About the Contributors
Abigail Spinner McBride, wrote the pieces entitled In the Belly of the Desert Goddess and Sa Sekhem Sahu, and read these pieces, as well as Sekhmet in the Deserts of Egypt, Porch of Drunkeness, Sekhmet: The Powerful One, Sekhmet- the Lady of Mysteries, The Many Names of Sekhmet, Sekhmet in the Deserts of Nevada, Sekhmet in Contemporary Manifestations, Sekhmet Power, and The Work You Have Before You Yet To Do, She is a devotee of Sekhmet, a musician, massage therapist, dancer and artist, based in Las Vegas. She is a High Priestess of the Family of Fire and is a highly skilled facilitator of fire=circle technology. Her latest album, Fire of Creation is a collection of her original music that has been inspired by the fire circles. Abbi is also the lead singer and percussionist for Zingaia. Her recent release, Dancers of Twilight, has won critical acclaim. She travels worldwide, performing magic, belly dancing, and teaching drumming, chanting and movement workshops. She spends her free time gardening, cooking, and practicing the art of levitation as lead assistant to her husband, magician Jeff McBride. Hear more of her music here: www.cdbaby.com/Artist/AbbiSpinnerMcBride
Anne Key is one of the editors of the Heart of the Sun: An Anthology in Exaltation of Sekhmet. She co-wrote the pieces Introduction, Sekhmet the Incomparable One: Ancient Goddess of Egypt, The Temple of Goddess Spirituality Dedicated to Sekhmet, and she is the author of the Hymn to Sekhmet. She read some of these pieces as well as Sekhmet, Guardian of the Paths Between the Worlds, and the Acknowledgements. She is the co-founder of the Goddess Institute, is adjunct faculty in Women's Studies and Religious Studies at the College of Southern Nevada. She holds a Ph.D. in Women's Spirituality from California Institute of Integral Studies where her investigations centered on Mesoamerica. Anne was Priestess of the Temple of Goddess Spirituality Dedicated to Sekhmet, located in Nevada, from 2004-2007. Her most recent publication in her memoir, Desert Priestess. Anny is active in various academic circles, including the American Academy of Religion and the Association for the Study of Women and Mythology. She resides with her husband, his four cats and her snake.
Rev. Areeya Marie Sharpe reader of Inside Sekhmet's Temple, and Egyptian Honey- Conversations with Sekhmet,is a local Las Vegas private chef, priestess and artist. A devotee of Sekhmet, Areeya works to perpetuate reconnection and healing in many strands of community, through what she describes as "the art of sanctuary," for expansive, evolutional, ecological and sustainable nourishment of body, mind and spirit. Her current focus and work, SpiritHaven Creations, provides several diverse services of nourishment: multi-ethnic home fusion chef and Raw Preparation teacher, co-conductor/director of ritual theater and fire circle technology, and elemental, goddess, chakra art. For more information and inquiries: email@example.com
Ava wrote the piece entitled The Work You Have Before You Yet To Do. She is the Founder and Presiding Priestess of The Goddess Temple of Orange County, founded in 2002, a modern-day woman-centered temple for all faiths located in Orange County, California, with a beautiful permanent 3,200 square foot location dedicated to honoring Goddess. She is author of Queen of Your Realm: Ruling Your LIfe in Peace, Power & Prosperity and is the spiritual teacher best known in the world for helping women remember and reclaim their lost Queen archetype. "when the Goddess was thrown out of religion, The Queen was thrown out of Woman. The Maiden, the Mother, and the Wisewoman Crone are each essential… and yet, it is The Queen, the fourth and until-now-forgotten aspect of Woman, Who is bringing this planet back to sanity, peace and prosperity. it is The Queen in Woman Who leads men in patriarchy back to their proper place in the world: honoring and following the spiritual authority of Woman, using their powers to decent, protect and support life. When that happens everywhere, all will remember themselves and together we will stand in reverence to Goddess and Her Creation." www.goddesstempleoforangecounty.com
Bob Gratrix, reader of the Preface and Hymn to Sekhmet, is a notable ritualist, organizer, and facilitator of gatherings in and around the desert and mountains of Las Vegas, Nevada. He gives voice to a bold and unique way of articulating an original perspective within shared explorations into the mysteries. His lengthy dedication and selfless work, given freely as a loving sacrifice, has helped to create a local community of free expression and sharing that has served as an inspiration for others to build upon. The ripples of the essence which he has helped to create have reached many. Some of his Goddess art surrounds the central fire within the Sekhmet Temple of Spirituality in Cactus Springs, NV in the form of linking Goddess and Moon images crafted in wrought iron.
