Spring Equinox Crown Bread

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If you have some time for a little baking, try making Crown Bread for Spring Equinox! I love baking the colored eggs in the bread. When you braid the dough together, be mindful of what you are braiding. Are you braiding halves of yourself together? Are you bringing the drop and ocean, the individual and the whole, into one? Are you braiding together peace and prosperity, health and safety, love and and happiness? As you place each egg in the braid, infuse it with what you want to bring to fruition.

I’m going with a profound shift for seeing our world as interconnected, and our responsibility for the whole equal to our responsibility for self. I ask for each person to reach in and find courage, strength, and resilience, to find the deepest love and the widest view.  Blessed Be. 

Spring Equinox- Moments of Growth and Stillness

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Today is Spring Equinox, the day the sun rises and sets at exact east and west, the day when the northern and southern hemispheres are bathed in equal light. By the Gaelic calendar, this is mid-Spring, halfway through the season. From this point on, the light will continue to grow until we are drenched in sunlight at the Summer Solstice.

This Spring Equinox arrives on a waning moon and amid a self-quarantine for Covid 19. I feel ricocheted between the liveliness of spring with growth all around (our sunny daffodils are up and the scarlet quince flowers are in full beauty) and the stagnation of a city at a virtual standstill (streets are quiet; restaurants closed). The days are longer, but the activities are shorter. The spring energy propels me forward, but so much is stationary. I have a feeling that before this is over that I will have cleaned out the detritus from the vegetable drawers in the fridge.

I am also feeling between the worlds – in stasis yet moving, only marginally connected to life beyond my home, and that umbilical cord being the cable to the router.

At the equinox, the sun rises in exact east and sets in exact west. This moment of stasis gives us time to check our internal compass—is the bearing true? At this time when shoots are thrusting through the earth and leaves begin to sprout, do we know what we want to cultivate? Is our cultivation in alignment with our true purpose? Take this moment to find our deepest love and our widest view, where we truly hold ourselves as both an individual drop and the vast ocean.

Brightest Blessings to all, and wishing health and peace for everyone
– Anne

Imbolc 2020

Brigit, Goddess, Imbolc, Seasonal Greetings

This Sunday, February 3 2020, is the mid-point between Winter Solstice and Spring Equinox. This auspicious day heralds the first day of Spring, the day Winter passes and Spring emerges. This is often the day that we begin to notice that it is getting lighter – brighter a little earlier in the morning, and night falls a little bit later at night.

The light brings growth, and some of the earliest flowers are pushing forth. Today we have just passed the first quarter and are speeding toward the Full Moon (next Sunday 2/9). The moon’s energy lights a fire under this beginning of spring, propelling us upward.

In the Celtic calendar, this is Imbolc, the “quickening,” the feeling of life growing within us. On this day we honor Brigit—Celtic Fire Goddess and Christian Saint—associated with healing, poetry, and smithcraft.

Take a moment now as we perch on the verge of Spring. Hitch onto the power of the moon and the season. Finish projects, dig in to something new, and take on that thing that you have wanted to do for oh so long.

What you create in the world, what your unique skills bring to fruition, what irreplaceable manifestation you bring forth is needed, is important, is part of what makes everything whole. Brigit, the moon, and the sun all support this work, right now. Do not hold back. Know that there is a place for what you bring.

A note on date and nomenclature: This day—called a “cross-quarter” day because it falls between the solstice and equinox—is known variously as Imbolg (a Gaelic or Old Irish word meaning “in the belly,” referring to pregnant ewes), Candlemas (originating from the Church of England), or Brigit’s Day (honoring the Celtic Goddess and Catholic Saint). Imbolg is traditionally celebrated on the dusk of January 31 to the dusk on February 1st, and Candlemas on February 2nd. Candlemas is the Feast of Purification for the Virgin Mary, on which day Brigit accompanied her in the church with a lit harrow on her head to attract attention away from the shy Mary–according to one tale. For the Northern Hemisphere another more exact way of calculating it is when the Sun is at 15° Aquarius (in the Tropical calendar), which this year falls on February 3rd. See more about the seasons here  https://www.archaeoastronomy.com/2020.html .


