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

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.

Teaching the Goddess Online

July 11th, 2009

What an addictive tool the Internet! I can’t wait in the morning to run to my online school and see what my students have written! They have homework, they have destiny work, they have Tree work, and they chitchat with each other forming/nurturing an international women’s community.

I am very impressed. I started teaching in the days of the mimeograph machine (early seventies). Yes, Virginia, we cranked the pages out one by one by hand, and got a lot of ink on ourselves in turn. The ink didn’t come off for weeks.

Then we advanced to Xerox machines, expensive but faster. Printing the first women’s liberation newsletter SISTER was a later development, after we mastered the art of asking for money and taking on regular subscribers. History just went fast forward from then on.

In the early eighties we still didn’t have computers; the machine we had was big and not much more than a glorified typing machine. But the times went into warp space, and suddenly we had computers, and email, and the works. Internet came as the topping on the cake. It has leveled the field all around the globe. Suddenly we are one not just in theory but as a tangible global community. I know what my friend in Budapest is cooking in her pot, and what my other friend in Brazil is reading. They know if I have some troubles with my IMAC, or the email is acting up. I bought me a pair of boots online and they fit! This must be the ultimate victory, saving time for fine things like nature walks. Smelling the roses.

I am an Aquarian with Libra Moon, Sagittarius rising. As a teacher I am best when I get to talk to my students in person, but I had to learn new tricks.

How to establish a school, online, where the students won’t get bored, won’t feel abandoned, and how do I urge them on to actually invest the time and finish the homework I have assigned to them?

How do I reward them? Do I need to give out grades? How often do I need to comment on their work? What about the peer review?
Isn’t that more exciting?

Life has stepped in and I had to go away to Europe to get some surgery done. I had double hip replacements and in that time I had a crappy computer to work on with not the American keyboard available, but a European one, with the letters and Y all mixed up. It was a nightmare.

But never mind. The Information Age has not let me down. My students have endured valiantly my misspelled words. They were kind about the long pauses when I was post-op and unable to sit without pain at the computer. I managed to hold on to my website. New students have come, and in fact my business doubled while I was laid off getting better.

Now we are nearing the 3rd year anniversary for the Dianic University. We have amassed a lot of homework in our resources; students and I started seeing that some reward IS in order, like a certificate that they had completed my curriculum. I am working on that now.

What are we learning?

My idea was to create a place where women can come and study as they have time. These women are new moms, some are students at Universities, some are professional women, some are kids. The Goddess is a family-friendly study. The Wisdom Track is a journey around the sun, taken together and taken consciously. They can also chose the Dianic Clergy Priestess training.

Each month has a Goddess monolog, and seasonal information about the sacred trees, birds, stones, and inner life. We share these with each other. Yes, its based on my book Grandmother of Time, but my books are to be lived, not just read. Reading about nature helps, but living it makes the journey visceral, makes it personal, something to share with each other.

What I found most exciting all my life is getting to know the trees. Sacred trees, every one of them. Some of them are more famous than others, but I think all trees are the very lungs of the beloved blue planet. Lungs and breath, spirit.

To make acquaintance with a local tree is to spend time with her: Hang out around her; Make some contact; Touch her; Kiss her bark. Tree-huggers dream assignments! The tree is not fast in responding, but when we take them seriously, the trees are direct phone lines to LIFE. A couple of heartfelt visits, maybe asking for a wand. These visits can become prayers.

I am very close to two trees in the cemetery park where I walk my dogs in Oakland. Here the trees are allowed to grow big and stay alive.

My beloved FRIEND, a yellow poplar, greets me as I start my walk. She sees me from afar, waits until I too can see her. Then, like a person, she begins to dance with her leaves. First just a few on the outside. Closer I come, more and more. This is independent from the wind conditions. When the wind is blowing of course she is more active. She can express excitement, she can express love, she can say yes and no depending on how she moves. I have learned her leafy language, I know what she is saying most of the time.

I tell her about my life. I ask her to send me more friends. (I have actually met two women later in the park after I asked her to help my social life). I asked her to send me more students. Most of the time I bless her and she in turn blesses me.

I have introduced her to friends of mine who do not walk this park, she approved on one, she wasn’t quite as enthused about another. Just like a person.

I urge my students to find this kind of deep personal relationship with a good tree. Many have managed to find their Tree Sisters, but some are more in tune with flowers. Some love stones better, have personal relationships with rose quartz, opals, amethysts, moonstones, and even diamonds. These human-to-planet experiences are prayers. We realign our souls with the natural world. No longer orphans, us women. We belong here. This is our time and our space. This is our planet.

Spell casting is expected from us witches, so there is a good amount of suggestions towards successful practice. But we don’t consider spell casting a daily chore. We use prayers, and abundant blessings on everything, mostly the water from which all things emerged. Than you water! Thanks and blessings change the molecular picture of water; it changes when receiving gratitude. It’s magic on a daily basis.

I have another Tree Friend. I call her Cork Mama Oak. She is magnificent. Her strong limbs reach out in a effortless stretch, her arms are thicker than my trunk. She has the sexiest groove between her main branches, and I bury my face in there and whisper sweet nothings to LIFE. She is also my Altar. Here I cast my most urgent spells just with words into her cork skin. I can hear my voice echoed back. (How does she do that?) When I finish, I leave with a much lightened heart. I kiss her several times before I leave. The feel of her cork skin feels dry but wonderful. I know I am the only one who has ever kissed her with deep love; maybe the only one to kiss her at all.

As part of our learning, we come together and talk about what has happened. How our prayers were answered by the trees. How our connection to nature created for us a family. How our love for the planet is growing. This love often gets translated into action for the environment. For peace. For each other.

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