When I was in graduate school I had the great good fortune to study with Shiloh Sophia, renowned visionary artist and founder of Intentional Creativity®. Shiloh's classes were my introduction to painting the feminine essence, art as a sacred practice and the world of Intentional Creativity.
A stellar sighting of a pod of dolphins this Winter Solstice morning from the Deerfield Beach pier.. too elusive to catch on film but warmed my heart to see them traveling south... Happy Solstice to all and bright blessings for the holiday season!
This is the 3rd installment in a 3 part series. Go to Part 1 here and go to Part 2 here. The Holy Woman Dr. Estés (2011) latest book, Untie the Strong Woman: Blessed Mother’s Immaculate Love for the Wild Soul, is a treatise on the Virgin Mary that uses stories, poetry, prayers and artwork … Continue reading Sacred Texts in Women’s Spirituality: The Holy Woman
(Part 2 of a 3 part series on Sacred Texts in Women's Spirituality: The Work of Dr. Clarissa Pinkola Estés ~ see Part I here.) In her six part sound recording, The Dangerous Old Woman, Dr. Clarissa Pinkola Estés tells stories and commentary about the Wise Woman archetype. She immediately draws the listener in by … Continue reading “Women are Overqualified for Everything!” ~ The Wise Woman Archetype
I call her Wild Woman, for those very words, wild and woman, create the fairy-tale knock at the door of the deep female psyche. Wild Woman, Wise Woman, Holy Woman. They share the same heartbeat. ~ Estés A few years ago while engaged in public speaking training, one of my assignments was to memorize a … Continue reading Sacred Texts in Women’s Spirituality: Encountering the Wild Woman
Dodona, located in a lush and remote valley in western Greece, is the oldest oracle site in Greece dating back to the early Bronze Age. As with the other ancient oracle sites at Delos and Delphi, Dodona was dedicated to the earth mother Gaia long before it was eventually taken over by the cult of … Continue reading Greece Pilgrimage: Dodona ~ Most Ancient of the Great Goddess Oracle Sites
I am re-posting this wonderful article by Sufi teacher Llewellyn Vaughan-Lee published on The Huffington Post on International Women's Day. It is a very great teaching and I am deeply gratified to see it posted on a widely read news site: The Sacred Feminine Today Today there is a resurgence of interest in the sacred … Continue reading The Sacred Feminine Today ~ Llewellyn Vaughan-Lee
The Fifth Sacred Thing: A Manifesto for the 99% . . .even on this ruined and ravaged and poisoned earth, people can live well together, can care for one another, can heal and build in harmony with what is around us. We have demonstrated hope. Now it is up to us to sustain that hope, … Continue reading The Fifth Sacred Thing: A Manifesto for the 99%
Aswan. We left our hotel at 4 a.m. to make our way by bus and boat to the Temple of Philae. The full moon was haloed by a thin cloud cover and a hush came over our group as the boat approached the island. This magnificent temple, dedicated to the goddess Isis has held an … Continue reading Three Temples Along the Nile
Perhaps it was my love of Georgia O'Keeffe's desert landscapes that first hooked me into a desire to go to Santa Fe, or maybe it was all the stories I read of artists and writers who fell under the spell of New Mexico. Whatever it was, when two friends suggested that I go to Santa … Continue reading The Goddess in Santa Fe