ISSUE 13-06

August 2013

Briana Murray

Adele Shakal 

Jeanne Leiter 

Charles Elliott

Joanne Elliott 


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Singing the Dream
Mythic Players' Ritual Art Performance
Calendar of Classes & Moon Circles
Autumn Equinox
Poem to Saraswati
Religion and Public Life
How to Make Your Own Celestial Mason Jars
Evidence of Advanced Agricultural Knowledge
Save the Date: 2013 Ritual Sabbats
Donor Acknowledgements
Animal Tales
Classes & Event Notices
Singing the Dream

Imagine plunging into new found pools
Of shimmering thoughtforms,
Deep wellsprings of imagination,
Where we can float in transcendent reverie,
Dreaming new possibilities into story, into being,
Of ingenious ways for humans
To become a blessing on our planet.

Then swim with sure strokes,
    thought after thoughts,
        sentence after sentence
            almost out of sight . . .

Rising, dripping onto
 the water-smoothed pebbles.
Trickling words across the page.
    Flinging some drops

Standing up on the sandy shoal
of our collective imagining-
a story that spirals inward and outward
with an elliptical shape and rhythm
like that of our galaxy.

Culminating with that line
that sails straight for the mark
like an arrow let from the bow,
the words whistling by
cleaving the air-
opening the way forward.

You can find it by following that undercurrent you hear
when you immerse yourself in nature,
and all that you see is beauty
and all that you feel is love
however stark or fierce,
and you know you must
offer your own unique notes,
raising the vibration, singing the dream into being.

Linda Gionti, 2008,Reprinted We'Moon 2012
Image: In the Garden of Eve by Rob Schouten
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Mythic Players, the performing arm of Temple of the Goddess, has been invited to do a ritual art performance as the opening ceremony for a large group, two-campus art exhibition on Sunday, September 22nd. The art show is called Tapping the Third Realm and highlights the spirit world, the spaces between, and places of deep intuition and magic. The four major themes of the artist's work are: Conjuring, Collaboration, Communication, and Chance.

Temple of the Goddess is very excited to be a part of this extensive art exhibit which will show between September 22 through December 8, 2013. For more information please see the following press release for the upcoming art exhibit, Tapping the Third Realm.

Mythic Players Logo by Ruth Ann Anderson

Temple of the Goddess Announcements 

MAKE YOUR VOICE HEARD! - Goddess Choir: If you'd like to be a part of the ever-growing Temple of the Goddess Choir, please contact us at choir@templeofthegoddess.org

NEWSLETTER CONTRIBUTIONS: Please send any related essays, articles, interviews, and poetry for temple newsletter to newsletter@TempleoftheGoddess.org.
COMMUNITY EVENTS: Additional information about Community Events is available at the Temple of the Goddess website. If you would like to post an event with Temple of the Goddess, please let us know by submitting the date and pertinent information to: events@TempleoftheGoddess.org.

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TOG DATES for Moon Circles and Classes

September through December  

Center for Awakening Consciousness 


See Classes & Moon Circle Descriptions Below 

Held At: 690 East Orange Grove Blvd., Pasadena, CA  91104


Contact Info:  Info@TempleoftheGoddess.org  OR  leave a message at 626.765.7959  


New Moon Celebration for Women  

Suggested Donation: $5 - $10 (no one turned away for lack of funds)

Thursday, September 5, 7-10 pm 
Thursday, October 3, 7-10 pm
Thursday, November 7, 7-10 pm
Thursday, December 5, 7-10 pm

Full Moon Celebration - Men & Women

Suggested Donation: $5 - $10 (no one turned away for lack of funds)

Thursday, September 19, 7-10 pm
Thursday, October 17, 7-10 pm
Thursday, November 21, 7-10 pm
Thursday, December 19, 7-10 pm

Shamanic Tantric Dance Class - Monthly for Women  

Per Class: $25

Thursday, September 12, 7-10 pm
Thursday, October 10, 7-10 pm
Thursday, November 14, 7-10 pm
Thursday, December (Dark for Holiday)


