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In the woods behind my house rest a collection of nine large flat rocks. Daily, I walk down to these “priestess rocks” for some sacred time alone to pray, meditate, consider, and be. Often, while in this space, I open my mouth and poetry comes out. I’ve come to see this experience as "theapoetics"—experiencing the Goddess through direct “revelation,” framed in language. As Stanley Hopper originally described in the 1970’s, it is possible to “…replace theology, the rationalistic interpretation of belief, with theopoetics, finding God[dess] through poetry and fiction, which neither wither before modern science nor conflict with the complexity of what we know now to be the self.” Theapoetics might also be described, “as a means of engaging language and perception in such a way that one enters into a radical relation with the divine, the other, and the creation in which all occurs.”

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Book Review: She of the Sea

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I carry the ocean home with me, b2ap3_thumbnail_she-of-the-sea-book-cover-with-goddess-and-shell.jpg
tides moving in my body,
song echoing in my cells,

sunrise in my eyes,
salt in my blood,
a wave-softened heart,
my layers stripped back,
laid bare before
an endless rhythm,
my edges round
and smooth,
like a gray moon snail
pressed into the sand.

I finished reading She of the Sea by Lucy Pearce this week. I don’t have time to do a long review of the book, but I want to give a salt and sun soaked recommendation for this jewel from the sea. It is smooth and sensuous reading, full of emotion and depth. Such a beautifully wrought book–personal, archetypal, mythic, and magical. It makes me yearn once more for sand, shell, and shore.

A favorite quote: We need a story about who we are as humans to help us navigate the changes ahead. We need a narrative of ourselves as resilient and creative, capable of meeting challenges, a species that has always adapted and grown in a mystical unseen dance with the cycles of life on this planet. Of our bodyminds as having been shaped by the ocean for millions of years. Of the unconscious as an available and precious repository of wisdom that is the basis of all cultures. Of the vitality and sanctity of wild places. Of ritual and prayer as technologies of communication with a universe that is not indifferent, but intelligent. Of the natural world being an intimate part of us and in direct communication with us… (p. 233).

She of the Sea blends ritual with science with reflection with story with musing with question with study with spirals. I deeply enjoyed it!

“Standing looking out to sea can be like standing at an altar.
You wait in silence for
some kind of benediction. If prayer could have

a physical destination, this would be it.”

–Jean Sprackland, Strands: A Year of Discoveries on the Beach

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Molly Remer, MSW, D.Min, is a priestess, teacher, mystic, and poet facilitating sacred circles, seasonal rituals, and family ceremonies in central Missouri. Molly and her husband Mark co-create Story Goddesses at Brigid’s Grove (brigidsgrove.etsy.com). Molly is the author of ten books, including Walking with Persephone, Whole and Holy, Womanrunes, the Goddess Devotional, and 365 Days of Goddess. She is the creator of the devotional experience #30DaysofGoddess and she loves savoring small magic and everyday enchantment.


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