Category: Issue22

“Falling into Easy: Help for Those who Can’t Meditate”, by Dee Willock

I’ve had the item “meditate” on my “to do” list for years, on and off, and so it should be as my own mind has damn near driven me crazy on occasion, if that isn’t a contradiction in terms. I have a constant committee meeting going on in there and creative work is often the only way I can get any peace!  Mostly I just decide I’m too busy to meditate.

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Remember Who You Really Are

In Joan’s time, tranquility, prosperity and contentment were as newly abundant as the ocean while kindness and compassion were as commonplace as air. Still, Joan dreamt over and over of a tormented woman staring through hazy torchlight into the sanctuary of a cave held deep inside a mountain. Painted horses raced around the walls, unchained from the stone, while Paleolithic dancers circled round and round an altar in the center, their heels pounding grooves into the stone floor.

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“Gaia Emerging – Goddess Beliefs and Practices in Australia” by Patricia Rose and Tricia Szirom

Whether or not you are Australian this small book is packed with information. It is also a source of useful questions about the history and nature of emerging Goddess spirituality and has certainly set me thinking. One of the things I like about the book is that it is well organised, leading you systematically through an account of global as well as local experience of Goddess spirituality.

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Brigit Prayer Beads

To make Brigit Prayer beads: put three units of three beads each, with divider beads between.  You may put any number of divider beads between individual beads; place a larger number between the units of three beads.  Place one large bead at the point you wish to indicate as the “beginning.” 

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Rebirthing myself into a Priestess-Queen & Founder of a 50+ Women’s Village

Birthing is a messy process and re-birthing oneself into a new way of being in the world can potentially be even messier. Physical birth includes emotions, physical exertion, and multiple body fluids, while psychological rebirthing includes reviewing emotional baggage, mopping up outworn juicy assumptions, behaviors, and preconceived notions, as well as engagement with one’s shadow self.

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This Fire

This fire blazes, crying “I will defend You!”
My mother, Earth, I will defend you
when greed fouls your waters with black oil,
when ignorance and pride leak radiation into your soil,

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Journeying towards Gefjon

I first met the Goddess Gefjon (of whom I had never before heard) shortly after my move to Denmark.
I moved to Copenhagen in January 2009, to live together with my Danish boyfriend. One evening I walked with him to Kastellet, to see the Little Mermaid, one of the most famous Danish tourist attractions. On the way, I saw the Gefjon fountain made by Anders Bungaard in 1897-99). It was breathtakingly beautiful and so alive!

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“The Megalithic Empire”, by M J Harper & H L Vered

OK – so what are stone circles for?
I don’t necessarily feel reverential every time I approach one, but often have felt some spiritual connection, which certainly doesn’t happen on approaching Spaghetti Junction or the M25. The authors of this book, however, would have us believe that many megaliths were the direction-finding devices of their day.  Not only this, but other ancient sites – the kind often used to mark out ley lines, could also be used as part of a larger package.

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Pythia’s Warning: Women’s Spirituality and the Oracular Tradition

When, in the course of human events, it becomes necessary for one portion of the family of man to assume among the people of the earth a position different from that which they have hitherto occupied, but one to which the laws of nature and of nature’s God entitle them, a decent respect to the opinions of mankind requires that they should declare the causes that impel them to such a course.
Do these words sound familiar?  American readers probably guess that it’s part of The Declaration of Independence.  European readers might think of Mary Wollstonecraft or another early feminist.

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Who on Earth is Goddess?

I was in my thirties, training as a psychotherapist and in therapy when I was first introduced to the idea of Goddess. I was struggling to resolve my sense of identity as a woman, which had long been uncertain. My therapist, of Catholic background, suggested Mary as a start, but at that point it felt too scary for a Jewish girl! I found myself initially drawn to Kwan Yin even though I knew nothing about her.

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