I was inspired to paint ‘The Healing Womb’ art installation for the Glastonbury Goddess Conference 2012 by my personal experience of mothering three children, two of whom were born with life-threatening syndromes and multiple disabilities. During the months I lived on neonatal intensive care and paediatric surgical wards, I heard many stories of womb wounding. Stories of sadness interwoven with abortion, of grief from miscarrying, of the trauma of still-birth. Stories of failed IVF attempts, of childless women, their wombs over-flowing with lost dreams. Stories from overwhelmed and frightened mothers nursing ill and disabled children. And stories of motherhood and mothering in the community, its challenges and its rewards.Read More
Esta has composed Odes and Rites to the Goddess, whom she calls “She of a Thousand Names”. The Odes and Rites are on her website, but they also exist in book format. The book “Odes to the Goddess” came into being in 2007, and features texts written in honour of Quan Yin, Aphrodite, Sedena, Rhiannon, Pele, Inanna and many more.Read More
In ever-increasing numbers women and men are seeking spirituality beyond traditional religious institutions and more and more their new normal includes the deities, ideals and archetypes of the Sacred Feminine. They have a desire to get beyond the patriarchal dogma of the Abrahamic religions that so often perpetuates sexism, homophobia and the domination of Mother Earth and all her inhabitants.Read More
In the first installment of this paper, we reviewed a sampling of respected academic sources, both Western and Indian. We looked at sources that named themselves subaltern, as well as spiritual bio/autobiographical sources focused on male saints. However, in none of these sources was the focus on the role of women as adepts, gurus, or yoginis. Yet in each source, we found references to the presence of women of power, to yoginis. I would like to now demonstrate that this was, in fact, only the tip of the iceberg, as Schussler-Fiorenza’s hermeneutics of suspicion would claim. By surveying articles and books specifically focused on the role of women in India, I will demonstrate the return to the Hindu Tantric foreground of the female yogini adept.Read More
For quite some time I’d known that archaeologists have been digging up thousands of small female figurines from ancient Neolithic archaeological sites, both in southeastern Europe (“Old Europe”) and elsewhere around the world. However, I was surprised recently to find two Russian fairy tales that seem to contain the literary equivalents of these ancient figurines.Read More
In this lesson, you will learn how to how make herbal tinctures. You will make tinctures from fresh and dried roots as well as from fresh flowers and leaves.
Then you will collect your tinctures into an Herbal Medicine Chest and begin to use them. Shall we begin?