Goddess Centered Practice

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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Poem: What to Celebrate

We may wonder 

what there is to celebrate, 

so many broken things 

and ruined dreams,

so much fracturing,

our world teetering 

and unstable in its wounding 

and its need. 

Yet here we are, 

with hands and hearts 

and voices to lift 

in service to the great hunger 

that roars 

and to the beauty that whispers 

and so we use what we still have 

to gather up the shards,

those that slice 

and those that shine,

and hold the parts 

that we can hold 

and tend the parts 

that we can tend

and celebrate the fact
that we care enough
to keep trying
to repair the cracks,

to witness the shattering,
to gather the fragments,

to mend what tears we can. 

The newsletter I prepared for my community last week had a theme of blessing what we can blessing and helping where we can help. It also included a brief printable prayerbook of "Weary Prayers." You can access the newsletter here.





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Molly Remer, MSW, D.Min, is a priestess, teacher, mystic, and poet facilitating sacred circles, seasonal rituals, and family ceremonies in central Missouri. Molly and her husband Mark co-create Story Goddesses at Brigid’s Grove (brigidsgrove.etsy.com). Molly is the author of ten books, including Walking with Persephone, Whole and Holy, Womanrunes, the Goddess Devotional, and 365 Days of Goddess. She is the creator of the devotional experience #30DaysofGoddess and she loves savoring small magic and everyday enchantment.


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