Wednesday, January 23, 2019

15th Annual Conference on Current Pagan Studies in Claremont, CA


This weekend (January 26 and 27, 2019) I will be at the Conference on Pagan Studies at Claremont Colleges, in Claremont, California. It's the 15th year for the Conference, and as always, I look greatly forward to it! I'll be sharing a paper called "Earth Speak: Envisioning a Conversant World". The Conference is friendly, fascinating, and affordable - if you're in the area, come join us!

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Sunday, January 20, 2019

Remembering Mary Oliver


I was so saddened to learn of the death of poet Mary Oliver, who, like Ursula Leguin, has been a lifelong mentor and inspiration.  I felt like sharing again this poem of hers, which says something about her to me.  Because she was, indeed, a Light to the world.

The Buddha’s Last Instruction


“Make of yourself a light,” 
said the Buddha,
before he died.

I think of this every morning
as the east begins
to tear off its many clouds
of darkness, to send up the first
signal – a white fan
streaked with pink and violet,
even green.

An old man, he lay down
between two sala trees,
and he might have said anything,
knowing it was his final hour.

The light burns upward,
it thickens and settles over the fields.
Around him, the villagers gathered
and stretched forward to listen.
Even before the sun itself
hangs, disattached, in the blue air,
I am touched everywhere
by its ocean of yellow waves.

No doubt he thought of everything
that had happened in his difficult life.

And then I feel the sun itself
as it blazes over the hills,
like a million flowers on fire –
clearly I’m not needed,
yet I feel myself turning
into something
of inexplicable value.

Slowly, beneath the branches,
he raised his head.
He looked into the faces of that frightened crowd.

Sunday, January 6, 2019

Exhibit at Clay Co-op January 11th


I'm very pleased to have a chance to share some of the work I did this past summer, collectively called "Our Lady of the Shards".    I will also be reading from "Aphrodite in Brooklyn and Other Mythic Voices", my recent collection of poetry.  Welcome all who happen to be in the Tucson Area!  

​"Our Lady" lies among the broken shards, debris  and resurfacing mythos of the past.  She has been buried by time, history,  war, and  often the co-option of what was once sacred.  She is the Black Madonna:  the dark, generative Mother  Earth found in the presence of sacred springs and cave, or like Our Lady of the Desert Spring, She is  the numinous Spirit of Place.  And She is also the forgotten, yet life sustaining  work of those unknown women who wove the ancient stories, who birthed our ancestors, the memory keepers and the comforters,  arising into the world again,  insisting that we  remember and reclaim.







Monday, December 31, 2018

The Encyclopedia of Women in World Religions


I want to announce a truly monumental work, the Encyclopedia of Women in World Religions, published recently  this year by ABC-Clio Publishersand edited by Susan de-Gaia Ph.d.  So many important Voices speak to the Re-Emergence of the Divine Feminine in our world.  It was my privilege to have a small inclusion in the Encyclopedia as well.  There is a hard copy and an EBook as well.  Congratulations to all who participated in this important project, and most especially to Susan de-Gaia for her monumental dedication 
in creating it.
Encyclopedia of Women in World Religions: 
Faith and Culture Across History

 Susan de-Gaia, Editor




Author-Subject List (PARTIAL ONLY)





