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A most excellent list! Six of the authors are in my own personal library, a few I had not heard of before so I’ll definitely have to check these people out. Thank you talkbirth!


Earlier this month I was very interested to see a series of posts on Raise the Horns about the top 25 most influential people in the birth of paganism. When I read Mankey’s post, it reinforced my own conception of Goddess spirituality as having a distinctly different lineage and flavor than much of contemporary paganism. His list, while extensive, useful, and accurate, involves a distinct lack of Goddess scholars, highlighting to me that Goddess spirituality IS a different movement and isn’t actually just a Goddess-oriented branch of contemporary paganism. Indeed, almost everyone on his list I’d either never heard of, not read, or don’t enjoy their writing. I immediately started to draft a list of my own and came up with 13 women, which seemed delightfully appropriate. We in the Goddess feminist community have our own path, herstory, and lineage, one that really only began in the 1970’s in…

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In memory of Patricia Monaghan: February 15, 1946 – November 11, 2012.

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” [1] 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.


“Soul’s Journey” by Rassouli

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…




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