Throughout this week, we will be honoring Brigit as we approach Her feast day. To celebrate, the definitive Brigit anthology, Brigit: Sun of Womanhood, edited by Patricia Monaghan, will be 30% off in our Goddess Ink store, and a free download with a Brigit invocation. Peruse all of our Celtic offerings, including the Weaver’s Oracle and the Celtic Goddess Oracle, Starr Goode’s fantastic book on the Sheila Na Gig’s, and Patricia Monaghan’s Red-Haired Girl from the Bog. 

Là Fhèill Brìghde sona dhuibh uile! Happy St. Bridget’s Day to you all!


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Brigit

Brigit, Divine, Goddess

Brigit (or Brigid, Brighid, Brig, or Bride) is a Celtic Goddess, later a Catholic Saint, associated with healing, poetry, and smithcraft.

In all her forms, She brings inspiration (a fire quality) and provides the spark for motivation. Her fire associations are so strong that a perpetual fire was set at Kildare in Her honour. The fire still burns there today. She also became the Goddess of the hearth-fire, the fire of the home, since She contains the mother and fire aspects.

The festival of Imbolc on February 1 is dedicated to Brigit. The Christianized festival is St. Bridget’s Day in honour of St. Bridget. (from Brigid’s Flame).

Read about Brigit

Brigit: Sun of Womanhood

Brigit: Sun of Womanhood offers a holistic picture of Brigit from her beginnings as a Celtic Goddess to her role as a Christian saint. The contributors to this anthology hail from all parts of the globe—including Ireland, Scotland, the United States and Canada—reflecting the widespread influence of Brigit. Readers will be transformed by this inspiring collection.

This newest anthology from Goddess Ink is edited by Michael McDermott and Patricia Monaghan and features writers from Ireland, Scotland, Canada and the US including Carol Christ, Sr. Rita Minehan, M. Macha Nightmare, Dolores Whelan, Joan McBreen, Matthew Geden, and many others.

Get your copy from Goddess Ink, Amazon, or other online retailers.

Resources to connect with Brigit:

n 1993 the flame of Brigid was re-lit and has been tended by the Brigidine Sisters in Solas Bhride ever since. Located in Kildare, Ireland. 

The Daughters of the Flame began their Brigidine flame-tending on the same day as the Brigidine Sisters relit her flame in Kildare. This non-denominational, international, women-only group can be found through their website or their Facebook page, or through their founder, Mael Brigde.

For classes with Mael Brigde, see Mystery School of the Goddess

beat me on your anvil Brigit

melt me in your pot

knit me solid

make me whole

bring from me a fine bossed cauldron

offering to your endless round

in this life and the next

this life and the next

From “Goddess of Smiths” by Mael Brigde in Brigit: Sun of Womanhood 

Prayers to the Goddess: A Moon Cycle Devotion

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Prayers to the Goddess: A Moon Cycle Devotion is on PreSale now!

We are celebrating the release of Goddess Ink’s newest book: Prayers to the Goddess: A Moon Cycle Devotion—by Genevieve Chavez Mitchell and Anne Key. Through daily meditations and prayers, this book supports your journey to the Divine. Following a 29 day cycle of the moon, with beautiful moon art for each day of the cycle, this daily companion will inspire, comfort and guide you on your path!

We are taking orders for PRE-SALE. Regularly priced at $18.95, the pre-sale price is $10 until September 15. This sweet book is small enough for your purse, and it is the perfect gift book– so order enough for your gift list! Pre-sale orders will be shipped by Fall Equinox (9/23/19).

Today is the Waxing Cresent Moon :  from Prayers to the Goddess: A Moon Cycle Devotion

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Join us in celebrating the release of Prayers to the Goddess.  We would love to hear from you, you can email us here.  Also, please review this book on Amazon, the more reviews the merrier!

