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Voices of the Sacred Feminine: Conversations to Re-Shape Our World

Updated: Jun 2, 2023

by Karen Tate

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Most of us have come to realize patriarchy - rule by a male-dominated society revering solely a male God - is not working for Mother Earth or most of the people on the planet. How do we counter beliefs that there is no option but the authoritarian father? How does society go about making a course correction? How do ideas that permeate every level of society from womb to tomb, boardroom to bedroom, voting booth to the workplace shift into a more fair, equal, and just world of partnership, sharing, caring and peace?

Those are exactly the questions discussed on the long-running radio show, /Voices of the Sacred Feminine/, hosted by Rev. Dr. Karen Tate in her show dedicated to the Sacred Feminine as deity, archetype and ideal. Never before has an internet radio show cast such a wide net to include so many voices whose ideals are in alignment with “sacred feminine liberation thealogy.” If we can imagine it, vision it, and restore ancient truths swept beneath the rug and kicked to the curb by patriarchy, then we can manifest it!

Hear solutions from these visionaries, scholars, wayshowers, foremothers and activists - women and men - dedicated to reshaping our world... Noam Chomsky, Laura Flanders, Gloria Feldt, Jean Shinoda Bolen, Phyllis Chesler, Barbara G. Walker, Riane Eisler, Matthew Fox, Roy Bourgeois, Starhawk, Charles Eisenstein, Genevieve Vaughan, Carl Ruck, David Hillman, Judy Grahn, Nicki Scully, Normandi Ellis, Selena Fox, Patrick McCollum, Jann Aldredge-Clanton, Cristina Biaggi, Charlene Spretnak, Shirley Ranck, Elizabeth Fisher, Amy Peck, Art Noble, Jeanette Blonigen Clancy, Joan Norton, Andrew Gurevich, Gus diZerega, Lydia Ruyle, Vajra Ma, Ava, Donna Henes, Candace Kant, Sandra Spencer, Layne Redmond, Isadora Leidenfrost, ALisa Starkweather, Joan Marler, Tim Ward, James Rietveld and Karen Tate.

"Her authenticity, passion and ability to delve into delicate or controversial subjects have earned her the respect of her colleagues, readers and listeners." - Rev. Patrick McCollum, Executive Director, Children of the Earth UN NGO


In addition, our paths have crossed at several public events centered around the role of the Goddess in history and in modern culture, where Karen's passion, knowledge, and empathy make her a popular public speaker. I cannot recommend her highly enough - Karen Tate is a marvelous manifestation of what Joseph Campbell intends when headvises us to "Follow your bliss." - Stephen Gerringer, JosephCampbell Foundation

Karen's dedication and passion for writing, teaching and hosting her long-running radio show, Voices of the Sacred Feminine is evident in the quality of her books and interviews. I have been interviewed by Karen on several occasions and find her skill comparable to top journalists in the field -- and I greatly enjoyed talking with her!

- RianeEisler, scholar, author, visionary, activist, founder of The Center forPartnership Studies

Karen Tate has interviewed me several times on her show. I always enjoyed the experience and put it right up there with the lively intellectual and political exchanges I've had on shows on NPR with hosts including Terry Gross and with Rachel Maddow on MSNBC, where I've been a frequent commentator. Karen brings consistent credible quality to her work right up there with the best.- Frank Schaeffer, NY Times best selling author of "Crazy For God"

For many years, Karen Tate has been working to enlighten women and improve their lot. All women should be forever grateful for her efforts. - Barbara Walker, author, activist, Women Making Herstory Recipient/NOW

Karen Tate brings vast experience and wisdom to her luminous program, Voices of the Sacred Feminine. She is a superb interviewer and has the rare ability to evoke the deeper knowings of her guests. She herself is a profound speaker for the emerging Sacred Feminine. - Jean Houston, scholar, lecturer, author, philosopher

Karen Tate has been on a sacred mission to bring female, "feminine" and Goddess-based energy into the world. Women are entering the clergy and reawakening buried, ancient, and pagan longings for the Sacred Feminine and Karen Tate's work embodies this radiant journey. She was an excellent and soulful interviewer and is capable of educating and bringing pleasure to a large number of listeners and followers. -Dr. Phyllis Chesler, author of Women and Madness, Woman's Inhumanity to Woman, and Co-Founder of the Assn. for Women in Psychology and the National Women's Health Network.

