Issue 24, Winter 2013/Spring 2014

Earth - Hecate - Mother of Loss, by Annabel Du Boulay

Earth - Hecate - Mother of Loss

© Annabel Du Boulay, 2012
Click here to read more about this painting and other beautiful work by Annabel

by Susun S Weed

Echinacea TinctureHerbal medicine is the medicine of the people. It is simple, safe, effective, and free. Our ancestors used -- and our neighbors around the world still use -- plant medicines for healing and health maintenance. It's easy. You can do it too.

In your first lessons, you learned how to "listen" to the messages of plant's tastes, how to make effective water-based herbal remedies, and how to distinguish safe nourishing and tonifying herbs from the more dangerous stimulating and sedating herbs.

In this lesson, you will learn how to how make herbal tinctures. You will make tinctures from fresh and dried roots as well as from fresh flowers and leaves.

Then you will collect your tinctures into an Herbal Medicine Chest and begin to use them. Shall we begin?

by Jeri Studebaker

Vasilisa - by Ivan Yakovlevich Bilibin (1876-1942)For quite some time I'd known that archaeologists have been digging up thousands of small female figurines from ancient Neolithic archaeological sites, both in southeastern Europe ("Old Europe") and elsewhere around the world. However, I was surprised recently to find two Russian fairy tales that seem to contain the literary equivalents of these ancient figurines. The fairy tales, "Vasilisa the Fair" and "Prince Danilla Govorilla," both contain magical "dolls" that help young fairy-tale women through rough times. After reading these tales, I wondered: do they provide clues about how ancient Europeans might have interacted with their goddess figurines: about what they did with them – and when, and why, and how?

by Mari P. Ziolkowski, Ph.D.

Yogini - author's image

In the first installment of this paper, we reviewed a sampling of respected academic sources, both Western and Indian.  We looked at sources that named themselves subaltern, as well as spiritual bio/autobiographical sources focused on male saints.  However, in none of these sources was the focus on the role of women as adepts, gurus, or yoginis.  Yet in each source, we found references to the presence of women of power, to yoginis.   I would like to now demonstrate that this was, in fact, only the tip of the iceberg, as Schussler-Fiorenza’s hermeneutics of suspicion would claim. By surveying articles and books specifically focused on the role of women in India, I will demonstrate the return to the Hindu Tantric foreground of the female yogini adept.

by Annabel Du Boulay

Hecate - by Annabel Du BoulayI was inspired to paint 'The Healing Womb' art installation for the Glastonbury Goddess Conference 2012 by my personal experience of mothering three children, two of whom were born with life-threatening syndromes and multiple disabilities. During the months I lived on neonatal intensive care and paediatric surgical wards, I heard many stories of womb wounding. Stories of sadness interwoven with abortion, of grief from miscarrying, of the trauma of still-birth. Stories of failed IVF attempts, of childless women, their wombs over-flowing with lost dreams. Stories from overwhelmed and frightened mothers nursing ill and disabled children. And stories of motherhood and mothering in the community, its challenges and its rewards.

Goddess Pages Poetry & Reviews

Reviewed by Rev. Dr. Karen Tate

The We and the Us Not the I and the Me

Femme: Women Healing the WorldIn ever-increasing numbers women and men are seeking spirituality beyond traditional religious institutions and more and more their new normal includes the deities, ideals and archetypes of the Sacred Feminine. They have a desire to get beyond the patriarchal dogma of the Abrahamic religions that so often perpetuates sexism, homophobia and the domination of Mother Earth and all her inhabitants. Women, in particular, are hearing and heeding their calling, stepping forth to take on their mantle of leadership as rabbis, ministers, priestesses, Nuns on the Bus and Womanpriests. They are exercising their spiritual authority in circles at their kitchen tables, in their living rooms and classrooms, in brick and mortar churches and temples, in political arenas and groves. They are flexing their spiritual wings and allowing themselves to be guided by their intuition, innate female wisdom and inner-knowing. They encourage their congregations to know and feel the essence of Goddess and understand what that new knowledge might mean for themselves personally and the world. They refuse to go back to a time when men have dominion over women's bodies and tell them to put an aspirin between their knees as a form of birth control!

Reviewed by Lene Jacinta Martinussen

1. "Odes to the Goddess" by Esta Weiss

odes

Esta has composed Odes and Rites to the Goddess, whom she calls "She of a Thousand Names". The Odes and Rites are on her website, but they also exist in book format. The book "Odes to the Goddess" came into being in 2007, and features texts written in honour of Quan Yin, Aphrodite, Sedena, Rhiannon, Pele, Inanna and many more.


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