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Today we welcome the Rev. Dr. Karen Tate back to PaganFM.
Dr. Tate is a scholar, speaker, radio show host, tour leader, activist, and the host of Voices of the Sacred Feminine Radio – an Internet radio program that has been airing for the past nine years. Karen’s previous titles include: Sacred Places of Goddess: 108 Destinations, Walking an Ancient Path: Rebirthing Goddess on Planet Earth and Goddess Calling: Inspirational Messages and Meditations of Sacred Feminine Liberation Thealogy. On her radio show, she has spoken not only just about everyone one might consider a leader in the Goddess spirituality movement, but she has brought together many people from many different spiritual paths, and could be considered an important bridge-builder between many spiritual traditions.
Her latest work, Voices of the Sacred Feminine is a collection of essays and interviews that highlights the fact that feminism and Goddess spirituality aren’t simply things that some people do, but are arguably the only way out of the quagmire that none but the most ardently and purposefully blind must admit that our world is finding itself further and further submerged.
And that said, here is that interview with Karen.
Hi I’m Carl, and this is the Pagan FM Almanac for November 2nd, 2014.
Please note that all moon void of course data is courtesy of www.drstandley.com.
Today is Sunday, November 2nd, 2014 and it is the 306th day of the year.
The waxing gibbous Moon is in Pisces, and the Sun is in Scorpio.
The Moon will be void on Monday, November 3rd at 8:52 AM and will enter Aries at 6:56 PM.
The moon will be void on Wednesday November 5th at 11:27 AM and will enter Taurus at 9:41 PM.
November’s Full Moon, the Mourning Moon, will occur on Thursday, November 6th at 5:23 PM.
The moon will be void on Friday, November 7th at 3:26 PM and will enter Gemini on Saturday November 8th at 2:06 AM.
On this day, November 2nd, in 1947, Howard Robard Hughes Jr. answered skeptics within the US Senate who were questioning his use of government funds to develop a heavy transport aircraft known as the H-4, but more commonly known as the “Spruce Goose”. Originally conceived for use in World War II, the aircraft was the largest airplane ever built, with a wingspan longer than a football field. The H-4 was capable of carrying 750 fully-equipped troops or two 30-ton Sherman tanks with full crews. Oh, yes – and because of a wartime shortage of metals, the plane’s body was constructed of birch and spruce wood, hence the name. Unfortunately, the H-4 was not completed until after World War II was over, and some members of Congress were questioning whether Hughes’ craft was airworthy at all and not simply a waste of taxpayers’ funds. In typical Howard Hughes fashion, he left the congressional hearings and returned to California, where he gathered several media and corporate figures and, with himself personally at the controls, took the H-4 prototype for what were supposed to be three taxiing demonstration runs. More precisely, Hughes went on two taxiing demonstration runs, and, much to the surprise of his press and industry passengers, a flight – the first and last the Spruce Goose would ever make, demonstrating the craft’s airworthiness and silencing Hughes’ Congressional critics once and for all.
On November 3rd in 1503, an Italian artist, having not had much work recently, accepted a commission for a private portrait of one Lisa del Giocondo. The resulting work sold for about $9,000 in today’s money. Good deal, yes? Except that the artist was one Leonardo di ser Piero da Vinci, and the portrait, known today as the Mona Lisa, was valued at its most recent appraisal at just over three quarters of a billion dollars in today’s money. No wonder she’s smiling…
On November 4th in 1923, after seven years searching in the Valley of Kings against conventional wisdom that said all tombs in the area had already been found, archaeologist Howard Carter’s party discovered a series of stone steps leading down to a sealed doorway. It would be three weeks before the stairway was excavated sufficiently for Carter to breach a small hole in the upper left corner of the door, allowing him to peer in by candlelight while his fellow workers, as well as his benefactor, Lord Carnarvon, waited. In response to Carnarvon’s question “Can you see anything”, Carter responded with one of history’s most famous, and most under-stated, understatements – “Yes – wonderful things”. “Wonderful things”, indeed – nothing less than the most magnificent collection of Egyptian antiquities ever discovered, comprising the complete, undisturbed and intact tomb of King Tutankhamen, aka King Tut.
November 4th, as the Tuesday after the first Monday of November, is Election Day in the United States. If you are fortunate enough to live in Puerto Rico, Ohio, West Virginia, New York, New Jersey, Hawaii, Kentucky, Montana or Delaware, Election Day is a civic holiday. Otherwise, get out there and vote anyway!
November 5th is Bonfire Night, aka Guy Fawkes Night or Guy Fawkes Day, in Great Britain. It commemorates the day in 1605 when Guy Fawkes was arrested as authorities discovered a stash of explosives hidden beneath the British House of Lords, placed there by Fawkes and other members of what has come to be known of as the Gunpowder Plot. With a charming sense of propriety that is so distinctively British, apparently the appropriate way to celebrate the failure of a group to blow up a stash of explosives is to set off your own stash of explosives, or more sedately, light a bonfire. Rule Britannia indeed.
