Spirituality Category

I emphatically do not understand this. How can a woman on the one hand lyrically proclaim not just the equality, but the apparent spiritual supremacy of women – and then in practically the very same breath, choose to kneel at the feet of a male deity that demands not just submission, but has a brutal […]

Perhaps most dramatically for me: why does Weber wish to stay with a Church which effectively defiles her sacred nature, when she is so clearly aware of the beauty and joy of the Goddess?! Throughout the book Weber practically flirts with the Goddess' myriad forms, dancing along the knife's edge of admission and acknowledgment of […]

Unfortunately, I ultimately found the four archetypes offered by Weber to be somewhat limiting, in that they all seemed to define a woman in terms of her availability to, or relationships with, men. That choice of imagery enshrines the male as the conceptual center of the universe, and I simply do not believe that is […]

I found myself wondering, in fact, just how much abuse women were supposed to put up with. When was the pain supposed to stop? When the Church changed? I don't see that happening any time soon, especially considering the Church's current appalling clerical record. From ignoring and abetting pedophilia by priests, to treating the ordination […]

Myths and victims Mythically speaking, this revelation holds true as well, at least in the stories I know of. The entire saga of the Old Norse The Nibelungenlied explores the destructive, generation-spanning violence perpetuated by the violent greed for cursed treasure. None of the people involved could think of confronting the continuing savagery with anything […]

Myths and archetypes Weber clearly understands the power and beauty of myth and dream, which is a subject I too very much appreciate pondering: "The 'beginning' we sense in mythological language or in the language of dream is also the deepest reality of the present and the fullness of the end. It is the state […]

I am still cautiously exploring esotericism, so I also loved her comment about science being what we can know about the Mystery, but that "Mystery is the soul's realm; intuition is the way we perceive it" (121). It was fascinating to see mysticism related so closely to the language of dreams and the non-conscious mind: […]

I recently finished reading Womanchrist: A New Vision of Feminist Spirituality, a book which has left me quite perplexed. The author, Christin Lore Weber, is a former nun who left the convent, married, remarried when her first husband died, mothered children, and is now (if I remember correctly) a grandmother. Her writing is beautiful: lyrical, […]

It's a Sunday morning at about 9:30am as I write this, and I'm at a local mall. I'm helping a friend with writing some papers by being a "writing buddy" with her, the same way two people are exercise buddies to encourage each other to get out and exercise together. I'm writing down my thoughts […]

I did find myself rather raising an eyebrow at some of the symbolism, however, with its emphasis on white clothing and long white veils for purity, consistently white girls in all the graphics, and the emphasis on the ceremonial lighting of candles to conquer and banish the darkness. Not only is that dark vs. light […]

Bestiaries depict mythical, moralizing animals, but are also potential allegorical sparks that can bloom into brilliant mental bonfires. My bestiary is this mythologizing animal's fascinated exploration of beauty & meaning in the wonder of existence -- in the hopes of inspiring yet more joyous flares of intellectual passion.



Collie’s Bestiary