Headword
Author Category
Contributors
Priestesses and Oracular Women
AFRICAN RELIGIONS
Dashu, Max;
Yoruba Religion
AFRICAN RELIGIONS
Finley, Mackenzie;
Body Art
AFRICAN RELIGIONS
Hahn, Allison;
Life Cycle Ceremonies
AFRICAN RELIGIONS
Hahn, Allison;
Rastafari
AFRICAN RELIGIONS
Hahn, Allison;
Candomble
AFRICAN RELIGIONS
Oleszkiewicz, Malgorzata;
African Religions in Diaspora
AFRICAN RELIGIONS
Razak, Arisika;
Art in Africa
AFRICAN RELIGIONS
Razak, Arisika;
Female Genital Mutilation
AFRICAN RELIGIONS
Team, Victoria;
Sibyls
Ancient Religions
Atkinson, Kenneth;
Diana
Ancient Religions
Bonar, Chance;
Homosexuality
Ancient Religions
Bonar, Chance;
Sappho
Ancient Religions
Christ, Carol;
Shamans in East Asia
Ancient Religions
Dashu, Max;
Hypatia
Ancient Religions
Dr. Vivianne Crowley Ph.D.: SW1
Inanna
Ancient Religions
Foust, Kristan: UTA;
Athena
Ancient Religions
Foust, Kristan;
Daily Lives of Women-Greek Roman
Ancient Religions
Foust, Kristan;
Egyptian Religion
Ancient Religions
Foust, Kristan;
Marriage, Ancient Greek and Roman Religions
Ancient Religions
Foust, Kristan;
Pre-Greek Goddesses in the Greek Pantheon
Ancient Religions
Haarmann, Harald: Inst of Archa
Priestesses and Their Staff in Ancient Greece
Ancient Religions
Haarmann, Harald: Inst of Archa
Sun Goddess
Ancient Religions
Haarmann, Harald: Inst of Archa
Delphic Oracle
Ancient Religions
Kerley, Gary;
Gorgon Medusa
Ancient Religions
Marler, Joan;
Eleusinian Mysteries, Greek and Roman Religio
Ancient Religions
Shipley, Morgan;
Gaea
Ancient Religions
Shipley, Morgan;
Mesopotamian Religion
Ancient Religions
Therese Rodin;
Ninhursaga
Ancient Religions
Therese Rodin;
Writers and Poets, Ancient Mesopotamian
Ancient Religions
Therese Rodin;
Religious Leadership, Ancient Roman Religions
Ancient Religions
Webb, Lewis;
Baha'i_Education
BAHA'I
Crosson, Selena;
Gender Roles
BAHA'I
Eschevarria, Lynn;
Divine Feminine
BAHA'I
Maneck, Susan: 39212;
Tahirih
BAHA'I
Maneck, Susan: 39212;
Women in Baha'i Scriptures
BAHA'I
Maneck, Susan: 39212;
Nuns, Theravada
BUDDHISM
Amore, Roy C.: University of Win
Therigatha
BUDDHISM
Amore, Roy C.: University of Win
Women in Early Buddhism
BUDDHISM
Amore, Roy C.: University of Win
Abortion
BUDDHISM
Bechtold, Brigitte;
Bodhisattvas
BUDDHISM
Bechtold, Brigitte;
Engaged Buddhism
BUDDHISM
Bechtold, Brigitte;
Gender Roles
BUDDHISM
Bechtold, Brigitte;
Ordination
BUDDHISM
Bechtold, Brigitte;
Nichiren
BUDDHISM
Cavaliere, Paola;

