SageWoman #79
Connecting to Gaia


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SageWoman #79 - Connecting to Gaia

"Connecting to Gaia" is the theme of this issue celebrating the many ways in which we can root ourselves in the bosum of the Mother. The issue begins with editor Anne Niven's panegyric to U-pick fruit harvesting, and moves into a parade of articles describing the surprisingly varied situations in which we can find the touch of the Goddess. Green witch and herbalist Sue Sierralupe's "The School of the Goddess: Learning to Listen to Gaia" shares the ways in which she turns into the subtle voice of Gaia when diagnosing and treating her clients, while in "Pino Trail" Rhonda Rhett finds solace amidst family turmoil while running in the arid landscape of New Mexico's Sandia Mountains.

Finding Our Lady of Green Things in a seemingly hostile environment is also the subject of Lilith Three Feather's essay "Colors of Life: My Desert Garden," while Serra Swift looks backward in "Who's Your Mama? Ancient Roots of Goddess Worship." Another surprising revelation is the Goddess in the working class crones of Serbia shared in Alanna Marohnic's rememberance "Old Baka: An Earth Goddess for the Rest of Us." Finally, a spine-tingling true story of the infamous Pendle Witches of Lancashire, England is shared by novelist Marieke Sharrat in "Mother Demdike: Ancestor of My Heart."

Our columns begin with Diana Paxson's in-depth invocation of the Germanic Lady of Life, "Nerthus: Strength of the Earth." We also feature Luisah Teish's ritual for connecting with our ancestors; DeAnna Alba's ritual to connect with Gaia; Z Budapest's surprising meeting with the spirit of Susan B. Anthony; Valzora Spriggs ritual for cleansing ourselves (and by magical connection, the Gulf Coast post-BP spill).

Also included in this issue are essays on labyrinth-walking, predator-love, embracing our sensual natures, and Susun Weed on the magic of mint. We also share the first column of Anne Hill, best known in Pagan circles for co-authoring (with Starhawk) the classic Pagan family book Circle Round: Raising Children in Goddess Traditions. Her new column, "The Weave of Our Lives" focuses on dreamworking as a path of Goddess awareness and debuts in this issue. Plus (of course!) the Rattle, lots of yummy reviews, poetry, an extra-large helping of gorgeous artwork (including several original drawings by cover artist Holly Sierra) and so much more! A cornucopia of Goddess delights.

96 illustrated pages, edited by Anne Newkirk Niven. Published in September, 2010.

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