Buzz Coil: July 2012
A look at some posts of interest from our blogroll and sometimes beyond:
Veleda: Max Dashu's June 8 post, "A Goddess in the Harley Psalter" decodes and describes what is going on in a Pagan-themed medieval drawing. With illustration from British Library's online database.
Way of the Rabbit: Yeshe Rabbit explores the spiritual implications of the substantiation of the Higgs-Boson particle in her July 9 post, "Channeling the Higgs-Boson."
Blog o' Gnosis: In her June 3 post, "Thoughts on Spirituality, Politics, and Values," Anne Hill shares her thoughts about her presentation at the Pagan Alliance Festival in Berkeley, in which she spoke of her "recent paradigm shift around spirituality and politics. Reclaiming’s ideal of unifying spirituality and politics is something I lived and breathed starting in the early ’80s. But that has shifted over the past several years, and I want to explain why."
COG Interfaith Reports: M. Mueller's July 5 post, "Sekhmet Goddess Temple Outside Vegas," tells of the blogger's conversation with Priestess Candace of the Temple of Goddess Spirituality Dedicated to Sekhmet, in which Candace tells Mueller she"has begun calling the Goddess Temple an interfaith temple instead of a 'Pagan temple,' because, in Candace’s words, 'She’s in every religion!' For Candace, this Goddess Temple is an interfaith temple." Mueller goes on to describe the Temple and its guest house.
No Longer Quivering is now part of the Pantheos.com family and the change, imo, makes it easier to access the posts. This is a blog of women who have left the Christian Dominionist Quiverfull movement. The July 23 post, "Revisiting the NLQ FAQ: Should there be a 'You' in Quivering?" gives some useful insights into this movement.
My Village Witch: Byron's June 30 post, "from Thursday to Friday...ground, center, focus," discusses Mother Grove Goddess Temple activities both in its NC community and in preparing for the upcoming ordination of clergy. In the context of the latter, she discusses and links to Literata's account of her difficulties in Arlington VA when attempting to become legally recognized clergy.
House of Inanna: In his July 5 post, "Why Inanna?" blogger Idris writes that he has pondered changing the name of his blog or its other aspects, but then decided "to keep the blog as it is." He shares his thought processes about this, and more specifically, about his dedication to Inanna, his own personal British background, and his view on "the New World Order of American Right Wing fundamentalism."
Annelinde's World: Annelinde Metzner posts her own poems, along with relevant art, to her blog. Her June 15 poem, "Sara La Kali," honors the sacred female figure celebrated especially on May 24 by the Roma in southern France. Her June 20 poem, "Carrying us, carry us still," memorializes a son who died at 29, and acknowledges " rosy energy of Grandmother's arms."
HecateDemeter: Blogger Hecate's July 10 post, "Landbase" is beautifully ritualistic prose-poetry that begins:
And, so, in every moment when I invoke, when I invoke, when I invoke, when I invoke Columbia, and Hecate, and the spirits and powers of This Place, in every moment when I invoke, my fox is present and she invokes with me.
Feminism and Religion: These are just a few of the recent posts on this blog from people on many different paths:
In a July 22 post, on the Feast Day of Mary Magdalene, Elizabeth Cunningham writes "Mary Magdalen’s Feast Day: Celebrating Goddess Incarnate," which she begins by discussing Magdalene relics, continues to discuss her own various religious affilations, as well as her creation of a fictional Celtic "Mary Magdalene" character, and closes with a poem.
In a July 18 post, Xochitl Alvizo, discusses "Process Thought: Feminist Friendly Metaphysics," including the approaches of thea/ologians Carol Christ, Mary Daly, and Alfred North Whitehead.
On July 14, Amanda Kieffer writes "A Love Letter to My Body" because "I had to make up for all the nights I spent ignoring you and asking forgiveness from that ridiculous Man in the sky. I thought you were His."
In a July 9 post, Carol P. Christ wonders "Why Don't Feminist Express Anger At God?," writing:
"I have written extensively about ...the need for women to express our anger at God. However, it is fair to say that feminists have not exactly embraced this suggestion. I have often wondered why."
"Do my feminist friends simply avoid going to Church or Synagogue, do they shut down their bodies, do they close their ears—or all of the above at different times?"
In a July 15 post, "Rien n'est parfait" Barbara Ardinger takes as her starting point part of the book, Le Petit Prince by Antoine de Saint-Exupéry, and discusses (with a bit of her usual humor) why she thinks no religion, including her own, is perfect.
In his July 1 post, "Of Power, Good Counsel and Wisdom," Daniel Cohen writes of the rediscovery of the sacred female figure known as Wisdom, and transliterated Hokma (Heb.) and Sophia (Gr.).
In her June 30 post, "That Which Is Sacred," Max Dashu takes a quick cross-cultural look at language use to describe the sacred. She then writes:
"Not many people understand what spiritual feminists mean when we speak of Goddess or goddesses."
She then gives explanation and background that should repair this problem.
Goddess in a Teapot: Carolyn Boyd's June 10 post, "Sister Circles Round and Round the Universe" examines the formation and dissolution of women's circles in different times, places, and with differing technologies. Her July 1 post, "Walking in the Wild Woods to Find Truth," ponders the role of gardens and nature in spiritual life.
Hail Columbia: In her July 4 post, Blogger Literata explores "A constellation of goddesses for July 4," focusing on American Goddess figures in addition to Columbia and Liberty.
Hearth Moon Rising's blog: Blogger Hearth Moon Rising is posting a series related to tree goddesses in a variety of cultures. For example, her July 20 post, "The Linden Prophesy," is about the Latvian Goddess Laima. Her July 13 post "Lady of the Sycamore" is about the Egyptian Hathor.
The Goddess House: Blogger As't Moon's July 24 post, "Honouring Red Catherine" tells about a Romani woman in Australia who runs an animal refuge called "Artemis."
Return to Mago: In her blog's first post on July 8, Helen Hye-Sook introduces Return to Mago with excerpts from a rountable radio talk, "Mago, the First Mother of East Asia."
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