About the Author

_MG_0019Glenys Livingstone Ph.D. has been on a Goddess path since 1979; this has included diverse spiritualities and a scientific perspective, inner work as well as academic scholarship. Her studies have been in theology, ritual, archaeomythology, social ecology, psychology, sociology and education.

Glenys is the author of PaGaian Cosmology: Re-inventing Earth-based Goddess Religion, which was an outcome of her doctoral work in Social Ecology from the University of Western Sydney (see note below). She has produced PaGaian Cosmology Meditations CDs, and authored the eco-fable (for kids and not-kids) My Name is Medusa. In 2017 Glenys co-edited the anthology Re-visioning Medusa: from Monster to Divine Wisdom, with Trista Hendren and Pat Daly.

Glenys is a contributor to:

Goddesses in Myth, History and Culture, Mary Ann Beavis and Helen Hye-Sook Hwang (editors), Mago Books 2018. Essay title: Goddess, Science and Paganism: a PaGaian Cosmology.

Inanna’s Ascent: Reclaiming Female Power, Trista Hendren, Tamara Albanna and Pat Daly (editors), A Girl God Anthology, 2018: with two essays.

Celebrating Seasons of the Goddess, Dr. Helen Hye-Sook Hwang & Dr. Mary Ann Beavis (editors), Mago Books, 2017: with seven essays/titles.

She Rises: How Goddess Feminism, Activism and Spirituality?Helen Hye-Sook, Mary Ann Beavis and Nicole Shaw (editors), Mago Books, 2016. Essay title: Celebrating Her/My/Our Everyday Sacred Journey Around Sun”.

Jesus, Muhammed and the Goddess, Trista Hendren, Pat Daly and Noor-un-nisa Gretasdottir (editors), a Girl God Anthology, 2016. Essay title: Exodus 1980 Revisited.

Godless Paganism: voices of Non-Theistic Pagans. John Halstead (editor), Lulu.com, 2016. Essay titles: “A PaGaian Perspective” and “A Poetry of Place”.

Foremothers of Women’s Spirituality: Elders and Visionaries, Miriam Robbins Dexter and Vicki Noble (editors), Teneo Press Inc., 2015. Essay title: “Conceiving and Nurturing a Poiesis of Her: a PaGaian Cosmology”.

She Rises: Why Goddess Feminism, Activism, and Spirituality, Helen Hye-Sook Hwang and Kaalii Cargill (editors), Mago Books, 2015. Essay title: “Now recognising Her in Me”.

She is Everywhere Vol. 3, Mary Saracino and Mary Beth Moser (editors), Bloomington: iUniverse Inc., 2012. Essay title: “Spelling and Re-Creating Her”. 

Goddesses in World Cultures, Patricia Monaghan (editor), Praeger Publishers 2010. Essay title: “GAIA: Dynamic, Diverse, Source and Place of Being”.

Indian Journal of Ecocriticism, Volume 3 August 2010. Essay title: “Female Metaphor, Science and Paganism: A Cosmic Eco-Trinity”.

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Glenys grew up in Wakka Wakka country, Queensland Australia. Glenys considers herself a student of the Poetry of the Universe – a language expressed in scientific story, mythological metaphor, ancient and contemporary images of integrity, body movement and dance, stillness, chants and songs. By these means, she has conducted geo-therapy – ecological reconnection – for herself and with others.

Glenys’s work, PaGaian Cosmology, is grounded in the Old European Indigenous religious practice, integrated with evolutionary perspective and Goddess scholarship.

Glenys’ M.A. is in Systematic Theology and Philosophy included education in liturgical practice at the Jesuit School of Theology Berkeley California. She has just re-located to her homelands of Queensland Australia, with her partner Taffy (Robert) Seaborne, after decades of living in the Blue Mountains Australia; where she facilitated Seasonal ceremony in MoonCourt with an open community, taught classes, and mentored apprentices. Glenys is a featured contributor to Return to Mago E-magazine and is presently writing a new version of her PaGaian Cosmology. In 2014, Glenys co-facilitated the Mago Pilgrimage to Korea with Dr. Helen Hye-Sook Hwang.

