Morning Glory was honored among the Mighty Dead at Reclaiming's Spiral Dance at Samhain this year. Her altar was built by LaSara Firefox Allen, Marylyn Motherbear Scott, Aurora O'Greenfield and myself.
Tears flowed from her Beloveds' eyes as Morning Glory was remembered in ritual. It is another step among many in this long journey of farewell to one we wish could have stayed with us even just a little longer.
Many visitors touched base at her altar: friends and lovers, strangers and intimates. Some received gifts of goddess images from her collection to place on their own altars at home. Here are some of the images shared from Morning Glory's altar at the Spiral Dance.
For those who have just now arrived at this gofundme site, be welcome! Read the story that unfolds in these pages of MG's last days and her blessed passage. Please, if you may, spread the word to others in your networks to help us along in this project to preserve her amazing legacy. Maybe someday you too will have the chance to hold her goddesses in your own hands and marvel at this unique inheritance, a worldwide cultural treasury of Womankind.
The Samhain season is upon us, and in loving memory of the ones who have gone beyond, we celebrate the gifts of inheritance and the magic between the worlds. Morning Glory will be honored this year among the many beloved dead at Reclaiming's annual Spiral Dance in San Francisco: http://reclaimingspiraldance.org/about-3/when-and-where/
The dying of the year brings us closer to what has gone before and our honor for the ones who precede us into the spirit realms. Here is another time to heighten awareness for the unique legacy that she left us, her Goddess Collection. In respect for her life's work, now is a special time to remind each other of all that Morning Glory meant to us by spreading the word about the ongoing work to preserve her collection in a way that it can continue to be accessible to view, hold and honor for the generations to come.
If you are planning on attending Reclaiming's Spiral Dance, please take a moment to stop by the altar dedicated to Morning Glory to kiss her a prayer through the veil.
Thank you for your ongoing support.
Here's a long overdue update on the Goddess cataloging project. I am moving into an amazing new phase of my life, beginning a graduate study program of Mythology at Pacifica Graduate Institute, so my life will soon become very full with fascinating homework, along with raising and educating my two sons. It's wonderful that everything I am learning will continue to dovetail into MG's Goddess Legacy.
You may remember earlier this summer when Oberon and I spent several days solid dusting off the Goddesses, fixing them up, measuring and describing them. We were both completely absorbed in the work, which came to have both devotional and absurd qualities. It was healing for Oberon to focus on repairing and repainting many of the goddesses that he had wanted to complete for years. The devotion he gave them helped him to weather the immediate impact of losing his beloved soulmate of 40 years, our dear Morning Glory.
I was the one who descended into absurdity, as I laboriously measured and described each goddess into a database, before they were each photographed by our solid supportive team member Raina Del Magick.
Now that these tasks have been completed, the work remaining to be done is to link the photos of each goddess to her data entry, and to fill out the remaining fields related to her, such as her history, culture, region, and lore. Of immense importance is the transcription of Morning Glory's interviews and recordings so that these too can be linked to each corresponding goddess. The ultimate goal is to create a single database of Morning Glory's knowledge, connected to each and every goddess in her collection, so that in the future, people who come to view and handle the goddesses in their physical form can have access, via the database, to MG's collected wisdom about them simply by entering the catalog number into the database.
Morning Glory's wish was that the collection may someday be housed in a location accessible to people interested in learning about the Goddess to see and to handle for the purposes of learning and personal empowerment. Having a database to accompany them which makes her own work with them available by a simple search function will be valuable, and will honor her life's work as it should be honored.
We are taking this great project step by step. There are many decisions for Oberon regarding Morning Glory's life work and legacy, which he shall make in the fullness of his grieving and healing journey. Our support of him at this time is crucial.
I am overseeing the completion of this project in honor of Morning Glory's memory, and of everyone who has donated towards this cause. It is necessary for me to share the workload of data entry and transcription as I continue my education. We are offering compensation to our dedicated friends who are making time in their lives to help with this project. To do this, we will need more donations. I will be sending out more updates as the project continues, and I ask you, dear supporters, to send what you can and spread the word to those you believe would be interested. If you have donated and no longer wish to receive updates, please message me through gofundme and I will remove your name from the list. I don't want to annoy anyone.
