In the Fencerow: The space where wildness meets the everyday.

A fencerow is the uncultivated land on each side and below a fence, or even an uncultivated strip of land found dividing fields without the presence of an actual fence. Join me as we explore the spiritual fencerows and beyond. We will discuss lessons and observations from the countryside including herbs and herbal lore, relationship with environment and nature, finding Goddess in all Her aspects, and so much more.

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SophiaDawn

SophiaDawn

SophiaDawn is a typical, and yet, not so typical farm gal, a "young" crone and grandmother.  She lives in Southern Illinois, near St Louis, out in the sticks where she owns an herb, botanical and more business,"Terra Mater". She is a Reiki Master-Teacher and reads Tarot and Oracle cards.  She also has her Diploma of Holistic Health Practice from the American College of Health Sciences.  She writes a monthly column for a local magazine on herbs and alternative health.  SophiaDawn also gardens, raises goats and other livestock.  In her spare time she does all sorts of sewing and needlearts. 

SophiaDawn spent a great deal of her life as a dedicated Christian but several years ago found herself on the winding path where she discovered the Feminine Divine  and the way of the wise woman, embracing the magickal world around her. 

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Clashing Cymbals

Today's blog post is going to delve into the world of Christians and an aspect of the way many practice their faith.  I realize that the audience here may not be all that interested.  However, the community "fencerow" that I dwell and work in is populated on both sides by Christians.  As a matter of fact, until the turning of the 21st century (give or take a couple of years), I walked the same path.  So, it is just natural that my musings and experiences are still influenced. 

Recently I had the wondrous experience of being "damned to hell for all eternity" because I shared a post on my Facebook page about recognizing the Feminine Divine.  The post basically pointed out that while many Bible believers will say that God doesn't have a gender, they will get offended if you refer to God in any feminine term.  That set off a locally known person. He went on a rant on his own page babbling about calling God female is "blasphemy of the Holy Spirit" and that anyone even hinting at that is going to hell for eternity.  I considered the source and instead of being angry, I just put up a little picture of one of those weird monkey toys that clashes cymbals.  I had previously responded to this same person with the same scripture source that he likes to use in his judgmental attacks, the Bible.   He makes a mistake when trying to use Biblical references in debate because even though I am not a Biblical Scholar, I used to teach Bible at church and did so longer than he has even been alive.  Anyway, I digress...

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  • Carol P. Christ
    Carol P. Christ says #
    Pneuma, spirit or breath, is a neuter word in Greek. Ruah breath, shekinah, presence, and hokmah, wisdom are all feminine in Heb
  • Ian Phanes
    Ian Phanes says #
    Carol, Thank you for the correction, I was misled by the -a ending.
  • SophiaDawn
    SophiaDawn says #
    Yes, this is absolutely correct. The Hebrew word, Shekinah, refers to the Holy Spirit and is a feminine word. Horrors if you poi
  • Ian Phanes
    Ian Phanes says #
    I would point out that "Hagia Pneuma", that is, the phrase in the New Testament translated as "Holy Spirit", is feminine--never ma
  • Thesseli
    Thesseli says #
    I don't even bother dealing with Christians or other minions of the so-called "God" of Abraham like this. It would be like a geolo
The Divine Feminine Wears a Big Brim Hat?

A few weeks ago I was the co-host on a local radio show.  Now, keep in mind that this program is on a local college station and the college is a private, Free Methodist, liberal arts school.  Therefore, the managers of the radio station as well as a majority of the audience come from a fairly traditional, fundamental Christian mindset. When I co-host this show, I keep in mind the audience and try to speak their language without compromising who I am. The host of the program had decided to push boundaries and have a metaphysical themed show.  He fancies himself a rebel but in reality is not.

 Anyway, the main guest that evening was a woman who has written a couple of books about her channeled messages from Princess Diana and John Lennon.  Granted, I am almost always initially skeptical of such things.  I have been around long enough to know that it is possible that a given person would get messages from the other side of the veil.  On the other hand, why is it so many people seem to get messages from a select few celebrities?  Nevertheless, I proceeded to interview and ask her questions about the things she was saying in her book, particularly the one with messages from Princess Diana.  The guest wanted to just read pages from her book, which was pretty boring radio.  FINALLY, she took a breath and I was able to ask her about something she had just said. 

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  • Sable Aradia
    Sable Aradia says #
    I would agree that perhaps Princess Diana has become ONE aspect of the Divine Feminine for the modern culture, but I like your obs
  • JudithAnn
    JudithAnn says #
    Our human nature, or propensity to label, is no doubt responsible in part for these narrower concepts of the Feminine Divine. For
  • SophiaDawn
    SophiaDawn says #
    Yes, I do agree that we humans are limited at times in our understanding. Your Phyllis Diller comment made me laugh!!
  • Carol P. Christ
    Carol P. Christ says #
    Yes indeed. People used to tell me that I (tall and blonde like Lady Di) looked like a Greek Goddess. I would respond, I suppose G
  • SophiaDawn
    SophiaDawn says #
    LOL! Isn't funny how many people create God/dess in their own image or imagination?

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Weeds inside & out!

Summer is well into full-swing this first week of August. In this part of Illinois, August is usually very hot and miserable.  Even so, the first slight signs of Autumn can be detected.  The sun is setting earlier and sometimes a cool breeze filters through the window at night. First harvests have been happening in actuality for a while The gardens and fields have been planted, fertilized and in way too many cases fumigated with pesticides to keep out the weeds and pests.  Wheat has been harvested for over a month and those fields are currently planted in soybeans to get a second harvest before winter hits.  Corn is in full tassel which means that the grain is now being formed.  In the gardens, tomatoes, peppers, green beans and other summer crops are in full production.  Soon, I will be planting a fall garden to get a new supply of greens and other vegetables that prefer the cool nights.  Now is the time to go venturing into the uncultivated acres to gather milk thistle seed and goldenrod for the herb cabinet. 

This is also the time of year that the weeds in the garden and along the fencerows are coming into full maturity. It becomes obvious that I have not been diligent about keeping the weeds out of the places where I would prefer they do not grow. Well, isn't that the real definition of a weed?  A weed is simply a plant growing where you do not want it.  I have an overabundance of foxtail grass, lambs quarters and ragweed where the abundance is supposed to be blackberries, tomatoes and melons.

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  • Áine
    Áine says #
    Lovely concept, thanks for sharing!

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Labels!

One of my grandsons is going through that phase of wanting all tags removed from his clothing. It is almost as if he is having his own little rebellion against labels. Those labels may be scratchy, or perhaps they tickle the back of his neck. Just their mere presence annoys him. Don’t we all find ourselves at odds with labels at times? We go through life acquiring labels, discarding the labels that do not serve us and often trying to figure out which labels best fit.

I have been thinking about how to label my path or if there even is a single label.  This is something that everyone who wanders a winding path comes to terms with at some point.  As a matter of fact, it has been a topic of discussion and dissension forever.   Does one call herself a pagan, a witch, a traditional witch, a green witch, a hedge witch, a conjuror, a rootworker....does one work in a Hermetic tradition, and Egyptian tradtion, Strega, ceremonial, and the list goes on and on...

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  • SophiaDawn
    SophiaDawn says #
    Thanks for the comments and for reading.
  • Lizann Bassham
    Lizann Bassham says #
    Thank you for your wise words. Recently I wrote a song called "Oxymoronic, Isn't It" - the chorus goes: I'm a libertarian social
  • Tammye McDuff
    Tammye McDuff says #
    I am with your grandson, tags are itchy and bothersome. I have been wrestling with the single label for some time. I am embracing

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