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Yule Love Day 13

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. 

The Alphabet vs the Goddess is one of those books that bangs you over the head and you are never the same after that. It's so intense, I'm just going to let you know the official description: "The author proposes that the process of learning alphabetic literacy rewired the human brain, with profound consequences for culture. Making remarkable connections across a wide range of subjects including brain function, anthropology, history, and religion, Shlain argues that literacy reinforced the brain's linear, abstract, predominantly masculine left hemisphere at the expense of the holistic, iconic feminine right one. This shift upset the balance between men and women initiating the disappearance of goddesses, the abhorrence of images, and, in literacy's early stages, the decline of women's political status. Patriarchy and misogyny followed."

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