SageWoman #87 - Sacred Lands.
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Some places are just special -- amazing lands that make us sigh with relief, release our tensions, drop our worries, and open us to the Goddess. In this issue of SageWoman, we share the stories of women who have found their magical place, and what it means to them.
In our opening story, "Where the River Springs from the Mountain," Nadya King share the story of a magical hot springs, and the community there that she was called to become a part of. (Spoiler: that community still exists, and Nadya tells us where it is!)
Jude Lally grew up in the high reaches of Scotland, truly a mystical land. In “Ancient Mothers of Loch Lomond" she describes the otherworldly beings that still inhabit those ancient mountains, and what They have taught her about our relationship with the Land.
“Our home is magical, although I didn't realize it right away," writes Terra West, in "Home is Where the Goddess Is." Terra grew up in suburbia, and found her Goddess-rich paradise in an urban homestead.
Surely fairyland is far, far away from the steel towns of the Upper Midwest. Or, maybe it's closer than we think. In "Fairyland in a Factory Town," author A. Jean Linder takes us on a journey to the many fairy-rich, healing places of her childhood and a special park where she still finds the magic today.
Glastonbury Tor: fabled land of Avalon, surely a very special place to meet the Goddess. Klara Adalena had indeed, had many magical experiences there. But one night her pilgrimage took a surprising turn. She tells us the rest of the story in "A Night on the Tor."
The Mojave desert: desolate, sparse, and uninviting. But also a place where author D. Noel Knower found a very special kind of message from the Goddess, one she shares in "A Desert Epiphany."
One of the more unlikely places to find peace would seem to be the suburban, concrete subdivisions of Orange County, known more for the "magic" kingdom of Disney than any natural beauty. Yet Kaeti Gugui kept being drawn back there by the call of an obscure goddess. In "Mestra: Recoving the Sacred Grove in Orange County" she shares the insights she has learned about making "ruined" places sacred again.
Experience the magic of one perfect afternoon on a Pacific beach with Shekhina Margaretta von Recklinghausen in her essay, "Earth Angel."
Lisa Wersal found magic — and an unexpected connection to Yemaya — on the shores of a midwestern lake. Her story “Message in a Bottle" could have been addressed by the Goddess to any of us.
Our regular columnists bring their own stories of sacred land to this issue: loremistress Diana Paxson shares the myth and legend of the Celtic water goddess Danu; herbalist Susun Weed describes how she was called to make her home in a former gravel pit; Alison Leigh Lilly finds a humorous message from a horse; and Janet Callahan faces every mother’s dilemma as her young children become more independent.
The wisdom of our regular columnists continues as Donna Henes rises up in righteous indignation at the long-term disregard of our Mother the Earth; Lizann Bassham finds the sacred land of her own body; Anne Hill notes how liminal space can create transformation in our lives, Danielle Black describes her encounter with "Neptune Soup" on a trip to Glastonbury many years ago; Nancy Vedder-Shults relates how she first understood ley lines and the stone circles of southern England; and Crystal Blanton wrestles, as a black American priestess, with the sacrality (and brokenness) of her homeland. Sometimes the Goddess comes to us in a relationship with our companion animals, as Leslie Linder relates, or through the medium of what we create, as Teresa Marbut writes about in her goddess cooking column.
Plus goddess-poetry, reviews of books, music, and oracle decks, and the wonderful voices of our readers in our "readers write" department, the Rattle. We end with Milina Jovanic’s meditation on finding the goddess Cybele on the Greek island of Lesbos. Find your own magical home in the pages of this special issue! 88 pages, scheduled to be published in March, 2015.