Goddess, Healing

Service and the Art of Self-Care

She goes by several names…Mary, Miryam, Magdala, Magdalena. I won’t speculate on her origins or elaborate on the Gnostic teachings that describe her as Sophia, the original female principle, the Goddess. Many have already devoted books to the exploration of her mysteries, but I will leave all of that for the scholars to pick apart… Continue reading Service and the Art of Self-Care

Goddess, Healing

Hazardous Material

  I wrote this poem after contemplating how often women deny or suppress their own power because of shame or social conditioning. I believe many, including myself, have felt that we lost our sensual selves along the way somewhere. The truth is that we can't ever lose something so dear, but we can (and do)… Continue reading Hazardous Material

Goddess, Nature, Poetry

Descent to the Underworld

Little did I know that moving to Savannah five years ago would be like Persephone's descent into the Underworld. It's a path I believe she chose, rather than being snatched unwilling into that cavernous void. She wanted to learn about herself, and there was only one way to accomplish that task. She had to face… Continue reading Descent to the Underworld

Goddess, Nature

The Soulful Path of the Witch

My spiritual journey did not begin in a sacred grove amidst ancient trees under the light of a silvery moon. I didn’t wear a cloak or carry a staff adorned with a glowing crystal sphere. I didn’t have a wand or an athame or a silver pentacle dangling from a chain around my neck. I… Continue reading The Soulful Path of the Witch

Empowerment, Goddess, Healing, Poetry

The Art of Receptivity

  “It is more blessed to give than to receive.” Oh, you learned that verse too well, my sister. That’s what they expect, after all. Be a nurturer, a supporter, a giver. It’s your holy calling. It’s what women do. Give until your creative well is empty, until your back is broken, until you are… Continue reading The Art of Receptivity

Empowerment, Goddess, Nature, Poetry

Veneration of the Wild Witch

There are two witches living inside of me…one wild, one tame. I won’t deny that I love the wild one most— she who resists order and structure, she who prefers the loamy smell of woodlands and the sand of untrodden shores, she who calls the lightning bolt down to shatter the tower, she who gives… Continue reading Veneration of the Wild Witch

Empowerment, Goddess

Being a Succulent Woman

The word succulent always makes me think of a perfectly ripe peach—the kind you can bite into and feel the juice dribble down your chin. Maybe that’s appropriate for a writer who has lived her whole life in the Peach State, even though South Carolina grows a lot more of them than we do here… Continue reading Being a Succulent Woman

Goddess, Healing, Poetry

A Poem for the Priestess in Service

I've spent the past several weeks thinking about all the women in my circle who are in the midst of deep healing work, women who are called to be the priestesses of a new age. This poem is for you, all of you, who are feeling this energy right now and answering that call to… Continue reading A Poem for the Priestess in Service

Sabbats

What Are You Going to Be for Halloween?

Once, in a lucid and ironic season, I looked behind the mask the living wear, Hardly expecting either fiend or angel Under the tarnished brightness of that stare. -John A. Holmes (from “The Mask the Living Wear”) I’ve often felt that the costumes people wear on Halloween show more about their true character than the… Continue reading What Are You Going to Be for Halloween?

Goddess, Rituals

Women’s Circles and the Quest for Community

Everywhere I go, I find myself in gatherings of women. Most are spiritual seekers, deeply engaged in the process of healing old wounds and awakening to their divine purpose. Sometimes I’ve been in tribes that formed naturally and easily, as though we already knew each other, and we were just picking up right where we… Continue reading Women’s Circles and the Quest for Community