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Shekhina Mountainwater

Ariadne’s Thread
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goddess book
Hi all–

I am sorry to pass on the news that Shekhina Mountainwater passed on Saturday this last weekend.

Shekhina was for decades active in goddess circles and her initiating energy moved many projects into being. Shekhina was also an early Maize contributor, part of our Maize web of wondrous wimmin . Ariadne’s Thread is her well known book on goddess magic teachings.

Cat Heron informs us that Shekhina, who succumbed to cancer, was lovingly tended in her transition by a circle of goddess women who sang her into the light.

Our hearts are with Shekhina in her Journey and to her extensive family and friendship circle.

Love to you all,
Jae

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REMEMBERING SAKIA GUNN

By: ALICIA BANKS
Radio Producer, Talk Show Host, DJ, Columnist, Scholar, Singer

Sakia was just 15 years old on May 13, 2003. She was stabbed to death in Newark, New Jersey because she dared to reject a lewd advance from a gaybasher with an erection and an attitude. Because she refused to respond to his flirtations while being brave enough to say she was gay, Sakia was slaughtered by a nocturnal predator while awaiting a late night city bus. Simply for daring to be herself and refusing to be silenced by bigotry and cowardice, a “brother” monster, who disgraces all real men, murdered Sakia. When denied a chance to ejaculate, he chose to exterminate…{Read more about Sakia’s life and murder at: http://www.keithboykin.com }

Sakia is my sheroe. I admire all of the young homosexual rebels everywhere who refuse to be silent about who they were born to be. They are braver than I was at their age. I lived a lie until I was 21 to avoid the hatred and danger that they courageously endure daily…

In the press photos I have seen, Sakia appears to be butch. As a femme lesbian, I am often safer than my butch sisters. I can appear to be on a platonic date with a lover at will. I can casually return a harmless flirtation of a male waiter to secure a superior table in a favorite restaurant. I can sincerely appreciate a tactful man’s compliment on a cramped elevator by never complicating my human reaction with the acknowledgment of any details of my lesbian being.

Perhaps, Sakia did not have the luxury of such safety inside her own space in this cold world. Because she appeared to be masculine, she probably evoked even more hatred in insecure “men” than I do. Such gaybashing excuses for real men fear butch lesbians who dare to embrace the masculinity that eludes their own fragile egos and weak sexual identities. They fear that butch lesbians may be better ideal men than they can ever be themselves. They fear that lesbians posess superior sexual skills with superior sexual tools that do not lie, cheat, infect, or fail to satisfy. They hate their own internal and latent homosexuality that butch lesbians may sexually awaken and arouse. They hate all lesbians who co-parent the children they abandon. They hate lesbians that may know more about sports and even play basketball better than they do. They hate lesbians who often cherish and adore the queens that they emotionally abuse by being whorish court jesters who hypocritically, and even comically, whine about being kings…

Carmen McCrae sang “Only women bleed”…Nina Simone sang “I wish I knew how it would feel to be free”… Women are mortally wounded and hemorrhaging everywhere every day. We are endangered, disempowered, and slain by misogyny and all of its morbid and violent manifestations whether we are homosexual or heterosexual. Irrespective of whom we love, or how we live, women are not safe in this world. We are not safe in any city in any country. We are raped in our own homes by our own husbands. We feel unsafe in our own baths and showers. We are unable to even sleep soundly. We know that we can become prey for any evil bastard with a libido or a switchblade or both. We know that we trust men who may betray us at any deranged moment at the whim of any hostile erection…

Living as a woman in a sexist world is to live in constant danger and fear via venomous words and vicious glances. Every woman knows this perpetual fear as deeply as she knows the taste of her own saliva. Men only taste this fear when they are imprisoned. Only then do they experience the curse of being sexual prey for 24 hours of every day. Only then do they know how every lewd glare can render them naked. Only then do they know the sexual harassment that women endure daily. The world is a prison for women. We are all sentenced to consecutive lives of misogyny without parole.

This constant fear breeds rage. This rage is real whether we embrace, ignore, or defy it. This rage is never as hot as when a sister is slain by a sexist dog. We calm the fires of our rage with the water of our tears for Sakia. She is an eternal warrior whose spirit is now pardoned and released from this sexist prison yard that still traps us…May Sakia find peace in a superior place where honesty does not evoke murder and homosexuality does not evoke hatred…

{Dear Sakia: Rest in peace baby sista. Your life is eternal. God Bless You Always…You are respected, revered, and remembered…We love and admire your indelible warrior spirit just as we love and admire your defiance… We promise you that your death is not in vain.}

SAKIA GUNN
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read whole story here:http://www.geocities.com/ambwww/sakia.htm

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What are our lesbian friends in Wales up to?

Two listeners to AVALON FARMCAST sent me a link to show some of what they are up to these days…
Dr Antonia Jones is a researcher and professor. From what I can understand of her work (it is WAY WAY over my head…) she is into mathematics, speech recognition software and artificial intelligence design. (Correct me Antonia if I’m wrong)

Her friend Jill Bird (whom she describes as an eco-friendly lesbian) is a video/visual artist. Here’s a few links to check out their work via audio & video clips:

http://users.cs.cf.ac.uk/Antonia.J.Jones/Interviews/Interviews.htm
http://jillartbird.com/

Thanks for sending this in and thanks for listening!
-Val

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