I loved starting off the year with this beautiful monthly event produced by Monette Chilson’s WomanSpirit Reclamation.
I’ll be doing a drumming opening for their Wisdom Circle one Wednesday a month starting February 28 as well. Join us! The circle is different every time, but always intimate and nourishing 🙂
We highly recommend this Wisdom School, in which Kabbalistic teachings transmitted through the motherline are passed down— and further animated by the students:
Wisdom School engages spiritual seekers across the gender spectrum and from any faith tradition. Participants experience personal growth by solidifying their connection to the collective. While new insights are transmitted as we continue to evolve, with new threads woven in with each generation, this ancient wisdom is ageless.
A soul’s response to the COVID 19 pandemic, a waterfall of channeled messages assuring us of our divine strengths.
This book is a revelation. Or perhaps more like 72 revelations. Each one is unique; each one is a poem, a prayer, and a prophecy. Mystical and visceral. Divine and human. They lift the soul and crack the heart open. My prescription would be to start each morning with one of Leiah’s Amidah Gifts, and let it reverberate through the day. I can’t imagine a richer practice or better medicine. ~Rabbi Irwin Keller, Spiritual Leader, Ner Shalom
In the midst of our collective despair, Leiah Bowden opened the channels to the inflowing of Divine Wisdom from the highest realms. Her words are not only a balm that heals the deepest recesses of our troubled souls, but also invites us to experience ourselves and our world as overflowing with love and possibility beyond our imagining. What a gift! ~Shoshana Fershtman, JD, PhD, Jungian analyst and psychologist, and author of The Mystical Exodus in Jungian Perspective: Transforming Trauma and the Wellsprings of Renewal.
May the Loveforce Be With You
by Joni Dittrich, Ph.D (Rajashree Maa)
From poet and cultural theorist Dr. Judy Grahn:
Eruptions of Inanna
“Path-breaking lesbian poet and scholar Judy Grahn returns to the stories of Inanna, the Mesopotamian goddess of erotic love and justice, to reimagine the contemporary world” –Nightboat Books
Touching Creatures, Touching Spirit
“Touching Creatures, Touching Spirit illustrates with true stories that we live in an interactive, aware world in which the creatures around us in our neighborhoods know us and sometimes reach across to us, empathically and helpfully. Implications are that all beings live in a possible “common mind” from which our mass culture has disconnected, but which is only a heartbeat and some concentrated attention away. This mind encompasses microbial life and insects as well as creatures and extends to nonmaterial intelligence as well—that is to say, spirit.” –Red Hen Press
Descent to the Roses
“Descent to the Roses of a Family: A Poet’s Journey into Anti-Racism and Personal Social Healing is for those courageous enough to explore how family dynamics create and imprint the structures of white supremacy in each of us. Judy Grahn has used her masterful poem to expose and closely examine her own family’s roses (and thorns) of toxic racism and white supremacy. Grahn uses rich back-stories and mythology to guide us in the process of understanding and healing the split psyche that white supremacy causes and requires.” –Commonality Press
A look at how contemporary thinkers are redefining the religious notion of ‘sin’, and at the attitudes and behaviors considered erotic from a woman’s point of view – an excerpt from Lilith’s Fire: Reclaiming Our Sacred Lifeforce by this site’s creator.
A fresh example of the ways we can re-vision icons and mythical-religious symbols from mythologist, writer and sex activist Cosi Fabian (1991).
A fanciful midrash by biblical scholar Rachel Havrelock (1998).
With gratitude to Leiah Bowden https://www.lightspeak.com/ for her beautiful poetry and imagery in this piece, “The Gift of the Drum” — and for including my drum: https://www.lightspeak.com/post/the-gift-of-the-drum?fbclid=IwAR2Rf_cb2c8CxKEPtIwFNH2Xy17-rztBvPatqBLuCpx0HJm__XKQ_1XellY
Flowers of Torah: Prayers of a Priestess by D’vorah K’lilah (Volumes 1 & 2 available from the author)
Groundbreaking, earth-loving, woman-honoring, historically-inclusive Jewish siddur for personal prayer practice and home use. This book of prayers for the Queen of Heaven composed by a Kohenet, a Jewish Priestess, is based on millennia of Ancient Near East cultural wisdom. Author email: firstname.lastname@example.org
Witches and Pagans: Women in European Folk Religion, 700-1100 by Max Dashu
Swa wiccan taeca∂ ::: “as the witches teach.”
So, explained an Old English translator, witches counseled the people to “bring their offerings to earth-fast stone, and also to trees and to wellsprings—as the witches teach.”
These women were carrying out ceremonies of reverence for Nature—something very different than what we have been taught about witches…
New from Veleda Press. Downloadable Contents, Preface, and chapter excerpts.
Original Resistance: Reclaiming Lilith,
“There is, perhaps, no more powerful archetype of female resistance than Lilith. As women across the globe rise up against the patriarchy, Lilith stands beside them, misogyny’s original challenger. This anthology—a chorus of voices hitting chords of defiance, liberation, anger and joy—reclaims the goodness of women bold enough to hold tight to their essence. Through poetry, prose, incantation, prayer and imagery, women from all walks of life invite you to join them in the revolutionary act of claiming their place—of reclaiming themselves.” –Girl God Books
“Women (and the people who love us) must dig deep into our souls to liberate the questions that have been locked away in our time capsules. We must traverse the annals of history to unearth the sacred sites that have been violently gentrified by white patriarchy. We must find the Divine Truth that cannot be claimed, contained or tamed. What better place to start than at the beginning with Lilith, the world’s first woman.” –Christena Cleveland, Ph.D., in her Preface
Re-membering with Goddess
“Understanding trauma is liberating. Healing trauma is revolutionary. Speaking about trauma is political. Women and their bodies are no longer willing to be silent to or be the secret store of patriarchal abuse, control, and power. Goddess is showing the way, cell-by-cell, emotion-by-emotion, sensation-by-sensation. Healing trauma is a portal for freedom and a gateway to societal and collective change.
Re-Membering with Goddess is an anthology of women’s experiences of trauma—trauma as a result of patriarchy; trauma perpetuated by patriarchy; and how through personal healing of trauma the Goddess is re-membered, re-embodied and resurrected.” –Girl God Books
My Name is Medusa by Glenys Livingstone Illustrated by Arna Baartz
A new children’s book , the story of the greatly misunderstood Goddess, including why she likes snakes.
‘My name is Medusa’ explores the “scary” dark side, the potency of nature and the importance of dreams.
Arna Baartz gorgeously illustrates this tale by Glenys Livingstone, teaching children (big and small) that our power often lies in what we have been taught to fear and revile.
Creations: Videos & Podcasts
Sophia Rising by Monette Chilson
Sophia Rising reveals how people from any faith can use yoga to create a sacred space inside themselves. Author and yogini Monette Chilson demystifies yoga and explains Sophia– Greek for Wisdom– the iconic face of the feminine divine found in Western religious traditions. Through information and example, she invites readers to listen for the inner voice of Sophia and meld their own spiritual beliefs with their yoga.
Crafted by Wren of Wren’s Runes… you can see her snakes and other magickal creations and creatures at: http://wildnaturethemejewelry.com.