About our cover photo – issue 27

"Untitled", by Foosiya (Freddie) Miller

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"Untitled", by Foosiya (Freddie) Miller

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...

Freddie writes:

"My stonework is created for use as altar pieces or icons that remind us of the beauty of our Path. Every piece of stone seems to have a sound and life of its own so I always start each piece with no planned image and let the stone reveal another form. I consider the gift of imagination and its creative expression a wonderful thing. My art is gratitude to the Goddess, the Great Mother. The stone I work with was formed millions of years ago by shifts and changes in the Earth, it holds this ancient energy. Images come through that reflect the mythology of the Goddess or our spirit connection with Her creatures,birds and animals."

You can contact Freddie through Goddess Pages.

 

 

“Goddesses”, by Ann Cook

"Goddesses", by Ann CookAnn Cook has been taking stunning photographs at the Glastonbury Goddess Conference for many years now and this collection, showing maidens, mothers, crones and some of our lovely conference men has been produced as a beautiful record of this amazing event.  One of the things I most love about the photographs is that I can see our conference "babies" - children of people who come year after year - grow into lovely young women and men, full of confidence and love for Goddess.

Ann is a Fellow of the Royal Photographic Society and is first and foremost a people and portrait photographer.  She is also known for her alternative wedding photography, using photo journalist techniques to bring a fresher look to the more traditional formal approach.

Many of the photos she has taken at the conference can be seen at her website, and the book can also be previewed here.  You will need to contact Ann for the password to access the galleries and book preview, at least for the present.

Crone Wisdom: Still and still moving

Adapted from a talk given by Helen Anthony at the
Glastonbury Goddess Conference, 2014

hats and lavenderKathy Jones invited me to be one of eight older women to offer some “Crone Wisdom” at this Crone Conference. I am choosing to bring you my Crone Wisdom mainly through poetry. I love the work of many different poets. As Rose Flint said in her talk yesterday, most published poets are men. However, things are slowly changing. We now have a woman Poet Laureate here in the UK - the wonderful Carol Ann Duffy. I have included three out of eight women writers in my choice of poems.

Sadly, I myself do not have the gift of being able to write poetry – but poetry (and indeed, good literature) is one of my passions. I agree with Starhawk, who spoke yesterday about the importance of words and metaphors. The other themes of my talk are enthusiasms in old age and networking by older people.

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. I love to connect things, to connect ideas, to connect people and to be a networker. As a classic “Virgo Rising” I pay attention to details and I enjoy facilitating all kinds of connections and links - introducing people to new places, to new experiences & to each other. In doing these things, I firmly believe in the saying that - “Success is the sum of a lot of small things - correctly done”.

Be Your Own Herbal Expert – Part 7

by Susun S Weed

herbsHerbal 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, and you don't need a degree or any special training.

Ancient memories arise in you when you begin to use herbal medicine. These lessons are designed to nourish and activate those memories and your inner herbalist so you can be your own herbal expert.

In our first session, we learned how to "listen" to the messages of plant's tastes. In session two, about simples and water-based herbal remedies. In the third, I distinguished safe (nourishing and tonifying) herbs from more dangerous (stimulating and sedating) herbs. Our fourth session focused on poisons; we made tinctures and an Herbal Medicine Chest. Our fifth dealt with herbal vinegars, and the sixth with herbal oils.

In this, our seventh session, we will think about how we think about healing. Continue reading "Be Your Own Herbal Expert – Part 7"

The Hidden Camino

by Louise Sommer, MA Ed. Psych.

A Magdalene in MolinasecaThe Camino has been hiding secrets, for centuries, that reach deep into the mysteries of ancient Europe.

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..

Mary Magdalene & Her church  

In January 2010, a long series of deeply touching and also provocative dreams began. The first dream was about Mary Magdalene and Her church. In later dreams, Magdalene was joined by many other goddessess from around the world, several whom I never had heard of. The dreams were so intense, that I couldn’t shake them off. They made me ask questions I had never previously thought of, they pushed me to open my eyes and actually see, and thus began an adventure beyond my wildest dreams.

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

by Elizabeth Chloe Erdmann

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Author and co-leader Elizabeth Chloe takes a moment to breathe in the captivating natural beauty during the journey through the Gorge of the Dead.

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?

I argue many answers to this question can be found within the second wave itself. The Women’s Liberation of the 1960s and 1970s brought to the foreground many insights about the value of voice, experience, and representation that are still rippling. One of the methods frequently employed was consciousness raising groups where women united through, as feminist theologian Judith Plaskow words it: the “yeah, yeah experience”. Sparks of inner knowing were set off in these sharing, non-judgmental groups that many times led to and sustained activism, political movements, and new ways of understanding. One method of keeping the tool of valuing one’s experience and voice as women, while still living in a patriarchal system, is through embedding feminist critiques, values, and ideas with a view to the long haul. In other words seeking to pass on a torch that is a living flame. Continue reading "Goddess Pilgrimage: A Way to Keep Feminist Sparks Flying without Burning Out"