The Goddess Path  Issue #033

Of Rainbows and Bees

October, 2005

This Issue: Table of Contents

1. Trivia Quiz
2. The Goddess Ix-Chel
3. Girls' Night Week Out
4. To Bee or Not to Bee
5. The Gift of Goddess Gab

Test Your Knowledge...

Just three questions.

1. Who or what is Roy G. Biv and why do we adore him?

a) Leading manufacturer of prisms that hang in the window and create sparkly little rainbows in your room.
b) Founder of the Rainbow bread company that makes white bread.
c) A mnemonic device that helps us impress young children with our astounding memories.

2. Which goddesses in the list below are associated with rainbows?

a) the Chinese sea goddess, Mazu (Ma-tsu)
b) the Greek goddess, Iris
c) the Mayan moon goddess, Ix-Chel
d) all of the above

3. Which of the following tasks does a honeybee find difficult/impossible :

a) flying when it is raining
b) solving simple algebra problems
c) neither a nor b is difficult or impossible
d) both a and b are difficult or impossible

Answers:  1 (C): A mnemonic device, i.e. memory aid. The word mnemonic, pronounced "nha-monic", comes from Mnemnosyne, the goddess of memory. The letters in Roy G. Biv help you remember the colors of the rainbow in their proper order. Red, Orange, Blue, Yellow, Green, Indigo, and Violet.

2 (D): The rainbow is a symbol of all the goddess listed. It often signifies that you can call on the goddess with hope of a great blessing and good fortune.

3 (A): Honeybees must go to shelter when it begins to rain. During heavy rains their wings get waterlogged and they cannot fly and often perish.   WHAT, you ask, BEES CAN DO ALGEBRA!! Yep, apparently so, according to some recent research where a scientist accidentally discovered that the bees could anticipate where their food supply would be placed by the researcher based on where it was yesterday + x feet to the north each day.

Is this information not humbling? (I was reassured to learn that they could only 'do' simple equations however...started flunking out at about the same point that my high school boyfriend did!)

The Goddess Ix-Chel

As an ancient fertility goddess, Ix-Chel was responsible for sending rain to nourish the crops. When fulfilling that function she was called “Lady Rainbow”.  She helped insure fertility by overturning her sacred womb jar so that the waters would flow.

Though sometimes depicted as a goddess of catastrophe (the woman who stands by as the world floods), many of her myths show her in a more benevolent light—as a goddess who refused to become a victim of oppression.

Both her grandfather and her mate were determined to keep her in her "place", i.e. a woman's place. But this was a woman who, when faced with adversity, took charge of her life and turned it around!

You can read her story here:
Goddess Ix-Chel

Girls' Night Week Out, Anyone?

Talk about serendipity! While I was writing the myths of Ix-Chel for this issue, one of our subscribers wrote to tell me about her annual mind/body/spirit Goddess retreats to Mexico. I took her impeccable sense of timing as a message from the Goddess that I should volunteer to pass on the information, in case you could join her. Sounds like the opportunity of a lifetime!

Portals to the Self: A Women's Circle by the Sea
Isla Mujeres, Mexico, February 4-11, 2006

Mayan Moon Magic: A Sacred Journey with Ixchel
Tulum Beach, Mexico, March 11-18, 2006

Ceci McDonnell LISW and Karen Rosenberg, LISW, experienced therapists and guides, are offering two retreats for women in 2006.  The February retreat is on Isla Mujeres, Isle of Women, in the Caribbean Sea, historically a place for healing rituals among the Mayan peoples. The March retreat is on the Tulum Beach on the Yucatan coast, near the ancient Mayan sites of Tulum and Coba. 

Storytelling, guided imagery, yoga, journaling and journeys to ancient Mayan sites will serve as forms for accessing our psyche's depths. Both retreats are held in places sacred to Ixchel, the Mayan Moon Goddess, inviting women to gather for a time of retreat and replenishment.  Together, we will create a circle of abundance, compassion and support as we weave together our stories and wisdom, becoming midwives of our dreams and visions. 

Participants will stay in an intimate, informal hotel on the beach where landscaped trails, tropical gardens with hammocks hidden away and the beauty of the ocean will provide a perfect abode for the retreat. Space is limited. Registration deadline: December 1, 2005.  For a brochure or more information, visit our website at  at or    or call her at 440 779-6727 (USA).

(And don't forget to send me a postcard if you go!)

To Bee or Not to Bee

This month's recommended reading is a delightful little allegory about a bee who, unfulfilled by his worker bee's tedious existence, can't help but ask "Is this all there is?"  Daring to follow his heart (and with a little help from a wise old bee), he sets off in search of the Divine and manages to find it . . . inside himself and in the world around him.

It reminds us to live in the present and see the beauty around us. No matter what your spiritual path, this touching little tale will leave and smile on your face and a warm glow in you heart.

I am sharing the book with a teenager who is just coming to grips with the big issues of life and a couple of my friends who are spirit-seeking. 

It's available as a free downloadable e-book at:  (plus you can view a Flash preview there)

or order the paperback at
To Bee or Not To Bee (includes wonderful reviews)

In the words of the author, John Peberthy: It is "a book for beeings young and old who feel there is more to life than just making honey!"   Enjoy!

The Gift of Goddess Gab 

From time to time I hear from subscribers, especially those living in remote locations, who say they have a hard time finding others "of a like mind" and would appreciate knowing about any resources that could help them connect with others who are interested in the goddess path.

Good news. Our friend Anita (the Aussie goddess) formed a Yahoo group and it's been up and running for a few months and proving highly successful. (Note--I'm in a couple of other groups that could best be described as "dull, boring, dead". Not so with this group...plenty of humor, goddess information, sharing and support. Something different every week.)

So if you're interested just go to: Anita's Goddess Group
and use the "join now" button to get signed up. You can be as active (or not) as you like.

Progress Report: 

Good news. . . we've completed the rebuilding at the Goddess Gift website after having to move to a new server following the internet attack of the dreaded worm. Gift Certificates to take the Goddess Quiz  (or the Greek Gods Quiz for men) are now available again.

Now we can return to doing the things we like best and "growing the site" by adding more goddess myths and other interesting things for you.

In closing

Look for rainbows and bees that do math.

Joy in all the simple things,

The Goddess Path

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