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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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The Twin Pulls of the Solstice Season

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A Prayer for Guidance Through the Darkness
 
Wild Woman, push us into the cauldron, swirling us into the darkest depths of the earth. Let us emerge with mud in our hair, snails on our feet, and lichen on our arms. Let owls, ravens, and starlings fly in our wake---wolves, cats, and snakes follow our footsteps. Let our spines become as thick and strong as the redwood.
 
Our power is endless. Our strength is staggering. Our creativity has no boundaries. Our possibilities are limitless.
 
--Yancy Lael, in We'Moon, 2015
 
Each year, in November and December, I keenly feel the twin pulls of the season: retreat/hibernate/rest + b2ap3_thumbnail_46988926_2223096544569222_3151678586994294784_o.jpgsocialize/plan/do/go/create/explore. This year is no exception, except for this time I feel like I was ready for it--ready to feel, and accept, the twin pulls. Ready to build in as much self-care and down time as I possibly can, while also recognizing that a temporary break from the usual practices that sustain me is okay and it isn't permanent.

From the Womanrunes deck I drew the Reflection, rune of surrender. This is a rune of sacrifice, releasing, and letting go. It reminds us that sometimes we have to get battered against the shore to become something new, something finely textured and soft. It reminds us that surrender isn’t permanent…it can be about wise discernment, knowing when to hold and when to fold, and when to walk away.
 
What wants to be released? What wants to be freed? What is waiting for you to unclench your fists, your life, and float?
 
I drew a card from the Goddess Oracle deck and received the White Tara, sensitivity. This card asks us to acknowledge and listen to our own sensitivity to environments, people, things, fragrances, relationships. Your sensitivity may feel heightened lately and you may feel fragile or emotionally overwhelmed. Steer clearb2ap3_thumbnail_47089105_2227864297425780_5617713946384400384_o.jpg of that which your body tells you to avoid. Be tender with your heart.

And, from the Sacred Traveler Oracle we received Miracles, reminding us to expect the wondrous to emerge.
 
The dark season challenges us to surrender to our dreaming, to trust that the strength of the earth will support our weight as we sleep.
 
It is out of the darkness that flowers eventually emerge, babies are born, and inspiration for poetry and ideas are nurtured toward the page and through our voices.
 
In the deep, dark places in ourselves, we find the inner truth about ourselves. In this winter season of so many people prematurely rushing toward the light, remember to slow down and do Winter’s inner work.
 
Celebrate the dark, where the inner life is honored and nurtured. One is made confident that the seed of light, sown in the womb of the dark, will grow, and in its appropriate season, bloom.
 

Inviting you to take a sacred pause. To lay it all down for a few moments.
 
To breathe.
To consider.
To be still.
 
And, then,
in the quiet space
within your own heart,
let your own wisdom bubble up...
 
You are courageous and daring and you know what you need.

Affirmation for the month: I release, I let go. I honor my sensitivity and I breathe into the miracle of this moment.
 
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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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  • Meredith Everwhite
    Meredith Everwhite Tuesday, 04 December 2018

    This is so beautiful, relevant and helpful right now, thank you so much. I'm so excited to have discovered your wonderful Womanrunes too, just added it to my favorites on Etsy! Hopefully it can be a Yule present to myself.

    So many cards I've been drawing and other messages I've received lately are echoed by your pulls and affirmation. My own very recently-developed personal mantra for this time has been

    "Let go, believe, have faith, stay strong. Be calm, be you, be true."

    I always struggle with the "twin pulls" of this time of year, and various intense personal sorrows, losses, challenges and separations in recent months have made it much harder than usual. Thanks for this encouragement and confirmation.

  • Molly
    Molly Monday, 10 December 2018

    Thanks for commenting! I love your mantra for this time. Thank you for sharing it with me. :)

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