dess Newsletter

ISSUE 08-04 Earth Day ~ April 2008
Rosemary Clark
Marsha Lange
Temple Announcements
Save the Date!
How the First Earth Day Came About
Donor Acknowledgements
Kid's Realm ~ Childhood is a journey, not a race.
The Mythology of Nature
Did You Know? . . .
Sacred Destinations
Starhawk Denied Entry
Director's Message

Thanks to all of you who shared Spring Equinox with us. I found myself very emotional that evening yet not quite sure the source of this well-spring of emotions I was feeling. My first thought was that it was the fourth anniversary of our temple rituals but my dear friend and spiritual mentor, Dawn, thought I personally was more open than ever before. Whatever the reason, there seemed to be something different in the air, an ambience of pure love which appeared to me as a baptism of spirit. I attribute it to the temple facilitators who offer their gifts and talents without ego and with such love for both the temple and one another. When people create from that place how can the result be other than love? I know that's an over-used word but all of you who came up to me after our community gathering and shared your experience-your own spiritual baptism-you know what I mean.

The week following our ritual as I sought to frame my experiences and feelings, I received an email from a young woman, fifteen-years-old, who framed her experience of the evening far better than I could hope to. Click here to share her beautiful vision. Within a few short hours, another dear friend sent this link to a really powerful video of Neuroanatomist, Jill Taylor, which offered another brilliant reflection of the nature of love and humanity. If you haven't seen it please click here . It's a must. (Thanks Fritzzzz)  I wish you, wherever you are, a community of love and acceptance.

  Blessed Earth Day . Xia

  Temple of the Goddess Announcements

Goddess Choir Rehearsals
Choir Rehearsals have resumed and will be held on the first and third Sundays at 4-6.
April 20th, 4-6pm
May 4th, 4-6pm
Clergy Gathering
All Temple of the Goddess clergy meeting at Sutton Studios at 11:00 a.m on Saturday, April 19th.
NEEDED: Temple of the Goddess is in need of a Digital Projector for both ritual theatre and other program expansion. Please contact the director at director@templeofthegoddess.org if you can help fulfill this need or know of a company who might donate one to the temple.

Essays, articles, interviews, and poetry for temple newsletter can be submitted to newsletter@TempleoftheGoddess.org .


Click here to find out about Community Events . 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.
Temple Discussion Board is available for your thoughts and ideas.

" The seasons and all their changes are in me ." -Henry David Thoreau

wheat We hope you will join the temple, in community, to honor the seasons, the Earth, and our own personal growth for our 2008 Ritual Sabbats. This year's theme is "Reclaiming the Earth."

Our multi-cultural Earth celebrations are held at the Neighborhood Unitarian Church in Pasadena and 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.


  • June 28, 2008 Summer Solstice
  • September 20, 2008 Autumn Equinox
  • November 1, 2008 All Hallow's Eve

Neighborhood Unitarian Universalist Church
301 N. Orange Grove Blvd.
Pasadena, CA 91103
Website: www.TempleoftheGoddess.org/Events

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 .

Earth Day How the First Earth Day Came About

by Senator Gaylord Nelson, Founder of Earth Day

What was the purpose of Earth Day? How did it start? These are the questions I am most frequently asked.

Actually, the idea for Earth Day evolved over a period of seven years starting in 1962. For several years, it had been troubling me that the state of our environment was simply a non-issue in the politics of the country. Finally, in November 1962, an idea occurred to me that was, I thought, a virtual cinch to put the environment into the political "limelight" once and for all. The idea was to persuade President Kennedy to give visibility to this issue by going on a national conservation tour. I flew to
to discuss the proposal with Attorney General Robert Kennedy, who liked the idea. So did the President. The President began his five-day, eleven-state conservation tour in September 1963. For many reasons the tour did not succeed in putting the issue onto the national political agenda. However, it was the germ of the idea that ultimately flowered into Earth Day.

I continued to speak on environmental issues to a variety of audiences in some twenty-five states. All across the country, evidence of environmental degradation was appearing everywhere, and everyone noticed except the political establishment. The environmental issue simply was not to be found on the nation's political agenda. The people were concerned, but the politicians were not. Continued . . .

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.

Realm of Air
Marci Javril

Realm of Water
Michael Brian Appleby
J. Clark
Realm of Spirit
Dawn Bodnar Sutton
R.A. Anderson
Ana Diaz-Ruiz
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 .

Kid's Realm                           ~~Childhood is a journey, not a race.~~april bugs

Ladybug Rocks
Difficulty: Easy
Ages: 3 and up

Your kids can make these adorable ladybugs as shelf decorations, or make a large one as to be used on Mom's desk as a paperweight. While the average ladybug is red, ours come in several vibrant colors. Let your kids pick their favorite!  More . . .

