Wednesday, February 20, 2008

Goddess Pages: Spring/Imbolc Issue

Goddess Pages, which began a little over a year ago as an ezine, is now both an ezine and a print magazine. We'll continue to discuss here the material that Goddess Pages makes available on their website for all to read, and we want to thank Goddess Pages for continuing to make its remarkable content available on the Web. At the same time, we want to encourage those of you who would enjoy and value a print version of the magazine to subscribe to it.

The cover art for the Spring/Imbolc 2008 issue on the Web is "Hidden Artemis" by Elena Ray.

Articles include:

"Making Sacred: Spaces for the Not-Yet," by Glenys Livingstone, about the celebration of Lammas in the Southern Hemisphere at this time of year. Livingstone writes:
We all feed the Universe; we are all Bread – to which the name “Lammas” refers. And so, like its polar opposite Early Spring/Imbolc, Lammas may be a time of dedication: it may be a conscious opening to transformation, to the role each “grain” plays in the scheme of things. Each grain goes to make the bread.
Livingstone goes on to discuss the "old Dark One" and the "young ones," the "creative future" and the "Ecological Order."

In "Mythology, Menstruation and the Land of Milk and Honey," Andre Zsigmond tells how, after escaping from communist Hungary in 1981, he immersed himself in the study of religion, so long forbidden him. He writes that exploring the possible connection between menstruation and male circumcision led him to the Goddess and to delving into the possible meanings of various Hebrew words and terminology in the Hebrew scriptures.

Rachel Mayatt, ordained in the Fellowship of Isis (FOI) and a 3rd degree Witch, writes in "A Temple in Canterbury," about her longing to continue experiences she had at the Glastonbury Goddess Temple. But she lives not near Glastonbury, but in Canterbury and decided: "The City needs a Goddess Temple," not sure how she would accomplish this. Will the "first ever" Goddess festival in Canterbury, planned for "16/17 August" lead to a Goddess Temple at Canterbury? So may it be!

In "Trusting the Language of the Goddess," Theresa Curtis-Diggs explores "Authentic Movement" as a way to communicate with Goddess and understand "the Divine Vulva."

Ten poems grace this issue of Goddess Pages:
"Daffodils" by Geraldine Charles; "Farthest North" by Doreen Hopwood; "Fire Goddess Dance With Me" by Joyce Bergkotte; "Fire-maker" by Jacqui Woodward-Smith; "Fogbound" by Rachael Clyne; "Imbolc" by Annabell of the Old Ways; "Imbolc Midwinter Celebration" by Maria Duncalf-Barber; "In My Dreams" by Michelle Darnell-Roberts; "Still She Sings the Northern Isles" by Jacqui Woodward-Smith; and "You are a Hara Woman" by Nataliya Pilschchykova.

And don't forget to check the "News" items. You can reach them from the list of links on the right side of the page.

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At Thursday, February 21, 2008 2:57:00 PM, Anonymous GoddessKnowsWho said...

In light last night's total lunar eclipse. It might interest readers of the Goddess Pages to know that some ancient cultures quite naturally perceived the blood red colour of lunar eclipses as the menstruation of their moon goddess. According to my research into this ancient religious concept, menstrual taboos against working were applied to both men and women during the full moon in ancient Babylon. This monthly day of rest was called Sabbatu. Sounds a lot like Sabbath doesn't it? Guess which ancient monotheistic religion was influenced by its contact with Babylon. . . So tomorrow, when the two day period of rest that quite likely evolved out of this ancient religious concept is just around the corner, you might want to say thank Goddess it's Freya's day. ;-)


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