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Jailbreaking the Classroom!

Jailbreaking the Classroom!

Seeking Teachers/Profs in Women’s/Gender Studies,
Religious Studies, Sociology, PoliSci, Current Affairs Departments

Jailbreaking the Goddess is an important contribution to the writings on Goddess tradition and feminist spirituality. . . . I love Lasara’s political savvy, her sensitivity around issues of diversity and cultural awareness and appropriation, and her unabashed celebration of pleasure, sensuality, and life!” —Starhawk

screen-shot-2016-07-07-at-1-07-30-pmEsteemed Professor,
I’m writing in the hopes that you’ll consider my new book, Jailbreaking the Goddess: A Radical Revisioning of Feminist Spirituality (Llewellyn Worldwide, 7/2016), as a possibility for recommended or required reading for one –or more– of your classes.
Jailbreaking the Goddess contains material relevant to gender studies and women’s studies, political science, and religious studies courses. The book offers a critique of feminist spirituality as it stands, and offers resourceful, flexible alternatives for contemporary spiritual work.
Some of the themes present in Jailbreaking the Goddess are:
· uprooting patriarchy in goddess faiths
· moving beyond biology as the defining factor of the feminal
· tools and practices focused on collective liberation
· intersectionality
· decolonizing spirituality
· challenging white feminist bias
· critiquing spiritual and cultural ethnocentrism
· trans inclusion
· reproductive justice
Jailbreaking the Goddess, published July 8 by Llewellyn Worldwide, was a sustained bestseller in two categories at Amazon during launch week, and has been met with wide critical acclaim in the feminist spirituality community. Below my signature you’ll find a list of endorsements from a variety of authors, teachers, and community leaders like Starhawk, Anodea Judith, Crystal Blanton, and Suzanne Sterling – among others. To see community response, you can find links to some reviews here, but perhaps most useful in that regard will be the Amazon page.
You can find some recent interviews with me about Jailbreaking the Goddess here. And you’ll find a lot more info, as well as interactive media options, here on my website, www.lasarafirefoxallen.com, especially under the Jailbreaking the Goddess menu tab. If you want to access the e-galley to see if Jailbreaking is a good match for your course, you can find that here.
If you’re interested in using Jailbreaking the Goddess in your curriculum, I’m available to Zoom or Skype into your classroom one or more times during the semester. I’m also available to visit in person. (The electronic version is free. The in-person version need to cover travel expenses at minimum.) I love interacting with readers and would love to facilitate a discussion of the material, offer a question and answer session, or talk about how Jailbreaking relates to any number of current events.
I also have a study guide for teachers available that offers ideas on topics to discuss in the classroom, ways to activate students toward taking action, and easy ways to tie the work into your topic.
Thank you so much for your time. I look forward to hearing from you soon. Click here to drop me a note and let’s schedule a time to talk about the possibilities.
Lasara

