She changes everything She touches…

West Kennet Avenue, from Waden Hill, Avebury, photo: Geraldine Charles
West Kennet Avenue, from Waden Hill, Avebury

Wishing everyone a wonderful Lammas!  I was in Avebury last week: for me, the perfect place to celebrate.  Even though Britain has seemed a little less "green and pleasant" because of the unusually warm weather, it was still great to see the wheat and barley ripe and ready for harvest in the fields around the Avebury henge, West Kennet Long Barrow and Silbury Hill, to mention but a few amazing places to visit there. 

Some excellent news for Goddess Alive! readers: I looked after the website for years and when Cheryl Straffon, the founding editor, retired I couldn't bear the thought of all that content vanishing.  I wasn't sure if I had the technical ability to pull all the information into a separate website within Goddess Pages, but it seems to have worked and you can now find all the wonderful material published in GA! by clicking here. There may be teething troubles, don't hesitate to let me know if you find a link that doesn't work or any other problem.

Cheryl and I have borne the cost of this between us so I hardly need say that donations to the cause are welcome! If you do decide to donate, please don't forget to let us know how you would like your donation to be used, whether for Goddess Alive!, Goddess Pages or split between the two magazines - you can do this by using our usual contact form.

If you'd like to contact Cheryl, you can do so from the contact page on the GA! pages - but to make life easier, do click here to find it!

With many blessings
Geraldine Charles
Editor

She Changes Everything She Touches

Welcome to the new Goddess Pages!  It's taken a lot longer than I anticipated to change the format and update the website to match, but at long last it's done, and I'm hoping that setting things up this way will ensure that I keep keep the site going for the forseeable future - so many Goddess magazines have closed down in the last few years and I didn't want that to happen to Goddess Pages too.

Diana, by Gillian Booth

Diana, by Gillian Booth
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While living in the USA in the seventies I discovered an old art form which consisted of painting on shelf fungi (ganoderma applanatum, which grow to a very large size in the forests of the Eastern US). The oldest example I saw was of naive art dated 1890 so I knew they lasted once taken from the tree and thoroughly dried out.

This image is created by taking a burning tool and burning through to the layers under the clear pale surface, which gives the piece its colours.

These particular fungi were also used by Eastern US tribal peoples, under their rain skins on their shoulders to hold the garment off in rain and prevent soaking, and as fuel for fires which would be lit at the head and feet, smouldering all night and warding off stinging flies and insects.

I supported myself by burning into these fungi and designing leather waistcoats, pouches and belts which I also burned.

I also paint but my real love is writing and I am about to publish my second book coming out of my second visit to New Mexico USA last year. My first visit to that extraordinary place was in 2005 after which I wrote and published my first book, The Cleaning Lady and The Singing Cowboy.

I moved to Glastonbury in 1998 and support and cherish my two cats Maeve and Plato (currently aka Mr. McPhee), and The Phoenix Project.

Gillian Booth

Earth Air Water Fire – by Sophia Breillat

This issue's cover image is by Sophia Breillat, a writer, artist and astrologer. Named Earth Air Water Fire the painting is from Sophia's "Glimpses of Nature" gallery, in which she writes about this image:

Earth giving sustenance and fertility
Air giving lightness of being
Water giving softness and fluidity
Fire giving vibrance and warmth
All giving life

Earth, Air, Water, Fire, by Sophia Breillat

More about Sophia

Sophia is a wise woman who lives, writes and paints from the heart... Through the enriching inner transformation given by her life experiences she helps many women all over the world to accept, enjoy and and trust the intuitive wisdom and mysterious depth of the feminine psyche.

Through her many inspiring articles Sophia encourages women to align with the inherent ebb and flow of the female mystery and the inherent rhythm of the earth... She offers wise guidance, mentoring and counseling for menstruation, adolescence, lovemaking, relationships, pregnancy, birthing, parenting, menopause and beyond.

