Retrieving the Golden Grain: Virgo 2016

by Andrea Goodman Virgo is shown in the stars as a large figure of a woman with wings, holding in one hand a stalk of grain. She is associated with the Goddess as fertile, abundant Earth, providing mother, supplying nourishment to all creatures. Isis, Demeter and Ceres of Egyptian, Greek and Roman antiquity are a…

Water Catches Fire: Aries 2016

by Andrea Goodman A most open hearted and sensitive implication, a romantic, artistic, beauty loving, and magical atmosphere began the new season with four planets still flowing in oceanic Pisces, including an exact conjunction of Venus with Neptune on the Equinox. But already Mercury has moved into Aries with the Sun. Venus will follow on…

Isis, Goddess of Integration

by Annie Finch When you hear the acronym “ISIS” lately, you recognize it as an acronym of terror and brutality. This is a shame, because “Isis” is a word that has much to offer us. Isis was an ancient Egyptian goddess worshipped all across the Mediterranean and beyond, and now is the time of year…

Opening the Gate– Aquarius 2016

by Andrea Goodman Now we have entered into Aquarius, air sign ruled by Uranus, carrying the ideals of equality, collective well-being, humanitarian values, and the honoring of each person’s uniqueness. It is the sign of a new vision for society, of new inventions, of breakthrough in the solving of old problems or limiting beliefs. The…

The Goddess in the Groves of Academe

by Josh Davis Sometimes I think my years of graduate school have squelched my faith. My colleagues who are people of faith talk about their beliefs with shrugs and self-deprecating smiles. Most of them are Christians, or so I gather from their quick mentions of bible study and Sunday service. I feel bad for these…

Brighid, Heart-Healing Celtic Goddess

by iele Paloumpis The Celtic Goddess Saint Brighid has always resonated with me, especially as someone who has survived trauma, identifies as queer and transgender, and sometimes wears an eye-patch to aid my vision. Old lore has it that half of Brighid’s face was considered beautiful, while the other half was thought to be quite…