returning the gold to the earth


I created Ritual Goddess as an offering toward what I call ‘returning the gold to the earth by reinfusing it with ancient priestess wisdom’.


This reinfusion includes a vast spectrum of wisdom which you can read about here in my blog as well as in my books and novels.


I am the author of Ode to Minoa, and Stories They Told Me. These two novels are set in Minoan Crete and follow the odyssey of the snake priestess diviner Aureillia. Minoan Crete (3000 – 1450 B.C.E.) was one of the most Goddess loving cultures to ever grace this planet.


Why do I call it ‘returning the gold to the earth?’ There are many reasons for this but one main inspiration is The Ring of Nibelung or The Ring Cycle of Operas by Wagner. In this cycle, the brave and valiant Valkyrie named Brunhilde fights the powers that be (nothing less than the living gods) to return the gold ring – previously stolen – back to the waters of the earth where it rightfully belongs for the good of all beings.


The Valkyries are ancient Bird Priestesses, priestesses of death and rebirth, loyal to the Goddess Freya. For a time in Europe the word Valkyrie was a synonym for witch, also a synonym for priestess. Here’s to the Valkyries, their wild horse friends and their sister-leader Brunhilde. We carry on your efforts here.


I am also the author of The Strega and the Dreamer, the novel of my great-grandparents who immigrated from the Abruzzi region of Italy at the turn of the last century. My great-grandmother, Domenica Colella was a Strega, a wise woman (witch) in the Italian tradition. I carry on her lineage in my current work as a diviner and medicine woman in my community. Visit my Strega and the Dreamer site here.


This website is a prayer to remember our ancient and enduring priestess selves for the good of all beings.

~Theresa C. Dintino

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