So, there's my update ~ thank you for reading! Let me know what you'd like to hear about in future updates and I'll try to keep them interesting!
I can't believe it. I'm done with the initial stage of cataloging the Goddesses, the hard part of getting them all down out of the cabinet, one by one, and naming, measuring, describing... Yahoo!!! There are only about a dozen wall plaques to go, but so far the total number is 324!
The next part of the project will be to develop the database and match each Goddess entry with her photo, then fill in the information fields for her region/locality, date, attributes, relationships, lore and devotionals. This can take place at a slower pace.
What really helps the most right now for those of you receiving these updates is to boost this message in your networks so we can spread the word further. We have used the money to reimburse Kiri and Raina for our time focusing on this project when we had to drop everything in our lives to do so, and purchased software to carry forward the stories along with this rare physical collection of figurines. We still need funds for the transcribing and photo editing and other needs.
Indeed, the unique feature of Morning Glory's Goddess legacy is exactly that: where else can one find a collection of Goddess statues that can be touched and felt as well as seen? There are vast oceans of Goddess history on the internet now, which is wonderful and overwhelming. But nowhere else that I know of can a real life person touch and handle so many real life figurines in one place.
Coupled with a database that contains audio, video and transcripts of Morning Glory's incredible wisdom and knowledge, we've got something really special here!
Thanks to everyone who has been a part of this so far. Blessings!
OK Everybody. I have sat on a chair for eight days straight all day long and measured and described 279 Goddesses. I know what their hats look like and if they have swords or babies or animals or lotus flowers in their hands. There are about 50 more for me to do, plus the wall plaques all around the house and a few large pieces in the garden.
Raina Del Magick has been a champion, showing up here almost daily to laboriously photograph each lady front back and sides.
We do need more money. I've paid Raina for her time away from her regular work, and I've supported my own family during this time, and we will be purchasing a database software program that will allow us to insert audio and video of Morning Glory's lectures and make correlations between all of the goddesses' attributes and symbols.
Please contribute, please share this project with your friends. It is real, we are doing it!
Look at the picture of the Goddess Cabinet ~ those white cards read "finished", and that means all those goddesses have been taken down from the shelf, assigned one of MG's "function" categories, numbered, named, measured, physically described, photographed and then returned to the shelf!
I have done 220 in all and I think I have about 80 left, from my headcount last night.
I have parked my butt in this chair here in the Ravenhaven Temple for days already. I expect to stay parked for today and tomorrow. Please donate to this project and share the word. I am doing what MG wanted me to do! I think she must be pleased.
Oberon is playing Goddess Surgeon and Healing Spa Director. We've found the ones with missing fingertips and chips in their paint, and he's touching them up, fixing broken goddesses and giving them loving facelifts. He's a master of minutiae. It's a healing activity for him ~ diving into devotional details, helping MG's life work come to completion.
Thank you for your support - please share this link on your networks!
Pagan Priestess and Goddess Historian Morning Glory Zell-Ravenheart passed through the veil on May 13, 2014. Her final wish was to preserve the knowledge and wisdom she carried of her incredible 350 piece Goddess Collection for the generations. This GoFundMe Project successfully funded her students to establish a professional catalog of the figurines.
Morning Glory hoped that someday her collection could be housed in an institute of higher learning of some kind with the special designation that the Goddesses be made available for women to touch and hold, to use for personal empowerment as well as scholarly pursuits.
Her vision is miraculously coming true! The Morning Glory Zell Memorial Foundation has located a beautiful property in Santa Rosa. Her widower Oberon Zell-Ravenheart and a consortium of dedicated community members are currently making an offer to purchase a 13 acre event center that boasts every imaginable amenity for a living institute of Goddess scholarship. This will be a permanent home for the Goddess Collection, as well as both Morning Glory and Oberon's extensive library and museum-quality collection of historical Neopagan artifacts.
Donations towards the Morning Glory Goddess Legacy will now be routed towards the MGZ Memorial Foundation to assist in this important new development. The long term security of and public access to her Goddess Collection will be established by the purchase of this property.
Thank you so much for your donation to the legacy of the Goddess in honor of Her Priestess, Morning Glory.