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Barbara Ardinger

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Magickal Path: Witch
Age Group: Adult
Occupation: Author, freelance book editor
Gender: Female
Relationship Status: Divorced
Sexual Orientation: Straight
Located in: Long Beach, California

Likes: Musical theater, Maine coon cats, Liberal and progressive causes

Dislikes: Fundamentalism of any stripe or shape, Extreme right politics, especially the Tea Party

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Meet Barbara Ardinger

Barbara Ardinger is the author of eight books: Secret Lives, a novel of magical realism (CreateSpace, 2011) ; 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) .
Barbara’s day job is freelance book editing for print-on-demand and traditional publishers, the American Holistic Health Association, and inexperienced authors (on five continents) who have good ideas but don’t want to embarrass themselves in print. She has edited more than 250 books—novels and memoirs, nonfiction books on many topics (New Age, business, health, religion, etc.) , academic theses and dissertations, screenplays, and poetry.

(See for her comments about working with on-demand and vanity presses.) As a technical editor, she has edited research proposals written by scientists whose first language is not English as well as documents for aerospace, construction management, hazmat, and manufacturing companies. She has also written both user-friendly and user-hostile computer manuals.

Barbara’s anthologized short 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 anthologized 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; “A Vision of Sacred Fire” in Sacred Fire, edited by Maril Crabtree (Adams Media, 2006) ; and “Seeking What Is Lost: An Isian Meditation, ” in Waters of Life: A Devotional Anthology for Isis and Serapis, published by the Bibliotheca Alexandrina (September, 2009) .

A decade ago, she self-published a small book of revisionist fairy tales, for which she also drew the cover art. She is now rewriting these fairy tales, which are being posted monthly on Womens Radio. 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. Three of her poems also appear in The Pagan’s Muse, edited by Jane Raeburn (Kensington, 2003) .

Barbara’s articles published in print magazines, e-zines, and web sites include the following:
 Monthly blogs on her web site
 Blogs and book reviews, Feathered Quill
 Blogs, book reviews, and monthly articles, Womens Radio, first article:
 “Queening Through, ” columns on the Queen aspect of the fourfold goddess and the lives of women, SageWoman, 20090-10.
 “Dina Lenkovic, ” FEMSPEC, An Interdisciplinary Feminist Journal Dedicated to Critical and Creative Works in the Realms of SF, Fantasy, Magical Realism, Myth, Folklore, and other Supernatural Genres, Vol. 10, Issue 1, 2009.
 “Preparing Manuscripts for Publication, ” American Tarot Association Quarterly Journal, Spring, 2009
 “Some Goddesses and Ideas for Spring, ” Goddess Pages, Spring, 2009
 “Secrets and Revelations: They’re Literature, They’re Gossip, They’re Life, ” AfterWord, ForeWord Magazine, November/December, 2008.
 “Why We Need to Claim the Queen, ” SageWoman, Issue 74, Spring, 2008
 “Beauty Asleep, a Modern Fairy Tale, ” O’Brien’s Literary Speculator ( , Vol. 1, Issue 1
 “How the Goddess Led Me Home, An Account of Homelessness, ” Awakened Woman e-zine ( , January 1, 2007.
 “Breathing Every Day, ” with sidebar, “Puffy, Found Goddess of Oxygen, ” SageWoman, Issue 71, Winter, 2006
 “Found Goddesses:” “Chi-Chi, the Goddess of Feng Shui, and Sha-Na-Na, Her Evil Twin Sister, ” Global Goddess Oracle (Winter, 2006) . First column of regular series in this e-zine. Later issues also feature reprints of daily essays from Pagan Every Day.
 “Practicing the Presence of the Goddess, ” The Beltane Papers, Issue 38, Summer 2006
 “Garlicamma, ” the Found Goddess of Healing, Circle Magazine, Fall, 2005
 The Ritual Language of Flowers, ” Circle Magazine, Summer, 2005
 “The New Goddess Pillar Meditation, ” Circle Magazine, Spring, 2005
 “Let There Be Luxury and Good Fortune: Altars to Lakshmi and Lady Fortuna: Two Altars in My Home, ” with photographs, Circle Magazine, Spring/Summer, 2004
 “A New Way To Look at the Goddess, ” an introduction to the Queen aspect of the Fourfold Goddess, The Beltane Papers, Issue 32, Spring, 2004
 “Serenissima, a Found Goddess of Transformation, ” “Though the Darkness: A Midwinter Night’s Dream, ” “Living Soulfully, ” “Auntie Gravity, An Antic Cronish Goddess, ” and “Practicing Her Presence, ”, June, December, 2002, January, April, and June, 2003
 “Occult Adventures with Walter Troll, ” a recollection of channeling invisible entities, Circle Magazine, Winter, 2002. Reprinted on Barbara’s web site.
 “Nutritia, ” a Found Goddess, The Beltane Papers, Issue 28, Autumn, 2002
 “Celtic Sex Magic: An Interview with Druid Jon C. Hughes, ” Whole Life Times (August, 2002)
 “Belief, Deity, and the Blessed Bees, ”, Beltane, 2002
 “Domineditrix: The Writer’s In-F-able Friend, ” a semi-serious ritual for editors, Green Egg, August/September, 1997
 “Popeye as Deity, ” a parody of literary criticism and high magick, Green Egg, August, 1997 (reprinted on Barbara’s web site)
 “Not Jehovah in a Skirt, ” Deolog, January, 1997
 Four columns of reflections on the seasons, SageWoman, Spring-Winter, 1995-96

