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A Goddess Pilgrimage: Crete – Part 3

| December 30, 2012

As Carol Christ, our fearless leader, explained to us that first night in Crete, a pilgrimage is more than just a journey to a sacred place, it is a journey between states — physical, mental, emotional and spiritual. In a way, when you are on a pilgrimage you are without a country. In starting a […]

Psyche’s Journey and the Creative Process

| July 8, 2012

In my Goddess Temple e-course to meet the Alchemical Goddesses, you take a similar journey as Psyche, the woman who became a goddess, which I wrote about here. I am fascinated by this story because there are so many ways to understand it. One way to look at Psyche’s journey is the one presented by […]

Freya and Beltaine Magic

| April 30, 2012

Freya is the unapologetic goddess of love and sexuality in Norse mythology. We celebrate her on May 1, Beltaine, a cross-quarter day between the Spring Equinox and the Summer Solstice. As described in Elizabeth Cunningham’s first book of the Maeve Chronicles, Magdalen Rising, in which Mary Magdalen is brilliantly transmogrified into a Celtic goddess, “the […]

Aphrodite, Great Mother Goddess, Shows Us the Way

| February 20, 2012

Virtually no other goddess brings to mind the feminine qualities of love and beauty like Aphrodite. She is a Greek goddess who is actually a later incarnation of the Great Mother, goddess of fertility, and all that is. She is an archetype harkening back to Neolithic times and beyond. All of the little rounded mother […]

Brigid, Triple Goddess of the Fire

| January 31, 2012

In Celtic tradition, February 2, Imbolc or Candlemas is celebrated. This is the time when Brigid or Bride, makes her presence known. She is goddess of the fire; Imbas was the word that described inspiration that came from her creative and transformational fire. Imbolc refers to the time when the ewes are lactating in preparation […]

Kuan-Yin & the Year of the Dragon

| January 21, 2012

Happy New Moon and Chinese New Year! It is my birthday today, on the cusp of the New Moon in Aquarius on January 22 and the Chinese New Year on January 23, when the Year of the Dragon commences. I have this very picture of Kuan-Yin, goddess of compassion, mercy, magic, and fertility on my […]

Yemaya, Goddess of the New Year

| January 1, 2012

Ready to plunge into the New Year, Sisters? Yemaya, Yoruba goddess of the ocean, is one of my favorite goddesses. She is Mama Wata, Star of the Sea, Stella Maris, a Mother Creator goddess who gives birth to us in the New Year as we give birth to ourselves, with new skin, fresh eyes, and […]

Cerridwyn and the Winter Solstice

| December 21, 2011

I am Cerridwyn, daughter of Wales. I live alone on an island in the middle of Llyn Tegid (now Bala Lake). Some call me a hag witch, which I consider a compliment for they are only acknowledging my powers as a holy woman, a fierce healer. I have two children, a daughter, Creidwy, and a […]

Lakshmi and the Taurus Moon

| November 10, 2011

On this Taurus full moon, with the pulsing energy of 11/11/11, a time of wish-fulfillment upon us, the goddess Lakshmi asks us to check in with our self-worth and to own our power as creative women deserving of abundance. Lakshmi is the Shakti or activating female goddess counterpart of Vishnu, the preserver of all life. […]

Hecate and the Threefold Path

| October 26, 2011

If you see an old woman walking down the road one dark moonless night, take heed, because that may be the “Distant One” who has words of wisdom for you. Be kind to the woman who stands at the crossroads for that is said to be the threshold to the underworld, the realm of Hecate […]