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  • If you’d like to know whose ancestral tribal lands you currently reside on, you can look up your address here: https://native-land.ca/My new book, “Home to Her: Walking the Transformative Path of the Sacred Feminine,” is available for pre-order now from Womancraft Publishing! To learn more, read endorsements and purchase, please visit www.womancraftpublishing.com. Caroline’s book is “Finding Elen: The Quest for Elen of the Ways,” and can be purchased here: https://bookshop.org/books/finding-elen-the-quest-for-elen-of-the-ways/9781508644033Caroline also referred to the book “The Deer Goddess of Ancient Siberia,” by Esther Jacobsen. This book is out of print, but you may be able to find it via your local or nearest academic library system. Caroline referenced the discovery of gold in the reindeer territories of the Indigenous Saami people of Northern Europe. You can read more about this here: https://thebarentsobserver.com/en/indigenous-peoples/2022/01/significant-battery-metals-discovery-key-reindeer-herding-land.During our discussion of ley lines, Caroline acknowledged the late Alfred Watkins as popularizing the original concept. You can learn more about him here: https://www.visitherefordshire.co.uk/blog/introducing-alfred-watkins-fascinating-man.Sharon Blackie’s book, “If Women Rose Rooted,” also includes a historical exploration of Elen of the Ways.This is a favorite article of mine examining the connections between the ancient deer Goddess, shamans and our current popular stories of Santa Claus: https://gathervictoria.com/2017/12/15/doe-a-deer-a-female-deer-the-spirit-of-mother-christmas/Finally, Caroline mentioned Extinction Rebellion, a radical art movement to call attention to climate change. I also discussed Extinction Rebellion with Mat Osmond on a prior Home to Her episode called “The Black Madonna’s Song:” https://podcasts.apple.com/us/podcast/the-black-madonnas-song-with-mat-osmond-and-kate-walters/id1499676560?i=1000531362348

  • Interested in knowing whose Native lands you’re currently residing on? You can find out for yourself at native-land.ca.My new book, “Home to Her: Walking the Transformative Path of the Sacred Feminine,” is available for pre-order from Womancraft Publishing. You can learn more and order at www.womancraftpublishing.com.Stephanie’s podcast is “The Black Madonna Speaks,” which you can find on Anchor, Google Play, and Apple Podcasts.Here YouTube Channel, “The Heart of the Black Madonna,” is here: https://www.youtube.com/c/theheartoftheblackmadonna.You can learn more about the Camino de Santiago de Compostela: https://santiago-compostela.net/.The Interfaith Mary page shows the location of many Black Madonnas: https://www.interfaithmary.net/Stephanie discussed her background in anthroposophy – you can learn more here:https://anthroposophy.org/Here are a few other books and resources we discussed:“Cult of the Black Virgin,” by Ean Begg“Longing for Darkness,” by China Galland“Healing Journeys with the Black Madonna,” by Alessandra Belloni“God is a Black Woman,” by Christena ClevelandThe University of Dayton’s Marian Library

    Finally, here are a few previous podcast episodes that also explore the wisdom of the Black Madonna:

    The Secrets of the Black Madonna with Alessandra Belloni: https://hometoher.simplecast.com/episodes/the-secrets-of-the-black-madonna-with-alessandra-belloni“The Black Madonna’s Song” with Mat Osmond and Kate Walters: https://hometoher.simplecast.com/episodes/the-black-madonnas-song-with-mat-osmond-and-kate-walters“The Sacred Black Feminine” with Christena Cleveland: https://hometoher.simplecast.com/episodes/the-sacred-black-feminine-with-christena-cleveland
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  • If you’ve heard me acknowledge the Indigenous lands I reside on and would like to know which tribal lands you may be living on, you can visit native-land.ca to find out. You can pre-order my book, Home to Her: Walking the Transformative Path of the Sacred Feminine from Womancraft Publishing: https://www.womancraftpublishing.com/books/home-to-her/You can find video of this episode at the Home to Her YouTube Channel: https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCK6xtUV6K7ayV30iz1ECigwYou can learn more about Johanna and all her offerings at https://wildandthemoon.earth/. The late Layne Redmond wrote the now-classic book When the Drummers Were Women: https://bookshop.org/books/when-the-drummers-were-women-a-spiritual-history-of-rhythm/9781635617887. Johanna referenced the singer Ani Williams. You can learn more about her here: https://aniwilliams.com/Johanna also mentioned the work of Stephen Harrod Buehner – you can learn more about him and his work here: https://www.stephenharrodbuhner.com/about/We also discussed the work of Alessandra Belloni, who joined me on this podcast in 2020. You can listen to this episode here: https://hometoher.simplecast.com/episodes/the-secrets-of-the-black-madonna-with-alessandra-belloniWe also discuss roses, and their connection to the Virgin Mary and the rosary. I explored the history of the rosary in depth during this episode with Clark Strand and Perdita Finn: https://hometoher.simplecast.com/episodes/exploring-the-secrets-of-the-rosary-with-clark-strand-and-perdita-finnFinally, these are the Spanish lyrics to the beautiful song that Johanna sang at the end of our conversation:

