Category: issue3

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Elizabeth Hazel is a professional astrologer, tarotist, author of “Tarot Decoded” (Weiser) and columnist. She writes “Astro-Spell” for newWitch Magazine, “StarCrypt” for Mysteries Magazine, and “Third Rock Almanac” weekly horoscope for newspapers. 

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Dreaming and Inspiration with the Sleeping Goddess of Malta

The tiny Maltese islands, located just south of Sicily, are home to the oldest megalithic freestanding stone structures that exist on Earth today. These intriguing structures, many of which resemble the shape of a woman’s body, predate the Egyptian pyramids and Stonehenge. One famous artifact found in these ancient sacred sites, the Sleeping Lady, is thought to be representative of the Goddess religion practiced on the islands. Discovered in the underground, labyrinth-like structure called the Hypogeum, the Sleeping Lady is as much of an enigma as the location in which she was found.

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Inanna: Androgynous Queen of Heaven and Earth

Inanna was the deity revered as the planet Venus in ancient Sumer, located between the river Tigris and Euphrates, in present-day Iraq. Known as Ishtar to the Accadians to the north, she held an enduring appeal for the people of ancient Mesopotamia, her cult lasting nigh on 4000 years. She was goddess of love, sexuality and war.

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Salome Speaks

You are walking along a rugged path atop a cliff, looking out over azure seas, sparkling faintly in the fading light. A large stone building comes into view and you aren’t sure, in the deepening dusk, quite what it is, it seems to change from ancient to modern and back again as you squint and try to make it out.

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“Sacred Places of Goddess: 108 Destinations”, by Karen Tate

There is plenty of well-organized information in this book – I couldn’t help but be impressed by the incredible amount of work it represents. It’s a fascinating, although dense, read, one for dipping into and dreaming of faraway places and times.  Indispensable if you’re thinking of travelling, but useful for anyone interested in Goddess, as Karen Tate has certainly done her research, reading what must be truckloads of books, and referencing scholars and experts for every one of the destinations. There are lots of photographs and maps, too.

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“The Queen of Myself: Stepping into Sovereignty in Midlife”, by Donna Henes

I first heard of this book and the concept of women becoming “queens” in midlife when working on the Glastonbury Goddess Conference website early this year, and to be honest, wasn’t at all sure of the necessity for such a new paradigm. What, I wondered, was so terrible about being a crone? Aren’t we just spoiled Western women, lucky enough to have vastly extended life spans and now unwilling to carry the energy and archetype of the hag? What about many women in – say – South Africa, who are lucky to see their fiftieth birthdays, let alone become octogenarians? Shouldn’t we be trying to redefine or reshape the old archetype?
But deep down, I knew I was being a bit of a hypocrite, for even though I’m 55 this year I’ll be damned if anyone’s calling me a crone quite yet.

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The Archetype of the Womb – Part 1

Once there was the archetype of a nurturing womb that lived in the collective human psyche offering comfort and assurance. This archetype was a strong and persistent one. Modern westerners have lost this archetype. The loss of this powerful archetype leaves us with many wounds: a deep sense of isolation, alienation, disconnection and disorientation. We are plagued and haunted by deep, primal fear. This fear drives us, continually leading us in the wrong direction – away from a return to the Archetype of the Womb.

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The Meanings of Goddess – Part 2

The controversy over goddess figurines, and whether they should be so called, illustrates the chasm between spiritual feminists and most of academia. We especially need to look at the conflicting values and agendas that come into play when we discuss what “goddess” meant in historical context. Saying “goddess” causes nervous discomfort, whether out of fears of superstitious fantasy or political threat or cultural illegitimacy or out-and-out blasphemy. The interpretations offered by scientistic positivists, Marxists, orthodox theologians, post-structuralists have many differences, but in one respect they are similar. They don’t like to hear goddess talk, and especially don’t want to hear that it has any political significance.

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Two CDs from Anique Radiant Heart

Winged crystal sparkling magnificent rainbow colors like drops of eternity. Fresh air, warm breath. Earthy womb which holds the sacred fire. Living waters healing and dancing. Soft honey perfumed with rose petals. These are some of the many magical shapes the beautiful voice of Anique Radiant Heart can create.

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Hecuba Queen of Troy
queen of a city of ashes and rats
Hecuba the widow rounded up
with many another to become

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The Messianic Delusion

A propeller-driven aircraft flies above the clouds as, below on the ground, a city prepares. Thus is the opening shot of Leni Riefenstahl’s account of the 1934 Nuremberg rally “Triumph of the Will”. It lands. And from then on, all is focussed on the passenger on that plane, Adolf Hitler, as he makes his triumphal entry into Nuremberg. He is shown as an approachable, if somewhat physically unimposing, man who chats affably to all as women hold their babies up for him to bless. He has descended like Jesus from the heavens, and all are looking to him to heal their wounds – both collective and individual. There is no hint in all this of the chaos and ruin – the madness and industrialised murder that lies ahead – all is flowers and traditional costume.

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Goddess Temple Funerals

Goddess Temple Gifts

Goddess Matters, by Judith Laura

Goddess Guided Meditations, by Judith Laura