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PaGaian Cosmology Preface
The term “PaGaian” requires some explanation: it expresses a reclaiming of the term “Pagan” as meaning a person who dwells in “country”, yet with “Gaian” spliced in, it expresses a renewed and contemporary understanding of that “country”. “Gaia” is a name for humanity’s Habitat, an ancient yet new name, which I understand to include whole […]
Restoring Dea – Female Metaphor for Deity (Essay Part 3) by Glenys Livingstone Ph.D
This essay is the third part in a series of edited excerpts from chapter 3 of the author’s book,PaGaian Cosmology: Re-inventing Earth-based Goddess Religion. She is grain/food Before She appeared in human form, there were stones, trees, pools, fruits and animals that She either lived in or were identified with Her or parts of Her. For […]
PaGaian Cosmology Course 2019-2020
The on-line PaGaian Cosmology course for the Southern Hemisphere year is starting with the Introduction anytime now, before the forthcoming Samhain/Deep Autumn season in late April/early May. Your participation in the course may be a method for you to become more familiar with the work of PaGaian Cosmology which is a unique synthesis; of […]
Restoring Dea – Female Metaphor for Deity (essay 1) by Glenys Livingstone Ph.D.
“Almost every ancient culture’s creation myth begins with Her.In the beginning was the Matrix, and the Matrix was all there was. “Before creation a presence existed …(which)… pervaded itself with unending motherhood.” This Matrix was not “feminine”, in any stereotypical way, which would limit Her to a certain mode of being. She was beyond all […]
Cosmogenesis and it’s Three Creative Dynamics
by Glenys Livingstone Ph.D. This is an edited excerpt from the author’s book PaGaian Cosmology: Re-inventing Earth-based Goddess Religion, Chapter 1 Central to this PaGaian cosmology is Brian Swimme and Thomas Berry’s articulation of Cosmogenesis and its three “governing themes”. Physicist/cosmologist Brian Swimme tells the story of the evolutionary unfolding of the Universe with a […]
Language for Her
This is an edited excerpt from the author’s book PaGaian Cosmology: Re-inventing Earth-based Goddess Religion, Chapter 1 and a part of the Introduction It generally seemed clearer for me to speak of the “Female Metaphor” rather than “Goddess”, particularly when I was writing my doctoral thesis about Her, since it seemed that in some minds, “Goddess” may imply […]
(Essay 2) The Power of Metaphor: Spelling Ourselves, Our World by Glenys Livingstone Ph.D.
This essay is part 2 of an edited excerpt from the Introduction in her bookPaGaian Cosmology: Re-inventing Earth-based Goddess Religion. A Functional Cosmology and Metaphor Brian Swimme has said that to become fully mature as human persons, we must bring to life within ourselves the dynamics that fashioned the cosmos … That is our task: […]
Why We Celebrate Her in Seasonal Ceremony
Why do we do this? … create sacred space wherein She may be spoken, wherein She may be embodied in Her Seasonal expression according to your place? Herewith some reason for celebrating a Gynocentric Cosmology, with religious/spiritual practice: it is more urgent than ever. From PaGaian Cosmology Chapter 4: Charlene Spretnak has noted that: When […]
(Essay 1) The Power of Metaphor: Spelling Ourselves, Our World by Glenys Livingstone Ph.D.
[This essay is part 1 of an edited excerpt from the Introduction to the author’s book PaGaian Cosmology: Re-inventing Earth-based Goddess Religion.] Metaphor is not merely a matter of language, it is pervasive in everyday thought and action; “the way we think, what we experience, and what we do everyday is very much a matter of […]
Moon Goddess – Primordial Trinity
Moon Goddess: Primordial Trinity and Cosmic/Personal Heritage by Glenys Livingstone Ph.D. This essay is an evolved version of an excerpt from Chapter 2 of my book PaGaian Cosmology: Re-inventing Earth-based Goddess Religion. I am a regular contributor to the Return to Mago blog – you may like to check it for other essays, poems and art as […]
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