Category: issue30

Issue 30 cover image

“Sankari” was our beautiful cover image for issue 30. Suzi Edwards-Goose is an artist and ritual tattooist. She writes:
“Inspired by women’s mysteries, Goddess and land. I’ve been painting women and Goddesses for 25 years, and tattooing ceremonially for 20 years

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Reclaiming Sacred Sexuality and Healing the Divine Masculine

Once, long ago, a goddess, born of the Moon and equal in glory to all other deities, ruled an ancient city. In her youth, she planted a tree on the banks of a life-giving river that flowed through her Garden. The wood of this tree was strong yet flexible, and it grew alongside the goddess until they both reached maturity. When the goddess in her was ready to claim her sovereignty, she went to her tree to make the emblems of her power, the throne from which she would rule and the bed from which her sacred sexuality and fertility would be celebrated.

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Grandmother Speaks… the Vagina

I am the sheath of the sword. I am toothed, armed, and ready to bite. I have the power to defend, to keep women safe. I am not passive, accepting, ready to be filled. I am aware, watchful, ready to reject what I don’t want and to seize what I will.

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Summer Solstice

Spring falls into summer on a bluebell memory
like veils drift beyond a bride, or stars
born from fireworks spill from the sky,
and babies slither into waiting hands,

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A Crone’s Garden

This summer, I made a Crone’s garden. Not with plants, but with fabric. In July, I found myself on a silent retreat entitled Gardens of the Spirit, at Woodbrooke, the Quaker College in Birmingham. I’d booked it months before, attracted mainly by the silence and the working method – I forgot all about the theme until the detailed information about the programme arrived a couple of weeks before. I was not pleased – I’d spent quite a lot of time in the previous six weeks trying to create some order in my own overgrown garden and the last thing I wanted was more gardening. Or so I thought.

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“Isis Oracle” cards by Alana Fairchild

My favourite oracle deck! We are invited to ‘Awaken the High Priestess Within’ but the card deck can be used by males and females alike. The book has black and white illustrations of the cards, all with wonderful titles, such as “Enter the Chamber of Healing”, “Lady of the Stars”, “Serpent of Fire”, “Temple of Black Obsidian”. Each card has a substantial write-up and offers an in-depth understanding of the card, a practical healing ritual and a poetic incantation.

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“Dreams of Gaia” cards, by Ravynne Phelan

The deck is designed for self awareness communication with the ‘Divine Gaia’, the Great Spirit of the natural world. As you work with the cards, a yes or no andwer is not provided as there are no definitive answers in life. This deck is more about learning about the self and about life itself, and when the cards speak, they provide options and possible solutions. Keeping a journal is suggested for best results.

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At the Crossroads

If you told me in the mid-1970s, when I first started exploring the ancient reverence for female deities, that less than a quarter of a century later there would be hundreds of thousands of people in the United States whose spiritual lives were Goddess-centered,[1]  I wouldn’t have believed you.

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“Goddess 2.0: Advancing a New Path Forward”, edited by Karen Tate

In her latest inspiring anthology on the Sacred Feminine, Rev. Dr. Karen Tate (author, speaker, radio show host and sacred activist) has curated a powerful, transformational and ultimately hopeful collection of voices for the Feminine Divine. From the core of sacred feminine liberation theology and the revolutionary work of Riane Eisler we find a moral compass for the years ahead.

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Nut – The Galactic Goddess of Ancient Egypt

The image of Nut is very familiar for those who love Ancient Egyptian art. Her starry body arches over the earth and depicts the heavens in many beautiful astronomical ceilings in tombs and temples. She gave birth to Horus the Elder, Osiris, Seth, Isis and Nephthys and each morning births the Sun God Ra but she has little interaction with her offspring. Nut has no dedicated temples and apparently no followers yet she is an essential component of funerary tradition and is one of the most helpful of the afterlife Goddesses where she frequently appears in the guise of a Tree Goddess.

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Secret Past Lives

For many reading this, it will come as no surprise that modern-day feminists and followers of the Goddess often had past lives as priestesses in the ancient worlds. While many of those memories come from Egypt, Greece or Rome, they may also come from less obvious times and places

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