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The Nine Touchstones of Goddess Spirituality: Trust the Knowledge that Comes through the Body

Jul 3rd, 2018 | By

As I have written elsewhere, one of the main appeals of Goddess Spirituality and Feminist Witchcraft for me is that it is fundamentally embodied. One of the most dangerous and insidious ways in which the patriarchy exerts power over women and femmes is by encouraging body hatred and body distrust. The tradition of Christianity in

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Chapter 7 Una, Fairy Queen of Tipperary

Jun 23rd, 2018 | By

The last of the named Irish fairy Queens that we are going to look at in detail is Una, although there are of course more than the few I have presented here. I would encourage people to explore more of the folklore on your own if you feel like you still haven’t found a particular

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The Hidden Goddess – Chapter 3 – The Two Wives of Adam

Jun 6th, 2018 | By

Looking into the enraged eyes of Adam, she finally understood.  He would never perceive her as his equal though they had been born of the same clay, molded by the will of God in His own image.  But she would not be caged.  Not even in Paradise.  Defiance flared up within her as she brazenly

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Chapter 6 – Cliodhna

May 24th, 2018 | By

Clíodhna – Fairy Queen and Bean Sí   Clíodhna (old Irish Clíodna – pronounced KLEEuhn-uh) is a Fairy Queen and is also sometimes counted among the Tuatha Dé Danann of Ireland. The meaning of her name is uncertain but may be ‘the territorial one’, likely reflecting her earlier role as a sovereignty Goddess associated with

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The Nine Touchstones of Goddess Spirituality: Walk in Love and Beauty

May 11th, 2018 | By

My first exposure to the idea of walking in beauty, or of doing things in a “beautiful way,” was through my reading of Dine authors in an anthropology class on Native peoples of the American Southwest. The idea of the Beauty Way or something being “finished in beauty” is often appropriated by White folks in

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Sustainability as Spiritual Practice

Apr 26th, 2018 | By

This year, I’m focusing on building a more sustainable lifestyle by using, wasting, and buying less.  That said, I’ve actually been working on a more eco-friendly path over the past few years and have had a few revelations in the process. As someone who practices a nature-based spirituality, in particular, a cultivation of the divine

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Chapter 5 – Aoibheall

Apr 24th, 2018 | By

The next named Fairy Queen we’re going to look at is Aoibheall, who is also found in the southwest of Ireland like Áine. She is a more obscure Fairy Queen but her folklore goes back to at least the 11th century. She is found in Clare and some of the surrounding areas, and like so

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The Nine Touchstones of Spirituality: Nurture Life

Apr 17th, 2018 | By

As I wrote in my last entry, Carol Christ’s “Nine Touchstones of Goddess Spirituality” is one of the guiding texts of my spiritual practice. Taking a deep dive into these nine touchstones is valuable as we seek to understand not just the practice but the ethics and thealogy of Feminist Witchcraft. While not all Feminist

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The Nine Touchstones of Goddess Spirituality

Apr 4th, 2018 | By

The Nine Touchstones of Goddess Spirituality The more time you spend reading me here at the blog, the more you’ll notice that I tend to use the terms Feminist Witchcraft, Feminist Spirituality, and Goddess Spirituality pretty interchangeably. This is because, for me and for my practice, they are fundamentally interchangeable. My spirituality, in theory and

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The Hidden Goddess – Chapter Two – The Wife of God

Apr 4th, 2018 | By

Upon each hilltop, among rings of standing stones and simple wooden poles, they placed their altars.  The sweet smell of incense drifted among them, carrying their prayers heavenward.  Others gathered beneath the trees, finding solace among the rustling of the green leaves.  Across the land, families placed lovingly made clay effigies in their homes with

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