Sisterhood of the Antlers

Stories of the Ancestral Mothers of Scotland from folk magic and the wise women who honored them. Rooted in the Bean Feasa (Wise Woman) tradition.

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Into the Wildwood

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 Everything is difficult in a global pandemic never mind being separated from home by the Atlantic ocean. 

There are days when I'm not quite here and yet I'm not quite there. Everything seems upside down - life feels fractured. Yet, if I were to examine each shard I know it is holographic, containing the whole story,  maintain the connection.  My bones were formed of from the same minerals found in the very bedrock of the land. My body holds much memory of my ancestors. The rain that falls on the Ben and flows into the Loch is the same water in my cells. The whispering of my ancestors sings in my blood.

 I keep myself sane with the silent communication of ritual. Switching off my chattering head and letting my hands take over. These little sacred sites are portals to the Otherworld - a connection to the ancients. A walk into the Wildwood. 

Birth, death, renewal...

 

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I am descended from a long line of wise women – for I too am a shapeshifter, a mythmaker, a woman who has always had one ear to the ground and a foot in the other world. I am a listener to old bones and a collector of stories that I gather from the shorelines, deep in forests or atop mountains. Sometimes my shadow shows my other selves sometimes crow sometimes bear, I am She Who Wears Antlers.

I am a radical doll maker, taking this tradition back to its roots and the hands of my foremothers. They remind us of our sacred connection to this world, the otherworld and our ancestors. I am a collector of stories, carrying old ones and those who need retelling.

I am inspired by the Bean Feasa tradition, a wise woman tradition that stretches back past pre-Celtic generations. People sought the wisdom of the wise woman in times of personal crisis and today this tradition can help us face this deepening global crisis.

I am a cultural activist working from the Bean Feasa tradition rooted in pre-patriarchy which honors imagination and creativity and provides us with tools that can help us overcome the psychological effects of patriarchy.

Visit my website for details of online courses, in-person workshops and our annual pilgrimage to the lands of the Ancestral Mothers of Scotland.

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