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At SageWoman magazine, we believe that you are the Goddess, and we're devoted to celebrating your journey. We invite you to subscribe today and join our circle...

Here in the SageWoman section of PaganSquare, our bloggers represent the multi-faceted expressions of the Goddess, feminist, and women's spirituality movements.

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Yule 2018: Something Cozy This Way Comes

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Something cozy this way comes. Our wrangler, Joanne Sprott, tasked us with addressing the issue of cozy. In my other blog, I go on about what cozy means to me and how I'm not getting it right now. But for this entry, I thought I would offer up something else.

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  • Francesca De Grandis
    Francesca De Grandis says #
    Oh my goodness, what a fabulous spread. It will remind people what they need or help them realize it for the first time, as I’m su
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    Joy Vernon says #
    Buttered toast and hot tea is such a good breakfast! I love it.
  • Arwen Lynch
    Arwen Lynch says #
    So glad to find another who loves this simple pleasure!

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Winter Fires: Part Two

Happy Solstice Season!

The Solstice is almost upon us and my story is complete. Enjoy....

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    Robin Fennelly says #
    Thank you, Tasha...So glad that you enjoyed it and I really appreciate the feedback.. Many Blessings...Robin
  • Tasha Halpert
    Tasha Halpert says #
    This is so special and lovely. Thank you for the beauty of your tale and of the message within it. Bless you and Blessed Be,Tasha

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My work is therapy

Well, it has been nearly two months since I stepped out on my own and opened my business officially. The response is amazing!

I realize as well that for the first time in a very long time, I feel at peace going to "work." I'm calmer and feel a sense of being in the right place. 

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Expectations of Christmas Time

 

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Markswoman Blessing

May you honor the fire
behind your eyes.
May you release the arrow.
May you love your art to life.
excerpt © Shelly Anne Tipton Irish 2016

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“Beginnings and endings are so very sacred, to give honor to all that has transpired, every experience, every joy, every pain, is a doorway to the magical. Hold your entire year between your hands, every day, every thought, every breath. Now bless it with gratitude, love and humility. You have done more to transform this new year than a thousand resolutions.” 

 –K. Allen Kay

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A Winter Solstice Mystery: Beauty in the Belly of the Dark

As the wheel of the year turns to the Winter Solstice, Nature settles ever deeper into Her cloak of darkness and repose. At the opposite end of the scale, our Western culture marks the holiday season in a flurry of shopping, social obligations and overconsumption — a busy end to a busy year in an outward-focused, ever-doing, hungry-for-more world.

Nature remembers what we humans have forgotten:
every cycle must return to stillness, silence, the dark;
every out-breath requires an in-breath;
every outer endeavor turns back inward to its origins and begins again;
from death comes new life; from the darkest night, the new dawn is born.

Beauty sleeps in the belly of the dark, be it the seeds of the green growth of Spring, the powers and mysteries of the unknown, and our own dormant gifts and potential. Yet the dark has a gatekeeper; our pain, losses and the denied, repressed parts of our life story and humanity also await us in the belly of the dark. We cannot reclaim our beauty without also embracing and healing our wounding; both dwell within the shadowed folds of our inner world, side by side, a mirror of the other, each with gifts and blessings to share.

The part of you that holds your wounding is not your nemesis; it is the truth keeper of how you were hurt, what was taken from you and the choices you made in order to survive and even thrive in the face of adversity. It has stood guard and shielded your tender, beautiful, true Self, waiting for the ripe moment of your healing and blossoming.

If you are one of the fortunate ones, with few bumps and bruises in your life story, still the darkness has gifts lying in wait for you. Because the sacred dark is the truth keeper of the profound potential and mysteries of our authentic, whole/holy humanity that have been denied and repressed in our collective culture.

Open to the ways of Nature at this turning into the Winter Solstice. Heed the call arising from the belly of the dark that invites you to stillness, silence, and opens portals to your inner darkness. Let go of the frenetic activity of the season; follow your breath inward and return to your center in search of the fragments of your life story and true Self ready to return to the light.

So without, so within; as the new dawn is born of the darkest nights, so too can your beauty blossom from the depth of your wounding, and your whole/holy humanity shine forth into the returning light of a newborn day.

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