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Exploring Gods We Trust: Dionysus, Asclepius &Jesus
Exploring Gods We Trust: Dionysus, Asclepius, Jesus & the Gifts (& Challenges) They Bring Women led by Marguerite Rigoglioso, Ph.D., Founding Director, Seven Sisters Mystery School We all know the horror stories of masculine deities who have wreaked havoc on the Feminine, on women & on our world. We may have put up barriers to the gods out of a sense of self-protection & anger. Perhaps we’ve traveled a good road with the Goddess, and now sense there’s an integration wanting & waiting to happen. In this talk, we explore three positive masculine divinities traditionally known to help humanity: Dionysus, the god of sexual healing; Asclepius, the god of psychic and physical healing; and Jeshua/Jesus, the god of soul healing. We look at what they offer women in their purest forms, and also the shadow side of these deities that can emerge in human men and how we can navigate that. Love Offering: $15 on-line, $20 at the door Marguerite Rigoglioso, Ph.D., is the founding director of Seven Sisters Mystery School and a scholar/practitioner of the ancient Mediterranean mystery traditions. Combining her background as a university faculty member, spiritual teacher, writer, entrepreneur, oracle, and clairvoyant guide, she mentors others in cultivating their spiritual knowledge and bringing their own sacred calling to fruition. Dr. Rigoglioso also teaches women how to be transmitters of sacred oracle wisdom in service to individuals and the global community through her Priestess of the Dove Oracle Training. She is the author of The Cult of Divine Birth in Ancient Greece and Virgin Mother Goddesses of Antiquity, pioneering books that unveil the mystery of divine birth as an actual priestess practice that has been taking place on the planet for millennia. To learn more about her oracle training, visit . To find out more about her mystery school, visit ( .

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The voice of the Divine Feminine is re-emerging in human consciousness bringing with Her a new vision of the sacredness and unity of life. Her voice is needed during these chaotic times. Our stressful, fast paced culture that emphasizes masculine ideals such as competitiveness, control and domination often confuses and dis-empowers women. Confused as to what is appropriate feminine behavior, many women become over-involved in care taking others, are afraid to say no, or to set healthy boundaries. Unsatisfied needs and/or unexpressed rage can lead to fatigue, indecisiveness, a lack of enthusiasm and depression. Or it can manifest as the martyr, the victim, the saboteur or the “bitch.”These negative character traits are destructive whether we act them out, or are victimized by them when they erupt in others.

By reclaiming the images and mythologies of the Divine Feminine from around the globe we rediscover Her wisdom, Her rich symbolism and Her life-affirming traits that offer positive role models and guidance to modern women and men. By honoring the Divine Feminine we remember to honor ourselves, our bodies, our ability to feel deeply and express our feelings, and our feminine ways of knowing. We remember to value motherhood and children, as well as all living beings with who we share this beautiful but increasingly fragile planet. By honoring the Divine Feminine we take time to remember the Great Mother of us all who has provided for all living beings for eons; She who is both abundant and unpredictable in her terrible but awesome beauty. As we reclaim the Divine Feminine, we reclaim the divine that is within each woman, and each man who opens to Her, enabling us to reconnect to ourselves, the sensuality of our bodies and to our feminine wisdom as we can claim, or reclaim, our personal power and our passion for life. The message of the Divine Feminine is one of peace, compassion, and respect for all life. She is ancient and wise, and she is very present within each one of us right now.

Join me in exploring the wisdom of the Divine Feminine that has been passed down through the ages and is flavored with contemporary philosophy, theology, psychology and creative expression. This Meetup sponsors a monthly In Her Name Circle celebrating a manifestation of the Divine Feminine . These Circles evolved from a growing need for women to gather together to honor the Divine Feminine and the divine within. We meet on the second Friday of the month.

Please see the schedule, time, and location below. We will also be holding workshops on such topics as the Ancient Snake Goddess, The Ancient Bird Goddess, The Goddesses of Transformation, and Embracing the Goddess Within. I would love to hear from each of you to find out which Goddesses you would like to learn more about, or what topics on the Divine Feminine you would like us to explore together.

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