Barbara Ardinger is the author of seven books: Pagan Every Day: Finding the Extraordinary in Our Ordinary Lives (Weiser, 2006); Quicksilver Moon, a novel (Three Moons Media, 2003); Finding New Goddesses: Reclaiming Playfulness in Our Spiritual Lives (ECW Press, 2003); Practicing the Presence of the Goddess (New World Library, 2000); Goddess Meditations (Llewellyn, 1998); A Woman’s Book of Rituals & Celebrations (New World Library, 1992; revised edition, 1995); and Seeing Solutions (Signet New Age Book, 1989).
A decade ago, she self-published a small book of revisionist fairy tales, for which she also drew the cover art. Although her son (a published poet) refers to her as a “guerrilla poet” who has to put her poetry in her own books because no one else will publish it, Barbara’s poetry has, in fact, been published, initially in Science of Mind Magazine (1980), later in The Isis Papers (1995), Oxymoron (1997), and on a Web site called Pegasus Dreaming. More recently, three of her poems appear in The Pagan’s Muse, edited by Jane Raeburn (Kensington, 2003). Published nonfiction includes a brief historical description of Isis in The Return of the Great Goddess, edited by Burleigh Mutén (Stewart, Tabori & Chang, 1997), and “Caloria, Found Goddess of Potluck” in Soul Stirrings: The SageWoman Cookbook, edited by Lunaea Weatherstone (Blessed Bee Media, 1999). Her published short fiction includes an anti-war story (set in ancient Delphi) in a Wiccan deployment pamphlet published at McGuire Air Force Base; an autobiographical story, “Inanna on the Rocks,” in Celebrating the Pagan Soul (Citadel, 2005), edited by Laura Wildman; and “A Vision of Sacred Fire” in Sacred Fire, edited by Maril Crabtree (Adams Media, 2006).
Barbara’s articles published in print magazines and e-zines include the following:
Barbara earned her Ph.D. (with straight A’s) in English Renaissance Literature from Southern Illinois University–Carbondale. She has also studied the Tarot, Reiki and other alternative healing modalities, numerology, the Qabalah, drumming, and the Aramaic origins of the Bible (with Dr. Rocco Errico). She holds a third degree initiation from a secret occult order, is an initiated Dianic Witch, was given refuge and the third degree Green Tara initiation by Dagmola Jamyang Sakya, has been a member of the Fellowship of Isis since 1978, and served as public information officer for the Orange County Local Council of the Covenant of the Goddess for two terms. She has several books (including two more novels) in progress. Well known for the dramatic rituals she creates and leads, Barbara lives with her two rescued Maine Coon cats, Heisenberg and Schroedinger, in Southern California, where she is also an active CERT (Community Emergency Response Team) disaster-preparedness volunteer. She has also served as a literacy volunteer and an AIDS emotional support (“buddy”) volunteer.
Barbara Ardinger was interviewed in the February 2007 edition of The Magickal Light Ezine.
©Quotes and images on these pages have been reproduced with the knowledge and kind permission of Barbara Ardinger.
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