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In the woods behind my house rest a collection of nine large flat rocks. Daily, I walk down to these “priestess rocks” for some sacred time alone to pray, meditate, consider, and be. Often, while in this space, I open my mouth and poetry comes out. I’ve come to see this experience as "theapoetics"—experiencing the Goddess through direct “revelation,” framed in language. As Stanley Hopper originally described in the 1970’s, it is possible to “…replace theology, the rationalistic interpretation of belief, with theopoetics, finding God[dess] through poetry and fiction, which neither wither before modern science nor conflict with the complexity of what we know now to be the self.” Theapoetics might also be described, “as a means of engaging language and perception in such a way that one enters into a radical relation with the divine, the other, and the creation in which all occurs.”

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Milk Bath Recipe & Ritual

 “Loving, knowing, and respecting our bodies is a powerful and invincible act of rebellion in this society.”
~ Inga Muscio

A fun self-nurturing activity with many applications is a sacred bath. This can be used as a group with footbaths, instead of full baths and it can also be used for a postpartum sealing ceremony. A simple ritual is for each participant to bring something to add to the bath mix. As they add their contribution, have them choose one word to represent the contribution and sing it in Call Down a Blessing to bless the full mixture.

This will empower your bath with all kinds of juicy, beautiful blessings from your circle and bring the “mojo” and magic you create together back into your home and life!

Call down a blessing  

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Call down a blessing
Call down
__________before you
__________behind you
__________within you
and around you.

This song is based on Cathy Parton and Dave Para’s song, but is sung collaboratively with each person “plugging in” a blessing to sing together.

Here is a recording of my own circle singing during a tea ceremony. The clinking sounds you can hear are us stirring our tea blend in a big bowl the Red Tent. Here is another version that was recording during a salt bowl ceremony during a mother blessing ceremony.

Here is one possibility for an individual sacred bath for you:

  • 1 cup milk any kind (I like to use coconut milk, but you can even use powdered milk)
  • 1/4 cup honey
  • Optional:
    • 5 drops essential oil
    • Rose petals! (or other flower petals or dried herbs)
    • To make a Milk & Oatmeal Bath also add ½ cup of powdered oats or oat flour

april-2015-118To explore more of the sacred work of ceremony and ritual, I invite you to join the upcoming Practical Priestessing course or our spring Goddess Magic Circle. And, you are always welcome in the free Creative Spirit Circle!

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Molly has been “gathering the women” to circle, sing, celebrate, and share since 2008. She plans and facilitates women’s circles, Red Tents, seasonal retreats and rituals, Pink Tent mother-daughter circles, and family ceremonies from her tiny temple space in rural Missouri and teaches online courses in Red Tent facilitation and Practical Priestessing.

Molly is a priestess who holds MSW, M.Div, and D.Min degrees. She finished her dissertation about contemporary priestessing in the U.S. She is the author of Womanrunes, Earthprayer, and The Red Tent Resource Kit. Molly and and her husband Mark co-create original goddess sculptures, pendants, and ceremony kits at Brigid’s Grove (http://brigidsgrove.com), where they also publish Womanrunes book and deck sets.

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