Category: Issue27

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I’ve wanted one (or more!) of Freddie’s sculptures ever since I first saw her work, years ago.  The photo here is by me, so almost certainly doesn’t do my beautiful new statue full justice…

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“Breaking the Mother Goose Code: How a Fairy-Tale Character Fooled the World for 300 Years”, by Jeri Studebaker

It is a long time since I enjoyed a book packed full of ideas, research and analysis quite so much, and a great deal of that pleasure has to be down to Jeri’s writing style, which is engaging, witty and never dry or boring. I was sorry to get to the end of the book, having enjoyed even the appendices, and was thrilled to have the bibliography as a brilliant resource. No doubt I will start again at the beginning, this time with Google open by my side as one thing I did regret was a lack of illustrations in such a very visual book.

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Crone Wisdom: Still and still moving

My talk today is like a bunch of flowers – which I offer to all of you. To quote the 16th Century French writer, Michel de Montaigne (1533 -1592) – “I have gathered a bunch of other men’s flowers & all that is mine is the thread that binds them”. Each poem I’ve chosen is a flower. The thread that binds them can be, in itself, an important thing and I believe that the Goddess gave me particular gifts in the areas of connecting, binding together and networking.

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“Blacksmith Gods: Myths, Magicians & Folklore”, by Pete Jennings

Fire and water, steam and iron – elements transmuting from one way of being to another; huge and impressive machines from a time now past. One thing I learned from Pete Jennings’ excellent book was the different names given to different kinds of smiths – we’ve all heard of gold and silversmiths, but there are also names for those who work with copper and bronze, or the white metals, such as tin.

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The Shining of the Sparrow’s Eyes

A tiny ray of sunlight caressed the arm of the Goddess of Compassion as she lingered for just one more moment by the open window of her cottage.  Though a deity universal and known by many names among Earth’s religions, she chose to dwell among the humans she served in humble places closest to those most in need of her.

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The Hidden Camino

The Hidden Camino is not only a deep and personal spiritual account, it is also a pilgrims’ guide, a love story and a celebration of Life. It is about discoveries that reach deep into the mysteries of ancient Europe, the Celtic legend of Tir-na-nóg, the church’s painful deceit and most of all, WHY it was so important for the church to suppress women and the truth about Mary Magdalene..

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Goddess Pilgrimage: A Way to Keep Feminist Sparks Flying without Burning Out

My passion is nomadic theology which I define as a theological position that is always on the move, transgressing traditional religious boundaries with a feminist lens. According to my age I am a third wave feminist, though I don’t always find this distinction useful. Hovering over the gap between second and third wave feminism is a question for all feminists: what can keep the liberation coming? What methods and tools need to be passed on so feminism as a movement does not lose steam or become silenced after gaining ground?

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“Voices of the Sacred Feminine: Conversations to re-shape our world”, edited by Rev. Dr. Karen Tate

Upon receiving my copy of this book, I was incredibly excited and a little overwhelmed by the sheer amount of inspiring conversation I was holding in my hand. In the course of a decade of radio interviews, Karen Tate has covered a whole host of topics and spoken with an eclectic roster of people. By collating these interactions into one edition, she has provided anyone interested in Goddess spirituality with a book which will awaken the imagination and provide inspiration for daily life.

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Healing Past Life Wounds to the Inner Goddess

As a past life therapist I’ve noticed a trend developing in recent years: the healing of past life wounds to the feminine side of our nature.
This applies to men as well as women. Because we experience both male and female lives, men also have wounds to their yin side. However, while some men do become aware of this, it’s more usual for this kind of issue to come up for healing during a female life.

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