Candace C Kant is one of the editors of the Heart of the Sun: An Anthology in Exaltation of Sekhmet. She co-wrote the pieces Introduction, Sekhmet the Incomparable One: Ancient Goddess of Egypt, The Temple of Goddess Spirituality Dedicated to Sekhmet, and wrote Sekhmet Quarter Calls, and Sekhmet's Charge. She read some of these pieces, as well as Sekhmet, the Lion-headed Goddess of War. She is the co-founder of the Goddess Institute, holds Bachelors and Masters Degrees in history from the University of Nevada, Las Vegas, and and Ph.D. in history from Northern Arizona University. She taught history, women's studies and religious studies at the College of Southern Nevada since 1976, including such classes as the "History of Witchcraft," "Goddess Traditions," "Introduction to Modern Western Paganism," and "Modern Pagan Thought," all of which she developed. Upon retirement she was award the title Emerita. She has developed and taught courses in applied Pagan and Goodess Spirituality at the Temple of Goddess Spirituality Dedicated to Sekhmet in Cactus Springs, Nevada, and throughout the College of Southern Nevada Continuing Education department. She is a member of the faculty of Cherry Hills Seminary, the first Pagan seminary in the United States. A devotee os Sekhmet, she served as one of the priestesses at the Temple of Goddess Spirituality and participated in creating and leading ritual there. She frequently speaks to local groups on the topic of witchcraft, Goddess Spirituality and Paganism.
Candace Peace Ross is the author and reader of Journey to Sekhmet, and also the reader of Channeling Sekhmet. She describes herself as "Artist/Pagan/Peace Activist." She has dedicated the remainder of her life to the empowerment of women and the promotion of peace. A strong advocate of the Gift Economy, Candace works with many peace and children's groups as a community volunteer. Since August of 2007, she has had the honor of being Priestess to the Temple of Goddess Spirituality, Dedicated to Sekhmet. www.sekhmettemple.com
Chandra Alexandre is the author and reader of Evoking and Engaging Sekhmet in Solitary Ritual: A Rite for Dancing with the Queen of All the Worlds. She is Tantrick clergy, initiated into the mysteries of the dark goddess in india- first on the dualistic dakshinacara path, and then, five years later, on the non-dualistic path of vamacara. She is founder and a spiritual leader of the SHARANYA community (www.sharanya.org) and Daughters of Kali dedicated to engaged spirituality through ®evolutionary shakta tantra. Chandra also runs an online mystery school, Kali Vidya (www.KaliVidya.org) and is conjurer of the Aghori Bakery. She holds a Ph.D. in Asian & Comparative Studies, a Doctor of Ministry degree, and an MBA n sustainable management. She is mother to Eve, born December 12, 2009. Chandra can be reached at firstname.lastname@example.org
Deborah (debbie) Wood Holton is the author of Little Sparrow. She received her BFA in Theatre and Drama from Howard University; her MA in English, with emphasis on African and African American literature from Atlanta University; and, her PhD. in American Theatre Studies from the University of Wisconsin- Madison. A fiction writer and poet, she also holds a Creative Writing MFA from Solstice, Pine Manor College While Dr. Holton's scholarly work explores a range of topics, such as American theatre, transformative learning and adult education, her creative work re-envisions African and women-centered folklore, myth and culture. Her creative work and critical essays have appeared in Essence, Jump Up and Say, the Eugene O'Neill Review, Staging Difference, Black Theatre, and other collections. A Black Earth Institute Distinguished Fellow, Holton is completing her speculative novel, The Amen Prophecy, which centers on a goddess, hunted by Pharaoh Akhenaten's forces, who must transform his people with her healing powers of love.
Galina Krasskova is the author of Hymn to Sekhmet, and is also a Heathen priest, shaman, and godatheow of Odin. She holds a diploma in Interfaith Ministry from The New Seminary, Bachelors in Religious Studies from Empire State College and a Masters degree in Religious Studies from New York University. She has written several books on the Northern Tradition for the popular press, most notably Exploring the Northern Tradition. Before coming to Heathenry, she was ordained within the Fellowship of Isis as a priest of Sekhmet and she continues to maintain an active shrine to this magnificent Goddess in her home.
