A Review of Soul and Shadow, Birthing MotherWorld by Jeri Studebaker

MY REVIEW of “Soul and Shadow: Birthing
MotherWorld”, Kathy Jones’ New Book

by Jeri Studebaker

 

Birthing MotherWorld Kathy Jones

In several ways this book amazed me. First, I was blown away by Kathy Jones’ utter honesty about profoundly personal parts of her life: her deep fears, her screw-ups, her cancers, and her confusions about her own life, motivations and leadership abilities.

Second, whatever she herself felt about it, I was struck by Kathy’s remarkable ability to lead others. The sheer number of outstanding Goddess workshops, classes, presentations, field trips, conferences, plays, and other activities she has led, created and/or organized is overwhelming. After finishing the book I am in awe of her energy, dedication and creativity.

Third, Kathy describes her years-long battle with certain members of the UK Goddess community, her attempts to understand and heal the ancient wounds she feels caused this friction, wounds not only in the others but also in herself. Despite all her painful and laborious work, however, the abuse continued — mostly on social media. What’s amazing to me is that Kathy didn’t give up. At one point, driving in her car, she looked at a wall ahead of her and had thoughts of driving into it. She didn’t, and she didn’t desert the Glastonbury Goddess community, either.

As someone who’s organized and led Goddess- and other women’s groups myself, I can attest that almost every leadership issue Kathy experienced was an issue I experienced myself. As Kathy notes, some women drawn to women’s groups seem a bit more likely to be those extra-damaged by the patriarchy. The question is, how do we deal with this? Kathy thinks one way Goddess devotees can heal their wounds is by reliving the experiences they suffered during past lives when they were connected to Goddess temples, while these temples were being obliterated by patriarchal men (and possibly women too).

A fourth amazing part of this book consists of Kathy’s attempts to help readers relive the closing of the ancient Goddess temples. She does so in 10-15 short “stories” that pepper the second half of her book. I call them stories because they have characters, dialog, settings, action, and all other aspects of literature, but Kathy says many came to her as visions. In each story, Kathy is a central character, as if she herself is actually going back in time and reliving her lives in several ancient Goddess temples, as each was decimated (this temple destruction was a long, drawn-out process beginning around 4000 BC and ending around 400 AD – plenty of time for someone today to have lived through countless closings).

What follows are short excerpts from two of these visions:

I.

“We are inside the Sanctuary of the Temple, the door to the outer Courtyard is bolted. There is noise and shouting outside. We, the Priestesses of Her Temple, are gathered together in circle. They are dressing me in an old cloak, hiding my hair and face beneath a hood. We sing praises to the Lady with tear-filled eyes and fear trembling our voices. I am the one who has been Chosen by Lot, to leave by the secret exit, to run from the invaders, to escape, taking with me the Lady’s Treasures, all that we revere and honour, to hide deep in the land. These, Her most Sacred Objects – the Maiden Grael, the Sacred Cup of Love, the Mother’s Chalice, … all are wrapped in leather or hessian cloth to protect them through time, and placed in the basket I now hold. I shall guard these Treasures with my life….”

II.

“I AM HERE AGAIN in another time, at another ending.

“I AM RUNNING, running so hard. My lungs are bursting. My heart is pounding. Fear-filled adrenalin courses through my veins. I can barely breathe but I keep going. I am running for my life. Away, away from the Temple of Artemis, away from that Sacred Place which has been my home since I was a child….

“I have learned the practices of invisibility, but my fear overwhelms the centre ground and I know that I can be seen, as a whirl of colour and energy rushing by. Heads turn to watch the frantic woman pass, veils streaming. I glance backwards and there on the far hill the stone Temple gleams in the sunlight. I see the spiral of smoke reaching upwards to the sky, a tiny tendril of flame curling out through a window. By the gate there are men in strange garb, looking towards the town.

“I duck down to hide. Voices around me have also noticed the smoke,

“’Look, look! Is our Temple on fire?’

“’Mystress, can we help you?’

Especially those leading Goddess groups will want to read this book. It’s comforting to read someone who’s shared your difficult experiences, the book provides ideas about how to cope in such a role, and Kathy herself serves as a superb role model re: Goddess leadership.

