Saturday, June 25, 2011

Buzz Coil: June '11

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

Association for the Study of Women & Mythology: The June 6 post, "Goddess. Women. Cloth: Mary Kelly’s Keynote Presentation" is a report about the recent ASWM 2011 Midwest Symposium. The post begins with a look at Siberian textiles from 400 BCE. With pics.

Veleda: In her June 6 post, "A non-definition of ‘shamans’," Max Dashu writes that the cultural variability of "shaman" makes the word hard to define, and that the discussions about shamanism in various cultures are influenced by the prejudices against women’s participation. She continues:

This shamanic background is why “priestess” calls up ecstatic associations that authoritarian religions regard as illicit and even demonic, and why so many of these religions excluded women from priesthood. Some went so far as to bar women from the altar, from temples or their inner sanctuaries, or from other shrines. The patriarchal lens has also twisted interpretation of sacramental dance and entranced spirit mediums, claiming that they exhibit the “natural,” allegedly “passive” province of women (and queers, and colonized peoples, and other Others)....
Max also discusses socio-political factors involved. She then gives her description of "shaman" and discusses the shamanic initiation experience and shamanic practices.

Hecatedemeter: The blog formerly known as Hecate has moved to Wordpress and is titled "Hecatedemeter." Blogger Hecate’s June 23 post at her new digital home is "Potpourri," which includes thoughts about her Litha celebration, including which day she’d rather have off from work, the day of the holy day ritual or the day after. She also reports on Pagans who fight fires, her relationship with Goddess Columbia, Starhawk’s newest film project, and other news.

Dirt Worship: In "On Turning Sixty," her June 17 post, Starhawk writes about her latest birthday and about working on a film version of her novel, The Fifth Sacred Thing.

The Wild Hunt: "The Wild Hunt Joins Patheos," Jason Pitzl-Waters announced in his June 15 post, and explained why. The old url now will take you to his place on, but if you have a link to the Wild Hunt, you might want to change it to the new url just for the heck of it.

Panthea: Blogger Lisa’s June 22 post, "Dear Goddess" is a prayer "to end the suffering of children" and speaks about mothers, men, boys, fathers, gender stereotypes and "the souls of those who have been born unwanted and unloved by unhealthy parents." She bases her June 15 post, "Values of the Goddess," posted as part of "Pagan Values Month," on "the values I believe are taught to us by the Goddess as a living force of nature" as understood through the imagery of the Triple Goddess.

Driving Audhumla: In her June 8 post, "Coming Together, 50 years later," Victoria Slind-Flor writes about the 50th reunion of her Roman Catholic girls’ high school class in Seattle, including how things were back then. With an amazing grace towards the end.

Z Budapest Blog: Asking, "Will you be there?" in reference to the memorial service planned for the late Merlin Stone, Z recalls a visit to Susan B. Anthony’s home and then writes of the accomplishments of feminists. She wonders about the present and possible future, writing "There is not even a centralized mail list where we can reach all of us at once."

Glaux’s Nest: In her June 22 post,"So, like owls huh?" blogger Glaux writes about her close relationship to owls beginning in high school and continuing into her 30s.

Full Circle: Blogger Sia writes of caring for her ill mother as spiritual experience in her June 5 post, "Caregiving and Truth Telling,"

The Village Witch: In her June 9 post, "Talking About Prayer...right after church this morning," Byron Ballard writes about the continuation of a discussion about the the views and prayer practices of various members of Mother Grove Temple in Asheville NC. The discussion also included the pros and cons of being open about your spirituality.

Walking on Fire: Blogger Myfawnwy published in her June 21 post, "You Me Religion Blog Interview," an interview about her religious affiliations and views. The interview is also scheduled for publication later this year on another blog.

Did we miss an item you think is important? We’d like to know about it, so please leave it as a comment.


Wednesday, June 15, 2011

Video from Matriarchal Conference

It is my pleasure, on a night of lunar eclipse and looking forward to the Solstice, to share with you this stunning video by Lydia Ruyle from the recent "Time is Ripe" International Conference on Matriarchy held May 12-16 in Galen, Switzerland. The beautiful music is "Returning" by Jennifer Berezan.

