Woodspriestess: Exploring the intersection between Nature, the Goddess, art, and poetry.
Listening to the woods, to the stones, to Gaia, and to women...
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.”
Tending Your Flame Mini Ritual
“Blessed Brighid burning bright
Lead us from the darkest night
Triple Goddess of new life
Shine your flame on us tonight
Perpetual flame of love and light…”
–Kellianna, Brigid’s Flame
A mini ritual for you created in honor of Imbolc/Brigid and any time you need to tend your flame and call your spirit back:
You may follow along with the mini ritual in as much detail as you wish. Feel free to comment or share in response to the questions!
I stand in the center of the wheel, Goddess, and I ask for your guidance, your essence, and your blessings.
I turn to the East and call it in. Cool air. Fresh breath of wisdom. A sigh of release and freedom. The whisper of poetry on the wind.
I turn to South and call it in. The brightness of new ideas. The warmth of the sun. The fiery forge of transformation. The heat of my own skin.
I turn to the West and call it in. The rainfall. The sweep of the river. The healing waters of her well. The swift hum of blood in my veins.
I turn to the North and call it in. The solidness of stone. The grand arc of the trees against the sky. The steady heart of the sacred oak. The anchoring of my own feet on this beautiful ground.
Stand upright with your eyes closed, arms at your sides and your palms out. Center yourself in your body, in this time and place, by humming gently as many times as you wish.
I call my spirit back
I call my heart
I call my soul
I call my spirit back
I am centered
I am whole.
You may also wish to say something like this:
I call my energy back to me.
I release whatever is blocking me.
I create a circle of open, clear, safe space in front of me.
I call my energy back from wherever it has wandered.
I create balance and harmony in myself right now.
I am centered and grounded.
I call my spirit back.
I call my spirit back.
I am whole, clear, and free.
Put one hand on your heart and one hand on your belly and hum several times again.
Depending on your surroundings, you may wish to take a moment to sing:
(My Red Tent singing this is here)
Our card from the Goddess Oracle deck for this week is Brigit. She asks us to be clear about our intentions and to shine brightly with our purpose and dedication. “Now is the time to touch your power, for its heat and flame will ignite your passion, which will propel you forward in countless ways. Even in the face of fear, you can still stand up for your ideals and your truth.”
Where might you need to stand up for what you believe is right?
Our card from Womanrunes is the Flame, rune of energy and enthusiasm. What is hot and holy in your life? How are you feeding your flame? How are you tending your own fire? Do you have what you need to burn brightly?
Affirmation for the week: I tend my own inner fire and I shine with purpose.
This month we are celebrating Brigid, Imbolc, and the anniversary of Brigid’s Grove itself. We created several free gifts for you that are accessible right now:
We’ve also opened registration for our popular free class Introduction to Thealogy: Goddess Studies and Ritual.
(These resources are in addition to a complete ritual and ritual kit packet that were part of our free online ritual, archived and fully accessible in the companion classroom here.)
Peace Weaver, Healer, Poet, Queen.
Melt the snow and bring the spring.
Gold Bender, Keeper of the Flame.
We Sing Your Name…”
–Celia, Bridget’s Song
And now, dear sisters and brothers, the rattle passes to you…
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