13 = Goddess
– Savor –
The International Council of Thirteen Indigenous Grandmothers first gathered from the four directions on Iroquois Confederacy land in New York in 2004. They are spreading a message of healing and a call for unity. This Sacred Blessings CD containing songs, lullabies, and stories. Time to listen.
– Spark –
Speaking of wise women, Grace Lee Boggs is a legendary social activist whose last book, The Next American Revolution, was released when she was 98 and is essential reading. This inspiring giclee print by talented Chicago artist, Molly Costello, was made in memory of this radical activist & organizer who transitioned at 100 in 2015.
– Need –
Did you know that the I Ching was originally offered by a goddess culture that was eventually rewritten under patriarchy? Yeah, I didn't know that either until I came across Carol Bridges updated version of the I Ching, written entirely from the Goddess perspective. The book is out of print (but totally worth the price used) but she still has a shortened online oracle available to consult anytime. She also makes masterful art quilts that you have to see.
– Read –
I bought Cherokee Women upon learning from my grandfather that his grandmother was a run-away survivor from the Trail of Tears, a proud full-blooded Cherokee. The Cherokee are a matrilineal & matriarchial culture and this book describes how my ancestors lived and worked before colonialism eroded the culture by refusing to speak to or trade with the women while also introducing the men in the tribe to alcohol.