78. Voices of the Wells

- Aquarius New Moon, Partial Solar Eclipse
- Lunar Imbolc, sacred to Brigid of the Sacred Flame and Holy Well
- also, Chinese New Year of the Earth Dog (more on this another time)
- 15 February 2018 @ 1:06pm PST
- elemental focus: air
- body focus: mind and voice

Stories “in-form” us - they are part of this body of work called Life. The primary story in-forming Imbolc for me this year is the “Maidens of the Wells” from a French text called The Elucidation. Over a period of a few weeks, I came across it three times in three different places. In Celtic cosmology, three is a most sacred number. When something occurs three times, you can be sure that it is not random - the Great Mystery is trying to get your attention! And specifically, the message could be coming from the Great Goddess, as She appears in three forms - maiden, mother, crone. 

Here is re-telling of this powerful story:

Once upon a time, long ago and far away, but just the other day in the valley across the way…The land was lush with all kinds of riches, fields of green, rivers of silver and gold, trees laden with fruit, diamonds glittering on the soles of every shoe, and wells, so many wells of deep magic and mystery. 

If you happened upon one of these sacred wells, a maiden dressed in purest white would greet you with a plate of your favorite food. She would dip her golden grail into the well and offer you the water, saying as you drank deeply: “May you never hunger, may you never thirst, may you always walk in peace.” And so you would gratefully walk on, refreshed to the depths of your very soul.

For many years, this was the way of the land. The waters flowed freely and the people knew great abundance, never fearing, never lacking.

One day, a new King put on the golden crown. He drank too deeply of the mead, ate until he was overfull, and indulged in the riches, mining the land for all the gold and jewels he could find. And still the land provided. Until…

The King happened upon a sacred well where he was greeted by a maiden dressed in purest white who served his favorite food and water from her golden grail. But, he was not satisfied. No. He threw the maiden to the ground and took from her more than she would ever willingly give to him. The very rocks cried out and the water of the well drained, leaving it completely dry. He stole her golden grail and forced her into servitude. But, the grail disappeared, for he could never own that most precious treasure. Never.

Across the land, the men emulated their King, raping the maidens of the wells. The waters withdrew. The grass turned brown. The silver and gold tarnished. The trees withered. And the gems lost their sheen. All that was left was a Wasteland, barren of al riches, bereft of the maidens’ voices and the Goddess’ graces. 

You know this, too, yes? For when the Voices of the Wells, the spirit of the Maidens, the Dreams of the Earth are lost, the lifeblood is drained and we find ourselves in the midst of a Wasteland. 

It takes courage, deep courage, to free yourself from captivity, to return to the land, to call forth once more the waters that run in the river beneath the river. And so, it is time we gather again in sacred ceremony, re-sacralizing our deepest desires and passions for life, reclaiming our voices and speaking for the land. 

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You won’t be the only voice speaking out in the wilderness. The Voices of the Wells are gurgling up from the depths. We are rising together en masse. After being silenced and parched for so long, our words may sound angry. But, underneath the anger is sadness, and underneath the sadness is longing, and underneath the longing is Belonging. Healing. Peace.

Return to the well within you - the dreaming portal connected directly to Source. Dream and serve once more for the new and ancient Earth. 

Blessed Be,
Jennifer

77. Sophia’s Call, The Eternal Flame

Here we are at the threshold of the Leo Full Moon and Total Lunar Eclipse - a Blue Blood Moon. Energies are running high, and polarities may feel increasingly intense with big swings, particularly in the energetic body - realm of the spirit. One moment your spirits may be high, and the next you may be crashing. This is the same for the outer world - As Within, So Without. At least that’s how I’ve been experiencing the lead up to this fiery, spirited Leo Moon!

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69. Mystical Musing: The Magical Mundane

Earlier this week i was having a conversation with a sister from the priestess path i walk, and she said a phrase that i fell in love with: “the magical mundane”. She saw magic in the changing colors of the leaves and the mountains rising above and around her. She felt connected to something greater, higher, deeper. She rediscovered her innate wisdom. 

