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Big Love and Hard Places, Redux

In recent weeks, I've heard from more than a couple of peeps and clients experiencing some really challenging times and energies, in various ways. One, a long-time reader and client, requested that I share this particular post anew. It seems... Continue Reading →

Are You Experiencing a Life-Milestone Cycle or “EPE”?

Every one of us experiences various life milestones, some of which are reflected in one's astrological natal and transits chart -- the first Saturn Return (and second), the Uranus Oppositions and Squares, the Chiron Return, Progressed Lunar Return, and a... Continue Reading →

Appreciation to the Tribe of Invisible Mothers

Yes, Mother's Day, and a happy one, with best wishes, for traditional mothers everywhere. There is another tribe of mothers, though ... ... probably several ... that go unseen and unsung in our culture. It's this tribe -- my tribe... Continue Reading →

The Wisdom of Water and Sacred Relationship

It's a fine time to sip from the deep well of inspiration and Wisdom, not just because we're in the Season of Lights and Twelve Days of Christmas, but also to re-inspire as we make the passage from one calendar... Continue Reading →

Phoenix Feminine: New Moon at the Galactic Center

The New Moon opens at the Galactic Center midpoint at 1:30 a.m. NY Time on Monday, 12/18 (or 10:30 p.m. Pacific Time, Sunday night). The New Moon joins a conjunction party (snugged close) with Venus and Saturn in a friendly,... Continue Reading →

The Feast and the New Greening (Freshly Re-Greened)

"We cannot live in a world that is not our own, in a world that is interpreted for us by others. An interpreted world is not HOME. Part of the terror is to take back our own listening, to use... Continue Reading →

The (Healed) Feminine – Medicine for Our Times

See how you respond, or react, to this quote, and then read on … it’s what this musing is about. “In fact, (Professor Miranda) Shaw learned that … women were to be worshipped, honored and revered as the bringers of... Continue Reading →

From the Edges – The Boundary Keepers – Reblog

This recent musing on the "Walkers Between the Worlds," the "thresholders" and boundary-tenders of the in-between places, from the An Elegant Mystery blog: "I think that every culture worthy of the name recognizes the need for such folks. These persons... Continue Reading →

The Wise-Woman Way of Mary Magdalene

July 22 is the historical feast day of Mary Magdalene, so it's very fitting to share this updated post from the early days of Sophia's Children. Not that we need confine such celebrations and honorings to one day. After all,... Continue Reading →

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 →

Energies of Now: The Liminal, the ‘Shamanic’, and the Phoenix

Any time that the Scorpio Mysteries are afoot -- as they are with this New Moon, as well as whenever the depths, the lengthening nights, or other deep-Mystery phases and cycles are more noticeable -- we are in the liminal... Continue Reading →

Reclaiming Wisdom: Medusa, Metis, Mehda

First question: How is the ancient (and timeless) notion of 'Sovereign Feminine Wisdom' connected to the energy, archetype, and story of Medusa - the 'gorgon-headed' one of myth? Second question: Why is this both timeless and very relevant right now,... Continue Reading →

Chaos, Creativity and Pandora’s Real Box

"If everything is uncertain, then the future is open to human creativity, to possibility and therefore to a better world." ~ Immanuel Wallerstein We don't normally see chaos as an ally, because it seems so, well, chaotic. Uncertain. It feels... Continue Reading →

The Return of the Healing Feminine

“I swear by Apollo The Healer, by Asclepius, by Hygieia, by Panacea, and by all the Gods and Goddesses, making them my witnesses, that I will carry out, according to my ability and judgment, this oath and this indenture.” The... Continue Reading →

Energy Hygiene: Dispersing and Gathering Back

"Tell a wise person, or else keep silent; for the mass-man will mock it right away." ~ Johann Wolfgang von Goethe's The Holy Longing Many of us are conditioned to reach outward for confirmation, affirmation, approval, validation, and/or understanding from... Continue Reading →

