I just wanted to update you that I’ve recently published a new and interesting article in one of my most favorite academic journals: The Pomegranate – The International Journal of Pagan Studies. The article is titled “‘God Giving Birth’ – Connecting British Wicca with Radical Feminism and Goddess Spirituality During the 1970s-1980s: The Case Study of Monica Sjöö”. You can download it (for a fee) from The Pomegranate‘s Website here, or access the final draft version for free through my page on Academia.edu: https://telaviv.academia.edu/ShaiFeraro
What I have attempted to do in this article is to chart some of the ways in which ideas of radical feminism, Goddess Spirituality and Feminist Witchcraft – which originated in the United-states during the late 1960s and the 1970s before taking root in Britain – were introduced to British Wiccans during the latter half of the 1970s and throughout the 1980s. Several British-based radical feminists who combined their newfound political awareness with Goddess Spirituality acted as important conduits for the transference of these ideas. One such woman was the artist and Goddess Feminist Monica Sjöö (1938-2005), whose paintings and books on Goddess Spirituality are still influential today.
I was happy to learn that the good people of The Museum of Witchcraft in Boscastle, Cornwall mentioned the article in their blog. In addition to some wonderful and unique exhibitions, the museum has a large library full of books, magazines and other documents on witchcraft and the occult. In 2011 I spent 9 days at the library as part of my PhD research, and some of the materials wound up in my Monica Sjoo article. I recommend both the exhibitions and the library to all those interested in the history of witchcraft and paganism and the wonderful scenery of Cornwall 🙂