    Es verdad,
    que hace tiempo que te tengo en el olvido,
    que ni rezo, ni me acuerdo,
    de llevarte rosas rojas a tu altar.

    Es verdad,
    que tu nombre yo no lo digo desde niño,
    pero ahora,
    yo, yo necesito
    que me ayudes
    y te olvides lo que he sido.

    Ave María,
    escúchame,
    Ave María, Ave María,
    tú sabes,
    tú sabes que yo la quiero
    y es todo lo que tengo.
    Ave María,
    Ave María escúchame,
    Ave María, Ave María,
    te pido,
    yo te pido que no termine,
    nuestro amor, nuestro amor. (Ave María).

    Recordarás,
    aquellas flores que adornaban tu capilla,
    eran mías, solo mías,
    yo las robaba por las noches para ti.

    Recordarás,
    cuantas veces te he rezado de rodillas,
    mis amigos, se reían,
    al mirarme, se reían, se reían.

    Ave María,
    Ave María escúchame,
    Ave María, Ave María,
    tú sabes,
    tú sabes que yo la quiero
    y es todo lo que tengo.
    Ave María,
    Ave María escúchame,
    Ave María, Ave María,
    te pido,
    yo te pido que no termine,
    nuestro amor, nuestro amor
    nuestro amor, nuestro amor.

  • You can pre-order my book, Home to Her: Walking the Transformative Path of the Sacred Feminine from Womancraft Publishing: https://www.womancraftpublishing.com/books/home-to-her/You can learn more about Elizabeth and order her book, The Well of Truth, here: https://elizabethagouldstories.com/

    Here are a few other resources related to our discussion:

    Elizabeth mentioned Mary Wollstonecraft, a feminist writer in the late 1700s, who famously wrote “A Vindication on the Rights of Women.” Here’s a short video about her life: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=_6nyX1c5jjw. Elizabeth also mentioned Rob Brezny, who publishes “Freewill Astrology.” You can learn more here: https://freewillastrology.com/.Here’s a link to more information about the book The Optimized Woman,” by Miranda GrayElizabeth and I have both participated in the 13 Moon Mystery School, which was founded by Ariel Spilsbury. Ariel joined me on the podcast in 2020, and you can listen to her episode here: https://hometoher.simplecast.com/episodes/embodying-the-divine-feminine-with-ariel-spilsburyWe also discussed the importance of honoring cycles, a topic I also explored with priestess Stella Tomlinson: https://hometoher.simplecast.com/episodes/cycles-of-belonging-with-stella-tomlinsonFinally, Elizabeth mentioned the Green Man, a mythological nature being who turns up in many legends. This is a good article explaining who he is: https://www.newyorker.com/books/page-turner/the-remarkable-persistence-of-the-green-man.
  • Want to know whose tribal lands you’re residing on? Visit native-land.ca to find out. And then make sure to tell your friends and family members! Righting colonial wrongs begins with awareness and land acknowledgment.Please check out my upcoming book, “Home to Her,” which is available from Womancraft Publishing! You can pre-order it here: www.womancraftpublishing.com.You can learn more about Genevieve and her work at her website, http://gift-economy.com/, where many of her articles and books are available for freeYou can learn more about International Feminists for a Gift Economy here: https://www.internationalfeministsforagifteconomy.org/You can also learn more about the Maternal Gift Economy Salons and view prior salon gatherings here: https://www.maternalgifteconomymovement.org/salons/Sekhmet is an ancient Egyptian Goddess. This article gives a bit of historical information about her: https://www.latimes.com/science/la-xpm-2013-apr-29-la-sci-ritual-drunkenness-sex-ancient-egypt-20130429-story.html. And here’s a link to another article, which includes images of some ancient Egyptian statues: https://www.arce.org/resource/statues-sekhmet-mistress-dreadYou can learn more about the Temple of Goddess Spirituality that Genevieve founded in honor of Sekhmet here: https://www.sekhmettemple.org/. If you'd like to schedule a visit, you can contact Gen at [email protected] This is a great documentary about Genevieve’s life, for those who wish to know her and her work better! https://youtu.be/emAjQ8kO0wo