You can read more from Jeri Studebaker at Goddess Pages magazine.

Latest book from Kathy Jones – Soul and Shadow Birthing Motherworld

Latest book from Kathy Jones – Soul & Shadow Birthing MotherWorld

The Healing Journey of a Priestess of Avalon

 

Latest book from Kathy Jones - Soul and Shadow Birthing Motherworld

 

In her latest book Kathy Jones describes her own Priestess journey as her Shadow wounding revealed itself in experiences of cancer, accident and voracious personal attacks on social media. All so that she might heal herself of the wounds of this and previous lives.

‘The small country town of Glastonbury in Somerset, England is a physical expression of the Sacred Isle of Avalon, the Otherworldly Paradise where Goddess dwells always and forever.  Here She is known as the Lady of Avalon, Nolava of the Sacred Land, Goddess of love, compassion, discernment, deep healing and transformation.

The Path of becoming Her Priestess or Priest of Avalon is not an easy one. The Lady opens our hearts to our Soul’s energies and brings us also to meet the Shadow places within so that our wounds might be healed.’

Kathy Jones is a Priestess of Avalon, Priestess of Goddess, Founder, Creative Director & Temple Weaver of Glastonbury Goddess Temple, Goddess Hall & Goddess House. She is Founder of Glastonbury Goddess Conference & Motherworld Initiator.  Kathy has lived on the Isle of Avalon in Glastonbury for forty years and loves this sacred land of Goddess. She is a ceremonialist, teacher, writer, wounded healer, initiator, Temple Melissa and sacred dramatist.  She is the author of several acclaimed Goddess books. Kathy offers with other dedicated Priestesses, a three Spiral Training to become a Priestess or Priest of Avalon, and other Goddess and Soul Healing trainings. 

Kathy is the author of several books on Goddess spirituality.  Her book, Priestess of Avalon, 

Latest book from Kathy Jones - Soul and Shadow Birthing Motherworld

Priestess of the Goddess is a book which provides an inspiring and exhilarating journey into the Heart of the Goddess, learning of the Mysteries of Avalon and the renewed Priestess of Avalon tradition.   Share Kathy’s experiences of living in Glastonbury Avalon for 30 years, learning of the ways of the Goddess in the sacred land, and the experiences of other Priestesses who have also chosen this spiritual path.

In The Ancient British Goddess Kathy takes us on an inspiring journey into the bounteous and abundant nature of our native, ancient British Goddess. Based in English, Welsh, Scottish and Irish traditions she explores the Goddess in Brigit’s Isles as Maiden, Lover, Mother and Crone, as Mother of the Elements of Earth, Water, Fire and Air, through the cycle of the seasons of the year and the Sacred Wheel of Britannia, Goddess of these Isles.

Latest book from Kathy Jones - Soul and Shadow Birthing Motherworld

Not just looking backwards to a past that has gone, this beautifully illustrated book also focuses on the return of Goddess spirituality to Britain and Her present day revelation. Included are the experiences of fourteen Goddess loving creative women who are bringing the Goddess alive, with Asphodel Long, Caitlin Matthews, Carolyn Hillyer, Jill Smith, Julie Felix, Lady Olivia Durdin Robertson and Monica Sjöö.

In the Nature of Avalon, you will find a series of wonderful Goddess pilgrimages which invite you to enter deeply into the mysteries of the Isle of Avalon. That Otherworldly Paradise which can be found within the sacred landscape of the small country town of Glastonbury, England.

Explore the hills and valleys, the sacred Tor, visit ancient wise trees and meander with the Nine Morgens of Avalon, who are the very magic of the nature of Avalon.

This book contains some beautiful illustrations and photography, and details fully directions and instructions to find the sacred places of the Goddess in Avalon.Latest book from Kathy Jones - Soul and Shadow Birthing Motherworld

Based on Kathy’s many years’ experience of living in Glastonbury, where she has daily walked the earthly body of the Goddess in Her landscape forms of Maiden, Lover, Mother and Crone. Glastonbury Goddess Temple is the first Temple to the Goddess in these lands for over 1500 years.  It is also the place where the annual Goddess Conference takes place.

