WELCOME TO THE HOME OF
PaGaian Cosmology: Re-inventing Earth-based Goddess Religion
Lincoln NE: iUniverse, 2005 (new edition 2008)
Glenys Livingstone Ph.D.
In keeping with the movement and theme of the book PaGaian Cosmology, it is published here – freely available – with a Creative Commons license (see footnote and link below). It is offered by Glenys Livingstone, the author, as a resource and to inspire further Creativity – more expressions for the Sacred Cosmos. You are invited to read the book here (though you may also choose to buy it), and to tour the various sections of this site – which is an interim location pending the reconstitution of the original site pagaian.org
Geologian-cosmologist Thomas Berry has noted: The newly energizing Earth community needs a mystique that will provide the high exaltation appropriate to the existence of such a stupendous universe and such a glorious planet as that on which we live. This can be found in celebrating not simply the seasonal sequence but also the irreversible transformational sequence, as this has taken place in the evolutionary story of the universe
PaGaian Cosmology brings together a religious practice of seasonal ritual based in a contemporary scientific sense of the cosmos and female imagery for the Sacred. Glenys situates this original synthesis in her context of being female and white European transplanted to the Southern Hemisphere. The work grew from Her sense of alienation from her place, which was personal, cultural and cosmic. This fires a commitment to a cosmology that re-stories Goddess metaphor of Virgin-Mother-Crone as a pattern of Creativity, which unfolds the cosmos, manifests in Earth’s life, and may be known intimately.
PaGaian Cosmology is an ecospirituality grounded in indigenous Western religious celebration of the Earth-Sun annual cycle. By linking to story of the unfolding universe this practice can be deepened. And a sense of the Triple Goddess – central to the cycle and known in ancient cultures –may be developed as a dynamic innate to all being. The ritual scripts and the process of ritual events presented here, may be a journey into self-knowledge through personal, communal and ecological story: the self to be known is one that is integral with place.
PaGaian Cosmology may be used as a resource for individuals or groups seeking new forms of devotional expression and an Earth-based pathway to wisdom within.
About the Author:
Glenys Livingstone graduated with a Ph.D. in Social Ecology from the University of Western Sydney, Australia. Her action research and thesis in the study of female imagery for the Sacred – upon which this book is based – grew from inner and communal work over the period of nearly three decades. An Australian with country roots, teacher training, theological and social science studies, she has journeyed into life’s compost and found transformative power to return smiling.
To buy a signed copy from the author if you are in Australia, click below … you don’t need a PayPal account to purchase this way:
If you are in other lands, you may still buy a signed copy via PayPal by contacting Glenys first – it’s just that postage is more, depending on where on Gaia you are exactly.
For access to the doctoral thesis by Glenys Livingstone upon which this book is based, see University of Western Sydney Library. The title of the thesis was : The female metaphor – virgin, mother, crone – of the dynamic cosmological unfolding : her embodiment in seasonal ritual as a catalyst for personal and cultural change.
Footnote re Creative Commons license