  • You can learn more about my upcoming book, Home to Her, and pre-order it at Womancraft Publishing: https://www.womancraftpublishing.com/books/home-to-her/.You can watch this episode on the Home to Her YouTube Channel: https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCK6xtUV6K7ayV30iz1ECigwYou can sign up to read more of Finn’s writing here: https://finnschubert.substack.com/Finn’s latest book, Even the Cemeteries Have Space Here, can be ordered here: https://www.finnschubert.com/books/p/even-the-cemeteries-have-space-here. You can also learn more about the artist who designed the cover, Shea in the Catskills, here: https://www.sheainthecatskills.com/Here’s a link to Finn’s beautiful poem, “In the Witch Shop”: https://finnschubert.substack.com/p/poem-in-the-witch-shopAnd here’s a little more information on Santa Muerte, whom Finn mentions briefly: https://santamuerte.fr/blogs/news/la-santa-muerteFinn and I both reference The Way of the Rose, which is the title of a book by Clark Strand and Perdita Finn, and a community dedicated to “the forgotten Earth wisdom of the rosary…and to the Lady, by any name you like to call Her.” It is not affiliated with the Catholic Church in any way. You can visit the Facebook Group here: https://www.facebook.com/groups/wayoftherose

  • Byron and I covered so much rich ground during this conversation! Here are a few additional resources to support your further explorations.

    Video version of this episode is available on the Home to Her Youtube Channel: https://youtu.be/kVbrUHlnQ-EYou can learn more about Byron at her website, https://www.myvillagewitch.com/.You can also find her on Facebook at https://www.facebook.com/byron.ballard.37, and on Instagram: @byronballard5789Byron referenced D’Aulaires’ Book of Greek Myths – more info here: https://www.penguinrandomhouse.com/books/36027/daulaires-book-of-greek-myths-by-ingri-daulaire-and-edgar-parin-daulaire/#:~:text=In%20print%20for%20over%20fifty,if%20they%20were%20alive%20todayByron also mentioned the Nicene Creed of Catholicism, which I wasn’t familiar with. If you’re interested, you can read the text here: https://www.usccb.org/beliefs-and-teachings/what-we-believeYou can see the replica of the Parthenon, including its giant replica of the Goddess Athena, in Nashville, TN, here: https://www.roadsideamerica.com/story/14603. And here’s more info on the Serpent Mound, which Byron also referenced: https://www.ohiohistory.org/visit/browse-historical-sites/serpent-mound/. Riane Eisler has written one of the most important books detailing the history of the Goddess, called “The Chalice and The Blade”. More info here – this also links to Eisler’s Center for Partnership Systems, which also offers many more resources: https://centerforpartnership.org/resources/books/the-chalice-and-the-blade-our-history-our-future/

    The images found on the ubiquitous Rider-Waite Tarot deck were designed by a Black woman named Pamela Colman Smith, who rarely gets credit for her work. I also discussed this with a previous guest, Giovanni Washington, and you can listen to here episode here:

    https://hometoher.simplecast.com/episodes/the-black-goddess-within-with-giavanni-washington

