Goddess Gift Newsletter Issue #56

 Fire and Ice

~ Pele : The Hawaiian Volcano Goddess
~ Sedna Says 'Save the Seals'
~Goddess Goings-On (News)
Goddess Art Events
Winners: Goddess Gift Book Giveaway
Desperately Seeking Author
of Nocturnus Eruptus


March has been a month of fire and ice here in the mountains. One day snow and gale force winds, then the next a heat wave that forces us to get out the fans.

Unpredictable, exciting, and tempestuous, just like . . .


The Goddess Pele

 Talk about nervous energy—Pele was confident, passionate, and volatile. This was a goddess who knew what she wanted and went after it! Pele was full of life and unable to do anything just halfway.

Pele had to leave town in a hurry--her angry sister (a Tahitian sea goddess) was gunning for her. (Some say it was on account of Pele's fun-and-games that involved her brother-in-law.)

With the angry sea goddess threatening to drown Pele with tidal waves, Pele's parents loaded her, her brothers and her sisters into a canoe and sent them sailing in search of safety.

Eventually the siblings found a place where they could stop, a tiny string of islands that was home to a handful of human tribes and a few snow goddesses who lived in the mountains.

Pele set about trying to make a new home for her family, but it was proving difficult because the jealous snow goddesses kept sending blizzards her way. Hopping from one tiny island to another to escape the hard freezes, Pele kept moving southward only to encounter tidal waves sent by her vengeful sister.

Soon the two were waging a ferocious battle. Though she won, Pele did not emerge unscathed.  

Pele’s fires rose up out of the trembling earth, spewing rivers of lava fiery lava into the ocean, driving the sea away from the coast. As the lava cooled it added to the land mass, and the small atoll was transformed into the beautiful Big Island of Hawaii.

After her death, she became a spirit and chose to live within the crater of a volcano; she had become a shape-shifter, one who could assume any form she wished. Pele's exuberant spirit was not to be contained.

According to myth, the islands of Hawaii owe their very existence to Pele, the goddess of fire, best known as ‘the volcano goddess’. Like most other deities who play the starring role in creation myths, Pele held both the power to create and to destroy. Never able to win a clear victory over her rivals, the tension of these opposing forces kept everything in balance.

Legends about Pele and her many lovers and rivals are numerous and colorful. You can read her myths by using this link: Goddess Pele
 


Honoring the Goddess Sedna

I admit that I was ambivalent about the recent decision to downgrade Pluto to a planetoid . . . but somewhat amused that it was the result of the discovery of the bigger, brighter Sedna (named after the Inuit goddess of the Sea). What divine trouble-makers the goddesses can be !  And often with good cause.

The goddess Sedna, maimed by her father and cast into the ocean to become the Queen of the Underworld, is sometimes called the Seal Goddess. You can read her myths by using this link: Goddess Sedna

Sedna needs your help right now.

Last year, more than 350,000 baby and young seals were killed for their fur -- clubbed, shot, and skinned (some skinned while still alive) in the largest hunt of marine mammals in the world.


Please join the more than 350,000 people all over the world in opposing the horrible seal slaughter. Together, we can have an impact. Let's pressure the Canadian government end this seal hunt forever.

Please take a minute today to help end this barbaric practice by forwarding a quick e-mail to Canada's Minister of International Trade, as part of the Humane Society (US) campaign. They will forward a  prepared email or you may write your own.

Link to use:
https://community.hsus.org/campaign/trademinister_protectseals

Sedna will thank you.


Goddess Events and News

~ Goddess Art Gals Invite You

To join them and be inspired by their latest creations.

Lauren Curtis, creatrix of pagan art and fine photography, has a solo exhibit at the North Brunswick Municipal Center in North Brunswick, NJ, from March 23 through April 27.

And mark these dates on your calendar if you're in the New York City area (or can manage to be) to meet Bernette Rudolph and her wood-sculpture World of Goddesses when she opens her studio/gallery on the weekend of May 19 & 20.

 Click on the artists' names to see your personal invitations and a sample of their work.

~ Winning Entries in the Goddess Goodies Giveaway:

Over 100 Goddess Goodies were awarded last month as we celebrated the release of our new book, Goddess Gift: Discover Your Goddess Type

If the Goddess Fortuna favored you, you've probably already received notice and your gift., but here's a link where you can view all the winners . . . a truly global array of lucky ladies, and even a lad or two.

Now available at amazon.com and beginning to appear in bookstores.

Goddess Goodies:
The Winners

 

Or order from our site
(autographed copies available)


OK, not desperately seeking, but . . . Will the author of Volcanus Eruptus in last year's Found Goddess competition please get in touch with me? I also need to hear from you, Wren. I've lost your email address.  A special opportunity may await you, so please email me using this link: .

In closing, a reminder to . . .

Dance, to Dare . . .

                    and to Dream.

Sharon
 
The Goddess Path
Discover Your Goddess Type
A Book About The Goddess in You
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