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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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We are Women, We are One

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“We are daughters of our mothers
We are mothers of our daughters
We are sisters, we are lovers
We are friends and good grandmothers

We are women like a river
Flowing on and on forever…”

(Shekhinah Mountainwater)

Last week when I called the circle for our online mini ritual with the Creative Spirit Circle, I sang, “We are Women, We are One.” This song is not commercially available anywhere that I am aware of and the way we sing it in our own circle was created by us during circle (with some laughing as we got it figured out!). Our Womanrunes card for the week was The Reflection, rune of surrender. This is a rune of sacrifice, releasing, and letting go. It reminds us that sometimes we have to get battered against the shore to become something new, something finely textured and soft. It b2ap3_thumbnail_November-2016-002.JPGreminds us that surrender isn’t permanent…it can be about wise discernment, knowing when to hold and when to fold, and when to walk away.

What wants to be released? What wants to be freed? What is waiting for you to unclench your fists, your life, and float?

Our card from the Goddess Oracle deck was Isolt, the goddess of undying love. Isolt suggests that your inner wisdom may feel quieted by pain right now, but that healing will occur from the inside out. “First, your heart must heal from its grief, loneliness, and any feelings of betrayal.” Healing can take time and can feel painful. She says to treat yourself as you would any ailing person, with caution, gentleness, and tenderness. Then, return to the world, not with harshness, but with love, especially with time spent in the healing power of nature. This will revive your sense of spirit and help you walk among the living again. She says: “I promise you that your heart will mend.”

Affirmation for the week: I unclench my life and trust that healing will unfold in time.

I was struggling with severe headaches during the week. After I wrote about these cards, my head was aching so bad that I felt sick to my stomach. I laid on my back on the deck in the sunshine with my eyes closed and sang another song: b2ap3_thumbnail_October-2016-093_20161121-210232_1.JPG

I release, I let go
I let Spirit guide my life
No more trouble, no more strife
I am only here for love…

(recording of this with our group is here)

“Powerful women sometimes take decades to recognize that they are straight-up sorcerers.” 
~ Amber Tamblyn

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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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