Wise Wombyn Rising

Over the course of the past year I have been both beginning and ending things in my life. I believe in the notion that when you are complete with something it is time to lovingly set it free, opening oneself up to more possibility, more opportunity. Sometimes we must be willing to let something go to make room for that new thing, that new potentiality that is awaiting us. I spent the second half of 2015 remaining open while I continued to empty and purge. I was ready for change, and for me that change meant completely diving into M.E. = My Experience.

I always come back to the wisdom of my favorite poet, Mary Oliver:

“Tell me, what is it you plan to do
with your one wild and precious life?”
-excerpt from The Summer Day, by Mary Oliver

I reflect on this often, this wildly precious existence that is both never-ending and impermanent. I think it’s natural for us to drift in the dreamscape of what was, wondering what we have done up until this point. Oftentimes this can be met with judgment, whether the existence or the choices we have made up until this point has been “good” (or helpful as I like to view it) or “bad” (or not in alignment)… and, if you’re anything like me, sometimes one area of judgment (or perception) can be stickier than the other, leaving me momentarily frozen in time as the ever mindful observer.

When that eventually bypasses (and it always does), I come back to the wonder, to this natural moment of awareness and ask myself what I am planning to do with my one wild and precious life… and the answer is always present, yet I may not always be in the same time zone.

What appears so clearly in my minds eye, spiraling around me as obvious wisps of wisdom?

Rising.

I’m meant to take my one wild and precious life and RISE.

It’s about reaching total potentiality. Not pausing in the wake of doubt or fear; relinquishing control that guilt or shame may have and inviting it to tea, befriending ourselves, meeting our spirits exactly where we are at, and taking that momentum forward to our complete alignment in harmony with All that is: the Universe, the Multi-verse, the Yoni-verse… simply ALL.

I’ve been asked over the years when I would offer “my” work. My work — the road that I so passionately walk myself, sometimes joined by others, sometimes traveling solitary as I engage my surroundings. I’ve put it off for a number of reasons, some seemingly more convincing than others, and the “timing” never felt correct.

Time is a funny thing. Last year I experienced both the joys and the sorrows of time. I delighted in celebrating my inner child’s curiosity of living in 2015 — the same time-frame as Marty McFly (I am a huge “Back to the Future” dork with lots of love of everything 80s)… I remember being a child and listening to Prince’s “1999” and thinking that it was this far-off place that only existed in his creative mind. Marty McFly journeying to the future when I was a mere child in the 80s? Inspiring! And completing out of any scope of understanding that I could rationally wrap my head around. And yet… here we were, just a few months ago. I’ll admit to signing everything that day with “Happy Back to the Future Day!” which prompted a lot of conversation met with child-like wonder and enthusiasm.

I experienced sorrow in the way of family health crisis, and an inevitable loss to one of those health diagnosis, inviting a new ancestor into our family. Every loss, every change, every death brings an opportunity of reflection, while also processing through a myriad of emotions that sail through a mixed wave of response. What always arrive on that sail is time. Not just in the form of what was, but in the awakening of what will be.

What have I done with my time? And what will I choose to do with it now?

Rise.

I know I’m not alone in this. We’re all here stepping into, embodying, and enacting our Great Work — this larger than linear-time expression of our Purpose: why are we here, and what exactly is the legacy we hope to leave behind? That may be a bit much for some to look at in-depth at this moment, yet it’s presently holding space in our atmosphere. What will we choose?

So much of my Great Work has been working with women. Creating the safe and sacred container for us to explore, rise, and ultimately heal with the support of other sacred sisters who are looking to do the same. We teach one another, and we learn from one another. This is the traditional way of women. I want to return to that space; the space where we’re supporting one another rather than attempting to one-up each other; I want to return to the space where we can honor, acknowledge, and express our emotions while remaining strong and empowered, instead of being seen as weak or emotional; I want to return to the space of spiritually awakening and partnering with the Universe instead of stepping too far into the cave of fear and doubt, preventing balance and harmony. I want to return to this space with other women and build the tribe of transformative work.

This is where Wise Wombyn Rising was built: from a call to action for women to rise up and step fully in their power. If this is YOU, if you feel called to journey on this road to self-healing, self-discovery, and self-empowerment, then join me in this 9-month rebirthing process. Open, expand, and awaken unto yourself, in solidarity and sacredness.

