Goddess Women of the Susan B. Anthony Coven Number One

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The Goddess is Alive! Women's Religion & Spiritual Beliefs

Goddesses, Mythology, Women’s Spirituality, Feminist Studies, Sisterhood, Dianic Wicca, and Witch Craft

July 10th, 2009

thegoddessYou are the future faces of the Goddess on this beautiful blue planet. Recognize your own female divinity. Study. Learn. Grow. Keep the Goddess alive and magic afoot!

From the mind of Z Budapest … comes The Goddess … an online information resource for women who are interested in Goddesses, Mythology, Women’s Spirituality, Feminist Studies, Sisterhood, Dianic Wicca, and Witch Craft.

Welcome sisters, to The Goddess website for women’s spirituality and beliefs … for women … by women … it’s a feminist theology that’s got a whole global movement behind it. Z Budapest is the foremother mother of the Women’s Spirituality Movement. A hereditary witch, psychic and author of several acclaimed women’s spirituality books including The Holy Book of Women’s Mysteries. She inspired the revolution of the Goddess Movement, waking women to their own divine spark.

Blessings of the Goddess,

I have been busy behind the scenes working on the rebirth of the Susan B. Anthony Coven Number One (http://zbudapest.com/susan-b-anthony-coven-number-1.html), and it’s finally time for me to reopen the doors for membership into this most famous of covens.

I am looking for women who want to be movers and shakers, who want to make herstory, who want to support the women’s movement and who love the goddess. Learn more about the Susan B. down below from the Women’s Spirituality Forum.

Reread the Susan B. Anthony Coven Number 1 Manifesto in the Holy Book of Women’s Mysteries for an outline for the prinicples of this coven’s foundations.

I hope you enjoy this version of my newsletter, and I look forward to working with you more closely within the eegs of the Susan B. Anthony Coven Number 1.

Blessed be,
Z Budapest

Organize, agitate, educate, must be our war cry.
- Susan B. Anthony

Tarot Readings with Z, the Woman who Legalized Tarot

Harmonizing with the Fates

April 22nd, 2014

Z Budapest

Before all else, know that we are always in deep and energetic transformation.  Always.  Not just at the end of a millennium, but in the middle of it and at the start of it – always. These constant transformations do not depend on our particular way of counting of time: a millennium doesn’t really exist, except in human calendars.

What does exist are celestial wheels within wheels, the universal bodies of the ancient Zodiac, the planets of Pluto and Neptune and Uranus.  Layered like a wedding cake, the Sun and moon, the planets Venus and Mars, color, modify, define, and express each other with their influences on Earth and its inhabitants.  Some wheels of life are turning just now, some already have turned, some will begin to turn at any moment. These forces in concert were called many things – Diving Providence, Fate, and Astrological Ages.  All these names denote a kind of order, a dependable system which we don’t quite fully understand but that we know is present.

In Summoning the Fates, I explore these forces in great detail.  This article will only touch lightly on the most obvious features of destiny.

Life is complex, yet mysteriously organized. Even the chaotic parts are in a kind of order. There are signposts, both within and without. To perceive their guidance we have to pay close attention.  The burden of educating ourselves how to see and understand this guidance is upon ourselves.  One weekend class will not give us all we need to navigate through our times, it’s only a start. To have a conscious life, you need to follow the heavens, follow your feelings, notice the ebbs and flows as they affect you personally.  Consciousness is hard work. Many of us don’t have the kind of time to develop it. Many of us just go through life and discover its twists and turns of fate only afterward, when we look back.

In the old days, checking in with your soul was called prayer.  Daily prayer, in the morning and at night, is a time to turn your attention within. Teach the practice of prayer to your children; it’s a mind-relaxing skill, and it allows the inner picture to synthesize. It doesn’t matter what name you use for God; it only matters that you feel you are talking to God, to your conception of the divine. Then you will be liked with that energy. The flow will be with you.

Women of today are experiencing unease; they feel a big change is coming again. They don’t know what the new world is going to be like, so they worry, especially when they see institutions that they have worked hard to build dismembered, such as Affirmative Action, which was the open door to a career for many women.  All of the business world is transforming with the new Information Age.  The invention and widespread popularity of computers has just begun exerting its influence on our everyday lives, just like a hundred years ago when we felt change through the impact of the automobile and at mid-century, television.

