We understand the Goddess as an all-encompassing Flow/Origin of all life. We see males and females united in the Mother who can create the same as her (daughters) and the different from her (sons). She is the Tree of Life. Hence in her eyes all living creatures partake of her divine essence. She is the beginning and she is the end. Beyond Mother Nature there is more nature. She is everlasting and self created. Circle within the circle, her symbol is the spiral like our DNA, all is from her and all returns to her in the end. In other words, we agree with the new scientist who see the universe as a huge recycling entity, everything we see out there is also within us, we are made of the same stuff as the stars. We are the children of the stars, rare, complex and beautiful…the Goddess is all women – without exception. She is one mighty force, all-inclusive, all-mother.
This is the Goddess Hecate’s symbol. Hecate is used by some as a Maiden, Mother, Crone because of being a Triple Goddess.
Most people use Hecate in reference towards the moon however she is three-fold to others with Earth, Sea and Sky. She is also said to where people got the “old hag” look from for Witches, which couldn’t be further from the truth.
In Greek mythology Hecate was the only Titan who was allowed to keep her power and domain. Zeus shared with only her the power to be able to give humanity whatever they wished for, or withhold it. She was, like her cousin Artemis, a virgin Goddess. She wouldn’t give away her independence for marriage.
Because of Hecate’s association with the moon some Dianic’s use her instead of Diana. Some believe Diana is the same as Hecate; that they’re interchangeable.
Let the women who come to my feasts be round like me and fear not their own flesh. Let the soft flesh on their hips imitate my curves, let their laps be soft and receptive, let their hands be warm and silky, and let them stroke their children with their soothing touch. Yes, let my women be round, let their fat bloom on their bones like the fruit on the vine, and let them take up space, lots of space. In my honor let the women grow big and strong.
The women of the Amazon Priestess Tribe, a matriarchal society living in Northern California, USA, who are dedicated to the Goddess in all of Her forms, invite the women of the world to join us in a collective ritual enactment to synchronize our Divine Feminine consciousness under a shared protocol in order to bring forth a healthy and sustainable future.
We have observed the flailing desperation of the patriarchal current attempting to retain its imbalanced and unearned power on this planet by demeaning women and children who are the source of all life, and the only hope we have for the future of humanity. Patriarchy would cut off one of its own limbs rather than healing the whole being. Patriarchy seeks to end the world rather than fixing it. Patriarchy seeks to be right rather than to do what is right. We see examples of this in the news every day, and because these reports are so widespread, it would be easy to allow ourselves to fearfully expect that the patriarchy will prevail.
Please note, when we reference “patriarchy,” we are not speaking of men exclusively. Rather, we are speaking of a worldview that places conquest, greed, and dogma above collaboration, generosity, and evolution. While patriarchal thinking has long been embraced and promoted by males in positions of unearned power, patriarchy in 2012 is not the exclusive provenance of men. We see patriarchy as the tendency toward positioning one’s self at the center of the discourse, and aggressively seeking thoughtless, unchecked, self-benefiting “progress” at the cost of sustainability. Patriarchy harms all beings, men and women alike, and it is our desire to uncoil its grip on the collective mind by helping our sisters and brothers to see that another way of thinking is possible.
Today, we encourage our sisters to put aside fear and remember Who We Are. Whether or not we have individually given birth or raised a child, we are all, collectively, the Mothers of consciousness. Just as a thoughtful Mother teaches her child the basic aspects of life, we can teach the world how to create a sustainable future instead of merely accepting what is currently being handed to us.
If you would join us in this effort, please 1) let us know by sending an e-mail with your first name or pseudonym, general geographic location, and any links to social media you wish to share to email@example.com, 2) share this message and its intent with other women you know in person or via social media, and 3) do the following ritual at your own altar each Full Moon between now and December, 2012.
The Ritual Working:
Procure a small stone or crystal that you will use in this work. Know that you will be releasing possession of this stone on Dec. 21, 2012.
Stand at your altar or in your sacred place, holding your crystal. Clear your mind and begin breathing deeply, inhaling through the nose and exhaling with a small sound, “Ma.”
Read and contemplate the following ideals we have envisioned for the world of the future, and add your own if you’d like. Please note- when contemplating this vision of the coming world, don’t waste any time lamenting that it is not here yet. Focus instead on the joy you are feeling as these things come to be in fullness.
Honor for elders: respect for their wisdom; regard for their needs in policy and care; inclusion of elders as an active, vital part of thesociety they’ve shaped.
Honor for children: regard for their creativity and imagination; cultivation of their individual and collective genius; teaching them respect and dignity by modeling these virtues in our own behavior.
Access to education and service opportunities for all, including re-skilling toward practical, sustainable lifestyles.