Over the years Kathy has led thousands of pilgrims to the meet the Goddess in this special and holy place that has been known since time immemorial as the Isle of Avalon, the Sacred Isle.

All of Kathy’s books are available to buy at Goddess Temple Gifts as well as on Kathy’s own website.

The latest book from Kathy Jones – Soul & Shadow Birthing MotherWorld launches on Saturday 29th July 12. 00 noon with book reading from Kathy at 12.45pm

Be one of the first to buy your copy of this much awaited and anticipated book.   Order today, and we shall mail your copy to you on or very shortly after 29th July!

 

Latest book from Kathy Jones - Soul and Shadow Birthing Motherworld

Goddess Temple Gifts, for all things Goddess…

 

Domnu Goddess of Water by Artist Caroline Lir

Domnu Goddess of Water by Artist Caroline Lir

Domnu Goddess of Water by Artist Caroline Lir

 

This beautiful painting of Domnu Goddess of Water by Artist Caroline Lir is part of a series of  Caroline’s Goddess artwork, and can be seen, along with others,  in the Goddess Hall at Glastonbury, where the Priestess of Avalon training takes place.  Caroline painted her way around the wheel of the year when she was training to become a Priestess of Avalon, as a way of processing all that she was learning, which now in turn benefits all students who take the Priestess training.

Now available as prints to buy from Goddess Temple Gifts,  the paragraphs below form a beautiful story of Domnu Goddess of Water by artist Caroline Lir,  and gives an insight to the inspiration behind her work.

“In ancient Irish mythology, Domnu is the Mother of the ancient race of the Fiomore, older sister of Danu, who we meet at the Winter Solstice. Their story symbolises the struggle between light and shadow in our being. In Domnu’s watery realm of depth, shadow and deep emotion many riches are hidden.
Domnu is Queen of the deep, Mother of Water, placed at Summer Solstice in the South of the wheel of Britannia. A magical presence felt in sea, surf and spray. Her healing is given in the icy flow of the rivers and springs. She is present in the rain and flows in our tears, for she is the holder of our emotions. Call on Domnu and she will do whatever it takes to open you up, to release your suppressed emotions, so that, flowing freely once more you have the strength to express yourself, to cry, grieve, keen, scream, laugh, dance and love. For you are held in in Her compassionate, unconditional love, She is the chalice that holds your deep emotion. It is She who opens us to feel our emotional wounding, that we may express all we have suppressed and heal in Her sacred waters.

Here we meet Domnu on the shoreline, dancing joyously on the Eve of the Summer Solstice. With Her we dance all night, and watch the sunrise on the longest day. This is a night to enjoy who you are and what you have achieved. All around you nature is rampant, in total manifestation. A sacred heron flies silhouetted against the full moon, whose silver light is reflected in the water. Her dolphins leap playfully in the shimmering water. Domnu, herself, has been crying with us, Her empathy for our pain clearly expressed, but she is now celebrating, in dance, the wisdom and joy that come from our emotional release. She is free, wild and full of joy. On the rocks in the foreground are Her treasures of the deep and Her sacred chalice.

Domnu’s animals are the dolphin, whale, salmon, seal and heron. Her tree is the oak and Her symbols are the chalice and the shell. Her colour is blue.”

Caroline’s beautiful artwork is available to buy as A3 and A4 Prints, shipped worldwide from the Courtyard of the Glastonbury Experience in Somerset.

Goddess Temple Gifts, the place for all things Goddess…

 

Domnu Goddess of Water by Artist Caroline Lir

 

 

Mother of Water, Domnu, Lady of the Lake by Kathy Jones

Mother of Water,  Domnu,  Lady of the Lake 

 

Mother of Water, Domnu, Lady of the Lake 

 

The Mother of Water in the South is Domnu. She is Ocean Woman, Queen of the Deep, Mother of the Sea Waters which evaporate into the air forming clouds that ride the winds. Sweeping in across the coasts of Brigit’s Isles rain pours from the clouds back onto the earth, seeping deep into the land from which it slowly rises as springs, or flows over the land as rivers which return once again to Her great Ocean.

