The Goddess Path  Issue #28

Honey and Vinegar: Beauty Tips
for the Goddess Within

April, 2005


This Issue: Table of Contents

Honey and Vinegar
Audrey Hepburn: Beauty Tips
The 'Create-A-Goddess' Contest
A New Product
White Buffalo Calf Woman: A Goddess for These Times

 


Honey and Vinegar : Beauty Tips from Granny's Cupboard

Years ago, any time I was overly whiny or being generally obnoxious or too "uppity" for her tastes, my grandmother was likely to chide me by saying "Sharon, just remember that honey attracts more flies than vinegar."

"Who wants flies anyway?" was often my smart-mouthed response.

Then, as now, the notion of being 'sweet' or 'good' stuck me as being somewhat less than desirable--never mind that I am by temperament both of those things, a natural-born 'people pleaser'. It stuck me as being a bit stuffy, if not downright boring. And boring was something I was determined never to be!

While researching "found" goddesses, I ran across a wonderful website devoted to a famous woman who walked among us.

After browsing that site, I checked out a recent discussion that was going on in one of my favorite chat rooms. The subject was body image, Britney Spears, and the role models of beauty available to today's young woman.

The juxtaposition was striking. How far we've come . . . but not, I think, in the right direction.

Ordinarily I bristle when I see famous people used to demonstrate certain personality types. After all, how do we know who they really are? Most of what we know of them is just their public persona, the mask they wear that their celebrity status has forced upon them. (OK, I'll make an exception for Oprah.)

That said . . . let me introduce a modern goddess and where she stood on the subject of true beauty.


Audrey Hepburn, The Goddess of Good

Audrey Hepburn, renowned beauty and actress, became an advocate and  tireless volunteer for the suffering children of the world. You can view photographs and read the story of her life at:
Audrey Hepburn.

In addition to her inspiring beauty and the abundance of her good works, Audrey Hepburn somehow managed to retain her ideal weight throughout her entire adult life -- surely a magical feat that only a goddess could pull off!

Audrey Hepburn read these words to her sons on Christmas Eve 1992. She died a month later and the piece was read at her funeral to memorialize the meaning of her life. It was a fitting tribute to the goddess she had been.

Time-Tested Beauty Tips
     ~by Sam Levenson
  • For attractive lips, speak words of kindness.

  • For lovely eyes, seek out the good in people.
     

  • For a slim figure, share your food with the hungry.
     

  • For beautiful hair, let a child run his/her fingers through it once a day.
     

  • For poise, walk with the knowledge that you never walk alone.
     

  • People, even more than things, have to be restored, renewed, revived, reclaimed, and redeemed; never throw out anyone.
     

  • Remember, if you ever need a helping hand, you will find one at the end of each of your arms. As you grow older, you will discover that you have two hands; one for helping yourself, and the other for helping others.

As the time for the ancient festival of Beltane fast approaches we thank Linda Reeves for this reminder that, just as people need to be restored and renewed, so does the earth itself.  We sing praises to Spring and the new vitality it brings to our lives.

 


News, the Create-A-Goddess competition,  and a New Product at Goddess Gift

As always, here's the link if you want to read our monthly progress report: Blog

Create-A-Goddess competition

Last month we asked readers and potential advertisers to give us their ideas about issuing another annual special advertising edition with a Create-A-Goddess competition. Didn't get much response from advertisers, but did hear from a lot of you who looked forward to the contest. So...

Let the contest begin! (And we'll forego the advertising edition for now.) 

Recall that in last month's newsletter we defined "found goddesses" as modern deities . . . goddesses that, according to Barbara Ardinger, we create when we notice a need and meet it with a sense of humor. They are everyday goddesses meant to address modern situations that our goddess-loving ancestors never dreamt of.

The challenge will be to create a "found goddess" of your own. Fame and fortune await the winners. Deadline is May 1. Prizes for five winning entries:

1st place:  Choice of one glass art goddess by Colin Heaney (View)
2nd place: A Bottle of White Buffalo Woman Mist (View)
3rd place: Your choice of Goddess Aromatherapy Oils  (View)
4th & 5th places:  A gift certificate to take the Goddess Quiz or the Greek Gods quiz. (A wonderful gift for a friend, if you've already taken the quiz.) (View)

All winning entries will be published in the June edition of the Goddess Path Newsletter.