Genevieve Chavez Mitchell is a student of Divine Mystery.  She studied and practices naturopathy, homeopathy and flower essence healing. She was active with the Women’s Ordination Movement, advocating for women in priestly ministry.  She has followed her own spiritual path which includes connecting with the Divine Feminine, celebrating ritual with family and community and using her resources to create a more just, sustainable and life affirming world.  Genevieve is a priestess, photographer, a wife, mother and grandmother.  She is a partner with the independent press Goddess Ink.  She lives with her husband in Albuquerque, New Mexico.

Priestess, instructor, writer and dancer – Anne Key was Priestess of the Temple of Goddess Spirituality Dedicatedto Sekhmet, located in Nevada, from 2004-2007. She lived intimately with each moon cycle, leading rituals and sleeping under Her light. In Desert Priestess: A Memoir she details hertime at the temple and her journey to know Sekhmet. Anneis also co-editor of The Heart of the Sun: An Anthology in Exaltation of Sekhmet, a unique book which has both histor-ical information and devotee’s personal encounters with theLady of Flame.Co-founder of the independent press Goddess Ink, Dr.Key is the co-editor ofStepping into Ourselves: An Anthologyof Writings on Priestessesand author of a second memoir,Burlesque, Yoga, Sex and Love: Life under the Albuquerque Sun.With Veronica Iglesias, she leads Sacred Tours of Mexico and co-created The Jade Oracle: Deities and Symbols of Ancient Mexico. Anne resides in Albuquerque with her husband, his two cats, and her snake.

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Summer Solstice: Bathe in Light

Seasonal Greetings, Solstice, Summer Solstice

Today is Mid-Summer, the Summer Solstice. As penned by Shakespeare in his famous play, this is a time of high spirits, magic, and love. It is a time to surrender to the bright energy of the sun. Here in the Northern Hemisphere, we are living in the moments of the most light of the year. Solstice means “sun ceases,” and it is at this point that the sun stills, rising and setting at its northernmost position on the horizon the few days before and after Mid-summer, drenching us in almost unrelenting light.

I love the slowness of the solstices. The effects stretch out for a few days (unlike the equinoxes which have one moment of balance then quickly move on).

This can be helpful, for opening to the light can be a bit of a process. What do I want to show others? What do I want to illuminate on within myself? It can sometimes take a bit of time to work up the courage to look at the places within that are usually in shadow. Sometimes I take the take of “if I don’t look for it, it isn’t really there.” But, as we all know, it is there. There are the places of unresolved and sometimes ever-growing doubt, anger, jealousy, desire, greed, envy, resentment, just to name a few.

My challenge today is to hold all of these pieces of me in the light, for each precious bit adds to the being that I am. I am less than me without this. Each aspect of myself is a treasure. Let me fortify it, energize it, charging it in the sunshine. And, whole and holy, may I walk with arms outstretched and heart open into the unremitting golden light of the sun today

Bright Blessings to you –

Anne

 

Photo: Ian Flude. Anne and Lori in Conwy, Wales, Summer Solstice Eve.

Spring Equinox and the Full Moon: Illumination and Alignment

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Today is Spring Equinox, the day the sun rises and sets at exact east and west, the day when the northern and southern hemispheres are bathed in equal light. By the Celtic calendar, this is mid-Spring, halfway through the season. From this point on, the light will continue to grow until we are drenched in sunlight at the Summer Solstice.

Today, we bask in both solar and lunar energy. The full moon – so beautiful and bright this morning! — is in Aries/Libra, bringing an extra charge of balance and moving forward.

The sun symbolizes our consciousness, how we “show up” in the world. The moon is our inner world, and the full moon brings light to our innermost chambers.

At this powerful solar and lunar moment, take time today to balance and re-align. For some cultures, this is the new year; treat today as a beginning. Allow the light of the moon to shine in all the spaces deep within you. The sun, rising in exact east and exact west, shows our true path. Check your internal compass—is it true? At this time when shoots are thrusting through the earth and leaves begin to sprout, do you know what you want to cultivate? Is your cultivation in alignment with your true purpose?

We may not know the answers, but open yourself to the powerful energies of this day. Allow the sun and moon to guide your thoughts. I pray today for clarity for us all—may the pathways open, and may we feel true in each step.

