My journey took me next to mainland Italy. In an archaeological park outside Naples, I stood in the cave of the Cumean sibyl. The cave – Antro della Sibilla – is a trapezoidal passage 130 metres long, cut out of volcanic stone along the side of a hill. The innermost chamber echoes with secrets and prophecy.
Entrance to the Cave of the Cumean Sibyl
The day I visited, access to the cave was restricted, but a sympathetic attendant allowed me in through a side entrance, and I walked slowly along the passage (dromos) to the rough-cut chamber at the end. The rock hummed, and the soft light filtering down through light wells made it a dream-like experience.
Mural painting © Kaalii Cargill, detail from the Papyrus of Hunefer (ca. 1275 BCE)
Author’s Note: The very fact that I am writing about this implies a privileged orientation to the World – I give thanks that I have enough food, water, shelter, safety, belongingness, and self-esteem to even be having this conversation.
When I first considered the question of “How Goddess feminism, activism, and spirituality?” I thought I would answer by describing the monthly rituals I share with other women in our local park – our gatherings have been taking place in various forms for over twenty years, celebrating Goddess by chanting, processing, casting a circle, sitting together in meditative silence, opening the circle, and walking together beneath the trees as I believe women have been doing since the beginning of time. I could also describe the altars I have set up in my home – honouring the elements and the various faces of Goddess: Mother, Hetaira, Warrior, Priestess, and others. And I could answer the question by describing my writing that draws on Goddess mythology and ancient women’s practices. And my artwork that expresses my relationship with Goddess through image and symbol. Continue reading
[Editor’s Note: This Introduction is from She Rises: How Goddess Feminism, Activism, and Spirituality? Volume 2.]
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I was lured to Sicily by my southern Italian heritage and photos of the Valley of the Temples, an archaeological site on the southern coast outside the town of Agrigento. What I found was an ancient landscape alive with myth and magic. For a thousand years, Sicily was the centre of Magna Graecia, the colonial settlements west of Greece. Gods, Goddesses, and nymphs still inhabit almost every hill, lake and spring.
I flew from Malta to Catania to search for traces of Proserpina and Ceres (Greek: Persephone and Demeter). Proserpina is the Goddess of Sicily – her name comes from the word ‘proserpere’ – to emerge. Ask a Sicilian about Proserpina, and you will hear the tale of her abduction by Pluto on the banks of Lake Pergusa, close to the mountain town of Enna in the centre of Sicily.
[Editor’s Note: The video was created and produced as part of 2015 Nine Day Solstice Celebration organized by Mago Academy.]
From Greece, I journeyed to Malta, where I joined nine other women for a six-day immersion in Goddess, From our farmhouse on Gozo, we visited Temples, sat with the Grandmothers in museums, and were gifted with an opportunity to chant in the Hypogeum.
The Megalithic Temples of Malta are prehistoric temples built during three time periods between 3600 BCE and 700 BCE. They are among the oldest free-standing structures on Earth.
[Editors’ Note: This video presentation was created as part of 2015 Nine Day Solstice Celebration, a special event sponsored by Mago Academy and The Girl God.]
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This year I travelled to Greece, Malta, Italy, and Turkey, seeking Goddess in archaeological sites and museums. Over six weeks, I walked the streets of ancient cities, stood in caves and megalithic temples, and sat quietly with the Grandmothers . .
On my second day in Athens I visited the wonderful National Archaeological Museum.
Then I caught a bus to Delphi, drank from the Castalian Spring, walked down to the Sanctuary of Athena Pronaia, climbed the paths of the Apollonian Sanctuary, marvelled at the grandeur of the mountains, visited the Delphi Archaeological Museum, and descended into the Corycian Cave.
This year I made a six-week pilgrimage to Greece, Malta, Italy, and Turkey, seeking Goddess in archaeological sites and museums. Over six weeks, I walked the streets of ancient cities, stood in caves and megalithic temples, and sat quietly with the Grandmothers . . .
The Goddess in all Her faces weaves Her way through my life, calling, guiding, demanding, nourishing. In 2014, I made four life-size Goddess panels, and each one demanded an immersion in form and essence. Even as I began to form my vision of Her, She entered, and the form changed . . .
Hetaira: This face of the Goddess is not one of passive “beauty”. This is the face of deep, luscious beauty, soft, strong folds and layers of grace, sensuality, and connection to the wellspring of laughter, lust, and inspiration . . .
She is crafted from fabric chosen for color and texture – blood red, labia purple, black lace – and sewn into folds and creases to create a fusion of a Magdalene-type robe that segues into ripe, feminine, embodied sensuality.
Warrior: This face of the Goddess holds instinctual power – mighty warrior, fierce protector. This is the face of the defender of women, children, and the feminine principles of cooperation, generativity, and equalitarian living. This is the face of empowerment, fighting against domination and power over others . . .
This life-size panel is crafted from fabric chosen for strength and power – blue and gold – and cut into lines and angles to represent readiness for action and healthy aggression, the power to stand one’s ground, hold clear boundaries, and reach beyond the classical “Artemis” image to the archaic, instinctual ground of the warrior.
Priestess: This face of the Goddess is the eternal face of sybil, wisewoman, seer. She moves between the worlds, where night and day, birth and death, joy and sorrow meet as one . . .
She is crafted from fabric, beaded squares, and shed snakeskin to represent feminine wisdom and the structure of women’s magic. She speaks Her truth that we may hear and shows us how to walk in Her ways.
“This collaborative writing project began as a discussion in The Mago Circle, a Facebook group venue for Goddessians/Magoists. The phone conversation I had with Wennifer Lin, during which she expressed a need of focusing on the Goddess for her organization, Mother Tree Sanctuary, prompted me to think of an idea for a collective writing on the topic of Goddess. I facilitated a discussion in The Mago Circle by inviting members to answer the question “Why Goddess Feminism, Activism, or Spirituality?” As indicated in the question, I wanted us not only to revive the Goddess talk but also to claim its transformative power. Many members of The Mago Circle participated in the discussion over the course of the coming months. Initially, short writing contributions were published in the Return to Mago E-zine in eight parts.1 Continue reading