It’s been an odd and rocky time lately. With all that’s going on in the world around us, it’s no surprise if you're feeling it too. Truth telling and shadow revealing. Fiery and fierce. In a way, it’s perfect: part of the rebalancing that’s happening in our world right now as we head into the Equinox—that time of balance between dark and light. New life bursting forth, the beginnings of something new emerging. What’s being released in your life from this winter? What wants to emerge in you this Spring? And it’s an aspect Feminine Soul awakening and I’m seeing
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.
When I was 29 I was invited to a women’s Celtic spirituality weekend. It was a wooded enclave, in misty and mossy rural New England. We slept in tents and tepees and drank mint tea. One night, under the light of the full moon in May (yes, it was Beltane) I was initiated as a priestess. I was given the name Magdalena—which I now know as a title as much as a name. It was totally unexpected and magical, like an old memory re-surface. And I had no idea what that meant. For years I carried that mantle of priestess secretly—mostly
I'll admit it, this year started off strangely for me. After last year, maybe no surprise. (You too?) I generally spend copious amounts of time reviewing my previous year (harvesting the blessings, insights and challenges) to guide my intended direction going forward. Yet for the longest time I had no inspiration or vision for this year: more on-line classes, virtual retreats, in person events? Nothing. For a creative-manifestor like me this was off. So I did the obvious: rested, reflected and let it go. It was challenging at first, but as I ceased pushing and forcing, I also stopped worrying
We’re in the gap: Solstice and Christmas are past; a New Year is shining right ahead of us. Start it in an empowering way. Choose rituals you enjoy to complete the passing year and welcome the new one. Make time for it. It’s been a big year for women: started with the largest-ever peaceful citizen’s march, by and for women. Rising of the Priestess archetype and Temples being born. Ended with #MeToo and on-going revelations of sexual misconduct. It’s been a doozy: a big transition as a collective. We’re in a time of revisioning… Seems as a culture we’re stripping
We're Banishing What Would Otherwise Overtake Us I've been re-immersed in the sacred creativity practice of Consecreation from The Magdalene Path. As I guided participants in the Magdalene Path Course through the practice, I realized a connection. I’m so moved right now by the changing of the seasons. It’s All Hallows Eve, AKA Halloween or Samhain--All Saints’ and All Souls’ Days in the Christian tradition. It’s a potent time and a sacred place at our wheel of the year. The season of Harvest is put to rest and we turn inward. As the leaves turn, change and fall, we deepen
Autumn is here and with it that realization—with shock or relief--that much of 2017 is behind us. And as the leaves turn, change and fall, there’s that sense (all year, really) of so much breaking down and changing all around us. It’s been quite a year, hasn’t it? We’ve been surrounded with news of fires (nearby and far) along with other horrendous human and natural calamities. Some moments its felt as if all I’ve held previous is shattering. Other moments are filled with hope and awe for humanity and our courage and daring to not submit to forces that would
Oh my Goddess, As I dig into each module of the upcoming Magdalene Path on-line course--which starts next week by the way ;) --I’m in awe at the what is coming forward. What I’m seeing is deeper, more relevant and timely than I realized. Just as the forces of Light and Dark seem perilously out of balance. I’m also overjoyed to see a small group of women gathering from all over the globe, to sit in this circle and explore the Magdalene Mysteries. Are you to sit among us? What She has to reveal is so potent, sisters. When we
It’s time to name that our soul lineage was stolen, sisters. Our sense of embodied divinity reflected in a Divine Feminine deity was corrupted and co-opted thousands of years ago, when masculine power became the dominating spiritual and political force. There was a time when the Feminine was sacred (along with--not instead of--the masculine.) With Her honoring, the ways of compassionate communication, direct connection to source, sacred creativity and reverence for the Earth were practiced. But just because that loss happened long ago, we’re still impacted today. While women (especially white) have more power and equality than ever, patriarchy (white
Beloved... A friend dropped in unexpectedly yesterday. She lives 2 hours away and showed up unannounced. She leaned in and said, ”I saw your pictures from Avalon. I want to hear about your trip. Tell me.” She practically cornered me and asked, “And what about Mary Magdalene? How does she hold missing pieces for us as women today? I know there’s more to the tale we’re told….” We talked for another hour. Or two. I shared what I knew, felt, sensed and experienced about Magdalene and Her myths, messages and meaning for modern women. And she was on her way.
Beloved... For years since writing and publishing The Magdalene Path, I’ve been wanting to create an on-line course: a virtual group experience to take women into a deeper exploration and experience of the Magdalene Mysteries—the myth, metaphors and meaning of Mary Magdalene. Let’s explore why we are so drawn to Her. And then take Her message & meaning into our own lives. I often am asked: So who was she really? Was she a prostitute, priestess or wife of Jesus? We sense that there’s more to Magdalene than the traditional Catholic story tells. And many, myself included, have been drawn