It is with great sadness and much respect that I write these words tonight. One of my favorite authors, Patricia Monaghan, passed on from this life and onto the next earlier this morning, November 11, 2012 at her home near Black Earth, WI with her husband Michael McDermott with her. I was shocked when I read this on Zsuzsanna Budapest’s and Selena Fox’s facebook pages…She truly was a spectacular Goddess scholar, women’s spirituality pioneer, poet, and author. “Professor of Interdisciplinary Studies at DePaul University, Patricia was also Founding Fellow of The Black Earth Institute, a think-tank for artists seeking to connect social justice, environment and spirituality through the arts”  and I know that she will be dearly missed.
Some of Patricia Monaghan’s works that are in my personal library include: The Red-Haired Girl from the Bog; The New Book of Goddesses and Heroines (that I reference quite often); The Goddess Path: Myths, Invocations, and Rituals; The Goddess Companion: Daily Meditations on the Feminine Spirit; and Wild Girls: The Path of the Young Goddess. Her works were truly instrumental in the development of my own personal spirituality in coming to know and understand the nature of the Goddess and the world around me.
From her November 12 entry in her book, The Goddess Companion…
“Look how the sky’s doors open to your beauty.
Look how the goddess waits to receive you.
This is death. This is the life beyond life.
Look how the day is breaking in the east.
Look how the goddess awakens you. Listen
to us singing to you, there among the stars.
– Egyptian coffin texts“
May she be blessed with a peaceful journey as she ventures home to the Summerland to join our Matrons like Merlin Stone and Marija Gimbutas and so many others – to be wrapped in the arms of the loving Mother…