Friday, November 26, 2010

Buzz Coil: November '10

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

Queen of Heaven: Blogger Carisa has been posting an in-depth series about the Goddess Asherah. In Part III: The Lion Lady , posted Nov. 16, she explores Asherah and other goddesses shown or associated with lions, and the possible meanings of "Qadesh" or "Qudshu," (both of which are transliterations from ANE languages). With great big pics. Part II, "The Serpents Pride" was posted on Nov 1, and Part I, "The Lost Bride of Yahweh, on Oct. 27—with a gorgeous large pic of Asherah.

Women and Mythology: Information about the submission of proposals for papers/presentations has been added to the post, "Two 2011 Symposia - East & Midwest" about which we posted previously.

COG Interfaith Reports: On the Congregation of the Goddess blog, in a Nov. 2 post, "More about AAR -M. Mueller," the blogger tells about attending a "Celebration and Cerebration of Mary Daly" on Oct. 31 and other activities at the meeting of the American Academy of Religion in Atlanta, Georgia. In her Oct. 30 post, "Pagans at AAR - M. Mueller" she gives a summary of Pagan attendees, papers, and of attending the annual Feminist Theologians’ Network meeting and other activities.

Communing with Goddess: In her Oct. 30 post, blogger jayble announces "Daughters of the Sacred Torch Open for membership." The group is in southern Illinois.

Hecate: In a truly inspiring Nov. 18 post, "Daily Practice," blogger Hecate shares with us the spiritual work she does upon awakening, eating breakfast, on the way to and at work, and when she gets home again. Here's just a little taste:

When I get to work, I stop for a moment and invoke every woman who went before me, working with laws, words, her ability to write, and argue, and persuade. (What my secretary sees: "Just like every morning, she's taking off her sunglasses, rummaging in her purse, and putting on her reading glasses. Just like every morning, she stops, holds her hands over the keys, and then types in her password...) (What's really happening: Hecate recites her morning prayer: 'I am a manifestation of the Goddess. Mother, help me to grow into my Better Self. It's all real. It's all metaphor. There's always more.' Hecate stops for a moment and invokes Hatshepsut, Druidic women, Boadicea, QE I, Mistress Margaret Brent, Abigail Adams, Susan B. Anthony, and Athena, Goddess of politics and laws. Hecate invokes Hecate, Goddess of liminal spaces, the space where her words and arguments may create change. Hecate asks Mama Gaia for guidance. Hecate slips on reading glasses, sends reiki to her keyboard, and hits "Open" on the first e-mail of the day.)

Pagan Godspell: Ruby Sara shares "An Intervew With The Queen"
in her Oct. 26 post. The interview about Colony Collapse Disorder (CCD), she says, was conducted with "Queen AZZ-Za-ZZI" by "one Bee Metaphysicist and Anthropologist of Bee Culture, Catherine Drumheller." Oddly, this Catherine Drumheller is fond of using the term "grok," as is Sara Ruby. Just a coincidence I'm sure.

Glaux’s Nest: In her Nov. 23 post, "Back to the Blogging Board," Glaux shares adventures into the Spiral Castle Tradition (which had 2 adherents when she wrote this post), the Athenian festival calendar, Thelemic practices, the Women’s Goddess Retreat, and three books she’s started writing.

The Village Witch: In her Nov. 15 post, "Teacher, Priestess, Teacher...Shopper," in the blog section of the Asheville (NC) Citizen-Times, Byron Ballard writes about teaching children in a Unitarian Universalist Sunday School class about the Pagan Wheel of the Year, St. Lucia’s Day traditions. and doing a circle dance with the youngsters. In her Nov. 21 post, "Full Moon Gathering Tonight," she tells about her women's group's most recent full moon observance.

House of Inanna: On Nov. 9, blogger Idris posted for the first time in more than a year. He tells us, in "A Year of Change. And Now....." , that he has left Hungary and returned to Great Britain. He feels he is no longer a teacher or priest yet he is still following Goddess Inanna’s directive to tell her story.

Amused Grace: Thalia Took’s Nov. 5 post is about an "Altar" she is creating in her art studio. In her Nov. 15 post, "Alchemy" she views as a magical act the way she is cleaning up her father’s hoarding, for instance taking 11 tons (so far) of iron to a scrap yard. She has thusfar transformed these and other metals twice: first into. . . nope, I’m not gonna tell here. But it’s there in the post for you to read.

The Magdalene Review: Lisa Bellevie reviews a National Geographic documentary available on Facebook (you might also want to check the NatGeo channel if you have cable) in her Oct. 27 post, "Documentary: ‘The Real Mary Magdalene’" .

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