Wednesday, April 26, 2017

Buzz Coil: April 2017

Here are some recent posts from blogs on our blogroll (please note, we don't knowingly list posts in Buzz Coil that have been published previously by the blogger elsewhere or on the same blog) [editor's note: I have tried about 10 times to get the item about HecateDemeter's posts the same font as the rest of this, but I cannot (I am transferring it from WORD, as I did the others.) Please excuse the difference in font.]

Annelinde’s World: Annelinde Metzner offers her April 21 post, the poem,“I Have Sworn to Protect Her,” as a prayer “especially for those traveling to the Climate Change March in DC” on April 22.
 Her April 13 poem, “Praise House,” begins:
“Blessed with a tour of the Gullah homeland,
St. Helena’s Island, where freed slaves
were given each ten acres upon emancipation…”
In a rare-for-her prose post, “Erna’s Ark” on March 31 is a eulogy for her mother written in 2001, whose importance she still feels. All posts with pics.

HecateDemeter: Blogger Hecate’s posts on April 1 and April 22 are (at this writing) the most recent in her series “The Magical Battle for America,” which offers spiritual work we can do for these times. Her April 11 post is a prayer to Baba Yaga, which is titled with its first two lines:
“This is a prayer to Baba Yaga.This is a prayer for Resistance.”
The prayer continues:
“This is a prayer for the magic of chicken feet, the heat of old hates, the way old bones hurt. This is a prayer for Resistance.”

Hearth Moon Rising’s blog: Marking the 27th anniversary of her ordination as a priestess of Ishtar, Hearth Moon’s March 24 post, “Queen of Heaven and Earth,” begins with a poetic invocation of which the first few words are:
“Ishtar amongst the gods, extraordinary is her station
Respected is her word, it is supreme.”
Broomstick Chronicles: Aline O’Brien (aka M. Macha NightMare) shares her experiences at a MIC Clergy Luncheon on Diversity and Inclusion,” in an March 20 post.

My Village Witch: In an April 10 post, Byron Ballard tells how she how she became involved in editing an anthology of travel writings titled “My Wandering Uterus” and provides a link (from a photo) to submission guidelines. Her April 4 post, “What I Do When I’m Not Here,” focuses on one of her eventful weekends.
 Pagaian Cosmology: Glenys Livingstone’s April 13 post, “Samhain/Beltaine Moment EarthGaia May 2017 C.E.” gives details first on this May’s Samhain celebration in the Southern Hemisphere , including Australia where she lives, and then discusses the relationship between this holiday and Beltaine, being celebrated in the Northern Hemisphere.
Large Goddess/Spiritual Feminist Blogs
Because of the large number and variety of bloggers and posts on these blogs, we are now suggesting that you visit them and select the posts that interest you most.

The Wild Hunt:Pagan, News-oriented blog that has grown from single blogger to many bloggers.

The Motherhouse of the Goddess: Blog affiliated with Motherhouse Podcasts and Mystery School.

Feminism and Religion: Many bloggers from many different religions and paths.

Pagan Square: This blog of many mostly-Pagan paths is sponsored by BBI Media and includes SageWoman blog posts


Monday, April 17, 2017

Nov.9-19 Women's Trip to Israel to Include 'Divine Feminine'

The following information is from Rabbi Rayzel Raphael, who gave us permission to post it here:

"Dear Friends, and colleagues and sisters of spirit,
In honor of Miriam crossing the Red Sea, I’m excited that the details have finally come together for my women's trip to Israel this fall.  It's a peace mission/spirituality journey with emphasis on interaction with various local Israeli cultures.  This is a great trip for Asherah fans as we will be going to the roots of worship of the Divine Feminine in ancient Israel, as well as meeting contemporary manifestations of Her Presence.
"We invite you to join a women’s INTERACTIVE trip to Israel, embracing the land, people, and promise of peace. This 11-day trip from November 9 to 19, 2017 is equally appropriate for those who have never been to Israel as it is for those who have been in other contexts but want a deeper richer experience with a focus on the women of the land. 
 "Each day’s itinerary was crafted and featured speakers were selected using the template of the heroines’ journey of transformation.  Our intention for this trip was to explore the ancient roots of Jewish women’s spirituality. We will visit archeology sites and receive an overview about matriarchal worship in ancient Israel at the Israel Museum. Our journey then follows this path of growth and blossoming from these roots. We will visit feminist change makers, secular and religious. Weaving between layers of history, we will find the thread of connection, women-to-women, through herstory. Our hope is that each participant also finds their own place on the path of the Divine Feminine as we travel -  adding her voice to this ongoing tradition.
 "One exciting feature is that we have included an optional culinary package to engage with Arab and Israeli women cooks and sample creations from various cultures in Israel.  
 "We have tried to make it economical- we are staying at good - but modest accommodations- because we felt location and convenience trumped luxury. We have included a number of meals, but have not covered all meals, as we know some folks like to wander on their own.  We also priced the trip without credit card fees to give you the choice to save a few bucks if you pay by check. Our guides, driver, speakers are all paid in line with fair wages.
"Please share this widely with those who you think would like this.
Geela Rayzel"

"A Woman's Journey of Spiritual Transformation in Israel
Roots of Shechinah, Branches of Peace
There is no setting like Israel for profound spiritual transformation. This trip is designed for women who are seeking a rich, deep, yet fun journey.
 We will learn with top-notch women scholars, activists, artists, musicians, and peacemakers and pray with Women of the Wall. The itinerary combines touring with activities that engage the senses. We will taste the fruits of the land through the hands of women cooks from various cultural backgrounds. We will experience the Kabbalistic elements of Israel: Earth, Air, Fire and Water. Archeology will ground us, Biblical women, contemporary mystics and prophetesses will inspire us… and then the gates to the other worlds will open in order that we may receive personal guidance on our own path.  Drawing on the power of some of Israel’s holiest sites, we will open to the mystery of our encounter.  Fun, food and frolic are of course, part of the adventure.
Come for the tour leave with transformation.
 Registration deadline: July 20, 2017"

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