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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).

4 Responses to “Would the worship of the Goddess make the world a better place?”

  1. This looks good – I really enjoyed Brendan Myers’ interview on Druidcast. The lady who is organising it sounds very interesting too. As more people explore their own relationship with the Goddess, her complexity becomes all the more apparent.

    I have found Kathy Jone’s work on the Goddess really helpful and inspiring – she explores the Goddess through both the natural world and also the way She expressess Herself through our own beings and ability to create culture and community. I feel very close to the Goddess Brighid; She is both nature and culture for me and helps to remind me that the artificial split between these that we have been labouring under, is limiting and false. The Goddess is earth mother but she is our passion, love, our anger,creativity, grief…the list is infinite. All that She is, potentially finds expression through us. I find this such an inspiring and exciting thought.

    I have to say that I do think the world would be a better place if She was honoured and recognised more. I think there are links between our growing understanding and experience of the Goddess and our ability to create new ways to live and be in community that have a greater meaning and sustainability for us. Also, speaking as a women, it makes a huge difference to see yourself reflected in the Divine.

  2. Dear Philip, Dear All,

    As part of my response to Philip’s post “Would worship of the Goddess make the world a better place?”, I would like to share the following essays from two of my fellow Goddess Scholar colleagues – Marguerite Rigoglioso and Daniel Cohen.
    They each give an excellent overview of the Goddess Spirituality Movement as well as making moving personal statements to the need for Goddess for a whole approach to life”.

    Marguerite Rigoglioso:

    Awakening to the Goddess:
    http://www.aislingmagazine.com/aislingmagazine/articles/TAM25/Awakening.html

    Daniel Cohen:

    Men and the Goddess:
    http://www.decohen.com/articles/men_and_goddess.htm

    from Daniel’s website:
    http://www.decohen.com

    yours in Her Love and Many Names,

    Gabriella

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