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!
Happy to report that we have been making wonderful headway here at Ravenhaven! We've numbered and cataloged and taken professional photos of about 50 goddesses - only about 250 more to go! Ha ha!
I'm singing that song in my head: "99 Goddesses up on the shelf, 99 Goddesses up, Take one down, pass it around, 98 Goddesses left on the shelf!"
Raina Woolfolk has taken time out of her life to offer her services to create beautiful photographs that can be used not only for reference but also for artistic renditions. Please donate to help us offer her something for her time! Thank you!
Happy Birthday Morning Glory, I hope you feel good about our work today.
I have returned to Ravenhaven for this week to finally attack the task of photographing and cataloging her entire collection. I have transcribed some of her recorded stories already, and expect to continue doing that over the summer.
Yes, the house feels empty. But thankfully there are two new beings to marvel at - a couple of baby bearded dragons named Morticia and Gomez, appropriately. Sadly in the midst of all the losses in his life, Oberon's old bearded dragon friend Arty was lost by the pool one night. It was one empty spot too many, so dear friends came to fill it with a gift of two young ones. They are lively and fun to watch, and love to snuggle in the old wizard's beard, as is right.
Expect more updates in the coming days as the project gets underway!
Your support is so very valuable. Please share this page so that we can reach out to more people. Thanks.
Morning Glory was returned to the Mother in a beautiful and blessed green burial ceremony on the land at Annwfn yesterday.
We are all resting now, and integrating what we've each learned from her greatest teaching: her death.
I was able to record several of her stories of the Goddess, and because of the news of this project, people who have personal recordings and videos of her lectures have come forward to offer them for the cataloging. There is much work to do.
I will be in touch soon with updates on the project as we carry it forth.
I sit now at her bedside, she is crowned in glory.
And yet I hunger after a way to express this journey.
I came to her to capture her words, and ever since I have had to let go. Again and again, until the letting go itself was the story.
Goddesses look upon her and lift her into them. She is honored and welcomed into all of the Pantheons now. Peace is upon her brow.
I want to speak of my own journey as her handmaiden. A journey I shared with the mothers and sisters of my heart, of my life, and of my land. A couple of fathers and brothers too.
The Gates of Death are Wordless. Morning Glory approached her death slowly and deliberately. It was excruciating to witness. Time and again the challenge was to accept this hard, dark lesson of allowing What Is to Be. I felt it in myself and I saw it in others: the difficulty of being present for yet another, and yet another, moment. And in this allowance lay treasures of self-acceptance.
As I came to her side to receive her stories, so I have found myself receiving stories. She said she wanted to "come home to teach" when she chose to leave the hospital, when the outcome of her cancer was clear to all. And indeed, she taught. She teaches still. It was as if all who loved and knew her, and some who didn't, found themselves gazing in the obsidian mirror. Stories we tell ourselves about who we think we are. The shadows of identity. The acceptance of Meaninglessness. Arising out of it, shedding skin after skin to serve the Presence of Passing Away.
I learned that our stories are not who we are. I learned that the stories of the Goddess arise also from the Wordless realms, as they ever have and as they ever will. We lose Morning Glory's telling, her personality and her art. But we only lose her to our hearts where her memory lives in honor forever. She is not gone. She is in every breath.
What lives on is told over and over though the stories of our lives. May we pass along down the generations what is most essential. Love and laughter and grief and sorrow, songs and prayers, being real, being together. This is the Goddess. This is her Story.
Great Priestess of the Mother, thank you for showing us the way. Even through the pain. Especially through the pain. Your journey was perfect, and you held up Hecate's Dark Mirror to show to us our own perfection.
She lies in graceful slumber, deeper than deep. Her Goddesses are shining all around her. It is sacred space, held silently and in reverence. The sound of Yemanja, Goddess of All the Oceans, Star of the Sea, suffuses her surroundings. As the sound of waves crash and shiver, a light breeze moves through the open windows, calling forth corresponding inhales and exhales from the window curtains and hanging tapestries that encircle and protect her inner sanctum.
One at a time, family and only very close friends may come to pay homage and hold vigil. Soon this circle will close further, so we may allow her to let go, to make her sacred passage. Who knows how long it will take, but it cannot be longer than just a few more days.
