Ruth began her formal Goddess studies with founding Goddess Movement
muse Shekhinah Mountainwater in 1975. Since inheriting Z Budapest's Los Angeles
ministry in 1980, Ruth has taught magical and ritual arts in the Dianic
tradition at festivals and conferences across the United States, in Canada, and
Ruth served the Los Angeles women's community as co-founder and as the
religious director of Circle of Aradia (CoA) for two decades, creating and
teaching a Dianic curriculum of classes and providing open seasonal rituals
with women of her community. In 1997 Ruth was honored as recipient of the
L.A.C.E. award for outstanding contributions in the area of Spirituality from
the Gay and Lesbian Center in Los Angeles.
In 2000, Ruth relocated to the Midwest where she founded Temple of
Diana with life partner, Falcon River. Ruth is author of Women's Rites, Women's
Mysteries: Intuitive Ritual Creation (Llewellyn, 2004).
Ruth contributed a chapter on The Power of Ritual which was published
in Daughters of the Goddess (ed. Wendy Griffin, Alta Mira Pub, 2000),
and a chapter titled Lesbian Rituals and Dianic Tradition in Lesbian Rites:
Symbolic Acts and the Power of Community (ed. Ramona Faith Oswald,
Harrington Park Press, an imprint of The Haworth Press, Inc. 2003). Excerpts
from Ruth's book, Women's Rites, Women's Mysteries will be included in
Creating Circles & Ceremonies: Rituals for All Seasons and Reasons
by Oberon and Morning Glory Zell-Ravenheart (New Page, summer 2006). Ruth is a
featured writer for the holy days sections in the We'Moon 2007 date book.
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