Chapter 5: ...And She Shall Be Called "Beautiful One"

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In the darkest of times, a new story to bring back the light; a new story to remind us of our place at the center of Life

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Action Steps:

  1. Tell five women about the OneWoman Movement and OneWoman Radio. We will succeed if enough of us wake up and stand together. Together, we can accomplish the unimaginable.

  2. Join us for these free monthly calls, ‘Reweaving Women’s Community’ designed to support you to create and sustain a vibrant woman’s group.

  3. Join our sister organization, Dark Mountain Project, they are, “walking away from the stories that our societies like to tell themselves, the stories that prevent us seeing clearly the extent of the ecological, social and cultural unravelling that is now underway. We are making art that doesn’t take the centrality of humans for granted. We are tracing the deep cultural roots of the mess the world is in. And we are looking for other stories, ones that can help us make sense of a time of disruption and uncertainty.”

  4. Begin to read about our silenced and stolen women’s history and the rich mythology and stories of our heritage (see the Bibliography & Resources section).

  5. Engage in ancestral lineage healing work to heal your family lines and cultivate relationships with your well ancestors, remembering the unique wisdom and blessings nested in your blood and bones – wisdom and blessings the world requires for its wellness.

  6. This is the most subversive Action Step. But it could easily be misunderstood. This is not meditation as we have been taught to meditate. This is deep listening. Set aside 15 minutes in your day to be quiet, inviting awareness of, and permission for, your authentic emotional, soulful experience; listen to your deeper thoughts and connect with the wild world around and within you. This is essential, as unspecific as it may sound. If we cannot quiet ourselves – slipping beneath the cultural noise with its erroneous, deadening narratives – we will not rekindle the wisdom ways that are the antidote to our current human dilemma.


Bibliography & Resources:

  • Lindsteadt, Sylvia V, Our Lady of The Dark Country, Wild Talewort Publishing, 2017

  • Wittig, Monique, Les Guérillères, 1969

  • Max Dashu’s Suppressed Histories Archive at

  • Dashu, M, Witches And Pagans, Veleda Press, 2016

  • Griffin, S, The Roaring Inside Her, Sierra Club Books, 1978

  • Atwood, M, Strawberries, an essay

  • Walker, B, The Women’s Encyclopedia of Myths and Secrets, Harper Collins, 1983

  • Walker, B, The Women’s Dictionary of Symbols and Sacred Objects, Harper Collins

  • Yuknavitch, Lidia; The Book of Joan, Harper, 2017

  • Livingstone, G., Hendren, T., & Daly, P.; Re-Visioning Medusa: from Monster to Divine, 2017

  • Garber, M. & Vickers, N.; The Medusa Reader, Routledge, 2003


Gratitude & Appreciation:

The deepest gratitude and appreciation go to the ancestors, to the ancient ones, the blood and bone ancestors and the Earth ancestors of place, of person, the ones who are the keepers of the true stories, the beauty and possibility that human culture has largely forgotten; the ones who have never stopped loving or believing in us. May we awaken, remember and return to the central fire of our responsibility to cherish and tend all Life.


OneWoman Radio Show Production Credits:

Narration written and spoken by Christiane Pelmas

Musical score composed, engineered and mastered by Henry Giebler

 All logos, artwork, layout and technology by Alyssa Morin (

Grandmother illustration for OneWoman by Kelly Green Porterfield of



OneWomanRadio Theme Song Credits:

Composed by Henry Giebler

Ancestral Chant created and sung by Angela Blueskies,

Opening Invocation channeled and spoken by the Reverend Teri D. Ciacchi,

Spoken word vocals contributed by:

Maria Bailey

Laure Emlen

Helena Palmquist

Alyson Lanier

Chris Muse

Jolene Monheim

Kai Ping Wu

Julie Daley

Kassandra Brown

Margot Hawk

Feliz Tilek

Adriana Giammaria

Michele Pimenta

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