of postwar Europe and political oppression under the Russian occupation
made Z fiercely political, so when the Hungarian Revolution broke out in
1956, she took her destiny into her own hands and became one of those sixty-five
thousand political refugees who left the country, mostly young workers and
students like herself. She finished high school in Innsbruck, graduated
from a bilingual gymnasium, and won a scholarship to the University of Vienna
where she studied languages.
Z emigrated to the United States in 1959, became a student at the University
of Chicago, married, and gave birth to two sons. In Chicago she studied
with Second City, an improvisational theatrical school, the only one in
the country at that time.
Her family's spiritual tradition, however, started
seeping back into her life, and she practiced solo worship of the Goddess
at her home altar in her backyard.
When she entered her Saturn cycle at
the age of thirty, she became involved with the women's liberation movement
in Los Angeles and became an activist herself, staffing the Women's Center
there for many years.
There she recognized a need for a spiritual dimension so far lacking in
the feminist movement and started the Women's Spirituality Movement. She
founded the Susan B. Anthony Coven Number l, the first feminist witches'
coven, which became the role model for thousands of other spiritual groups
being born and spreading across the nation. She wrote The Holy Book of Women's
Mysteries (Weiser Publishers, 1989) which was originally published in 1975
as The Feminist Book of Lights and Shadows. This book served as the first
hands-on book to lead women into their own spiritual/Goddess heritage.
Z was arrested in 1975 for reading Tarot cards to an undercover policewoman.
She lost the trial but won the issue, and the law against psychics was struck
down nine years later.
Z has led rituals, lectured, taught classes, given
workshops, written articles tirelessly, and published in hundreds of women's
newspapers across the country. She has powerfully influenced many of the
future teachers and writers about the Goddess.
Today Z lives in the San Francisco Bay Area, traveling a lot, giving workshops
and lectures, but always making time to smell the roses. She is the star
of her own cable TV show called 13th Heaven and acts as the director of
the Women's Spirituality Forum, a nonprofit organization sponsoring a monthly
lecture series in the Bay Area about the Goddess, spirituality retreats,
and annual spiral dances on Halloween. Z founded and sponsors the Dianic University Online, a vagina-friendly online school for Dianic Wicca and Goddess studies for women.
California Institute for Integral Studies recognized recently Z's contribution to Women's Spirituality Movement.
Holy Book of Women's Mysteries
Grandmother of Time
Summoning the Fates
Goddess in the Office
Goddess in the Bedroom