Domnu’s festival in Brigit’s Isles comes at the Summer Solstice when the Sun climbs to its zenith in the sky, when all of nature is open to life and Her energy pours out to us. In Brigit’s Isles we travel south to sit in the sunshine and to bathe in Her Ocean waves. Her colour is Blue, the ever changing colours of the sky reflected in water, the colour of clean rivers, lakes and oceans.

She is the Full Moon, a silver globe shining in the night-time sky, drawing us towards Her, filling us with lunacy. All of nature swells with energy, flowers blossom in profusion, trees spread their branches and animals give birth and feed their young from Her bounty. Her companions live in Her waters – Whale, Seal, Dolphin and Salmon of Wisdom and all the creatures that live in the sea.

Domnu is Goddess of the Ocean of Emotion. She can be moist, soft, warm and receptive or cold, dangerous and overwhelming. We swim in Her waters with care and respect. Her talisman are the Sea Shell and the Chalice of  emotional wisdom. She encourages us to express ourselves, to be who we truly are.  She calls us to mystical surrender within the Oceans of Her nature.

Kathy Jones, Solstice 2017.

At Beltane 2017 Kathy Jones updated and reprinted her book, The Ancient British Goddess, Her Myths, legends, sacred Sites and Present Revelation. “This book is a good introduction to Goddess in Brigit’s Isle and how we can find out who She is through becoming aware of the ways in which She expresses Herself through the Seasons of Her nature.”  

The updated reprinted edition of this much loved book will be available to buy soon at Goddess Temple Gifts and on Kathy’s website.  Join our mailing list and we can let you know as soon as this edition is available to buy both in the shop and on-line.  Solstice Blessings!

 

Mother of Water, Domnu, Lady of the Lake 

 

Glastonbury Goddess Temple Incense

Glastonbury Goddess Temple Incense

 

Glastonbury Goddess Temple Incense

 

Glastonbury Goddess Temple Incense is a natural resin based incense, natural incense has been used for millennia to create and sanctify sacred space.

The practice of ‘smudging’ the space with the highly fragrant fronds of smoke from gently burning frankincense, colophony, benzoin and other resins, together with dried herbs, flowers and grasses, is an ancient tradition to cleanse, purify and prepare holy places.  When you visit the Glastonbury Goddess Temple, you will see the Priestesses who Melissa and serve the Temple offering visitors the chance to receive a sacred smudging, using the traditional method of placing the incense upon a hot charcoal disk and using a smudge fan to gently encourage the cleansing effects of the selected blend of resins and herbs.

This sacred smudging offered to all who visit the Temple is given to cleanse and prepare visitors for a time of deep peace and true connection with Goddess, so they may leave the everyday world behind them, just for a while and focus completely upon their enjoyment of the beautiful Temple.

Glastonbury Goddess Temple Incense

 

Glastonbury Goddess Temple Incense is hand blended, lovingly and intuitively created by Priestesses of Avalon.  The finest natural ingredients are used, with many sourced from the Isle of Avalon.

Temple incenses are created around the wheel of the year.

Glastonbury Goddess Temple is a sacred space open to all, which is specially set aside for the exploration and celebration of the Divine Feminine. It is a holy place where we can worship and honour Her in ways that are old and new and where all our love for Her is welcome.

In the Glastonbury Goddess Temple we celebrate those Goddesses who are particularly associated with Glastonbury and the Isle of Avalon. Avalon is a magical land where the Goddess has lived from time immemorial and still lives today. It is a place of mystery and imagination, a place where we can let go of the old and assist in birthing the new.

The Goddess Temple remains open to visitors every day between between 12pm and 4pm.

Hand blended Glastonbury Goddess Temple Incense is presented in a beautiful organza bag.  Hand filled with love from The Priestesses of Glastonbury Goddess Temple on the Sacred Isle of Avalon.  A wonderful reminder of your time within the Temple.

All of the Goddess Temple hand blended incenses are suitable for burning upon a heated charcoal disc. Place your charcoal in a heatproof bowl.  Perfect for ceremonial work, space blessing and clearing.  Also for meditation and focusing upon transformation and change.

You can buy Glastonbury Goddess Temple incense here on line, along with many other beautiful handmade items.  Goddess Temple Gifts, the place for all things Goddess!

