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To my radical feminist sisters around the world,

I am writing this open letter to all of you to uplift you and to remind you of your strength. Our strength.

Dale Spender wrote in 1986 that with every wave of feminism, comes a backlash of misogyny. The first wave feminists who were killed, tortured, abused, humiliated, force fed and beaten, changed the world for women, forever. As their power grew, the backlash grew.

As women found each other, loved each other and stood together, men in the patriarchy created disgusting, ugly public caricatures of them as witches, barren, old, haggard and hated. The point of this strategy was two-fold: to break their spirits and to hold them up as an example to the other women – of what would happen to them if they dared to join the suffragettes. Women pushed on. They fought for us. They gained our voting…

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I Don’t Mean to Brag, But I Cry a Lot by Trelawney Grenfell-Muir


It’s true. I don’t mean to make you jealous, but lately, I have at least one long session of really great crying most days. What I call the “lovely cry,” where my face gets all red and swollen and puffy, my nose runs, I drool, and I make all kinds of noises. I’m so proud of my crying, so proud of myself whenever I manage to accomplish a really good cry, and so relieved. I get a bit worried if a few days go by and I haven’t had a proper cry. I try to remind myself how important it is, and give myself time and space for a healthy crying session.

Again, not to blow my own horn, but it has taken some work—decades of practice and effort—to get good at frequent, healthy crying. Mostly, it takes two things: 1) the courage to feel your feelings, and 2) the…

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In last week’s open post, I noted that I didn’t have anything in particular planned for this fifth Wednesday of the month, and asked my readers what they wanted to hear about. Quite a few subjects got brought up for discussion—among others, the novels of Hermann Hesse, Carl Jung’s concept of synchronicity, and the metaphysics…

via The Arc Of Our Future — Ecosophia

Devotional Art as Public Worship

Roving the Two Lands

Jason Mankey recently published a blog post on the subject of how worshiping the gods is not limited to reciting prayers or making physical offerings in a shrine. Art, writing, dance, and countless other forms of creativity can also count as worship, even if created by someone who didn’t believe in the gods as real independent entities. Mankey pointed out that:

“By the middle of the Fifteenth Century CE the Italian Renaissance was in full-bloom, and cities such as Rome were overrun with images from Pagan antiquity. Goddesses and Gods peaked out from behind nearly every street-corner, and statues and paintings featured the gods of Rome and Greece for the first time in nearly 1000 years. If you had walked through Rome in 1550 you would have assumed you were in the middle of a Pagan city, so prevalent were the images of Dionysus, Aphrodite, and Artemis. “

Mankey, J…

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Keeping the fire burning

anima monday

There are many who have high hopes at the beginning of a crisis, that this will be the one that finally shocks people awake. Unfortunately, more often than not, a few weeks later most people have moved on to other things, and the opportunity seems lost. The latest examples are the corona-crisis and Black Lives Matter. Do we still dare believe a better world is possible?

This post concludes my series on the elements. My other posts contained advice from earth,air and water. For this week, let us talk to fire, and see what inspiration that might bring…

This is the fire of enthousiasm

I have a light side, as well as a destructive side, as does every manifestation of fire. And so it is very important that you understand this well, if you want to harness my energies in a constructive way.

Let me begin by pointing out…

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