Sacred Cells: Embodying the Feminine Divine

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Lizann Bassham

Lizann Bassham

Lizann Bassham is both an active Reclaiming Witch and an Ordained Christian Minister in the United Church of Christ. She serves as Campus Pastor at Pacific School of Religion in Berkeley working with a multi-faith student community. She is a columnist for SageWoman magazine, a novelist, playwright, and musician. Once, quite by accident, she won a salsa dance contest in East L.A
Living With Cancer as the Wheel of the Year Turns

For witches and non witches who actually farm and work the land, the turning of the Wheel of the Year and the waxing and waning of The Moon inform so many daily decisions of when to let The Earth rest, when to prepare it for new growing, when to plant, when to tend, when to harvest and back to when to rest.  For those of us who are not farmers we can still remember there are times and seasons for doing all the different magic we do - and yet sometimes even we witches get so caught up in the details and frenzy of life we forget the Wheel of the Year and the cycles of The Moon give us extra power in our magic if we follow their flow.

 

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  • Sedna
    Sedna says #
    I have never read your blog before until this post, and, as I read, your experience provided me with an entirely new way for me to
  • Lizann Bassham
    Lizann Bassham says #
    Thank you SednaQ
  • Lizann Bassham
    Lizann Bassham says #
    Thank you Sedna. It has been a powerful experience for me. Blessings on your body and being in this world.
  • Anne Newkirk Niven
    Anne Newkirk Niven says #
    So happy to be of service!
  • Anne Newkirk Niven
    Anne Newkirk Niven says #
    You never cease to amaze me with your purity, clarity, and consciousness in your writing. Since the beginning of this journey with
Pretty Purple Flowers and My Brain on Cancer

It is hard to concentrate. That may be a bit of an understatement.  Aren’t the purple flowers pretty. It is impossible to concentrate, to craft words and sentences together in any semblance of way I did a year ago, even a month ago.  So I will stop trying.  Not sure if it’s the cancer itself or the immunotherapy for treating it or the morphine for pain management but the organ I had formally known as my brain is now in a constant shift of consciousness - which is kinda funny since one of the definitions of a witch in my Reclaiming Tradition is “one who can shift consciousness at will” not sure whose will it is but there definitely is a lot of consciousness shifting going on.

 

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  • Elizabeth Creely
    Elizabeth Creely says #
    Those are indeed stunningly beautiful purple flowers. How i love you, my lizann: this is my brain on gratitude, profound respect,
  • Lizann Bassham
    Lizann Bassham says #
    thank you so much Elizabeth

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Some Musings on Growth

I have sat down many times in the last six weeks to write but never quite got there.  My last post was between Samhain and Winter Solstice, and now it is fast approaching Imbolc/Brigid.  It could be the way the cancer itself makes me tired, or the treatment that makes me even more tired, or the morphine I’m using for pain management that just makes me blissfully unaware of the passing of time. I am sleeping 12-14 hours a day, sleeping is healing. Somehow it is fitting that my body is paralleling the experience of the land Herself here in the Northern Hemisphere, after all between Samhain and Imbolc is time for quiet, for darkness, for the death of what grew last year being composted and metabolized so that new growth can happen as we move toward Spring.  

 

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Embodying Cancer

I am infinitely awed by human bodies including my own.  I revel and delight in the full range of embodied human experience.  Now, in my late fifties, post-menopausal, I am experiencing another common embodied human experience, I have stage four squamous cell cancer in my body.  This embodied human experience, for me, is also powerful, amazing and fascinating.

 

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  • Tasha Halpert
    Tasha Halpert says #
    I am impressed with your approach and feel gratitude for your courageous example and sharing of your process. I send my healing pr
  • Lizann Bassham
    Lizann Bassham says #
    Thank you so much Tasha, I receive those healing prayers and energy with gratitude. Blessings on your embodied experience.

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Even Cancer Can Be Witchyasfuck

There was a moment when I once again began to panic then was suddenly flooded with the grateful and strong presence of Descendants, the ones who may not even be related to me by blood but would benefit from research on the cancer cells being harvested from my lungs.  At that moment, that moment of gratitude and strength from the future, this time the needle passed through the wall of my lung easily.

 

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  • Ted Czukor
    Ted Czukor says #
    What a blessing, to live in an age of gene research and immunotherapy trials! All good wishes and intentions in the direction of
  • Lizann Bassham
    Lizann Bassham says #
    Thank you Ted - I am hoping that within the next few years no one with cancer will have to go through the older more traditional w
  • Elizabeth Creely
    Elizabeth Creely says #
    Lizann, I'm honored to be carried with you and the experiences of your body through your essays as this event happens, in the past
  • Lizann Bassham
    Lizann Bassham says #
    Thank you my dear

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Lunar Cycles and Healing

It is no secret that we witches are deeply connected to the cycles of The Moon.  We use lunar cycles to make decisions about planting and tending herbs for healing, food for nourishing our families and communities, and what kind of magic is appropriate to do personally, communally, or politically.

 

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  • Lizann Bassham
    Lizann Bassham says #
    yes, thank you Ted, blessings on your ancestors and all their descendants
  • Ted Czukor
    Ted Czukor says #
    Divine love, compassion and hope to all who suffer, from those whose families have been touched by the same scourge.

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Painful Embodiment

It began last November with a wound in my mouth.  As close as I can figure I simply chewed up the inside of my cheek while sleeping.  I, like many folk in my county, the USA, found last November a particularly challenging time as ideologies clashed, fury abounded, and tension mounted.  I seem to have manifested that inside my mouth with the traditional gnashing of teeth, unfortunately a large hunk of tissue, muscle, and nerves were also damaged in the process.  My dentist said she had not seen anything like it and suggested warm salt water rinses.  I was a bit oblivious to the extent of the self inflicted damage in my mouth and perhaps in the larger fabric of my country.

 

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  • Anne Newkirk Niven
    Anne Newkirk Niven says #
    I am so sorry to hear about this ongoing health issue, Lizann -- and find your connecting it to our festering political/cultural w
  • Lizann Bassham
    Lizann Bassham says #
    Thank you Anne - I don't often share personal pain publicly until I'm on the other side of it, but this just felt appropriate.

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