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Time of the Maiden: A Bouquet of Spring Goddesses & Their Messages

| April 3, 2013

It’s been a slow awakening for me this spring. I really did hunker down in my bear’s den for some deep, much-needed rest this winter. I had to wrestle with my inner taskmaster and guilt-tripper who kept pushing and nagging me to do more with my time. What about that book proposal you wanted to […]

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 […]

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 […]

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 […]

Baba Yaga Rides Again

| September 17, 2011

The full Harvest Moon on Monday marks the time when farmers bring in the last of the summer crops, the late harvest of root vegetables and cruciferous plants that will warm our blood over the colder months to come. The weather is starting to change, the sky to darken, foreshadowing the turning of the Great […]

Mother and Daughter: Demeter and Persephone

| June 15, 2011

to be a fool while spring is in the air                  my soul approves. –e.e. cummings As spring gives way to summer and the return of the sun on the solstice, June 21, we are in the time of these two goddesses. Persephone, the maiden, represents the new moon, the emergence of spring, rebirth. Demeter, the […]

The Bear Goddess

| May 25, 2011

The Native American Bear Woman is protector of Mother Earth and the tribes and clans that walk upon her. Bear Woman is in her cycle of power during spring and summer. She has moved out of her cave with her cubs underfoot, and is foraging for food and water. She is a shapeshifter who moves […]

The Goddess Maia – Queen of the May

| April 27, 2011

It’s May! It’s May! The lusty month of May!… Those dreary vows that ev’ryone takes, Ev’ryone breaks. Ev’ryone makes divine mistakes! The lusty month of May! – from Camelot, Lerner and Loewe I don’t know what you have planned for the month ahead, but in the olden days, lusty young men and maidens were running […]

Ostara and The Miracle of a Rabbit

| April 17, 2011

As Easter approaches, the Anglo-Saxon goddess, Ostara, fills our days with spring blossoms, colored eggs, and bunny sightings. Like all spring goddesses, she brings with her new ideas, new beginnings, rebirth, and hope. In the Christian tradition, Easter celebrates the resurrection of Christ, but in ancient times spring festivals celebrated the arrival of the goddess […]