Soothsayings: April-May 2008

In the ancient Mysteries, the return of Spring was seen as the descent of fiery spirit (Aries) into the world of life once more. It is followed by the cycle of implantation (Taurus), which brings about the sowing of spiritual vitality into the soil of terra firma. This is a time that prompts us to think practically and engage in acts that affirm our connection to nature and her abundance.
The Sun moves into earthy Taurus on April 19th at 9:50 pm PDT, a transition that brings us into the realm of Gaia, our foremost and eternal mother. How appropriate that Earth Day is celebrated on April 22, when the fertile flow of the season is upon us.
It is hard to imagine that before the 1960's, the concept of the Earth as a living organism integrated with all other living organisms was never officially considered in the western world. When Dr. James Locklock published his Gaia Hypothesis, he was either ridiculed or ignored, especially when he proposed that creatures who improve their environment survive far better than those who damage it. More. . .

Illustration 1. The cow was viewed in ancient times as a manifestation of the mother goddess, the nurturer of heaven and the provider on Earth.

Illustration 2. Hathor pillar at Queen Hatchepsut's temple in Upper Egypt. The cow-headed goddess represents the celestial rhythm that brings life to ll beings; hence her association with fertility, music, and dance. She governs the cycle of Taurus and the fertilization of the earthly soil with the fiery seed of spirit.

(*) All phenomena are cited for the Tropical (Western) Zodiac
© Copyright 2008 by Rosemary Clark

Rosemary Clark is author of The Sacred Tradition in Ancient Egypt: The Esoteric Wisdom Revealed and The Sacred Magic of Ancient Egypt: The Spiritual Practice Restored. She has also written The Everything Meditation Book and her work is included in Menopause: A One-Stop Resource for Feeling Good and The Complete Dream Dictionary. When not writing and organizing spiritual expeditions to Egypt, she is saying sooth to an international cadre of students and associates.

breath of gaia The Mythology of Nature b y Xia


Do we need nature?   That was the subject of an essay contest sponsored by Shell Oil and The Economist magazine in August of 2003. Issues for the essay included genetic modification, biodiversity, gene therapy, nuclear power and renewable energy. The essays were to focus on the difficult choices to be made in politics, economics, society, and public policy between actions, or inactions, that seek to increase man's control over nature and those that seek to reduce it, those that seek to bypass nature and those that hope to work with it, those that put a higher value on human development and those that value the preservation or even reconstitution of nature.

            Do we need nature?   To Pagans, who address air, fire, water, earth, and spirit-the essentials of life on the planet-in our opening and closing prayers, that seems like an absurd question.  It's like asking do we need the air we breathe, and the water we drink? Do we really need to eat? These simple gifts of nature are mostly taken for granted. We eat, drink, breathe without thought for nature, the source of our life-giving essentials. This thoughtlessness, this lack of consciousness regarding nature, bleeds into every aspect of life on the planet.

            Now as we contemplate our role in nature and ponder the evolutionary path before us, what are the questions we should be asking? Are the problems, as the Shell/Economist essay implies, whether to bypass nature or embrace and work with it? Are we trapped between the dualities of increasing or reducing man's control over nature? Are we left with the singular choice of valuing human development or preserving nature? Is humanity condemned to the limitations of these struggling dualities or is salvation found in the balance of these polarities? How do we find this balance?  In the wake of potential environmental devastation in the not too distant future, should we not first look at how we got here? How has our society become so disconnected, so cut off from nature? What are the attitudes that have sped us toward the increasing deterioration of our environment? What is at the heart of our fundamental beliefs about nature; what is the nature of Nature Continued. . .

Millennial Goddess Sculpture by: Oberon Zell from his "Sermon in Stone" sculpture.
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Please take a few moments right now , go to eScrip , sign up and safely register one or more credit cards. Stipulate that all donations be given to Temple of the Goddess. Then when you shop at participating stores and use the registered card, it happens. From 2% to 8%, depending on the merchant and the amount purchased, goes into Temple of the Goddess' account. All without taking money from your pocket, or even thinking of the purchase as a donation. How easy is that? Read more about eScrip here.
"Individually we are but one brick, yet together, we are a living temple."  Xia

Sacred DestinationsSusan Grey masthead

by: Pythia, Priestess of Pachamama, Keeper of the Sacred Fire Bowl


This year Temple of the Goddess celebrated Spring Equinox on March 22 nd. Moving with the agricultural cycle, we planted our seeds/intentions in boxes of fertile earth. We received a Goddess pendant, Her throat surrounded with a wreath of Forget-Me-Not flowers. The participants also began their evening with an egg, sacred to the Goddess Ostara.


