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Inspired Reading: Seasons of Moon and Flame

Several years ago I wrote a post that was inspired by reading a book by Danielle Dulsky entitled, Woman Most Wild: Three Keys for Liberating the Witch Within. It came at a time when I needed a reminder of the power of the sacred feminine and acknowledgment of the wilder, less sweet nature of the feminine polarity. 

Now, in the midst of COVID-19 and the uncertainty and lack of power that many fear, another of Danielle's books has made its way to my door and into my life. This title-Seasons of Moon and Flame; the Wild Dreamer's Epic Journey of Becoming gave me pause to reassess much of what I have taken for granted as part of my nature and the pressures of moving at lightning speed. The back cover speaks to what lay inside the pages of this book....

...The yearning to slow down and simplify, return to earth, and maybe even "rewild" what has been tamed within ourselves persists even though that dream may seem more remote in contemporary life...1.

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Last year was spent in confronting the shadow and working with the Divine power of what is often vivified and tightly held in control. As I emerged into 2020 and readied myself to step into the light that was interwoven in the darkness of myself, there was still the residual control, tempering and "taming" I felt was needed to function productively. As always, the Sacred Feminine has other paths that SHE lovingly reveals, hoping that we will select that which resonates and holds the most beneficial lessons. Enter now- the Hag's lessons of Danielle's book. 

I love the fact that this is a book that moves through a year's cycle of work to reclaim the beauty and wild force of the Witch, the Hag, the Crone, the Grandmother - all of these names and many more. The days grow longer, time seems to still and the resonance I find in meeting the Four Hags of the seasons as I begin this journey of rewilding is easily conjured in what Danielle guides as the first section of her book - House of Initiation-The Beginning and the End. 

This is indeed where my journey begins and I am encouraged to follow the path of the Hag of the season I feel the most akin to. Of course, being a child of Winter, my first pull is towards the House of the Mountain Hag and the Opening of Winters Portal. But, I also know that to take the easy path is not what reclaiming my wild nature is about. And, I remember the words Danielle wrote at the start and to...

...Take a breath, hum so loudly that your teeth rattle, then whisper: "It begins."...2.

So, I take my breath and hum and what emerges is a calling to the House of the Desert Hag and the Opening of  Summer's Portal. Ironic that we sit on the precipice of Summer's unrelentless heat, something I do not enjoy. And, the full blaze of sunlight that offers no veiling of what it illuminates does not give me the comfort of remaining in the shadows. But I take heart in the active engagement of stories, ritual and invocation to the Crone of the South and all the wisdom that lay within that wild and heated embrace. 

Goosebumps rise on sun drenched skin as I read..

...The Desert Hag urges us to peel back the tougher skin from our own hearts, to lay bare the desires we might hide beneath the colder moons. Hers is not a Craft of secret keeping and mystery work. Hers is a Craft of open-armed sharing and communal work....3.

And, so I begin the work, with trepidation and with excitement and listen as Grandmother Speaks, after all this is the way of learning that Danielle tells in her story of the wisdom of her grandmother and the power of the spoken word. I envision sitting at her side and doing and watching and becoming in that moment the Grandmother Hag herself. I move through ritual and cycles of the moon and am swept away by the stories-oh the sweet and palpable stories, that are my stories as well. 

I am looking forward to exploring the paths of the other Hags and in so doing reclaiming those lost pieces of myself. I am inspired by the writings in this book and the journey I have set out upon having a trusted companion and guide to lead the way. But for now, I remain in the portal of the Desert Hag and the sweet sound of the breaking open of parched ground becomes my place to roam wild...

 

Wanting to find your own re-wilding?

Seasons of Moon and Flame-the Wild Dreamer's Epic Journey of Becoming

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by Danielle Dulsky

New World Library-ISBN 978-1608686421-376pp

 

Read the first post that started my journey to the Wild:

Awakening My Wild: http://witchesandpagans.com/sagewoman-blogs/womb-of-light/awakening-my-wild.html

 

Footnotes:

1. Back Cover

2. pg. 15

3. pg. 92

 

 

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Robin Fennelly is an Elder within The Assembly of the Sacred Wheel Tradition and serves as High Priestess of Coven of the Mystic Path, the 12th Coven within the Assembly of the Sacred Wheel Tradition. She teaches and facilitates classes for the Pagan Experience Study Group that serves as foundation for membership within Coven of the Mystic Path.
Her spiritual journey is strongly rooted in both Eastern philosophy and the Western Magickal systems from which she has formed a core foundation that is diverse in knowledge and rich in spiritual practice. A life-long learner, her practice has evolved from the classical and philosophical teachings of books, practical experience and enrichment of this knowledge base by attending workshops of various spiritual traditions presented by master teachers.
Robin formally came to the Wiccan path in 1994. Following a practice as a solitary for 2 years, she dedicated to Oak and Willow Coven of The Assembly of the Sacred Wheel Tradition in November of 1996. She received her 1st, 2nd, 3rd and 4th (Elder) degrees within the Assembly Tradition and has served as High Priestess of two ASW covens since Samhain of 2001 and the Winter Solstice of 2015.
As a teacher of esoteric and magickal studies she uses Energetic Anatomy, Tarot, Astrology, Hermetic Qabala, Eastern Philosophy, and Numerology as the foundations of her diverse selection of workshops and writings for more than 25 years. Exploration of varied energetic protocol has been the focus of her work for some time now and the information gained through direct experience informs all of her magickal and spiritual work.
Robin’s writings have been featured online, and in print Internationally. She has authored several books incorporating her unique style of writing making use of poetry, prose and pathworking to enhance the concepts presented. She has taught extensively throughout the Pagan community, including Sacred Space Conference, Spring Magick, Between the Worlds Interfaith Conference and Free Spirit Gathering Festival. Her most recent projects include a channel on youtube: A Journey to the Inner Chamber. She also shares audio pathworkings and ritual on her bandcamp site: Teachings on the Path with Robin.
Robin is the owner of Holistic Embrace providing services for mind, body and spirit such as Tarot readings, Astrology reports, Spiritual Guidance and other related offerings. She lives in Eastern Pennsylvania and her life is blessed by a 40+- year marriage, five children and the opportunity to work in the field of public education.

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