Praise for
Jailbreaking the Goddess

“This fiercely inspired body of work is art, theory, and passion. Genius.”—Rosa De Anda, from her foreword
“A deep examination of the limitations of the triple Goddess form . . . and how that form is an inaccurate reflection for modern day feminist activists and ritualists. Lasara Firefox Allen delves deep into the ways in which colonialist language has shaped our experience of the Divine Feminine for centuries and she meets a need that has risen in the feminist spiritual movement for years.”—Suzanne Sterling, founder of Voice of Change, co-founder of Off The Mat, Into the World
“Moving beyond our feminine biology as a definition of who we are, and how we relate to the Divine Feminine, Lasara Firefox Allen creates a whole new template more suitable for women today, redefining femininity as innocent, powerful, generative, creative, wise, and all of it reverent. Every student of feminism and feminist theology should read this book. It is a game-changer.”—Anodea Judith, PhD, author Wheels of Life and The Global Heart Awakens
“Lasara has brought us the goddesses who speak across time and space, who invite us to be inclusive and intersectional in our worship, who demand that we are open and honest about who we are in this world and in our bodies. They remind us that the survival of our species, of all species of life, requires that we create diverse, complex, dynamic communities. Audre Lorde said that we can learn to mother ourselves and this book gives us more tools and voices to do just that.”—Mai’a Williams, journalist, teacher, activist, editor of Revolutionary Mothering
“Lasara Firefox Allen includes complex and important elements in the process of this book, leaving the audience empowered to think beyond the previous construction of woman. Bringing in the layers that we embody and embracing that in our spiritual paths allow for a celebration of self; and in celebrating the wholeness of woman, we are also liberated by the space for self-determination.”Crystal Blanton, MSW, editor of Bringing Race to the Table
“Allen suggests that all who are called by the Goddess chart their own course and unlocks the Goddess’ potential as a revolutionary force, untethered by biology. She asks all seekers to engage in a potent practice of respect, work, self and other as aspects of the collective divine which, taken together, can birth more than a new approach to the Goddess, but a new world entirely.”Darcy Totten and Jasper James, Activism Articulated
“Lasara Firefox Allen has liberated the goddess from every possible stereotype: race, reproductive status, age, sexual preference—even gender identity. Jailbreaking the Goddess provides countless possibilities for everyone to meet and engage with archetypal feminine power on their own terms. I love this book!”Barbara Carrellas, author of Urban Tantra
“For nearly fifty years I have been the consort of a most extraordinary Woman/Priestess/Goddess. Never in those fifty years (or in our childhood years that preceded them) has her divine and infinite person-hood ever allowed itself to be limited and taken captive by the simplistic classic model of maid, mother, and crone. Lasara Firefox Allen’s Fivefold Goddess model identifies and describes the Mysteries of Modern Woman, and comes dangerously close to allowing me to at least hear Her sphinx’s riddle.”Lon Milo DuQuette, author of Low Magick
Jailbreaking The Goddess is a delicious tool for dismantling (and reimagining) the way we think about women’s spirituality and power. [The] fivefold goddess model honors the divine nature in all women, regardless of age, ability, sexual orientation, gender identity, race, and economic status. This is an exciting, smart, and practical approach to liberating the mind, body, and spirit.”Laurie Lovekraft, Reclaiming Witch, priestess, and Huffington Post columnist
“Lasara is a dynamic and powerful woman who shows us that revolution starts within. This radical new way of looking at the divine feminine injects a much-needed freshness into Goddess spirituality!”—Sharon Knight, musician and priestess
“Yes and more yes to this new model, which moves us out of the expectation of conformation to outdated cultural norms. One of the things I love most about this book is how it allows for other forms to exist within it (and you!). It’s an opening of possibility for all women to re-divine all parts of ourselves.”—Jenya T. Beachy, teacher, blogger, and author of the forthcoming The Secret Country of Yourself
“A fantastic and sorely needed contribution to feminist spirituality discourse. It breaks open the tired tropes of maiden, mother, crone and makes more space for the variety of lived experiences of anyone who relates to the female experience.”—Niki Whiting, MA, co-founder of Many Gods West
“In Allen’s vision the goddess is young and old, creative and wise, and above all strong. This is a Goddess who can map onto our own journeys at any part of our life. Allen’s gentle, fierce, and wise work guides us through the process of rebuilding our sense of ourselves as holy through relationship to these new faces of the Goddess.”Brandy Williams, author of For the Love of the Gods and The Woman Magician
“Lasara Firefox Allen has created what may well be the definitive guide to feminist spirituality. . . . The depth of Lasara’s passion, knowledge, and skill allows her to reveal and reframe the fundaments of magick in a way that will have a lasting impact within the field of magick and throughout the wider culture.”Philip H. Farber, author of Brain Magick
Jailbreaking the Goddess is challenging, unabashed and wild, yet thoughtful and articulate. I found pieces of myself and my personal Goddess journey that have never been illuminated by any other text. Lasara Firefox Allen has truly broken the Goddess out of an antiquated jail. The world needs this freed Goddess. This book is part of that liberation.”—Courtney Weber, author of Brigid: History, Mystery, and Magick
“Reading Jailbreaking the Goddess is a view into a world that but rarely exposes itself to the likes of me. The magic is classic, but updated to self-rooted authority, and the politics are heart-felt, leading to a vision of societal transformation centered on the Woman of Power, Wisdom, and Compassion.”—Sam Webster, PhD, MDiv, Executive Director of the Pantheon Foundation
Jailbreaking the Goddess is a journey into history, myth, and the inner planes. . . . [It’s] one of those rare Pagan books that will still be talked about in fifty years; it’s that groundbreaking. Lasara puts the tired trope of maiden/mother/crone to bed and replaces it with a Goddess who is living, vital, and more accurately represents the women of today.”—Jason Mankey, editor of the Patheos Pagan channel and author of The Witch’s Athame
“Whilst honoring the roots of Goddess worship, Lasara has successfully opened up avenues of exploration for anyone who identifies with worship of the feminal divine in clear and loving guidance towards a stronger community of men, women, and all in between.”Xochiquetzal Duti Odinsdottir, HPs/x, Wayfarer Tradition

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This Black Moon is a great time to release!

We have a black moon coming up on September 30th.What is a black moon? Well, like a blue moon is the second full moon in a month, a black moon is the second dark/new moon to happen in a month. While I don’t really recall hearing much about this phenomena in my upbringing, I can see how a second time in one calendar month would maybe double the fun.

So, while a black moon sounds pretty edgy perhaps, there is power in darkness. With consciousness, “…this New Moon is able to neutralise a fiery environment and carries a very potent balancing energy.” Seems like a good time to use the energy of the time for some conscious release.

fire-1080084Simple releasing magick:

1. Make or find a thing that symbolizes the thing you want/need to release. Make sure the thing is burnable and environmentally safe.

2. Charge it up. Tears, spit, blood, magicks, dirt, etc.

3. Safely burn it to ash in your cauldron or a large, fire-safe bowl or empty. ceramic or other safe planter/pot.

4. Put the ash in water moving away from you (stream, river, toilet, sink), and let it go.

When I do releasing magick, I allwo the fire to transform and release any emotions before letting the ash go. Thus, the concept of neutralization fits right in for me.

While this moon cycle seems a particularly auspicious time to practice this magick, you can really perform this simple ritual anytime. Repeat as needed.