I have been grieving since I first got the news yesterday around noon that Patricia Monaghan has passed away. For over 30 years, she has been a beloved teacher, mentor, and inspiration to me, both through her books and in person. I had not seen her in years, but we were still in touch. I wish I had told her recently how much her work continues to nourish me. I hope she knows it now.
From Selena Fox at Circle Sanctuary:
Goddess scholar, poet, author, professor and women’s spirituality elder Patricia Monaghan died yesterday. She was born February 15, 1946 and died of illness yesterday morning, Sunday, November 11, 2012 at home near Black Earth, Wisconsin with her husband Michael McDermott by her side.
Kindle a candle and call on Brigit to aid her journey in the Otherworld and to bring comfort to her husband and to all mourning her passing.
More about her, her life, her writings, her work, her legacy can be found at these and other sites:
I keep remembering the early days of the women’s spirituality movement, in the 80s, when Patricia’s books were like our Bibles. We were all young and on fire to change the world back then. Bringing the Goddess out of hiding, into the light of day.
And you know what? We did.
We really did.
Blessed be, dear sister, rest in the Mother’s arms.
Update: Beth Owl’s Daughter published a lovely tribute on her blog here, followed by a poignant message from Patricia’s husband Michael McDermott. Blessed be.