Photo by Jamie.
16th St, San Francisco. Photo by Jamie.

“The New Venus, New Woman, is Venus become one with Persephone her deeper nature. She emerges as the Woman of Revelation “clothed with the Sun” who brings new feminine consciousness, an artful mindfulness and imminent being that is here and now, beyond words, fully aware.”

~ the late Steve Nelson, Gaiastrology

Frederic-Leighton_TheReturnofPerspephone(1891)In our mythic stories, Persephone — among others — symbolizes and speaks to us about the innocent ‘maiden’ Feminine that, through the spirals of initiation and Underworld-born mastery, emerges as the initiated Wise Woman, the wisened, reclaimed, experience-matured Feminine.

Steve Nelson also shared an ally-understanding about the importance of Cybele (and there are others), and the deeper and broader awareness of the mysteries of energy that our ancestral wisdom included.

He affirmed, “Cybele governs primal energy training, something our culture dearly needs.”

By ‘primal energy training’, Steve meant wisdom-sourced awareness of the energies of Life, energies of Now, and how we dance and create collaboratively and wisely with them (or get jerked around the dance floor, so to speak, until we become more aware).

Persephone, Cybele, Circe, and other ‘teaching stories’ remind us and stir alive the deep ancestral memory of these Mysteries and the areas of wisdom and knowing that were squelched or severed, uprooted or mutated into more toxic expressions over the generations of often-violent Dominator Culture incursions.

(See the Current Offerings for audio related audio programs!).

It’s been re-awakening, though, stirred alive by Life herself because the balance of life has been violated and the wisdom is once again needed in the collective.

So, as often happens in natural systems, it begins to come alive at the fringes and sends its slender root-tendrils into the collective.

The Marriage of Persephone, by Henry Siddons Mowbray. PD-US.
The Marriage of Persephone, by Henry Siddons Mowbray. PD-US.

But it also requires more than just the surface-skating ‘spiritual entertainment’ approach flourishing in our social-media, tweet-length attention spans.

All powerful emerging waves of potential awakening get co-opted in a Dominator culture, the attention and thus the energy diverted into culture-maintaining and consumption-strengthening memes and entertainments.

Awakening wisdom and certainly the initiations from ‘maiden awareness’ to initiated Wise Woman requires dedication, resilience, perseverance, but births pearls and rubies beyond price.

It’s substance more than surface-veneer; quality over quantity.

And it’s more important than we realize for the reason hinted at by this little koan:

The sun doesn’t know its own brilliance until it’s reflected back by the light of the full moon. (JW)

You’ll find other musings about this throughout Sophia’s Children, and no doubt more coming soon … it continues to incubate and ripen, as Wisdom always does, over the dark-moon months of my (or your own) year or Life-Cycle.

But for now … you’ll find plenty already here in the Sophia’s Children treasure vault.

Ste. Marie Madaleine (Mary Magdalene), by Ludovico Brea. St.-Maximin-la-Sainte-Baume, France.
Ste. Marie Madaleine (Mary Magdalene), by Ludovico Brea. St.-Maximin-la-Sainte-Baume, France.

Stir the Wise Woman (or Man) within you…

You’ve already seen that there’s a rich abundance of freely offered inspiration here at Sophia’s Children, as in the Feminine Mysteries special section.

As a coaching, mentoring or consultation client, you’ll also have access to my private wisdom- and skillfulness-stirring audio-program and eGuide library (formally the Feminine Mojo Mystery School and the Ivy Sea Skillfulness Collection).

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You’ll also find current specials, including Goddesses of Now (and No Fear), Persephone & a couple of other audio-inspiration programs.

And if you want to check out how the Energies of Now (and soon) are dancing with, and calling, you, check out the Sophiastrology and/or Coaching/Mentoring offerings.

Big Love, Be Well & Plentiful Wisdom,


Green labyrinth in Luxembourg City. PD image from Lode Van de Velde,

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The Fair Face of Woman, by Sophia Gengembre Anderson (1823-1903)
The Fair Face of Woman, by Sophia Gengembre Anderson (1823-1903)

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Labyrinth image credit: Green labyrinth in Luxembourg City. PD image from Lode Van de Velde,