(Prose) Dog Days, Holly, Spears and Swords by Deanne Quarrie, D.Min.

We are in what are called the “dog days” of summer. Imagine that the ancients thought that Sirius (one of the dog constellations) was the cause of the extra hot and sultry days of summer because that star rose with the sun each day during this time and they actually thought we received heat from it. But no, there is no heat from Sirius, only the tilt of the earth, giving us more heat.

We have come to equate these dog days of summer with high running emotions – especially frustration and anger. Let’s face it, when we are hot and uncomfortable, our patience does run a bit thin! There are many aspects of our lives that warrant extra care during the dog days. When traveling with a pet, extra precautions need to be taken to keep your pet safe. During all the fun and frolic of outdoor bar-b-ques and picnics, steps need to be taken to assure that food is kept cold, as it will spoil much quicker in the heat. Continue reading

(Book Announcement 3) Celebrating Seasons of the Goddess by Helen Hye-Sook Hwang, Ph.D. & Mary Ann Beavis, Ph.D.

Available now @ Mago Bookstore.

Editors: Helen Hye-Sook Hwang and Mary Ann Beavis

Introduction (continued)

SOCIAL MEDIA AND GODDESS FEMINIST ACTIVISM

The wheel of Goddess feminist activism by nature stands on the boundaries of patriarchal identities/definitions/institutions, which I call the Wilderness. The Wilderness, a space wherein patriarchal grips are loose is indeed a place for us, Goddess feminists/activists. In the Wilderness, we encounter the Creatrix and are empowered by HER. The Wilderness has been associated with individuals who are in search of a divine revelation; seekers/seers stand in the Wilderness alone, separated by distance in time and space. However, what if a community of people stand together in the Continue reading

(Visual Art) Matrix by Lena Bartula

MATRIX, Lena Bartula, 2008 – 2016, Ongoing interactive / size variable

Matrix is best described as ‘something in which something else develops or forms.’ Also described as ‘something shaped like a pattern of lines and spaces.’ Continue reading

(Essay) The August Moon and the Virgin Mary by Harita Meenee

The August Moon and the Virgin Mary

Selene, the Moon Goddess, on a Roman sarcophagus. About 210 CE.Getty Villa ©Harita Meenee

To a Greek person, the word “August” brings two things to mind. One is the August moon. Captivating and erotic, we observe it with awe as it spreads its glow on the dark sea waters. It keeps on striking a chord. Strange? Not at all since the moon is a powerful archetypal symbol. Myths, which speak the language of the soul, adore it. Almost all peoples and cultures have created traditions and beliefs related to it.

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(Book Announcement 2) Celebrating Seasons of the Goddess by Helen Hye-Sook Hwang, Ph.D. & Mary Ann Beavis, Ph.D.

Forthcoming 2017 by Mago Books.

Editors: Helen Hye-Sook Hwang and Mary Ann Beavis

Below from Introduction

READING CELEBRATING SEASONS OF THE GODDESS

Mary Ann Beavis

As co-editor of this volume, my primary role has been editorial. As such, I have, as with She Rises II, chosen, along with my co-editor, to respect various English spelling and punctuation conventions (U.S., U.K., Canadian, etc.), rather that forcing uniformity.

As one of the first readers of the entire volume, I have been impressed and educated by the many perspectives on Goddess Continue reading

(Book Announcement 1) Celebrating Seasons of the Goddess by Helen Hye-Sook Hwang, Ph.D. & Mary Ann Beavis, Ph.D.

Forthcoming 2017 by Mago Books.

Editors: Helen Hye-Sook Hwang and Mary Ann Beavis

Celebrating Seasons of the Goddess restores the original vision of celebrating cultural and natural landmarks from the perspective of Goddess feminist activism. By taking such categories as time, seasons, nature and the female divine as a point of departure, this book brings modern minds out of patriarchal holiday conventions and invites the reader to join the sobering chorus, led by our 35 authors—writers, researchers, poets, artists, ritualists, photographers and activists from around the world. At an individual level, this book presents a wide range of thealogical expressions in 88 chapters that are self-transcending and metamorphic. Its Goddess Spirituality, which may Continue reading

(Art) Gaia#72: Benediction – We Who Are All Bless-ed by Deborah Jane Milton, Ph.D.

Art by Deborah Jane Milton, Ph.D.

Life’s mandate:
Everything created here
over billions of years
interconnected
inextricable
beholden one to the other. Continue reading

(Prose) Linden Trees: Taste the Sweetness of Summer by Deanne Quarrie

We are in the season of summer and we have just celebrated the Solstice. I work with Ogham in my spiritual practice because it brings nature into my life so effectively. It helps me listen to the many messages available to me from my kindred in nature. In the Celtic tradition, heather is the tree for the Summer Solstice, something we can all associate with Scotland and Ireland, but the linden is the alternate tree for this season, and this tree is actually much more prevalent all over Europe.

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(Video) The Dreaming Tree of Life Sisterhood Daily Meditation by Shekhina Weaver


Our theme this third Moon after Winter Solstice is:

The rape of Wild Earth Life – the Triple Goddess, the Maiden, Mother and Crone
This rape/war has many aspects: the use of nuclear energy/weapons, fossil fuels, global warming, deforestation, pesticides/all kind of poisons, biotechnology/GMO/hybridization, consumerism (taking more from the Earth than we need), buildings/roads/towns/ that do not blend with the natural Beauty of the Earth, movements and sounds that are not in alignment with the silence and natural soundscape of the Earth, technology that is in one way or another destructive, animal experimentation/sexual abuse, ill treatment of animals as such, abusing animals for sport/circus, the separation of domesticated animal mothers and their offspring etc. etc.

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(Prose) Mother Daughter Betrayal by Sara Wright

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As a child I adored my very distant mother and did everything I could to please her, including becoming a second mother to my baby brother at four years old. I remember tenderly holding him and giving him his bottles.

Is that why I became so devoted to the divine image of Mary, Queen of Heaven the moment I was exposed to her at the convent garden that I secretly visited each day on my way home from kindergarten? Continue reading