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Sunday, June 12, 2011

Events Coil: June 14-Aug.1

As far as we know, all events we list are open functions; but some may be limited to women or to adults and some may require that you notify them that you plan to attend. Please check the websites for group policies. If no country is given, the event is in USA. All times local. Times for computer/Internet/Web events are given for the place of origin. Events lasting more than 1 day are bolded. When listing events for the same date we have tried to list those that occur first, taking into account time zone differences. If there is a difference between our listings and the listings on the link, assume their web page is correct as details may have changed since we listed from it. Ongoing events are listed after the dated events. The next Events Coil is planned for mid-June and will include events listed here that haven't yet happened, plus new events through late July or early August. If you have an event you want listed, please leave info as a comment. See the end of this Coil for what info we need for listings.

June 14, 7 p.m. Full Moon Celebration, Circle Sanctuary, near Barneveld WI

June 14,time tba,
Wiccan Style Full Moon Celebration, Maetreum of Cybele, Palenville NY

June 15, 7:30 p.m.
Full Moon Ceremonial Embodiment of the Lady of Avalon, Glastonbury Goddess Temple, Glastonbury ENGLAND

June 15, time tba,
Cybeline Full Moon Celebration, Maetrum of Cybele, Palenville NY

June 17, 2 p.m.
Temple Dressing for Summer Solstice, Glastonbury Goddess Temple, Glastonbury ENGLAND

June 17-19
Summer Solstice Retreat, Sisterhood of the Sacred Circle, High Sierras NV

June 18-19
Summer Solstice-Season of the Sacred Marriage-Full Moon, Maetreum of Cybele, Palenville NY

June 18, doors open 6:30 p.m., ritual 7 p.m., doors lock 7:15 p.m.,
Summer Solstice, Goddess Temple of Orange County, Irvine CA

June 18, time tba,
Summer Solstice ritual, Caya Coven, Berkeley CA

June 19, doors open 13.00 uur, ceremony begins 14.00 uur,
Zomer zonnewende ceremonie (Summer Solstice) Nederlandse Godinnen Tempel, Hillegom NEDERLAND

June 19, 11:30 a.m., Summer Solstice ritual, Connect DC, near Holocaust Museum, Washington DC

June 19, 11 a.m.
Goddess Service honoring Scathach, Goddess Temple of Orange County, Irvine CA

June 19, 4 p.m.
Summer Solstice, North Bay Reclaiming,
Sebastopol CA

June 19-26, Pagan Spirit Gathering, Circle Sanctuary, Stonehouse Park, near Earlville IL

June 20, time tba, Celebrate Summer Solstice and Juno, Daughters of the Goddess, San Francisco CA

June 21, 7:30 p.m.
Summer Solstice Ceremony, Glastonbury Goddess Temple, Glastonbury ENGLAND

June 21, 7 p.m. Summer Solstice, Goddess Temple Dedicated to Sekhmet, Indian Springs NV

June 21, gather 7:30, ritual 8 p.m.
Summer Solstice, SF Reclaiming, San Francisco CA

June 24, 7 p.m., Winter Solstice celebration, PaGaian Moon Court, Blue Mountains NSW AUSTRALIA

June 24-26,
Shenandoah Midsummer Festival, Middletown VA

June 25-July 1, Avalon Goddess Retreat, Glastonbury Goddess Temple, Glastonbury ENGLAND

June 25, 11 a.m.,
Ceremonial Healing Day, Glastonbury Goddess Temple, Glastonbury ENGLAND

June 25, gather 1 p.m., children's activities 1:30 p.m., ritual 3 p.m. Summer Solstice, French Broad River, Mother Grove Goddess Temple, Asheville NC

June 26, 5:30 p.m.,
5th Annual Yoni Puja Festival (RSVP), Sharanya, Maa Batakali Cultural Miision, San Francisco CA

June 26, time tba,
Fertile Mother Ritual, Amazon Caya, San Francisco CA

June 30,time tba,
Wiccan Style New Moon Celebration, Maetreum of Cybele, Palenville NY

July 1, 2 p.m. New Moon Healing, Glastonbury Goddess Temple, Glastonbury ENGLAND

July 1, time tba, Cybeline New Moon Celebration, Maetreum of Cybele, Palenville NY

July 1, 7 p.m. Women's New Moon Sharing Circle, Temple of Goddess Spirituality Dedicated to Sehkmet, Indian Springs NV

July 2, 5 p.m. Goddess Meetup, Maetreum of Cybele, Palenville NY

July 14, time tba, Wiccan Style New Moon Celebration, Maetreum of Cybele, Palenville NY

July 14, time tba, Celebrate Hathor, Daughters of the Goddess, San Francisco CA

July 15, time tba, Cybeline New Moon Celebration, Maetreum of Cybele, Palenville NY

