The Order of the White Moon Goddess Gallery Presents:

A Goddess Among Us

A Level II Final Project by Adept Rin Fairweather








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Photo by Dana Gluckstein, 1989.


Ursula K. Le Guin

(October 21, 1929 – January 22, 2018)


“We are volcanoes.

When we women offer our experience as our truth,

as human truth, all the maps change.

There are new mountains.”

-Le Guin, 2018-




Some of the key components to working magick are visualization, voice, and creativity. Ursula K. Le Guin was a living embodiment of these qualities. Her writing style and imagination never failed to stir the energy within me. She was an author, essayist, poet, feminist, visionary, creator of worlds, and a fabulous crone. Though she may prefer to be remembered as an American Novelist, she was a powerful woman who will be remembered fondly. May her voice ring out through the ages.


Her Life

Ursula was born October 21, 1929 to Alfred and Theodora Kroeber. Her childhood was spent in Berkeley, California. She had three older brothers, Theodore, Karl, and Clifton. Her father was a notable cultural anthropologist who became the first anthropology professor at University of California, Berkeley. (1). Her mother was an author known for penning Ishi, an ethnography that developed from her husband’s collected data on the last known Native American from the Yahi tribe. As noted in the documentary, Worlds of Ursula K. Le Guin (2018), Ursula remembered growing up and being exposed to the many interesting conversations of her parents and their friends. This is highly evident throughout her works. “Her writing was never simply about creating a magical or strange world. It was about crafting a laboratory to play with identities—race, ethnicity, gender, sexuality, or class—in a way that forced readers to think about how cultural prejudice colored their views of other people.” (8). Ursula attended Radcliffe College and earned her Bachelor of Arts degree in Italian Literature and Renaissance French in 1951. In 1952, she attended Columbia University and earned her Master of Arts degree in French. She was able to continue her studies in France where she met her husband, Charles Le Guin. He was a historian who later became a professor. Le Guin gave up the idea of getting her doctorate, taught French, and went to work as a secretary so her husband could finish his doctorate. (7). The two were married in 1953 and had three children. They lived out the rest of their lives in Portland, Oregon. Ursula juggled most of her writing while raising her kids. She wrote and published for nearly 60 years. She died at her home in Oregon at the age of 88 in 2018. “Her son said that she had been in poor health for several months and stated that it was likely she had had a heart attack.” (7).


Her Work

Though Ursula is most well known for her works of science fiction and fantasy, she has written an incredible variety of things. She authored, “21 novels, 11 volumes of short stories, four collections of essays, 12 children’s books, six volumes of poetry and four of translation. The breadth and imagination of her work earned her six Nebulas, nine Hugos, and SFWA’s Grand Master, along with the PEN/Malamud and many other awards. In 2014 she was awarded the National Book Foundation Medal for Distinguished Contribution to American Letters, and in 2016 joined the short list of authors to be published in their lifetimes by the Library of America.” (6).

At the beginning of her career, Ursula’s work was rejected by publishers many times before she eventually set her sights on science fiction.

If you would like to see a complete listing of her works, they can be found by exploring her website. Rather than listing them all here, I would just like to share some of her work that has impacted me the most.


v  The Left Hand of Darkness (1969)- Whenever anyone asks me what my favorite book of all time is, this is what I tell them. This book explores the idea of gender, which is a hot topic today. It was way before it’s time. Today it faces some criticism, but it is well worth the read.

v  A Wizard of Earth Sea (1968)- The very first book I ever read by Ursula. It contains magic, the power of naming, and shadow work in a roundabout way. After reading it, I actively sought out more of her stories.

v  The Telling (2000)- Cultural Anthropology shines in through this one. It explores myths, legends, and the importance of keeping these things alive. It is set in the same universe as The Left Hand of Darkness.

v  The Wind’s Twelve Quarters (1975)- This is an entire book filled with short stories. My two favorites are “Direction of the Road,” which contains the interesting perspective of a tree, and “The Ones Who Walk Away From Omelas.” Omelas is one of Le Guin’s most well known stories. It addresses morality in a unique way. It certainly affected me.

v  The Space Crone (1976)- Feminism at its finest. While the beginning uses some profanity, the bottom half offers important insight to the usefulness of a crone. I read parts of this at my UU church during a croning ceremony. You can read the whole thing and some of her other essays here.

v  So Far So Good (2018)- “Ursula sent off her revised manuscript for So Far So Good for copyediting on January 15, 2018. She died January 22. This book, then, is the last collection of her poetry she would edit; it is her farewell.”(4). All I can say about this collection is that it is both sad and beautiful. She knew her time was coming to an end.

v  Catwings (1988)- There are four of these books and I added it here for the children. My son liked it and I enjoyed reading it to him. The title gives it all away.



