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The Art of Holding Space

As we take our first steps into the Dark Time, I’ve been thinking a lot about holding space—what it means, the purpose it serves, and how I can do it more effectively. Along with the concept of “holding center,” the mindfulness around holding space has been present in my priestessing since my first in-person community trainings, if not before.  I’ve noticed lately that the concept of holding space is popping up all around me, a development that brings me great joy.  The more people capable of providing this service for one another, the better. In the online Women’s Mystery School […]

Following the Path of Self-Discipline

Note:  In the first post in this series “Leadership Assets:  Discipline” I discussed what self-discipline is and why it is important for us not only in our leadership roles, but in our lives.  That post can be found here.   Today I’ll be exploring this topic in a bit more depth, with the ultimate intention of completing this short series with my next post in July. Self-discipline is a form of freedom. Freedom from laziness and lethargy, freedom from the expectations and demands of others, freedom from weakness and fear and doubt.             ~H.A. Dorfman As I […]

The Year of Showing Up: Part III

Note: In the first post in this three-part series, I wrote about my community’s theme for this year and what it means to show up for ourselves in our own lives.  In the second part, I focused on our collective responsibility in showing up. In this month’s post, I’ll share some thoughts on what it means to show up in community as a leader.   You can find Part I here and Part II here.  From the Perspective of Leadership Responsibility… As I’ve explored what it means to show up for community as a leader, I’ve become increasingly appreciative of the many […]

The Year of Showing Up: Part II

Note: In the first post in this three-part series, I wrote about my community’s theme for this year and what it means to show up for ourselves in our own lives.  This month I’ll focus on what it means to show up for others in community.  You can find Part I here.  From the Perspective of Collective Responsibility… Whether we identify as introverted, extroverted, ambiverted, or something else, we all desire belonging.  The inclination to find inclusion and acceptance—whether in a large group or a tiny circle of friends or family—is one of the driving forces of humanity.  It is […]

The Year of Showing Up: Part I

Our community’s year ends with the Full Moon in Cancer and, after a brief respite and rest in the liminal zone Between, begins again at Imbolc.  With each new Sisterhood year comes a new Sisterhood theme, one that organically emerges and arises to be identified by our Priestesses with the intention that it will be explored throughout the year both in community and by each individual.  Our theme last year was the Year of Returning to Center. With Imbolc, we entered our new Year of Showing Up. But what does that even mean, the Year of Showing Up?  Showing up […]

Gratitude as Expansion

Gratitude and appreciation require only true sincerity and the willingness to keep an open mind. ~Alan Joel Perhaps it’s because I’ve been working with the expansive energies of Jupiter since September that I’ve come to fully grasp this as Truth: When I move away from feelings of gratitude, I correspondingly move into a place of contraction, compression, and restriction. When we are suffering for whatever reason, it can be so easy to forget that we are not the only ones suffering, or who have suffered, or who will ever suffer.  It’s very “me”-centric…and there is actually nothing at all wrong […]

Progress Not Perfection

We aren’t meant to be perfect. We are meant to be whole. If you allow yourself, you can become stronger in the very places that you’ve been broken. ~Jane Fonda I’m not entirely sure where I got the idea—Family? Friends? Society in general?—that everything needs to be done perfectly all of the time, but that energy sure runs deep.  And, if I’m not careful, this is the time of year it emerges with particular force.  Seeking out the perfect gifts, decorating the house perfectly, preparing the perfect meals… But this year is different.  As I honor my grief, other things […]

She Who Unveils the Mystery: Part 1

In the velvety blackness of Lunar Samhain our coven, Sisterhood of the Sacred Veil, celebrated the Dark Moon with our annual overnight gathering. The synchronicities, both by timing and by theme, were perfect for me. I’m currently digging down into my own bedrock in a class in which we’re exploring working side-by-side and hand-in-hand with our Shadows. The information that is pouring forth from my inner essence as a result is almost too much to become conscious of all at once, and I’m feeling spectacularly connected to the mistiest, most profoundly obscure and mysterious parts of myself. As I engage […]

Grief as a Holy Offering

The rivers are rough right now; the seas are high. The dams have broken, and all the lakes have emptied. Over the past few weeks, I’ve experienced profound connection coupled with astounding rootedness punctuated by loss–the deaths of Beloveds–precipitating violent heavings of emotions, like so much jetsam arising from the depths of the oceans. I return again and again to the questions: How does grief fit into my everyday life? How can I feel this pain without becoming lost in it forever? Will it ever hurt less and, if not, how will I learn to bear this? ***** I am ceremonially […]

Ritefully Bewitched

All I do as a community Priestess considered, ritual creation and facilitation is unequivocally my greatest delight.  I remain thoroughly inspired and amazed by the transformation that occurs in these rites, both within myself and in others, even after leading hundreds of rituals over almost twenty years.  I now recognize that the swift, hot spark leading to my understanding that I had a vocational call to priestess is directly linked to my enduring wonder and awe of the lasting change that comes—successfully, over and over and over again—from a gathering of less than two hours between doors opening and closing. […]