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Energies of Now: Ancestral Wisdom and Deep, Deep Roots

To hallow is "to make holy or sacred, to sanctify or consecrate, to venerate". (Wikipedia) It's a fine time for drawing up insight and guidance from the depths, and sustenance from our very roots. Yesterday, I had the privilege and... Continue Reading →

Blog-Share: So Few Degrees of Separation – Finding Gifts in the Family Tree

Blog-sister Leigh Gaitskill, through her Not Just Sassy on the Inside blog, shares a wealth of discoveries from her Ancestry DNA test and subsequent sleuthing into her roots. As Leigh writes, she learned of family tree roots and branches that she'd... Continue Reading →

The Healers of the Family Tree

A candle on a Christmas Tree. PD photo from Gerbil; CC-SA, Wikimedia.
A candle on a Christmas Tree. PD photo from Gerbil; CC-SA, Wikimedia.

With the Season of Lights Holy Days, holidays — and holiDAZE for many people — this previous musing on The Healers of the Family Tree came spiraling back up into my awareness.

I’ve updated the Current Special Offerings, too, and you can always request a more Spiritual Direction-focused option if that’s what works best for you.

(You’ll see the link to Current Featured Offerings below, too.)

Holidays & the Healers of the Family Tree.

If we’re blessed with stress-free family relations, get togethers, holiday times, and New year — a charmed life, with no stresses or challenges — then we are HUGELY blessed, indeed. Celebrate it!

For many, even with the joys and blessings, there are often nerve-frazzling stresses and family dramas at this time of year.

Ancient olive tree (photo from Medilico's Olive Facts)
Ancient olive tree (photo from Medilico’s Olive Facts)

For some others, the holidays and this time of year is super stressful, angst-stirring, and even depressing.

Some of those stresses — many of them, maybe — are very much connected to the cultural, familial, and ancestral ‘legacies’ that play out again and again.

Until they’re seen, soothed, shifted … and, just maybe, healed.

When there’s a heart-centered purpose, even the potentially nerve-frazzling stresses and family dramas can be experienced differently.

In that Spirit …

Here’s a refreshed version of my previous Sophia’s Children post, The Healers of the Family Tree … as well as Current Featured Offerings.

Big Love & a healing season (no matter which season you’re currently in)!

Jamie

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Deep Roots and Spring Growth. Photo by Jamie Walters, 2011. Re-use with Creative Commons attribution & a link back to this page. Merci. Deep Roots and Spring Growth. Photo by Jamie Walters, 2011. Re-use with Creative Commons attribution & a link back to this page. Merci.

There are clues that spiral around again and again to validate, remind, or spark new (or renewed) awareness and dedication.

These clues can make up the shiny breadcrumb clue trail we follow, if we know how to look.

When I came across the following musing, in a book I came across quite serendipitously, it spoke to me very deeply.

I know that it’ll speak to some of you, too, as keepers of the ancestral lineage and healers of the family tree (as Malidoma Somé writes).

With holidays coming up and throughout the year, there are times when the family and ancestral strengths and gifts may be evident and on display.

For many, though, and in our cultural and ‘news headlines’ as well, the familial-ancestral traumas and…

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Our Divine Gifts from Sophia, Wisdom.

Many of us wonder how we might not just face the challenges presenting us today, personally and collectively, but also envision and co-create a more heart-centered paradigm. In some sacred teachings and ancient wisdom traditions, we've heard that it takes both a change of mind and foremost, a change of heart. In the story of Sophia, Holy Wisdom, and interpretations of the teachings of some of the ancient Mystery Schools, human beings were endowed with certain Divine gifts through which we might unfold and express our Divine potential. [Continue reading to see the specific Sophia Gifts we're endowed with ...]

