SageWoman #37 - Mothers and Daughters
Often patriarchal religions have been said to focus on the Father, while Goddess spirituality focuses on the Mother. In this issue, SageWoman examines how our relationships as mothers and daughters affects and reflects our spirituality.
We begin with Z Budapest's lyrical and revealing portrait of her Hungarian artist mother "Conjuring Masika" then discover the beauty and power of women's photography in "A Portrait of American Mothers and Daughters" (excerpted from the book by Raisa Fastman.) How can we love our daughters, and help them to grow up strong and independent? Virginia Bean Rutter's "Celebrating Girls" discusses how adult women can help girls enter menarche with the spark of the Goddess still burning brightly in their hearts. Another sort of battle - this one against her daughter's leukemia - is the subject of Madeline Goldstein's "Battling for Cristina" while Sara Spaulding-Phillips describes the gifts of spirit her daughter has brought to her in "Of the Same Piece of Cloth." Catherine Cobeaga describes her eternal connection to her mother - even at the end of life - in her essay "In Love All Ways", and Diana Paxson gives a comprehensive overview of the most famous Mother-Daughter Goddess team of antiquity in "Demeter and Persephone: Learning to Let Go."
Seasonal offerings include Janeen Grohsmeyer springtime family celebrations in "Children of the Goddess: Spring"and Yvonne Owens' "The Witches Wheel of the Year: The Rites of Spring" which describes ancient, pre-Christian roots of Valentine's Day, Spring Equinox, and Easter celebrations, and ties them to rituals we can celebrate today. Columns include DeAnna Alba's reflections on learning to live our own dreams (not that of our mothers) in "The Cauldron of Changes", Jan Williams' musings on the Women's Herbal Conference in "Sacred Herbs: Gifts from the Land", and the reflections of both Ann Kreilkamp and Carol Christ on their conflicted relationships with their own mothers. Three new columns debut with this issue: Joanna Powell Colbert focuses on divination in "The Sibyl Speaks" and Kathleen O'Connell describes The Goddess, cycles, and the roots of astrology in "Luna Muse" and Lunaea Weatherstone (founding foremother of SageWoman) returns in "Hearth and Home: Everyday Enchantments." There's also a spring calendar of holy days, a ritual for honoring one's mother, reviews, and a rip-roaring Rattle installment (largely devoted to discussion of whether women can love the Goddess and Jesus at the same time.) This issue overflows with wisdom and deep meaning for women of all ages.
80 pages, published in Spring 1997.