Category: issue16

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Loss

Leafless trees twist beneath
lachrymose skies, nakedness
stark defiance to wind bequeathed
by Winter’s bleak excess.

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Holle

The hard wind tearing through the Nantahala Forest
is the big swift hand of Grandmother,
getting crumbs off the table, thoughtlessly,
readying for the next thing, washing clothes or serving soup.

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Nevern: Sacred site of Ceridwen

In the little Pembrokeshire village of Nevern you will find a small church which was founded by Brynach, who is identified as a 6th century Welsh saint originating from Ireland. However as in the story of many saints, in Brynach’s tale there are hints of a much older history. Perhaps Brynach was a hero figure or even a God of our Pagan Welsh ancestors.

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Meditations on 21 Women – Part 2

This is a continuation of the article I started in the Autumn edition of Goddess Pages, on “21 Women”, a chapter in ‘Awakening Osiris’ by Normandi Ellis. In the Autumn edition I worked with the first ten of the women, seeking to learn more about them by allocating to each a path on the tree of life and a crystal correspondence. In this second part of the article I will work with the remaining eleven women.

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Spiritual Highs and Lows

Many and varied are the ways we connect with spiritual experience; whether through meditation, ceremony, service, childbirth, lovemaking, sport, moments of wild wonder in nature, losing oneself in acts of creativity or simply whilst standing at the kitchen sink. We can also experience deep connection in times of pain, loss and extremis.

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Glorious Goldenrod

I love autumn, don’t you? The days shorten and fall colors thrill my senses. Perennial roots get busy storing nourishment that will last them through the winter. And the meadows bloom with purple asters and riotous goldenrod flowers.

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Be Kind to Yourself: Stop Worrying About Your Stomach

Do you call yourself a vegan, a vegetarian, a lacto-vegetarian, a person intolerant of wheat or dairy or citrus or some other food product?  Do you find yourself worrying about what you will eat, how much or how little?  Do you carry around potions and pills to boost your nutrition and count the amount of water you drink each day?  In other words, do you define yourself by what you put in your mouth?

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Elusive Egyptian Goddesses: Seshat the Lady of Numbers

The Ancient Egyptians, wise people, had goddesses aplenty but the fame of a few, such as Isis and Hathor, has overshadowed and absorbed many others. Like women, goddesses have not escaped being stereotyped but not all will fit the maiden-mother-crone model nor are they all earth focused. One of these is the scribal goddess Seshat.

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