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…

Waters of Forgiveness: Pisces 2016

by Andrea Goodman The Sun entered Pisces February 19th this year and will swim until the Spring Equinox on March 20th. Our sense of reality is shifting and changing like the surface of the ocean, and we are carried by currents of feeling, tossed by stormy waves, lapped by the tides. The qualities of Pisces,…

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…

Capricorn 2015-16: Embraced by the Mother

  by Andrea Goodman   Capricorn begins with the Winter Solstice and carries us into the New Year. It is the darkest time of the year and the time when the Earth is laid bare. We see the essential form of her rocky bones, much like an old woman whose flesh has been thinned and…

Scorpio Makes Room for Death

by Andrea Goodman A scorpion is deadly. The ancients saw a scorpion in the stars for the Sun’s passage at this darkening time of year, and named it Scorpio. In our modern culture we celebrate Halloween, scaring ourselves as best we can, trying on the costumes of death. Where I live in New England, November…

Rhymed Couplets & Dionysian Rites

by Carol Christ This is an excerpt from my soon to be re-published memoir, A Serpentine Path: Mysteries of the Goddess. The setting is Zaros, Crete, the time of year is mid-October. We had a scrumptious dinner of fresh fish, salad, fried potatoes, local amber-colored wine, and tiny olives.  Later the two waiters, Themis and Nikos,…

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…