dess Newsletter

ISSUE 08-01 January 2008
Karen Tate
MaLisa Martin
Rosemary Clark
Stevie St. John
Marsha Lange
Temple Announcements
Save the Date!
Circle of Life ~ Remembering Susan Gray
Donor Acknowledgements
Soothsayings by Rosemary Clark
Hope and Fearlessness by Rev. Karen Tate
Book Review: Eat, Pray, Love
Notice-The Magdalene Center

Director's Message

2008 has moved in with great swiftness. 2007 was an amazing year of growth for the temple thanks to all of you who've generously given of your time, creativity, as well as financial support. 2008 looks to be even busier than 2007. Our ritual celebrations have been standing room only and the feedback I received after our Hallows event was, "can we do more?" The temple will continue to offer four ritual Sabbats this year in our unique ritual theatre format, and the Board of Directors are exploring new ways to publicly honor more Sabbats without the huge productions we currently undertake. Classes are also being discussed and planned. More to come.
The winter has afforded our staff some time to grow the Temple of the Goddess website. In addition to the Temple Store which went up in November, we now have a calendar which shows all rehearsals, board meetings, planning meetings and other events held at Sutton Studios. Thank you Dawn and Phoef Sutton for so generously making the space available to the temple. We've also created a discussion board and hope you will check it out and use this forum to voice your thoughts, ideas, and inspire others to think.
I am also very happy to announce that my personal astrologer, Rosemary Clark of Astro*Logic , will be offering the temple community her guidance with a regular column called Soothsayings .  Please check out this month's Soothsayings below or go to the temple website for Lunar  guidance from Rosemary. Thank you Rosemary. 
Lastly, I hope to put the newsletter out on a more timely basis as our volunteer staff continues to grow. I wish you all an amazing 2008 and look forward to seeing you soon. 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.
February 3rd, 4-6
February 17th, 4-6
Temple Calendar  is now up for public viewing.
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 2007 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.

March 22, 2008 Spring Equinox

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 .

Circle of Life As the Wheel of Life spins, the seasons bear witness to the covenant of the Goddess, Her promise of life and the never-ending cycle of birth, death, and renewal. To each of us in times of both joy and sorrow She sweetly whispers, "Be not afraid of my cycles and embrace the changing nature of all things, the permanence within the impermanence. The seasons bear witness to this promise I manifested for you. For surely, the darkness and death of winter is followed by the light and renewal of spring.
Susan Grey
We Remember:   Susan Gray, 58, formerly known as Susan Gitlin-Emmer, passed away on January 5, 2008. She had Chronic Fatigue Syndrome for many years, but it was bronchiectasis, a severe lung disease that was diagnosed in 2005, that she valiantly fought, but finally succumbed to. Susan is survived by her loving husband, Fred Emmer; son, Josh Gray-Emmer; father, David Gitlin; brother, Jonathan Gitlin; and cats Ginger and Roscoe.
Born in Boston, Susan grew up in a town whose apple trees and nearby woods made it feel more like the country than a Boston suburb. Some of her happiest memories were of summers spent with her brother in the small town of Wellfleet on Cape Cod. There she learned how to fish with her father and how to go antique hunting with her mother, a love she would later pass on to her son. Susan often worked cleaning cabins and as a salesperson at a clothing store to earn extra spending money. 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

Realm of Fire
Roy & Karen Tate
Realm of Water
Greg & Miriam Dexter
Realm of Earth
J. Tatum
J. Clark

Realm of Spirit
Ruth Ann Anderson
Dawn Bodnar Sutton
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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 .

Soothsayings: Insights at the Inception of 20081000symbols

Everyone looks to a new year with idealistic hopes and practical expectations, and 2008 moved in that trajectory swiftly after what seemed like an extended winter of disillusionment. In the cosmic realm, a number of events and phenomena do point to a change in the seasons of spiritual life.

