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Weekly Goddess Inspiration: Hathor

I spent this weekend celebrating Beltaine, the arrival of the season of fertility and growth, with my local community here in Dallas-Fort Worth. While it's been spring for a while here in Texas, it's been a mild and wet spring -- but this past week has brought the first real days of springtime sunshine. The landscape is vivid green punctuated with our signature wildflowers -- bluebonnets, Indian paintbrush, primroses, and Queen Anne's lace. The open community ritual I attended (presented by the Texas Local Council of the Covenant of the Goddess) took place in a sun-dappled grove of trees, and was followed by community feasting and socializing. Things have certainly begun stirring beneath the Earth, and within me, which are bursting to be born into the light.

These past months have seen me spending a great deal of time reflecting on the directions in which I'd like to grow, particularly in my career. As an adjunct professor, I am part of a chronically and drastically underpaid workforce. The work I do feeds my soul and feels like a calling, but often leaves me (and people like me) struggling just to pay our bills. This winter has been a season of confronting my feelings about poverty and lack, about my work, and about what I want the next phase of my life to bring -- in terms of work, relationships, spirituality, and more. (Why yes, I did just turn 40. Why do you ask?)

My next companion on this journey will be the Egyptian Goddess Hathor. I have not spent time with Her, though I visited her temple at Dendera many years ago during a life-changing trip to Egypt. She seems a perfect guide for this next phase of my growth, however, because she brings messages of prosperity and abundance:

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Hathor, from The Goddess Inspiration Oracle by Kris Waldherr

Some questions I'll be asking myself this week, and which I invite you to consider as well:

What does prosperity mean to me?

How does prosperity feel to me?

Where in my life am I prosperous?

What are five things in my life which make me feel prosperous and which have nothing to do with money?

Does the idea of prosperity scare me? Why?

How can I face and overcome the fears I may have of prosperity?

What can I do to invite more prosperity into my life?

What can I do to recognize the prosperity I already enjoy?

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Susan Harper is an eclectic solitary Feminist Witch from Irving, Texas. She is a professor of Anthropology, Sociology, and Women's Studies, with a focus on gender, religion, and sexuality. She is also an activist, community educator, and writer. When she's not making magick or fomenting social change, Susan is the head soapmaker, herbalist, and aromatherapist for Dreaming Priestess Creations. She shares her life with her partner, Stephanie, five cats, and two guinea pigs.

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  • Anthony Gresham
    Anthony Gresham Wednesday, 06 May 2015

    I once dreamed of Hathor. She appeared as a cow-headed woman seated and wearing ancient Egyptian clothes. She was smiling at me and held a book on How to Draw Yaoi. Now whenever I see the words "Yaoi Goddess" I think of her.

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