Shapeshifter: Seasons of a Woman’s Life

A woman is a shapeshifter, flowing from one life stage to another, just as each season gradually becomes the next. We trace each season of a woman’s life, with all its gifts and challenges, as it resonates with each phase of the Wheel of the Year.

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Joanna Powell Colbert

Joanna Powell Colbert

Joanna Powell Colbert is an artist, author, teacher, mentor, and retreat host who encourages lovers of Mama Gaia to lead purposeful, creative, and soulful lives. She is the creatrix of the Gaian Tarot, which combines her love of symbolic, archetypal art with the mysteries of the natural world. She has been walking the path of Goddess Spirituality since the early 1980s. Joanna teaches e-courses and workshops around the country on earth-­centered spirituality, seasonal contemplative practices, creativity as a devotional path, and using tarot as a tool for inner guidance and self-­exploration. Twice each year, near Spring Equinox and Autumn Equinox, she convenes circles of extraordinary women at her Gaian Soul Retreats on Whidbey Island, Washington.

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(Brigid speaks:)

May you accept this offering of my Sacred Fire. 

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  • Molly
    Molly says #
    Loved this! Thank you!
  • Joanna Powell Colbert
    Joanna Powell Colbert says #
    Thank you Molly! You have a lovely blog.
The Hallowmas Woman: On the Threshold

A woman is a shapeshifter, flowing from one life stage to another, just as each season gradually becomes the next. We trace each season of a woman’s life, with all its gifts and challenges, as it resonates with each phase of the Wheel of the Year.

There comes a time in every woman’s life when she embarks on an Underworld journey. Indeed, she will visit the Underworld more than once during the course of her lifetime. This journey may be precipitated by the loss of someone she loves, or by a life-threatening illness, or a grave disappointment in career or craft. When it happens, she feels that all is lost. She is separated from everything she holds dear. She is in shock. She despairs. She grieves. 

She descends to the realm of the Old One, the Crone, the Cailleach, the Grandmother, Lady Death, Hecate, Baba Yaga, Erishkegal, La Santa de Muerte. The Old One has a thousand names. 

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The Midsummer Queen and the Lammas Reaper

 

Women spiral through life’s seasons like the world does: there are days of growth in youth, in midlife, in age, just as there are losses and cold in each.

There may be a concentration of spring energies in the maiden, but she can feel as well the forces of fullness and decline. Women in their prime are maids and crones at once. And every aged woman knows still the wild spring winds.”

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  • Danielle Blackwood
    Danielle Blackwood says #
    Wonderful beautiful post Joanna! As a Lammastide woman who just got handfasted on August 4th (appropriate!) your words really sum
  • Anne Forbes
    Anne Forbes says #
    Nicely done (as always) Joanna. This came at a helpful time for me. I've just become a grandma and am now the mother of a mother.
  • Arwen Lynch
    Arwen Lynch says #
    I really liked your voice on this post, Joanna. Thank you for this gentle reminder to check in with myself just a bit more often.

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