Issue 1, Winter 2006
by Jacqui Woodward-Smith
“Female spirit, the goddess in us, is not fragile or new; not an invention of privileged women or an escapist New Age elite. We are tough and ancient: tried by a million years of ice and fire. On enormous and minute wheels of pain and beauty we have turned…we return to tell and respell our story.”1
Articles & Fiction
by Geraldine Charles
This chap might seem an unlikely introduction to an article about Hera. He strides across the landscape of Dorset, in South West England, and is known colloquially as “the Rude Man of Cerne Abbas”, although the tourist guides call him “the Cerne Abbas Giant”.
What is his relationship to Goddess? Come to that, why is he there – in that particular place? There’s no agreement as to when he first appeared – although many argue for an Iron Age dating (and there is an Iron Age earthworks just above his head, where maypole dances take place, still led by the local Morris Men). So far, however, no written record can trace him to any earlier than the 17th century and it has been theorized that he was created as an insult to Oliver Cromwell, who ruled England during the brief period of the English Revolution - but what Western man was ever insulted by being caricatured with “wedding tackle” which I’m assured would measure almost eleven inches if the 180 foot figure were downsized to around six feet? Interestingly, given that Hera's main attribute was that of protector, Cromwell's title was ""Lord Protector".
Cristina Biaggi, Ph.D
According to archaeological, mythological and anthropological evidence, the Great Goddess was probably the principal deity worshipped along the Mediterranean, in Europe, the Near East, much of Russia, North Africa, India and even parts of China during the Upper Paleolithic (30,000-10,000 BCE) and in the Neolithic (roughly 7,000 to 2,500 BPE). The Goddess was still present in the Bronze Age but with the rise of the "big" kingdoms, She became subsumed in their general pantheons, acquired different names and was either conquered, raped or married off to various newly emergent and vigorous gods (Tiamat and Marduk in Mesopotamia and Hera and Zeus in Greece immediately spring to mind). Recently, due to the women’s movement and to the growing attention to woman’s place in history, the Goddess has made a comeback. There seems to be a need to see the Goddess as an embodiment of the feminine sensibility, contained in both sexes, in this era where the negative fruits of patriarchy are glaringly apparent.
Editor: Cristina Biaggi, Ph.D
The Rule of Mars: The Origins, History and Impact of Patriarchy (KIT Press, Late Spring 2006, $40) is a new collection of the best writings by leading scholars on the subject of patriarchy -- how it came to be the dominant social system, how it has been maintained, and its impact on contemporary life. Inspired by the work of archeologist Marija Gimbutas, editor Cristina Biaggi, Ph.D., has assembled 31 compelling essays that explain the underlying dynamics of our political and social life and encourage new ways of thinking. Dr. Biaggi contributes an essay that expands on Gimbutas’ Kurgan studies and examines why the Kurgans became warlike, as a model for an investigation into the advent of patriarchy.
Dr. Biaggi has been studying, lecturing and writing on pre-patriarchal times for the last thirty years. She explains the motivation behind The Rule of Mars: (read more...)
by Anique Radiant Heart
The clerk on the other side of the United Airlines check-in counter registered a look of horrified disbelief as I hefted my first suitcase onto the weighing platform.
“This bag is 30lbs overweight”, she says in a strangled voice. The queue is rather long this morning.
“Ah..these are the trials and tribulations of being a travelling Priestess of the Goddess” I say with a perfectly straight face. Adding a little strain around the eyes I add “ It’s the robes, the cloaks, the head gear, the travelling altar and all the other accoutrements that a decent Priestess must have.”
by Lydia Ruyle
Goddess Icon Spirit Banners are sacred images of the divine feminine from the many cultures of the world. Each image was created and revered at some time in human history. Life is about connections between humans, the world of nature and the world of the spirit. Icons connect to the deep soul expression of the divine mystery of life.
The Ancient Mothers called me to bring their images and stories to consciousness using my gift which is art. Over the years my creative path of study, teaching and doing art led to creating icons of the Goddess.
The first banners were created for an exhibition at the Celsus Library in Ephesus, Turkey in 1995. Since then, the banners have grown from eighteen to over 210. They fly at sacred sites to empower, teach and share their stories around the globe. They hang in museums, colleges, kindergartens, temples, golf courses, conference halls, stone circles, hotels, studios, palapas, and a woman’s prison.
by Jill Smith
I was delighted when Geraldine asked me to write something for this first edition of the Goddess Pages magazine. I wish her all the very best of luck with it.
There are not that many magazines dedicated to Goddess/goddess spirituality or indeed women’s spirituality; at least not that I am aware of here in Britain. There is the excellent Goddess Alive!
There must be others like myself whose life does not include computers and the internet in any great way, so I hope that one day Goddess Pages may become a paper magazine. How I treasure my boxes and filing cabinet drawers full of old and wonderful magazines from decades ago. It is amazing how the internet reaches all over the world, but it can also be very transient. I print everything I want to read properly not just that which I want to keep. Even long e-mails. But, the Internet has brought my work to many who would otherwise not know of it, so I am not complaining. I just feel that sometimes it is forgotten that the Internet is only one of many ways of communicating, not the only way. (read more...)
by Theresa C. Dintino
If we listened, water would teach us a lot, about ourselves, our planet - the Universe itself. If we listened, we would hear the voice of the ultimate spoken clearly and eloquently through water. If we decide to listen, it should be soon since we are rapidly changing the qualities of this life-giving element - water.
At a Bioneers conference in Marin County, California, I attended the lecture, Waterworld: The Patterns of Naturegiven by Jennifer Greene of Maine. She spoke of the positive qualities of water from an anthroposophical point of view, emphasizing that to become effective stewards of water we must understand its true nature.
Poetry & Reviews