Woodspriestess: Exploring the intersection between Nature, the Goddess, art, and poetry.

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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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Shakti Woman Speaks

During the fifth week of the Rise Up and Call Her Name curriculum by Elizabeth Fisher, “We honor the Outraged Ancestral Mother and the belief that the sacred and secular are one.” When I priestessed this session for my women’s circle, I was caught by the idea of the Outraged Ancestral Mother and we spent some time discussing her and the degree to which humanity has hurt our planet. The next morning while I was practicing yoga, snippets of a poem came floating to my mind. I had the distinct feeling that the Outraged Ancestral Mother was ready to speak to me. So, I went down to the woods to listen to what she had to say. After this experience, over the course of the next month, several other “Woman” poems arose spontaneously and formed a series of Womanprayer poems.  A presence that came to me dramatically, firmly and clearly was that of Shakti Woman. She offered me both a poem and this message:

Shakti Woman Speaks
Shakti woman speaks
She says Dance
Write
Create
Share
Speak.

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I wait within
coiled at the base of your spine
draped around your hips
like a bellydancer’s sash
snaking my way up
through your belly
and your throat
until I burst forth
in radiant power
that shall not be denied.

Do not silence me
do not coil my energy back inside
stuffing it down
where it might wither in darkness
biding its time
becoming something that waits
to strike.

Let me sing
let me flood through your body
in ripples of ecstasy
stretch your hands wide
wear jewels on your fingers
and your heart on your sleeve

Spin
spin with me now
until we dance shadows into art
hope into being
and pain into power...

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This Womanprayer poem is excerpted from my recently published free gift offering for newsletter subscribers at Brigid’s Grove (if you aren’t signed up yet, fill in your email on the right hand side of the screen at the BG website and you will receive the free book within 24 hours). This freebie is a 56 page book of earth-based poetry. Most of the poems were originally published on my Woodspriestess blog, but there are several released only in this book (so far).

 

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I am a doctoral student in women’s spirituality at Ocean Seminary College and ordained as a Priestess with Global Goddess. My roots are in birthwork, which is intimately tied to my interest in the Goddess and in feminist thealogy. I create goddess and birth art and jewelry at http://etsy.com/shop/BrigidsGrove and I am the author of Womanrunes: a guide to their use and interpretation (based on the work of Shekhinah Mountainwater).

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  • Carol P. Christ
    Carol P. Christ Wednesday, 21 May 2014

    cool!

  • Pegi Eyers
    Pegi Eyers Wednesday, 11 June 2014

    Hi Molly ~ I signed up for the newsletters and registered for the book "Earthprayer" about a week ago. I have received a newsletter but not the book as yet ~
    Thanks - Pegi Eyers

  • Molly
    Molly Wednesday, 11 June 2014

    Hi Pegi,

    The book should have been accessible via a link in the newsletter you received. In case that didn't work, here is the direct link for you: http://www.brigidsgrove.com/downloads/earthprayer/earthprayer.pdf

    :)

    Best wishes,

    Molly

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