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Joanne Elliott from
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interviews Karen Tate

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"The feminine values are the fountain of bliss.
Know the masculine, Keep to the feminine." ~ Lao Tzu (c.604 - 531 B.C.)

AS an independent scholar, speaker, radio show host, author, and social justice activist, Karen Tate's body of work blends her experiences of women-centered multiculturalism evident in archaeology, anthropology and mythology with her unique academic and literary talents and travel experience throughout the world. Her particular emphasis is on the roles of women and the study of comparative religions and ancient cultures in a modern or reconstructed context, bringing the ideals and awareness of the Sacred Feminine into the mainstream consciousness

Her first book, Sacred Places of Goddess: 108 Destinations has garnered prestigious endorsements, while her second book, Walking an Ancient Path, Rebirthing Goddess on Planet Earth, was a finalist in the National Best Books of 2008 Awards. Her newest books include, Goddess Calling, Inspirational Messages and Meditations of Sacred Feminine Liberation Thealogy and the anthology based on her radio show, Voices of the Sacred Feminine: Conversations to ReShape Our World.

Tate's work has been highlighted in the Los Angeles Times, Seattle Times and other major newspapers. She is interviewed regularly in print, on television and on national public radio and hosts her own show, Voices of the Sacred Feminine Radio considered a treasure trove of insight and wisdom for our time. Her published articles have appeared in both domestic and international publications since 1995.

She is on the Editorial Board of the journal, Goddess Theology and a founding Board of Directors member of the Institute for Theology and Deasophy. She is currently a contributing writer to Sacred History Magazine, Mystic Pop, Circle News, the Beltane Papers, and other domestic and international print and online magazines. Karen has also contributed to the following books: Heart of a Woman in Business, Waters of Life, Goddess Guide to Business Bliss, Jesus, Muhammad and the Goddess, Daughter of the Sun: A Devotional Anthology in Honor of Sekhmet, Whatever Works: Feminists of Faith Speak, Pagan Leadership: An Anthology on Building Healthy Groups and Communities and Jesus Through Pagan Eyes. As the Los Angeles Womenís and Goddess Spirituality columnist for The Examiner she regularly covers events in Southern California related to spirituality, women's issues, political activism and arts and culture.

Karen can be seen in the 2015 documentary, Femme, Women Healing the World, produced by actress Sharon Stone and Emmanuel Itier of Wonderland Entertainment. Most recently she was honored with opportunity to moderate a panel and give a presentation at the prestigious Council for the Parliament of World Religions in Utah. Karen spends much of her time giving interviews, teaching, and lecturing at private and public educational and spiritual institutions, temples and churches such as Joseph Campbell Roundtables, The Gaia Festival, Loyola Marymont College and the American Academy of Religion.

As an ordained minster, she guest ministers at Unitarian Universalist Churches, The Goddess Temple of Orange County and at the invitation of other groups. She has received acclaim for reviving the Cakes for the Queen of Heaven curriculum as well as the Rise UP and Call Her Name course. An associate with the Joseph Campbell Foundation, Dr. Tate currently sponsors Joseph Campbell Round Tables in Venice and Irvine to perpetuate continuing adult education in the genres of mythology, history, sociology, archaeology, psychology, religion, anthropology and the related sciences.

As a graduate of The Women's Theological Institute, specializing in Goddess and Women's Spirituality Karen's work, for over two decades, has been fueled by her intense intellectual curiosity and passion for travel, comparative religions, ancient cultures, Goddess Spirituality and the resurging interest in the rise of the Feminine Consciousness. For her significant contributions in bringing the Sacred Feminine to both academia and the lived experiences of women and men through active ministry, sacred tours, books and radio, Ocean Seminary College proudly conferred upon Rev. Karen Tate a Doctorate of Ministry in Thealogy. It is no surprise then that she was nominated for the Pagan Pride 2006 Community Service Award.

As the Founder of the educational, art, and cultural organization, The Isis Ancient Cultures Society, she helped organize public events around the Los Angeles area for more than ten years. She is also a founder and center-holder of the interfaith gatherings, Sacred Sundays and Wisdom Circles and a member of the Abbey of Avalon. An Adepta within the International Fellowship of Isis, Karen was ordained by one of the founders, Lady Olivia Robertson, at Clonegal Castle in Ireland. More than two decades ago, Karen began the Iseum of Isis Navigatum, a hearth of the Goddess within the FOI, which continues to fulfill her calling to help mid-wife the rebirth of the Divine Feminine in contemporary society.
Karen with Lady Olivia at Clonegal Castle


Photo of Karen riding a camel
Karenís thoughts on sacred travel: Humans still yearn to connect with ancestral roots, curry favor with their deity, or participate in meaningful activities that uplift their spirit or nourish their soul. Travelers may be called to seek healing for their body and mind or broaden their horizons about cultures and peoples in other places, ultimately feeling more a part of the global family. As a spiritual tour leader, she has led and organized sacred journeys with itineraries that circle the globe. She continues to bring like-minded travelers to sacred sites experiencing the joy of purposeful travel in locations such as Ireland, Turkey, Greece and more. She wrote her first book, Sacred Places; 108 Destinations, to empower people to embark on their own, self guided, sacred journeys a little closer to home.

Leveraging the importance of the vital and vibrant platforms of social media, television and film, Karen uses these media as a canvas to responsibly influence contemporary thought geared toward life-affirming mythology that encourages discussion and raises awareness, the goal of mythologists of the new millennium. Mindful of the idea that mythology shapes our culture, one of Karen's passions is discussing the topic of Reawakening Our Earliest Sacred Stories of the Sacred Feminine, to reshape society into one that embraces sustainability, equality, wholeness and peace. Karen and Roy, her husband and life partner for more than thirty years, are the creators, artists, and caretakers of the Isis Temple of Thanksgiving and Sekhmetís Mountain Grotto. Tate's insatiable curiosity, scholastic achievements and special interests help define her focus of building bridges between cultural and spiritual communities and promoting ideals of partnership, inclusivity, compassion and continuing education.

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