Shamanic Journeying

Suggested Donation: $5 - $10

Thursday, September 26, 7-10 pm
Thursday, October 24, 7-10 pm
Thursday, November (Dark for Holiday)
Thursday, December 12, 7-10 pm 

Temple of the Goddess' 2013 Autumn Equinox Ritual & Celebration
Saraswati Pieter Welteverde

Join us on Saturday, September 21st as we honor Saraswati. Known as the beautiful one, she is the Goddess of poetry, art, inspiration, knowledge, and the spoken word. She carries wisdom and deep consciousness and dispels chaos and confusion.

Saraswati, by Pieter Welteverde www.sanatansociety.com 
O Saraswati! 
Thou art the sweetest Goddess of Speech, 
Who dwells in the ocean of Supreme light, 
Flowing like a divine river undaunted 
From the top of the Snow capped mountains 
With dancing waves of joy!

Having entered the hearts of forests 
With swirls of laughter and jingle of anklets, 
Followed by the chatter of royal swans, 
Thou hast created a Heavenly music of rhythms 
To enlighten the minds of men!

O Goddess of Divine Speech! 
Thou art the destroyer of demons and 
The Savior of Heavens through Words divine, 
Thou art the sole refuge to men 
At the times of distress or danger!


O Mother of Scriptures Divine! 
May we live in thy sweet melody 
With no separation from Thy poetic bliss! 
May Thou illumine our minds with wisdom divine! 
May Thou protect the rivers of life from extinction 
With Thy pure and sweet waters of light!

Thou art the wish yielding cow of Heaven! 
I take refuge at thy lotus feet, O Mother, 
Lift up me unto Thy lap and 
Lay bare Thy golden breast! 
Give me Thy milk of wisdom, and 
Grant the poesy with divine melody!

O Goddess Saraswati, 
Sport as a Swan in the lake of my mind, 
With lotuses of my thoughts, and 
Sweetly dance upon my tongue with Rhythmic tunes! 
Obeisance to Saraswati, the Goddess of Divine Speech!

Poem is based on Saraswati Suktam of Rig-Veda. - venkat Copyright @ viswabrahma

Sarasvati, Goddess of Learning and all the Creative Arts.
(Photo by John Lienhard. Image provided by Balraj Sehgal) 
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Prayer Plaza in Jerusalem for Both Sexes Ignites Uproar
By Jodi Rudoren  
Published: New York Times-Middle East Section, August 25, 2013

JERUSALEM - Trying to calm months of intense wrangling over the Western Wall, Israeli officials on Sunday unveiled a new plaza where men and women can pray together. But the move was immediately denounced as discriminatory by the main group that has protested the rules at the holy site.

    New Prayer Confrontation at Western Wall (July 9, 2013)
    Standoff at Western Wall Over Praying by Women (May 11, 2013)

Naftali Bennett, Israel's minister for Jerusalem and diaspora affairs, said the new plaza, in an archaeological park known as Robinson's Arch, was an interim solution until a more comprehensive - and contentious - plan for a mixed-prayer section could overcome bureaucratic hurdles and opposition from archaeologists, ultra-Orthodox Jews and the Muslim authorities. Built for about $80,000, the 4,800-square-foot platform is a "compromise," Mr. Bennett said, whose "goal is to unify all the walks of Jewish life."

Instead, the announcement ignited new divisions. Leaders of the Conservative and Reform movements of Judaism offered cautious praise, while Women of the Wall, the group whose monthly prayer sessions have prompted arrests and mass demonstrations over the past year, started a 24-hour sit-in to protest it. The prime minister's office distanced itself from the new plaza, releasing a statement saying the government had yet to reach a decision on the matter.  Continued . . .
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How to Make Your Own
Celestial Mason Jars

Wash your mason jar out, really well. Mix your glowing paint up. Put tiny dots on the inside of the jar, or patterns or designs, the possibilities are up to you.

