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    Book Review: QUEEN UP! Reclaim Your Crown When Life Knocks You Down by Angela Kaufman

    Book Review – QUEEN UP! Reclaim Your Crown When Life Knocks You Down: Unleash the Power of Your Inner Tarot Queen by Angela Kaufman In our current atmosphere of #Time’sUp and #MeToo, this is the perfect book to come along. The Queens that are spoken of in this book are the Queens of the Tarot, but it also fits in with so many, adding the term “Queen” to the three-fold aspect of the Goddess. The author uses the archetypal energies of the four Queens in the Tarot, each representing a different element, to help us to meet, and work with, our Inner Queen(s), using a tarot deck and our intuition.…

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    A Woman’s Place

    Judging Women – Ourselves & Others One of the things that stand out for me in the everyday world is how women judge themselves, and other women, so harshly. It happens between friends when one is unintentionally hurt by the words of others. In a friendship, for the most part, although there are exceptions, no one ever wants to hurt the other, but it happens. You apologize and, with hope, move forward.    Stop a moment and think about how much and how often we judge others; those we know, and more often, those we do not know.  This is especially prevalent in women; women judging ourselves and women cruelly…

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    She Who is All – The Goddess of Ten Thousand Names

    HIPPOLYTA (Photo Credit: brooklynmuseum.org) While there may be those who would argue that Hippolyta was not a Goddess, I feel that, since most of her legends describe Her as being the daughter of Ares, She is, indeed, a Goddess. Hippolyta was the greatest of all of the Amazon Queens. Fathered by Ares, the God of War, who was himself born of Zeus and Hera, She was beautiful and strong, skilled in endurance and weapons. She was a formidable Warrior Woman. It is quite possible that She was trained in combat moves by Ares himself. Hippolyta and her Amazons lives in Themiscyra, and kept largely to themselves. While they would mate…

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    Book Review: Healing Crystals the A-Z Guide to 555 Gemstones by Michael Gienger

    Book Review: Healing Crystals the A-Z Guide to 555 Gemstones by Michael Gienger Healing Crystals is all about truth in advertising. It’s author, Michael Gienger, tells us that this is the A-Z guide to 555 gemstones, and that is exactly what he gives us. It measures 4 1/2″ by 6 1/2″. It is small but it is mighty for what it is. It is 117 pages of crystals, giving their names, their mineralogical name, and the common name used, as well as a photo of each. This would be the one complaint; because the book is so small, the photos could be described as tiny. It, also, lists the healing…

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    She Who is All – The Goddess of Ten Thousand Names

    Zemyna (Photo Credit – Pinterest) Zemyna is a Lithuanian Earth Goddess. She is the Mother of all things. As the Goddess of Childbirth, one of Her functions concerns fertility. She creates life out of herself and represents the rebirth and renewal of every living thing. She is honored at the birth of every child. Offerings to Her are left at stones, near trees and in the water, thanking Her for a new life. Her name, literally, means “Earth”. She is also called *Blossomer*, *Bud-Raiser* and *Flower-Giver*. All that comes of, and from, the Earth returns to the Earth and so, She also is related to Death. She is the personification…

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    A Woman’s Place…

    Not all women are mothers; but, all mothers are women. In the wake of yet another mass shooting of children, by a young man who, for all intents and purposes, was also a child, what do we do? As women, as mothers, who carried these children within us, and birthed them into life, each death is a pang in our hearts. They are not our children, and yet, they are our children, each and every one of them – the children who were and are murdered. The child who is the murderer, is also our child as he, too, has suffered. This includes the adults who have been killed, as…

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    Sacred Place, Sacred Space

    LABYRINTHS (Photo Credit: almanac.com) ********************************************************* The point of a maze is to find its’ center. The point of a labyrinth is to find your center. – Unknown ********************************************************* Labyrinths are found in more places than I originally thought. While I have a finger labyrinth, I had not given labyrinths, in general, much thought. However, as they have come up for me in my own personal soul work, I chose to look into them a bit further. A labyrinth is a single path that tends to curl in on itself and always leads to the center. The center of what is up to each individual person who undertakes that journey. They…

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    She Who is All – The Goddess of Ten Thousand Names

    The Goddess Nammu (Photo Credit: crystalinks.com) In Sumeria, whose civilization dates back to 3500 BCE, Nammu was the Goddess of the Waters of Creation. She was the great abyss, the endless primeval sea in which the Universe floated, that which She brought forth. She was also called the “Mother of Everything” and “Mother, First One who Gave Birth to the Gods of the Universe”. According to the An-Anum, the list of Mesopotamian deities, She is called “The Mother Who Gave Birth to the Heavens and the Earth. (Photo Credit: Pinterest) Creation came from the Great Goddess, from those Waters of Creation; and so, Nammu is as old as time itself,…

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    Book Review: A Pagan Ritual Prayer Book by Ceisiwr Serith

      This is a lovely little book, one that can easily fit inside a woman’s bag, or a man’s briefcase. It is broken down into two parts – The Foundations of Worship and Building Rituals. Part One is broken down in “Prayer” and “Rituals”. It describes how, yes, pagans so pray, a description of prayer and how to write your own. Part Two is all about Rituals — How to Begin — Home — Callings — Praise — Thanksgiving — Consecrations & Blessings — Separate sections for Time of Day/Month/Year/Lore — Endings The last section is “Petitioning the Gods” and includes, requests, offerings, healing and society and land. The book…

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    She Who is All – The Goddess of Ten Thousand Names

    Sheela-Na-Gig (Photo Credit: knowth.com) What better representation of the Goddess for February than Sheel-Na-Gig? All over Europe, primarily Ireland and England, adorning castles, churches, sacred sites, you will find carvings in stone of the beautiful Sheela-Na-Gig, a big smile on her face, squatting knees apart, exposing her powerful vulva. It is believed that these carvings were done during the Neolithic and Paleolithic eras. There is still and old energy that lies within these carvings. While many find Her akin to a gargoyle, or a figure of lust. Many women, though, believe her to be an ancient fertility figure and a representation of the Mother Goddess. The term “gyg”, in Norse,…