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2023 Ancient Goddess and Sacred Feminine Studies

I heard about the Goddess, I couldn’t wait to meet her–funny thing is, she is me!

Join La Bona Dea (The Good Goddess) in a monthly online class offered by High Priestess Tina Deason. Each month we will study an Ancient Goddess, and learn to create rituals throughout the year. Journaling, self-reflecting, group discussion/sharing, meditations, and tapping into your sacred divine are some of the skills available through this offering.

Meeting the Goddess: Each month I will introduce an Ancient Goddess. Where she came from and why she is important to us today.

Rituals: Invocations, chants, and incense are all used in rituals, but here I will provide some creative ways to make rituals personal and practical.

Journaling and Self-Reflection: I will assign journaling topics which correlate with the Goddess of the month and the time of year we are working in. Connecting with nature is a vital part of understanding ourselves and Goddesses. I will be emailing handouts for these activities

Meditation: I will lead a meditation or guided visualization with each course to ignite your creative spirit.

Sharing and Group Discussion: I will allow time in each class for sharing and group discussion. I will include questions for further exploration of the Sacred and Divine.

New Goddesses of Today: The Goddess is alive and she rebirths herself time and again. She recreates her body, her feminine powers, and her eternal love as many times as we need her.

Tapping into your Sacred and Divine: It is my goal that upon completion of each class a new facet of the Goddess has opened a new part of your inner being. We are all one, but we are shining from many facets.

Bringing your best to your world: The ultimate achievement of this course is to open your authentic light, know your gifts, and confidently share them with the world.

Meet Once A Month online: We will work from one month to the next, deepening our self-understanding and connections to our planet and the Goddesses. Each session the First Monday of each month from: Time to be determined with enrollment choices.

January Jana and Janus are two Ancient Roman deities who rule the sky, Janus the Sun, and Jana the Moon. They bring the energy of transformation to our world . . did you ever notice you may forget what you walked into a room for? Yep, that is threshold transformation magic. Opening a new door, celebrating a new year, and creating resolutions for the future are great opportunities to invoke these deities of coming and going, beginnings and endings. Jana is of course a strong goddess to invoke for childbirth, the ultimate arrival in a strange land!

February Brigid is an ancient Celtic deity, she also represents new beginnings, as legend says she was born while her mother walked through a doorway (threshold) at dawn. She is worshiped to this day as the Goddess who ushers in the first quickening of spring. She is a Goddess of prosperity, healing, childbirth, unconditional mother love, and of course, purification through fire. She is often depicted with lambs and holy wells because she reminds us of the cycle of life–and her Holy Day, Imbolc, (lambs milk) begins the Wheel of the Year. She is called Bride, Birdie, Brigit and Brigid.

March Ēostre is a Goddess who was worshipped by ancient western Germanic tribes long before Christianity swept over Europe. She is the embodiment of springtime. Her color is yellow and she represents the morning and a new day. Her energy brings enough light to find balance, as she is celebrated at the Vernal Equinox when both day and night share equal length of time. The myth of Eostre is that she arrived late one year, and a bird nearly died of the freezing cold. She brought the bird back to life, but because it had a broken wing and hand to be earthbound, the bird was transformed into a rabbit; hence colored Easter Egg at spring time.

April

Artemis is a prominent Goddess in the Greek pantheon. She is known at the goddess of hunting and nature. She can be found in nature, she loves the forest and protects animals and children. Artemis never married and remained a virgin. (Virgin in those times, meant never attached to a man.) Some call her the Goddess of chastity because it was unusual for women to remain single. unmarried in ancient Greece. Artemis thrives in nature and she is often depicted with a bow and arrow, and her dogs or stags. She is another moon. Because of her close relationship with nature

May Blodeuwedd is a beautiful Goddess whose name means “Flower Face.” She is representative of the earth in full bloom. She is the Goddess of emotions and she is also the Maiden Goddess of initiation ceremonies. Through her marriage, (Llew’s requirement of marrying the land ) together they lead us to question ourselves and our Sovereignty–knowing what we really want is a lifelong journey that is completed.

June

Hathor is the Egyptian goddess of the sky, she is a solar deity and the “Mother of the Sun.” She is portrayed with a solar disk on her headdress. She was frequently referred to as the “Golden One”, referencing the radiance of the sun. Texts from her temple at Dendera would refer to her rays as illuminating the Earth.

July

Ceres was the Roman goddess of agriculture, grain, and the love a mother bears for her child.  She was the daughter of Saturn and Ops, the sister of Jupiter, and the mother of Proserpine.  Ceres was a kind and benevolent goddess to the Romans and they had a common expression, “fit for Ceres,” which meant splendid.

She was beloved for her service to mankind in giving them the gift of the harvest, the reward for cultivation of the soil. Also known as the Greek goddess Demeter, Ceres was the goddess of the harvest and was credited with teaching humans how to grow, preserve, and prepare grain and corn. She was thought to be responsible for the fertility of the land.

Ceres was the only one of the gods who was involved on a day-to-day basis in the lives of the common folk.

August

Lakshmi

Have you ever met someone who was totally at ease in the world? They seem to live effortlessly; they’re able to give and receive without a lot of drama. Their finances may fluctuate with the economy, but they always seem to have faith that the situation will improve. These people are content. Most importantly, they know they have enough.

People like this are in sync with Lakshmi, a Hindu goddess whose energies operate from a place of abundance. Some would call them “lucky” but really, they’re just thankful for what they have. They invite more good into their life as a result of this optimism.

September

Banbha is celebrated at the Autumn Equinox, in the west on the Goddess Season wheel of Britannia. She is an Earth Mother and Queen. In Irish mythology, she is a founding mother of Ireland. One of Ireland’s ancient names is Banbha Isle of Women. As trees turn to gold and crimson, and we move towards the dark of winter, the last of the harvest is taken in. Banbha is associated with Gaia as the spirit of the land, the animals and ourselves.

October

 Kerridwen (Celtic)

At the end of autumn, Samhain and Halloween are closely linked with the witchy figure of Goddess Kerridwen, Keeper of the Cauldron. She stirs the cauldron of rebirth, knowledge and transformation. She reminds us that out of darkness comes new life and new ideas. As a witchy goddess who can cross between worlds; Kerridwen also reminds us to honour and remember our dear departed and ancestors.

November Hestia Is the Greek Goddess of the hearth and home, and she is comforting at autumn time. Her name means hearth fire and/or altar. Autumn is a season of returning home after travels and the adventures of long summer days. In ancient Greece, sacred hearth fires were constantly tended within her temples and offerings of sweet wine and food made in Hestia’s name. The magic of creating your home is precious, we are making life sweet and sacred for ourselves and others. Creating a warm and safe sanctuary to retreat to from the darkening days and dropping temperatures.

December What does La Befana symbolize?

The origin of the Italian witch-like character of Befana may be linked to ancient pagan beliefs in a Mother Nature goddess symbolizing rebirth. After the winter solstice, the death and rebirth of nature were celebrated, and it was believed that a goddess flew over the fields, ensuring fertility for the next season.

Fees and Enrollment

Email mammadeason@gmail.com to enroll

$25 per Drop-in Session, or $90 per six-month Session

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