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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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Experiencing Summer: It's Not too Late

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“Do not forget that it is summer. Have you slowed down, taken days or weeks of vacation, let the air have access to your body, explored nature, or let your toes out of your shoes?

It’s not too late.”

—Anne Wilson Schaef

It is time for my annual Cauldron Month! A toolkit for diving deep into the cauldron of b2ap3_thumbnail_67331903_2388530981359110_7778153556506312704_o.jpgyour own being is available here.

A Cauldron Month is a term I use to describe taking some conscious, deliberate "time out" to steep in your own knowing, to let new things bubble to the surface of your life, and to deeply consider the current brew of your life: how does it taste? Is there something you need to scoop out and throw away? Is there a new flavor you want to add? Are you savoring your life or are the elements that need more time to meld and blend into a more delicious whole?

One of the things I re-membered in the Cauldron last year is that time in the Cauldron isn’t always comfortable and comforting and creative. Sometimes what comes bubbling up is painful and frustrating or involves old hurts, old patterns, and old habits. Healing entrenched patterns of behavior and thought take time and the path can be a wandering one. I feel like I moved through at least three "icky" points during my cauldron time in 2018--in that something that feels painful, unbearable, frustrating, destructive, resentful, comes bubbling up...after I give myself time to sit with it, to feel the feelings, to cry the tears, to feel the disappointment or anger or fear, to write about it and think about it...then it eases, fades, or feels like it reaches a point of resolution--as if it has been "processed" through me. It has been an interesting experience, though also a somewhat painful one.

Something that particularly bubbled up for me and has continued to bubble this year is a recognition of b2ap3_thumbnail_sunflowers.jpghow often I come from a place of “could” in my life/work/commitments. Not the odious and obligatory should but a more slippery creature...the Could. As in, I have this capacity, so yes, I could...why not?! Continuing to do things based on shoulds is an insidious pattern, yes, but continuing to do things just because I can or just because I have the ideas/resources/reserves to do so is a little most complicated and confusing to evaluate even as I see how these “coulds” begin to deplete my energy/power in just the same way as more obvious should-based tasks...

So, I've been asking myself what freedom might be found in stepping back from both Could and Should and seeing what remains? Is it Desire? Is it Freedom? Is it just listening to your heart? Perhaps it is intuition and the soul who sing in the free spaces...

  • What would you still like to experience this summer? It is not too late!
  • Related prior essay: Sustaining Myself
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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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