to blood" on February 20th. Various ancient cultures perceived total lunar eclipses as the menstruation of the moon goddess.

At Wednesday, February 13, 2008 4:57:00 AM, Anonymous Glenys Livingstone said...

Dear Judith
I went to the so-called "Global Goddess Oracle" site and was most disconcerted about the "global"nature of it. It seemed overwhelmingly parochial to me, as US things often are ( they are US based I think?) ... the US thinks it is the world!. It is not Imbolc in all parts of the globe. I was so furious I even dreamed about it.

from Southern Hemisphere PaGaian Glenys

At Wednesday, February 13, 2008 11:42:00 AM, Blogger Medusa said...

You have a point, Glenys. Not to make excuses, but it's possible that their "global" is more intent than in actuality, and that they would welcome a correspondents from Australia or New Zealand, as well as other parts of the world. It might be worth looking into :-)

BTW, we've been looking for Australian and NZ events to include in our Events Coil for the rest of Feb thru March. If you know of any that have a website we can send people for info, please let us know.

At Friday, February 22, 2008 5:36:00 PM, Anonymous Glenys Livingstone said...

yes I guess you can't be global until the globe contributes hey! But I am afraid to say that I have been accused of being "out of balance" when attempting to write from the Southern Hemisphere perspective (recently!) ... maybe that is what I was steaming about.

I will pass on your site info to Goddess Association in Australia, so they might get to you with some events to post. You are welcome to post mine ... just for the info I suppose. Not many could come, and we only have space for 20 anyway! :)

so ... Autumn Equinox/Mabon ritual, March 22nd 7pm, at the Akkademie PaGaian Cosmology, Blue Mountains Australia.

and March 23rd showing Max Dashu's "Women's Power" DVD. It is a participation in her "Night's of Remembrance: Women's Empowerment Councils"


At Friday, February 22, 2008 10:10:00 PM, Blogger Medusa said...

We'd like very much to list these in the Events Coil but we need a web page url with more info to put with the notice. I looked on your website but couldn't find anything about these events. But maybe I looked in the wrong place? Anyway, if you could provide the url(s) for more info for these events that would be great!


At Saturday, February 23, 2008 2:18:00 PM, Blogger Medusa said...

Thanks for sending me the link for the Mabon/Autumn Equinox event in March, Glenys. It has been added to on the Events Coil posted earlier this month.


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