Meet Janet

About Me

After a life long interest in comparative religion, I finally answered the call of shamanism over 20 years ago. I have traveled throughout the world to experience and learn first hand how the mysteries of life have come to be expressed, blessed, honored and lived in differing lands and cultures. I have studied and been initiated into different cultural traditions and now ONE GODS, WHEN EVE WAS A GODDESS and WHEN MOSES WAS A SHAMAN represent my return to my earthly roots, my cultural and ancestral Jewish heritage, the people of the Tanakh.

I have always seen myself as a pagan. While the word has become pejorative, “pagan” simply means countryside or peasant, someone who lives close to the land and in harmony with nature. To those who stop to listen, each landscape has its own vibratory essence, its own music if you will. It was (and still is) pagan peoples who have been nourished by this knowledge, and who have held it in sacred trust through oral, and more recently, written teachings. As the Mystic Pagan, it is my goal to study, explore and experience these teachings and their deep knowledge, the wisdom of the land, and it’s various cultural expressions.

Why do I write?

Every day when I open the newspaper, it feels like the world’s fractures are ever deepening. Decisions of world leaders tend to be based fear and on maintaining the power of the already rich and powerful. The institutions of the world are crumbling even as we witness them. The foundations and values of our culture are not serving us. Human beings are in terrible pain, too often fighting amongst ourselves for resources which seem scarce but don’t have to be. The Earth itself is sending out dire warnings with climate change, fires, flooding, droughts and more. We need to re-evaluate our values and find new paradigms for our society. One way to start this process is to look at how the ancients ordered their systems and what lessons they felt were important. By uncovering the older teachings behind the familiar ones we all know, we can learn more about our most ancient roots. Doing so can give us new/old foundations going forward.

With my combination of research ability, personal experience, and shamanic initiations, I am in a unique position to study, evaluate and discuss ancient teachings. By combining research and shamanic experience, I have developed my own form of spiritual forensics to dive deeply into the ancient texts.

My passions:

  • To cultivate the potentials of spirit in our daily lives.
  • To understand how ancient knowledge can change our lives today.
  • To use the profound teachings and knowledge that I gathered over continents and time to challenge society’s thinking and create new paradigms – ones that are nurturing, earth-based and loving – for living our lives.

It is my great honor and pleasure to be able to share these teachings.

 

 

Books

Yes, There are Goddesses in the Bible, part 5

  As I wrote my last blog post, the Great Goddess of the Canaanites, Ashera was honored and worshipped (according to the bible) within and through groves of trees. Ashera and El, the “great bull god” were deeply connected. In fact, in Canaanite mythology, El and Ashera were married. But before …

Yes, there are Goddesses in the Bible, Part 4

    his is the 4th in a series of blog posts about finding goddesses in the bible who had been hidden away through translation or denigration or other means. In my last blog post I discussed Lilith as a Great Goddess symbolized by both tree and bird. You can …

Yes There are Goddesses in the Bible, Part 3

  This blog post is the 3rd in a series of looking for female deities in the bible who have been translated out of easy reach or otherwise hidden within its words. In my last blog post I discussed bird imagery and the bible. It is available here. You can’t …

Cuando Eva era una Diosa

COMING SOON! It has been my great honor to work with Ecuadorian translator and poet Martin Mora Ortega who has created a gracious and well crafted translation of my book When Eve was a Goddess.  Watch this space for further announcements and publishing information.

Yes, There are Goddesses in the Bible – Part 2

  As I wrote in my last blog post, there are female deities and goddesses sprinkled all throughout the bible. They just aren’t obviously in plain sight. One example is the Goddess and Her association with birds. Many ancient creation myths have stories about life emerging from a cosmic egg …

Yes, There are Goddesses in the Bible

  “Freud once asserted that mortals are not made to keep secrets; what they would like to conceal oozes from all their pores.” Psychoanalyst Theodore Reik[1] It’s remarkable how much female imagery there is in the Bible hidden within its wording. The more I delve into its passages, the more …

The Sacred HU

  Sing to the LORD, all you godly ones! Praise his holy name. Psalm 30:4 (New Living Translation) Therefore I will give thanks unto thee, O LORD, among the heathen, and I will sing praises unto thy name. 2 Sam 22:50 Let them praise the name of the LORD: for …

Speaking

Available public speaking topics:

  • Hawaiian Adventure Shamanism (Huna)
  • Shamanic Foundations of the Bible
  • Serpents and Seeds
  • Women and Feminism Hidden Within the Hebrew Bible
  • Moses as a Shamanic Figure and a Master of Mystery
  • Was Eve Really Cursed?

All talks and/or workshops can include audience participation along with chanting components using either Hebrew power syllables or Hawaiian breath syllables.