Zen BUDDHISM

Dance of Tara BUDDHISM

Feminine Virtues BUDDHISM

Lay Women in Theravada Buddhism BUDDHISM

Buddhism in America BUDDHISM

Pajapati BUDDHISM

Sacred Texts on Women BUDDHISM

Tea Ceremony BUDDHISM

Mahayana BUDDHISM

Women's Buddhist Networks BUDDHISM

Soka Gakkai BUDDHISM

Guan Yin BUDDHISM

Funeral Practices BUDDHISM

Dance BUDDHISM

Female Divinities BUDDHISM

Prajnaparamita BUDDHISM

Tara BUDDHISM

Tantra BUDDHISM

Julian of Norwich CHRISTIANITY

Chastity CHRISTIANITY

Monastic Life CHRISTIANITY

Christianity in America CHRISTIANITY

African American Women CHRISTIANITY

Christianity in Latin America CHRISTIANITY

Abortion CHRISTIANITY

Clothing CHRISTIANITY

Mormonism CHRISTIANITY

Homosexuality in Early to Early Modern Christia CHRISTIANITY

Mother of God CHRISTIANITY

Women in Early Christianity (1 to 300) CHRISTIANITY

Abbesses CHRISTIANITY

Education CHRISTIANITY

Pilgrimage CHRISTIANITY

Women in the Reformation CHRISTIANITY

Mary Magdalene CHRISTIANITY

Mystics CHRISTIANITY

Hildegard of Bingen CHRISTIANITY

Relationship and Social Models in Scripture CHRISTIANITY

and Archaeology

Sophia CHRISTIANITY

Missionaries CHRISTIANITY

Charity CHRISTIANITY

Medieval Women Monastics CHRISTIANITY

Roman Catholic Women Religious CHRISTIANITY

Polygamy CHRISTIANITY

Christianity in Africa CHRISTIANITY

Interfaith Dialogue, Post 9/11 CHRISTIANITY
Cavaliere, Paola;

de Gaia, Susan; Moses, Phyllis; Engelmajer, Pascale; Engelmajer, Pascale;

Foulks, Beverly;

Lee, Kenneth;

Lee, Kenneth;

Lee, Kenneth;

Lehrer, Tyler;

Lehrer, Tyler;

Morris, James;

Ms. Emily B. Simpson; Remoiville, Julie; Shaw, Miranda; Shaw, Miranda; Shaw, Miranda; Shaw, Miranda;

Shaw, Miranda; Lee, Kenneth: C Allen, Amanda;

Amanda Haste;

Amanda Haste;

Auguste, Nicol;

Bailey, Emily; Bartel, Rebecca; Bechtold, Brigitte; Bohleke, Karin;

Burns, William Earl (aka - Burns, Carroll, Charles;

Clark, Patricia;

Coltri, Marzia;

Crown, Nick;

Crown, Nick;

Crown, Nick; Darlage, Adam; de Gaia, Susan;

de Gaia, Susan; Haste, Amanda; Dr. Vivianne Crowley Ph.D.: SW1 Eisler, Riane;

Evans, Kathryn;

Gabryszewska, Maria;

Ganim, Carole;

Ganim, Carole;

Ganim, Carole;

Gullota, Daniel;

Hahn, Allison;

Haney, Marsha;

Anglican/Episcopalian Women Religious
CHRISTIANITY
Haste, Amanda;
Contemporary Women's Monasticism
CHRISTIANITY
Haste, Amanda;
Marriage, Divorce, Widowhood
CHRISTIANITY
Haste, Amanda;
Christianity in Europe
CHRISTIANITY
Magyar, Judit;
Orthodox Christianity
CHRISTIANITY
Magyar, Judit;
Christine de Pizan
CHRISTIANITY
McNary-Zak, Bernadette: Rhode
Stigmatics
CHRISTIANITY
Painter, Cassandra;
Apocrypha
CHRISTIANITY
Peek, Stephanie;
Art, Modern and Contemporary
CHRISTIANITY
Sachs, Hannah;
Fundamentalism
CHRISTIANITY
Sanders, Mary;
Ministers
CHRISTIANITY
Sanders, Mary;
Protestant Denominations
CHRISTIANITY
Sanders, Mary;
Fall, The
CHRISTIANITY
Shipley, Morgan;
Founders
CHRISTIANITY
Voorhees, Amy;
Middle Ages
CHRISTIANITY
Walter, Katherine: College at Bro
Saints
CHRISTIANITY
Walter, Katherine: College at Bro
Women Writers in Early and Medieval Christian CHRISTIANITY
Walter, Katherine: College at Bro
Sex and Gender
CHRISTIANITY
Walter, Katherine;
Widowhood
CHRISTIANITY
Walter, Katherine;
Cult of Female Chastity
CONFUCIANISM
Campbell, Josianne;
Feminine Virtues
CONFUCIANISM
Campbell, Josianne;
Classical Confucianism
CONFUCIANISM
Danner, Lukas;
Books for Women
CONFUCIANISM
de Gaia, Susan;
Filial Piety
CONFUCIANISM
Du, Yue;
Confucian Revivalism
CONFUCIANISM
McClenon, Julia: UCSB;
Motherhood
CONFUCIANISM
Remoiville, Julie;
Women's Changing Roles
CONFUCIANISM
Remoiville, Julie;
Healers
DAOISM
McClenon, Julia: UCSB;
Wu Wei
DAOISM
McClenon, Julia: UCSB;
Goddesses
DAOISM
Perreira, Todd;
Priestesses, Nuns, and Ordination
DAOISM
Perreira, Todd;
Daoism in China
DAOISM
Zhu, Liang;
Draupadi
HINDUISM
Agarwal, Komal;
Vedic Hinduism
HINDUISM
Agarwal, Komal;
Festivals
HINDUISM
Amazzone, Laura;
Pilgrimage
HINDUISM
Amazzone, Laura;
Shakti
HINDUISM
Amazzone, Laura;
Yoginis
HINDUISM
Amazzone, Laura;
Gurus and Saints
HINDUISM
Bhattacharyya, Monoloina;
Aditi
HINDUISM
Campbell, Josianne;
Caste
HINDUISM
Dandekar, Deepra: 12207;
Devadasis
HINDUISM
Dandekar, Deepra;
Household Shrines
HINDUISM
Dandekar, Deepra;
Ideals of Womanhood
HINDUISM
Dandekar, Deepra;
Durga and Kali
HINDUISM
Evans, Kathryn;
Fundamentalism
HINDUISM
Goulet, Nicole;
Renunciation
HINDUISM
Goulet, Nicole;