My days are filled with magic and love, old friends and new connections, working on all the levels to hold her sacred space. All are touched by the passage of this great Priestess. Messages are coming in from all over the world, from those who know and love Morning Glory and those who simply recognize the truth of this moment and respond from their souls. You know who you are. We thank you.
I am especially blessed with the magical honey sweetness of working heartful intuitive magic again with some of my dearest friends from my childhood at the same time I am finding faery with new friends.
Thanks to all those who have kept the donations for the Goddess Project flowing in the past couple of days while life here in the Ravenhaven vortex has been taking some crazy turns. Obviously I haven't been able to work on cataloging Goddesses and MG is beyond telling stories at this point. The work right now is about being present for and attending to quickly shifting realities on many levels.
Morning Glory has been transferred home from the hospital to be cared for by close family and friends on Hospice. She has begun her passage to the Summerlands. Her dear old friend and lover Cerridwen Fallingstar led an intimate, beautiful circle held around Morning Glory. Most eloquently she called in the sacred quarters, elements, guides and ancestors, Gods and Goddesses to open the way for us all to learn when to hold and when to let go. Not long into her soulful calling tears were coursing down every cheek.
Morning Glory made it very clear to us that she is not yet ready to open up the gates to the West.
Beloveds are arriving to hold vigil. The candles are burning.
Invocation and Circle Casting
by Marylyn Motherbear Scott
for Morning Glory Zell
in devotion to her life and her work:
I cast the circle near and far
from thy beloved earth to the distant star,
that star that holds thy light aloft,
binding thy work in sacred troth,
so all may know and all may see
the blessings of thy work and thee.
From those of us upon the rim,
protecting thy path as you circle in,
to those who've passed this way before
who stand beyond, on the shadowed shore,
arms outstretched, to enfold thee and kiss
as you enter a land hid in magickal mist.
Fivefold the kiss upon thy feet,
remembrance of a bliss so sweet,
a kiss upon thy knees, womb, breasts,
and to thy lips, sealed so, in the west,
we dance with thee, thy spirit hail,
may thy soul be content, may thy wisdom prevail.
And so it is.
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Morning Glory is coming home! Now is the time for her final passage to the Summerland.
We are setting up a beautiful space in the Temple Room to put the Hospice hospital bed for Morning Glory.
The house will be a place of reverence and love, quiet or lively as our Lady pleases.
Morning Glory's dear friends may visit with her as the moment deems, offering the primary place to Oberon, Gail, Alessa and other close family.
Morning Glory wants to be with her loved ones, and she also wishes to pass on her stories of the Goddess. She may not be conscious for long, as the toxicity of her body is mounting. She is going blind from the cancer. Know that if you visit you may need to hold her hand and speak to her so she can recognize you.
If she seems able and willing, we may ask visitors to choose a Goddess from the cabinet to take down and let her hold. If she can speak, she may tell a story of the Goddess. This way people who are visiting can have their connection and maybe we can record some Goddess lore as well.
But everything changes moment to moment around here, all we can do is to be present for what next arises.
Well, yesterday I finally found out about Lalita, the Hindu Goddess for Child-Brides. It was haunting me, especially since the news of the 234 girls kidnapped from their school physics test in Nigeria and sold into marriage/sexual slavery. I had to ask Morning Glory: What does Lalita provide to girl children faced with this situation? (I did not tell her the horrible news about the girls, that seemed to be too much for her right now.)
She told me that Lalita provides comfort for the girl if she is frightened, or even excited. Girls pray to Her that they may be granted a kind and beautiful husband. Also, Lalita safeguards the girl's own personal dreams, the visions she has for her own life so that she might not be overwhelmed by the demands of duty to her husband and her tribe.
It occurs to me that Goddesses arise from women's personal experiences, taking shape and form from time and culture and personal meaning. Throughout the ages they are available to us, and when new circumstances arise, our collective response to what faces us is another emanation of the great collective Divine Feminine.
I am feeling the lost girls and the grieving, angry mothers, and the women all over the world horrified by this heinous act and all heinous acts against our precious maidens.
Our fury and our outrage and our demands for justice are the voice of the Goddess.
I hope also that those girls, those mothers, (and the fathers and brothers too!) may find some solace somehow in the cool whispering of the close of day, maybe a bright flower or a hint of hope. Perhaps this is what Lalita brings?
