Thursday 3rd August – morning
Presentation: THE DOUBLE-FACED GODDESS OF PORTUGAL
She is the Crone and the Maiden, Lady of the Winter and of the Summertime, She is the Great Celtic Goddess worshiped for millennia in this area of the Atlantic Arc. To survive until today, She has been through great transformations, under the influence of the Catholic Church, and also, before that, under the power of Roman colonizers. Actually, they made Her play the role of Proserpina, crossing to the Underworld through the waters of the Tagus river, that she is a protectoress against the seasonal flooding, responsible at the same time for the fertility of the meadowland. In this presentation, we will be encouraged to reclaim Goddess in the most impregnable patriarchal bastion, and to free Her and ourselves, acknowledging and granting Her ancient power and glory.
Luiza Frazao is a Priestess of Avalon and of Rhiannon, ceremonialist and spiritual teacher, keeper of the Temple of the Goddess and creator of the Wheel of the Year of the Garden of the Hesperides, the dimension of the Goddess that, according to tradition, she reclaims for Portugal. She is a researcher on Goddess traditions and an author. She lives currently in Portugal, in the city of Óbidos.