For embodiment, I have attended sweat lodges, hugged trees, made art, written towers of words…but no ritual I have ever done matched the power of Serpentessa’s boa constrictors crossing my belly!
- Serpentessa bringing her “Dance of Serpent Priestess” to a close
During the waxing to an extraordinary full moon this weekend on the eve of the vernal equinox, I attended the Association for the Study of Women in Mythology (ASWM) East Coast symposium “The Embodied Goddess” to deliver a presentation, “The Embodied Goddess in 21st Century Art.”
Opening remarks and Welcome by ASWM president Sid Reger, a mandala artist and independent scholar in a room ritualized with Lydia Ruyle's banners of goddesses from around the globe.
It was an extraordinary event! Who else but the Goddess, so visible through Lydia Ruyle’s Goddess Icon Spirit Banners, could bring together women from all different disciplines united by a common passion: getting the word out that the Goddess has been revived for the 21st century! In attendence were theologians, scholars, social workers, therapists, artists, poets…even bloggers!
On Saturday night, the face of the feminine descended via two amazing performers — the drummer and scholar Layne Redmond who received the first ASWM Brigit Award for Excellence in the Arts. And Serpentessa with her two boa constrictors!
Miranda Shaw, Ph.D showing one of her many images of the Buddhist tantric goddesses
The keynote speaker, Miranda Shaw, author of Passionate Enlightenment, enthralled us with her splendid images of a Goddess ritual in rural Nepal…
The plate filled with edible offerings to the Goddess
which embodied the Goddess in the form of the sacred marriage of heaven and earth…
Professor Miranda Shaw with her stunning final image
Academia meets grassroots Goddess movement: keynote speaker Miranda Shaw with her mother, Merry Norris, before a projection of Merry's Goddess art
Merry Norris' breakthrough figures serving as the foundation of her "grassroots movement" presented in her "My Gift From the Goddess: EmBODYment"
One of Merry's students who created a "Fertility Goddess" as a magical act to get pregnant -- and did!
Art as transformation artifact: another of Merry Norris' students breaking free through solar plexus empowerment.
Shaman Lydia Ruyle whose "Goddesses" have taken her around the world
From symbol to embodiment to ritual of embodiment: the process of making heaven come down to Earth
Lydia Ruyle and her Dark Goddesses
An empowered embodied artist who has created her own hive: Layne Redmond accepting the first ASWM Brigit Award for Excellence in the Arts
Symbol for the Bee Priestess
An image from Layne Redmond, author of 'When the Drummers Were Women" via Skyp
Tova Beck-Friedman's stunning short film incorporated the real and surreal...
She Who: a capella chorus
Serpentessa doing her snake dance before Miranda Gray
Dancing to the Serpent
Heather Artemis reading a poem about the Goddess
The closing Plenary Session was a sharing of ideas and resources…
Sabine Jell-Bahlsen author of "The Water Goddess in Igbo Cosmology" showed a film excerpt of a shaman from the Ogbuide of Oguta Lake
Leesa Sklover, composer, healer and kundalini yoga teacher articulating how she weaves her many talents and skills into the unified face of the embodied Goddess!
Ma’ayana Gail Tishman
The very image of an Embodied Woman: Serpentessa with her staff