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Goddess Mago, Ma_Ku, Magu

Goddess of China, Korea and Japan

By Dr Tricia Szirom

The spiritual traditions of Asia have a greater focus on the feminine as divine and many Goddess representations that have not been available to women in the West where the patriarchal monotheisms have dominated religious belief. Kwan Yin is one of the Asian Goddesses who has been increasingly adopted and venerated in the Western world, however there are many other images and representations, which have not become so well known. One such example is Mago.

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Goddess of Food:

Food for the Goddess

By Dr Tricia Szirom

Food and drink are such an essential part of our lives that it would be hard not to create a representation or aspect of Goddess dedicated to food; in fact there are a number especially if all aspects of the growing, preparing and enjoying of food are included. Annapurna, Demeter, Ceres, Ukemochi-no-kami and Chicomecoatl are just a few of these specifically designated Goddesses. As a dedicated foodie I am particularly interested in these Goddesses and their roles in our wellbeing.

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The Real Story of Easter

By Dr Tricia Szirom

The term 'Easter' is not of Christian origin - it was derived from the Anglo-Saxon 'Eostre,' the name of the goddess of spring. In her honour sacrifices were offered at the time of the vernal equinox. There is also some thought that ‘Easter’ is another form of Astarte or Ishtar, one of the titles of the Chaldean goddess, the Queen of Heaven. In either case it is clear that what we know as Easter, and most of the associated traditions, came from much older traditions where a female deity was the focus.

Easter was not considered a 'Christian' festival until the fourth century. Early Christians celebrated Passover on the 14th day of what was then the first month of the year; study of the dates on which Easter is celebrated will reveal that the celebration of Easter is not observed in accordance with the prescribed time for the observance of Passover.

 

I have collected below a number of texts which talk about the early Goddess worshiping traditions which were deliberately adopted and adapted into the Christian tradition as a way of ensuring that pagan celebrations no longer diverted the people. By ‘christianising’ these celebrations the original source was no longer so attractive. This was a political strategy to win the hearts and minds of the then Roman Empire.

 

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We are the Weavers of the Web

by Dr Tricia Szirom

This ancient land is one of many spirits, which add meaning and depth to our understanding of the web of life and the Great Mother. Over the past two hundred years many peoples have arrived in Australia bringing with them traditions of the Goddess from many lands. What are the ways in which we have adapted our rituals and beliefs to this land, and in what ways have we been influenced by the land? This workshop will look at the weaving of two traditions to enrich our understanding and practice in ritual and celebration.

 

Introduction: Goddess as Weaver of Creation

Many of the world's people believe that the world is woven and that a weaving Creator wove its designs into being; for example the Navajo legend of the Spider Woman; she who sits at the great galactic centre. She is the female force of all creation who joins all nations, all tribes, all families, and all realities together, in her web. The Weaver is the Female Principle of creation.

Myths of weaving exist around the world as metaphors for creation.  However, there is, in all the world, no god of weaving -- only goddesses. Often the weaving goddesses are also teachers of wisdom and midwifery. While there are one or two examples of Weaver Goddesses who are connected with the Sun mostly they are of the Moon.

 

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Goddess Prayer Beads or Rosaries

By Dr Tricia Szirom

Prayer beads
We mostly know prayer beads from the Catholic example of the rosary however many religions have similar tools to assist with meditation, focus and concentration. There are now increasing numbers of web-sites which promote the use of prayer beads or ‘Goddess Rosaries’ and in some churches/Goddess meetings there are regular Goddess Rosary groups.

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The Significance of 2012

by Dr Tricia Szirom

Introduction
I have lived through at least three predictions of the ‘end of the world’ and know that there have been many others before my time. All sorts of signs have been seen that have warned people that Armageddon is nigh and people have acted according to their beliefs. Y2000 was one such occasion and we are moving towards another in 2012, which is supposedly the end of the Mayan Calendar. So is 2012 the end of the world?

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Oh My Goddess!

The launch of Dr Tricia Szirom's book Seasons of the Goddess : Perspectives from the Southern Hemisphere, was hosted by Rachel Kohn of the ABC's Spirit of Things. Rachel spent time interviewing Tricia and other influential members of the Goddess Community, and the result was an article aired on the ABC on the 4th December 2011.

Here, for your listening pleasure is Rachel Kohn's interviews, in case you missed it.

Blessed Be.


Gaia : The Earth Our Mother

Gaea, in Greek mythology, the earth; daughter of Chaos, mother and wife of both Uranus (the sky) and Pontus (the sea). She was mother, by Uranus, of the Cyclopes, the Titans, and others, and, by Pontus, of five sea deities. She helped cause the overthrow of Uranus by the Titans and was worshiped as the primal goddess, the mother of all things.

While many believe that the Goddess was destroyed by patriarchy this is not the case – She is much more flexible and adaptable than that and has taken many forms and guises over the centuries.

In Her more recent re-emergence She has received support from very unlikely sources - both ecologists and quantum physics. Quantum physics has re-conceptualised the universe as an interactive, interdependent and integrated whole where each part is absolutely dependent on each other part. This is reminisent of the web of life and the Goddess as weaver of life.

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Mary Magdalene

by Tricia Szirom

 

Who was she?

While this Mary was mentioned more than any other disciple in the New Testament, there is confusion about who she was, where she came from, what her relationship was with Jesus and what part she played in the story of the early Christian church.

As I grew up Mary was described variously as an irresponsible sister, a prostitute, a repentant sinner, a faithful follower, a wasteful and wanton woman and a friend to Mary the Mother of Jesus. She was always fragments without substance.

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