Her unique art embraces the sacredness of the feminine spirit and the spirit of the earth... Her beautiful paintings are alive with a glorious profusion of flowing lines, vibrant colours and ancient symbols... These powerful images emanate a mystical and mythical quality that reflects a deep sense of stillness, joy and peace.

Sophia’s website is a sacred space of loving truth and wisdom that supports women during their journey into wholeness and healing... It is a creative offering of inspiring words and powerful images that nurture the awakening  of the female essence and embody the earth’s transformational cycles of life, replenishment and renewal.

Sophia is widely acknowledged as a powerful, courageous and honest writer who dares to bring unspoken words and hidden secrets into the light for healing... Many people are challenged, inspired and deeply touched by the perceptive insights of her writing, which brings the ancient truth and mystery of woman and the earth into the marketplace of contemporary society.

Sophia creates natal horoscopes for adults, newborn babies and children of ages... These readings are beautifully illustrated and intuitively aligned with the spiritual essence of her clients... Her perceptive astrological counseling consultations and her wise woman menopausal mentoring consultations offer deep insight, conscious guidance and the opportunity for real transformation.

Her training includes reconnective healing, intuitive massage, primal therapy, counseling skills, astrology, writing, art and design, instructional skills and training program design... She has facilitated many inspiring and creative courses and workshops that embrace a vast array of subjects.

Sophia is currently writing a series of books that nurture and honour the natural rhythms of the female body and psyche... They are an inspiring offering of wisdom, support and healing that invites women to enjoy the power of female wildness, the depth of female wisdom and the sacredness of female truth.

Her articles, paintings and poetry are featured throughout many websites and magazines in the U.K., U.S.A., Australia, New Zealand, Turkey, Canada and Serbia... An expansive selection of her prolific art, writing excerpts and poetry can be viewed on her website. You can email Sophia by clicking here.

Booklist

Here are just a few of our favourite books. If you'd like to buy any of these, please use the links - these will earn us a little money with Amazon and help us to keep going! If you have books that you think should be on this list - and there must be hundreds! - please let us know.

14 Steps to Awaken the Sacred Feminine: Women in the Circle of Mary Magdalene, Joan Norton and Margaret Starbird

The Alphabet Versus the Goddess: The Conflict Between Word and Image, Leonard Schlain

The Ancient British Goddess: Goddess Myths, Legends, Sacred Sites and Present Revelation, Kathy Jones

Ancient Mirrors of Womanhood: A Treasury of Goddess and Heroine Lore from Around the World, Merlin Stone

Aphrodite's Riddle: A Novel of Goddess Worship in Ancient Greece, Jennifer Reif

Arousing the Spirit: Provocative Writings, Susan McCaslin

Beloved, Toni Morrison

Beowulf & Grendel: The Truth Behind England's Oldest Legend, John Grigsby

The Birth of the Gods and the Origins of Agriculture, Jacques Cauvin

Blood, Bread and Roses: How Menstruation Created the World, Judy Grahn

Blood Magic: The Anthropology of Menstruation, T Buckley & A Gottleib (Eds)

The Body of the Goddess, Rachel Pollack

Brighid and Me: Experiences with the Goddess, Hollee Swann (Ed)

Cat's Eye, Margaret Atwood

The Celtic Goddess: Great Queen or Demon Witch?, Claire French

Celtic Maidens, Ceri Norman

A Certain Age: Reflecting on the Menopause, Joanna Goldsworthy (Ed)

The Chalice and the Blade, Riane Eisler

The Civilization of the Goddess, Marija Gimbutas

The Color Purple, Alice Walker

Cult of the Black Virgin, Ean Begg

Daughters of the Earth: Goddess wisdom for a modern age: Goddess Spirituality for the 21st Century, Cheryl Straffon

Descent to the Goddess: a Way of Initiation for Women, Sylvia Perera Brinton

A Dictionary of Northern Mythology, Rudolf Simek

Divine Secrets of the Ya-Ya Sisterhood, Rebecca Wells

Drawing Down the Moon: Witches, Druids, Goddess-Worshippers, and Other Pagans in America, Margot Adler

