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Bahama Mama

Maybe it’s the crazy winter, or maybe I’m just a beach baby, but right now, I’m yearning for some cobalt blue water. There’s nothing quite like a trip to the ocean, but as I learned on a vacation with my mom, not all ocean waters carry the same energy.

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March Begins the Travel Time

I'm home from Sacred Space Conference where I had the very best intentions of blogging it day-by-day. But here's what happened--I was so busy teaching and seeing old friends and having an excellent time, that I simply didn't do that. I'm going to try to encapsulate some of the juiciness of this good conference over the next few days, as I unpack and do laundry and prepare for some new workshops in the Asheville area and prepare to go out on the road again in about a month, when I visit the Gulf coast.

This was my third time at Sacred Space and I will say that the third time was the charm for this conference. I was a featured teacher the first two times I went up but this time I was a regular old teacher, doing two classes and participating in a panel discussion of Appalachian folk magic.

But I am tired now and looking forward to my own bed.

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Take Me Traveling With You

Today is Imbolc, a day devoted to Brigid, keeper of the creative flame of Kildare.  It’s also the launch of my first nonfiction book, Goddess Spells for Busy Girls. I am over the moon about this book, and I can’t wait to celebrate both the title and the holiday this evening with a small circle. The process of birthing a book is intense and long, and I thank Brigid and all my muses for the ability to weave words.

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  • Paola Suarez
    Paola Suarez says #
    Is this book geared towards girls and maidens? It's not clear to me by the title and the book description.
  • Jen McConnel
    Jen McConnel says #
    Thanks for asking! It's geared toward younger women (20s) but could be beneficial to any woman who wants to work with goddess ener

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Standing Stones and the Crow Woman

When it gets cold, I find myself retreating to my thoughts of a not-so-cold winter visit to the infamous henge outside Amesbury. I’ve always been a bit obsessed with standing stones, but before making the pilgrimage to Stonehenge, I was wound pretty tight. I’d been to one other stone circle before that trip, the Clava Cairns in Scotland, outside Inverness, and that experience hadn’t been a pretty one. Because I hadn’t bothered to ground before wandering among those ancient stones, I’d ended up with my first migraine and a lingering fear that Neolithic and Bronze Age sites and I weren’t meant to mix.

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Finding Isis: An Anniversary Post

Three years ago, I had a powerful encounter with Isis on Christmas day. I told the story of when I finally heard my Patron call me in issue 83 of Sagewoman magazine (2012: Sanctuary), and I am happy to be able to share this tale here with you know as I celebrate three years in service to Isis.

Finding Isis: Sheltered by Her Wings

 

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My several over-the-pole flights had discombobulated my energy and I was flat out on the couch in my lovely Gilo cottage when my husband announced we were flying to Istanbul the next morning. Oy Vay! Come what may I had to pull myself together and prepare for a two week adventure through Turkey, our last Middle East adventure.

We arrived at ten the following morning to a country that lies in Western Asia and Europe; the Dardanelles, Sea of Marmora and the Bosphorus separating it from Europe. Turkey is said to be a democratic country and part of the Council of Europe.

This July day the Turkish airport was filled with a bustling throng of excited, Turkish and western travellers. Heaps of vibrancy and anxious and apprehensive minds and faces dominated the scene. We took a cab to our hotel passing by the crumbling stadium where gladiators fought lions. I had seen a past life of my husband’s in this occupation.

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    Jamie says #
    Ms. Toews-Andrews, I will most likely never visit Turkey, but I really appreciate that you've shared your journey with us! It sou

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Goddess Underground: Bath

When I visited the city of Bath in western England, I didn’t realize it was the site of an ancient goddess temple.  I knew about the Roman baths, of course, and I was vaguely aware of Jane Austen’s connection to the town, but it wasn’t until I rounded a corner in the museum and came face to face with an image of the temple that once stood there that I realized I was at a goddess site.

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  • Raheli EverydayMagicPodcast
    Raheli EverydayMagicPodcast says #
    I was in bath last year and can highly recommend the baths as well. I don't normally recommend audio tours, preferring to soak up
  • Jen McConnel
    Jen McConnel says #
    Thanks so much for sharing your experience, Raheli! I was impressed with everything about the museum; like you, I usually avoid au
  • Emily Mills
    Emily Mills says #
    Yet another reason to visit Bath when I finally make it to England. Does the museum address the goddess imagery at all?

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Tarot Magick for Travel

I’m back from my summer travels! We drove from Florida to Connecticut, where I was happy to give tarot readings to many friends both old and new.

The long trip in our Ford E250 Cargo Van got me thinking about tarot magick for travel. These days I do it without even really thinking about it. Gas? Check. Oil Change? Check. Magick? Check.

I get my kids to do it too. My daughter has a pewter Chariot card hanging from her rear view mirror.

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  • Jamie
    Jamie says #
    Very interesting article! Thank you for sharing it with us.
  • Christiana Gaudet
    Christiana Gaudet says #
    Thanks so much!

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Athena's American City

I haven’t made it to Greece yet to pay my respects to Athena and the rest of the pantheon, but this summer I did have the opportunity to travel to Nashville, Tennessee.   Although a city of art and music seems like an unlikely home for Athena, there’s more to Nashville than meets the eye.  A reconstructed Parthenon stands in the center of a city park in Music City, complete with a replica of the famous Athena statue which is no longer existent.  When I realized that a writing conference would give me the chance to see Nashville, I was certain that Athena would welcome me with open arms.

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    Lizann Bassham says #
    Sweet! I love it when deity shows up in the space between and among us.
  • Jen McConnel
    Jen McConnel says #
    Me, too!

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Goddess Travel Books

I frequently find myself inspired by the books I read, and sometimes, a good memoir can even encourage my wanderlust.  I wanted to share three titles with you today that have me itching to get up and go experience the goddesses of these places:

Savage Breast by Tim Ward

With a wonderful narrative voice, Ward blends myth and history with his own personal quest, pursuing the vestiges of goddess culture from the Minoans to the Anatolian plains. Each chapter focuses on a certain goddess and her culture, and Ward's work is richly informed by archaeology and Jungian principals. Ward is brutally honest in his writing, including pieces of his own fragile soul in the telling. What emerges is an excellent work, part research and part memoir, examining the widespread yet vastly different goddess of ancient times. Through his fiance and other women in his life, Ward also learns to see the ancient archetypes play out in the modern world.

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  • Naomi Shank
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    What a wonderful trip and story you have to tell of it. I hope someday I can travel to China and have as memorable an experience.
  • Jen McConnel
    Jen McConnel says #
    Thank you, Naomi! I hope you get there soon!

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Goddess Travel: Where in the World?

Hello from the new kid on the Square! I’m excited to be joining this community and sharing my experiences with y’all.

As you probably guessed from that last sentence, I’ve fully adopted the dialect of my southern home in North Carolina, although to be fair, I was already using y’all when I lived in Michigan (I worked with a Texan in college, if that’s any excuse). Other than the accent, I love the diversity of both the mundane and magical communities here, and I’m so happy to make my home in the Old North State.

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  • Rebecca Buchanan
    Rebecca Buchanan says #
    Welcome to PaganSquare! I look forward to reading your posts. If you can find a copy, I recommend Goddess Sites: Europe by Anneli
  • Jen McConnel
    Jen McConnel says #
    Thanks for the welcome! I've read (and loved) Savage Breast, but I had not heard of Goddess Sites...I appreciate the recommendati

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