Grief: Ancestral Ghosts and Spirits of Place

When we think of grief ... or well, when we think of much of anything ... we might not consider the grief that we inherit along our ancestral lines, that's in our cells and bones. Nor might we consider what... Continue Reading →

Well-Fed Roots – #Blesstival Tidbit for Today

“All spiritual traditions, including Christianity, have shamanic roots. When the roots are fed, they sink deeper into sacred ground.” ~ Bradford Keeney, Shamanic Christianity Let’s have a blessing-bath with that last sentence for a minute … let the essence of... Continue Reading →

Quoteworthy: Hale Makua on Foundations and Ancestral Wisdom

"The perception of foundation is of great importance in our time, for we are coming to the end of a world cycle, and everything is beginning to unravel." "We cannot begin the next cycle of ages without a foundation on... Continue Reading →

The Healers of the Family Tree

There are clues that spiral around again and again to validate, remind, or spark new (or renewed) awareness and dedication. These clues can make up the shiny breadcrumb clue trail we follow, if we know how to look. When I... Continue Reading →

Cultivating Home, Tending Our Roots

It's always a fine time to muse on the notions (and experiences) of Home and the related themes of exile, displacement, hearth-tending, and growing new roots. That said, there is a particular  emphasis right about now, given the very earthy,... Continue Reading →

Stepping Out of Time and Remembering the Future – Time Travel and Mythic Memory

Time, timelines, bending time, time travel, time flying. In late-August 2000, I stepped out of time and, as a result, remembered the future. More on that in a bit, but first, here's the set-up for this "Time Machine" blog-fest post.... Continue Reading →

A Disturbance in the PsychoSphere – Guest Post

My friend Molly Hall at the Wild Bee Farmlet has shared another insightful and heartful perspective on the energies, questions, and opportunities of now. She writes of a "disturbance in the psycho-sphere," and asks, "Do you believe everything you see... Continue Reading →

Magic and depression

"The hope of the world lies in the restoration of the ancient magic that is part of your lineage." ~  Steve Nelson Yes, yes, yes! So much of what we're doing is re-discovering the magic of place, of Life, of... Continue Reading →

The Sacred Feminine: A Teaching by Aleutian Elder Ilarion Merculieff

In this short video talk, Aleutian Elder, Ilarion (Larry) Merculieff speaks about the vital re-emergence of the Sacred Feminine, the long-ago prophecies and the ultimate effects of the cycle of "masculine imbalance," and the roles of women and men in... Continue Reading →

Imbolc and Bhrìghde’s Creative Well

‘Tis the time and the Season, so here’s some updated Imbolc-Candlemas inspiration to take you into this deeply creative, deeply Feminine time of the year.

Imbolc-Candlemas is celebrated during the first few days of February, and the exact-point occurs when the Sun is at 15 degrees of Aquarius — February 3rd this year (check your own time zone for any variations).

Imbolc-Candlemas also initiates what the late mythic astrologer Steve Nelson called the Candlemas Hora … a holy time. He said:

“This Mid-Aquarius “power gate” begins the Candlemas Hora, a 15-day period from Feb 3 to 18 when the nature of the New Year becomes illuminated and the vital energies of Nature stir to life.”

Lady of Częstochowa, another well-known Black Madonna located at the Jasna Góra Monastery in Częstochowa, Poland. Read the 'Rilke & the Black Madonna' post to learn more of her significance.
Lady of Częstochowa, another well-known Black Madonna located at the Jasna Góra Monastery in Częstochowa, Poland. Read the ‘Rilke & the Black Madonna’ post to learn more of her significance.

Read on to stir your Divine Spark and the Wise Guide and Keeper of the Flame that you may be, in your unique way and presence — in sync with the meaning of this season.

If you’re in the Southern Hemisphere, you’ll be at the midpoint of Summer Solstice and Autumn Equinox, which is Lughnasadh. You can read about that here.

Even if you’re in Lughnasadh time, if you’ve got interests in the deep Feminine, the Black Madonna, and the associated gifts of deeper and awakening Wisdom, you’ll enjoy the Imbolc-Candlemas post for those goodies.

