Featured Appearances

Appearances

Goddess on Earth Photo Project and Goddess Action Cards
Lisa Levart, Released 2015 (portrait) and 2017 (card deck)
Featured Portrait as Arianrhod

Arianrhod

“Arianrhod’s name means ‘Silver Wheel’ and she is associated with the constellation Corona Borealis, otherwise known as the Northern Crown, and referred to by the Welsh as Caer Siddhi: the Revolving Castle in the night sky. Arianrhod is the hand that turns the wheel of destiny; a fiery teacher and liberator of repetitive behaviors that keep us bound in place.

On the surface, Arianrhod’s tale seems a very difficult one, as her sexuality is called into question publicly. In retaliation, she lays three curses upon one of the sons she bears… denying him a name, armaments, and a bride of the earth… all the gifts that a mother would normally bestow upon her son once he reached manhood. But if we look deeper into the meaning of these ‘curses’ we see Arianrhod in her role as the Great Teacher: requiring that her son strive to earn each of these boons for himself, initiating him into the mysteries of pursuing his Higher Self. As fiery as the stars, Arianrhod continues to inspire poets, bards, and artists as Awen, the Light of Illumination.” (AB)

 

Interviews

The Way of the Warrior Mama
Sally Clark, Difference Press, October 2017

The Way of the Warrior Mama“By tackling the subject of sexual assault head-on, The Way of the Warrior Mama offers a roadmap to navigating one of the most treacherous parts of the journey from girlhood to womanhood. Columbia Journalism School graduate, former researcher for Naomi Wolf, and mother of two, Sally Clark has over 20 years experience in covering women’s and girls’ issues. Including insights from and interviews with experts and leading practitioners in fields ranging from adolescent psychology to mindful self-compassion.” (Amazon.com)

Excerpted from an interview passage regarding Jai-Ma Durga:
“A mom isn’t just someone who nurtures. A mom is also someone who fights. Who fights battles and wins them on many different levels. She [Durga] seems very relevant in our society, our culture, in a time when we’re combating so many things with our current political administration, backtracking of civil rights and things that are not only insulting, but they’re scary and frightening. We need a powerful woman who can compete with powerful men and come out swinging and not stop until she wins. We need someone to stand with, and to call upon, who can help us with the big battles.” (AB)

 

Things We Don’t Talk About: Women’s Stories from the Red Tent
Dr. Isadora Leidenfrost, Director, Released 2012

Red Tent Movie Poster“Things We Don’t Talk About: Woman’s Stories from the Red Tent is a groundbreaking 72-minute documentary film by award-winning filmmaker Isadora Gabrielle Leidenfrost, PhD. Spontaneous and organic, a Red Tent is a red textile space where women gather to rest, renew, and often share deep and powerful stories about their lives. The Red Tent movement is changing the way that women interact and support each other by providing a place that honors and celebrates women, and by enabling open conversations about the things that women don’t want to talk about in other venues. Things We Don’t Talk About weaves together healing narratives from inside the Red Tent to shine a spotlight on this vital, emergent women’s tradition.” (Red Tent Movie website)

 

Select Podcasts & Articles

“In the end, Love will always prevail.”
Why I March Project, 2.23.17

“This is a call to action for the priestess and spiritual warrior in me; a call to back up my integrity by putting my feet on the street, my face on the internet and my voice over the airwaves. There is no turning away from this call. God, Goddess, Spirit, Source – by whatever name you may know or call it – in its essence, is Love. And in the end, Love will always prevail.” (AB)

Episode 8: Why I Marched
Shaping Sapiens Podcast, 1.29.17

“I think it’s very important that when we talk about a love of all existences, and justice for everyone, that we really mean everyone. We can’t show up only when things threaten us. We have to show up, time and again, when anything threatens any existence. Part of what I can do as a white person in this culture is to use some of the privilege that has been passed down to me over the centuries to, maybe, help empower and shine a light on voices of those who don’t enjoy the same privilege as I do everyday…” (AB)

Why I March
Photo credit: Ashlee Rose Scott for the WHY I MARCH project. Shot in February 2017 on location at Hope Outdoor Gallery (a.k.a. Graffiti Park) in Austin, Texas, USA.

 


Please Note: Appearances, events and collaborations prior to 2018 are generally under my given name, Jamie Waggoner. Awen Blackbird is a nom de guerre I adopted in December 2017.