July 17, 8 p.m. Full Moon Circle, Grove of Artemis, Caya, San Francisco CA

July 23, 10 a.m. Goddess Wisdom Healing Day, Glastonbury Goddess Temple, Glastonbury ENGLAND

July 24 (fringe events) through July 26 (Conference begins)-July31,
Goddess Conference 2011: Honouring the Great Mother of Water, Glastonbury ENGLAND

July 29-31 Green Spirit Weekend - Lammas/Lughnasadh, Circle Sanctuary, near Barneveld WI

July 30-31, Lammas Weekend,
Maetreum of Cybele, Palenville NY

July 30, 1 p.m. Lammas ritual, San Francisco Reclaiming, Golden Gate Park, San Francisco CA

July 30, time tba, Lammas, East Bay Caya, San Francisco CA

July 31, doors open 13.00 uur, ceremonie begins 14.00 uur, Lammas Ceremonie, Nederlandse Godinnen Tempel, Hillegom NEDERLAND

July 31, 4 p.m. Lughnasdh/Lammas, North Bay Reclaiming, Sebastapol CA

Aug. 1, 7:30 p.m.Lammas Ceremony, Glastonbury Goddess Temple,
Glastonbury ENGLAND


Adelaide, 2nd Tuesday of month, 7:30 p.m. Goddess Devotional Service, The Goddess House.

Glastonbury: Most days except Mondays, Noon-4, Temple Open for personal Prayers; Tuesdays, 6:30 p.m. Tuesdays, 6:30 p.m. Belly Dancing; Thursdays, 7 p.m. Temple Ritual Dance Class, Priestess/Priest of Avalon Training Program, both in Glastonbury (Avalon) and by correspondence. Glastonbury Goddess Temple.


Solderhamm, weekdays, Noon-6 p.m,Godinne Templet Open; Mondays p.m. meditation, prayer, conversation.

Annapolis MD, Friday of each month closest to full moon, 7 p.m. Women's Full Moon Circle, UUCA
Asheville NC, Sundays 10 a.m. drumming, 10:30 a.m. Service, Morning Devotionals, Mother Grove Goddess Temple.
Berkeley CA, last Sunday of month, 5 p.m. East Bay Goddess Rosary, University Lutheran Chapel.

Canton CT, Sundays, 10:30 p.m. Services, Women's Temple: In Her Name.
Carson City, NV, Mondays 6 p.m., Women's Spirituality Studies with Mama J, Sisters of the Sacred Circle.
Concord MA, 1st Monday 7-9 p.m.Women's Circles' other ongoing groups include Demeter & Persephone's Circles for mothers and daughters, Council of Mother Dears; Menopause as Spiritual Journey; Menarche for mothers and daughters; Goddess Groove Drum Circle, at Women's Well.

Geyersville CA, Sunday Services 2-4 p.m.
Temple of Isis
Irvine CA,
Sunday Services, 1st service at 9:30 a.m., inward meditation; 2nd service at 11 a.m.; see dates for guest speakers, Goddess Temple of Orange County.

Palenville NY, Saturdays 5 sessions; Sundays 4-6 p.m. open classes, 7 p.m. Pagan Circles, Maetreum of Cybele.
San Francisco CA, Wednesdays, Goddess Rosary, Ebenezer Lutheran Church.
Seattle WA, 2nd Sunday, doors open 10 a.m., Goddess Service 10:30 a.m., Gaia's Temple.

Alternate Fridays,
"Celebrating Cosmogenesis," for people in both Southern and Northern Hemispheres, with Australian author Glenys Livingstone, originates in NSW, Australia.

Podcasts:times tba, "Talking to Goddess," interviews, music, and more from Gaia's Garden, originates in Melbourne, Australia.
Podcasts: Wednesdays 6 p.m. PT,
"Voices of the Sacred Feminine," interviews with well-known Goddessians and Pagans hosted by Karen Tate, Blog Talk Radio. Originates in California.

Podcasts: Sundays 11 a.m. PT, "Creatrix-Media-Live" roundtable discussions include guests and phone-in audience participation, co-hosted by Jayne DeMent and Anniitra Ravenmoon. Blog Talk Radio.

We'd be happy to add your Goddess and spiritual feminist events (and those you know about that are open to th
e public) no matter where in the world they are. Please leave a comment giving: Name of event, sponsoring organization (if any), town, state (if in US), country (if outside of US) time (if known) , and required: url of website where person can get more info ( no pdf pages, no password-protected pages). Do NOT give street addresses, phone numbers or eamil addresses. People should go to the website for that info.

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