Healthcare that is free/affordable, accessible, and provided with genuine skill; commitment to the health of the whole being; availability of birth control and other critical women’s procedures regardless of personal, political, or religious concerns; compassionate healthcare for every stage of life.
Clean water and air; reversal of global warming; transition to renewable energy sources; creative adjustment of lifestyles as needed to facilitate these changes.
Healthy, natural, affordable and sustainable food; respect and support for those who tend the land and her creatures; awareness of the food chain and its implications as a regular part of education and daily life.
Awareness of our part in the ecosystem and our kinship with all living things; vast acreages of pristine wilderness; restoration of rain forests, glaciers, and oceans.
Equal and ethical representation in directly-elected government; a movement toward honorable leadership from the grassroots level.
Equal rights and freedom of expression for all, with awareness and respect for the complicated levels of identity, including but not limited to: race, gender, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, sexual identity, religion or faith, ability.
Freedom from violence and intimidation as a means of exercising power.
Sisterhood and community, women allying with one another and offering one another respectful, mutual support.
An atmosphere of inspiration, excitement, and celebration, over mere survival.
Legal equality for all, with respect for diverse traditions and cultures in every country.
Re-claiming and honoring women’s roles and skills through history and today.
Deep respect for one’s own body, and accurate education that highlights women’s miraculous creative nature, including reverence for their holy blood.
Your own additional visions.
Holding this vision of the future in your mind, anoint the crystal with your body’s natural sacred fluids (you might choose one or more: blood, spit, woman honey, or milk). Take a moment to honor your body, and to honor the sacred fluids that issue forth from the body as the natural wisdom of creation.
Speak aloud the following affirmation or prayer:
I dance at the edge of the world
Like my ancestresses before me
I am a sacred vessel
My blood is indomitable
Cradling the now at my breast
Nurturing the future unfoldingThere is nothing to fear
I am a Mother of the New Time
Repeat this practice at every full moon for the rest of 2012. If you feel like it, post to your social media that you are doing this by referencing the project as Mother of the New Time or #motherofthenewtime and including a link to the web site http://www.motherofthenewtime.com. Invite other women to participate if you wish- have them e-mail us with their name or pseudonym, any social media links they wish to share with us, and general geographic location at firstname.lastname@example.org, so that we can keep a count of how many women are participating, and what geographic areas they represent.
On the Winter Solstice, 2012*, as one cycle of time ends#, bury this stone in the Earth, in a place sacred to you, and envision yourself digging it up and re-discovering it in a future life, in another body, at a time when it is needed. All time is cyclic and present, and when we engage the future, we shape the Now.
It is done.
Blessed be the Earth, blessed be the women and children, blessed be the future.
*Much has been made of the end of the Mayan calendar. Yet since the dawn of humankind, many calendars have come and gone. By creating magic for the future, we create the future.
So my kitty Aphrodite is cuddled up with me; it’s a gloomy day again. The other cats are passed out around the apartment and Mythbusters are on in the background.
Thursday’s Full Moon Lakshmi ritual was absolutely wonderful. There were 9 of us there, and we made money water by including things which represented financial abundance. There was everything in the water (well… is in the water as we each have a jar full of it) from coins from all over the world to full moon water to glitter and even jewelry!! My jar ended up with a beaded bracelet that has been passed from witch to witch in their money water jar for possibly over a decade.
We talked a lot about how we have to be open to receiving, which hit some strings for several of us. And then we feasted!! :D
Yesterday I went back over to my high priestesses house for green witch/herbalism class. We talked about the respiratory system and also talked a bit about chronic pain (as I have chronic pain) and she told me something which sort of blew my mind, which I will ruminate about another day. For some reason last night I was epic tired as well; I ended up falling asleep around 715pm which is epic early for me. So naturally I woke up at 430 am today. Though I rolled around in bed until about 645. I’m so stiff and sore now though LOL
Today I’m getting together with some Witch friends to make mojo bags :D I’ve got a lot of other Witchy crafts that I’ve made prior to coming back to Tumblr. I will post pics of them in a few days, along with the mojo bags ^^
So I’m gonna look up mojo bags a bit to get some more ideas of what to do.
And randomly…I am craving chips and salsa epic style…I had some last night. Some this morning. And I want more. WTF????
Many blessings to you all!! (*points down* San Francisco Bay facing East)
“You steal my song from now will have consequences. ” ~ Z Budapest
Evidently, Z Budapest, noted feminist, founder of the Dianic tradition (no, I don’t call it Wicca because the God is completely excluded), has decided to hex people who misappropriate a song she wrote. The song in question is We All Come From the Goddess- pretty much the Pagan Happy Birthday song… almost everyone knows it.
While I completely understand how one may be upset, being an artist, creating a piece of music, only to find it changed by others. It’s like someone copying a painting, finding it not good enough and then hanging it up for everyone to see. I get that. But a hex?
