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Visiting Priestess: Kahuna Leilani
Jun
8
4:00 PM16:00

Visiting Priestess: Kahuna Leilani

The Mt Shasta Goddess Temple warmly welcomes visiting Priestess: Kahuna Leilani Birely, founder and High Priestess of Daughters of the Goddess. Kahuna Leilani will be offering hula and healing ritual during this weekend. Details coming soon!

In her own words, about Kahuna Leilani’s journey to Goddess:

The Goddess has been calling to me all my life. The Hawaiian culture is filled with spirituality and respect for the ancestral realm and I was to have a deep aloha/love for the land of Hawai’i.

Becoming a Mother was a Rite of Passage for me. On July 16, 1990, I entered the sacred realm of Mothering. The joy from my daughter Jade’s birth along with the huge demands of motherhood sent my whole world into chaos. As a feminist, I thought at the time that career, education and success reflected in the “outer” male dominated world was more desirable. How humbled I was to learn that being a mother is the hardest job there is, and yes, the most potently powerful!

The next event that propelled me full force toward Her/the Goddess was my mother’s death from cancer, July 10, 1994. She was 54. My mom instilled in me the love of community and family from Our Hawaiian culture. Raised as Hapa- Haole (the term for part Hawaiian and part Caucasian) in the Mainland I learned the beauty, joy, and honor of being a brown skinned daughter of the islands of Hawai’i. My mother taught her children the importance of community, family, and love and the “Aloha Spirit” a revered cultural attributes of our Hawaiian culture. I was devastated by the loss of her physical presence.

After my mother died the Moon beckoned me as a beacon of light, comfort and wisdom. My mother Judy, had always been such a source of wisdom and strength Her parting was unbearably painful for me. My journey to the Goddess from this point on was a calling that I could not deny.

I could feel Her/Goddess summoning me towards Her loving presence. Grief and inner turmoil tore at my soul while I struggled to unblock, understand and free the huge energy I felt trying to come through me. To channel my energies I began to read books about the Goddess authored by Luisah Teish, Z Budapest and Vicki Noble.

I had a reading with Vicki Noble four months after my mom died. She told me about the Womyn’s Spirituality Master’s program at CIIS (which moved to New College) of which I graduated with a Masters in Womyn’s Spirituality. My first class with Vicki was titled Womyn Healers. Within this circle/class there were 25 of the most amazing womyn Healers, Astrologer, Midwives, Teachers, Mothers, Nurses, Executives all coming together to honor the Goddess, the Sacred Feminine. The energy was electric and transformative; finally I was home again. Our sacred class was focused on finding ways to re-piece and re-claim the womyn’s Mysteries of Old. My life from this point on was changed forever.

Summer Solstice 1996 I founded a womyn’s ceremonial circle named Daughters of the Goddess. It has evolved from a small circle of friends into a Womyn’s temple that is open to the community and serves womyn mainly from the San Francisco Bay Area, although we have had womyn from all over the world circle with us. I started the circle because I had a burning desire and passion to reach as many womyn as I could to share the Goddess with. Thus I began my commitment to womyn’s mysteries and the ancestors who call me to their service. August of 1998 I was Ordained as a Dianic High Priestess by Z. Budapest a the Goddess 2000 Womyn’s Festival in La Honda, CA was an honor and a reflection of my inner calling.

All I have learned from the classes, my teachers and ancestor spur me forth to share the forgotten and lost knowledge that is so powerful and that can become a vehicle for womyn to move together in Sisterhood. Our Fore-mothers left legacies for us to inherit. It is our right and blessing to join together to reclaim, preserve and perpetuate the traditions and ceremonies of our ancestors. I am here as a Priestess of the Goddess to provide community, the Aloha Spirit and a space for womyn’s Mysteries to continue onward as our legacy, honor and birthright.

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Dreaming Priestess Convocation 2020
Oct
6
9:30 AM09:30

Dreaming Priestess Convocation 2020

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In ancient times, when our mother the Earth was held as sacred, and all who lived on her walked gently and spoke softly, we were all singers.  

We sang to greet Grandmother Sun and we sang songs of love to our sister the moon.  We sang in pure joy at the sight of a baby dolphin playing with her brothers and sisters and we sang in harmony with our sisters the birds.  

We sang with power to aid a sister in birth and we sang with gratitude for a new little one as she took her first breath.  

We sang to our crops and gave thanks for the abundance bestowed upon us with the sweetest tones of contentment.

We gathered for the hard times and mingled our voices with our tears when one too young had passed over, or a loved one had to leave us for a long period of time.  

Once, long ago, our voices healed as we sang over a sick one to help the Spirit and the body to renew, and we sang for the one who had lost her way and wandered in confusion and anger.  

Our voices soared free at the touch of a long awaited raindrop, or the meeting of a new love.  We sang alone, our prayers of love and gratitude and we sang together in the Temple, our joy at being one.

We are all singers, it matters not how we sing, just that we do.

Priestesses will be gathering in Crete from Oct 2-9, 2020, to experience a global convergence, the likes of which this land has not seen in 5000 years. From all over the world, priestesses and their companions and community members will gather to share wisdom, sisterhood, and to roll up our sleeves on behalf of Mother Earth and the MotherWorld.

