Episode 3

Choosing the Mystery: The Rosary’s Radical Feminine Heart with Perdita Finn | S3 Ep3

Our Story

In recent years, the rosary has been used to shame and restrain women and sexuality, but what if it is actually the umbilical cord that connects us to The Mother?

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Our Story

In recent years, the rosary has been used to shame and restrain women and sexuality, but what if it is actually the umbilical cord that connects us to The Mother?

When the rosary emerged in the 11th or 12th century, the Church was telling a story that began with Eve’s sin and ended with apocalypse. But ordinary women were living and telling a different story. It was a story that was expressed in a great circle, not in a straight line of patriarchal history.

Perdita Finna tells us a story of women’s empowerment hidden in plain sight. She unfolds the mysteries of the rosary, reclaiming the prayers and practice as an act of power.

Our Guest

Perdita Finn is the co-author, of The Way of the Rose: The Radical Path of the Divine Feminine Hidden in the Rosary and co-founder of the global community that sprang from that work. Perdita teaches popular workshops on collaborating with the dead, in which participants are empowered to activate miracles in their own lives with the help of their ancestors. Her book Take Back the Magic: Conversations with the Unseen World is forthcoming in September 2023.

You can find more about Perdita on her website wayoftherose.org and her new Substack newsletter, Take Back the Magic, 

Our Music

Music at the start of the show is by Beth Sweeney and Billy Hardy, a Celtic Fiddle and multi-instrumental duo based on Cape Cod, Massachusetts. The traditional Irish reel we play at the start of the show is called "The College Groves." billyandbeth.com

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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.