Brightest Blessings to you at the turn of the wheel — Anne

Welcome to 2019

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Welcome 2019

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We wish you the blessings of love, light and joy in these days of winter.  May Goddess fill you with wisdom, grace and courage to be you, the grand and amazing gift you are to the world.

Genevieve, Anne and Goddess Ink

Genevieve Mitchell is a Partner with Goddess Ink Publishing.  She is a Priestess, a Seeker, a Flower Essence Practitioner, a photographer, a socially responsible  investor, a mother, a grandmother and a devotee of God/Goddess/Divine/Spirit. You can contact her at genevieve@goddess-ink.com.

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Holiday Book List…Perfect for your BBF!

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It’s that time of year again!  Happy We love it and hate it…holidays and holidaze.  But in the spirit of giving, we wanted to share with  you some of our favorite books.

Desert Priestess

  Perfect cozy read for your spiritually minded friend!

Visit a temple in the Nevada desert and live vicariously through Dr. Anne Key as she shares her experience of living as a twenty-first-century priestess. 
Find it in our store or on Amazon.

Burlesque Yoga Sex & Love

Fun read for the wild gal pal in your life!

In Burlesque, Yoga, Sex and Love, author Anne Key invites us to walk along the glittery rhinestone encrusted path of self-discovery as she confronts, and transcends, the established norms for middle-aged women. Set in picturesque Albuquerque, this memoir explores what it means to connect the body, mind, and spirit through yoga and burlesque. 
Find it in our store or on Amazon.

Dancer for the Goddess

Perfect winter read for the Dancer in your life!

Zaia, the Goddess Dancer lives in a society where women are respected and revered and the Goddess is worshipped. But a shadow hangs over that world. Patriarchal invasions from the north have already begun to make incursions and threaten everything that Zaia holds sacred. 
Find it in our store or  on Amazon.

Goddesses of the Americas
Perfect for the friend who loves Goddess art and history!

This 150 page, full color book features banners and descriptions of over 75 Goddesses and Divine Feminine figures. Accompanying each banner is a description and historical information on each figure. The rich colors and unusual layout make this book a treasure for both the heart and the mind. 
Find it in our store or on Amazon.

Heart of the Sun:  An Anthology in Exaltation of Sekhmet
Perfect for anyone devoted to Sekhmet or Egyptian Goddesses

This anthology is an intriguing glimpse of Sekhmet’s many guises as seen through the unique perspectives of her modern-day devotees.
Find it  in our store on Amazon.

Myths Shattered and Restored

 Perfect for friend that yearns for more Goddess knowledge!

The writings presented in this volume serve to strengthen and support the circle of women and men who share a scholarly passion for sacred myths about women.
Find it in our store or on Amazon.

She Appears:  Encounters with Kwan Yin
Perfect for the friend who needs a big loving dose of compassion.

Referred to as the “Celestial Bodhisattva of Compassion,” the Asian Goddess Kwan Yin manifests herself to those in need around the world in myriad forms.
Find it in our store or on Amazon.

Stepping Into Ourselves: An Anthology on the Writing on Priestesses
Perfect for the Priestesses in your life!

Stepping Into Ourselves: An Anthology of Writings on Priestesses is a colorful tapestry of voices illuminating the roles and perspectives of  priestesses in the ancient and modern worlds and weaving them together to create the beautiful fabric of women’s sacred service. The personal essays, academic articles, poetry, rituals, and tools in this book will speak to your heart, inspiring you to step into your own spiritual authority.

Find it  in our store or on Amazon.

Vibrant Voices: Women Myth and the Arts
Perfect for the Goddess art and history lover!

Vibrant Voices presents the work of contemporary scholars and artists whose visions advance our understanding from a diversity of cultures and folk traditions.

Find it on our store and on Amazon.

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Genevieve Mitchell is a Partner with Goddess Ink Publishing.  She is a Priestess, a Seeker, a Flower Essence Practitioner, a photographer, a socially responsible  investor, a mother, a grandmother and a devotee of God/Goddess/Divine/Spirit. You can contact her at genevieve@goddess-ink.com.

