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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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New Moon, New Year

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Gather your soul at the hearthfire of winter

Hold the embers of last year’s dreams

Celebrate the warmth of that which has ignited

Honor and release that which has grown cold

Rest for a moment in the grace of winter’s thoughtful spaces.

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Happy New Year!

It is the first new moon of a new year and I worked up a Flying Woman 12440694_1696249130587302_4628168024963259367_oWomanrunes card layout to share (you may use it with any divination system you choose, of course!). The Flying Woman is the Rune of Transformation. She is perfect for the planning and inspiration present in a fresh new year. She is the card that has been tickling at my consciousness throughout my work in our Divination Practicum course and who turned up as my key theme for the year during 30 Days of Yule with Joanna Powell Colbert.

If you need help getting started with Womanrunes, check out a free intro course here (includes printable rune set): Introduction to Womanrunes

And, of course, copies of the books and cards are in my shop.

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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 Story Goddesses, original goddess sculptures, mini goddesses, pendants, and ceremony kits at Brigid’s Grove (http://brigidsgrove.com), where they also publish Womanrunes book and deck sets.

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