Morning Glory Goddess Collection
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.
May you walk in Her abundance and glory,
In November of 2015, the Grey School of Wizardry rented a 2,080-square-foot storefront in Santa Cruz, California, to become a learning center and magickal vortex. The “Academy of Arcana” is chartered under the Grey School as an Educational Center, a Museum of Magick and Goddesses, and a Library of Esoterica.
As the first physical campus for the Grey School, the Academy is bringing in teachers for classes and workshops. The library and museum provide resources for studies in arcane lore and mystic history, with a gift store to support it all, offering for sale various magickal artifacts, collectibles and oddities from the Zell collections, as well as items from other local artists and craftspeople.
The largest area at the back of the Academy is a non-denominational Goddess Temple and meeting/workshop/class space, featuring Morning Glory’s collection of more than 333 Goddess votive figurines from around the world and throughout history. Other cabinets and cases contain our large collection of magickal tools, Books of Shadows, devotional items, altar setups, posters, and crafts supplies.
We are also creating special memorial exhibits showcasing the lives and legends of various other notable Pagans. In addition to assorted Morning Glory memorabilia, we have hand-written Mohsian Books of Shadows and other artifacts from Bran & Moria Starbuck; and altar tools from Margaret St. Claire (author of Sign of the Labrys). We have recently acquired some beautiful God & Goddess medallions and other items from Ray Buckland, and in exchange we’re sending some items of MG’s to his new Buckland Museum of Witchcraft & Magic in Marysville, Ohio.
The Museum and Goddess Temple opened on Feb. 7, 2016, with a gala ribbon-cutting ceremony with the Santa Cruz Downtown Association, followed by a keynote presentation by noted feminist Witch Elder Z Budapest on “The Politics of Women’s Myths.”
As with any new enterprise, the Academy will take awhile to become fully self-supporting. Your contributions in support of this Pagan legacy project will be deeply appreciated! See our Facebook page facebook.com/academyofarcana and website: AcademyofArcana.com.
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.
I had the pleasure to meet Oberon Zell 7 years ago. I've been so disconnected from the wiccan coven that I didn't know. My deepest condolences, and my brightest blessings to them both. May we meet again, my dear dear friends. I was indeed touched by her work, I never forgot and I never will.
Amusing photos! Go, Kirsten and helpers, go! You can do it!
Thank you, Kirsten, for doing this great work. I am overjoyed to see so many beautiful Goddess figures! Will the information be made available online? :)
Perhaps in St. Louis with the women's history collection donated by Laura X.
It won't be long now.On myexperience, and i have done this before, if everyone leaves her to be alone, she will let go. Our loved ones do not want to leave.as long as we hold them there they will wait. Blessings on your work as those who midwife the transition. Roe
Hear my voice wise women. Let us circle together in different places but the same time and honor Morning Glory by holding a Goddess storytelling event. Summer Solstice lends itself well for this kind of gathering.
It's wonderful that there have been 2000 visits to this site. It's unrealistic to expect that I will donate each and every time. This is about visit 8 for me--I like to check up and see how things are going. Best wishes for Morning Glory, and the preservation of her work.
Where can this wonderful collection be housed? Is there a school or Women's Studies department where many can access it? If not, should we try to create one? Many blessings and prayers for you.