Goddess Centered Practice

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: The Well of Truth

"When she arrived at her building, she noticed a beam of silvery light shining down on the front stoop. Even after all those years, the moon still knew where she lived."

--Elizabeth A. Gould (The Well of Truth)

The Well of Truth is a creative synthesis of novel with metaphor plus myth, allegory, symbolism, and archetypal experiences of truth. I’ve never read another book quite like it—it blends the fictional story of a woman’s life with larger mythical understanding and lessons and reads more like a “teaching” than like strictly fiction.

The book follows a character named Grace throughout her life from childhood until menopause. When Grace's life starts to fall apart in mid-life, she experiences a series of short, allegorical encounters with significant goddesses from around the world who help her to learn necessary lessons and re-collect her floundering self from the ashes of the life she knew in order to build something new. The goddess stories are vivid and powerful and were my favorite part of the book—imparting pithy and purposeful pieces of wisdom rooted in their own classic myths that can at the same time be applied to the lives of the reader in the modern day.

At only 133 pages, the book is brief and is a very quick read that can at time feel a bit choppy. Some sections would have benefited from a more full exploration or more description. The Well of Truth is an especially poignant read for mid-life women or anyone else who feels their life cracking open—sometimes painfully—and senses there is something more on the other side of the physical and psychological transitions of middle age.

"With saltwater and fire pulsing through her veins, Grace raised her dripping head to thank the wild woman who had saved her life by introducing her to the transformative power of sacred rage."

--Elizabeth A. Gould (The Well of Truth)



Disclosure: I received a complimentary copy of this book for review purposes.


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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.


  • Jamie
    Jamie Friday, 27 May 2022


    The book sounds really cool!

  • Molly
    Molly Monday, 30 May 2022

    It was quite interesting!

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