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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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Gratitude

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b2ap3_thumbnail_November-2016-010.JPG"Imagine that at every moment we each embraced the world as the gift it is: an apple is a gift; the color pink is a gift; the blue sky is a gift, the scent of honeysuckle is a gift."

--Rabbi Marcia Prager

What gifts are you acknowledging in gratitude today? What are you grateful for? I am grateful that my work in the world includes creating ritual packets in sacred space within my own tiny temple in the front yard by my house. And, accordingly, I am pleased to offer you this Gratitude Ritual Kit. The Kit includes an article and a Womanrunes card layout about the Three Cauldrons of Life. These Three Cauldrons are Vitality, Connection, and Contribution.

How are you tending the Cauldrons of your life?

Sometimes during the busy holiday season, it can be easy to let one or more of our cauldrons get depleted or exhausted. I wish you each the opportunity to thrive, grow, blossom, and share your gifts with others.

"Every breath is a sacrament, anb2ap3_thumbnail_November-2016-014.JPG
affirmation of our connection with
all other living things, a renewal
of our link with our ancestors
and a contribution to generations
Yet to come."

--David Suzuki

I spent some time with this Three Cauldrons layout and my own results were so perfect they made me laugh. I do need freedom, hearth-tending, and making sacred/blessing as the core components of keeping my cauldrons tended.

After creating this layout and working with this metaphor, I then discovered an article saved on my computer (no author) all about our energetic "Three Cauldrons." Called the "Cauldrons of Poesy" by the Druids, they are actually described in ancient Celtic texts as the Cauldrons of Warming, Motion, and Knowledge.  Connected to three chakras each, we each have these three cauldron energy centers within us and they are also connected to b2ap3_thumbnail_October-2016-163.JPGthe Land, Sea, and Sky of Celtic traditions.

Gratitude for the real
The holy
The potently ordinary
The powerfully mundane
Gratitude for sacred space to which we may return
Again and again
As inexhaustible and powerful
As the sweep of wind through branches
The river’s song
And the silent watchfulness of stone…

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In addition to the gift of this Gratitude Kit for you, we also are continuing to offer our 2017 Calamoondala mini class for free!

 

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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 original goddess sculptures, pendants, and ceremony kits at Brigid’s Grove (http://brigidsgrove.com), where they also publish Womanrunes book and deck sets.

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