But back to the wheels.

A significant change we had in recent history that is still powerfully influencing our times and lives happened in 1962.  The sub-age of Aquarius arrived. Not the Great Age of Aquarius the popular song announced, but its little sister, a sort of sentinel or forerunner. This sub-age will last 179 years. (How is a sub-age counted? A great year takes 25,820 years, or approximately 26,000 years, to travel through all the zodiac signs. This is the precession of the equinoxes.  If you divide 26,000 by twelve you get the Ages of the Earth. These are huge blocks of time lasting a couple thousand years. Divide one age by twelve and you get a sub-age, 179 years, a number more within our grasp.)

This new sub-age of Aquarius is potent; it heralds the values and feelings of the coming Great Age which will arrive in the twenty-fourth century. This sub-age, these precious 179 years, is a window of opportunity – you can smell it, you can play with it, you can seed with it the big one.  Aquarius is all about communication, electronics, new inventions, quick changes, a holistic understanding of the world, a humanitarian point of view coming into focus.

The new Aquarian consciousness jumped out at us first from popular music. The Beatles synthesized black R&B into rock and reached the world with it. Truly Aquarian, they brought in a human point of view on women-they wanted to hold our hand, a simple, honest, romantic idea. This had always happened in real life of course, but never in songs about love which were always lofty, unrealistic.

The Beatles ignited young women with an ecstatic passion that drove them to scream their ecstasy at the stage. Girls screamed all through the concerts, they wept, they emoted shamelessly as if possessed. Like banshees they screamed out their uninhibited, first-born, Aquarian joy. Nobody knew why. It didn’t make sense. Eventually the fans extreme response drove the Beatles off the performance stage – the poor dears couldn’t even hear themselves play! As musicians it was embarrassing to be the object of such passion. At some level they must have known it wasn’t only for their talent – it was their on-the-dime Aquarian timing. The entire message of the Beatles was passionate, loving humanism.

Characters like the spinster Eleanor Rigby had never been portrayed in songs before – all the lonely people, The Nowhere Man, The Taxman – those were all recognizable people with very human concerns. And the Beatles spoke about love, not mystical but human, the kind where we get jealous, admit to hurting each other, and make up. The kind where we want to stay together “’til we’re sixty four.”  At the time, this all seemed very, very far away. Four young men were given license to be playful, to sport long hair, they clowned around, they lived in a “Yellow Submarine,” and got high like the rest of the young world.

And the Beatles brought in wisdom way beyond their years. “The love you take is equal to the love you make was an awesome phrase to hear, when we hadn’t heard anything honest or informative about love in ages. Through music we started feeling and acting different. Some of us lived plugged into the music. And that’s how the future started, Virginia.

The second big wheel that overlaps our times is Pluto. This planet defies generations and their concerns. As Pluto moves through the zodiac it brings in the consciousness of each particular sign. Why? It’s a mystery how the most recently discovered planet, this long distant relative in our galaxy, has such power over us.

Pluto was in Leo from roughly 1939 to 1957. (It’s important to note that the ages don’t begin on the dime, their edges sort or overlap one another. Their effect is cumulative on the generations who live through them, who become the repositories of the many layers of influence they bring.)  This brought the prevalent values about power an domination to center stage, made them public.  Pluto brings in the dark side, stirs up the manure around power, exposes the depths.  Historically, terrible dictators have ruled under this time, and violence was seen as “teaching a lesson.” As we reached the sub-age of Aquarius, this changed into the need to redirect and humanize power, introduce love into it, make power into “Flower Power,” Favorite slogans of the sub-age of Aquarius were ‘Power to the people,” “Stop the War,” “War is unhealthily for children and other living creatures.”  It was still about power, but good Aquarius power.

This was followed by Pluto in Virgo (approximately 1957 to 1972), Virgo is the only female human sign in the zodiac.  Virgo likes to improve health, and be kind to women and children. My favorite time. The Women’s Movement, fueled by the abortion rights and health movements, came into being.  It brought with it lifestyle changes: herbal teas and vegetarianism, meditation and inner reflection, science, healing, culture, and getting along as the crowd did in Woodstock, where a huge number of people existed together without fighting.  Virgo highlights femaleness, mediation, mellowness, analysis, the sciences, health, and food. Fighting is not one of her passions.

