The Goddess Path  Issue #036

Winged Words

January, 2006


This Issue: Table of Contents

1. Goddesses of Mirth and
the Humor of Women
2. Iambe and Baubo
3. A Sassy Little Book
4. Winged Words
~The Goddess Quotes Competition~
5. Goddess Art Exhibit

Goddesses of Mirth and Humor

The war and the deadline for figuring out my business taxes, combined with the bleak dreary days we've been having (and a timely inquiry from a subscriber who asks 'Is there a Greek goddess of mirth?') led us to select this theme for this month's newsletter: The Humor of Women.

Often when life turns stressful and bleak, it is the gifts of laughter and lightness that sustain and heal us.

Who does not know by now that laughter has considerable medicinal value, increasing circulation, improving immunity, and, of course, lightening "the blues"?

When we think of humor in association with the goddesses three names spring to mind.

The Greek goddess Thalia, one of the nine Muses (daughters of Zeus and the Titan goddess Mnemosyne who were in charge of "inspiring" others.) Each Muse had her own area of specialization. Thalia was the goddess of comedy, assigned to bring merriment into the world.

Then there was Uzume (the Goddess of Laughter, Dance, and Drumming) whose merriment, lusty dancing,  and insistent drumming rescued Amaterasu, the Sun Goddess and divine ancestor of the Japanese imperial family. Visit the website and read about Uzume and Amaterasu.

Iambe ~ Baubo
Iambe   

        And who could possibly forget Baubo, the aging maidservant who "mooned" Demeter and cured her deep depression, thus restoring the fertility of the earth?

In earlier times Baubo was actually a goddess herself and her name was Iambe (more about her later). Alas, Iambe's legends disappeared under the feet of the emerging patriarchy, but one gift of this goddess,  the rhythm of her satiric poetry (iambic pentameter), continues to thrive.

Musings on the Humor of Women. Click here to enjoy some examples of women's humor. Caution: There is a lot there, and it might be possible to overdose!


The Goddess Guide to Chakra Vitality, by Anita Ryan

  This month's delightful read is a 'little book' about the goddess and the chakras, those energy centers we all have that influence our vitality and sense of joy.

It's full of information, inspiration, and plenty of practical tips and tools to rev up the energy centers and give you a gorgeous goddess glow. What's more,  it's light-spirited and just plain fun!

Those of you who belong to the Inner Goddess Discussion Group know the author Anita as "The Aussie Goddess". Personally, I tend to think of her as "The Sassy Goddess" for she is always bright, fun, and...well, a bit on the sassy side.

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For example, one of the tools provided helps you identify the goddess who can help with your throat chakra, the energy center related to communication and creative eloquence that can  you 'find your voice'. The guide then directs you to a message from one of the goddesses who will help you speak your truth. Here's an excerpt from the book about one of those goddesses:
Iambe

Play With Words

In Greek stories, Iambe was a wild goddess of sacred sexuality who used poetry and witty comebacks to entertain those around her.

Her modern energy: Through creativity, humor and sexual liberty, playful Iambe is free to be true to her self. She relishes laughter and merriment to connect to her source of feminine energy. It's too bad for anyone who locks laughter away. They've got some work to do, because it's only in the release of sadness or fear that female sexuality and joy is restored.

Shakespeare recognized her creative genius and emulated her style -- her iambic pentameter verse -- in his plays. As both Shakespeare and Iambe knew well, it is easy to get swept away with such a seductive rhythm, so it's no wonder it has survived to this day.

Do this: Rock in time to an iambic pentameter beat, feel the connection to the earth's rhythm as you rock to and fro, and become lighter and lighter in  your outlook.

Remember to laugh. Always remember to laugh.


Winged Words 

Last month we asked you to start thinking of your favorite quotations to submit for our annual goddess contest. Your challenge, should you accept it, is to:

Provide us with a quote, the author of the quote, and the name of a goddess that might very well said such a thing.

The Deadline is February 15 and, of course, there are lots of goddess goodies as prizes for ten winners. You can use this link to submit your entry:

Inner Goddess Quotation Competition

Be sure to check out the entries of the competition while you're there.

You Are Invited . . . 

To see:


 'A World of Goddesses'

the sculptures of Bernette Rudolph

 at the
PLEIADES GALLERY,
530 West 25th Street, 4th Floor
New York, New York 
Jan 31 - Feb 18, 2006

Athena    Tara
Opening Receptions:
Thursday, February 2 (5-8pm) and Saturday, February 4 (3-6 pm).
If you're in New York, be sure to take a peek! Get additional information (and directions) by sending an email to the artist at bernette@earthlink.net 

Progress Report:

Here's a link for those of you who like to read our monthly progress report in full.


Keep Your Eyes Open . . .

For a mid-month mailing to those of you who signed up for the Inner Goddess Special Offers Alert. It will contain a brief announcement from The Goddess Network about a new book and lots of free gifts for the women's spirituality and goddess community! So if you want me to notify you about special events such as these you need to sign up for that alert with us by clicking here to join the Inner Goddess Special Offers newsgroup.


Till next month, remember to . . .

Enjoy life, celebrate womanhood,  and be of good humor.

Sharon
The Goddess Path

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