I always mean to take pics. Maybe with your inner eyes you can see: The altar is lovely, with flowers, stones and ephemera from sisters offering. A lovely new altar cloth initiated into use. Candles lit, waning sun streaming into our ruby library at the Balch Hotel. The heady scents of Rose and Spikenard oils. Eleven women entering the mystery, anointed at the goddess gateway, in various shades and degrees of goddess wear. The bashful and bold. A circle of sisters deep and engaged, hungry for a sense of the sacred, sharing connection, together. A mix of ages and backgrounds,
About magdalenepathClaire Sierra, MA, LFT, is the author of The Magdalene Path – Awaken the Power of Your Feminine Soul ©. An Arts Therapist and True Purpose™ Master Coach, Claire has guided thousands of women who feel lost & confused about their purpose, to use creative arts to connect to their divine guidance for clarity & confidence about their true path. She’s led creative soul-centered workshops, retreats and private sessions for over 2 decades. To support greater re-connection she and her husband recently became proprietors of the Balch Hotel, a boutique destination retreat in the Columbia River Gorge, in Oregon. (visit www.BalchHotel.com) For free resources on your path, go to: www.MagdalenePath.com for sample chapters, meditations, audio interviews and more.
In my last article I promised to share a Divine Download I received after the great Notre Dame de Paris fire tragedy. As a sacred place consecrated to Our Lady, the connection to Mary and Magdalene is palpable. I grieved at the loss of this great temple to the Divine Feminine. Yet I reminded myself, it was NOT that, it's bound by the patriarchal church authority. Both/and. As I wrote previously, Notre Dame was built on an ancient goddess site--as many cathedrals and holy places are. Most assume “Our Lady” to be the Blessed Mother Mary, but in fact,
My heart ached all day. I felt a visceral pain in the center of my being after hearing that Notre Dame de Paris had burned. Such a powerful, potent place, such depth and presence of the sacred feminine infused in the walls, window, & statues there. My first thought: how does a stone building burn? And then, what is the symbology of the collapsed roof and steeple—the most masculine aspects of the structure—mean? Day 2: Gratitude. I awoke feeling incredibly blessed to have visited and experienced what I did, when so many have not. And have been musing about
Sister, Some times things are moving so fast, I’m not sure what I’ve shared. But these changes I want you to know about. Sisterhood Supper was created as a space for open ended dialogue and connection among women. A chance to meet other women in our community, from near and far. It’s been great fun, for the most part. But truthfully, sometimes it’s missed the mark for me. Other times it’s so rich and soul nourishing--the women who come get great value. I’ve been wondering how to amplify that. I’ve been feeling that Sisterhood Supper needs a re-boot. A more
Another “edgy admission.” For years I’ve been feeling the weaving of Magdalene and Madonna as paired aspects of a deep esoteric mysteries of the Sacred Feminine. Just as there were deceits and disinformation about Magdalene, so there is great minimizing and misinformation about the Blessed Mother, Mary. (More on that in another post. 😉) I’ve been feeling the call of the Rose Mysteries, a mystical path of which little is written. Last night I felt called to do a private ceremony to call in the Queen of Heaven, Mother Mary, to awaken this path directly. The
“I wish I could show you when you are lonely or in darkness, the astonishing light of your own being.” -- Hafiz. This quote pierces my heart, reminding me why I do what I do -- guiding women to empowerment through your Divine Connection, accessing the Priestess within--its so easy to forget! And it's not frivolous or self indulgent, here's why: Creating a real time clear connection with a trusted source of wisdom (divine guide, higher self, Mary, Jesus, who/how ever you want to think of it) makes the complexity and drama of life so much simpler. Such clarity,
Holy, Wholy, Winter Wonderland, Goddess... At the first of February, what seemed like the beginning of spring (AKA Imbolc, as I wrote last time) took a hard u-turn and winter came in full-on. That was a month ago. It’s been snowing steadily since. I thought I’d get sick of it, cabin-fever and all. But actually I’ve relished it. Bright days cross country skiing in the back field helps and the view, OMG. All the plans that poured out of me in September sit on a shelf.It’s very quiet, internal. I have ideas, but nothing compelling is demanding action. I just don’t feel like pushing it. I’m sick
For many of us the New Year tradition of making new spiffy plans and resolutions often just doesn't work. It's too soon-- we’re not ready yet--in the fallow of winter. Often times I like to create Vision Map for my year. This January felt far too early. But now that energy shifts, and we start to feel the new year cycle of creativity returning. Are you noticing this in you? If you're hungry to see, feel and express the visions that have been germinating in winter’s quiet, I've got an idea to manifest them more easily.
You might not know we’re at the High Holy Day Imbolc (in the Celtic earth spirit tradition) that’s between Winter Solstice and Spring Equinox. I'm happy it's here for a few reasons. We’re seeing the lengthen of days, the light is returning. We turn the wheel of the year in 2019. How’s that going for you so far? Often the New Year inspires new intentions and resolutions. But for many of us it’s just too early, we’re not ready yet, still in the fallow time in the dark of winter. Now that shifts, and we start to see like the
In the pre-Christian traditions of Europe, this time of year was always honored as the season of harvest and gratitude. In the ancient Celtic calendar, we first had Samhain (pronounced Saw-when...go figure.) This festival got repurposed as Hallowe'en along with All Souls and All Saints days in the Christian tradition. It's time known for the veils to the spirit world being thinnest. (Why else would people dress like ghosts, goblins and witches?) Our desire to meditate and be quiet grows after a long season of summer. Feelings and intuitions rise. After the harvest, the fields are fallow. Not much happening,