Episode 4

Birth, Death, and Rebirth: A Story of the Goddess Lilith | S4 Ep4

Published on: 11th October, 2023

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Our Story

Lilith was a goddess or a demon, depending on whose holy books or sacred folk tradition you follow. Pearl Gregor channels Lilith’s divine voice, decrying all the ways she has been misunderstood and offering us a renewed story of Lilith as the rising power of the long repressed feminine.

Our Guest

Pearl Gregor is an explorer and a seeker. She is a writer, dream coach, story teller, author of the three books in the series Dreams Along the Way, and an international public speaker.  Pearl is a farmer, grandmother, a blogger and a Crone of wisdom. 

Pearl experienced years of personal turmoil beginning about age nine.  Nothing.  But nothing, worked.  Then at age 43, she discovered meditation and in December 1988 learned that she could ask for a dream.   That first dream unleashed an avalanche of change.  Like the Myth of the Goddess Inanna, Pearl lived the descent into the underworld.  Like the Myth of the Goddess Lilith, Pearl has lived this process of life, death, and rebirth. 

Join Pearl to explore the deep mysteries of dreams, psyche and soul. You can read her books, or join her in her latest passion, a Dream Readers’ Myth Circle. Find her at https://dreamsalongtheway.com/

Our Conversation

  • Pearl’s visionary experience of the goddesses Lilith and Sophia during a reiki treatment 
  • The contrast of a profound spiritual opening of the divine feminine while at conference of educators whose systems had little respect for a feminine perspective
  • Continuing the journey with a dream of the Eleusinian Mysteries, the ancient rites of Demeter and Persephone, which enabled Pearl to feel for the first time “I am pleased to be a woman” 
  • The 325 AD Council of Nicaea and Empire Constantine’s declarations establish one true church that declared the birth-death-rebirth story to be heretical
  • Marisa’s journey with the Church and the decision to reject it, which seems a generational difference from Pearl who stayed connected to the church through the  Roman Catholic WomenPriest movement. 
  • The initial rejection and slow acceptance of Marija Gimbutas’s work by some (See more at Cotsen Institute of Archaeology at UCLA)
  • The work of Liliana Kleiner, a Argentinian-Canadian-Israeli artist who focuses on the work of Lilith and Inanna 
  • Books we discussed: Perdita Finn’s Take Back the Magic, Marion Woodman’s The Pregnant Virgin, Nancy Qualls-Corbett’s The Sacred Prostitute (foreword by Woodman). 

Our Music

Music at the start of the show is by Beth Sweeney and Billy Hardy: billyandbeth.com

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KnotWork Storytelling
Myths Retold, from Ireland and Beyond
In each KnotWork Storytelling episode, we'll explore a different story from mythology, folklore, or history, particularly from Ireland and the Celtic World. Then, my guest and I dive deep into why these ideas and characters still resonate today.

Your host is Marisa Goudy, author of The Sovereignty Knot: A Woman’s Way to Freedom, Power, Love, and Magic. She is a Myth Worker, a Story Healer, a Writing Coach, and a has an MA in Irish literature from University College Dublin.

Join us as we wander through these ancient storylines as we set out on a quest to learn from the past, better understand the present, and craft a sustainable future.

Every episode reminds us that age-old stories are medicine for this modern moment.

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Marisa Goudy

Marisa Goudy is a story healer, a writing coach, and a word witch. Her book, The Sovereignty Knot: A Woman’s Way to Freedom, Power, Love, and Magic, was released in 2020.
Marisa nurtures writers and storytellers in her long-running online writing community, the Sovereign Writers’ Knot.
On this show, Marisa combines her passion for story with her love of Irish literature, culture, and folklore and her fascination with the Celtic world. She has a particular love of stories of heroines, goddess, and women whose tales were forgotten by history.