Last night Meia and I held vigil with Morning Glory as she journeyed in spirit in celebration of the Rites of Beltane as her soulmate Lord and Lover Oberon and many friends in the Church of All Worlds made ceremony at Annwfn. Morning Glory was in deep meditation the whole time, and arose only a few times to acknowledge us with her beautiful smile. Her lovely hand rested on Millennial Gaia and her rose and amethyst crystal healing wand ran sweet energy throughout her aura.
Images of the beauty of the land at Annwfn flooded me, so I described it to Meia, who has never been there. She wept with joy and recognition as her clairvoyance opened her to the messages from the Faery Realm there, and the workings of MG's comadres and copadres.
I offered details of the sweet wildflowers blooming there, the hound's tongue and ring o' pearl, the shooting stars and fawn lilies. Meia described what she saw in her mind's eye. She described a round structure, what is that? she asked me. I told her it is Gwydion's Shaggy Mushroom Temple.
We were surrounded with energies and ancestors from the land.
Meia and I also partook of the healing process that was being generated, as linked with Annwfn. We spoke to each other the central questions of the rite that Avilynn Pwyll led on the land: What do you wish to blossom in your life? What is your vision, what do you need to speak? What actions shall drive your energy, your passion? What do you need to cleanse and release, and what will you receive in healing? What is your commitment to Earth, what seeds do you plant?
Deep journeying, recognition, blessing, acknowledgement of the Spirits as they processed sparkling into the room and left laden with treasures of love. Hail and Welcome, Hail and Farewell. May You Never Thirst.
Here at the hospital ~ Morning Glory is with her family. Please excuse me if the news of her health feels like an emotional yo-yo. That's a reflection of what it really feels like here, though!
I should clarify that the doc has her on a tried but true chemotherapy which has worked well for her in the past, and the plan is to check on how this is working in the early part of next week. If so, I have to say I have no clue what time it may provide her or what the choices will then be for her. If not, then it seems pretty clear that she'll be on home hospice as soon it can be set up. That will be the time to really say goodbye. That time is not quite yet - just a very long extended farewell, a long lingering last kiss ~ Morning Glory style!
I love the idea put forth by Elwin Herman to hold simultaneous worldwide Goddess Storytelling Events in honor of Morning Glory! Soon we will begin manifesting this vision... right now we are still in vigil mode.
Thanks everybody for all of your patience with these updates.
Friends, I have serious news. Morning Glory is not responding well to the new chemotherapy. The doctors are engaging in one more last ditch effort. What this means is that her lucid days are truly counted on the fingers of our hands. Please support the family in this difficult time with heaps of love and prayers and magic.
I am leaving home now to rush to her bedside to assure her that we will carry on her work for her. Perhaps I can record a few more stories, but the most important thing is that she knows we will honor her life's work with a great big wonderful Goddess Storytelling Event ~ The Council of All Goddesses ~ and all of you wonderful people who have donated and are donating to this evolving project have a special part to play in it.
Here is Morning Glory's own Hecate, as honored on Her altar at RavenHaven. This sculpture one of MG's great achievements.
Hecate, great Goddess, we hear you calling her name. Grant her an easy transition, with the fullness of peace and the peace of fulfillment. She deserves it, as your Priestess.
What a happy May Day we had dancing the Maypole at Aiden's classmate Luna's 11th birthday party. The ribbons and the children and the weaving chaos and the drumming... I offered a song that begins, "For She will bring the buds in the Spring and dance among the flowers... He greets the Day in the Dance of the May, his ribbons round about him..." Can someone please remind me the name of that song? I had to sing it to some pretty fast drumming but I breathlessly kept up, and it was fun.
Here's a Goddess Offering for the Day: the Roman Goddess Flora. She is not merely a patron (or matron) goddess of plants, she IS the realm of vegetation itself, and as such, also the Faery Realms.
Flora: beautiful Springtime arising within and around us, You are who we celebrate in awe as you ever replenish us with your beauty and bounty. You are Earth's green mantle, that which sustains us from time immemorial. May it always be so.
I've been at home with my sons for a few days now. My eldest just turned 11 tonight (Happy birthday Aiden!) and my youngest is getting over a three day fever. I'm holding out to go back to Ravenhaven until after our birthday festivities and possible contagion window.