Try Stars or Spirals or Swirls or Pentacles or Runes or Goddess and Gods Symbols or Elvish letters or Sigils or Constellation designs, or any number of design patterns. Its up to you how you wish to do this.

mason jar

You could try mix colors together. Add Epsom salts and glitter to make cool effects. You could do dots or stars, the more dots and stars, the better. Sit the jar under a lamp to allow it to charge. Put it in a dark room and let it glow. Have fun and play with these ideas.

For step-by-step instructions go to Cheri's Blog.

Egyptian-Ancient Fertilizer
Evidence of Advanced Agricultural Knowledge Dating Back 8,000 Years

Evidence showing that ancient civilizations were far more superior to what we have thought has been emerging every day. For example, we have recently reported on the discovery of old Chinese writing dating back 5,000 years, an ancient calendar system in Scotland dating back 10,000 years, and the construction of a magnificent temple complex in Turkey dating back 12,000 years.  Now new research has shown that our ancient ancestors had far more advanced agricultural knowledge than initially realized.

Agriculture in modern times is strongly dependent on fertilizers, either the super toxic and dangerous chemically synthesized ones or the natural organic type, such as manure. Fertilizers promote and help growth of plants and crops by providing needed nutrients. The main reason for using fertilizers is that utilizing the same soil for crops again and again depletes the nutrients and thus plant growth becomes slower over time.  Continued . . .
SAVE THE DATE: 2013 Temple of the Goddess Ritual Sabbats
"The seasons and all their changes are in me." -Henry David Thoreau

Our multi-cultural Earth celebrations are open to families and community. Our Sabbats are multi-media ritual theater combining mythology, music, visual art, dance, liturgy, spoken word, and participatory theater which fuses drum and dance with personal enactment to re-connect us to the seasons and the Earth.

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Autumn Equinox, September 21  
Hallows Eve, November 2

All Rituals are scheduled at the Church of Truth in Pasadena.
Click here for more information and to download an event flyer.
Website: www.TempleoftheGoddess.org 

A Center for Awakening Consciousness, Church of Truth 
690 E. Orange Grove Blvd. 
Pasadena, CA 91104 

We hope you will join the temple, in community, to honor the seasons, the Earth, and our own personal growth for our 2013 Ritual Sabbats.

Artwork from Ritual Path DVD by artist John Banks of Artek Images and music by Fritz Heede.  Available from Temple of the Goddess Music & Media Store.

Temple of the Goddess wishes to acknowledge, honor, and welcome those who have joined, tithed, or donated to the temple this month. You keep the temple doors open for all of us.

ritual path imageRealm of Air
Ruth Ann Anderson

Realm of Fire
Realm of Spirit
J Clark
J Tatum 
Click here for information on becoming a member of TOG. Temple of the Goddess has a variety of ways that you can participate fiscally in our vision. To learn more about making a tax-deductible donation to the temple, go to Gifting Opportunities.
Artwork from Ritual Path DVD by artist John Banks of Artek Images and music by Fritz Heede.  Available from Temple of the Goddess Music & Media Store.

You are sitting around a fire after a hard day of work. The air cools and the sun sets, the frogs and crickets begin singing as the sky darkens. Suddenly the person you have been eagerly awaiting leaps to the center of the circle. You have heard the story a hundred times, but the antics of the animals and the wisdom in the story never fail to give you pleasure. As she weaves her tale, the knowledge that every thing is alive, carrying its own power and wisdom, soothes your soul.

Let us join together, in this virtual circle, and share these Animal Tales. Let us once again feel how the stories connect us to the natural world and remind us that we are all part of a vast Circle of Life. Listen now as the Shaman whispers tales of animal power and wisdom in your ear. Tonight it is a tail from the Native Americans. This story is about our old trickster friend. While Coyote has lots of crazy ideas and never quite gets it right, he remind us to keep laughing and know that whatever happens, it another opportunity to grow. .

Long ago, when man was newly come into the world, there were days when he was the happiest creature of all. Those were the days when spring brushed across the willow tails, or when his children ripened with the blueberries in the sun of summer, or when the goldenrod bloomed in the autumn haze.

