A Crone Battles Cancer

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The Santa Cruz Sentinel profiles the struggle with uterine cancer of author, songwriter, and elder in the Goddess spirituality movement Shekinah Mountainwater.

Shekinah Mountainwater
Photographer Peter Hughes

“Mountainwater is a key figure in the history of Santa Cruz’s alternative spiritual culture. She’s a musician and songwriter who emerged early on as a leading proponent of Goddess worship, a parallel discipline of paganism centered on an archetypal feminine world view. She’s the author of “Ariadne’s Thread: A Workbook of Goddess Magic,” and she’s led classes and workshops and conducted rituals and tarot-card readings.”

The local community is gathering to hold a benefit for her treatment on December 1st and 2nd at Motion Pacific in Santa Cruz.

“On Dec. 1 and 2, a community of performers and artists are coming together in a show called “Viva Shekhinah,” a variety show aimed celebrating the guest of honor. Among the performers will be Miranda Janeschild and her dance company Mir & A Company, singer/songwriter Molly Hartwell, fellow healer and singer Copperwoman, and acclaimed dancer and choreographer Frey Faust, who happens to be Shekhinah Mountainwater’s son.”

For Mountainwater, this has been a deeply “revelatory” experience, and has lead her to reconnect with the Santa Cruz Goddess community.

“It’s been hard, but it’s also been wonderful. It’s the most amazing experience, to have a life-threatening disease. The support, the community around cancer is phenomenal. There’s so much love and compassion to people with cancer.”

I hope that Mountainwater experiences a full recovery from her cancer, and lives on to be an elder to her community for many years to come.