But tonight I just got some wonderfully encouraging news from Don Davis, Druid Patient Advocate Extraordinaire! He says Morning Glory has turned a corner. She's even laughing, occasionally. He is cautiously optimistic, because the chemo blood test results aren't expected in until next Friday (May 9th) but she is obviously gaining clarity and strength.
I will return down to stay there a while next week to do some more recording. Her beautiful daughter Gail will be taking care of her for a few days the end of this week.
Goddesses of Spirit and Transformation ~ some of these are replicas of very ancient Mediterranean Goddesses, from the Nile Delta and Greece before the great civilizations of those regions arose. The arms raised above the head in communication with Divine energies of the Heavens has correlations with paleolithic bird-goddess images, symbolic of the transformational power of spirit-flight.
May Morning Glory be lifted in healing transformation by the spirit of her dear Goddesses.
Thanks to all who have donated and shared this message of love and dedication to the incredible legacy Morning Glory offers with her precious wisdom.
We seem to have hit a lull here, please boost awareness on this campaign! Out of 2,000 visits to this site, less than 100 have donated to bring us 80% of the way to the goal. All it takes is a little love, people ~ share it out!
April 28th: Reports from the hospital are very positive ~ Morning Glory has had several days of increasing clarity! This is a relief to those of us who witnessed her disorientation last week.
I am taking a few days at home with my boys to take care of personal business. During this time I will also be working on developing a database system that will provide us with the metadata structure to correlate photos with recorded stories and cross-correlated fields.
It will be several days of dedication to carefully label, photograph and describe each figurine of her 500 piece collection!
Please keep up the funding stream for this project, we are so close to our goal! If you haven't donated, please do, and if you have, please share this page among your friends.
Striking distance! So exciting! Keep it up, folks, now's the time to close the race!
Well I just got home to my dear boys and I've never seen such a pile of laundry!! So who is the Laundry Goddess? I'll have to find out because I'll sure be channeling Her this weekend!
Morning Glory's daughter Gail and her family have reserved Saturday visits with Grandma MG. I will return the beginning of next week hoping for more clear days with her to continue the cataloging process, hopefully with the help of some of her other Priestesses.
This is a hard passage, and there's been days when hope has felt like a dim glimmer in the distance, but her oncology doctor conveys a strong optimism, and so we all carry on.
I am here at the hospital. Morning Glory is very sleepy right now. She is being attended by a beautiful buxom red-haired nurse of Northern European stock who addresses her as "my Lady" and "Love" and has such a caring and elegant demeanor. She is a Freya.
I am seeing the Goddess everywhere, in all the women I meet and see on the street, of every nationality and ethnic origin, just like all the Goddesses on the shelf. Her beauty and variety is breathtaking. I especially see Her in the nurses here, in the RN who is now wheeling away the computer station unit, who has the deliberate elder wisdom and features of Kuan Yin, in the lovely young Hispanic intern with the proud profile and creamy coffee complexion, her lashes like butterfly wings, and in the young Ukrainian woman with the most enigmatic accent and exquisite attention to detail in her communication, a lovely straight nose, lilting lips and sparkling blue eyes.
When I mentioned this phenomena to Morning Glory yesterday, of seeing the Goddess everywhere in all women, she enthusiastically agreed at what a blessed revelation it is.
Now I let her slumber, available for when she awakens.
Yesterday was a great day ~ after several days of difficulty, MG wanted to work again. We started with the Lady of Love and Pleasure. She spoke about Aphrodite, a maiden form of Tlatzoteotl, Inanna, Parvati, and was just starting to tell me about Lalita, a Hindi Goddess of Child Brides when she fell asleep. I have so many questions! Lalita is the aspect of nubile beauty and allure, the part of young women who are attracted to older men and which older men desire. What purpose does this Goddess serve and to whom, I wonder? We have such a cultural taboo against child brides, what can this Goddess teach us?
Help me get this and other questions answered. We're getting so close. Please donate and share!
IF any of those who are receiving these posts by email wish me to delete your name from this list, please message me and I will do so immediately. I do not wish to bother anyone.
However, I have to keep posting on this because time is absolutely of the essence. I must keep the awareness up so we can reach our goal and get to work.
If you have thought about donating, please do so now. Let the trickle that became a rivulet that became a creek that joined into a river now become a cascade of generosity towards preserving Morning Glory's lifetime of Mythology of the Goddess ~ a gift to us all and for our children down the generations!