Women demanded to be equal partners in everything, from culture to spiritual life. We reclaimed the dignity of women, the strength of women, and the higher status of women.  In the public eye, there had been very little discussion of women; TV shows had only male characters who supposedly represented all of humanity. Females were thrown in just to support the male characters. Actresses played either young chicks, old hags, or victims.

But under the influence of Virgo, the fact that there was one female role to every ten male roles was criticized for the first time.  The lack of representation in the houses of power, Congress and the Senate, was also noted for the first time, and derided.  The force was with women.  This consciousness, as all others, stayed after the Plutonian visit, as a kind of residue, a layer of insight. This is the reason that feminism today is still part of the fabric of our lives. We synthesized it from our times.

Meanwhile the sub-age of Aquarius deepened, incorporating this new Virgo conscience with political analysis and female-highlighted awareness, repairing the lack of female visibility.  Television grew up. Talk shows started to become more popular; a staged showdown between a chauvinist pig and a tennis star named Billie Jean King. King rose to archetype status when she shopped the cocky guy, whose name is forgotten in the annals of the sport. In mythic televised, Billie Jean King, in her white shirts and splendid athletic body, was carried into the court on a litter borne by clad, Chippendales-type of men. That was a crowning ceremony for all woman. We were empowered ritualistically, once and for all.

Today we take it for granted that there are anchorwomen on the news, female reporters, female representatives, and Secretary of State Madeleine Albright, who represents the United States to the world, enjoying the equal status with prime ministers and kings. I remember a time when we had to write letters to TV stations pleading them not to call women’s events at the Olympic Games “girls’ events.”  We wrote: “The athletes at the Olympics all seem to be older than twelve years old. If you call them girls’ events, then call the men’s events are boys’ events.”  This worked because Aquarius had already pried open the minds of the public, and then Virgo could slip in with her fair corrections. The TV station staff never replied but we noticed that the media began using the dreaded work “woman” more often,

A Plutonian visit lasts from ten to fifteen years. These smaller universal waves we do catch because we live through them. The bigger ages elude us because we don’t get to see when they begin; our existence is much too short to witness their reality. In the Great Ages we’re just “staffing” the times.  But my generation is lucky because we did feel the stirrings of the sub-age of Aquarius which heralded the future. Because communication is Aquarius’s main strength, the media, especially television, started taking up public education, confrontation, town hall mythos.  Thinkers, writers, actors, celebrities, and regular folks shared their stories. Phil Donohue ruled the TV waves, expressions of disagreement became acceptable in public forums.

The next Plutonian age was in Libra (roughly 1972 to 1984). In this time women went to the courts and fought for justice, became lawyers themselves, fought for equal opportunity in employment and for equal pay.  We had a female Supreme Court appointee, even from the conservative Reagan presidency. Secretaries stopped making coffee; women created their own networking system and mentored each other as equals. Civil rights became law; women started winning in court.  Gender and racial equality were discussed as legitimate concerns The great Aquarian personality Oprah Winfrey ascended her throne in public consciousness. With full humanitarian sensibility and the generosity of a Leo she embraces the entire world. Oprah is the new measure of standard for female behavior. She’s teaching the world to be fair, to be honest, to heal, to read.

The most recently completed Plutonian visit was in Scorpio (around 1984 to 1995).  This Zodiac sign looks at death and suffering, sexuality and its shadows. Scorpio exposes that which is hidden, and a lot of shadows came to light in this time. The notion of family was liberated; we discovered that the isolated nuclear family was not such a good idea after all. Remember the televised freak shows? The very bottom layers of society had vast public access, confessing to their crimes (I killed my mother and sister), lust (I cheated on my husband with his brother), perversion (I had sex with my daughter or son), abuse (I molested my little boy or girl).

The freak show, it seemed, would never end. Mrs. Bobbitt cut off her husband’s penis, and the world shook.  This was truly a Scorpio moment. Suddenly women had teeth and knives and guns. The flood of exposes was overwhelming. Church fathers who abused altar boys, bishops who had children – everybody was suing everybody else, airing the dirty linen in public, confessing, weeping. And many were going to jail.  Justice was raining down like never before.

