Welcome to the Scota Goddess Temple, we are a Charitable Organisation dedicated to promoting Equality, Integration, Visibility and Understanding of Pagan Traditions, Goddess Spirituality and Nature Centered Practices in Scotland.
To achieve this, we are working towards opening a physical space, a Community Centre that will inlcude Scotland's First Goddess Temple, a Library, Cafe and Conference/Workshops Space. This we plan to open not only to the community but also to the General Public, Interfaith Organisations and Educational Bodies.
We believe this will help to normalise and destigmatize Goddess Spirituality, Paganism and other Earth Centered Religions in Scotland, providing Sanctuary and a Safe Space for those who follow these traditions as well as educating society on our beliefs and practices.
The Scota Goddess Temple is now a Full Member of SCVO (Scottish Council for Voluntary Organisations) and a Registered Social Enterprise in Scotland.
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the Scota Goddess Temple
The Aims and Objectives of the Scota Goddess Temple are to serve Paganism and the Scottish Pagan Community to the very best of its ability by:
1) Providing accurate information on Paganism to government, non-governmental organisations, the media, academia and the general public. Serve a bridge to be able to approach Guvernamental bodies, to give a voice to the Goddess Spirituality Community when possible.
2) To seek to support all Pagans in their personal and public life, to help ensure that they have the same rights as the followers of other beliefs and members of other religions by:
2.1. Facilitating Free Access and a Safe Space to Pagan worship and encouraging the celebration of Pagan festivals in Scotland by Opening a Physical Temple. This Temple shall serve not only the Pagan community but also as a space Open for the General Public and people of Other Faiths to come and be able to visit, to help them to understand our Faith, what is highly needed. Pagans suffer a lot of discrimination in Scotland, that is a fact. Mostly due to the lack of understanding of our practices. We believe that having a Temple will equal us pagans to other faiths in the country that have their Temples and Places of Worship, provide sanctuary and an umbrella for pagans.
2.2. Celebrating the Scottish Goddess Conference. This Conferences intends to bring understanding of the Goddess Spirituality to the General Public and bring Pagans together. We find this most important, for this reason there will be Open talks or other means as a publication, to share about Paganism with everyone. This conference we hope to hold live in the future in Paisley, when Covid allows.
2.3. Celebrating a Goddess Parade. An Interfaith event to Invite Other Faiths in Scotland that worship the Goddess, to come together and Celebrate the Goddess in a common parade. To again, help to bring Paganism and Goddess Spirituality closer to other faiths, equal it to them and bring it closer to the general public too. This event will be held when Covid allows.
3) Providing services to the Pagan community in Scotland including, but not limited to, provide a body of Pagan Registered Celebrants and Priestesses/Priests to perform life-rituals such as marriage, handfasting, naming and funeral ceremonies; and support, advice and pastoral care for Pagans.
4) Helping to build community through the development of different Events, groups, networks across Scotland and local levels but also International ones, to connect with the broad Pagan Community outside of Scotland, European-based Pagans, and those of other Indigenous and Pagan Religions World-wide.
5) Serve the Mysteries and the Divinity in any of its forms and manifestations by Promoting respect for Mother Earth and her living creatures through different means, like events related to ecology, Talks, etc.
The inspiration of opening this Temple has emerged with the intention of helping each individual to strengthen their connection with the primordial force that is the Goddess in all her manifestations, throughout the different cycles and with our own Devotional Calendar and Celebrations. For those who feel the call to the Goddess, the Scota Goddess Temple offers Priesthood Training divided in 3 Spirals. Visit the Training Section for more info.
We also offer different Services for the Local and International community, including the celebration of Rites of Passage and and Legal Pagan Weddings, since the Founding Members are Registered Legal Celebrants in Scotland. They can officiate your Legal Wedding adapted to you, be it Nordic, Celtic, Shamanic... Visit The Weddings and Rites of Passage Section for more details.
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We are Organising the First Scottish Goddess Conference Ever!
YES! Indeed Amazing News!
The Scottish Goddess Conference is born as a way to raise funds to make the Temple of the Goddess in Scotland a Physical Reality. These funds will help to open our Temple we hope that by next year, 2022. We strongly believe that specially after this pandemic the Community will appreciate having a place dedicated to the Divine Open, a place to go to meditate and connect with the Goddess.
The site finally chosen for the location of the Physical Temple has been Paisley, for many different reasons.
We will share more info in our Blog very soon!
That the Scota Goddess Temple Coordinated and help to put Online the 2020 Scottish Pagan Federation "Visions of Magick" Conference...
It was hard work but the SPF had no experience with online events of that caliber and we did, so we accepted the challenge and got on with work in a record time. The Conference was a great success! And the Magazine that we edited as an extra to complement the Conference was downloaded by thousands of people and will shortly be available as part of the Online Catalog of the National Library of Scotland.
If you want to access the Conference and Magazine, follow the link below to Events Section.
We have a Temple Newsletter...
Yes! We have a Newsletter that you will be able to enjoy the Solstices and Equinoxes from any device in your own email and from anywhere in the world! We also have wonderful collaborators, such as Cara Hamilton, Derek Simpson, Fiona Stewart and some more that you will discover in each Newsletter. We are going to have very interesting Mini Sections! Right now we are working on the Yule edition!
If you want to receive the Scota Goddess Temple Newsletter just subscribe to the mailing list!
That We have a Blog?
We have a blog where you will find texts related to the Path of the Priestess of the Goddess (some of them excerpts from my book in preparation: The Invisible Sandals, as well as small Devotional or Literary Texts.
In our blog you will also find the Songs that we are creating for our Project of Songs Around the Wheel of the Year.
That we now have different Memberships to join the Temple and help us to find a Physical Place?...
The Scota Goddes Temple now have different types of Membership, for those people who want to help support our efforts towards the dream of having a Physical Temple and share with us more closely through activities and exclusive material for Membersm, thanks to the Patreon Platform.
Memberships go from just 5 Pounds a Month! And are also the perfect Gift to someone for coming Yule or why not a Birthday? Plus you know you are supporting a beautiful Project here in Scotland.
The Goddess isis Membership also Helps Single Mums in Scotland to be able to attend Events and Workshops organised by us in the future.
For more information, visit the Membership Section Here.
That we organise Moots and Picnics...
The Scota Goddess Temple organizes several open activities, when possible, trying to be family-friendly, since we understand how difficult it is to be able to attend events when we are parents and have little ones with us.
Many pagans are excluded from celebrations due to their parental status and it is not always easy to find someone to help you with your little ones or there is childcare available. For this reason, the Scota Goddess Temple organizes Picnics in the open air (when weather and circumstances allow us) in places where we can go with our little ones.
In addition, since 2019 we organize Moots in closed private places or child friendly to facilitate access precisely to parents who have to come with their children if they wish to attend.
The Moots right now are itinerant since the idea is, while we do not have a Physical Temple, to bring the work of the Scota Goddess Temple closer to different groups. At the moment we are having Moots in Ayrshire and in Glasgow, but in the future we hope to celebrate one in Edinburgh and even the Highlands. These Moots have a voluntary financial contribution to help cover the venue costs and travel expenses.
Go to Events for Future Dates.
You can help to make to create the Goddess Community Centre and Goddess Temple.
You can help us to have our physical Temple to meet in Scotland and worship the Goddess. A place to meet on a regular basis, a place to celebrate events in a safe space and that will be open to both devotees and first-time seekers.
Hopefully we can find a suitable place soon with your help and the help of the pagan community. If you can donate something for this purpose, even a little is welcome.
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