Barbara is well known for her insightful book reviews, which have been published during the past fifteen or twenty years in SageWoman, Witches & Pagans, PanGaia, newWitch, The Blessed Bee, The Beltane Papers, Whole Life Times, Green Egg, Creation Spirituality, Gnosis, ForeWord, and other print magazines. In 2010, she also began posting book reviews on the Feathered Quill and Womens Radio websites. She wrote brochures (“Endarkenment, ” “Who Is the Queen?” “Why Women Need the Goddess”) for the Goddess Temple of Orange County. She has been writing for the Llewellyn Witches Calendar since 2004.
Barbara has been interviewed by e-zines that include The Wiccan Pagan Times, Pen & Pentacle (summer, 2003) , Magickal Light (February, 2007) , Celtic Whispers (January, 2008) , and numerous times by Pat Lynch, proprietor of “Playing Nice With an Extraordinary Woman, ” an interview conducted by Lisa McSherry, appeared in The Beltane Papers (Winter, 2006) .
She has presented at Drew University in New Jersey (September, 2004) , to the Women’s Spirituality class at the California Institute of Integrative Studies in San Francisco (November, 2005) , twice at the Claremont Pagan Conference (February, 2005, when she was the very first speaker at the very first session, and February, 2007) , and at PantheaCon in San Jose (February, 2007) as part of a panel discussion on getting published. In early 2007, she served as a consultant to a USC film student making a film about “normal pagans”; her interview, alas, ended up on the cutting room floor. Also in 2007, she presented her Goddess Timeline at the Glastonbury Goddess Temple in England and led a guided visualization during the Glastonbury Goddess Temple’s summer solstice ritual. In the spring of 2010, she made presentations to two writers clubs. The first was “A Dozen Tips on Editing” for the Writers Club of California, Long Beach. She also served on a panel, “Beyond the First Draft: Editing Your Work, ” for the Greater Los Angeles Writers Society (GLAWS) .

In the 1980s, Barbara was a regular columnist for two Orange County, California, business magazines. A series on multi-level marketing and a column telling the story of her brother’s disappearance after he came out of the closet and sudden reappearance after twenty-three years of total silence (“Real Family Values, ” reprinted on her web site) both won prizes. For several years, she taught public speaking, “executive writing, ” and marketing literature at National University and three community colleges. She was also a frequent presenter at women’s networking groups and conferences during the 1980s and early ’90s. In 2007, she taught a novel-writing class at California State University–Fullerton and earned high evaluations from her students.
She earned her Ph.D. (with straight A’s) in English Renaissance literature, emphasis on the drama, from Southern Illinois University–Carbondale. She has also read widely in history and comparative religion and studied the tarot, Reiki and other alternative healing modalities, and the Aramaic origins of the Bible (with Dr. Rocco Errico) . A member of the Michael Ball Fan Club, Barbara goes to the theater as often as she can. She lives with her two rescued Maine coon cats, Heisenberg and Schroedinger, in Long Beach, California, where she is an active CERT (Community Emergency Response Team) disaster-preparedness volunteer and a member (and occasional secretary pro-tem) of a Long Beach neighborhood association whose goals are code enforcement and safety. She has also served as a literacy volunteer and an AIDS emotional support (“buddy”) volunteer.

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