Gathering Bones

During the weeks before a ritual circle, I am immersed in the energies of that particular circle’s theme.  This month we are exploring the mythos of Bone Womyn, (a mysterious and powerful figure mentioned in the collection of women’s teaching stories (“Women Who Run With The Wolves” by Dr. Clarissa Pinkola Estes, Ph.D.).  She who…

Dark Moons & New Thoughts

clarity.  confidence.  courage. dancing with the dark moon’s King of the Cosmic Dance on fire, clearing the way strengthened through the fire toughening and tempering the metal, slicing through the confusion. sharpen the steel blade of the mind hone the edge for precision, in the surgery of removal the strangling strands of thought freeing the…

Re-Membering & Compassion- My Journey from Death to Life

As 2017 came to a close, I received a powerful vision in my daily meditations.  In my mind’s eye, I saw the sweetly loving and familiar images of the Blessed Mother Mary of my childhood, flash before me.  Her sacred presence, along with more recent connections with other traditional figures of the Divine Mother, such…

Ancient Whispers

A human being’s power center in is our core, that place deep inside, where the connection to the creative force of the universe dwells.  It’s encoded in our DNA.  Ancient whispers in our blood and bones.  Whispers that speak of ties with the moon, planets, and stars.  Forces that control the ocean’s tides and powers…

All Hallow’s Eve – Healing Rituals Honoring the Ancestors

An aura of mourning pervades my awareness in the same penetrating fashion as this full moon’s light pervades the atmosphere around us.  In “the Olde Country”, as I remember my elders calling their European homelands, there were, and are, celebrations around the rituals of death and the dying season.  I can hear echoes of their…

Cycles, Seasons & Creativity

As the Wheel of the Year turns toward the end of the harvests and the nights become longer I sense an inner calling from the depths of my soul.    Aware of how the natural environment is showing signs of changes, I am constantly observing how life adapts to the seasonal shifts in the environment….

A Ritual Fire Dance of Vitality

The music continues to play on in my head the morning after the new moon dance celebration.  I remember the mystery and power of my dance.  I remember that dance is older than time. For me, this was an ecstatic ritual experience.  A dance ceremony, honoring the element of fire through the use of staccato…

Harvest Blessings

To all who made the Mystic South Conference possible, It is with sincere gratitude and deep appreciation for everything that was accomplished to co-create and carry out this feat of magic.  I was a participant on Saturday and a presenter on Sunday morning. We arrived late on Friday to a full hotel and many exciting possibilities.  After a long, full day…

Exploring Contrast, with Art & Life.

The study of contrast is an essential part of an artist’s education.  Imagine life without contrast.  Monochromatic colors, all blending into each other.  No texture. No shadows, either. No diversity.  Just a bland and boring view of life.  Flat and uninspired. Contrast provides depth and understanding of whatever we are looking at.  It’s an important…

Fire-gazing, Creativity & Soul Alchemy

Fire-gazing inspires my creativity, deepening my attention as I am mesmerized by the flames dancing with life. It pulls me out-of-doors and restores a sense of vitality and vigor.  The welcoming warmth penetrates my bones in the transitional time between winter and spring. Fire has been a part of human life for much longer than we have written…

Possibilites & Transformation

I love Nature.  My mother loved Nature, and she passed this love onto me at a very early age.  Within Nature’s constantly transforming vistas and vignettes, I see patterns, track movements, tuning into the whole of it and I am fascinated. A keen sense of curiosity fuels my studies of Nature from many perspectives; artistically, scientifically,…