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Posted on:  Jan 22, 2017 @ 12:00 Posted in:  Goddess

Shine:

A Prayer of Transformation

For many years, I’ve been doing ritual work in anticipation of a momentous turning point in our human society — the Great Turning that would decide the fate of our species and our planet home.  Life as we know it has been coming apart at the seams, with the turbulence and growing unrest in our political, economic and social systems, and the looming threat of global warming, driving us toward a moment of irrevocable change.

That moment has now arrived. The Great Turning is here, and it’s looking pretty ugly. The world has never been in more of a mess, with the worst of our humanity on full display. At the exact time we need to be getting our act together, we seem to be heading backwards on the crucial social justice, human rights, economic disparity and environmental issues that threaten to take us all down, and Mother Earth with us.

What comes to me as I dig deep into my magic to find my grounding and place in these chaotic, terrifying Great Turning times is a memory of a dark Samhain night, and a small circle of powerful companions gathered around the wild, fierce flames of a ritual bonfire.

In turns, we let the Mysteries speak through us. It’s the Dark Mother who comes to me, and this is what She says:

“This isn’t a time of despair, but of rejoicing. I don’t call for endings, but for new beginnings. And you don’t need to look further than your own self for the change this world desperately needs.

Don’t believe that you are worthless and made of base elements not deserving of redemption. Don’t believe that the hurts you carry are because of some flaw and distortion in your nature. These are lies that have been fed to you, to make you small, to make you weak, to turn you away from the beauty and gifts that shine so bright within the depths of your being.

For you are woven, like all of Creation, from the light and the dust of the stars. In your core rests a unique fragment of the star-bright Universe that is yours and yours alone. You were made to shine your light, brave, bold and brilliant, into the darkness.

No my children, now is not a time of despair, but of courage.

Step out of the shadows into the light of your own profound beauty. Shed the stories that make you so much less than who you truly are. Trust the path that I lay before you to find your way home to yourself, to love, to my life-giving ways.

Know that in healing yourself, you heal the world.

Shine. That is all I ask of you. Shine, as the brilliant, star-made creature that you are. Shine with your beauty, your presence, your love. Shine and the way forward will be made clear to a brighter, more loving and life-affirming future, with me and other waking ones by your side.

This is the moment; you are ripe, you are ready.”

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Posted on:  Jan 21, 2017 @ 10:00 Posted in:  Goddess

Dark Goddess Dances:

A Winter Retreat

The Dark Goddess Dances: A Winter Retreat of Movement & Sacred Story

Dance the Dark  ~  Birth the Light  ~  Reclaim Your Goddess Self

A day of dance, story and guided meditation with the Dark Goddess.

February 25, 2017 Salt Spring Island, BC

Preregistration Required. Price: $75.00

Space limited, so register now to save your spot.

The 5Rhythms® is a guided, free-form dance and movement practice created by Gabrielle Roth. It takes dancers on a journey through five phases that align powerfully with the transformational Goddess teachings that are the focus of Path of She’s work.

When we work with the Dark Goddess, we step into the fleshy, sensual powers of our bodies, and the mysteries of darkness, light and rebirth that can make our lives anew.

Step onto the sacred space of the dance floor, and make this journey of movement in search of your Goddess Self, dancing Her from the darkness into the light.

Posted on:  Jan 14, 2017 @ 10:00 Posted in:  Goddess

The Dark Goddess Dances:

A 5Rhythms® Journey With Your Goddess Self

On February 25th, I’ll be co-facilitating a fusion 5Rhythms® and Path of She retreat, The Dark Goddess Dances, on Salt Spring Island with the magnificent Shauna Devlin.

The 5Rhythms® is a guided, free-form dance and movement practice created by Gabrielle Roth. It takes dancers on a journey through five phases that align powerfully with the transformational Goddess teachings that are the focus of my Path of She work.

When we work with the Dark Goddess, we step into the fleshy, sensual powers of our bodies, and the mysteries of darkness, light and rebirth that can make our lives anew.

This post offers a glimpse into the 5Rhythms® journey we’ll be taking on our retreat.  As you read, imagine yourself stepping onto the sacred space of the dance floor, and making this journey of movement in search of your Goddess Self, dancing Her from the darkness into the light.

A 5Rhythms Journey With Your Goddess Self

Flowing: Grounding

Step into the sacred space of the dance floor.

Start with several full, slow breaths, centering within your core. Leave behind the noise of your mind, with its ideas, words and judgements. Forget your habituation of body and movement.  Show up fully to this moment, grounded in your feet, your physical form, your delicious presence.

Be with the music. Take it deep inside of you. Don’t rush to dance or move. Let the rhythms and words speak to your body and soul. Feel the sounds inside of your flesh, and open to your inner sensations and responses.

Then, as inspiration comes, surrender to the movements that naturally arise in you. Let your body dance you and dance the music, fluid, free, unencumbered.

Who are you, this being of muscle and bone, blood and nerve impulses, and beautiful moving parts?

What mysteries sleep in the dark, secret recesses of your cellular landscape? What ancient memories of the Dark Goddess stir within your body, waiting for this now moment to return to the light?

Be in your feet, your movements, your mysteries.  Be present, here, now, supple, open, empty.

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Posted on:  Jan 12, 2017 @ 11:49 Posted in:  Podcasts, Sabbats

A New Year’s Message from the Mysteries:

Be Here Now

Posted on:  Jan 8, 2017 @ 20:39 Posted in:  Sabbats

A New Year’s Message from the Mysteries:

Be Here Now

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In late December, I decided to do a major house clean to have a fresh start to the new year. When moving a cabinet, I found a tiny fridge magnet amidst the dust and debris, with the single word —  “Here”.

I laughed out loud, and immediately pinned this word up on my bulletin board as a reminder for 2017. The Mysteries, with their quirky, in-your-face communication style, were hammering home a message they’d been giving me over and over during the holiday season. In our community Yule and Winter Solstice celebrations, we have a tradition of pulling divination cards for the new year.  Every card I pulled was a version of a common theme: surrender to the process; have patience and await the will of the Mysteries; don’t lust after outcomes; something must die for something new to be reborn.

Be here now, the Mysteries are telling me. This “here and now” is about process, not outcomes; it requires surrender and patience, not pushing and striving; it finds its roots in the will of the Mysteries, within and without, not the personal will of ego and mind.

Here and now in the Northern Hemisphere, January is in the throes of the winter season. This is the time of the Dark Goddess and Her rebirth magic, where new beginnings arise from the vast unknown of the sacred dark, and death, endings and wounding are essential for the birth of new possibilities and growth.

Like so many people, I find January a trying month. I’ve already had enough of the dark, cold, dreary days, and crave the return of bright sunshine and warm weather. Though I’ve done my deep magic at the Winter Solstice, come January 1st, my New Year’s resolution mindset kicks in, shifting me into the outcome focus of goal setting and action taking.

Yet something else in me, more primal and wise, resists these outer-directed activities in favor of rest, simplicity and a slower, inside-out focus and pace. Every January, including right now, I struggle with these counter impulses: one arising from my cultural conditioning, and the other from my soul-based knowing. I get the Mysteries’ message, loud and clear: this culture-soul split within me is my transformative edge and pathwork for 2017 (and beyond), as is the imperative to be here now, in presence and surrender to this journey that is my life.

Though this is most certainly a personal directive for me, it’s also a collective message for our spiritual pathwork in these edgy, world-changing times. When I open myself to this collective message from the Mysteries, this is what comes through.

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