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  This problem came to me from a pagan couple who are members of CoS: “The past year has been an horrendous one for my family with serious illness, financial worry, personal upsets and coping with an aging parent.  Apart from the ongoing health problems, my partner and I seem to have the problems sorted but thought we’d like to carrying out a thorough cleansing of ourselves on a psychic level.  Any suggestions?”  SBW (Wembley)   Excellent. But before going for psychic cleansing, try a physical, mental and emotional one. Stage One should be a physical cleansing, or a detox along the lines of the old anti-social ‘cabbage soup diet’ to rid the body of all its impurities. You might have your own preferred methods of detoxing but combine this with drinking plenty of water to flush the system.  This is a purely practical exercise with no magical connotations except that...
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Donning a Prideful Cloak

“Pride cometh before the fall” is a message I recall hearing many times as a child. The warning that, though there was the expectation that I would always do my best, it was not appropriate to express the positive glow of success and accomplishment. If one did not self-monitor humility, one faced the very real possibility of being “brought back down to size”. Messages that urge us to be humble, to keep quiet, to deflect compliments away are fairly strong. Having internalized these messages, there can definitely be a waft of distaste when we encounter boasting. We feel the wave of Ego come towards us and instinctively step back.


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Over the last month, I have been listening to a wonderful telesummit about priestesses. I am also a huge fan of the radio show, Voices of the Sacred Feminine. However, as I listen to both, I sometimes find myself wondering if walking a Goddess path is also viewed as synonymous with, "believe everything, question nothing." Crystal essences, gemstone healing, soul contracts, past lives, spirit guides, astrology, the many realms and dimensions of the occult, mystical, New Age and metaphysical. Is wholesale suspension of logic required to join hands with the Goddess? Is deft management of the tarot essential to the priestess path? Must I ascribe to "enlightened" tenets like, "you are not your body," "I am a spiritual being having a spiritual experience" and "we made an agreement to do this work before we showed up in this body at this time and place" in order to move forward?

I sat at my home altar this afternoon holding an amethyst in one hand and a priestess sculpture in the other feeling entirely too practical and realistic. I looked out my window at the precious trees, the scratching chickens, the drooping flowers, and the dry, dry relentless dust of summer and some answers drifted to my mind:

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  • Tiffany Lazic
    Tiffany Lazic says #
    I also agree :-) I have had many people ask me if I am "New Age" because of my love of crystals and oracles and so much that is as
  • Carol P. Christ
    Carol P. Christ says #
    I couldn't agree more. Feminist theology and Goddess feminism began with an affirmation of the female body as the site of our spir
  • Molly
    Molly says #
    And, patriarchy is built on rejection of the female body (and, to many extents, the physical world). I had some more thoughts thi
Introducing My New Weekly Sun Sign Column! The Week of Sunday July 27th  What better time to launch a creative project than the New Moon in Leo?  Welcome to my new weekly sun sign column!  The sexy and playful New Moon in Leo on Saturday sets the tone, not only for the coming week, but until the next Full Moon on August 10th.  (See my post on the Leo New Moon here: )  Mars has finally moved out of its extra long stint in Libra into Scorpio, which is great news for the Cardinal signs: Aries, Cancer, Libra, and Capricorn – but Aries and Libra will be the ones that really breathe a sigh of relief.   And, Mercury the archetype that rules communication leaves the emotional terrain of Cancer for dynamic Leo, joining the Sun and Jupiter, and bringing sparkle and play to all.  August 2nd is the cross quarter day Lughnasadh, or Lammas, marking the first of...
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Some quick notes on today’s New Moon in Leo and what it means for the month ahead. The chart cast for Washington DC is here, if you want to take a look. Leo loves the spotlight, and the spotlight is going to be on relationships this month here in the USA. Not just one-on-one relationships, but relationships between groups and countries as well. Women’s rights and issues will be front and center in the national consciousness, as will religion, foreign policy concerns and the justice system.  With Venus and Pluto facing off across the Ascendant-Descendant axis, and Mars tightly squaring the Moon-Sun-Jupiter grouping, we will almost certainly be seeing some extremely intense encounters and interactions. Jupiter is the largest planet in our solar system, and is known in traditional astrology as the “greater benefic”. Like the god after which it is named, Jupiter often bestows the “best and greatest”, but...
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  • Diotima
    Diotima says #
    Thanks for your feedback, Lizann. Glad it was useful!
  • Lizann Bassham
    Lizann Bassham says #
    Thank you! Helpful column for those of us in the activist mode....

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Clashing Cymbals Today's blog post is going to delve into the world of Christians and an aspect of the way many practice their faith.  I realize that the audience here may not be all that interested.  However, the community "fencerow" that I dwell and work in is populated on both sides by Christians.  As a matter of fact, until the turning of the 21st century (give or take a couple of years), I walked the same path.  So, it is just natural that my musings and experiences are still influenced.  Recently I had the wondrous experience of being "damned to hell for all eternity" because I shared a post on my Facebook page about recognizing the Feminine Divine.  The post basically pointed out that while many Bible believers will say that God doesn't have a gender, they will get offended if you refer to God in any feminine term.  That set off a...
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    I don't even bother dealing with Christians or other minions of the so-called "God" of Abraham like this. It would be like a geolo

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Lord of the Monsters

Continuing my story of my early experiences that led me to my heathen path, I encountered a heathen god in my childhood, but I did not know who he was. I’m not sure what age I was at the time, but in my dream, I saw the town outside my window as having almond orchards like Ripon, California, where I lived until age 9.

The following is a quote from my memoir, Greater Than the Sum of My Parts: My Triumph Over Dissociative Identity Disorder. DID is a defense mechanism developed by children who were sexually abused before age 7, according to the latest edition of the DSM. My memoir is about how I recovered from that. This is relevant because it’s the reason I was more afraid of my father and brother than the goblins of the dreamtime when I encountered the monsters.

“One night, I saw goblins, small dark shapes coming up through the heat vent in the floor.  I saw their outlines distinctly, as if I were wearing my glasses, though of course I took them off to sleep.  I spoke to them in my mind, thinking at them as I had thought at the boy at school. 

“There’s no sport here.  I glad you came, though.  Let’s go out and have some fun.  Let’s make some mischief.” 

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