In 2019, Glenys was a keynote presenter, and educator at Wise Women Gathering, a Conference dedicated to Herbal Wisdom, Holistic Healing, Women’s Mysteries and Community.

Glenys has also contributed to these magazines, journals and blogs:

Feminism and Religion blog, guest contributor, 2015 ongoing

Moon Diary 2015, Shekhinah Morgan, Australia

Return to Mago blog– featured, regular contributor, 2012 ongoing

Goddess Alive!, 2015, 2014

The Beltane Papers, 2010 -2011

Gaian Voices, 2007-2009

Matrifocus, 2007-2008

Goddess Pages, 2008

Medusa Coils blog, 2008

AliveMindReview of documentary about Marija Gimbutas Signs Out of Time

  • Review of DVD series Women and Spirituality

Ecoliving Magazine, Australia 2008

Women-Church: An Australian Journal of Feminist Studies in Religion, 1986 – 1996

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NOTE re doctoral thesis: The Female Metaphor – Virgin, Mother, Crone – of the Dynamic Cosmological Unfolding: Her Embodiment in Seasonal Ritual as a Catalyst for Personal and Cultural Change, G.D. Livingstone. University of Western Sydney, 2002.

This doctoral research was an experiential study of the three phases of the Triple Goddess as Creative Cosmological Dynamic: an interpretation of these three faces as representing the Dynamic by which the Cosmos unfolds, that is, the extant Creativity that is in continual transformation and has always been so. Accordingly, as this thesis takes the Cosmos to be a seamless whole, the conscious alignment of one’s being with this Creativity would be a more complete alignment with the continual process of transformation innate to Being. … This research re-stories the Female Metaphor in her three aspects, as an image and dynamic of Ultimacy, and this re-storying is enhanced by an identification of Her three faces with Thomas Berry’s three faces of Cosmogenesis – differentiation, communion, and autopoiesis – which he and Brian Swimme say compose “the fundamental ordering of the universe”. They call the composition of these three, “cosmic grammar”.

The ritual celebration of seasonal points are then developed as a method of embodying and sensualizing, and “speaking” this deep Dynamic of Creativity – as a method of aligning one’s being with the continual cosmological unfolding. These ritual celebrations are based in ancient Western spiritual practice that relates with Earth’s cyclical transitions. Presented here is a convergence of such Earth-based spiritual practice with a Western scientific cosmology. For more

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Glenys identifies this Cosmic-Organic Creative Triplicity with the Triple Spiral engraved by the ancients at Bru-na-Boinne (Newgrange) in Ireland, understanding this motif to express the essential creativity at the heart of the Cosmos.

19 comments

  1. Glenys, after reading the above I know why we resonate so well. We have both been walking the same path merging the new sciences with the goddess…

  2. yes lots of resonance … I am discovering a few sisters recently – in the great Ocean of the Cosmos

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  7. Vinanti Sarkar · · Reply

    t’s time Voices of Women Worldwide honors Glenys D. Livingstone, the Australian author with rural country roots, teacher training, theological and social science studies, as she journeys through life, discovering transformative spiritual powers. Glenys lives in Kingaroy, the blue mountains, Queensland, Australia, where she has facilitated seasonal ceremony and taught classes for over three decades, and mentored apprentices and students, while continuing to write and to teach a year long course on-line. http://voicesofwomenworldwide-vowwtv.ning.com/profiles/blogs/voww-celebrates-10th-anniversary-honoring-glenya-livingston-from-?xg_source=activity

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  10. aidanmoore395106855 · · Reply

    “merging the new sciences with the Goddess”…(Sara Wright).
    “a Cosmological Creative Dynamic, continuous sacred Triple Spiral, in Whom we participate”…(Glenys).

    It is a beautiful, a sacred endeavour to merge Science, to my mind the greatest achievement of human intelligence, with the Triune Goddess and the Triple Spiral of emergence (evolution) carved into the entrance stone of Bru na Boinne (the Womb of the Boyne) called in English Newgrange. Wales had a similar one called Bryn Mawr (Broinn Mor in modern Irish, ‘Great Womb’ in English). The Romans under Paulinus mounted a ‘special military operation’ to destroy it in AD (CE) 61 because it was a potent matriarchal challenge to the Roman Patriarchy. It detonated a lethal eruption from the British led by Buadach (Victoria), Queen of the I Cein [pron. ‘Ee Cane’ the people from Far Away (the Continent)]. The Roman propaganda machine tried to trivialise this as a protest by Boudach against the rape and flogging of herself and her daughters.

