Women Archives

The Rites of Women: Menarche

For a number of years now, I have been a strong advocate of women reclaiming their spiritual mysteries. In my workshops, seminars, and Primordial Priestess Training, the women are encouraged to identify and embrace the first mystery that they were introduced to, their Sacred Moon Cycle. By honoring this part of themselves, many have experienced a closer connection to Gaia’s rhythms and cycles, less cramps, less blood flow and in some cases less days of flowing. I love hearing reports such as these because it makes the work that I was born to do, and love to do, a lot easier. There are still many miles to go, so to speak.

As I think back upon my entry into womanhood the Summer of my thirteenth year, I remember that there was somewhat of a celebration given by my Mother, one of my aunts and my favorite female cousin. I had not really remembered that time, until now, as I am writing this article.

These three very special women in my life cooked a special dinner, baked a cake, sat and talked woman to woman with me. My Aunt gave me a greeting card. The card was funny because it had a pill in it and read something like, “Put this pill between your knees and hold it.” I remember laughing and saying that I was not looking to get pregnant anytime soon.

They bought me those “special” pads women use during “that time of the month” and showed me how to use them. My Mother even shared with me the use of a natural homemade pad, just in case.

I recall a shopping trip with my Dad around that time. He bought me a few pieces of clothing and a pair of heels to add to my wardrobe. As I look back on that time, I am grateful that it was happy and joyful. I had forgotten how I was honored. It didn’t really occur (Read more ...)

SiStarhood: Gather the Women

“No nation can rise higher than its women.” – Elijah Muhammed

Many years ago when I was a young woman of 22 years, a palm reader from India said to me, “One day, you will be a great leader of women.” I was stunned to hear this at the time since it was not even a thought in my mind to take on that type of responsibility but little did I know that on two more occasions others who were “in the know” said almost the exact same thing to me.

So, here I am now at the age of 57 and I have been helping to empower women through knowledge of self for over 30 years. It is a great feeling when women come together in SiStarhood to assist one another along their walk in life. Seeing a SiStar emerge as a lotus flower rising from the ashes like a Phoenix makes my heart warm.

At present I am reading Jean Shinoda Bolen’s new book, Urgent Message From Mother: Gather the Women, Save the World. This book speaks to me in a number of ways and the time has not been so urgent in my lifetime than now for women to gather and do something or continue to do something to enrich not only their own personal lives but the lives of their family, village, community and the world at large.

When women gather it is not always about gossip, shopping trips, or getting their hair and nails done. There are many other reasons why women gather. They gather to do rituals and ceremonies, to pray, to heal, to counsel, console and lift up another SiStar. They gather in healing circles working towards a more civilized solution to things gone awry.

SiStarhood is a powerful force and women’s circles are growing by leaps and bounds. This is quite timely since it is a known fact that women help each other to heal (Read more ...)

Power of the Sacred Dance

In ancient times, woman as Priestess, as Goddess, danced the Sacred Dance in the beauty of her nakedness. She danced in the temples, on the hills, in the valley, by the ocean, in caves and in the desert. The Sacred Dancer connected herself to the entire universe. She was one with all things. The dance was not only a way of telling the story of life; it was a celebration of life itself. Uni-Verse. One Song. The Song of Love.

Women knew the magic and the healing power of the Sacred Dance. They knew that by dancing together and for one another that they were doing the work of the Great Mother Goddess. They enjoyed a direct connection to the Divine Femi9 Energy.

At some point in history, the Dance of Life became misinterpreted and seen as lewd. Patriarchy began to set the tone for the Sacred Dance. Man must have felt threatened by the Movement of Life and chose to restrain and contain women in their most natural state of being.

Women were told that only a “certain kind of woman” would move her body in such a manner. It was not seen as a birthing, fertility dance that kept the body strong, healthy and supple. It was seen as “dancing with the devil.” Women began to lose themselves to many diseases of the womb and the body as a whole is a result of constraint.

Woman, loose thyself! Free your mind and free your body that you may once again enjoy the feeling of movement for the sake of a more harmonious life.

We of the womb energy are beginning to get back in touch with our natural movement. In my heart, I know we can become whole again by connecting to that Sensual Spirit, hidden deep within.

Dance and your heart will be joyful. Dance, feel and connect to your inner wisdom and power.

Dancing is (Read more ...)

Primordial Healer: Shaman Woman

The oldest healing tradition in the world is shamanism. It is primitive. It is primal. It is a powerful practice. Today it would also be classified by such names as “holistic healing”, or “integrative medicine”. My beloved calls it “Harmonic Infusion.” I have been led to call it “Primordial Healing.”

Some time ago, I read an article entitled, Birthing as a Shamanic Experience by Leslie McIntyre. In the article, it was stated that when a woman gives birth naturally, she is between two worlds: the world of life and the world of death. This, in and of itself, is a Shamanic experience. It led me to do more research into the world of the female shaman, the one who is a Primordial Healer.

In her book Shakti Woman, Vicki Noble quotes Geoffery Ashe, a British scholar who specializes in shamanism, as saying, “Ancient shamanism was not an individual phenomenon but was something that was practiced by the female group. And the power of the female group is biologically rooted in menstruation and the blood mysteries of birth.”

I recently finished reading, The Woman in the Shaman’s Body by Barbara Tedlock. The book was most informative about women and shamanism. It let me know that the direction of my life is right and timely.

Most times when we hear the word shaman, we think of a man. This is because the patriarchal mindset had relegated women to a position of assistant or subordinate in this practice.

All over the world, there were and are women who are very powerful shamans. They are called by different names because the word shaman was primarily used in Siberia, whereas in other cultures the term was Sangoma, Curandera, Witch, Medicine Woman, or other names (Read more ...)

My Goddess Walk

It began a long, long time ago. When I was a young girl of five or six years of age. It was then that I wanted to blow magical fairy dust on people, so that they would happy. It was about the same time that I questioned my teachers in Catholic school about their religious teachings. What an upstart I was and still am! *smile*

The first time I knew of the Goddess was when I looked in the mirror and saw my image. She was beautiful to my young eyes and She still is.

At around age nine was when I first saw an apparition. I was terrified because I didn’t know what was going on and my mother had the doctor come and sedate me. Too bad she didn’t know what was actually going on. She was not raised in the ways of her Ancestors to any great extent.

Early in my teen years, I felt close to my Native American roots and showed it by wearing beads and moccasins. Little did I know that part of my spiritual path would be of Cherokee roots.

Then there was a time in my life when I had wanted to zap anyone who made me angry. I had bought books on ‘black magic’ as well as the Satanic Bible. I was dressing in black clothes mostly, with black nail polish. My mother had no idea what was on my mind!

During this time in my life I went to see a movie, The Brotherhood of Satan and in the lobby there were rows of tables. On these tables there were tests for the moviegoers to take. I took the test and the end result was that my ‘witch’s’ rating was 55% and my ‘psychic’ rating was 65%. I went to the occult party that following weekend and met my ‘guru’. I was close to my nineteenth birthday at this time.

Soon after the party, I became a student of yoga. I burned all of my books, (Read more ...)

 Page 5 of 122  « First  ... « 3  4  5  6  7 » ...  Last »