This journey begins on May 15th. For more information about this apprenticeship please visit the Wise Wombyn Rising page. To apply for this intensive please click here.

Take those first steps back home to yourself…

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Monthly Women’s Circles Announcement

This is something that I have been excited to share for quite some time and now that all those little ducks are so neatly in a row, I am happy to announce that I will be facilitating monthly Women’s Circles for the Temple of Witchcraft beginning next month.

I co-facilitated similar Women Circle rituals for the Temple for five years before the decision was made to end these circles at that time. It was something I so desperately missed. Women gathering is something magickal, and for me it was something I needed. I want to gather with other women and share in that feminine principle and divine mystery, to build sacred sisterhood.

It has been a year and half since the former Women’s Circles came to a close, and I have missed it ever since. As Cancer lead minister in the Temple, one of the aspects of my ministry is about the Divine Feminine Mysteries. My other two aspects (Social Service and Children’s Ministry) have foundations beneath them that are aiding their growth. My confidence in that allowed me to focus on this third aspect, listening to what other women were telling me they needed and wanted in their lives, while also listening to my own inner voice tell me what I needed and wanted.

I’m excited to facilitate these coming rituals and invite women who are seeking to know themselves more deeply to join me in these monthly rituals of connection and sisterhood. Our first ritual:

Women’s Circle: Rising Up!
Join us for the rebirth of Women’s Circle as we awaken the circle of women, igniting the feminine wisdom within each of us and the Divine Mother. Bring a special candle to celebrate the feminine principle and stoke the fire of our sacred connection.

Saturday May 9th, 7-10p, $15
49 North Policy Street
Salem, NH 03079

Please check out my calendar of events for information on upcoming Women’s Circles as well as other events I am running.

I look forward to taking this journey with my sisters!

Spring Inner Temple Apprenticeship

I’m excited to announce that I will be offering another Inner Temple of Witchcraft course this Spring. This year-long intensive apprenticeship in the science of Witchcraft, begins in April and I am currently accepting new students. Through this course you will build a strong and solid foundation for your magickal work through the perspective of modern Witchcraft. You will:

  • Understand the history and role of the Witch, from the ancient world to the current modern revival.
  • Learn sound occult techniques for altering your consciousness and exploring the powers of meditation and trance.
  • Explore the concepts of magickal theory found in both quantum physics and hermetic philosophy, and the ethics of the Witch.
  • Use “instant” meditative magick to transform your inner and outer life.
  • Experience practical application of energy manipulation, protection magick, psychic self-defense, psychic development, aura gazing, auric cleansing, chakra balancing, psychic healing, spirit guide contact, past-life exploration, shamanic journey and building your personal place of power; your inner temple or soul shrine.

Thus shall you begin development of a solid personal practice in the internal arts of Witchcraft.

Unlike many basic 101 courses, Witchcraft I will provide a deep foundation through thirteen detailed lessons and rituals for all magickal and spiritual studies for those desiring to meditate, develop psychic skills and start the path of the Witch, rather than relying on a quick spellbook. This is a foundation piece to further training in the five-level Temple of Witchcraft Tradition.

This year-long course fuses material from The Inner Temple of Witchcraft text (required reading) and The Inner Temple of Witchcraft CD Companion (required listening) with previously unreleased rituals and rites from the Temple of Witchcraft Book of Shadows. In-person students will work with a certified Temple teacher in monthly class sessions. Lessons can vary in size and scope with some months being light and others being more involved. Generally one month is given between assignments and you are expected to complete an assignment before receiving the next.

Class dates: 4/8/15, 5/12/15, 6/10/15, 7/8/15, 8/12/15, 9/9/15, 10/14/15, 11/12/15, 12/9/15, 1/13/16, 2/10/16, 3/9/16, 4/13/16. Initiation 4/15/16. Classes held at the Temple office in Salem, NH, 7-10p. The fee for the entire course is three hundred dollars ($300). Payment plans are available for this course. To register, please fill out the online Witchcraft I application. For questions about this class, please email me.

For more information, please visit the Temple of Witchcraft.

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