For additional clues and insights on your role for these times, have a look at the current featured offerings or send me an email (info ‘at’ sophias-children ‘dot’ com).

Big Love, Big Heart, Big Spark!

Jamie

Featured Image Credit: Aqua Sulis, Bath, England. Photo by your Sophia’s Children creatrix, Jamie Walters (that’d be me!). Link here if you use it, please.

In the Orchard (1912) by Franz Dvorak. Public domain image courtesy of Wikimedia.
In the Orchard (1912) by Franz Dvorak. Public domain image courtesy of Wikimedia.

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Stir your unique Spark as you orient into the coming months and year:

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Lots of love,

Jamie

Featured image credit: Aqua Sulis, Bath, England. Photo by your Sophia’s Children creatrix, Jamie … moi.

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Magdalene with the Smoking Mirror, Georges De La Tour, 1640 Magdalene with the Smoking Mirror, Georges De La Tour, 1640

We enter into the Mysteries of Imbolc, Candlemas, or Fèill Bhrìghde.

Imbolc or Fèill Bhrìghdewere some of the names given to this time of year by the Gaelic-Celtic ancestors, as they marked the midpoint between the Winter Solstice and Spring Equinox, and later is was called Candlemas or Fèill Brìghde.

Other cultures and traditions celebrated and honored the turning of the Seasonal wheel by other names.

I feel a special affinity for this time of year, since I was born at Imbolc-Candlemas, with Sirius and Orion visible in the Winter night sky.

For some of our ancestors, that reminder of coming Spring (and fading Winter) was a pretty big deal, in a region where it got plenty cold, and a time when there wasn’t the ease of electricity, central heating, a gas stove and electric fridge, or…

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Desire Paths and Ancestral Byways

“Architects and planners use the term “desire paths” to describe the shortcuts taken by people for whom the laid-out pattern doesn’t fit their lives. But, in one sense, all paths are desire paths, the marks of human longing or need.”... Continue Reading →

Un-Erasing ‘Women Who Know’ – Restoring the Ancestral Lineage

In her excellent book, The Woman in the Shaman's Body*, Barbara Tedlock, Ph.D., shares this about the origin and meaning of the word shaman: "The term shaman itself comes from the Evenki language in Siberia, and means "the one who... Continue Reading →

Core Strengths: Resilience as Luck

"I had seen their ships come into port in the Indies and in (America), disgorging their cargos of emigrants, so emaciated and worn by their passage ... skeletal as living corpses, white as maggots from two months in the darkness... Continue Reading →

Ancestral Wisdom – Heal, Whole, Health and Holy

There is a reason that those of European ancestry might be inspired or called to Native American or other indigenous spiritual and healing traditions. In them, they feel the ancestral memory being stirred in remembrance of their own pre-conquest ancestral... Continue Reading →

Freyja Day Reflection: Reawakening Earth Wisdom

"We believe, however, that we may not need something new, but need to reawaken something very old, to reawaken our understanding of Earth wisdom." ~ George Sessions and Bill Deval, Deep Ecology

Freyja Day – Rediscovering Life’s Magic

"We can rediscover the wisdom of Cerridwen's Cauldron, or the underlying support of the Stone of Destiny, if we are ready to venture beyond the confines of this frantic world into the silence of past realms. If we enter the... Continue Reading →

Lughnasa: Gathering Harvest, Shedding Light

"Many were born for a world that is just coming to be. If you have felt lost before and been frustrated in realizing your purpose here, this is your time." ~ Steve Nelson, Gaiastrology Mythic astrologer Steve Nelson goes on... Continue Reading →

Home and Exile: Uprooted and Growing New Roots – May Sarton

“I too have known the inward disturbance of exile, The great peril of being at home nowhere, The dispersed center, the dividing love; Not here, nor there ..." – May Sarton, From All Our Journeys In Plant Dreaming Deep, Sarton... Continue Reading →

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