On a cautionary note, with roots in early feminism, eco-feminism, Neo-Pagan and Wicca practice, Goddess Spirituality has also flourished within the canon of New Age Capitalism, and the many texts and tools in this corner of the self-help marketplace reflect the pervasive commodification and appropriation of indigenous knowledge (IK) to create consumer products. The modern Goddess Spirituality movement encourages women to work with any goddess deity, goddess metaphor or goddess energy from any cultural tradition they choose, and rituals, petitions and pathworking can remove the deity from the originating culture or epistemology in newly-created narratives. By taking the particular goddess out of context, and revising or fabricating the traditions and IK of the “other” for the monetary gain of selling books or conducting workshops, Goddessians are dominating the knowledge of specific cultures and practicing cultural appropriation.
Spirituality (and a Cautionary Tale)" that appeared in the anthology
She Rises: Why Goddess Feminism, Activism and Spirituality?
from MAGO Books
Pegi Eyers is the author of "Ancient Spirit Rising: Reclaiming Your Roots & Restoring Earth Community," a new book that explores strategies for neurodecolonization, rejecting Empire, social justice, ethnocultural identity, Apocalypse Studies, building land- emergent community & resilience in times of massive change.