Entry fee?? None, nada, no way. We ask only that you help us spread the word about the Goddess Path Newsletter by recommending it to one of your friends. We'll send them a one-time-only email telling them about the newsletter and giving them a link to subscribe. (And they can enter the contest too.)

So don your thinking caps and get wildly creative as you invent a goddess for our times! More information and a link to the entry form follow my signature at the end of this newsletter.

New Product at Goddess Gift

We're also pleased to announce the addition of a unique and very special item to our line of goddess themed products that are available at the website. White Buffalo Woman Bliss (Meditation Mist) is a revolutionary product developed by Jana Shiloh, a homeopathic healer from Sedona, near the home of the White Buffalo born ten years ago.

Formulated to match the harmonic properties of the White Buffalo's milk, it has calming and peaceful properties that make it suitable for use as an aid to meditation, or for calming a fretful child or anxious pet.

Enjoy the beautiful art work, and learn more about the White Buffalo Woman Mist by following this link:
White Buffalo Woman Bliss

White Buffalo Calf Woman, like Audrey Hepburn, held children closely in her heart. We've received several requests to reprint her story. So . . .


White Buffalo Calf Woman, A Goddess for These Times

It was told that next time there is chaos and disparity, she would return again. She said she would return as a White Buffalo Calf. Some believe she already has.”*

*Words of Chief Arvol Looking Horse, 19th Generation Keeper of the Sacred White Buffalo Calf Pipe of the Lakota Nation

White Buffalo Calf Woman is ancient, arising about 2000 years ago, and is central to the spiritual practices of numerous Native American nations, with minor variation. The brief story presented here is based on the story as told by Joseph Chasing Horse, Traditional Leader of the Lakota Nation.

While two warriors were out hunting buffalo, a white buffalo calf appeared. As she approached them she changed into a beautiful young woman . . . which is how she came to be called the White Buffalo Calf Woman. .

One of the young warriors offended her with his lustful thoughts, and White Buffalo Calf Woman asked him to approach. As he stepped forward, a black cloud descended over him and when it dissipated all that was left of him was his bones.

The other warrior fell to his knees and began to pray. The White Buffalo Calf Woman told him to return to his people, telling them she would appear to them in four days, bringing with her a sacred bundle.

And this she did, appearing to them as a white buffalo calf descending on a cloud. Stepping down, she rolled over on the ground, changing from white to black, then yellow, then red. When she arose she was once again the beautiful woman, cradling the sacred bundle in her arms.

Spending four days with the people, White Buffalo Calf Woman taught them sacred songs, dances, and ceremonies as well as the traditional ways. She instructed them to be responsible caretakers of the land and to be always mindful that the children are the future of the people.

On the fourth day she left in the same manner she had arrived, telling the people she was leaving the sacred bundle, the White Buffalo Calf Woman pipe, in their care. She promised to one day return for it and to bring harmony and spiritual balance to the world.

White Buffalo Calf Woman prophesied that the birth of a white buffalo calf would be a sign that it was near the time of her return.

*In 1994, a white buffalo calf was born . . . the first in decades. Some believe she is the fulfillment of the prophecy that the return of the White Buffalo Calf Woman will herald the advent of an age of peace and harmony.

Laurie Sue Brockway highlights the importance of the White Buffalo Calf Woman in her delightful book, A Goddess Is a Girl's Best Friend:

“Now, more than any time in history, we need the sacred feminine to balance our lives and to balance our world. We must be spiritual warriors…culling the profound and important aspects of the power of feminine wisdom and directing them toward peace within, as without, and utilizing the energies of the goddess and all mythical women and spiritual heroines to help direct the course of history.”

She adds: “While men, historically, fight and defend, females seek to draw peaceful resolve… the important thing is to have both and a chance for balance… [White Buffalo Calf Woman] represents the balance, the peace, we all crave.”

In closing,

We Wish…

Pray…

And Hope…

That it will be so.

Sharon
The Goddess Path

P.S. For more information and to enter the contest, go to:
Create A Goddess