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Goddess Matters "" Johanna Stuckey
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Here and Now "" Patricia Monaghan
Gardening "" Mary Swander
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Wise Woman Tradition "" Susun Weed
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Poem "" Holin Kennen
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Waves Theme "" Sarah Bebhinn
First Wave "" Kassandra Sojourner
Second Wave "" Interview of Ruth Barrett by Sara Willow
Third Wave "" Sara Willow
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Upper Midwest "" Gwyn Padden
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Editorial:
Grief and Transformation

Crossword Puzzle:
Death and Transformation

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MatriFocus Cross-Quarterly is a seasonal web journal (zine) for Goddess Women and others interested in Goddess Lore and Scholarship, Goddess Religion (ancient and contemporary), Feminist Spirituality, Women's Mysteries, Neopaganism, Paganism, Earth-based Religions, Witchcraft, Dianic Wicca and other Wiccan Traditions, the Priestess Path, Goddess Art, Women's Culture, Women's Health, Natural Healing, Mythology, Female Shamanism, Consciousness, Community, Cosmology, and Women's Creativity.

Many years ago the poet Diane di Prima wrote a line that comes back to me now: 'The only war that counts is the war against the imagination.' I often wondered what she meant by it, but now I think I understand. All war is first waged in the imagination, first conducted to limit our dreams and visions, to make us accept within ourselves its terms, to believe that our only choices are those it lays before us. If we let the terms of force describe the terrain of our battle, we will lose. But if we hold to the power of our visions, our heartbeats, our imagination, we can fight on our own turf, which is the landscape of consciousness. There, the enemy cannot help but transform."

(the elder Maya, speaking before the Council, in Starhawk's novel, The Fifth Sacred Thing)

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