Genevieve Vaughan (b. Texas 1939) is the author of Sekhmet, Guardian of the Paths Between the Worlds. She has been working for many years on the idea of the gift economy based on mothering as the basis of an alternative world new and way of life. She created an international all-women activist foundation (1987-2005), one of the continuing projects of which is the Temple of Sekhmet in Cactus Springs, Nevada. She also initiated a network: International feminists for a Gift Economy (2001-present). Her books are For-Giving, a Feminist Criticism of Exchange (1997), Homo Donans, a web book, (2006), and two anthologies: Il Dono, the Gift, a feminist perspective (2004) and Women and the Gift Economy, a Radically Different Worldview is Possible (2008). These, a film on her life, her songs, children's books and many articles can be downloaded free from her website: www.gift-economy.com
Rev. Gloria Taylor Brown is the author and reader of Walking with Sekhmet. She is a modern mystic and visionary, well grounded in New Thought, Alchemical Healing and traditional shamanic methods. An acclaimed and much appreciated teacher, she has taught at University level as well as at conferences and internationally. Gloria is both a clairvoyant and clairaudient and had powerful psychic powers that she readily shares, especially in her healing and teaching work. Her principal spirit guide is Thoth, the Egyptian god of wisdom. Gloria's fascination with Egypt began when she was five years old, and she has continued extensive Egyptian studies all her life. She has co-led several tours to Egypt with Nicki Scully of Shamanic Journeys, Ltd. A prolific article writer, her first publication in a national magazine occured when she was just 14. She has several books nearing publication and is honored to co-author a ew book with her friend and teacher, Normandi Ellis. www.gloriataylorbrown.com
Hank Wesselman PhD.. Anthropologist (PhD. in Anthropology University of California at Berkeley; MA in Zoology University of Colorado at Boulder), is the author and reader of My Encounters with Sekhmet. He is a shamanic practitioner and teacher, as well as the author of Spiritwalker: Messages from the Future (1995); Medicine Maker: Mystic Encounters on the Shamans Path (1998); Visionseeker: Shared Wisdom from the Place of Refuge (2001); The Journey to the Sacred Garden (2003); co-author of Spirit Medicine (with Jill Kuykendall, 2004); and co-author of Awakening to the Spirit World (with Sandra Ingerman, 2010). Visit his site at www.sharedwisdom.com
JM is the author of Sekhmet - The Lady of Mysteries. She is a professor of Religious Studies at a liberal arts college, who has explored many mystical paths. She encountered Sekhmet by accident.
Jezibell Anat is the author and reader of Invocation of Sekhmet. She wishes to thank DJ Codec for assistance in recording. She is a Wiccan High Priestess, poet, actress, belly dancer, teacher, songwriter and drummer who moved to Augusta, Georgia from Manhatten at the end of 2007. She is the co-local coordinator for Augusta Pagan Pride, and facilitates Full Moon Circles at the Unitarian Universalist Church of Augusta with her hisband Joseph Zuchowski. She is Director of Eastern Star Dance Theatre, which performs traditional and fusion belly dance, and Assistant Director/Choreographer/Writer for Misfit Theatre Group. In New York City, she and Joe taught the Pagan Way Grove and led Kyklos ton Asterion Coven. She danced with the Serena Dance Theater, the Egyptian/American Folkloric Troupe, Gamila el-Masri's Nileside Dancers, Nadia Moussa & Company, and PURE (Public Urban Ritual Experiment), and also presented solo performances of cabaret, interpretive and Goddess belly dance throughout the NYC area. Her poetry and articles have appeared in such diverse publications as Nomad's Choir, Our Pagan Times, The Beltane Papers, Circle Magazine and Bennu. For more information, email email@example.com or find her on Facebook.
