Category: Issue29

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“The language of Ma the primal mother: The evolution of the female image in 40,000 years of global Venus Art” by Annine van der Meer

“Venus” is the operative word here – the name was originally given to those figurines dating from the Palaeolithic, the vast majority of which portray women.  In the early days of such finds they were, perhaps ironically, named “Venuses”, as many would be considered most unattractive by more modern Western standards.  Or perhaps it was because of the often exaggerated sexual or fertility characteristics, but in either case the name tells us more about the archaeologists of the time than it does the figurines themselves, not to mention that the assumption seems to have been that the figurines were made by men, for their use and enjoyment, and certainly not by women, for their own purposes.

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“Crow Moon”, by Anna McKerrow

Goddess Pages readers will know Anna McKerrow as a poet (see her “Aphrodite”, and “Sea Mysteries”), and she has now written this exciting and magical novel for young adults.

Set in a disturbingly not-very far-distant future, Britain is suffering the effects of a worldwide lack of resources and energy, and is at war to try and secure supplies.  However, the south-west peninsula, basically Devon and Cornwall, has split off and is trying to be self-sufficient and non-polluting, in stark contrast to the rest of the country. 

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“Goddess Consciousness: Women’s Mysticism and Sacred Arts”, by Marlaina Donato

Marlaina’s style of writing is friendly and approachable, assuming no prior knowledge or experience in the sacred feminine. She uses a conversational tone, which gives an aura of having her in the room with you as you read. This is much more than just a “how-to” book, it is an introductory guide that reads like a one to one conversation with a mentor. Each chapter is laid out clearly, and every section of reading has an interactive portion – be it a meditation, recipe or visualization. This is a book that wants you to stop reading it and to involve yourself in the learning process.

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Buying Pomegranates in Demeter’s Supermarket

For one glorious week each year, the rose and white-showered magnolia trees lining Main Street transformed the potholed, two-lane road into a processional as elegant in its own simple way as any gracing a medieval European or an ancient city. The town did festoon the street with flags and balloons for parades with the Mayor and town council, high school band, and Boy and Girl Scouts on special occasions.

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“Goddess and God in the World: Conversations in Embodied Theology”, by Carol P. Christ and Judith Plaskow

Carol Christ and Judith Plaskow are foremothers of feminist theology who have shared a long friendship. Their insightful new book, Goddess and God  in the World: Conversations in Embodied Theology, begins with a history of feminist and general theology, continues with their life experiences that gave rise to their individual theologies, and ends with a conversation about their common beliefs and differences.

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Be Your Own Herbal Expert – Part 8

Herbal syrups are sweetened, condensed herbal infusions. Cough drops are concentrated syrups. Alcohol is frequently added to syrups to help prevent fermentation and stabilize the remedy. Cough drops and lozenges, having less water, keep well without the addition of alcoh

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For Tara

Goddess of Compassion and Wisdom, I need to recall,
reclaim you, invite you to return to my heart. Come back
to my heart, Love, where you are home. There’s room.

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The Rainbow Kites

Evening at the beach,
six of us sing with delight, pouring ourselves into the surf, Aphrodite’s lacy foam blessing us.
Two turn back to home, because today, just this day, this Sunday June evening full of light, is the perfect day for wind.
Two bright rainbow kites, one short, one long, unfurl into the sky as if born there.

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The Amazon Woman of Kilda: Part 2

In the Spring 2012 edition of Goddess Pages I wrote of my visits to the Amazon House on St Kilda, which lies at least 60 miles to the west of mainland Scotland.
This archipelago has an almost mythical hold on many people, drawing them to visit, and in the past was almost legendary, as the islands disappear and re-appear faintly on the horizon like some version of Tir nan Og, tantalising viewers in the Western Isles of Scotland. I too was ‘called’ by them over several decades before finding an affordable way to physically reach them.

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The Goddess and the Nine Maidens

In his book Egyptian Myth and Legend the great Scottish folklorist Donald Mackenzie mentioned that one of the stories of the Scottish Cailleach, or Hag, has her as the ‘chief of eight old women or witches.’ He goes on, “This group of nine suggests Ptah and his eight earth gnomes, the nine mothers of Heimdall, the Norse God, and the Ennead of Heliopolis.”

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