Once at a Goddess Conference where we were both presenting, I told Glenys Livingstone that I had “an academic crush” on her. Pagaian Cosmology had arrived in my hands at the perfect time. After years of journeying the Wheel of the Seasons from a mostly-modern Dianic/Wiccan perspective, this book took my understanding to a whole new level. Part spiritual guide, part scientific cosmology manual, part poetry inspiration, and part mythological journey – it had everything that brought me joy in spiritual exploration. Glenys’ work has been deeply inspirational for me in the way I relate to and dance with the seasons ever since.
So, when I found out that Glenys had written a picture storybook for children, about one of my favourite Cosmic Women of the past, and publishing with Girl God Books, I had to get my hands on My Name is Medusa.
Strangely, although I know Glenys and her writing style, I was imagining a “Once upon a time” sort of story about Medusa. That’s what story books are right? Of course though, as can only be expected when viewed alongside her other works, Glenys explores the realms of Medusa’s essence with soft strokes. It is a gentle story that draws the reader within.
With simple words, appropriate for any child, My Name is Medusa is an easy discussion of our innate self. It’s an invitation to re-member exactly who we are, by Being exactly as we are. I really really love this book. There is an underlying depth to this story… a shamanic medicine… a dark secret tangled through bright imagery… a breath of wisdom in each page… a way of placing the reader within the part of the self that we call ‘home’.
The illustrations from Arna Baartz are not the illustrations I would have imagined for this book. And still, they are the perfect images, themselves a journey of high and low, back and forth, pulling the reader into a safe and comforting space. In a book of prose, Glenys’ and Arna’s work comes together to create a new type of poetry, where the reader is directed gently along, akin to the walking of a labyrinth. As the seeker walks, the reader reads, each turn of a page is a turn in the labyrinth, drawing us all the way in to our very own centre. And the centre is a special place indeed.
Here is my Q&A book review on My Name is Medusa
Q. Who are the main characters?
Q. Did you like the book?
Q. What was good about it?
A. It shows that Medusa isn’t bad, even though Greek myths tell us otherwise.
Q. What was good about it?
A. The pictures and the story line.
Q. What was not good about it?
A. Everything was good. There wasn’t anything that was bad about it.
This book isn’t about Medusa turning people into stone. It is about how people are scared of Medusa because she likes things that are scary to them like snakes and the dark.
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