The final shutdown was the O.J. Simpson trial. His case had everything – an aging arrogant athlete with sagging charm, a beautiful young ex-wife, her face bashed in. The returning abused wife, the little children who inherited the mess. It had black female jurors nursing a deep wound from the racist LAPD that was just waiting to be vented. The trial was used to get even with the police.

But it was the Aquarian sub-age and the whole world was watching. Scorpio stirred up the media with this ongoing true-life soap opera. It was a daily show. Women watched. We knew. There will be no one who will defend us. Women, we are on our own.

The big issue really was sex and violence – male sexuality and possessiveness. This is the great unfinished business of our species. When will somebody finally dare to ask the question: What about the men? Why is it that only among humans do males attach and kill females? The human male rapes children, buys them as slaves, maintains a multibillion-dollar business in child prostitution. How can we humanize male sexuality and not shame all men? How can we separate our rapists from brothers? The thorny question of the men still stands.

Life is complex. If you didn’t finish Libra business when you were supposed to, it spilled over into Scorpio and then all hell broke loose. With Scorpio, psychotherapy was elevated into religious ritual, our language finally and permanently taking on its concepts and terminology. We all talk about “denial” when something is real but we say it’s not. We talk about our “inner child” and our “inner wild woman” all kinds of inner being house with us – it’s crowded in there! And the final insight, that childhood is everything – well, most everything. If you hurt a child, you’ll pay for it when he/she grows up.

Repressed memories, false repressed memories, and the power of sexuality came home to roost. Rape trials finally convicted rapists; mothers fought against hazings; drunk drivers were put away. Scorpio was a long road for the collective consciousness to travel but we made it and came out the other end. Its lessons are still reverberating in our society and culture. The Scorpion prurient taste hasn’t gone away; in face we have become addicted to exposes. We want more. The tabloids have ascended to legitimate status, and scoop respected publications when it come to gossip.

Something had to be done. How do we pull out of this spin into darkness? It took a triple female sacrifice: Jon-Benet Ramsey, the young nymph; Diana, Princess of Wales, the Maiden grown to Queen of Hears; and Mother Teresa, the all-compassionate Crone.

Jon-Benet’s gruesome death was “unsolved” (reinforcing the fact that women got no justice). he represented how vulnerable we are. Diana’s accidental death was blamed on aggressive paparazzi and the tabloids who pay them too well. her death said to use; Beauty demands to be witnessed, and is loved and hated at the same time. We kill what turns us on. When Diana died, we realized how short life is, we faced our own mortality.  She was the Fairy Queen, Mother Theresa was a pragmatist who chose to save humanity. The ultimate servant of God – no man has ever done what she has. he death told us; Be compassionate, every one of use is God.

All three deaths disturbed our collective soul deeply. All three women were us, somehow. We emptied the cup of grief to the bottom.  And with the message of compassion we have arrived in the Plutonian Sagittarius (about 1993 to 2008). This is the half-horse/half-man image. Good Chiron, the wounded healer and centaur. We can assume that animal rights will be in the forefront. Already a new television network, Animal Planet, is slowly replacing the freak gossip shows. Animals will be treasured and their wisdom gleaned in this short then years.

Sagittarius likes women, sexuality that is robust but not violent.  High goals to chase in medicine, teaching and learning, ritual and religion. This phase in our history will be peppered with medical discoveries. The dreaded virus – AIDS, herpes, the common cold, and other beasts we could not shake – will be defeated now, finally.  We shall honor our inventors who have conquered a high goal; human interests will be highlighted once again.

Youth will be trusted, elected, and promoted – but not for their beauty. Youth will take on vigorous endeavors for the common good. Sports will have to become more civil, and remunerated more realistically.  Women again will win the Olympics for the USA.  The elderly, the again “Flower Children” who were the first bloom of the sub-age of Aquarius, will be taken care of by society. Good health care and retirement care will be made available.

This age is fun, we will enter Plutonian Capricorn (roughly 2008 to 2012). This sign highlights the Earth, structures, and institutions, and also spasms, as in birth and even orgasms. This age will usher in the first new institutions of the twenty-first century which will replace old models. Business will be rearranged, life will be less centralized. The Information Age – a code name for Aquarius – will totally bloom in Capricorn.

