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Surely I'm not the only Pagan pissed off that ISIS -- the Islamic State of Iraq -- a group devoted to deep Patriarchy, is using the name of one of "our" Goddesses?

More on this later this week as the Moon wanes and our opportunities for magical work increase.

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  • Aryós Héngwis
    Aryós Héngwis says #
    The group's name in Arabic is ad-dawla ʾal-islāmiyya fīl-‘irāq waš-šām, which happens to translate into English as the Islamic Sta
  • Terence P Ward
    Terence P Ward says #
    I agree that the nickname is unfortunate. Since the organization's name was probably coined in Arabic, I've also been wondering i
  • Jamie
    Jamie says #
    Hec, Being the good jihadists that ISIS' minions are, I'm sure that any actual worshippers of Isis, should they be discovered, wi
  • Jamie
    Jamie says #
    Which is not to say that atrocities are aren't being committed by every side in that conflict.
  • Diotima
    Diotima says #
    No, you're not the only one. It aggravates me, though I haven't made up my mind about how significant it is. I look forward to re

Posted by on in SageWoman Blogs
Balancing Forces

"Boat Book" by Catherine Nash

     At the approach of the full Rose Moon (AKA the full Strawberry Moon) I have finally found some peace & quiet, having finished school (for now) and begun the slower pace of Summer. I’m looking forward to a great increase in writing time, as I have discovered that writing is a full-on passion and will most likely be my medium of choice for my life’s work. This passion has grown riotously in the past few years, and it seems I get to have a Summer bumper crop to harvest, and I am very happy about that. I have stories and poems fruiting and ripening inside me, and I know that growth is ahead for me, as I cultivate them.

     I hope to proffer green and supple sapling poems, stories, and articles which readers can water with attention, and be rewarded with shade in which to rest, fruits to nourish them, and seeds to carry with them that may bring these gifts farther throughout the beloved world.

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You can read my recent list of spell suggestions for the hundreds of Nigerian schoolgirls captured by Patriarchial terrorists over at my blog:  http://hecatedemeter.wordpress.com/2014/05/07/fucking-patriarchy/#comments 

Please feel free to add your own suggested rituals, spells, and magic workings in comments.

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Women in Druidry

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  • Joanna van der Hoeven
    Joanna van der Hoeven says #
    I hadn't heard that about Welsh bards - interesting!
  • Lia Hunter
    Lia Hunter says #
    This post makes me want to go explore Welsh mythology more. I hadn't picked up on a passivity in the females of the stories, but I

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Not Giving It Up

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  • Ted Czukor
    Ted Czukor says #
    Right on, Joanna. You do not carry that chip alone! Many of the songs from my era had the same message, which I only began to r
  • Joanna van der Hoeven
    Joanna van der Hoeven says #
    Hi Ted! Thank you for your kind words! I wholly agree with you. x
  • aought
    aought says #
    It's so ubiquitous in our culture, you don't even hear it in the lyrics. I remember being quite old before it dawned on me that th
  • Joanna van der Hoeven
    Joanna van der Hoeven says #
    Too right. There's a song called Blurred Lines that has reached number one in the British pop charts. It's a song about a drunken
Matriarchal or Patriarchal ideal? The utopian myth...

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  • Carol P. Christ
    Carol P. Christ says #
    You might enjoy Women at the Center by Peggy Reeves Sanday and Societies of Peace by Heidi Goettner-Abendroth. Matriarchal societi
  • Joanna van der Hoeven
    Joanna van der Hoeven says #
    Thanks Carol - I shall defininitely look into it! x
  • Ted Czukor
    Ted Czukor says #
    Lovely expression, Joanna - and so very reasonable! Your vision is so clear, I wonder that anyone could see it any other way. I r
  • Joanna van der Hoeven
    Joanna van der Hoeven says #
    Hi Ted - thank you for your kind words. Yes, I have been to the White Spring - last spring a friend and I booked some private time
  • faedragon@verizon.net
    faedragon@verizon.net says #
    Dying is the opposite of birth, as it is singular event. Death is the ongoing condition,ie: once one dies, they continu
Before Gordon Gekko There Was Star Trek

Before Ayn Rand became a household name or Michael Douglas as Gordon Gekko in the movie, Wall Street, captivated the masses with his "greed is good" ideals, a license to callously cheat and exploit, we believed in the progressive values of Star Trek.  Remember, in Star Trek II: Wrath of Khan (1982) when Spock's dying words to Kirk were "the needs of the many outweigh the needs of the few."  Or a few years later, in Star Trek: First Contact (1996) Picard explains the world view of the future when he says "The acquisition of wealth is no longer the driving force in our lives.  We work to better ourselves and the rest of humanity." In fact, Star Trek's mission was one of exploration and humanitarianism rather than the Right Wing rejection of science or the Ayn Rand values to spurn collectivism and altruism.

That said, I wonder how many have considered how much more Trekkies and Goddess Advocates have in common?  Let's see.

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  • G. B. Harte
    G. B. Harte says #
    Resistance is Not Futile. Resistance to the eternal spiritual 'darkness' is most decidedly not futile. We - as a lifeform & specie

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