Friday, February 24, 2012

Buzz Coil: February 2012

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

The Village Witch: Byron Ballard’s Feb 3 post, "My Words are Tired" tells of the Buncombe County (NC) school board meeting dealing with Gideon Bibles and religious freedom. Her Feb. 5 post, "There’s A Corn Dolly on the Mantel...and its time to move on" is partly a response to that meeting, and deals with conflicts between, and other issues about, spiritual practices and cultural backgrounds.

Veleda: Max Dashu gives us a series called, "The Women’s Dance," which (so far) has 5 parts, all with terrific pics. She posted Parts I-IV on Feb. 5 and Part V on Feb. 6. Part I: "Southern Asia" includes Bronze Age rock art, some items depicting ritualized "round" dances from the areas now Iran, Syria, and Tajeistan. Part II, "Northern Africa" includes rock murals and pottery showing ritual dancing. Part III: "Southern Africa" shows depictions of women dancing, shown on rock murals; Part IV: "Northern Mediterranean" includes red-ochred rock art from what is now Spain, as well as rock art, sculpture , and pottery from ancient Greece and Crete, and from what is now Italy. Part V: "North America," shows various types of dance performed by the indigenous peoples of North America including basket, circle, and ghost dances.

Alchemy of Clay: In her Feb. 14 post, sculptor and potter Barbara Roberts shares pics from her "Archives of Tree Goddesses."

The Retiring Mind: In her Feb. 7 post, "Wandering thoughts on Deity," a discussion of the difficulty gay men may have finding "the Divine within" leads Wendy Griffin to ponder "Who is my Goddess? With which image, force or ancient sacred pantheon do I most resonate?"

Flash Silvermoon: In her Feb. 4 post, "Pagan Friends Interview," Flash Silvermoon shares an e-journal’s interview of her about her Goddess path and other matters.

The Goddess House: In her Feb. 16 post, blogger As’t Moon writes of "The Eleusinian Mysteries" as the hours of daylight decrease in Adelaide, Australia, where she lives.

Goddess in a Teapot: Prompted by a museum exhibit on Aphrodite, Carolyn L. Boyd writes about "The Gravity at the Temple of Aphrodite," in her Jan. 30 post.

Onion Work: Another beautiful post from blogger Ruby Sara on Feb. 3, "On Multiple Religious Belonging," describes her blending "Neopaganism" and "liberal/radical/progressive Christianity."

Feminism and Religion: In this blog of many authors and many paths, on Feb. 11, Patricia Rose writes about "Goddess Communities in Australia" and how the people in them relate to indigenous spirituality of Australia, as well as other influences. Michele Stopera Freyhauf, in a Feb. 9 post, "Catholicism, Contraception, and Conscience" gives a thorough analysis of the facts and politics of the current controversy in the U.S. In a Feb. 20 post, Carol Christ writes of "Remembering Merlin Stone, 1931-2011," describing the influence that the late Goddess author had, and continues to have, on her.

Blog o’ Gnosis: Anne Hill writes about changes in publishing over the last few years in her Feb. 14 post, "An eBook Rises from the Bathwater." Her rising eBook, The Baby and the Bathwater is about her experience with Reclaiming. And Anne offers something special to her blog readers

A few of the posts about trans issues & Pantheacon 2012:

The Wild Hunt: In a Feb. 23 post, "Pantheacon: Unity, Diversity, Controversy,"Jason Pitzl-Waters sees Pcon as successful in "mingling groups that often have vastly different ideas" and against this background, discusses the controversy at this year’s Pcon over a Z.Budapest-led ritual, a conflict with roots in a controversy that arose at 2011 Pcon over gender-based exclusion of people from Pcon events.

Way of the Rabbit: Yeshe Rabbit, High Priestess of CAYA Coven, in a Feb. 18 in a post, "An Invitation to remember who we are" writes: "There is no need for this escalation," before a planned protest about a ritual led by Z Budapest for "genetic women only," Yeshe asks Z how the situation can be resolved with "love, with compassion, and with queenly grace." After the ritual and protest on Feb. 21, Yeshe posted "Reaction, responses and resolution on PantheaCon," which includes an explanation of why her group decided to "stand in the liminal space between the ritual attendees and protesters and sing songs of peace and transformation."

T. ThornCoyle: Know Thyself: In a Feb. 19 post, "Holding the Beloved Community," Thorn Coyle responds to Yeshe Rabbit’s Feb. 18 post, basing her response on the philosophy of the late Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Thorn, leader of the silent protest against Z’s "genetic women only" policy at the Pcon ritual, and writing before the event, notes that "Z Budapest is part of our beloved community." Thorn then explains why she decided to lead the protest

Lupabitch: Blogger Lupa was one of the protesters outside the Dianic ritual led by Z Budapest. In her Feb.19 post, she gives her views on what transpired. (With 228 comments at last count).

HecateDemeter: In her Feb. 19 post, "I Contain Multitudes," blogger Hecate describes her background in Dianic Wicca and grapples with "what it is to be born in a body with a penis, yet to be a woman."

Sonneillon-V.: Blogger Sonneillon's Feb. 21 post, "I stand with my trans siblings," gives brief background on 2011 Pantheacon trans controversy, what happened this year, and her opinion.

update 2/28:
Veleda: Max Dashu shares her experience and opinions of this event in a Feb. 26 post,
"Three 'cis-gender crones,' one 'muttering'. "

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