| The Goddess
Path Issue #015
Wild And Extraordinary Women
This Issue: Table of Contents
1. Why Be Normal?
2. Red Hats and The Wild Woman Prayer
3. Ordinary Women Who Did Extraordinary Things
4. The Envelope, Please
Why Be Normal?
Lots of things in life are hard. There seems to be no shortage of
"things that go bump in the night". And few of us are fortunate enough to be
spared encounters with them.
Sometimes it is true that "What doesn't kill us makes us
stronger". But sometimes we are weakened by things that make us "stressed
out". When we are unable to cope effectively our immune systems seem to abandon us,
our short-term memory circuits short-out (a phenomenon that neuroscientists refer to as
"brain farts"), and we, in short, become "undone". Not a pretty
There seems to be a common thread that runs through many of the stressors
that women face in modern life. . . and that thread is the message, "be
conventional" or "this is the way things should be done, or ought
Joseph Campbell, famous philosopher and mystic, once said:
Your real duty
is to go away from the community
to find your bliss.
On the dragon there are many scales.
Everyone of them says "Thou Shalt."
Kill the dragon.
When one has killed that dragon,
one has become The Child.
Campbell declares that "the lion of self-discovery is meant to
kill that dragon" and that, psychologically, childhood is a time of magic that
is lost to us when we grow up and learn to wear masks. But he reminds us that we are meant
to return to the child. (Note: it's even in the Bible, "Unless you become as little
children, you shall not enter the Kingdom of Heaven." Matthew 18:3)
Yet most of us spend much of our lives doing things which, no matter how
well done or how successful, would never bring us happiness. Whether it's to please
someone, to prove that we "fit in" or that we're better than someone else, or
just to be "nice", we're walking down a path that wasn't meant for us, a path
that brings us little joy.
While there are many techniques that can help, one of my personal
favorites is called "The Magical Child", sometimes referred to as
"going weird". Simply put, it is a challenge to "Dare to Be
Different", to march to a different drummer, to loosen the grips that convention has
on your life.
Admittedly it's not easy to be weird in these days and times when we celebrate tolerance
and diversity (thank goodness), when hair comes in shades of magenta, and
adolescents wear things in their earlobes that look like empty beer cans and provide you
with an unobstructed view of the distant scenery behind them.
But being eccentric can be done, gracefully, and with humor. Joseph
Getting a comedic view
of your situation
gives you spiritual distance.
Having a sense of humor saves you.
Or as Jo, a playwright friend of mine, says: The difference between
tragedy and comedy is that tragedy is about hard things happening and comedy is about
getting through them!
If you need a little gentle nudge to search for your magical child, check
out both of these links.
The poem by Jenny Joseph that inspired the Red Hats Society:
And a rowdy prayer to the Goddess for the full expression of our divine
nature in all its gorgeous glory! We were introduced to this prayer by Morgana Rae, the Charmed Life Coach, who helps creative professionals achieve success
without sacrificing their humanity and offers free tips on creating a charmed life of
ease, flow, and abundance.
You who give us so much love and pain mixed together that our morality is always on the
verge of collapsing:
I beg you to cast a huge-assed love spell that will nullify all the dumb ideas, bad
decisions and nasty conditioning that have ever cursed the wise and sexy virtuosos out
Remove, banish, annihilate and laugh into oblivion any jinx that has clung to them, no
matter how long they've suffered from it, and even if they've become accustomed or
addicted to its ugly companionship.
And please conjure an aura of protection around them so that they will receive an early
warning if they are ever about to act in such a way as to bring another hex or plague or
voodoo into their lives in the future.
We thank the author, Rob Breszny, the Free Will Astrologer,
for permission to use the poem he calls "Prayer For You". You can read 'A Prayer
For You' in it's entirety at Rob's site, though we insist on calling it:
Wild Woman Prayer
Wild Woman, Magical Child, Diva, Woman Wearing a Purple Dress With A Red Hat That
Doesn't "Go". You don't really have to be weird -- just give yourself permission
to be yourself and to "follow your bliss". Honor the goddess in YOU.
(Treat yourself to a
gift certificate so you can take the Goddess Quiz at a discounted price:
Discover the Goddess Within )
And on the subject of extraordinary women . . .
Ordinary women who have done
You don't have to be different to make a difference. I discovered a little
book (what I call a Bathroom Book*) that celebrates the contribution of women to American
Book...a term of praise reserved for books filled with intriguing tidbits that leave you
feeling inspired or knowledgeable while requiring an absolute minimum of reading time;
designed to be read in brief segments)
American goddesses? There certainly are! And they're not all celebrities
either. Here are the fascinating stories of their achievements. . . stories you've
probably never heard before.
Chaz Allen, the author, a five time Addy Award winner and syndicated
columnist, wrote these stories for his radio series called Little Known Facts.
We're grateful to Chaz for giving us permission to print one of the many delightful, but
little known stories of these ordinary women who, like goddesses, have done extraordinary
You can read a sample story here:
We're also grateful to Chaz for offering a 10% discount on the paperback
to our newsletter readers. To learn more or order, just click the link below and scroll to
the bottom of the page to find the link to the book.
Be sure to enter this promotional code at checkout to get your special discount: EWGG1
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Featured Goddess for March: Psyche
The Greek goddess Psyche, the mortal who became a goddess when captured
the heart of Eros and then proved herself worthy to become a goddess in her own right.
Psyche reminds us of the importance of a woman's search for personal growth and that it is
the integration of our experiences, however sad or frightening they may be, that delivers
an authentic life. You can read her story here:
"Woman's World" magazine, featured a "mini-" goddess quiz in their
Valentine's Day issue. It came and went with great success and not a sign of
breakdown at our site!
The March issue of CosmoGirl! just appeared on the newsstand and contains a delightful
one page "Goddess Quiz" featuring the website.
And here's a link for those of you who like to read our monthly progress
report in full:
In the Spirit of the Wild Woman and the Magical Child
Learn to recognize the dragon whose scales all say "Thou Shalt". Give
life to your Magical Child, remembering . . .
"The privilege of a lifetime is being who you are." Diane K.
And let your life be filled with
Magic and Meaning,
The Goddess Path