Katlyn Breene is the author and reader of Desert Heart Fire and Grandmother Sun. She has been creating sacred art, dance and ritual for over 35 years. Her art is a manifestation of her beliefs and can be seen in places of worship around the world. Katlyn toured the world with a unique dance and magic act for which she was nominated Stage Magician of the Year by the Magic Castle in Hollywood. She is currently the owner and creator of Mermade Magickal Arts which makes fine hand blended incense and natural perfumes and is the author and illustrator of many books on spiritual arts and Folklore. She is also the Co-founder of the "Road to Eleusis" an initiatory and transformational retreat based on the Mysteries of Ancient Greece at Eleusis (since 1991). Now in Nevada, Katlyn is the founder and Priestess of Desert Moon Circle, a spiritual community based on the Sacred Wheel of the Year. Katlyn served as an advisor to the Firedance gathering and holds degrees in several different traditions. She and her husband Michael, known as "Zingaia," create techno-tantra-trance music dedicated to sacred lovers and the Goddess in all Her many aspects. Special thanks to Michael for his sonic magic on Katlyn's pieces. http://www.mermadearts.com
Lorraine Tartasky is the author of Sekhmet: The Powerful One. She is the author of the historical novel, Lioness of the Sun. She has traveled extensively throughout Egypt and is fluent in hieroglyphics. Examining the ancient texts has allowed her to penetrate the wisdom, and understand the mindset, of the Ancient Egyptians. Her studies of astrophysics, quantum mechanics, kabala, yoga and Goddess lore have given her a holistic appreciation of the Ancient Mysteries. Lorraine and her husband live in Boulder, Colorado where she leads a women's spiritual group. www.lionessofthesun.com firstname.lastname@example.org
Margaret Atwood is the author of Sekhmet the Lion Headed Goddess of War. She is the author of more than forty books of fiction, poetry, and critical essays. Her newest novel, The Year of the Flood (2009) is the follow-up to her 2003 Giller Prize winner Oryx and Crake. Other recent publications include Moral Disorder, a collection of interconnected short stories, The Door, a volume of poetry (both 2007), and Payback: Debt and the Shadow Side of Wealth (2008). Additional titles include the 2000 Booker Prize-winning The Blind Assassin; Alias Grace, which won the Giller Prize in Canada and the Premio Mondello in Italy; The Robber Bride, Cat's Eye, The Handmaid's Tale, The Penelopiad and The Tent. Margaret Atwood lives in Toronto with writer Graeme Gibson.
Nicki Scully is the author and reader of Journey to Sekhmet at Karnak. She has been teaching healing, shamanic arts and the Egyptian Mysteries since 1983. In the late '80s, Nicki founded Shamanic Journeys, Ltd., which specializes in spiritual pilgrimages to Egypt and other sacred sites. Nicki's published books include Alchemical Healing and Power Animal Meditations, as well as The Anubis Oracle and Shamanic Mysteries of Egypt, both co-authored with Linda Star Wolf. Her most recent work is Becoming an Oracle: Connecting with the Divine Source for Information and Healing, a 7 CD audio program. Nicki lives in Eugene, Oregon, where she maintains a comprehensive healing and shamanic consulting practice. Please visit her websites: www.shamanicjourneys.com, www.theanubisoracle.com, www.becominganoracle.com, and www.hathorsmirror.com
Normandi Ellis is the author of the Preface, Egyptian Honey- Conversations with Sekhmet, and
Inside Sekhmet's Temple. She is a full time writer and editor, priestess of Isis, and author of five books, including the acclaimed Awakening Osiris, translations from Egyptian hieroglyph. Her nonfiction includes Dreams of Isis and Feasts of Light (both Quest Books) and her fiction includes the award-winners Fresh Fleshed Sisters (Wind) and Sorrowful Mysteries and Other Stories (Arrowood Books). Two more books are forthcoming in 2011 from Inner Traditions and Red Wheel/Weiser. She leads trips to Egypt with Shamanic Journeys and owns and operates the PenHouse Retreat Center for writers and spiritual seekers. She is available for workshops, conference keynotes and personal consultations at www.normandiellis.com
Patricia Monaghan is the author of Porch of Drunkeness. She has published four books of poetry, most recently Homefront, and more than a dozen books of nonfiction, including The Red-Haired Girl from the Bog: The Landscape of Irish Myth and Spirit, and the just-reissued Encyclopedia of Goddesses and Heroines. She lives in rural Wisconsin and teaches in Chicago.
Patricia Pearlman, author of Channeling Sekhmet, was known as Crone Witch Patricia. She served as the Priestess of the Temple of Goddess Spirituality Dedicated to Sekhmet in Cactus Springs, Nevada, from 1994 to 2004. Patricia established the calendar of rituals for the temple and guided the development of the Temple. A transplant to the West from New York and New Jersey, Patricia had degrees in social work and a career in counseling and therapy. At one point she hosted her own radio program. According to Genevieve Vaughan, founder of the temple, "Patricia had a way of bringing spirituality down to earth, making it a part of every day, as well as maintaining the sense of the sacred. She gave hospitality to all who came in peace. She had a great sense of humor and a flair for drama as she strode the desert with her cane, her cloak, and often with her cigar." One of Patricia's fondest memories was of dancing in front of the Taj Mahal in a red dress. Patricia crossed over in 2006.
