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Would the worship of the Goddess make the world a better place?

March 22nd, 2009

Argiope – Donne nel Sacro presents

An Afternoon with Brendan Myers: Civilization and the Goddess

Many people think that the restoration of the worship of the Goddess would make the world a better place, particularly regarding its environment, which for many Pagans embodies the health and well-being of Goddess as Earth.  However, the Goddess is associated with many more aspects of life than the Earth and its ecology.  Various European mythologies reveal for example Goddess associations with art, music, justice, love, labor, and community, just to name but a few.  Given all these associations, then, what exactly does the Goddess value and what does She have to teach us?  And what does our response to Her teachings say about who we are?  What would people be if Goddess worship became a major cultural force?  Would the world really be a better place?

Brendan Myers, PhD, will talk about the Mórrigan as well as goddesses from other pantheons to consider these questions in an afternoon forum on 9 May 2009 at 3:00 p.m. at the Associazione D.A.M.E.S, viale Monza 142, in Milan, Italy, to promote his book, A Pagan Testament.  A question-and-answer session and reception will follow Dr. Myers’ talk.

Please register by 30 April in advance to attend this event by sending an e-mail (argiopedonnenelsacro@gmail.com); for more questions, call Maurizia +39 339 46 98 693).  This event will be presented in English and translated simultaneously into Italian.  Entry for non-Argiope members by 30 April, €25 and after 30 April, €30; entry for Argiope members €20 before 30 April and €25 after 30 April.

Brendan Myers teaches philosophy at various Canadian universities.  He is the author of Dangerous Religion and The Other Side of Virtue, among others, and won the 2008 Mt. Haemus award for research in Druidry from the Order of Bards, Ovates, and Druids (OBOD).  Dr. Myers lectures widely in North America and Europe on philosophical issues and ethics, including the Goddess, Druidry, and Pagan community.  He currently resides in Ontario. For more information about Dr. Myers, visit northwestpass.livejournal.com.

Argiope – Donne nel Sacro is dedicated to helping women explore the Divine Feminine within themselves and the world around them, among other things by helping women to network, collaborate, and communicate with each other. Argiope is a non-profit, non-denominational organization in Milan and Rome, Italy.  For more information visit www.argiope.it (in Italian only).

Dorset in April

March 22nd, 2009

Soul Companions flyer

An invitation to immerse yourself in new ideas in beautiful surroundings, with good food and good company! I’m looking forward to meeting old friends and meeting new friends too. I haven’t heard Bob Stewart speak for ages but I remember him being immensely inspiring (WHOOPS! Just heard from the organisers that Bob can’t make it to the weekend). I met Corban Arthen at the Soul Companions event last year and he is such a warm and uplifting person to be with. Leo Rutherford is from down the road here and is a great inspiration. Michael Dunning and Patrick Gamble will be new to me, but I’ve heard great things about their work. And Karen Sawyer is the bright soul who has put this all together, and who created the book ‘Soul Companions’. If you have the chance, do come along!

Spring Equinox

March 22nd, 2009

What a beautiful Spring Equinox it has been! Blossom everywhere. Just in our small region of East Sussex I know of three celebrations this weekend: Peter Owen Jones, vicar of Firle, who presented the recent BBC series ‘Around the World in 80 Faiths’ invited his congregation and friends to greet the dawn on Firle Beacon to the accompaniment of bagpipes and prayers. Down on the tump or Mount at Lewes at the same time a group of Druids and friends welcomed the equinox with blasts on the replica Sussex dord and with music from Dirk Campbell, who wrote in the email reminder note for the event: ‘I will bring along and perform on an ancient Egyptian double-pipe, newly-reconstructed from drawings and descriptions by Sir J. Gardner Wilkinson in his book The Life and Customs of the Ancient Egyptians, first published in 1830. There are strong connections between Druidry and Ancient Egypt, including veneration of the creative power of the Sun. At this point in the year the Sun’s influence is strongly felt, as he moves into his power and the world of growing things opens up in response. The season when things are experienced freshly and immediately, the year’s early days vivid as a child’.

And across the valley on Sunday the Anderida Druid Gorsedd held their equinox ceremony beneath the gaze of the Long Man, resorting to ‘The Giant’s Rest’ afterwards, voted ‘The Most Druid-Friendly Pub in Sussex.’ If these celebrations are happening in just one corner of the country, imagine how it must be throughout the land!

Here is a photograph of equinox sunlight falling on  the backstone of the chamber inside Cairn T at Loughcrew in Ireland. See Newgrange.com

Spring Equinox