From Z’s Facebook page: “I would like you to help me spread the words that Singing "We all come from the Goddess” should NOT BE rewritten. It is my intellectual property. it is NOt a folk song, which by the way is the fate of many composers whose songs are stolen. You steal my song from now will have consequences. You put men into the song, like God, a hex will be activated. “
So, for those who deign to sing the evil patriarchal version of the song, Z’s going to hex you. Not only that… she is asking other women to spread the word that she shall protect her "intellectual property.”
Here’s one awful mean male version:
We all come from the Green Lord, and to Him we shall return. Like a wild stag running from the hunter’s bow. We all come from the Horned God, and to Him we shall return. Like an autumn leaf falling to the forest floor. We all come from the Sun God, and to Him we shall return. Like a spark of flame rising to the heavens.
I know I’ve also heard a “We all come from the Horned One…” version as well. Don’t let your children sing this song- Z will hex them.
Also, you can’t put your own words in it, even if it doesn’t mention men - that’s stealing, even if you don’t sell it. Z says, “So stop you generosity attacks with my songs, write an original.” She compares herself to Mozart and Schubert.
So, to recap, if you want to avoid a hex by Z, a) don’t sell her song as is. b) don’t change the words. c) keep the God out of We all come from the Goddess.
Personally, I think this is silly. She’s lost her mind. I understand intellectual property, but this is taking it too far. Not that I’m surprised, as I’ve dealt with her before, YEARS ago, while volunteering at a Pagan IRC event, and I have a friend who was burned financially by Z’s retreat. I don’t think that Z has enough energy to hex all of the witches she’s pissed off and confused with her statusrant.
This concludes the TODAY portion of the program. You can read more if you like, below.
In the recent past, Z has been under a lot of fire due to her exclusion of transwomen in her public circles. She’s also made a lot of anti-transwomen remarks.
“This struggle has been going since the Women’s Mysteries first appeared. These individuals selfishly never think about the following: if women allow men to be incorporated into Dianic Mysteries,What will women own on their own? Nothing! Again! Transies who attack us only care about themselves. We women need our own culture, our own resourcing, our own traditions. You can tell these are men, They don’t care if women loose the Only tradition reclaimed after much research and practice ,the Dianic Tradition. Men simply want in. its their will. How dare us women not let them in and give away the ONLY spiritual home we have! Men want to worship the Goddess? Why not put in the WORK and create your own trads. The order of ATTIS for example,(dormant since the 4rth century) used to be for trans gendered people, also the castrata, men who castrated themselves to be more like the Goddess. Why are we the ONLY tradition they want? Go Gardnerian!Go Druid! Go Ecclectic! Filled with women, and men. They would fit fine. But if you claim to be one of us, you have to have sometimes in your life a womb, and overies and MOON bleed and not die. Women are born not made by men on operating tables. ”
She is welcome to her opinion, and as a member of a ciswomen coven, I might understand a bit where she’s coming from, if her rituals were about the blood mysteries, the women’s body as a sacred vessel or something of that nature- I haven’t been to a ritual of hers, so I don’t really know. Different covens have different goals, and shouldn’t be pressured by people offended that they aren’t included. But a WHOLE TRADITION? . Our tradition isn’t ciswomen, necessarily, only our coven, and so I don’t really understand why it’s SO important that Z’s entire tradition be ciswomen only. This includes people she will never meet, people who will never practice with her. People that she has no direct connection with.
Ok, so it’s her deal, she gets to choose. She did do a lot of work toward creating her tradition, and probably shouldn’t have to deal with this outside pressure, people trying to change what she feels strongly about. But once a tradition gets large enough, especially if it’s not an initiatory tradition, there will be dissension in the ranks, and people will make their own spinoffs. I know of a Dianic coven in the San Diego area who also included men.
My issue with this quote is the blatently mean, bigoted and condescending language. “Men simply want in. its their will. How dare us women not let them in and give away the ONLY spiritual home we have!” “ Transies who attack us only care about themselves.”
Like men and evil “transies (what a word!)” are in cahoots to destroy her tradition?Birch please! No one cares that much about your tradition. It’s not the end all, be all of Paganism. It just seems as though she's getting a little “too big for her britches." Maybe she’s trying to stay "relevent” in an ever-increasing Pagan community?
I hope that she finds peace, and the enlightenmentshe seems to need in orderto understand why the Pagan Community is up in arms. Again.
Of course she is. That’s obvious to me now. But this changes a few things.
Mother Earth? Mother Sun also.
And since we don’t all become mothers, there’s Sister Sun.
And in the Wheel of the Year, the Sun is a priestess, teacher, and activist who takes time off occasionally so she doesn’t get burnout. That’s a spiritual lesson for the rest of us. Expect, and respect, cycles.