 

Glastonbury Goddess Temple Incense

 

 

 

 

Goddess Temple Gifts The Place For All Things Goddess!

Goddess Temple Gifts the place for all things Goddess

Goddess Temple Gifts is a unique gift shop located in The Courtyard of the Glastonbury Experience in Glastonbury Somerset, opened at Beltane 2013.

Opposite Glastonbury Goddess Temple, the shop supports the work of the Temple, and is also an integral part of the not only the Goddess loving community here in Glastonbury, but also of each individual’s visit to the Temple.  Glastonbury Goddess Temple is a recognised place of religious worship, and as such is the first Goddess Temple of its kind in the United Kingdom for over 1500 years.

When visitors discover the Temple and spend time connecting withGoddess Temple Gifts the place for all things Goddess Goddess, feeling the touch of the Great Mother’s love often for the first time, they often come down the steps from the Temple and find themselves drawn into Goddess Temple Gifts.

Here they find more love and connection from the staff who run the shop, as well as inspiration from the incredible array of Goddess inspired artwork, ceramics, music, books, jewellery, clothing and so much more.  For those beginning their journey of discovery with Goddess spirituality, the shop is an invaluable resource, and also a link of connection.

There is also the vibrant Goddess Temple Gifts website, a place to visit and continue the experience from afar, with many new publications about Goddess spirituality, new prints of beautiful and unique artwork being added on a weekly basis.

One of Goddess Temple Gift’s original aims was to bring the absolute joy of creativity inspired by Goddess to as many people as possible, and this aim is now being fulfilled on a daily basis.  The shop also supports the independent artists, authors and visionaries who are the trail blazers, those who are leading the way to bring Goddess back into the hearts and minds of all.

The shift towards the reclaiming of the soft power of the divine feminine can now be felt all across the world.  Temples devoted to Goddess, honouring our beautiful Mother Earth are springing up in so many places.  People are beginning to rise up to be seen and heard, the desire to bring about a shift in awareness so that we may create a world of peace, love and harmony.  A MotherWorld  a world in which each and every one of us are loved and protected, nurtured and safe.

 

Goddess Temple Gifts the place for all things Goddess

 

Goddess Temple Gifts may be seen at first sight as just a small gift shop, in small British town, but it is so much more than that!  For many of us, that first book about reclaiming our power, that first stirring piece of music that reminds us of something we cannot find the words to describe, or that first painting of a woman showing her fullness, her nurturing love that touches something deep inside is our first awakening to returning to Goddess and Her love.

We welcome you to visit Goddess Temple Gifts the place for all things Goddess in Glastonbury, to spend time enjoying the beauty and the love of the Temple.  We also welcome you to visit our website, also a place where you can find that colour and inspiration!

Blessings to us all at this time of great change in our world, as we continue feeling and giving love to one another, loving our Mother Earth and all She offers us.

 

 

Goddess Guidance Cards

Goddess Guidance Cards

Goddess Guidance Cards are in a boxed set comprising of a small book and forty four little works of art. The box features a serene and sage Goddess on the cover, The Goddess, Dana, who wears a jewelled golden crown which is represented on the reverse of each card. The book advises on how to work with the Oracle Deck, the full individual messages from each Goddess and a little bit about them. There is a section on the various artists too. These beautiful cards are edged in gold, making them look and feel so special.

goddess guidance cardsEach card gives you a specific message about how you can make conscious choices to improve your life, health, relationships, finances, career, and spiritual path. The gorgeous artwork on each card depicts the global images of Goddesses – Kuan Yin, Lakshmi, Bridget, Isis, Athena, and other goddesses from Celtic, Mayan, Egyptian, Greek, Tibetan, Buddhist, and other traditions. A perfect way to learn more and to connect with Goddess.

The powerful, wise, and loving Goddesses want to help you to realise your full potential! The 44 Goddess cards in this deck will help answer your questions and give you guidance about personal and spiritual growth. The Goddesses are from Celtic, Egyptian, African, JudeoChristian, Buddhist, and other cultures.  With the gorgeous artwork and enclosed guidebook, you’ll get to know these Goddesses.  You’ll learn more about Quan Yin, Green Tara, Lakshmi, and other benevolent deities; and you’ll find out whom to call upon for specific guidance.