We have had over 1500 visits to this page. If all who have visited donated an average of $20, this project would make $30,000! If everyone donated an average of $10, we would be at $15,000 ~ plenty to provide for the long term curation of Morning Glory's Goddess Collection.
Blessings on everyone this morning! Several of Morning Glory's initiates have joined this effort to collaborate on archiving her Goddess Collection to carry forward her legacy. I have assured MG that we will honor her life's work with a beautiful Goddess storytelling event sometime in the near future. Details to come, so stay tuned!
Please keep the donations rolling in to achieve our goal!
PLEASE pay attention to this! Goddess Historian Morning Glory Needs our help to preserve her legacy!
Morning Glory Zell-Ravenheart is a world renowned scholar of the Divine Feminine. Please watch the video attached to this GOFUNDME project to see a few snapshots of her vast collection of Goddess figurines from around the world.
I have added many new people to this update list. You may contact me directly if you post a message on the GOFUNDME site so that I can respond to your requests for more information.
I am asking for financial support so that I can stay at her hospital bedside to record her incredible knowledge of her collection before it is lost to Time.
Even if you cannot donate, you can help to boost my signal about this important work by sharing this link on your networks: Facebook, Twitter, email, websites...
A very real and loving concern has been expressed by a few of MG's long time friends that those of us who are surrounding her now, family and friends, might be holding on to her too fiercely when she needs to let go. I completely understand and respect this concern and wish to allay fears.
Morning Glory is definitely dwelling at the edge, but in the words of Marylyn Motherbear who visited her today, she's "feisty as heck". MG has expressed to her nearest and dearest that she is not ready to go.
That is why we are doing this. To help her complete her life's work is an act of service so that she may more easily choose the crossing when the time of that sacred choice is upon her.
To all who have donated to this project, your generosity is received on many levels. Yours is a deeply loving commitment to the completion of Morning Glory's spiritual journey on this plane.
To those who haven't yet donated, you have the chance now to be part of something very special and vitally important for an extraordinary woman.
wow!!! We're almost halfway there!!! Thank you so much! Please keep sharing!!
This is a great honor for Morning Glory and the Goddess whom she serves. If you haven't donated yet, now is the time. We know we have only a couple
of weeks left with her, beyond that we do not know - so we must use the time we have.
Yesterday one among the the many amazing and loving visits MG received was a connection between her eldest and youngest trained Priestesses, who vowed to carry on her work. Karina and Kiri clasped hands with Morning Glory as maiden, mother and crone. Her granddaughter Alessa, age 7, held her hand on the other side, and MG lovingly claimed of her, "This one, she's next."
Karina and I are anchoring the work along with a few key women who are also magickally trained with Morning Glory, with the advice of Goddess Historian Joan Marler. Resources are mobilizing for the project, and much will soon be revealed as to how we propose to carry on Morning Glory's Legacy.
We expect that we have a couple of weeks with Morning Glory, after which we will know how much longer she will be with us, so the time is NOW.
It is NOW that she needs an archivist at her bedside if for no other reason than to set her heart at ease about her life's work. PLEASE donate and share this important work on your facebook, twitter, email lists and your websites!
The good news is that she got outside today to commune with a tree!
Thank you so much to all who have donated so far! We're about a third of the way to the goal - This goal will enable Kiri to remain at Morning Glory's bedside over the next few weeks to help her release her wisdom and achieve the peace she deserves.
Please keep sharing this project in your networks, it helps to remind those who still wish to help out.
Yesterday was an amazing day ~ Loved ones from far and near arrived to celebrate Morning Glory. She welcomed many visitors, and wept tears of joy and love many times over the day.
I am struck by what a generous life she has lived, and how the love she has shared over her lifetime returns to her now in waves of joy and deep connection.
Our crazy dear Morning Glory could still pull a miracle out of her hat and come through this, if the new chemotherapy works. Yet the day was filled with love and release, and honor for everything she has given to so many people.
We honor her journey however the path leads, and will be at her side no matter what.
$1400.00!! Almost a quarter of the way to our goal! If you haven't donated yet please do it now, so the wheel of energy keeps rolling and picks up steam. SHARE with your networks!