  • You can watch the video of this episode with captions here: https://youtu.be/ov3sVx2LjOsYou can learn more about Dee and her work here: https://deirdre-mulrooney.com/. If you scroll down, you can see some of her art, including the piece we discussed in detail. You can also follow Dee on Instagram @deemulrooney; and Growler has her own Instagram account: @growlerspeaksDuring this conversation, Dee and I referenced our shared practice of praying the rosary. My first episode of this podcast was dedicated to exploring the Sacred Feminine history of the rosary with Clark Strand and Perdita Finn. You can access it here: https://hometoher.simplecast.com/episodes/exploring-the-secrets-of-the-rosary-with-clark-strand-and-perdita-finnDee mentioned the ancient Irish art of divine invocation, known as Imbas Forasnai. Here’s an article providing more information: http://searchingforimbas.blogspot.com/p/imbas-forosnai-by-nora-k-chadwick.htmlDee also referenced the Tuam Mother and Baby home scandal in Ireland. This article provides more detail; please be warned that the content is upsetting: https://www.bbc.com/news/world-europe-54693159The art piece that Dee and I discussed displays a vagina dentata, or a vagina with teeth. This article provides some background on the term, plus an overview of myths surrounding vagina dentata from around the world: https://www.vice.com/en/article/payq79/pussy-bites-back-vagina-dentata-myths-from-around-the-world

  • If you’d prefer to watch this conversation with captions, you can find the video episode here: https://youtu.be/m28sbiQs1OoYou can learn more about Stella and her work at www.stellatomlinson.com.You can follow Stella on Instagram @stellatomlinson.priestess If you’re interested in learning more about lunar cycles, you may wish to listen to my discussions with April Miller McMurtry, creator of The Moon is My Calendar:https://hometoher.simplecast.com/episodes/honoring-the-cycles-of-the-moon-with-april-mcmurtryhttps://hometoher.simplecast.com/episodes/honoring-the-cycles-of-the-moon-with-april-mcmurtry-part-2Stella also referenced the work of Bethany Webster, author of Discovering the Inner Mother. You can listen to my conversation with Bethany here: https://hometoher.simplecast.com/episodes/healing-the-mother-wound-with-bethany-websterStella mentioned The Red School: https://www.redschool.net/And, we discussed how the Triple Goddess concept of Maiden, Mother and Crone is most likely a modern construct, introduced by Robert Graves in his 1948 book The White Goddess. You can read more about this here: https://www.learnreligions.com/maiden-mother-and-crone-2562881

  • You can learn more about Kimberly, her podcast and her work at www.motherhouseofthegoddess.com.I also referenced a prior Home to Her episode with Lilith Dorsey, during which we also discussed some of the African orishas. You can listen to it here:Here’s a lovely essay about Hekate from Motherhouse of the Goddess: http://themotherhouseofthegoddess.com/2021/11/28/hekates-night-a-winters-tale-by-renee-starr/Here’s some more information about Oshun from Motherhouse of the Goddess: http://themotherhouseofthegoddess.com/the-orisha-goddess-oshun-portal-page/Two wonderful books that provide more information about Orishas from the African traditions are “Jambalaya”, by Luisah Teish, and “Orishas, Goddesses and Voodoo Queens”, by Lilith Dorsey And here’s an article to help understand the origins of the word “gypsy” and its offensive nature to the native Roma people: https://www.bitchmedia.org/article/gypsy-slur-netlflix

  • You can learn more about Angela and buy her book Queering the American Dream at www.tehomcenter.org. 100% of all book sales are donated to the nonprofit Tehom Center. Instagram: @tehomcenterFacebook: @angelayarber; @tehomcenterTwitter: @tehomcenter

    Here are a few more resources related to today’s discussion:

    You can learn more about queer, Black human rights activist Pauli Murray at https://www.paulimurraycenter.com/.bell hooks quote shared by Angela when discussing what it means to “queer” the American Dream: “Queer not as being about who you’re having sex with (that can be a dimension of it); but queer as being about the self that is at odds with everything around it and has to invent and create and find a place to speak and to thrive and to live.”Wendell Berry’s poem, “The Peace of Wild Things”: https://www.scottishpoetrylibrary.org.uk/poem/peace-wild-things-0/
  • You can learn more about Sarah at her website, www.sarahpoet.com. You can also follow her on Instagram at @embodiedbreath.

    Sarah’s podcast is Sacred Remembering, which you can listen to here: https://podcasts.apple.com/us/podcast/sacred-remembering/id1489365997

  • You can learn more about Dr. G and purchase the Black Goddess Within Oracle Deck at https://go.blackgoddesswithin.com.