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Dao Song


O slow fish

show me the way

O green weed

grow me the way


The way you go

the way you grow

is the way



O bright Sun

light me the way

the right way

the one

no one can say


If one can choose it

it is wrong

Sing me the way

O song:


No one can lose it

for long


-Le Guin, 1975-


One of my most prized possessions is an English version of the Tao Te Ching crafted by, you guessed it, Ursula K. Le Guin. It includes 2 CDs of her narrating. Her personal commentary is also charming. I found it in a secondhand store stuffed in with other religious books. As someone who enjoys learning about other spiritualities and reading science fiction/fantasy, you can imagine my surprise and delight at finding this. Ursula’s father had a unique copy of the Tao that he often read. It was an item of intrigue for Ursula growing up. He had chapters in it marked to be read at his funeral. When he did pass, the family read from it. Ursula kept the book and marked her own chapters to be read at her own funeral. She put together her version of this famous text because she, “wanted a Book of the Way accessible to a present-day, unwise, unpowerful, and perhaps unmale reader, not seeking esoteric secrets, but listening for a voice that speaks to the soul.” (5). While Ursula preferred to keep religion at a distance, her great love for the Tao Te Ching is clear. The themes are present in her writing and personal interviews. (3). She has been referred to somewhat jokingly as a “nonviolent Daoist anarchist.”(3). I can only wonder at what she would think about being included in our lovely Goddess gallery.




While putting this project together, I was also reading Laura Tempest Zakroff’s book, Sigil Witchery. (9). I decided to create my own sigil for stimulating creativity and getting words to paper or computer. There are other ways of creating sigils, but I chose Zakroff’s method because it is much more intuitive. It’s no mistake that this sigil somewhat resembles a fountain pen. I will explain it briefly from the bottom up. The base is an arrow that is also like a pen tip. It points to whatever you are going to be using for your writing. As we travel up. it looks like flower leaves for growth, v for voice, or vocal chords. When I was finished burning a candle for prayer one day, I took a good look at the wick and the ends had curled up to look like a tiny flower. In this case, I drew the flower as a flame for the spark or illuminating idea/s. Above that, is my representation of a sound wave turned sideways, getting louder. This part came to me when I was doing science with my kiddo. We had to play with a microphone and look at our voice waves in a computer program. The long curly things coming out of the wave are meant to be waterspouts from a fountain. It’s supposed to be the nourishing, bursting forth, and spreading out of ideas, which are represented by seeds. There are ten spouts and ten seeds for transformation, like the tens in our tarot decks. At the top is a diamond for light, imagination, fortitude, and brilliance.


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To Use:

There are many ways to utilize this. Trace it with a finger onto notebooks or computers when getting ready to do some writing. You could draw it out in color. I suggest in blues or purples as it relates to the throat, third eye, and crown chakras. You could sketch this and put it in your pocket when you are hunting for ideas. If you prefer to compose outside you could trace it in the dirt or in whatever spot you like to sit in with chalk. It could also be placed in a prominent place in your study. Basically, get creative. For spiritual or magickal writing, I suggest clearing/cleansing a space, lighting your candles, and centering yourself before use. Since this is my own creation, you may wish to create a short activation spell before using it. That way you develop your own connection to its use. However, it can still be used without specific activation, as long as you feel connected to it. Feel free to use this in your writing and I hope you find it useful.


An Original Song

The best way to honor Ursula’s legacy is to simply write something. I created this short song inspired by some of her spacey themes and included the title of one of her books in my song lyrics.




The Long Way


I’ve lost you somewhere

In a place I cannot go

To a place I cannot know

The sadness comes

And the sadness goes

Now I must move on

But I’m stuck in my mind

In a place that’s out of time

Wandering a vast unknown

To claw my way out

Through the webs of all my doubt

I catch a glimpse of you from on the other side



You are worlds away, worlds away, worlds away

You are standing on the farthest shore

Worlds away, worlds away, worlds away

And I can’t seem to find you anymore

On and on I adventure

On and on I

On and on I will follow

It’s a long, long way


The beauty of your heart

Remains apart of me

The best I’ve ever seen

I’ll carry it wherever I may roam

And when we meet again

I’ll tell you where I’ve been

Your love a beacon, guiding me back home

The end is not the end

That’s what we always said

I won’t regret the time that I’m alone

Instead I’ll voyage on

Across the stars and over seas

To places meant for me

Learning lessons, gaining wisdom as I go



You are worlds away, worlds away, worlds away

You are standing on the farthest shore

Worlds away, worlds away, worlds away

And I can’t seem to find you anymore

On and on I adventure

On and on I

On and on I will follow

It’s a long, long way

To you



Art Piece

The following pendant contains two stones and is wrapped in 18 gauge silver plated copper wire. I chose a blue apatite for intellect and third eye stimulation. The triangular cabochon is a druzy agate, chosen for balance and creativity. Again, the triangle is like a V for voice.

Photo by Rin, 2021.




1.       A.L. Kroeber. (2021, April 06). In Wikipedia.

2.       Curry, A. (Director). (2018). Worlds of Ursula K Le Guin. [Film]. The Center for Independent Documentary.

3.       Herman, Jonathan. (2018). Remembering Ursula K. Le Guin (1929-2018): Author, Activist, Amateur Scholar of Religion.

4.       Le Guin, U. K. (2018). So Far So Good. Copper Canyon Press.

5.       Le Guin, Ursula K. Lao Tzu: Tao Te Ching. Shambhala, 2009.

6.       Ursula K. Le Guin, The Ursula K Le Guin Literary Trust, 2021,

7.       Ursula K. Le Guin. (2021, March 23). In Wikipedia.

8.       Scher, Philip. (2018). How Ursula K. Le Guin’s Writing Was Shaped by Anthropology.

9.       Zakroff, L. T. (2018). Sigil Witchery: A Witch’s Guide to Crafting Magick Symbols. Llewellyn Books.



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