The Goddess Path Issue #033
Of Rainbows and Bees
This Issue: Table of Contents
1. Trivia Quiz
2. The Goddess Ix-Chel
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
c) A mnemonic device that helps us impress young children
with our astounding memories.
2. Which goddesses in the list below are associated with
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
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.
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:
Night Week Out, Anyone?
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
www.islawomensretreat.com or or call her at 440 779-6727 (USA).
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
It's available as a free downloadable e-book at:
(plus you can view a Flash preview there)
or order the paperback at amazon.com:
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
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.
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.
to take the
Goddess Quiz (or the Greek Gods Quiz for men) are now
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.
Look for rainbows and bees that do math.
Joy in all the simple things,
The Goddess Path