Devi
HINDUISM
Goulet, T. Nicole: Indiana Univer
Saraswati
HINDUISM
Goulet, T. Nicole: Indiana Univer
Sati
HINDUISM
John Capucci;
Tantra
HINDUISM
Kumar, Pawan;
Lakshmi
HINDUISM
Mitra, Semontee;
Marriage
HINDUISM
Mitra, Semontee;
Prakriti
HINDUISM
Mitra, Semontee;
Sacred Texts on Women
HINDUISM
Mitra, Semontee;
Radha and Gopi Girls
HINDUISM
MoChridhe, Race;
Dance
HINDUISM
Parveen, Rasheda;
Stage of Life Rituals
HINDUISM
Pillai, Rupa;
Matriliny
HINDUISM
Rath, Akshaya: National Inst of T
Bhakti
HINDUISM
Rath, Akshaya;
Arts (Native American)
INDIGENOUS RELIGIONS
Anton, Beata;
Ceremonies (Native American)
INDIGENOUS RELIGIONS
Anton, Beata;
Clothing (Native American)
INDIGENOUS RELIGIONS
Anton, Beata;
Marriage and Social Status (Native American)
INDIGENOUS RELIGIONS
Anton, Beata;
Sacred Spirits (Native American)
INDIGENOUS RELIGIONS
Anton, Beata;
Women Warriors (Native American
INDIGENOUS RELIGIONS
Dry, David;
Ancestors (Native American)
INDIGENOUS RELIGIONS
Evans, Kathryn;
Creation Stories (Native American)
INDIGENOUS RELIGIONS
Evans, Kathryn;
Nature (Native American)
INDIGENOUS RELIGIONS
Evans, Kathryn;
Sacred Place (Native American)
INDIGENOUS RELIGIONS
Evans, Kathryn;
Shamanism in Eurasian cultures
INDIGENOUS RELIGIONS
Haarmann, Harald: Inst of Archa
Shamans in Korea
INDIGENOUS RELIGIONS
Kendall, Laurel: American Museu
Matriarchies
INDIGENOUS RELIGIONS
Mann, Barbara: University of Tol
Activism (Native American)
INDIGENOUS RELIGIONS
Shipley, Morgan;
Medicine Women (Native American)
INDIGENOUS RELIGIONS
Shipley, Morgan;
Kinship (Native American)
INDIGENOUS RELIGIONS
Stover, Dale;
Islam in Africa
ISLAM
Acquah, Lady Jane: ljane26@gm
Hawwa
ISLAM
Agha-Jaffar, Tamara;
Maryam
ISLAM
Agha-Jaffar, Tamara;
Islam in America
ISLAM
Brandon, Alexandra;
Peacemaking
ISLAM
Fitriyah, Lailatul;
Honor
ISLAM
Helms, Barbara;
Saints, Sufi
ISLAM
Helms, Barbara;
Druze
ISLAM
Khaizran, Yusri;
Sufism
ISLAM
Khan, Shahida: National Institute
Ideal Woman
ISLAM
Lob, Elisabetta;
Education
ISLAM
Olomi, Ali;
Islam in the Middle East
ISLAM
Rahman, Farhana;
Polygamy
ISLAM
Rahman, Farhana;
Prophets Wives
ISLAM
Rahman, Farhana;
Purdah
ISLAM
Rahman, Farhana;
Qur'an and Hadith
ISLAM
Rahman, Farhana;
Feminism
ISLAM
Rannveig Jetne Haga;
Coverings
ISLAM
Tayyen, Sana;