Morning Glory got some new pain meds and even though she is drowsy she still wants to "get to work." Aside from her family this is the primary thing on her mind.
We had some good clarification from the doctor yesterday and now understand the current medical plan. A dear friend, patient advocate and Pagan Hospital Chaplain has arrived to represent her needs with the hospital staff. This takes the burden off of dear Oberon.
We have at least a couple of weeks with MG and perhaps longer depending on her outcomes. Prayers are being received. She thanks the Poppy Goddess for an opiate she can tolerate. After some rest we hope she will feel strong enough to "get to work" again.
Please keep the energy moving towards this project! Donate NOW.
Here is the Poppy Goddess. This is a replica made by Oberon (available through Mythic Images) of an ancient bronze age Minoan Priestess Goddess from Crete. Her true name is lost to Time, but it is evident from Her form that She works with the medicine of the honeybees (her tight waist) and the Opiates as She wears a crown of poppy flowers around Her head. Make offerings of honey and poppy flowers.
I am here in the hospital with Morning Glory. Her daughter Gail is visiting with MG's granddaughter Alessandra. Cerridwen Fallingstar is reading a beautiful prose prayer to Morning Glory. Anodea Judith is here too, and Morning Glory just finished tearfully expressing how important it is to carry on her Goddess wisdom.
This is what is going on. Donate now. Now is the time.
We've got a ways to go still, so please, please folks, donate and share!
Today she and I will work on Goddesses of Love and Pleasure.
Morning Glory is asking for all the Priestesses she has ever trained to come to her in whatever way they can to help her pass on the last of her knowledge.
She has spent her life collecting scattered fragments of the Goddess, to bring together all the lost aspects of the Feminine Divine into a whole once more, so that we as women (and men!) may know the intimate workings of this vital archetypal force in our lives with a new appreciation of the diversity of feminine expression and sacred unity of life on Earth.
This collection represents that unification. We are working so that the fragments never be scattered again, and that the special understanding that Morning Glory gained over her life may carry forward in time.
If any of you were personally taught by Morning Glory or ever attended one of her Goddess workshops, please contact me.
Thanks everybody who is pitching in to this important work! Keep it rolling ~ don't forget to share this page with your friends, even if you know they've seen it already.
I am with Morning Glory in the hospital now. We have just been looking at photos of her goddesses and she has been telling me who they are and sharing their stories. I feel so honored to be here.
The nurses just helped her move to her side to get more comfortable and now she's sleeping. Even though we did a lot of work today together, she wants to keep working. "We need to work," she says. So I will stay here in vigil while she rests so we can do some more when she awakes.
Everything that you can do to support her in this helps so much, and means the world to her right now.
Beautiful prayers and well wishes have been pouring in, I thank you all for each and every loving sentiment.
"We all come from the Goddess....
...like a drop of rain flowing to the Ocean..."
Please keep the awareness up for Morning Glory - donate NOW, share NOW, pray NOW.
Morning Glory's dear friend and fellow "bull-goose loonie" Sequoia, who passed beyond the veil 5 years ago, is holding space for her at Hecate's crossroads. Sequoia knows how important Morning Glory's stories are, and she is a friend of Hecate herself.
Sequoia, dear crazy witch on the other side, lend us some of your very special, very powerful mojo! We love and honor your memory forever!
Keep it coming - I am depending on all of you to share this with all of the networks available to you. We're at 5% of our goal - let this trickle become a river, and every drop in the river counts! Thanks to all who donated so far, please tell your friends!
I left Morning Glory sleeping sweetly this afternoon. She was looking at photos of her Goddesses and whispering their stories until slumber slipped her into peaceful repose. I tiptoed away.
I cannot even express how important this is to her.
Thanks so much for the donations so far, let's amplify it! We've got a ways to go still and many more people to reach out to.
I am here with Oberon in the hospital with Morning Glory. We are waiting on word from Apple Valley Rehab Center in Sebastopol to hear if they will admit her. Please send your prayers to the Lady of Avalon for her to be received by a healing place that will help her regain strength so that she may tell Her stories.
A fine good morning to you all after such a powerful blood moon night. We here at Ravenhaven spent the evening playing with the faeries in ritual, sending our prayers to the Goddess that She may bless Morning Glory to be with us to tell Her stories. Please keep the support coming! Give and Share ~ the watchwords of the Lady!
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.
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