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68. Mystical Musing: The Black Madonna

This is the last of our Samhain series as we are quickly being ushered towards Yule. The presence of the Mother - Holy, Blessed, Beloved, Divine - is here among us. One form of Her is the Black Madonna. She is the Dark Mother of the Golden Child. She came in quite strongly for me just before Samhain, and She was with me through the 22 hours of labor with Taliesin. I feel Her here, still. She carries each one of us in Her womb through the dark half of the year, nourishing our Dreams and bringing them forth to and for this Earth.

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67. Mystical Musing: Pause, Feel, Remember

This is such a beautiful time of year. We have moved through the Samhain portal and are on the Otherside with Thanksgiving just days away. 

Wherever you are, whatever you do, whoever you’re with, step slightly outside the circle of activity for just a moment. Slow down. Take a few deep breaths and be the One Who Watches. Observe your surroundings with all senses - sight, touch, smell, taste, sound - bring it all in. Savor the moment and put it in your memory box.  

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66. Mystical Musing: Dreaming as Divination

(excerpt from the “Bewitching Samhain 2017 Guidebook” inspired by the Samhain Season of 2017)

Samhain is a time of divination - seeing beyond normal perception into the Great Mystery. There are many forms of divination: tarot, runes, pendulums, divining wands, crystals, bird flight and more. Dreaming is one of your most innate forms of divination on this journey of embodiment because they come through you and live in you. You’ll need nothing but your Whole Self.

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63. mystical musing: Hold the Center

...In being fully here, we are fully human, fully divine. This way of living requires a bold strength and sweet surrender as it goes against conventional complacency. It asks us to show up even when we don’t want to. It takes us beneath the surface distractions that are running rampant. It can be quite radical in that it calls us to no longer deny our heart’s desires and to find a way forward even with a broken heart... 

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61. mystical musing: Home Sweet Home

For those who have been affected by the fires, floods, winds, quakes, shootings and wars, i pray that you are able to find solace in Home, wherever and however it may be for you. The white ash falling on my arm as i write - remnants of homes burned to the ground by the wildfires in northern California - remind me of what once was and is now nothing but a memory. May the memories of yesterday and hopes for tomorrow, however poignant, keep you going.

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60. mystical musing: Remember Kindness

(inspired by the need to remember kindness)

When the heart shatters from terror and tragedy…there is a time to take refuge in the Heart - yours and mine and ours. And, there is a time to take a deep breath, bolster our inner strength and Act.  

We will overcome these acts of violence with acts of kindness.  It is not random. It is not by pure, unavoidable chance. It is choice and we are all, in some way, responsible for this current state of the world - the outer reflects the inner. 

In these times, remember. Remember, you are here for a reason. Remember, you are not a victim. Remember, you have a choice as to how you respond - you/we are response-able.

Remember, also, to tend your bodies - physical, emotional, mental and spiritual - with immense self care. Go into nature with your cell phone off or better, consciously left inside. Speak your prayers to the trees. There is a time for tuning into the current news, and a time for tuning into the eternal Source.

So, as much as possible, be clear about the choices you make and how you direct your life force energy. Choose your thoughts, words and actions. Also, forgive yourself when in retrospect, you can see where you might have done better, more or differently…Be kind to your precious heart.

As in so many cases, John O’Donohue's words are fuller and deeper than the hollows, cracks and voids carved from the wounds of horrifying experiences. May these words extracted from his essay, “Kindness: The First Gift,” comfort you and give you hope:

“There is a kindness that dwells deep down in things it presides everywhere, often in the places we least expect. The world can be harsh and negative, but if we remain generous and patient, kindness inevitably reveals itself.” 

“Kindness strikes a resonance with the depths of your own heart; it also suggests your vulnerability, though somehow exposed, is not taken advance of; rather, it has become an occasion for dignity and empathy. Kindness casts a different light, an evening light that has the depth of color and patience to illuminate what is complex and rich in difference.”

“Despite all the darkness, human hope is based on the instinct that at the deepest level of reality some intimate kindness holds sway. This is the heart of blessing. To believe in blessing is to believe that our being here, our very presence in the world, is itself the first gift, the primal blessing.”

Descend from thinking mind into the heart of blessing. Arrive fully here in the poignancy of this life, for being here is so much, and it requires all of us. 

In Love & Kindness,
Jennifer

* The Guided Meditation this week brings us into the heart of blessing. May it soothe your soul, and not only yours, but those around you in infinite circles of blessings. Posted for the Beauty, Love & Magic Makers on Patreon soon.