A Celebration of Goddess and Cosmogenesis in the Wheel of the Year
a journey through eight Seasonal Moments (Sabbats), joining with Earth’s everyday sacred journey around Sun – the Solstices, Equinoxes and cross-quarter days … for the novice or the experienced.
The year long course is best started in early September for those in the Northern Hemisphere, and may be tailored to your needs and desires: each self will develop the material in their own unique way. PaGaian Cosmology is a unique synthesis of science, female metaphor (Goddess) and Paganism, authored by Glenys Livingstone Ph.D.
The course may expand your perspective and poetic/ceremonial expression of Earth’s Seasonal Creativity, or it may serve to help you begin a devotional Earth-based ceremonial practice that aligns with the magic and power of Her Creativity .
It is offered as a ceremonial journey into the Creativity of the Cosmos as it is expressed in the Seasonal Moments of our Planet, in your particular place, and with Goddess metaphor. It may strengthen your sense of belonging and connection to this Earth and Cosmos, in your particular place, and in your unique presence, through practices of relationship, Goddess images, meditations and ceremonial conversation with Her.
The Triple Spiral motif engraved at Bru-na-Boinne (Newgrange) in Ireland may express this cosmology, based on the Creative Triplicity that unfolds the Cosmos.
PaGaian Cosmology is an eco-spirituality grounded in the Pagan/Indigenous tradition of Old Europe, linked to story of the unfolding Universe, and Triple Goddess Poetry. It celebrates the Creativity of the Cosmos, expressed as She – within self, other and All.
The course is grounded in the seamlessness and balance of the layers of self – personal, social and cosmic, and nurtures deep Creativity. The whole of Gaia’s cycle provides an wholistic eco-psychology that can heal and create. It is a Poiesis: the making of a world.
For the Northern Hemisphere, the Introduction is best started by mid September-early October, so that Samhain/Deep Autumn material can be started by mid-October, depending on one’s own pace.
For the Southern Hemisphere, the Introduction is best started by mid March-early April, so that Samhain/Deep Autumn material can be started by mid-April, depending on one’s own pace.
The Introduction may also be done by itself at any time.
On-line material includes informative e-notes, slideshows, and meditations. It is a lot of rich material, that will last you for years … you will be able to return to it, and graze as it suits you, follow the particular threads of your interest, and develop it in your own way.
Discounted for these times – for a new era being birthed: $AUD150 for the whole year-long course including Introduction (a total of nine sessions, each including a Skype session if desired), if payment for whole year is made to me by bank deposit (possible for Australia only). Otherwise $AUD160 if payment is via PayPal. Please contact Glenys or pagaian@bigpond(dot)net(dot)au for a payment plan if you need one. The Skype session could be for teaching, and /or check-in with process. I am in process of learning Zoom.
$25 for the Introduction which includes a Skype session if desired, and $25 per Seasonal Moment including a Skype session (if desired). Please contact Glenys or pagaian@bigpond(dot)net(dot)au for a concession if you need one.
For more information please contact Glenys or pagaian@bigpond(dot)net(dot)au
Artemistress/facilitator: Glenys Livingstone Ph.D. (Social Ecology), author of PaGaian Cosmology: Re-inventing Earth-based Goddess Religion
Glenys offers her scholarship and decades of teaching, and centrally her experience in facilitating seasonal ceremony, with Earth/Cosmos and Goddess based expression.
From Rain Gaia in Wisconsin, USA: I have been a Goddess woman for 45 years. I had always felt there must be more to Her than all these pieces and parts from over the world. I was not able to make a satisfactory personal connection. Your work has deeply affected the way I understand the Feminine Divine. I now have a language with which to describe my consciousness of Her and to connect with Her cosmologically. She of a thousand names, She who is All. Absolute. To know we are Her, constantly renewing, recycling, reborn. We are Her, She is us. This comforts me.
The PaGaian Breath Meditation says it all. ” The entire planet is breathing.” Mind blowing! The sense of Place. Who knew? There is no way I can adequately express how you have influenced me personally in/thru Her.
From Michelle Claire White in Sydney, Australia: The PaGaian Cosmology course has helped me explore the unfolding of the cycles of nature and indeed the ongoing creation of the cosmos as sacred. In doing so I have been able to deepen my own personal practice as one of relationship, reverence and service to the earth. In connecting with the triple metaphor of the Goddess I have gained an understanding of my own part in the creative process, gained skills as a Priestess of the Earth and aquired a new poetic understanding and language for expression of the felt sense that the cosmos is a living being. I am forever grateful to Glenys for her knowledge and wisdom shared in the course materials and her support of my ongoing work.
From Douglas in Indiana, USA: This course will take you to the very Heart of the Cosmos. You will never be the same!
From Margaret in Tennessee, USA: I have always been attracted to religions of Nature (i.e. paganism), but it has always been more of a mind thing then a heart thing. As you emphasize, PaGaian Cosmology is a practice and so that is what I am mostly focusing on and I feel its magic blossoming in my heart. Thank you for everything.
From Lyndell in Ballina NSW Australia: I have found it to re-generate so many of my principles and values around areas such as justice, integrity, ethics, that I have become increasingly aware I have buried and compromised in order to live within, survive within, a patriarchal world. AND: The course has been so powerful in supporting this process of the re-birth of myself, and of the re-generation of the strength to stand up for myself and my values, that I cannot express how profound the process has been, …
Contemplating and celebrating the seasonal transitions is a method of getting with the essential plot of what it means to Be; and particularly what it means to be human – a storyteller with self-reflective consciousness; ceremony is a method of responding and conversing with the sentient Cosmos in which we live.
a video introduction: Situating in the Womb of Gaia: a PaGaian Contemplation of Her Creative Place
The human emerges within the life systems of Earth as that being in whom the universe reflects on and celebrates itself in a special mode of conscious self-awareness (Thomas Berry, Evening Thoughts, p.146)
Glenys Livingstone, Ph.D.
Glenys Livingstone Ph.D. (Social Ecology) has been on a Goddess path since 1979. She is the author of PaGaian Cosmology: Re-inventing Earth-based Goddess Religion, which fuses the indigenous traditions of Old Europe with scientific theory, feminism and a poetic relationship with place. She lives in her home country Australia, and has facilitated Seasonal ceremony for over three decades. Glenys co-edited the anthology Re-Visioning Medusa: from Monster to DivineWisdom. In 2014, Glenys co-facilitated the Mago Pilgrimage to Korea with Dr. Helen Hye-Sook Hwang. Glenys is a contributor to Foremothers of Women’s Spirituality: Elders and Visionaries edited by Miriam Robbins Dexter and Vicki Noble (2015), and also to Goddesses in World Cultures edited by Patricia Monaghan (2010). She has produced PaGaian Cosmology Meditations CDs, and teaches a year-long on-line course “Celebrating Cosmogenesis in the Wheel of the Year”, for both hemispheres. Her website is http://pagaian.org/.