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Does Mrs Whatsit Need Wrinkle Cream? On Beauty and the Goddess

Oct 19th, 2018 | By

Recently, a mythologist friend of mine shared a video by Venezuelan-American television personality Jason Silva. Silva describes himself as a “wonder junkie” and “performance philosopher”, and he produces short, sermon-like videos in the style of Rob Bell’s NOOMA series. My friend specifically took issue with his “How Beauty Can Heal Us” segment: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=2W6wJniitTU. I am

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The Goddess at Magh Tuireadh

Sep 20th, 2018 | By

The following is an essay I wrote regarding themes in the story of the Second Battle of Magh Tuireadh.  I found a lot of Goddess-related themes in the story, so I thought it would be appropriate to post here.  A version of the Second Battle of Magh Tuireadh can be found here: http://www.sacred-texts.com/neu/cmt/cmteng.htm. The story

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Pagan and Goddess themes in “A Ceremony of Carols”

Aug 5th, 2018 | By

The text of each piece referenced in this article can be found here: http://www.sjcchoir.co.uk/listen/sjc-live/britten-b-ceremony-carols Growing up, the Christmas season was an extended period in my household.  It began sometime in October and ended part of the way through January, sometimes into February depending on how long it took to put away the decorations.  From October

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A Call For Stories

Jul 8th, 2018 | By

As a child living in the Western world, I was introduced early on to two creation stories about women.  The first one came from my Christian upbringing.  In the beginning, the story goes, God created Eve, the first woman, from Adam’s body because Adam was lonely.  God also created a tree whose fruit gave knowledge

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Hildegard von Bingen: An Alternative Spirituality

May 30th, 2018 | By
Hildegard von Bingen

Hildegard von Bingen, called “Sibyl of the Rhine”, was an unconventional woman who skillfully navigated the web of politics, religion, and gender to produce medieval treatises on saints, medicine, natural history, and music. She entered the Benedictine Order when she was 15 years old and eventually became an abbess. She claimed to have had visions

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Temper Your Fire With Water: Fionn Mac Cumhaill and Positive Masculinity

May 9th, 2018 | By

Note: Fionn Mac Cumhaill is often anglicized as Finn McCool. The tales presented here are taken from the telling of Will Hornyak. This article may seem like a break from Goddess writing, but I ultimately believe that anyone interested in Goddess spirituality and reclaiming the feminine must also consider the masculine. For this article, I’m

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Brighid the Riveter: Is Brighid a Smith?

Apr 11th, 2018 | By

I am a little late on March’s submission because I ran into a scarcity of material that took my research in an interesting and unexpected direction. A Word on Gender Roles My anthropology background tells me that gender roles can vary widely from culture to culture, and even from subculture to subculture and family to

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Beyond Gender: Why I Chose The Goddess

Feb 15th, 2018 | By
Rose O'Conaill Blog Triskele

Last year at Beltane, I dedicated my life’s path to the Goddess, and it has been a roller-coaster ride ever since.  Over the past nine months, I have come to terms with my identity and constantly been pushed to stop hiding it.  I joke that you can summarize me with three “P”s: pansexual, polyamorous, and

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