Karen Tate has a long track record of intelligent, thoughtful writing, speaking and interviewing on issues involving women and spirit. She is widely respected in her community. - Starhawk,author, activist, recipient of 100 Most Influential Living People award

Karen Tate is a very knowledgeable interviewer, and she does her homework. She knew my work and asked intelligent questions. She is a very generous host and gave me lots of time to discuss my research and views on The Goddess. - Cristina Biaggi, PhD, author, activist, artist


Karen Tate is one of the most prolific writers, bloggers, podcasters and speakers in the Goddess-phere. Her tireless devotion to bring Goddess into mass consciousness and pop culture has been an inspiration to women of all generations. More than just a talented and thorough scholar of Goddess Spirituality, Karen brings the concepts out of the classroom and into the real world of politics, ecology, business and travel. She presented her work at 3 Gaia Festivals from 2007-2010 and always made a lasting and positive impression on the attendees.

- Kris Oster, Ph.D., Co-Founder GaiaFestival and Mythic Rhythm

This is a huge collection of essays and interviews exploring the role of the sacred feminine. There's a great diversity of voices, opinions, ideas and energy - and in this it is an incredibly rich assemblage. The odds are you won't agree perfectly with everything, but learning about how to roll with that is one of the joys of becoming less competitive-patriarchal in the first place. Without hierarchy and the desire for power over other people, we have a lot more room to be ok with difference.

I found a great deal to chew on, and a lot of authors I hope to read further, and a lot of subjects I just do not know enough about (yet) so if issues of feminism in relation to Paganism and spirituality are not familiar territory, if you don't know where to start in terms of considering why we might need Goddess, and what the absence of Goddess does to a culture, this is a fantastic jumping off point.

The scale here is almost overwhelming, but it doesn't do a person any harm to be overwhelmed once in awhile. -- NIMUE BROWN, Author on Paganism & Druidry

"Voices of the Sacred Feminine" is an excellent collection of articles, written by numerous luminaries, New Age ministers and scholars of both genders, interspersed with dialogues excerpted from interviews conducted on "Voices of the Sacred Feminine Radio," a show hosted by Rev. Dr. Karen Tate, the editor of this volume. The articles vary in focus from topics such as Goddesses (Kali-Ma, Sekhmet, Persephone, and the Virgin Mary), to feminine spirituality as an antidote to terrorism, to women in politics, women in positions of power, and the mysteries of menstruation and the female orgasm. I especially appreciated the article which points out the misogynistic tendencies of the Republican Party! And it was hard to miss the poignant irony inherent in the piece by a former Catholic priest, who was defrocked by the Church for advocating women in the priesthood! Yes, in so many ways, this world of ours is still in the Dark Ages, isn't it.

I also loved the book's opening quote, a gem from Arundhati Roy: "Another world is not only possible, she is on her way. On a quiet day, I can hear her breathing." The focus throughout the book is on discovering, defining and strengthening the Divine Feminine in our individual and planetary consciousness, so that we may blossom the world into equality, compassion ,love and spiritual wisdom. Many contributors point out the problems created by the global patriarchic culture: wars, staggering wealth inequality, racism, violence, greed, and the destruction of our planet's ecosystems. This book is therefore an urgent, many-voiced call for planetary healing, through the resurgence of all that is female, holistic, balanced and nurturing - and a beacon to help each of us to find our innate spiritual power, the God/Goddess within, our own "Sacred Roar."

The book's first article features a quote from Amma, the spiritual leader and outstanding humanitarian with whom I have spent many years: "Women are the power and the very foundation of our existence in the world. When women lose touch with their real selves, the harmony of the world ceases to exist, and destruction sets in. It is therefore crucial that women everywhere make every effort to rediscover their fundamental nature, for only then can this world." Karen Tate has given us a message of hope in a world on the brink of despair, reminding us that we all can and must use our focused energy to bring in a new era of equality, harmony and peace on Earth. And it is up to us to make it happen. As she affirms in the book's Conclusion, "As we will it, so it shall be." Thank you, Karen Tate!

~Ram Das Batchelder, author of "Rising in Love: My Wild and Crazy Ride

to Here and Now, with Amma, the Hugging Saint"

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