On Monday, January 3, 2011 Leslie Carol Botha will be interviewing Vicki Noble on her radio show Holy Hormones Honey – The Greatest Story Never Told! on KRFC FM – Community Radio in Fort Collins, CO from 6 to 7 pm MST. The show will be audio streamed at http://krfcfm.org.
Noble has years of extensive researching the significance between the menstrual and lunar cycle. She has created a mandala image which is a lunar template, and also has the yearly seasonal cycle of calendar holy-days corresponding to the lunar cycle.
Noble grounds her students in a sense of the deep structure that holds us, by getting them to relate to the cycles of the moon and the seasonal cycles.
Botha and Noble will speak about the importance of women’s history, and the relevance of the menstrual cycle to lunar and other natural cycles. According to Noble:
“Women’s reproductive technologies, funerary customs, herbal medicine, sacred and magical practices are part of this ancient and irrepressible “women’s business” that is frequently overlooked and made obscure by it’s trivialization or outright dismissal in academic scholarship. And of course, the instinctual and potentially ecstatic expression of the female body in dance, movement, and sexuality belongs at the center of matriarchal culture but has been made taboo and/or relegated to peripheral arenas in modern times; whereas it was inherently sacred, now the (female) body is polarized against “religion.”
Vicki Noble is a healer, artist, writer and independent scholar; co-creator of the Motherpeace Tarot cards (1981) and author of several books to accompany the internationally known, round, feminist deck. Her books have been published in German, Italian, Spanish, and Portuguese, including her classic handbook for women healers, Shakti Woman: Feeling Our Fire, Healing Our World (1991) and most recently, The Double Goddess: Women Sharing Power (2003). She founded and directed a school for women healers in Oakland (1987-1991) and for almost three decades, she has traveled and taught internationally.
A Tibetan Buddhist practitioner and scholar since 1980, Vicki Noble has, for the last decade, adapted Tibetan Buddhist Mandala practices for her many female students who are generally not Buddhist. These original adaptations of longer, more complex practices in Tibetan, focus on invoking the Goddesses known to Tibetans as “Dakinis,” or “women who fly through space” and whose actions are believed to benefit all beings; she has taught these modified practices to women in North and South America, as well as Europe, where she has an especially strong following in Italy. Her Invocation to the Five Dakini Families was recently published in the anthology, Speaking to Goddess, edited by D’vorah Grenn (2009), and she was invited to write the chapter on Dakinis for Patricia Monaghan’s three-volume encyclopedic anthology, Goddesses in World Culture (Praeger, 2010). Her essay, in Volume One, is called, “Dakini: The Goddess Who Takes Form as a Woman.”
As associate core faculty in the Women’s Spirituality Masters program, she teaches Archaeomythology (specializing in the work of Marija Gimbutas), Female Shamanism, and (soon) Matriarchal Studies; she also works enthusiastically with Thesis students. Privately, she is a professional astrologer and healer, seeing clients for extended tutorials in her home in Santa Cruz, where she is also an active mother to her two grown daughters (Robyn and Brooke) and her son (Aaron Eagle), plus Nana to her three grandchildren.