But always the mists of autumn evenings grew more chill, and the sun's strokes grew shorter. Then man saw winter moving near, and he became fearful and unhappy. He was afraid for his children, and for the grandfathers and grandmothers who carried in their heads the sacred tales of the tribe. Many of these, young and old, would die in the long, ice-bitter months of winter.

Coyote, like the rest of the People, had no need for fire. So he seldom concerned himself with it, until one spring day when he was passing a human village. There the women were singing a song of mourning for the babies and the old ones who had died in the winter. Their voices moaned like the west wind through a buffalo skull, prickling the hairs on Coyote's neck. Continued . . .
Full Moon Circles

full moon goddess Full Moon (when the moon is in her bright phase)
7:00 pm (the door locks at 7:30) to 10:00
Women, men, and children accustomed to quiet ritual.

A small group gathering, casual with an opportunity to participate in a deeper ritual than is possible at our larger Sabbat rituals. After casting a circle, we briefly share where we are in our lives, and have a communion of fruit juice and bread. We often use divination tools to draw down that which we wish to bring into our lives or release or transmute those things in our lives that no longer serve us as they now are. Then we go on a guided journey. Afterward we discuss (if you wish) your journey and usually have a physical activity to link the journey to the real world (such as after a journey of the heart, we may cut out paper hearts and write the names and communications of the people we have met on the journey). After opening the circle we have some time to snack and talk with like-minded Pagans.

Items To Bring: A cushion or pillow for sitting, a notebook or journal to record your experience, small pot luck refreshment to share (No Alcohol Event).
Moon Lodge Circles

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Moon Lodge (New Moon-the dark phase of the Moon) -- Once a month, 7:00 pm (the door locks at 7:30) to 10:00

As women, we gather to honor and celebrate the Moon Mother and her cycles which we embody with her sacred gift of rhythm and blood. Together we will celebrate stories of our own moon-time, from our experiences of menarche to menopause. We will share stories of Her ebb and flow, reconnecting ourselves with these divine and timeless cycles. Our repose in this dreamtime within the safety of a circle of sisters has the power to heal and reunite our deeper selves with the natural world.

Dress comfortable and bring a comfy pillow and blanket to snuggle in. Bring any sacred offerings you may wish to share with the Goddess on Her Altar. And a decadent snack to share with your sisters.
Shamanic Tantric Dance Classes

Shamanic Tantric Dance
Women Only-Series of five classes.
7:00 pm (the door locks at 7:30) to 10:00

A series of five classes, Shamanic Tantric Dance is a meditation in motion, a sacred dance spontaneously sourced from body impulse. As each woman dances, movement following the energy flow in her body, she is witnessed by the other women.  No dance experience needed. Just a desire to move to your unique power coursing through your body.

In a Sacred Circle of Sisters, Come Home to Your Authentic Self.

Facilitated by Kamala, Temple of the Goddess priestess, and teacher/practitioner of Shamanic Tantric Dance; and Rev. Xia, Temple of the Goddess Founder and priestess, and teacher/practitioner of Shamanic Tantric Dance.
Shamanic Journey Classes

Shamanic Journey using Drumming CD
Women & Men - Once a month class, 7:00 pm (the door locks at 7:30) to 10:00

This is not a "learn how to drum" class, but deep meditation  wakan tanka
instruction. In this class you will learn something about Shamanistic history and what a Shaman does when she or he moves into a trance and enters another reality. If you've wanted a different way of meditating to "sort things out" then this might work for you. You will learn how to journey to the Upper and Lower Worlds, and how to gain a Power Animal and Guide. In addition to the journey work, the class will study various topics including:

Shamanic Trance Drumming-what it is and where it has been in practice.
Spirit Guides-how to obtain one and what a Guide does for you.
Relevancy of Shamanic Trance Drumming in today's world.

Class led by Pythia, Temple of the Goddess priestess, graduate of Michael Harner's Core Shamanic Workshop, and practitioner of Shamanic Trance Drumming for over 20 years.

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