Monday, December 20, 2010

One door closes as another opens

After a rather trying, not to mention emotionally draining and frustrating three months, a decision was made last week to cut ties from an organisation that I felt was not accurately representing the ideals and ethics I held, nor were the current objectives resonating those of what the organisation were supposed to be about and which I had supported. This was not an easy decision to make as I had been involved with  this organisation since the mid 1990s, even having spent some six years actively on its committee.  However, the severing I believed is necessary, if only for my own piece of mind.

Then two days later I received an unexpected email from Gaia's Garden with respect of the opening of a Goddess exhibition that is to be held at the Queen Victoria Women's Centre in Melbourne from 29 April to 1 May - entitled "She of 10,000 Faces: Images of the Goddess".

The objectives of this Goddess Gathering is to be multi-fold:

- to engage women in deep discussions about the Goddess within Australia,
- to build a body of shared understanding, knowledge and wisdom,
Wendy Rule
- to create and maintain networks of mutual support around the country, and
- to share creativity and innocation in theory and practice.

Indeed the list of presentators and artists scheduled to attend over the weekend read as a "who's who" within the Australian Goddess community:

  • Anique Radiant Heart - who travels the world singing her sacred songs at Goddess festivals and holding workshops,
  • Dr Glenys Livingston - author of "Pagainan Cosmology" and faciltator of the beautiful Moon Court Moon at Bru-na-Bigtree in the Blue Mountains, Australia,
  • Wendy Rule - bewitching songstress, poet and teacher,
  • Shekhinah Morgan - the designer of the wonderful Moon Diaries, as well as director of the Awalim School of dance,
  • Tanishka - workshop facilitor of the Star of Ishtar Mystery School and author of "The Inner Goddess Makeover",
  • Dr Patricia Rose - facilitator, teacher and wise woman,
  • Patricia Corner - the founder of GAIA (Goddess Association in Australia) as well as the Pomegranate Grove, and
  • Jenny Cameron and Dr Tricia Szirom of Gaia's Garden.
Shekhinah Morgan
To my surprise and delight I found my own name amongst the name of speakers, and on the Sunday will be speaking, along with Wendy Rule and Jane Meredith, on the dark face of the Goddess.

I am extremely humbled, to to mention gratefully honoured, to be included amongst this wonderful array of extremely talented women, many of whom are forerunners and ground breakers within the Goddess community here in Australia.  To step up amongst those women who I admire and be given the chance to share something of my own path is such a wonderful opportunity.

This invite also is confirmation that my decision to walk away from the above mentioned organisation is the correct one for me at this point in time.  That whilst I value the sense of community, there also needed to be an openness and a willingness to share without judgment or assertions being passed.

With The Goddess House re-opening for devotional services in February, the email received was also a timely reminder that there are more important things to concentrate on - such as getting the knowledge of the Great Goddess as well as Her sacred teachings into the public arena. 

"Dancing the Sacred Wheel" now available again

"Dancing the Sacred Wheel" now available again
The second edition of "Dancing the Sacred Wheel: A Journey through the Southern Sabbats" is now available through or direct from the author (Australian customers only) for an autographed copy.

Great Goddess Isis

Great Goddess Isis

Exhortation of Isis

You are She in the dust of whose feet is the hosts of Heaven,
Whose body encircles the Universe,
Who turns the Earth in its orb,
Who gives light to the Sun,
Who rules the World.

You tread death underfoot.
To Thee, the stars are responsive,
To Thee the seasons turn and the Gods rejoice
And the elements are in subjugation.

You are She that is the natural Mother of all things,
Mistress and governor of all elements,
The initial progeny of worlds,
Chief of Divine powers,
Queen of Heaven,
Principle of all the Gods celestial and the light of Goddesses.

At Your will are disposed the planets of the air,
The wholesome winds of the seas
And the silences of the unseen world.