Our work will be connected from all points of the globe. Business will take place where you are; bosses online only, parents working while rocking the baby. All those Plutonian visits will be finally finished here in Capricorn. Pollution will decrease as we use Earth-friendly energy sources, such as solar energy, wind power, and the energy of ocean waves. Capricorn will be a time of serous studies, less partying then in Sagittarius.  Humanity will mature, incorporating all the past lessons, synthesizing all Plutonian visits. The body, as Earth herself, will be honored. Health consciousness will reach a kind of old-fashioned mode, with reality widespread knowledge of good health habits and exercise, and healthy foods being sold on the streets, memories from our Vigo past.

A new conservatism may also emerge here, which will closely resemble the hippie rebels of the past.  Few of the original “Flower Children” will be around to see it come full circle, but if we do, we shall lift our medical marijuana joints in the air to celebrate.

With each age, the best policy is to follow the spirit of the times. So right now don’t worry about the millennium, tend to the humanistic Sagittarian age that is here right now. This is more real than the coming turn of the century.  This is a time when the soul and her needs will take center stage. Practice some form of spirituality. For women, a Goddess consciousness or fate consciousness is right. For men, finally learn to follow women as leaders. Oh, yes – it will be an “in” thing, you see. Women are way ahead in the soul department.  We have been at it since the Plutonian Virgo, when men were just getting around to contemplating female orgasm and finding the G spot.  Women had already begun worshiping the goddess, writing a lot of books about it, and calling on the four directions in circles.

Soul care, inner life, intuitions, instinctual leadership, improvisations – these are all skills for Sagittarius. You cannot succeed here unless you are in touch with your body, your inner animal, and can brighten your spirit. Instead of repressing our animal nature, it’s time to investigate it, see how we can synthesize the animal and soul natures of our species better.  It’s a noble fate marriage; we are all spouses. Sagittarius will want to climb the heights of imagination. Entertainment must be soulful and instructive again. The Scorpio age of anger and rage is over. Fueled with the growing Aquarian vibration, this can be a wonderful time.

Around 2008 it will turn into Plutonian Capricorn. And even beyond that, the wheels within the wheels are turning.  “All things must pass” said the inscription to the Fates. Our species is weathering the changes, and we are discovering that we are made of stars and that our destination if life returning.

Visit Z Budapest’s website at www.zbudapest.com, and you can learn more about the Dianic tradition at www.dianic-wicca.com.

American Goddess Worshipper’s Super Witch

April 2nd, 2010

Hey! Hey! My Hungarian country(wo)men have found me! It only took fifty years! But, I’m excited that they have a new found awareness of witches and are embracing me. It feels good!

Awesome:

Under Spell of Budapest-Born Super Witch

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Speaking of the supernatural, it seems that one of America’s leading witches – if not the top enchantress in all 50 states – is actually a Hungarian. From somewhere we don’t remember, we found ourselves on the homepage for the Goddess Festival 2010, which is happening this September in Northern California. Among many other things, the page alerts us to the discounts available for witches’ covens. Dig:

Are you a group of at least nine women who circle together regularly in-person as a coven? We are offering a coven discount for women-only covens for this festival. You must have no less than nine women in your active coven who all wish to attend the festival together. Virtual covens are not entitled to this discount. This is for women who regularly put in Goddess face-time together.

Putting this all together is one Z Budapest (above). According to her official biography, Z Budapest, who also goes by the name Zsuzsanna Emese Budapest, was born in Budapest “during a big winter storm” in 1940 to a mother who was a “medium and a practicing witch.”

We have no idea how we could possibly have not known about this for all these years, and frankly can’t think of anything else to say, other than we worship you too, Z Budapest. Awesome!

http://www.pestiside.hu/20100401/american-goddessworshippers-under-spell-of-budapestborn-super-witch/

Pagan Events and Festivals

January 24th, 2010

The sixth annual Conference on Current Pagan Studies is about to take place January 30-31, 2010, through the Claremont Graduate University. This year’s keynote speakers are Donald Michael Kraig and T. Thorn Coyle.

The American Academy of Religion now recognizes Pagan Studies as a legitimate field of study. This, along with an expansion of peer reviewed journals, such as, Goddess, The Pomegranate, and an academic presses such as Alta Mira who publish works on Pagan Studies, makes it a great time for a Conference on Current Pagan Studies.