    Giavanni referenced the book It Didn’t Start with You: How Inherited Family Trauma Shapes Who We Are and How to End the Cycle, by Mark WolynYou can learn more about Calafia, the Black Queen whose name inspired the state of California, here: https://www.atlasobscura.com/articles/california-etymology-black-queen.You can also learn more about Queen Calafia’s Magical Circle, a public art installation created by French artist Niki de Saint Phalle, located in Escondido, California, here: https://visitescondido.com/queen-califias-magical-circle-escondido/
  • You can learn more about Dr. Christena Cleveland and her work at her website, www.christenacleveland.com, as well as at https://www.sacredfolk.com/.

    Christena’s new book, God is a Black Woman, is available everywhere books are sold. Here’s a list of Black-owned, independent bookstores: https://bookshop.org/lists/black-owned-bookstores-2021

    You can also support Christena’s work on Patreon at https://www.patreon.com/cscleve.

    The Palestinian Liberation Theologian Christena described is Naim Ateek, and his book, Justice and Only Justice, can be found here: https://www.orbisbooks.com/justice-and-only-justice.html

  • You can learn more about the Ian and his work at his website, https://www.ianmack.com/.

    Here are a few more links related to our discussion:

    You can read about the 1982 movie The Last Unicorn here. You can read the Epic of Gilgamesh, one of the oldest written stories known, here.You can learn about Stephen Jenkinson and his Orphan Wisdom School here.This episode of the Mythic Masculine features Pat McCabe, whose work we also discuss on the show: http://newstoryhub.com/2020/02/thriving-life-and-a-prayer-for-all-men-with-pat-mccabe-woman-stands-shining/.
  • You can learn more about Verlena and her artwork at her website, www.verlenajohnson.com.During this episode, we also discussed the artist, Faith Ringgold. You can learn more about her work and see her art, including her story quilts at her website:https://www.faithringgold.com/We also discussed the work of the late writer and activist Audre Lorde. The Poetry Foundation has a nice writeup of her life, along with links to her poetry here: https://www.poetryfoundation.org/poets/audre-lordeI also referenced the Missing Witches podcast and their book in this episode. You can learn more about the co-hosts and their work at their website, www.missingwitches.com.

  • You can learn more about Mary and the Guadalupe Art Program at www.guadalupeartprogram.orgThis article provides a nice summary of the story of Guadalupe appearing to Juan Diego, and her significance to the country of Mexico: https://www.nbcnews.com/news/latino/our-lady-guadalupe-powerful-symbol-mexican-identity-n694216Mary mentioned the work of medium Pam Oslie – you can view her TedX talk here: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=X0mKjaee6CQ

  • Lucy’s latest book is She of the Sea – available via Womancraft Publishing here. You can also check out all titles by Woman Craft Publishing via their website: www.womancraftpublishing.com. You can learn more about Lucy and her work at her website, www.dreamingaloud.net.You can follow Lucy on Instagram @lucyhpearce, and Womancraft Publishing @womancraft_publishing. You can also listen to Lucy’s prior conversation with me here: https://hometoher.simplecast.com/episodes/facing-sacred-fear-with-lucy-pearce

  • You can learn more about Coco and her upcoming film, SAINT, at her production company website: www.rosariumfilms.com.The Bernini sculpture of St. Teresa that we discussed during the show can be found here.A similar image of an angel protecting children, like the one Coco described, can be seen here. The fictional book about St. Teresa, which Coco’s play was based on, is Sister Teresa: The Woman Who Became Spain’s Most Beloved Saint, by Barbara Mujica

  • You can join the Home to Her Facebook group at www.facebook.com/groups/hometoher. To stay up to date on all the latest episodes, you can also sign up for my newsletter (and download a free meditation) at www.hometoher.com.

    Molly’s latest book is Walking with Persephone: A Midlife Journey of Descent and Renewal, published by Womancraft Publishing. You can learn more about Molly, her books and her popular Story Goddesses at www.brigidsgrove.com.

    We also discussed the following books:

    The Chalice and the Blade, by Riane EislerWhen God Was a Woman, by Merlin StoneA Mythic Life, by Jean Houston