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At SageWoman magazine, we believe that you are the Goddess, and we're devoted to celebrating your journey. We invite you to subscribe today and join our circle...

Here in the SageWoman section of PaganSquare, our bloggers represent the multi-faceted expressions of the Goddess, feminist, and women's spirituality movements.

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b2ap3_thumbnail_Wewha2.gifBefore the European settlers arrived, Native American nations included, indeed they welcomed, their lesbian, gay, and gender-queer people.

We know this is true because not only do many Native nations today still recognize and honor their LGBTQ people, but there are literally thousands of words in Native languages that acknowledge various gender identities and sexual orientations in both neutral and positive lights. Also, LGBTQ deities/spiritual beings are featured in many ancient, sacred Creation stories and in traditional teaching stories. That's a lot of evidence across centuries of time and from nations all over Turtle Island!  Furthermore, we know for certain that the European settler military leaders and religious leaders also knew that LGBTQ Native Americans held esteemed roles in their nations because they deliberately sought them out for attack and "conversion," even murder.

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The spring equinox this year falls on the 20th of March. This is a time of youthful exuberance in nature, when all of the green world seems to be springing back into life. March wind and rain may still keep many of us indoors on some days, but if we venture out into the wild we will be surprised by what we encounter. Blossom will be erupted from every tree and hedgerow,  and the forest floor begins to be carpeted with primroses and anemones, celandine and of course daffodils, which spring up everywhere along verges and gardens as well as the wild with equal ease and sunny glory.

Mad march hares can be seen sprinting across the brown fields, and boxing off unwanted lovers as the mating season gets underway in earnest. One of my favourite places to see the hares is at Uffington White Horse in Oxfordshire, though they can be found all over the UK.  Sighting the hares is a regular part of my spring pilgrimage to this exposed but beautiful ancient site.

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Choosing Goddess Ideals of Partnership Not Domination of Journalistic Bias

For the last decade I've been speaking about partnership as a value within Goddess spirituality or Sacred Feminine liberation thealogy, because I realized it could save the world.  Partnership within ourselves, with our friends and community, between employers and employees rather than the current exploitation found in predator capitalistic domination.  Partnership between countries to prevent war, and between humanity and Gaia to save all the species on the planet from mass extinction and prevent the continued and on-going rape of Mother Earth, in all its many forms.  I recently took an online course at Riane Eisler's Center for Partnership Studies called "The Power of Partnership" and it was a great refresher with new information inspiring me, and enhancing my ability to speak about the necessity and power of partnership in more specifics, but for me personally, two areas were most significant. 

First, I realized in my passion to teach the power of partnership I probably was not in good relationship with myself.  It was a reminder I have to put the oxygen mask on myself before I can for anyone else in order to keep teaching, caring and sharing.  It was also a reminder to tend my personal relationships and not neglect those closest to me or take them for granted.  I believe its been a wake up call to be more compassionate and make time for others in their daily struggles with the challenges of life - struggles that might not be so severe if there was partnership not domination built into our socio-economic structures, which brings me to the second point I focused on for the class - the lack of journalistic integrity as domination.

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In review – Crazy Sexy Love Notes by Kris Carr

So you may have noticed I have been MIA. In fact many of you may have even thought this blog had died a natural death. It's a fair call and I would probably have thought the same thing. But alas, I have just been writing my butt off for Llewellyn.

More on my own work later.

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We’ve already explored why we pass the rattle during a women’s circle, but what about how to make your own rattle…

Why use a gourd?

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Gourds are natural musical instruments that have more than 10,000 years of history, spanning multiple continents and uncountable cultures. Evidence from the Smithsonian is that gourds were the first domesticated crop ever grown in the Americas, probably cultivated by women as water containers. The origination of the gourds still grown today is in Africa, where seeds were then transported to Asia and then from Asia to the Americas by Paleoindian peoples who crossed the Bering Strait and originally colonized the Americas. I was curious to know if gourds have any specific association with ancient goddess traditions in addition to their association with modern-day women’s spirituality, but I have not been able to find specific information on the subject. However, I was inspired to read this small paragraph, suggesting that gourds represent the womb of the Earth Mother herself and that using them to create rattles, creates “intentional womb prayer vessels.”

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May the circle never be broken  hands
May the earth always be whole
May the rattle ever be shaken
May the goddess live in our souls.

Shekhinah Mountainwater, Ariadne’s Thread

Why pass the rattle at a women’s circle*?

Passing the rattle gives each woman in the circle an equal voice and an equal opportunity to be heard. The woman who has the rattle, has the “floor” and the other women in the circle give her their full attention. In spontaneous or non-organized groups of friends, we are all aware that not everyone experiences an equal opportunity to be heard. This can be due to personality type and preference as well as to simple logistics (such as presence of one’s children), but also due to people with larger voices or presences dominating the setting and the verbal landscape. In hierarchical and patriarchal settings, individual women’s voices may be actively silenced, oppressed, or dominated.

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Wake up calls for spring

In Pagan traditions, we tend to associate the winter with letting go of the old, and the spring with the coming of the new – it’s a tree based way of viewing things. Leaves fall off in the autumn, so we let go. New buds emerge in the spring, sap rises, catkins flower – we can make new plans.

However, there’s a longstanding tradition of spring cleaning, and it’s not just humans who do it. The return of the light shows up grime and cobwebs accumulated over the winter. With spring, it may at last be warm enough to open windows and air rooms. Other mammals will be clearing out the winter bedding to make fresh nests for new litters of young as well. New nests are built and old ones carefully refurbished.

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