The academic conference welcomes the Pagan community to be part of their event. They are also interested in ways to affect the future through writings, politics, research, consciousness or other ways that you have found to think of saving the planet for future generations.

Other Pagan events you’ll want to save the date for are the festivals that are coming up.

The Goddess Festival is happening on September 9-12, 2010, in Northern California. This bi-annual festival is sponsored by Z Budapest and the Susan B. Anthony Coven Number One. This women-only event is a fund raiser for the Women’s Spirituality Forum, which means that the costs of registration fees are tax deductible.

PantheaCon in San Jose, California, is happening February 12-15. This is a huge Pagan event held in one of San Jose’s largest hotels. Attending will be Pagan leaders Z Budapest, Selene Fox, Starhawk, Ruth Barrett, Oberon Zell-Ravenheart, Diana Paxson and many, many more. It’s a huge Pagan gathering and well worth attending.

Circle Sanctuary’s 30th annual Summer Solstice Festival, Pagan Spirit Gathering will take place June 20-27 at a camping location in Missouri. If you register by March 4th you can get the discounted registration price; otherwise, the deadline is June 4. Presenters will include T. Thorn Coyle, Jason Pitzl-Waters, and Selena Fox.

Goddess Festival 2010

December 9th, 2009
Goddess Festival

Women’s issues – contrasting pagan cultures

December 6th, 2009

Contrasting cultures: the female witches are winning in San Francisco, but in Africa women are dying.

Yesterday I celebrated my wife’s birthday, and we went to see Wicked. This is a highly successful play, musical, it’s been to Broadway, and has many companies playing all over the globe.

I was so very pleasantly surprised.

Culturally speaking witches have gained a great friend in this play. The main characters are taken from the Wizard of Oz, before Dorothy drops in, and their struggle is about lookism, discrimination, friendship between girls. While there is a man involved who loved both young women, Glinda and Elphaba, ultimately he chooses the girl with the green face. The different one. Her character can be seen as a feminist character. She stands up for herself. She makes waves. And when she gets angry, she shakes the rafters. She makes the stars fall all over the scene, frightening even the great Wizard.

This green girl liberates the flying monkeys, saves animals. She is obviously a woman of our times.

Glinda also learns not to rely only on her looks, and to be less shallow.

At the end, the part when the couples get together, wedding bells are absent. Nobody gets married. Certainly a new twist in musicals.

The green woman gets glorified into Goddess proportions. She is elevated to the top of the theater, strong lighting makes her look like an apparition from above and later, the two women hand-in-hand take their bows, while a hundred or so little girls in their own ruby slippers cheer them on.

I am talking about the images the positive messages these little girls absorb from this musical.

The main message is that best friends outrank boyfriends. Two women can be friends even if they are from different races, or families. The green woman is just as acceptable as the “normal” one. They need each other, and there is a lot of hugging as well.

Next the musical talks about how “good” people are kind to animals.

But the most important message is, a witch’s powers used for positive goals is a blessing. You don’t see this message too often. The witch’s power in Wicked is celebrated.

Contrast this with the recent Oprah show where she exposed the plight of our sisters in Africa.

Nicholas Kristof, writer and activist, was the guest with his wife. His book Half the Sky is a best seller.

Here, on the other side of the earth, women are enslaved, beaten, raped, starved, denied medical attention when injured. All of the starving, still pregnant, women die in childbirth one every minute.

Orphans left behind get to be used in the sex slave trade. The sex trade is supported by western or wealthy males, selling and buying little children.

Hexes on pedophiles! Every dark Moon witches should send them a whammy.

What I didn’t hear much about was “who” is raping these women, who is knocking them up, withholding food from them, or any support. Who is frequenting the children’s brothels? Poverty creates a pedophile’s cheep paradise.

Oprah doesn’t like to say this, but the answer is “men.”

Women are ashamed to say that men are out of order, because we know so many real good humans. Many good men, yet they cannot change the way other men behave. Where is a movement of good men defending against violent men?

Islamic soldiers, Arab fighters on camels backs (Darfur), burning down their already impoverished homes, raping the women and children alike. Once a girl is raped, she is damaged goods, her own family abandons her. It’s a death sentence.