    Darwin lifted the veil from the pregnancy and Labor of the Earth Goddess with his account of how our Mother Earth is producing numberless forms of life from Her womb which is honoured by the Broinn Mor at Newgrange, humanity’s greatest tribute to the womb and birth canal of Donna Earth.

    Hubble and other Space telescopes like Gaia are revealing the macro-structure of the Universe, the Cosmic Web which resembles nothing so much as a neuronal complex or mycelium on a vast scale. Have a look!

    In between these lies Hera the Galaxy which is the Mother of our Mother Earth and of Earth’s sibling the Sun, both born of Hera whose breastmilk of star-clouds is splashed across the night sky.

    The ancient and the less ancient Greeks got it right as usual, with their concept of the Universe giving birth to Universal Consciousness, which can be called God. The Universe, however, remains the eventual Mother of God.

    Their beautiful icons portray Ma (Mother) Donna (Dana/Danu/Danae/Diana) holding the Divine Child that humanity has longed to see, and that the Universe will give birth to many billions or trillions of years from now, through the painful gestation and birth-giving labor of Evolution. This is a Cosmological Creative Dynamic if ever there was one. See The Mother of God of Smolensk, Our Lady of Czestochowa, the Kazan Mother of God,

    For a modern representation of the Divine Mother of God see the Redemptorist icon ‘Mother of Perpetual Help’ at their Monasteries in Rome and elsewhere

  11. aidanmoore395106855 · · Reply

    ‘a convergence of … Earth-based spiritual practice with a Western scientific cosmology.’
    A beautiful and essential concept and effort

    1. thank you Aidan for your appreciation 🙂

  12. aidanmoore395106855 · · Reply

    Did I misunderstand or are you planning a 2020s edition of Pagaian Cosmology?

    “merging the new sciences with the Goddess”…(Sara Wright).
    “a Cosmological Creative Dynamic, continuous sacred Triple Spiral, in Whom we participate”…(Glenys).

    It is a beautiful, a sacred, an essential endeavour to merge Science, to my mind the greatest achievement of human intelligence, with the Triune Goddess and the Triple Spiral of emergence (evolution) carved into the entrance stone at Bru na Boinne (the Womb of the Boyne) called in English Newgrange. Wales had a similar one called Bryn Mawr (Broinn Mor in modern Irish, ‘Great Womb’ in English). The Romans under Paulinus mounted a ‘special military operation’ to destroy it in AD (CE) 61 because it was a potent matriarchal challenge to the Roman Patriarchy. It detonated a lethal eruption from the British led by Buadach (Victoria), Queen of the I Cein.

    You know all of this, I repeat it here for other readers

    The Bryn Mawr is not on the map today (to my knowledge) but there is a ‘Bryn Celli Ddu’. Is that it, I wonder? I know almost no Brythonic (Welsh). The name (from Irish) seems to mean ‘The Womb of the Black Chamber’. Would Taffy know? Is there a ‘cult stone’ in it resembling the Turoe Stone in Ireland, which is engraved with La Tene motifs? That would be a lingam from way before the Current Era.

    I wrote a book in which the worship of the Great Mother is described featuring the Turoe Stone. I could send it to you free if I had a street address. I have a few spares left.

    1. Hello Aidan, Taffy doesn’t know of the Welsh Bryn Mawr or Bryn Celli Ddu, but finds it interesting.

      I am in the process of a 2022 edition of PaGaian Cosmology, with ‘deadline’ of 15 Sept for submission to Mago Books. I hope to have it ready by the end of August or before. Its title is A Poeisis of the Creative Cosmos: Celebrating Her in PaGaian Sacred Ceremony. It is an updated documentation of my work, with colour photos of altars included.

      I don’t know about the Turoe Stone: I will look it up. Thank you for the offer of your book. I will email you my address.

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