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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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Collective Action Prayer and the Solar Eclipse

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May we remember,
that we breathe the same air eclipsegoddess
we drink the same water
we gaze at the same stars
we are warmed by the same sun
and our nights are lit by the same moon.


Our hands extend to one another
and we create peace on earth.   

May there be a song on our lips 
love in our hearts
and courage in our feet.

May we hold space,
hold hope,
and hold on.

I dreamed of the eclipse and during it, I sat on the earth with my hands on her surface, feeling the pulse of her ensoulment and living breath and I gathered together all my prayers and sent them into her, prayers for healing, prayers for peace, prayers for the planet. And, she replied: “I am big enough for anything. You do not need to worry about me. Worry about yourselves.”

After some discussion in the Creative Spirit Circle Facebook group, we created a simple eclipse ritual outline 20776636_1958248711054008_4969490166223338501_oto share with others. I also created a new card layout using the Sun and Moon rune from Womanrunes (of course!) and it is included in the packet. Feel free to use what works for you and leave the rest! The heart of the ritual is the prayer for collective action (excerpted above) and I look at this eclipse as an opportunity for many of us to offer this prayer in powerful, collaborative, union, as so many of us will be looking outward together in the same direction on August 21, amplifying our energy and harmonizing our wishes, blessings, and prayers as we stand on our beautiful, ensouled planet.

“Ancient people saw and heard oracles everywhere because they lived in an ensouled world. The phrase ‘ensouled world’ may inspire us today, but perceiving everything around us as truly alive, brimming with consciousness, intensely present, and gazing back at us is an experience of a different order. Few adults living in modern culture are able to sustain an ensouled relationship with creation for more than a few moments at a time…”

–Dianne Skafte, Listening to the Oracle

 

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Molly has been “gathering the women” to circle, sing, celebrate, and share since 2008. She plans and facilitates women’s circles, Red Tents, seasonal retreats and rituals, Pink Tent mother-daughter circles, and family ceremonies from her tiny temple space in rural Missouri and teaches online courses in Red Tent facilitation and Practical Priestessing.

Molly is a priestess who holds MSW, M.Div, and D.Min degrees. She finished her dissertation about contemporary priestessing in the U.S. She is the author of Womanrunes, Earthprayer, and The Red Tent Resource Kit. Molly and and her husband Mark co-create Story Goddesses, original goddess sculptures, mini goddesses, pendants, and ceremony kits at Brigid’s Grove (http://brigidsgrove.com), where they also publish Womanrunes book and deck sets.

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