You will find a box of Doreen Virtue’s Goddess Guidance  cards in the Goddess Temple, along with many other beautiful oracle and tarot decks as well as books.  The Temple is a place of such divine peace and introspection, it is a perfect place to spend some quiet time spreading the cards looking for guidance, or just enjoying the beautiful artwork.  There are many beautiful and original works of art within the Temple which are changed with the season, as the wheel of the year turns.  The colours of the Temple also change, the altars dressed in beautiful swathes of fabric, fresh flowers and candles.  Spending time in the Temple with the surrounding beauty, and the flicker of the candles brings such profound and deep feelings of connection, a sense of returning home to the womb of the Great Mother of us all. 

This year, the 22nd Glastonbury Goddess Conference celebrates Goddesses of the World, so this deck really connects to the conference theme this year!  At the Temple we do specifically honour and celebrate nine Goddesses who are native to the British Isles, as well as the many other hundreds if not thousands of faces of Goddess, as She has many faces and many names.  At the Goddess conference this year there will be ceremony, talks, workshops, music and artwork all in celebration of the World Goddess.  It is the time of the returning, we are rising in Her name, raising the love vibration upon our Mother Earth and all of Her people.

Goddess Guidance Cards are available to buy here at Goddess Temple Gifts, the place for all things Goddess…

 

November’s Super Moon and Her Transformation

november's super moon

 

This November’s Super Moon falls on Monday the 14th.

This is an incredibly special ‘Super Moon’ as we shall not see our beautiful Moon this bright and close for another 18 years.

Astrologically, there has been much activity in the more ‘watery’ planets leading up to this Moon.  Many may feel that they have travelled very deeply into the emotional turmoil of Cerridwen’s cauldron this year.  It is Her time of transformation and rebirth.  We become aware that everything in our lives is always subject to change, Cerridwen’s sickle Moon cuts the ties that bind us.  As this Moon has waxed to fullness this month deep emotions have been stirred.  Deep feelings, old wounds to be healed, some that we cannot event name.

These feelings are rising to the surface now to be healed, we reflect the body of the Great Mother, as she encourages us to rise in Her name.  We need to allow this, however painful it may be at times.  Our need for self-healing is vital now more than ever, as we move forward with our work of returning the awareness of Goddess.  It is our work to begin the great healing that needs to take place, and that begins with ourselves.

Many of us may have been experiencing feelings of insecurity, or low self-esteem, as well as questioning who we really are and how we are seen, this Full Moon will expose those feelings in order to bring the healing that we need.

Thoughts such as ‘Am I reaching my full potential’ or ‘what do I really want to do with my life’ and ‘what stands in my way of achieving these things’ may be coming up to be heard. This is the time where we can ask and receive illumination.

We can call to Domnu, whom we honour at Her time of Summer Solstice, as She can help with these emotional outpourings that we need.  She who is the Lady of the great oceans, whose tides ebb and flow in rhythm with the waxing and waning of the Moon.  Nolava of Water shows us Her face as she reflects the Full Moon upon Her waters.

This Supermoon falls within the sign of Taurus, whose energy brings us manifestation of our most creative desires, awakening our fullest potential to realise our dreams and wishes. The month leading up to this Full Moon may have been highly emotional, however the Taurus energy will bring us a calming and more grounding effect.

This Moon will bring clarity and focus to what we really want.  The uncertainty and difficulties that we have faced in the time leading up to this event can be seen as a “filtering” process.  What do we really want?  Before we can harness the creative power of manifestation we need to know what it is we really desire.

Once decisions have been made there is always a sense of relief, in the days that follow, leading up to the stillness of the Winter Solstice, we shall indeed be able to find the clarity that we seek.  The process of releasing old stagnant emotions, negative patterns and mainly indecision, bring focus, clear bright clarity.

Enjoy this November’s Super Moon, bathe in the silvery light at this sacred time of change for our Mother Earth. Allow Her energies to continue to transform you, with the knowledge that this is the culmination of so much deep emotion which can now be released.  Speak with Goddess, about what it is you really wish to achieve and become as bright as you can be, as you see the fullness of Her love shining light upon the darkness.

Blessed Be x

 

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