The Goddess Path Issue #010
Goddesses Make History/HerStory
Issue: Table of Contents
1. What did you do to celebrate Women's
2. Hecate, Samhain, and All-Souls Day
3. Advice from a Goddess of Humor
4. Goddesses Gathered: Read All About It!
Women's History Month has come and
gone, but . . .
I spent much of the month researching vario
us topics of interest, so this issue is devoted to sharing some of my findings with you.
So enjoy . . .
Hecate, Samhain, and All-Souls Day
What do the goddess Hecate, the pagan
Celtic Harvest Festival called Samhain, and the Christian holy day "All-Souls Day
(also called All-Saints Day) all have in common? You guessed it . . . they all
contribute to the customs of the upcoming holiday of Halloween!
Unlikely bedfellows, perhaps, but history
is often full of surprizes. You can use this link to read the fascinating story of the History of Halloween
at the Goddess Gift website.
Conjure up an image of the goddess Hecate.
What picture leaps to mind? Most of us probably envision an old, gnarly witch toiling away
over a cauldron, covered with warts and surrounded by bats, and toads, and eyes of newts!
A far cry from the "real" greek goddess. Take time before Halloween to
meet the authentic version and spend a few moments contemplating what it is inside us that
made her so frightening.
Read the story of the Greek goddess Hecate .
Let's Wear Purple Hats! : Advice from a Goddess of Humor
In honor of women's history month and in
memory of Erma Bombeck who lost her fight with cancer. Pass this on to five women
that you care about. If you don't know five women to pass this on to, one will do just
IF I HAD MY LIFE TO LIVE OVER - by Erma Bombeck (written after she found out
she was dying from cancer).
I would have gone to bed when I was sick instead of
pretending the earth would go into a holding pattern if I weren't there for the day.
I would have burned the pink candle sculpted like a rose
before it melted in storage.
I would have talked less and listened more.
I would have invited friends over to dinner even if the
carpet was stained, or the sofa faded.
I would have eaten the popcorn in the 'good' living room
and worried much less about the dirt when someone wanted to light a fire in the fireplace.
I would have taken the time to listen to my grandfather
ramble about his youth.
I would have shared more of the responsibility carried by
I would never have insisted the car windows be rolled up on
a summer day because my hair had just been teased and sprayed.
I would have sat on the lawn with my grass stains.
I would have cried and laughed less while watching
television and more while watching life.
I would never have bought anything just because it was
practical, wouldn't show soil, or was guaranteed to last a lifetime.
Instead of wishing away nine months of pregnancy, I'd have
cherished every moment and realized that the wonderment growing inside me was the only
chance in life to assist God in a miracle.
When my kids kissed me impetuously, I would never have
said, "Later. Now go get washed up for dinner." There would have been more
"I love you's." More "I'm sorry's."
But mostly, given another shot at life, I would seize every
minute...look at it and really see it ... live it and never give it back. Stop sweating
the small stuff.
Don't worry about who doesn't like you, who has more, or
who's doing what.
Instead, let's cherish the relationships we have with those
who do love us.
Let's think about what God HAS blessed us with. And what we
are doing each day to promote ourselves mentally, physically, emotionally. I hope
you all have a blessed day.
Beautiful Women's Month
Age 3: She looks at herself and sees a Queen.
Age 8: She looks at herself and sees Cinderella.
Age 15: She looks at herself and sees an Ugly Sister (Mum I
can't go to school looking like this!)
Age 20: She looks at herself and sees "too fat/too
thin, too short/too tall, too straight/too curly"- but decides she's going out
Age 30: She looks at herself and sees "too fat/too
thin, too short/too tall, too straight/too curly" - but decides she doesn't have time
to fix it, so she's going out anyway.
Age 40: She looks at herself and sees "clean" and
goes out anyway.
Age 50: She looks at herself and sees "I am" and
goes wherever she wants to go.
Age 60: She looks at herself and reminds herself of all the
people who can't even see themselves in the mirror anymore. Goes out and conquers the
Age 70: She looks at herself & sees wisdom, laughter
and ability, goes out and enjoys life.
Age 80: Doesn't bother to look. Just puts on a purple hat
and goes out to have fun with the world.
You might want to send this on to all the women you are
grateful to have as friends. If you do, something good will happen: you will boost another
Many thanks to those of you who sent in
ideas and stories about your goddess gatherings. What a creative bunch you are!
It was a delight to publish the history of
your "events" and to see the many ways that you've honored "the
Goddess" and celebrated the friendship of women. We will be happy to add additional
stories in the future, so feel free to write us about them.
For a delightful look at the many and
varied ways that some of you have gotten together to celebrate the goddess within, check
out our newest webpage: Goddesses
Highlights From Our Progress Report:
Here's a link for those of you who like to read our monthly progress
report in full: http://www.goddessgift.com/blog.htm
And no, we didn't make it to our goal of becoming one of the top 75,000 websites (as
measured by Alexa's traffic ranking). As a matter of fact, we backslid and are now at
94,508. Will keep trying! The good news from Alexa is that the number of page views has
risen dramatically...the average number of pages a visitor views is 25.8!
Work on Men, Myths, Minds (our brother site) is progressing. Have just about
finished all the content, then need to create the pages, and then...Voila! Hopefully will
launch in mid-October.
Thanks for your constant support and enthusiasm. It keeps our spirits
Celebrate the goddess spirit this Halloween, embrace
the things that go bump in the night, and . . .
Walk in light,
The Goddess Path