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Please join the Northern California Dreaming Circle to help envision Convocation 2020 and bring it to life! For more info and recommendations about where to stay in the area, please contact (510)355-7912. Text receives fastest answers. Thank you!

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Aug 30: Magu Altar Building
Aug
30
5:00 PM17:00

Aug 30: Magu Altar Building

Join Yeshe to pack up our August Isis altar and install our new altar for September in connection with the Mt Shasta Goddess Temple

Our September altar is dedicated to Magu, the Chinese Taoist Immortal who created the elixir of life with cannabis and white wine. Her name is comprised of two characters: Ma and Gu, which depict hemp plants hanging to dry in a shed, and the syllable for "priestess," "nun," "great-aunt," or "elder woman." In myth, she has a tiger's tail and long, curling fingernails. She is Xiamanic, timeless, and complex: a mystery goddess of nature, herbs, and astronomy.

All are welcome to this altar-building event, free of charge.

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Isis Altar Building
Aug
11
6:00 PM18:00

Isis Altar Building

"I am Nature, the universal Mother, mistress of all the elements, primordial child of time, sovereign of all things spiritual, queen of the dead, queen also of the immortals, the single manifestation of all gods and goddesses that are. My nod governs the shining heights of Heaven, the wholesome sea-breezes the lamentable silences of the world below. Though I am worshipped in many aspects, known by countless names, and propitiated with all manner of different rites, yet the whole round earth venerates me. The primeval Phrygians call me Pessinuntica, Mother of the gods; the Athenians, sprung from their own soil, call me Cecropian Artemis; for the islanders of Cyprus I am Paphian Aphrodite; for the archers of Crete I am Dictynna; for the trilingual Sicilians, Stygian Proserpine; and for the Eleusinians their ancient Mother of the Corn. 

Some know me as Juno, some as Bellona of the Battles; others as Hecate, others again as Rhamnubia, but both races of Ethiopians, whose lands the morning sun first shines upon, and the Egyptians who excel in ancient learning and worship me with ceremonies proper to my godhead, call me by my true name, namely, Queen Isis."

Join Yeshe and members of the Mt Shasta Goddess Temple on Saturday, Aug 11 at 6pm to build an altar to ancient Egyptian Goddess Isis, Goddess of August in the Temple. We will be making "wishing boats" from natural materials that will sit on the altar for the month of August, and at the end of the month we will sail the boats on the McCloud River.

This event is free and open to all.

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Baba Yaga Altar Building
Jul
6
6:00 PM18:00

Baba Yaga Altar Building

The Sacred Well is the sponsor of the Mt Shasta Goddess Temple, a living mandala of devotional activity for the divine feminine in her many forms. In our shop, we host a large altar created by the Temple, which features a new face of the goddess each month.

In July, the Mt Shasta Goddess Temple is honoring Baba Yaga, the Bone Mother of Slavic myth. She is the  tipping point between medicine and poison. She is the wild and untamable one who cackles with abandon as she crosses the sky in her mortar, steering with her pestle. She is the last sheaf of wheat or rye or barley left standing in the field.

Join Temple Priestess Yeshe to dismantle June's altar and set up the Baba Yaga altar for the month of July. During our altar building, we will learn more about Baba Yaga, drink a cool herbal tea, and call upon the Bony-Legged One to help us thresh the grain of wisdom from our life lessons. 

The event is open to all and free of charge. 

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Women in White Walk for Peace
Jun
30
9:30 AM09:30

Women in White Walk for Peace

On June 30 at 9:30 am, the Mt Shasta Goddess Temple invites women of peace and their harmonious companions to gather at Parker Plaza in Mt Shasta dressed in head-to-toe white clothing and wearing comfortable walking shoes in any color. 

We will process from Parker Plaza to City Park in silent contemplation of how we can each bring more peace into our lives and the world. When we arrive at the headwaters of the Sacramento River, we will chant OM MANI PADME HUM in a brief ceremony to the waters for the purpose of offering peace and healing to ourselves, each other, the land, and all of its inhabitants. Afterwards, everyone is welcome to stick around to have lunch together, then we will walk back to town as we wish.

Please bring your own picnic lunch and something to sit on, water bottle, and any comfort items you will need.

If the walk is not possible for you, please arrive at City Park at 10:30 to join in the festivities and luncheon without the walk. Meet near the headwaters. There are seating areas nearby if it is not possible for you to stand during the ceremony.

All over the world, wearing white clothes is a symbol of the sacred. In Nigeria, white cloth is considered an honor to the spirits. In China, white is a color of solemnity and reverence for the dead. In Latin America, wearing white to church or on holy days is respectful. And in the US, white is associated with Spring, the rites of marriage, and the first wave of feminists who opened the door for women to vote. To see a crowd gathered to pray, chant, or honor the divine while wearing white is a visually moving experience. This event is an opportunity for our Temple and surrounding community to create a living, breathing, moving peace painting, to help us all create indelible memories of the commitments we are willing to make to further the cause of peace in the world.

If you have any questions about this event, please message us and we will get back to you. Feel free to share this invitation and join us! No cost to attend, though we will be gathering donations to give to the Winnemem Wintu tribe for their work as water protectors.

 

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