Celebrating the Goddess in Every Woman
of Valentine's Day
My fantasy : I
just finished the first draft. The true history
of the origin of Valentine's day will finally be revealed. It's a story of political intrigue,
injustice, violence and passion. Shades of the 'The Da Vinci Code.
Phone rings....it's Oprah calling!!
the riveting story of the struggle for the hearts and minds of the
people, pits the newly minted Roman Church against the old-time religion (pagan). And what was
to be the fate of hapless lovers caught between powerful forces
beyond their control?
(OK, it's really
just an article I wrote and Dan Brown truly isn't
losing any sleep over the competition -- but it IS a fascinating
story that I think you will enjoy!)
Read it here"
The Goddess, the Emperor and the Priest
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(and, for that matter, all other intimate
Ahhh, a mystery is solved . . .
the secrets of wedded bliss.
The Art of Remembering and Interpreting
Author :: Judith Orloff, M.D.
solstice ushers in a season that is meant for dreaming, especially
for dreaming in ways that move you toward what you hope and intend
to create in your life. Our guest author, Dr. Judith Orloff,
generously shared this delightful essay on the gift of dreaming!
In the beginning
of the article, Dr. Orloff shares her perspective on the healing
power of dreams:
| "Direct guidance for
healing lies in our dreams, the natural territory of intuition.
Here, time and space are non-existent and anything is possible. Like
a blank, white canvas, our dream world is a spacious medium where
intuition can freely express itself. We have only to listen.
. . . Your
dreams can reveal many truths about your life. They can provide
extraordinary intuitive insights, and give you information that can
help your health, love life and career. You'd be surprised at the
straightforward advice that your dreams give, either spontaneously
or on request.
keep you well. Dreams provide answers. But first you must retrieve
them. Here are my four strategies to help you remember your dreams
. . ."
Use this link to read the article
~ Soul Food
for the Spirit! ~
arrival on the goddess scene is a thought-provoking little book, "The
Goddess In the Groove: Musings From the Goddess Within".
Heike Boehnke-Sharp says she wrote it to "make you laugh, cry,
rant, think; or jump up and take action! These stories are taken
from real life, and you may recognize yourself as you read."
assembled a 'surprise package' of bonus gifts for
those who buy the book, so be sure to check it out
Goddess In The Groove
wrote saying, "I
and learned that my Goddess type is Persephone. I see that one of Her
symbols is the parrot. Would you please help me find the story behind
the idea that talking birds are connected with Persephone?"
My answer to Karen based on one
popular version of the
Persephone and Demeter.
Persephone and her handmaidens (three sisters who were minor
goddesses graced with great musical talent) were picking flowers
together in the field on the day that Hades abducted Persephone. The
sisters pleaded with Demeter (Persephone's mother) to allow them to
help search for Persephone. Demeter granted them permission and gave
them colorful wings, thereby turning them into parrots, so they
could fly around the countryside to look for her.
Failing to find Persephone, the sisters were exhausted and retired
to an island where their colorful beauty and enchanted songs lured
many sailors to their watery graves. In their incarnation as
enchanting sea nymphs they were known as the Sirens (Sirenes).
the varied versions of these myths (Greek and Roman) can be found
Goddesses Come in Every Color
We took some heat from a
few subscribers who wrote to express displeasure with our having included a
video from YouTube called 'Women in Art' that we posted in our October
newsletter (the Talent and Beauty issue).
They had a point.
As one of them put it so
eloquently: " Being a woman of color, I just did not see myself reflected back
through these Goddesses . . . I guess people like me will have to make our
own videos if we want to see ourselves and our ancestors reflected. "
I understand their
disappointment . . . we had agonized over the decision of whether or not to use
this video [images of women in famous paintings] and spent quite a bit of time
searching for another version that was more inclusive. Sadly, we were
unable to find one.
We didn't mean to be
hurtful. But we should have been more sensitive. We wrote letters of apology, of
It's a sad thing that it
is so hard to find images (and even myths) that speak to the beauty, courage,
compassion and wisdom of the goddesses of color. We are all less for that.
I'm often asked, "Why is it so difficult
to find the goddesses from other cultures in the represented in the
literature and on the web?" The following excerpt from my book helps
goddesses are universal. They are celebrated in every culture, though under
different names of course. They all have stories that we, as women, can
relate to. This book will introduce you to numerous different goddess
archetypes that embody the traits that empower us in our contemporary times.
Many of them are Greek.
Greek goddesses garner a lot of attention. They are the superstars of the
goddess world, the one whose names we recognize or at least sound vaguely
familiar. How was it they rose to the top of the ‘pop charts’ while other
goddesses who are equally deserving languish in obscurity?
had press agents, of course. The Greek goddesses arose in a culture that
enthusiastically embraced the written word, encasing their myths in a media
that guaranteed their portability to other cultures and into the distant
however, always comes at a cost. Like the modern-day celebrity, what we read
about a goddess may not accurately reflect the ‘real’ goddess as the one the
ancients knew. Much of the original character and power of her myths was
lost in translation when her stories were reshaped in the hands of the
emerging patriarchies and religions.
Though the stories of the Greek goddesses have been reshaped, at least they
have survived. Sadly, our knowledge of the myths from many other
cultures is scanty.
Many goddess stories have never been recorded although
they are kept alive by storytelling. Others have been lost in the mists of
time, especially those from cultures without strong literary traditions.
invasion of European explorers, conquerors, and missionaries and the
uncontrollable diseases that accompanied them endangered the very survival
of the priceless lore of the native peoples of North and South America. As
the ranks of ‘memorizers’ (the storytellers and keepers of the old ways)
were decimated, their lessons were gravely threatened.
Understandably, Native American leaders are sometimes reluctant to share
the lore of their deities. Some ask that, in respect for the losses their
cultures have suffered, the spiritual knowledge of the ‘old ways’ be allowed
to remain within their keeping.
Likewise, the myths of many of the delightful African goddesses seem brief
and rather bare, stripped of the glorious detail they surely once
contained—a great loss resulting from the enslavement and dispersal of the
African peoples and the resulting disruption of their rich oral traditions.
Other goddesses have not garnered much attention because their myths have
‘lost something in translation’; the values and philosophies that render a
legend so beautiful or meaningful in an eastern culture can be difficult for
the western mind to perceive.
Consider the Asian goddess Mazu (Ma-Tsu). Scholars claim that she is
the goddess who is most widely and actively worshipped in the world today.
Over one million persons attend her festivals and shrines each year.
Yet few of us in the Western world even recognize her name.
is frequently to the Greek goddesses that we turn to demonstrate the major
archetypes. The Greek goddesses have entranced poets, philosophers, and
artists for centuries. Greek goddesses occupy a central place, not only in
Greek mythology, but also in western civilization. With the roots of western
civilization grounded firmly in the soil of ancient Greece, it is hardly
surprising that the names and stories of these fascinating females are the
ones most familiar to us in the western world.
myths are used to illustrate the enduring and universal feminine traits that
are, to this day, the ‘stuff’ of art, literature and even ‘pop culture.’
Their stories remain compelling—a vital part of the very fabric of our
lives. These legendary ladies live on—their reflections seen in the patterns
of the lives of contemporary women.
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