Saturday, March 27, 2010

Buzz Coil: March '10

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

The Wild Hunt: Jason Pitzl-Waters’s March 24 post, "Quick Note: Should Christians Rent Space to Pagans?" was set off by an article on a conservative Anglican website criticizing an Episcopal church in North Carolina for allowing members of the Mother Grove Goddess Temple hold a Spring Equinox ritual in the church’s parish hall. FYI, the Mother Grove Goddess Temple has achieved 501 (c) non-profit status and has plans for its own building, a cob Temple.

The Village Witch: In the Asheville (NC) Citizen-Times, Byron Ballard (of the Mother Grove Goddess Temple) writes a March 16 post, "Finally Ostara!" about an Ostara ritual she did with a prison group she visits. In her March 14 post, "More Bridey," she shares part of the talk she gave at the Unitarian Universalist Congregation of the Swannanoa Valley.

Gorgon Resurfaces The blogger no longer signs her posts, LaughingMedusa (though she is responding to comments with that name), so I clicked on "About Me" and see she is giving her name as a.l. bodnar. Anyway, LaughingMedusa or a.l. writes a March 23 post, "No Way to Defend the Indefensible," in which she adds her opinion to the criticism of the Roman Catholic Church’s "giving their clergy a free pass" when it comes to the abuse of children.

Echidne of the Snakes: In her March 25 post, "A Nasty Post on Women and Religion," blogger Echidne begins with criticism about the Vatican and it’s version of Morality and segues into a discussion of "power" and the reason women

stay faithful to religious organizations which will not want to share power with them, which have holy texts full of misogyny....
Hecate: I first read about Echidne’s post on Hecate’s blog, so you might want to go to Hecate’s March 25 post "My New Name For A Blog" and read her commentary on Echidne’s post. And in her March 17 post, "Kore!" Hecate writes that the older she gets the more she looks forward to Ostara. She then tells of the importance of older women helping younger women, especially when asked.

Amused Grace: In her March 22 "Goddess of The Week" Thalia Took tells how she randomly drew Sheila-na-gig from her Goddess Oracle deck after 2 commenters on a previous blogspot mention Sheila as a Fav. Thalia goes on to give an excellent history of this displaying divine figure and ponders which Goddess aspect Sheila is best related to.

Branches Up, Roots Down: In her March 10 post, "Turn and face the strange. changes," Deborah Oak writes about her response to recent changes in her life:

I know how to cast a circle and wave around my athame and/or wand with charged gusto, but I find cleaning my refrigerator just as effective. Incantations, of course, are involved in both.

Goddess in a Teapot: Carolyn Lee Boyd writes of sensing Kali and Yemaya in Spring events in her March 19 post, "Yearning for the Ocean Mother at the Spring Equinox."

Pagan Godspell: Sara Ruby’s March 23 post, "Living Prayer, Sweet Water, Equinox Blessings" begins with an excerpt from "Invocation of the Kore" by Ruby Sara and Johnny Rapture and ends with Ruby Sara’s poem to Kore. In between she discusses what she means by "prayer," and asks, "To whom am I praying?" and "What is the nature of prayer?"

Flashes of Insight: In her March 10 post, "The Politics of Spirituality," Flash Silvermoon looks at the relationship between our spiritual/religious assumptions and the way we treat eachother, including the way nations treat people and other nations.

Know Thyself: Musings...: Thorn Coyle’s March 20 post, "Raise unto the Fires of Love and Justice," is about an interfaith Sacred Peace Walk from Las Vegas to the Nevada Nuclear Test Site. The event begins March 29 (Passover) and ends April 4 (Easter). Thorn will be among those leading a related ritual at the Sekhmet Goddess Temple in the early days of the event (but not currently listed on the Temple calendar). In her March 11 post, "Simple Gestures Part Two" Thorn writes of sacred flow, a personal story about abortion, and her participation in a current Planned Parenthood action.

Weblog for Our Mother God: An undated but apparently recent post, "Happy Eastre," begins:

Today God the Daughter, our Savior, is risen and the new year is begun
The previous post, "The Day that is No Day," declares

the year is ended. Our Lady lies dead. In the filianic calendar, this day has no date, for the world has stopped. The statues of Mother and Daughter are veiled from sight....
Evoking the Goddess: In his March 15 post, "Discovering Bantock," blogger Paul introduces us to a lesser-known 19th century British composer who "dressed in Bardic robes and was fascinated with ancient cultures," and wrote a choral setting for Sappho’s poetry, a symphony in praise of Aphrodite, and another titled, "Pagan Symphony."

Driving Audhumla: Victoria Slind-Flor blogs about "Beautiful Things" in her March 24 post, including a San Francisco Ballet performance of "Little Mermaid, and two recent rituals.

Communing with Goddesses: Blogger jayble ‘s March 10 post "In Defense of Small Talk" explores the role of small talk in her women’s circle and in life in general.

Mary Magdalene Within: Joan Norton writes about recent Magdalene events in her March 4 post, "Community News and Pretty Pictures."

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