I Build a Lighted House and …

“I build a lighted house and therein dwell.”** This is a musing on well-lit houses, inner (and outer) gardens, being refuge and/or refugee, among other things. In his July esoteric astrology letter, Phillip Lindsay shared the above ‘keynote’ for the... Continue Reading →

The New Venus: Initiated Wise Women Rising

"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... Continue Reading →

Venusian Mysteries: The Garden of the Feminine

I originally wrote this musing in April 2016, when the Taurus Mysteries were rising on the wheel of the year. Then I revisited the Venus-Rising theme, when the Libra Mysteries -- the other zodiac archetype ruled by Venus - were... Continue Reading →

What Makes a Mystic … and a Feminine Mystic?

What makes a "Feminine Mystic?" This is the question that writer Carl McColman asked Mirabai Starr, author, speaker, mystic, and translator of the mystics, in a Patheos interview. This is an excerpt from Starr's reply. "Mysticism is about a direct... Continue Reading →

Energies of Now: Shamanic retrieval in the sign of the Initiate

Update 9-20-16 and 1-15-18: I wrote this original post in early January 2016, yet it's drawn recent attention thanks to reblogs from my kindred spirit and friend Leeby Geeby @ Shamagaia and a few others (thank you!). Uncanny timing. As... Continue Reading →

Persephone’s Underworld Journey: Deep Feminine Initiation

Persephone, like Inanna, is such an important mythic and archetypal story about the epic Underworld Journey and initiation into our deep-Feminine wisdom. Some of us experience a real-deal Dark Night of the Soul, a true Underworld Journey, as we're shaken... Continue Reading →

The Black Madonna’s Calling – Celebrate the Goddess

These last two months or so, the Black Madonna started rising more prominently in my awareness again. Not that she's ever far away, but sometimes she rises to the surface and taps me on the shoulder with some synchronicities, and... Continue Reading →

Iris the Rainbow Goddess: A ‘Speaking Well’ Shamanic-Diplomat Archetype

There's a fun blog invitation afoot from Odie and OM and Sindy to 'go retro' and choose a post from the archives to re-feature. So here's a Sophia's Children retro post that's very timely right now, when we have the... Continue Reading →

Home and the Radar of Your Heart

We learn and hear a lot of cliches about home - what it means, where it is, how we find it, when do we feel at home and when do we feel displaced, unmoored; what we do if our sense... Continue Reading →

Ancestral Wisdom and Deep, Deep Roots

I originally wrote this article for  Samhain in 2014. It's timeless and rooting, so I'm updating it freshly for November 2017. Nowadays, with so much wisdom forgotten, many people think of Samhain or the cross-quarters as evidence of pagan ancestors... Continue Reading →

Venus and Iris – the Shamanic Diplomat

Our Venusian selves have just gone Mercurial. Are you sensitive and attuned enough to feel it yet? If not, you'll be able to if you wish. Read on for tips, so you'll be able to create more skillfully with this energy in... Continue Reading →

The Via Feminina: The Garden of the Senses

Continuing on the very Venusian-Taurean theme of coming to our senses... The Garden has long been a metaphor for wholeness, for the mystical Heart, and for the Divine Feminine. In a mechanized, techno-distracted age, the Garden (and all that comes... Continue Reading →

Chariklo: More Than Meets the Eye

What do astronomy, Grace, Greek mythology, and April have in common? Last week, astronomers shared news of their discovery that Chariklo, an asteroid (or possibly dwarf planet), has rings around it -- something thought to occur only in larger planetary bodies,... Continue Reading →

The Via Feminina: The Sophia Quest and Sophia Gifts

In her book, Sophia: Goddess of Wisdom, Bride of God*, Caitlin Matthews writes: "There is a need for an essential gathering of what we have scattered ... When we each become part of this quest, which is nothing less than... Continue Reading →

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