The book that inspired the Gathering of Priestesses series was Stepping into Ourselves: An Anthology of Writings on Priestesses from Goddess Ink Books. In this interview, Gathering of Priestesses welcomes one of the inspirational Editors, Anne Key and one of the amazing contributors to the book, Priestess Susun Weed. This show also includes a very special guest appearance – ASHERAH, Anne’s familiar!
Anne Key, PhD, is adjunct faculty in women’s studies and religious studies at the College of Southern Nevada. She is a graduate of the Women’s Spirituality Program of California Institute of Integral Studies, where her investigations centered on Mesoamerica.
Co-founder of the independent press Goddess Ink, Anne was Priestess of the Temple of Goddess Spirituality Dedicated to Sekhmet, located in Nevada, from 2004–2007. She is the author of the award-winning Desert Priestess: A Memoir (a finalist for the 2012 New Mexico Book Awards) and she is co-editor of The Heart of the Sun: An Anthology in Exaltation of Sekhmet. Anne resides in Albuquerque with her husband, his four cats and her snake, Asherah. Find out more about Goddess Ink or contact Anne through www.annekey.net.
Susun S. Weed has no official diplomas of any kind; she left high school in her junior year to pursue studies in mathematics and artificial intelligence at UCLA and she left college in her junior year to pursue life. Susun began studying herbal medicine in 1965 when she was living in Manhattan while pregnant with her daughter, Justine Adelaide Swede.
She wrote her first book — Wise Woman Herbal for the Childbearing Year (now in its 29th printing)– in 1985 and published it as the first title of Ash Tree Publishing in 1986. It was followed by Healing Wise (1989), New Menopausal Years the Wise Woman Way (1992 and revised in 2002), Breast Cancer? Breast Health! The Wise Woman Way (1996) and Down There: Sexual and Reproductive Health the Wise Woman Way.
In addition to her writing, Susun Weed trains apprentices, oversees the work of more than 300 correspondence course students, coordinates the activities of the Wise Woman Center, and is a High Priestess of Dianic Wicca, a member of the Sisterhood of the Shields, and a Peace Elder.
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