As each member entered the lobby they received a colored egg and a piece of paper festooned with a sacred hare of the Goddess. Each member wrote what she/he wished to bring into their world and the necessary work required to bring those intentions into fruition. Everyone thought long and hard writing each and every wish/prayer/desire/intention onto their papers.


After writing down intentions and placing them in an egg, each person brought it inside the sanctuary and placed it in a beautiful three foot nest made of lavender which was part of the Spring altar. The nest, filled almost to overflowing with eggs, remained inside the sacred circle surrounded by joyful healing energy throughout the celebration. Continued . . .

American activist and feminist Starhawk
denied entry and deported from Israel.

by Mary Firth - IMEMC News

Starhawk, well known American activist was deported by the Israeli government on Thursday. Starhawk, author of many works celebrating the Goddess movement and Earth-based, feminist spirituality arrived in Tel Aviv Wednesday, 12 March.

She was here to help teach a permaculture course in the northern West Bank as well as working with earth activists to develop a project in the Bethlehem area.

Dr. Joanne Taylor, a British psychologist commented on the deportation "clearly the Israeli authorities are paranoid even about letting people grow crops and conserve rainwater on their own land." Continued . . .

sphinx Wiccan out Weekend:
An All-Women Camping Goddess Extravaganza

July 11-14, Jackson Flats Campground, near Wrightwood

Please join our tribe as we share joy, tears and compassion in Mother Nature. The weekend will explore our themes, the Justice in the tarot and the Year of the Earth Rat in Chinese mythology. Develop community and dance around a blazing fire to rhythmic drums as together, we create global magic.


Cost: $75 to $100 Email: moonlght@pacbell.net or agauldin@pacbell.net . Produced by Anne Gauldin & Ruth Ann Anderson

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

The Shamanic Tantric Dance is a meditation in motion, a sacred dance spontaneously sourced from body impulse.

Introductory Class
Saturday June 23, 2008 from 7 to 10 pm
Monday, April 20 thru May 19, 2008 from 7 to 10 pm $150
Monday, June 30 thru July 28, 2008 from 7 to 10 pm $150

No Dance Experience Necessary. For more info click here .
Contact Kamala: (310) 455-3876 or kamala@terrakino.net .


Temple of the Goddess
Moon Lodge

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.

Wednesdays: May 7th, June 4th & July 2, 7:00 to 10:00 pm
Dress comfortably and bring 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. Contact Kamala@templeofthegoddess.org

sphinx Sacred Landscape Sites of Peru

11-Day Travel Study Tour
August 21 - 31, 2008
A UCLA Extension study tour led by Lollie Ragana, BFA, MA, Writer, Mythologist and Educator

Click here  for more information and to download flyer
For further information call the Landscape
Architecture Program, Department of the Arts,
at (310) 825-9414.
Or write:
UCLA Extension
P.O. Box 24901
Los Angeles, CA90024-0901
Attn: Landscape Architecture Program

gaia festival 08 Gaia Festival & Retreat
October 11-12, 2008
Featured Presenter for 2008: Margaret Starbird
This year's theme for Gaia Fest is Mother Mysteries and will focus on connecting with our inner mother through meditation, journaling, drumming and ritual. What mysteries does She have to share with you?
Temescal Gateway Park, Pacific Palisades, CA
Pre-Registration Now Open - Register online
The Great Mother and the Dragon by: Jessie Oster

Susan Grey masthead

Come join us in 2008! Conversation and sacred travel allow us to open our minds, hearts and spirits to new learning...a chance to exchange ideas and expand our world.

Goddess Conversations invites you to engage and converse in the study of the Divine Feminine through spiritual journey and pilgrimage to some of the most spectacular art, architecture and sacred lands on Mother Earth.

Amazons in Turkey:  July 1st - July 10th
Florence, Italy: Sept 27th - Oct 4th  
www.GoddessConversations.com or call Katie at 970-227-7513 .

One Night Only ~ Special Art Show
Saturday April 26th, 2008 4-9pm

Alexandria II Bookstore
567 S. Lake Ave.
Pasadena, CA 91101


FEATURING: THE HUMAN SPECTRUM SERIES this powerful series of photographs unashamedly shows the true diversity of the human form. To volunteer for this important project go to: www.spidershaman.com or call (626) 627-3053
holly pottery
Featuring: Pieces inspired by Early American Designs, Japanese inspired pottery and Ceramic Lithography.
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