November 6th is International Saxophone Day, celebrating the birth date in 1814 of Adolphe Sax, the inventor of the saxophone. Sax wanted to combine the flexibility of a woodwind with the power and presence of a brass instrument. Strangely, despite its popularity today, the saxophone is still not considered a standard member of a symphony orchestra. Come on Maestros, it’s been two hundred years – let’s put an end to sax-based discrimination.
On November 7th in 1940, the Tacoma Narrows Bridge in Washington State suffered a catastrophic structural failure when it collapsed into the Tacoma Narrows as the result of a steady wind blowing at a mere 42 miles per hour – well below the bridge’s designed tolerance of 120 miles per hour, but precisely in tune with the bridge’s “pitch”, causing the structure to vibrate itself apart just as a glass will shatter if bombarded by sound waves of the proper frequency.
Finally, on November 8th in 1994, Salvatore Phillip Bono, aka “Sonny” Bono, was elected to the US Congress. Sonny, ex-husband to Cherilyn Sarkisian, aka Cher, distinguished himself as a congressman and won re-election in 1996, just prior to his passing as the result of a skiing accident in 1998. In 1995, Bono reportedly used his unique expertise to advise Newt Gingrich on how to handle his newly-acquired celebrity. Sonny, you are missed – luck for Newt he had you, babe.
And this has been the Pagan FM Almanac for November 2nd, 2014.
Practical Pagan, the power of the vote
Tuesday is the day that we elect our state representatives and members of congress here in the United States. To some people, the mid-term elections seem relatively unimportant – but I want to ask you – if they are really unimportant, why would our special interest groups have just spent something like $4 Billion on them?
The truth is that they are important. These offices aren’t merely symbolic – they will chart the course for the future of our country – at least for the next two years, and likely beyond. And it’s up to us to make that choice.
The four powers of the sphinx are To know, to will, to dare and to keep silent. These powers are important in Thelema, and they should be important in any magickal religious system. And we should remember them when it’s time to cast our vote.
Let’s look at each of these as it comes to voting.
To know. All too many of us are spoon fed the information that we have via a single source. Our favorite news source might be Democracy Now with Amy Goodman, or we might enjoy the cast of characters on Fox. But the problem is that if we get our information from one source, we’ve got just one point of view to inform our opinions and choices. Honestly, if we are informed by only one viewpoint, we don’t really “know”. It’s not without a bit of irony that one study found that those who got their “news” exclusively from Fox, knew less about current events than those who don’t pay attention to news at all. If we’re going to make wise choices, we need to have a much broader view of issues and candidates. Admittedly, with elections on Tuesday, we don’t have a lot of time to dig deeply, but we can still look at our candidates and find a variety of viewpoints.
To Will. Nothing happens, anywhere, without some sort of will setting that thing into motion. If I do a thing, I have willed it. I’ve never found myself eating, drinking, driving a car, having children, loving someone, responding in joy or anger, or anything else, without on some level, willing it. Our will is the most powerful force that we possess, and nothing comes into our lives that does not involve that will. When we cast votes, it’s important to know, for ourselves, what our will is. What sort of energy is it that we are wishing to cultivate in this world? When we cast our votes, that is energy we are supporting; that is our will put into action.
To Dare. Sometimes we can dare things that are beyond the realm of possibility. I recall a scene in Top Gun in which the commander said to Maverick “Son, your ego is writing checks your body can’t cash.” We need to be daring, but our daring needs to be informed with truth. I’ve heard many people say they will vote for a third party because they are disgusted with the other two. Here’s the thing – the time to support a third party is long before election day. If a third party doesn’t have a viable chance of winning, then your protest vote isn’t merely a vote for the lesser of evils – it’s a vote for the worst. I’d like to remind you that the lesser evil is still the lesser evil. And the time to change that evil to good isn’t merely on election day – it’s throughout the years, in the period between elections.
If you want to support a third party, by all means do! But if your motive for supporting a third party is one of disgust or because you don’t like something that’s going on, but you’re not willing to support that third party between elections, if you’re not going to get involved, then what, really, are you doing?
To stay silent. A number of Democratic Candidates have made news because they wouldn’t say whether or not they voted for Obama. Michelle Nunn, in Georgia was one such, whose silence made news in the last week or so. Some in magick say that to speak of a spell is to dilute it’s efficacy, or to weaken it. I’m not going to say much about that, but I know that those who are asking Democratic – or other candidates who they voted for, are doing so merely tie an albatross around the neck of the candidate in question. They are trying to impugn the character based on who that individual may have voted for.
The only advice I can offer is this – what sort of country to you wish to live in? What’s important to you? And who is credibly offering the best pathway to get there? And look at the way things are – and the way things were two, four, or six years ago? How do we get from where we were, and where we are, to where we wish to be? And ask those who promise a change in direction, exactly how they intend to get where they are promising to take things.
Lastly, don’t forget magic – cast spells if that is what you do – light candles, say prayers. And in the next two years – be active. If nothing changes, nothing changes – and that change is best found in each of us. It’s up to each of us to struggle for that change – not just on election day, but on the days between. Election day is important – but that is the culmination of the work.