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Who Extends A Hand (and Invites You Out of the Cave)?

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I usually start my mornings with a reading from the stones, sometimes bones sometimes a mix of both. The stones are made from clay are embellished with the symbols of the Ancestral Mothers. This morning it was clearly Amazon who answered (there are many myths of Amazon’s and big women in Scotland).



Clay stones with symbols of the Ancestral Mothers of Scotland


As we slowly cycle to Spring Equinox you might feel an invitation or two to come out of the winter cave - it's interesting to note, who extends a hand in an invitation? I am by no means ready to leave my cave but it's interesting to give form to what you might have been working within the dark of the year. A few memories from dreams, some sketches and daydreams. 

Sometimes those things that we might want to work with can feel fleeting in today’s world with its never-ending smorgasbord of distractions. Distractions that come in every color, taste, and form we could possibly desire. It’s important to record these things - to write them down, make yourself notes, make art - and then slowly we might see who or what is extending a hand and inviting us to step out of the cave and back into the world again. 

For me, I have been working with Keening - in the traditional way of death and guiding a community through their grief and also leading the body back home to the otherworld. But keening can also be used to address our grief for what's going on in the world and to help transform it (as overwhelming as it is) so we can find our feet again and engage in all our creative acts of resistance! 

So what is taking form in your world? Can you collage the pieces together and say what you're ready to work with - are you brave enough? Can you also say what you'd like to leave behind in the dark - that too needs to be defined as it won't magically disappear with a puff or a banishing of 'what doesn't serve you'. It needs to be named and worked with. 

Some days it takes that Amazon strength to walk our own path, even if it's the path less traveled - yet, it's a path our foremothers traveled and one we walk with our ancestors. Something that seems a radical act in today's world! 



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I am descended from a long line of wise women – for I too am a shapeshifter, a mythmaker, a woman who has always had one ear to the ground and a foot in the other world. I am a listener to old bones and a collector of stories that I gather from the shorelines, deep in forests or atop mountains. Sometimes my shadow shows my other selves sometimes crow sometimes bear, I am She Who Wears Antlers.

I am a radical doll maker, taking this tradition back to its roots and the hands of my foremothers. They remind us of our sacred connection to this world, the otherworld and our ancestors. I am a collector of stories, carrying old ones and those who need retelling.

I am inspired by the Bean Feasa tradition, a wise woman tradition that stretches back past pre-Celtic generations. People sought the wisdom of the wise woman in times of personal crisis and today this tradition can help us face this deepening global crisis.

I am a cultural activist working from the Bean Feasa tradition rooted in pre-patriarchy which honors imagination and creativity and provides us with tools that can help us overcome the psychological effects of patriarchy.

Visit my website for details of online courses, in-person workshops and our annual pilgrimage to the lands of the Ancestral Mothers of Scotland.


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