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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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Powerful and Free

I am powerful  b2ap3_thumbnail_June-2017-001.JPG
I am magical
I am healthy
I am free…

You may wish to place one hand on your heart, one hand on your belly and hum gently to center yourself in this time and in space. Call yourself in, feeling yourself present in your body, on this earth, breathing in and out, in and out.

The audio recording for this ritual is available here.

In the recording, I share a spontaneous little song (above) about power and freedom as well as ask two questions:

How are you really?  (more about this here)

and

Do you feel free?

From Shekhinah Mountainwater’s book Ariadne’s Thread, a poem about love and freedom:

The Choice

Life came to me while I lay dreaming 19092733_1926380597574153_3257563881299314831_o
And in each hand She bore a gift for me
One held Love, the other Freedom
"Which do you choose?" said She

Yes, I'm the one that chose the gift of Freedom
When Love was offered in Life's other hand
What right have I to cry I'm lonely

When I can walk unbound through man's wasteland?
"You've chosen well," She said, and bent to kiss me
"For now I can return to you again

"And when I come, two gifts I'll bring you "
But then the Two will be in one hand ..."

Do you feel free? How does it feel to consider that question?

From Womanrunes, we received The Dancing Woman. This made me smile, because I’d already created my little song about power before I received her, the rune of power. She asks: How are you standing in your power? Dancing in your power? Singing in your power? Do you feel powerful?

From the Goddess Guidance Oracle Deck, we received Damara, who reminds us to think with the heart of a child. She asks us what we need for harmony in our households and families and offers the opportunity to reach out to children with tenderness, respect, and heart, maintaining your own spirit of enthusiasm and discovery at the same time.

Stretch your arms wide, open them to the sky,june-2017-066
swoop them down and touch the earth.
Feel it there within you.

You are powerful.

Draw it up,
draw it down,
draw it in.

Rest in the sensation
that who you are is

powerfully enough.

Affirmation for the week: I am powerfully enough. 

And now, the rattle passes to you...

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This post is excerpted from our free Creative Spirit Circle.

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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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