  • Two planets that have an astrological reputation for fear and catalytic change now move into landscapes of stability and reflection. Saturn, in his dual role as lord of the harvest and grim reaper, entered Earth-ruled Virgo on September 2 last year (*) and brushes back and forth at the portal of this Sign through Beltane (May 4).
  • Saturn announces our obligations to the physical world and endows us with the fruits of former labors. His passage through Virgo to late October 2009 calls for practical approaches in education, science, and agriculture. Moving closer to self sufficiency in these realms will certainly be the outcome, but in the meantime you should think - and act - to use this influence to your personal advantage. This could include the study of environmental conservation, gardening and composting, organic cooking, and the wide spectrum of natural healing - veterinary and human. Virgo is a Mutable (double-bodied) Sign, reflecting the two faces of feminine power - celestial (the Virgin goddess) and terrestrial (Mother Earth). Honoring these two realms during this transit means giving substance to our ideals by building their habitations. Click for full article.

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

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.

HOPE AND FEARLESSNESS by: Rev. Karen TateSekhmet by Sandra Stanton

Sacred Sundays services are provided to offer a safe place to share sacred space, to offer a few hours one can look forward to each month to carve out time for yoruself or with your family or friends. It is a niche where you can be with a like-minded community and of course, to seek out the Divine within and to strengthen that connection with Deity. Each month we will introduce a new deity and concept with January being that of Hope and Fearlessness.

At this time of the year, called Candlemas or Imbolc by some, when the circle is turning once again and the light is returning, we begin to let go of the darkness, the time of pondering, gestating and going within, and now begin to embrace a more active role, making this a great time to take action and speak to the ideas and attitudes associated with hope and fearlessness.

Just what is hope? According to Webster hope is "the feeling that what is wanted can be had." Perhaps you may be aware for years now, we have all been living in a climate of fear which brings about feelings of hopelessness, insecurity and vulnerability. We constantly hear about Global Warming, war, terrorism, economic uncertainty, corruption of our political and religious leaders, corporate Fascism, disaster exploitation, super viruses, the lack of health care. It goes on and on ad nauseam. Continued. . .

eat pray love book cover Eat, Pray, Love by:  Elizabeth Gilbert
Penguin Books, 2007
I'm a fiction gal all the way. It's hard for me to shift into non-fiction. It's like salads; really, really good for you, but not my favorite meal. This book puts pizzaz into the salad, making it not only palatable, but a feast.

Elizabeth Gilbert wrote Eat, Pray, Love with her life. She holds nothing back, not the heartache, not the soul/body yearnings, and not the depression so deep that she was very near the edge of the abyss-suicide. After a painfully debilitating (emotional and financial) divorce she decided to take a year off from writing and travel to Italy, India, and then Indonesia.

The Eat section takes place in Rome, Italy to satisfy her pleasure with pasta and to learn the Italian language. I laughed out loud as she got lost in Rome, Italy (just like I did-who devised those crazy meandering streets, thinking it was better than the grid system?), but manages to find St. Crispin's gelateria three times in one day! And the Italian men-she loves them all. All too soon her four months in Italy are up and she's off to India to live at an Ashram. Read more .
Reviewed by: Jeanne Clark. Now available at Temple of the Goddess bookstore .

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.

Monday, January 14 to February 11, 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 .

Travel to Sacred Places of the Divine Feminine begins again . . . Guided by Karen Tate.
On your sacred tour, history, spirituality and culture come alive, creating a continuum between past and present. Time and distance dims. The line between traditional and non-traditional faith fades. You become one with the Mother.
Paris and Chartres - May 2008 /Turkey - October 2008
SACRED SUNDAYS Sunday, February 10th, 11AM - 1PM
FEBRUARY'S THEME:  Our Quest for Love.  Interfaith services based on the Sacred Feminine, complemented by the Divine Masculine, open to women, men and well-behaved children of all traditions and faiths.  http://www.karentate.com/Tate/sacred_sundays.html
Voices of the Sacred Feminine Internet Radio program every Wednesday night provides a platform for Goddess Advocates to share ideas about Goddess with the world.
For more information go to KarenTate.com or contact the author at karentate108@ca.rr.com or 310/450-6661

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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.

Palm Springs, California: Mar 20th -23rd
Amazons in Turkey:  July 1st - July 10th
Florence, Italy: Sept 27th - Oct 4th  
www.GoddessConversations.com or call Katie at 970-227-7513.
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