Hagar
ISLAM
Tayyen, Sana;
Marriage and Divorce
ISLAM
Tayyen, Sana;
Pilgrimage
ISLAM
Tayyen, Sana;
Reform
ISLAM
Tayyen, Sana;
Shari'a
ISLAM
Tayyen, Sana;
Women's Organizations
ISLAM
Tayyen, Sana;
Female Genital Mutilation
ISLAM
Team, Victoria;
Islam in Europe
ISLAM
Teodorescu, Adriana;
Diaspora
ISLAM
Valentina Fedele;
Fatima
ISLAM
Valentina Fedele;
Jina
JAINISM
Clines, Gregory;
Monastics and Nuns
JAINISM
Clines, Gregory;
Lay Women
JAINISM
de Gaia, Susan;
Female Deities
JAINISM
Mitra, Semontee;
Ritual
JAINISM
Mukherjee, Asha;
Bat Mitzvah
JUDAISM
Adelman, Penina;
Ancient Judaism
JUDAISM
Atkinson, Kenneth: Univ of Nort
Salome Alexandra
JUDAISM
Atkinson, Kenneth;
Shabbat
JUDAISM
Balogh, Amy;
Feminist and Women's Movements
JUDAISM
Beitler, Ruth: U.S. Military Acade
Israel
JUDAISM
Beitler, Ruth: U.S. Military Acade
Marriage and Divorce
JUDAISM
Beitler, Ruth: U.S. Military Acade
Rosh Hodesh
JUDAISM
Berrin, Susan;
American Denominations 1850 to Present
JUDAISM
Breitzer, Susan Roth: susan.breit
Judaism in America
JUDAISM
Breitzer, Susan Roth: susan.breit
Women and Work
JUDAISM
Breitzer, Susan Roth: susan.breit
Modern and Contemporary Judaism
JUDAISM
Breitzer, Susan;
Festivals and Holy Days
JUDAISM
Fadden, John;
Hebrew Bible
JUDAISM
Fadden, John;
Rabbis
JUDAISM
Fadden, John;
Mitzvah
JUDAISM
Goldhaber-Gordon, Ilana;
Lilith
JUDAISM
Grenn, D'vorah: The Lilith Institu
Priestesses
JUDAISM
Grenn, Dvorah;
Goddesses
JUDAISM
Hammer, Jill;
Synagogue
JUDAISM
Mayne, Hannah;
Peacemaking
JUDAISM
Messina, Adele;
Performance
JUDAISM
Pascal, Julia;
Judaism in Europe
JUDAISM
Roos, Lena: Uppsala University;
Sephardic and Mizrachi Judaisms
JUDAISM
Roos, Lena: Uppsala University;
Education
JUDAISM
Roos, Lena;
Food
JUDAISM
Roos, Lena;
Sex and Gender
JUDAISM
Roos, Lena;
Shabbat
JUDAISM
Sachs, Hannah;
Holocaust
JUDAISM
Saidel, Rochelle;
Midrash
JUDAISM
Sasso, Sandy;
Hasidism
JUDAISM
Shipley, Morgan;
Kabbalah
JUDAISM
Shipley, Morgan;