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Over the last month, I have been listening to a wonderful telesummit about priestesses. I am also a huge fan of the radio show, Voices of the Sacred Feminine. However, as I listen to both, I sometimes find myself wondering if walking a Goddess path is also viewed as synonymous with, "believe everything, question nothing." Crystal essences, gemstone healing, soul contracts, past lives, spirit guides, astrology, the many realms and dimensions of the occult, mystical, New Age and metaphysical. Is wholesale suspension of logic required to join hands with the Goddess? Is deft management of the tarot essential to the priestess path? Must I ascribe to "enlightened" tenets like, "you are not your body," "I am a spiritual being having a spiritual experience" and "we made an agreement to do this work before we showed up in this body at this time and place" in order to move forward?

I sat at my home altar this afternoon holding an amethyst in one hand and a priestess sculpture in the other feeling entirely too practical and realistic. I looked out my window at the precious trees, the scratching chickens, the drooping flowers, and the dry, dry relentless dust of summer and some answers drifted to my mind:

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The Week of Sunday July 27th  What better time to launch a creative project than the New Moon in Leo?  Welcome to my new weekly sun sign column!  The sexy and playful New Moon in Leo on Saturday sets the tone, not only for the coming week, but until the next Full Moon on August 10th.  (See my post on the Leo New Moon here: )  Mars has finally moved out of its extra long stint in Libra into Scorpio, which is great news for the Cardinal signs: Aries, Cancer, Libra, and Capricorn – but Aries and Libra will be the ones that really breathe a sigh of relief.   And, Mercury the archetype that rules communication leaves the emotional terrain of Cancer for dynamic Leo, joining the Sun and Jupiter, and bringing sparkle and play to all.  August 2nd is the cross quarter day Lughnasadh, or Lammas, marking the first of...
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Some quick notes on today’s New Moon in Leo and what it means for the month ahead. The chart cast for Washington DC is here, if you want to take a look. Leo loves the spotlight, and the spotlight is going to be on relationships this month here in the USA. Not just one-on-one relationships, but relationships between groups and countries as well. Women’s rights and issues will be front and center in the national consciousness, as will religion, foreign policy concerns and the justice system.  With Venus and Pluto facing off across the Ascendant-Descendant axis, and Mars tightly squaring the Moon-Sun-Jupiter grouping, we will almost certainly be seeing some extremely intense encounters and interactions. Jupiter is the largest planet in our solar system, and is known in traditional astrology as the “greater benefic”. Like the god after which it is named, Jupiter often bestows the “best and greatest”, but...
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  • Diotima
    Diotima says #
    Thanks for your feedback, Lizann. Glad it was useful!
  • Lizann Bassham
    Lizann Bassham says #
    Thank you! Helpful column for those of us in the activist mode....

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Clashing Cymbals Today's blog post is going to delve into the world of Christians and an aspect of the way many practice their faith.  I realize that the audience here may not be all that interested.  However, the community "fencerow" that I dwell and work in is populated on both sides by Christians.  As a matter of fact, until the turning of the 21st century (give or take a couple of years), I walked the same path.  So, it is just natural that my musings and experiences are still influenced.  Recently I had the wondrous experience of being "damned to hell for all eternity" because I shared a post on my Facebook page about recognizing the Feminine Divine.  The post basically pointed out that while many Bible believers will say that God doesn't have a gender, they will get offended if you refer to God in any feminine term.  That set off a...
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  • Thesseli
    Thesseli says #
    I don't even bother dealing with Christians or other minions of the so-called "God" of Abraham like this. It would be like a geolo

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Lord of the Monsters

Continuing my story of my early experiences that led me to my heathen path, I encountered a heathen god in my childhood, but I did not know who he was. I’m not sure what age I was at the time, but in my dream, I saw the town outside my window as having almond orchards like Ripon, California, where I lived until age 9.

The following is a quote from my memoir, Greater Than the Sum of My Parts: My Triumph Over Dissociative Identity Disorder. DID is a defense mechanism developed by children who were sexually abused before age 7, according to the latest edition of the DSM. My memoir is about how I recovered from that. This is relevant because it’s the reason I was more afraid of my father and brother than the goblins of the dreamtime when I encountered the monsters.

“One night, I saw goblins, small dark shapes coming up through the heat vent in the floor.  I saw their outlines distinctly, as if I were wearing my glasses, though of course I took them off to sleep.  I spoke to them in my mind, thinking at them as I had thought at the boy at school. 

“There’s no sport here.  I glad you came, though.  Let’s go out and have some fun.  Let’s make some mischief.” 

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When She Creates Herself...



When She Creates Herself...that’s how I think of my latest Goddess art piece. I did not have a plan of what she would look like. I had an idea of colors I wanted to use but not her shape. As I prepared her humble home with white acrylics, I felt that calm come upon me. The calm I felt before when I know I am creating something special. I've experienced it before when I connect to my Goddess-self and everything is effortless.

I was so amazed by how quickly she was manifesting herself that I started taking pictures of my progress and sending them to my partner. Here’s an image showing my progression:



When I looked upon the white surface, I could see her coming up like she was emerging from primal waters. I took my charcoal pencil to trace her voluptuous lines oblivious to time. I know now, thanks to the text messages I sent my partner, that it took me about three hours to complete her. I lost my sense of time with her.

I am usually very critical of anything I create. It’s an unfortunate habit that I am still working on. Yet for this Water Goddess, it was love at first sight for me. She came to me like a dream, a waking dream where all is effortless. I loved her with her  imperfections. I still love her.

I long to connect with this part of myself again. I want to see what other Goddesses and divine creatures are awaiting creation. My Water Goddess now sits above my main altar reminding me of love, relaxation and how easy it is when you connect with your breath and inner Goddess-self.

Blessings to you and yours sisters! ❤

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  • Molly
    Molly says #
    I think she is one of my very favorites of yours! Love the time-lapse series.
  • Paola Suarez
    Paola Suarez says #
    Thank you Molly! She's one of my favorites as well. I'm still working on finding my personal style. Perhaps she's closer to it. Bl
PaganNewsBeagle Faithful Friday July 25 For today's Faithful Friday we've got stories of real life shamanism and comic-book gods. Have a great weekend! Thor is a .... girl? Heathen blogger Harrison K Hall decries the bastardization of the Norse pantheon -- but not the way you think. Speaking of "comic god gods..." Graphic novel publishers in India are revisioning the gods in superhero guise to appeal to contemporary audiences. A "ripped" Vishnu? In our last "comic books vs the gods" post today: the new movie Hercules gets the thumbs down for not getting Hercules even remotely right. Sigh. Bolivia is full of shamans and witchdoctors. Meet them in an amazing photo essay at the HuffPo. To a trained shaman, a mental health crisis can mark the birth of a healer. What would it mean if Western medicine could learn to integrate these insights?    ...
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