Wednesday, August 25, 2010

Buzz Coil: August '10

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

The Village Witch: In the Asheville (NC) Citizen-Times, Byron Ballard’s Aug. 24 post, "Osun Veneration" gives information about a celebration this Friday, Aug. 27, in Asheville NC. The event is sponsored by the Zamaria African Cultural Center and honors their sister city, Osgobo, Nigeria, and the Orisha Osun (also spelled, Oshun). Mother Grove Goddess Temple is creating the event’s altars for both Osun and Yemaya.

Association for the Study of Women & Mythology: In an Aug. 4 post, ASWM announces their "March 12-13 Symposium in Philadelphia". The keynoter will be Dr. Miranda Shaw, author of books on women and Buddhism and Buddhist Goddesses. More info to come...

Tablet: An Aug. 20 post by Jeremy Gillick, with the (imo) unfortunate title "Priestly Caste," is about the Kohenet (Hebrew priestesses) and other feminist and "earth-based" groups within Judaism.

Hecate: Blogger Hecate continues her campaign to get people—especially journalists, bloggers, and others who write for public consumption—to capitalize Pagan, Witch, and related terms especially in situations where other religions/spiritual paths would be capitalized. In her Aug. 21 post, "People Keep Doing It. I’m Going to Keep Complaining," she links to the above Tablet post as an example. Her moving Aug. 13 post, "Red in Tooth and Claw," starts with a quote from Richard Louv about a trend that keeps children from experiencing nature. She then segues into a memory of when she was a girl and her younger sister seemed to disappear during a walk along a creek, an experience which turned spiritual and sustained her later in life.

Dirt Worship: In her Aug. 21 post, "Home Again—and on to the Next Adventure," Starhawk writes about returning home from two Earth Activist trainings to find her garden improperly tended, and about future journeys to Reclaiming’s "Dandelion," to the Goddess Conference in Spain and events elsewhere in Europe.

PaGaian: Glenys Livingstone tells us about "Equinox Spring/Autumn at EarthGaia," in her Aug. 22 post about the moments of balance at approaching Autumn Equinox in the Northern Hemisphere and Spring Equinox in the Southern Hemisphere, where she lives. Her Aug. 8 post, "Sacred Images -August New Moon" features a pic of Judy Chicago’s Dinner Party setting for Artemis Gentileschi, with info and links about Gentileschi.
Pagan Godspell: In her Aug. 10 post, "To Witness Beauty: Thoughts on Ritual," blogger Ruby Sara recalls a summer solstice ritual from several years ago and helps us appreciate why it was so meaningful. In her Aug. 16 post, "Bride of Good News Communique," she announces that she is reinstituting Good New Communiques and presents "#3012657."

The Great Tininess: Blogger Johnny Rapture’s Aug. 13 post, "On Magic and Religion (Pt.I)," explains a comment he made in a previous post that

No distinction between "magic" on the one hand and "religion" on the other has ever been made successfully.
The Magdalene Review: In her Aug. 18 post, Lesa Bellevie attempts to answer "A difficult question" : "what does Mary Magdelene mean to me?" She explores several possiblities. Her Aug. 15 post gives us a link to a "Church of Mary Magdalene Tour," a virtual tour of a Russian Orthodox Church in Jerusalem.

Mary Magdalene Within: After participating in July celebrations honoring Mary Magdalene, in her Aug. 6 post,
"The Call of the Wild," Joan Norton writes that we are "moving toward the ‘taking stock’ time of things." She continues:

Mary the Magdalene is the call of the wild as much as devotion to mate and motherhood. What else would you say about a woman who had the nerve to marry the heretic?
Cosette From Jupiter: In her Aug. 8 post, Cossette reviews the film, "Agora" , about the murder of Hypatia by Christian monks and the destruction of the Library and Pagan temples in Alexandria, Egypt near the end of the 4th Century CE.

Another review of Agora, this one by Max Dashu, can be found on on Coreopsis.

Paleothea: Blogger Alia’s Aug. 6 post is about
"Rape in Greek Myths". It describes the varieties of ways rape is presented in so many Greek myths and explains their significance.

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