Oprah doesn’t like to say the negative things, naming names. She is Ms Positive. She was asking us to donate money via her website. We assume Mr. Kristof has given her the right contacts, so the money will go to the abused sisters. I trust Oprah more then anybody else on TV.

So I went and clicked on the “For All Women” registry. There I have taken on the support of a girl to go to school for at least a year. Get lunch, books and uniform. But 75 cents can get a little boy or girl dewormed. I dewormed my dogs regularly. If you have any heart, you’ll send money to these women; be part of the good guys.

Get the book Half the Sky read it, and pass it to your friends. Pagans must get involved in politics. Without our spells and money, change is slow and generations of mothers are wiped out.

The Goddess is alive in the lucky West, but she is barely alive in Africa. It will be a long time before they can see Wicked, and celebrate the female to female friendships. Or celebrate the power of righteous anger. Or that of spiritual liberation through study.

This Full moon my prayers go up to expose woman hating religions, take them down morally and financially.

Support the women who are surviving, let there be less orphans in the world.

Aphrodite Goddess of Love Discovered

September 15th, 2009

Buried in ancient Roman soils for over 1,500 years, archeologist unearthed three clay figurines of Aphrodite, the goddess of love and beauty. According to the researchers, it was clear that the pagan worshippers of Aphrodite had wished to hide the three goddess figurines, as they were found complete.

Aphrodite “It is possible that during the fourth century [CE], when Christianity was gradually becoming the governing religion in the Roman Empire, there were still a number of inhabitants in Sussita, Isreal, who remained loyal to the goddess of love, and therefore wished to hide and preserve these items,” suggests Archeology Professor Arthur Segal, one of the excavation’s leaders.

The buried clay goddesses were discovered when the researchers exposed a shop in the southeastern corner of the forum district of Sussita, which is the central area of the Roman city that was built in the second century BCE; existed through the Roman and Byzantine periods and destroyed in the great earthquake of 749 CE.

The clay images are 23 cm tall and represent the common model of the goddess of love known to the experts as Venus pudica, “the modest Venus.” This name was given to the figurines due to their upright stature and the goddess covering her Venus mound, her female sexuality, with the palm of her hand.

Venus is the Roman name for Aphrodite, the goddess of love. The term “aphrodisiac” comes from the Greek name of the goddess.

According to Greek poet Hesiod, she was born when Ouranos was castrated by his son Kronos. Kronos threw the severed genitals into the sea, and from the aphros (sea foam) arose Aphrodite. Because of her beauty, other gods feared that jealousy would interrupt the peace among them and lead to war, and so Zeus married her to Hephaestus, who was not viewed as a threat. However, Aphrodite became instrumental in the Eros and Psyche legend, and later was both Adonis’ lover and his surrogate mother.

Venus is the Roman name for Aphrodite, the goddess of love. The term “aphrodisiac” comes from the Greek name of the goddess.

According to Greek poet Hesiod, she was born when Ouranos was castrated by his son Kronos. Kronos threw the severed genitals into the sea, and from the aphros (sea foam) arose Aphrodite. Because of her beauty, other gods feared that jealousy would interrupt the peace among them and lead to war, and so Zeus married her to Hephaestus, who was not viewed as a threat. However, Aphrodite became instrumental in the Eros and Psyche legend, and later was both Adonis’ lover and his surrogate mother.

Aphrodite is also known as Kypris (Lady of Cyprus) and Cytherea after the two places, Cyprus and Kythira, which claim her birth. Her Roman equivalent is the goddess Venus. Myrtle, dove, sparrow, and swan are sacred to her. The Greeks identified Aphrodite with the Ancient Egyptian goddess Hathor.

Aphrodite had a festival of her own, the Aphrodisia, which was celebrated all over Greece but particularly in Athens and Corinth. At the temple of Aphrodite on the summit of Acrocorinth (before the Roman destruction of the city in 146 BC), sexual intercourse with her priestesses was considered a method of worshiping Aphrodite. This temple was not rebuilt when the city was reestablished under Roman rule in 44 BC, but it is likely that the fertility rituals continued in the main city near the agora.

The discovery of these three totems of Aphrodite suggests that there was pagan resistance to the rise of Christianity, which at that time was the growing religion influencing the Roman Empire.

