Previous contributions from:

Judith Laura

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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Beth’s Blessing

By the end of 8th grade, Beth was in Confirmation class at Rodof Shalom. At the Conservative synagogue, B’nai, boys were Bar Mitzvahed and now some girls were beginning to have something like it called a Bat Mitzvah except that the girls’ was on Friday night instead of Saturday morning. But at Rodof Shalom, a Reform Temple, they just had Confirmation, which was for both girls and boys. The place where the Services were held, called the sanctuary, was completely different from either of the other two synagogues Beth had been to. It had stained glass windows, dark red upholstered seats, and an organ. The Ark was white with the Shema written in gold above the doors, which parted to reveal the Torahs when the rabbi pressed a button.

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The Meeting

On a dark autumn night with only a waning crescent moon lighting the sky, Cora made her way up from the subway and onto the streets of the city. She feared going out at night. But her desire to attend the meeting of her women’s political action group was stronger than her fear.

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“Re-riting Woman: Dianic Wicca and the Feminine Divine” by Kristy S. Coleman

What a fascinating book! As the author, Kristy S. Coleman explains in her Introduction, it is the “first in-depth ethnographic study of Dianic Wicca.” It focuses on the form practiced by the Circle of Aradia (COA) in Los Angeles, mostly in the years that Ruth Barrett was high priestess (1988-2000). Coleman was initiated into COA during her 4-year study (1998-2002) of the group, which she undertook for her doctoral dissertation.

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Persephone

You come
with the budding
of the crocuses, sprung
from Athenian depths,

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