Roynan Steres is the author of Daughter of the Sun. She is a 28-year-old native of Monterey, California. She has worked for various non-profits in the human services field and is currently working on her Masters degree in Psychology. Roynan credits Sekhmet for lending her the ability to heal what needs to be healed and destroy what needs to be destroyed. For that, Roynan will be eternally grateful.
Samantha Sage wrote and read the Invocation to Sekhmet. She worked as a Theatrical Technician / Production Coordinator in live theatre events for twenty years in Las Vegas, including ten years working for "Siegfried & Roy" national and international performances. Of her experiences, she says: "Having the opportunity to work and be around the Big Cats and the Magic of Siegfried and Roy helped me to understand the Divinity of the Feline, and the holiness and sacredness of Nature and Cats. I always felt connected to them, protected by them, and so fortunate to work in a venue that showed their beauty, magnificence, and educated the public about them. I felt that I had a constant Feline Guide with me at all times. When I finally learned about Sekhmet and Her temple, I knew it was She who called me to the desert to teach me Her magic and allowed me to work with her Feline Children. Sekhmet has been my main Goddess for years now. She has always shown me the fierce lessons of tough love and desert wisdom, and always kept me safe."
Samina Oshun read Banquet and Sekhmet: Lion-Headed Goddess of War. She is a daughter of Sekhmet, Priestess of Desert Moon Circle, recording artist on Zingaia's "Earth Church" CD, a singer, song-writer, dancer, sacred drummer, sensual poet, and spiritual life counselor.
Sheila Z Stirling is the author and reader of Heart of the Lion. She is an International Inspirational Speaker and catalyst for wellness and success. Author of books and music on joyous living and soothing the soul, Sheila shares her message of unraveling the illusion front he past to go forth in fulfillment of your dreams and your greatest life. A true visionary of our time, she was chased by Al Gore for the Climate Project. Sheila is an expert of "Intentional Wellness," awakening the healer within. She is a professional intuitive and works with people to understand the underlying causes of problems in their life, increasing energy, joy and effectiveness. She gives workshops, private sessions, sacred ceremony as a licensed minister in the state of Nevada.
www.truelife-solutions.com "To walk in darkness and feel only light,t o go beyond that which is in our sight… to soar with the angels and see from above that all of humanity must now open to love."
Sylvia Brallier is the author and reader of In the Temple with Sekhmet. She is the author of two books, Dancing in the Eye of Transformation and Ancient Wisdom for Total Vitality. She travels internationally to share workshops on body-centered spiritual healing work. www.SylviaBrallier.com
Tamara Ward is the author and reader of Invocation to Sekhmet. She is an energy worker and Homeopath living in Del Mar, California. She's been working with God/ess forms for many years and bows humbly to the power of Sekhmet's presence. Special thanks to Gary Stadler for his sonic soundscape and recording help.
Vajra Ma is the author of Sekhmet Power and Banquet. She teaches outside the codification of established traditions and doctrines. She had designed and facilitated women's ritual since 1986 and has integrated Goddess knowledge ad feminist spirituality with experiential body wisdom (the conscious awareness of subtle body energies) to forge Woman Mysteries of the Ancient Future Sisterhood, a modern mystery school and Priestess lineage based in the devotional moving meditation she originated, The Tantric Dance of Feminine Power ™. Vajra Ma has taught women's spirituality for decades, and developed demanding priestess training programs in her Woman Mysteries priestess lineage. Aside from her own books, the workbook for The Tantric Dance of Feminine Power, a nourishing mainstay for students and potential teachers of the dance and her newest book, From a Hidden Stream: The Natural Spiritual Authority of Woman, Vajra Ma is featured in Daughters of the Goddess, an anthology of women's spiritual work in America, and her work has been the subject of scholarly papers presented at national conferences on religion. Vajra Ma holds ministerial credential through the Temple of Diana, Madison, WI and has an extensive background in dance studies and theater arts. For more information or links to radio interviews, books etc. visit her website www.GreatGoddess.org