As we know, Paganism never died out. It simply went underground, and in this case it did so literally.

Deep Earth Magic to you Marion Weinstein

September 14th, 2009
Marion Weinstein Pagan Witch

Marion Weinstein 1939-2009

It was 1978 when Positive Magic: Occult Self-Help was written by Marion Weinstein. What she brought to the pagan table was a sweet, personal book of shadows that showed the world that a witch could live gently as a witch within society, practicing her magic in an everyday fashion.

By using the word “positive,” she helped to bend and change the paradigm of how others outside this pagan theology would view us. Like me, she worked to bring the Craft out of the shadows and into the light of a new era.

The book is a classic, and so was Marion.

I count seven books to Marion’s credits. That’s a goodly amount of work to document this wonderful woman’s life.

Those who knew or experienced Marion Weinstein were always in for a treat. She had a background in stand-up comedy. I appreciate that.

Marion enjoyed a good amount of pagan celebrity within the witchcraft (Wiccan) community. She produced and hosted a radio show in New York for many years. Much of her celebrity was on the East Coast, but we West Coast witches knew of her too. She influenced us all.

She was born May 19, 1939. Marion passed away on July 1, 2009 at the age of 70. I’m almost 70. She was my generation. Her passing hits home in a very deep way.

Donna Henes, Mama Donna, of Brooklyn, NY is holding a memorial service for Marion Weinstein at the New York City Pagan Pride Festival.  The New York City Pagan Pride Festival will be held Saturday, September 26th from 11 am-5pm at Battery Park in New York City.  For more information on the memorial services, you can contact Donna Henes at 718-857-1343 or email her at cityshaman@aol.com. (Thanks Paula Jean West, Pagan Travel Examiner, for that bit of information.)

I’m posting one of Marion’s videos for you. It’s a good way to remember her; to give her your attentions and your love. She has twenty-five videos for us up on YouTube.com. Twenty-five! I’d better get busy!

Deep blessings to you Marion Weinstein. Dear soul. Sweet sister in Goddess. Deep peace.

It’s All Elemental

September 12th, 2009

There’s so much discussion in the greater pagan community about who worships what, what tradition is better or worse, whose god or goddess is better than any other, etc. And it’s really not so different than the discussions pagans have with Christians over whose god is more legitimate.

But fact is, whether you worship a dead guy or a tree, if you take yourself back as far as you can historically go in terms of spiritual worship … you find yourself with only the Elementals.

Pagans say that we pray to the four elements for good favor, but really we pray to five of them.

The four Elementals are earth, air, fire and water. But, there’s a fifth one and it’s spirit.

While there are lots of variations on the theme, many of the world’s creation myths are centered on the meeting of the four elements of earth, air, fire and water in the world of chaos. The interaction of the four is the basis for all creation, including the fifth elemental of spirit.

Pagans view the world as made up from the marriage of some or all of these Elementals in various forms, and that from one of those marriages came the Elemental of spirit which gave root to the goddesses, gods and humanity.

Whether it’s a coven of witches or a tribe of Native Americans, if you experience rituals and rites of passage with them, you will also experience the prayers welcoming the presence of the Elementals. While each pagan group has their own ways of doing those rituals, the basic core principles are the same.

Witch's Pentagram with Elemental Symbology
Witch’s Pentagram with Elemental Symbology

Witches make use of the pentagram which is a five sided start with the point upward; not to be confused with its subversion by other non-pagan modern day ritualists. The pentagram’s five branches are symbolic for the five Elementals. So, when a witch wears a pentagram on their necklace or by other means, the witch is invoking the Elementals to work with them for magical purposes and prayers.

Now, realize that this is an extremely simplistic overview of the basics of Elementals within pagan cultures, but gives a common ground upon which to grasp the concept of their origins. In later articles, we will talk about Elementals more specifically within various traditions. So, stay with us!

Goddess in the Office

August 21st, 2009

A short video that goes along with Z Budapest’s timeless classic book, “Goddess in the Office.”

Z Budapest Feminist Witch

July 16th, 2009

This movie shares some of the life and times of feminist witch and women’s spirituality author Z Budapest. It’s a brief timeline of her life’s work through images, and announces her 2008 Goddess Gathering festival celebrating the Holy Book of Women’s Mysteries.

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