Dreams of Isis: A Woman's Spiritual Sojourn, Normandi Ellis

The Earth Goddess: Celtic and Pagan Legacy of the Landscape, Cheryl Straffon

Earth Memory: Holistic Earth Mysteries Approach to Decoding Ancient Sacred Sites, Paul Devereux

Encyclopedia of Goddess and Heroines, Patricia Monaghan

Feast of Light: Celebrations for the Seasons of Life Based on the Egyptian Goddess, Normandi Ellis

The Fifth Sacred Thing, Starhawk

Finding New Goddesses: Reclaiming Playfulness in Our Spiritual Lives, Barbara Ardinger

The Firebrand, Marion Zimmer Bradley

The Flame Bearers: A Novel, Kim Chernin

The Forest House, Marion Zimmer Bradley

The Forests of Avalon, Marion Zimmer Bradley

The Giuliana Legacy, Alexis Masters

The Goddesses and Gods of Old Europe: 6500-3500 BC Myths and Cult Images, Marija Gimbutas

Goddess in the Grass: Serpentine Mythology and the Great Goddess, Linda Foubister

Goddess Spirituality for the 21st Century: From Kabbalah to Quantum Physics, Judith Laura

Godmother Night, Rachel Pollack

Gods and Myths of Northern Europe, Dr Hilda Ellis Davidson

Goddess Spirituality for the 21st Century, Judith Laura

The Great Cosmic Mother: Rediscovering the Religion of the Earth, Monica Sjoo & Barbara Mor

Greek Myths, Robert Graves

Gyn/Ecology, Mary Daly

The Heavenly Writing: Divination, Horoscopy, and Astronomy in Mesopotamian Culture, Francesca Rochberg

Hebrew Goddess, Raphael Patai

The Hero with a Thousand Faces, Joseph Campbell

The Hidden Heart of the Cosmos: Humanity and the New Story, Brian Swimme

Illuminations: A Novel of Hildegard Von Bingen, Mary Sharratt

In a Chariot Drawn by Lions, Asphodel P Long

Inanna: Queen of Heaven and Earth. Her Stories and Hymns from Sumer, Diane Wolkstein & Samuel Kramer

Ireland a Sacred Journey, Michael Dames

Jambalaya: The Natural Woman's Book of Personal Charms and Practical Rituals, Luisah Teish

Jephte's Daughter, Naomi Ragen

Lady of Avalon, Marion Zimmer Bradley

The Language of the Goddess: Unearthing the Hidden Symbols of Western Civilization, Marija Gimbutas

The Living Goddesses, Marija Gimbutas

Magdalen Rising: The Beginning (Maeve Chronicles), Elizabeth Cunningham

The Maltese Dreamer, Catherine V Tucker

Mama Day, Gloria Naylor

The Mary Magdalene Within, Joan Norton

The Masks of God: Primitive Mythology v. 1, Joseph Campbell

The Masks of God: Oriental Mythology v. 2, Joseph Campbell

The Masks of God: Occidental Mythology v. 3, Joseph Campbell

The Masks of God: Creative Mythology v. 4, Joseph Campbell

In Memory of Her: Feminist Theological Reconstruction of Christian Origins, Elisabeth Schussler Fiorenza

Midwifing Death: Returning to the Arms of the Ancient Mother, Leslene della-Madre

The Mists of Avalon, Marion Zimmer Bradley

The Moon and the Virgin, Nor Hall

The Moon under Her Feet, Clysta Kinstler

The Mysteries of Demeter: Rebirth of the Pagan Way, Jennifer Reif

The Myth of the Goddess: Evolution of an Image (Arkana), Anne Baring & Jules Cashford

Myth, Religion, and Mother Right: Selected Writings of Johann Jakob Bachofen (Bollingen Series (General)), Johann Jakob Bachofen

New Age and Armageddon: Goddess or the Gurus? - Towards a Feminist Vision of the Future, Monica Sjoo

