Previous contributions from:

Mari P Ziolkowski PhD

Venus and Pluto, Priestesses and Power, Journey to New Orleans

Venus and Pluto, Priestesses and Power, Journey to New Orleans

So many spiritual books read over the years. A doctoral program focused on alternative spirituality.

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Heart of Kali

You the one who Opens Hearts.  You who defy this westerner’s preconceived ideas and bring me to the ground in surrender, time after time.  Heart opening, tears flowing.  You the dark one, Kali awesome power.  

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The Return of the Yogini – Part 2

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.

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Día de los Muertos (Day of the Dead)

Halloween, All Saints’, All Souls’ Day.  Didn’t understand what all these days pushed together meant when I was growing up Catholic.  Except for candy and trick or treating.  That was the big thing.  And carving pumpkins. . . .

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“In the Heart of the Fire”, a novel by Cerridwen Fallingstar

I’m smashed up after finishing the book The Heart of the Fire. With a lovely picture of the ‘Lord and Lady’ on the front cover, I was wondering whether the book would be too much the ‘pagan romance’ to be worth my time, however I couldn’t have erred further from the truth.

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