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Copal — 5 Things to Know

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Copal is the aromatic resin from the Copalquahuitl tree (bursera bipinnata). This sacred resin was used in religious rites and healing rituals. Here are 5 things to know about Copal:

  1. Copal is from the Bursera Bipinnata tree, which grows from Mexico to Central America. In Nahuatl, this is called “copalquahuitl,” the “copal tree.” In Nahuatl, copal is “copalli.”
  2. It is used for healing. The truly magical scent of copal is immediately relaxing, balancing the body. This can reduce blood pressure as well as increase  sahumando cenoteconcentration. The scent has also been used as a treatment for insomnia and headaches as well as increasing one’s creativity. It can be drunk as a tea, sweetened with honey, as a treatment for respiratory problems.
  3. It is used as an adhesive and binder. Copal resin is found in mosaics from ancient Mexico, often used to adhere turquoise and other precious stones. It is also used as a binder for pigments in murals. The murals at Bonampak, for example, utilized copal as a binder for the pigment, making them encaustic murals as opposed to frescoes.
  4. It comes in different colors. Copal Blanco, white copal, is usually the highest quality. The smoke from this copal is white and billows out. Copal Blanco has been associated with honoring Tlaloc, the rain deity, as the white clouds of smoke call out for rain. There is also yellow, black and red copal.
  5. It is used in ritual. When copal burns, magnificent clouds of fragrant white smoke

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    Traditional drawing of  a ceremonial bag of copal

    billow out. The white smoke is sometimes called “the white lady,” and the smoke itself is considered evidence of the dialogue between the heavens and the earth. The column of smoke is transformed into the axis, or center, of the world, representing the turning of the universe and all of the beings.

In the Jade Oracle deck, the divination for drawing the card Copalli is: When you choose copal, you are asked to make an offering. The deities are ready to hear you, ready to communicate with you.

IMG_2372How to use it: Light the charcoal with matches or lighter for about 20 seconds until it self-ignites. Use tongs to hold it up (never hold it with your fingers alone or you might get burned). Place the lit charcoal in a bowl or incense burner filled with sand or dirt. Let the charcoal warm for a few minutes. (It turns gray around the edges when it is ready). Now you are ready! Add a small amount of resin on top of the charcoal. The resin will burn and soon release essential, aromatic oils through the smoke. Put more copal on the IMG_2377 charcoal as it burns out and smoke decreases. If you do not have charcoal, here is a great place to get it.

Ritual uses: Use copal as a smudge to cleanse before ritual. Perfect for honoring ancient Mexican deities and for Day of the Dead ceremonies. A truly beautiful way to begin your reading with The Jade Oracle!

How to break it into smaller pieces: Put the copal into a small freezer baggie. Freeze it overnight. While still in the baggie, hit it with hammer or mallet to break into small pieces.

How to clean your hands after using:  Put a splash of olive oil in your palm and rub it between your hands. Then apply a small amount of liquid hand soap or dish soap to your oiled hands. Rub until you do not feel the stickiness anymore, then rinse with warm water.

Where to purchase Copal: You can purchase superior quality white and black copal from our store!


IMG_6430Anne, a native Texan, visited the borderlands during the 1970’s and 1980’s, but after a trip to Mexico City in 1990, she began annual sojourns and research trips criss-crossing the country of Mexico and into Central America. Her doctoral studies centered on Mesoamerican spiritual practices and the Cihuateteo, divine women honored by many ancient Mexican cultures. She and Veronica Iglesias created The Jade Oracle deck with deities and symbols from ancient Mexico to bring this wisdom to a new generation.

A faculty member in Women’s Studies, English and Religious Studies, Dr. Key is the co-founder of the independent press Goddess Ink and co-editor of two anthologies: Stepping Into Ourselves: An Anthology of Writings on Priestesses and Heart of the Sun: An Anthology in Exaltation of Sekhmet. She has two memoirs, Desert Priestess and Burlesque, Yoga, Sex and Love: A Memoir of Life Under the Albuquerque Sun. Anne resides in Albuquerque with her husband, his two cats and her snake.

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