Ode to Minoa, Theresa Dintino

On Becoming a Fairy Godmother, Sara Maitland

The Once and Future Goddess: A Symbol for Our Time, Elinor Gadon

The Oxford Companion to World Mythology, David Leeming

PaGaian Cosmology: Re-inventing Earth-based Goddess Religion, Glenys Livingstone

The Passion of Mary Magdalen (Maeve Chronicles), Elizabeth Cunningham

Possessing The Secret Of Joy, Alice Walker

Priestess of Avalon, Marion Zimmer Bradley

The Prince Of Tides, Pat Conroy

Rebirth of the Goddess: Finding Meaning in Feminist Spirituality, Carol P Christ

The Red-Haired Girl from the Bog: The Landscape of Celtic Myth and Spirit, Patricia Monaghan

The Red Tent, Anita Diamant

The River Midnight, Lilian Nattel

Roles of the Northern Goddess, Dr Hilda Ellis Davidson

The Rule of Mars: Readings on the Origins, History and Impact of Patriarcy, Cristina Biaggi (Editor)

Sacred Places of Goddess: 108 Destinations (Sacred Places: 108 Destinations Series), Karen Tate

Sacred Woman, Sacred Dance: Awakening Spirituality Through Movement and Ritual,Iris J Stewart

Savage Breast: A Man's Search for the Goddess, Tim Ward

The Secret Life of Bees, Sue Monk Kidd

Secret Lives, Barbara Ardinger

The Serpent and the Goddess: Women, Religion and Power in Celtic Ireland, Mary Condren

The Seven Perfumes of Sacrifice, Amy Logan

Shamanism and the Mystery Lines: Ley Lines, Spirit Paths, Out-of-the-body Travel and Shape Shifting, Paul Devereux

She Lives! The Return of Our Great Mother - Myths, Rituals, Meditations and Music, Judith Laura

The Silbury Treasure: The Great Goddess Rediscovered, Michael Dames

The Spiral Dance: A rebirth of the ancient religions of the great goddess: A Rebirth of the Ancient Religion of the Great Goddess, Starhawk

Stories They Told Me, Theresa Dintino

The Sumerians: Their History, Culture and Character (Phoenix Books), Samuel Noah Kramer

Switching to Goddess: Humanity's Ticket to the Future, J Lyn Studebaker

Symbols of birth and of death in the Neolithic era, D O Cameron

The Temple of My Familiar, Alice Walker

The Temple of the Subway Goddess, Carolyn Boyd

Temporary Agency, Rachel Pollack

The Throne in the Heart of the Sea, Martha Shelley

The Treasures of Darkness: History of Mesopotamian Religion, Thorkild Jacobsen

Triple Goddess: An Exploration of the Archetypal Feminine, Adam McLean

Unbearable Weight: Feminism, Western Culture, and the Body, Susan Bordo

The Universe is a Green Dragon: A Cosmic Creation Story, Brian Swimme

The Universe Story, Brian Swimme

Truth or Dare: Encounters with Power, Authority and Mystery, Starhawk

Unquenchable Fire, Rachel Pollack

Walking an Ancient Path: Rebirthing Goddess on Planet Earth, Karen Tate

The Wild Genie: The Healing Power of Menstruation, Alexandra Pope

The Wise Wound, Penelope Shuttle

The Woman's Encyclopedia of Myths and Secrets, Barbara G Walker

When God Was a Woman(also published as The Paradise Papers), Merlin Stone

When the Drummers Were Women, Layne Redmond

When Women Were Priests: Women's Leadership in the Early Church and the Scandal of Their Subordination in the Rise of Christianity, Karen Jo Torjesen

Women's Rites, Beverly Byrne

Women Who Run with the Wolves: Contacting the Power of the Wild Woman (Classic Edition), Clarissa Pinkola Estes

The Year The Horses Came (The EarthSong Trilogy), Mary Mackey

Zeus and Hera: Archetypal Image of Father, Husband and Wife (Archetypal images in Greek religion), Carl Kerenyi