In any case, I've determined the best way to deal with this wee little creative block is to simply post something every day for the next week or so. It may be only a photo or two, or a favorite poem. I'm giving myself permission to keep it simple, yet I want to connect and give the Muse a reason to show up!
For the last 2 weeks I've been immersed in Stephanie Anderson Ladd's Goddess Temple e-course. She has been guiding a group of us through the Triple Goddess archetypes of Maiden, Mother and Crone(specifically Persephone, Demeter, and Hecate). Creating altars to honor the varied aspects of these Goddesses along with SoulCollage to further explore the layers within our own psyches has provided a foundation from which to work. Quite honestly I hesitated in taking this class as I knew the material would not be "new" to me. But as with any practice, returning again and again, like the cycle of seasons, is what brings the deepest truths to the surface. Stephanie is an excellent teacher, and I am thankful (and humbled) to be in the presence of so many women eager to remember and understand our history.
|SoulCollage card for Persephone, Queen of the Underworld|
*It is one of my strongest beliefs that if we want to change our world, it is vitally important that we as women honestly look at the ramifications of religious practices that emphasize the masculine. To look in the mirror as a woman -in a world dominated by modalities of worship that are based on fathers, sons, and the absence and subjugation of the feminine- and see the Divine reflected back is a RADICAL act. Think about what the phrase "made in the image of god" really truly means. If it helps, think about what it would be like to enter a temple or church or mosque where god is a woman. Where prayers, offerings, rituals, and worship honor YOU! Not just you minus your breasts and womb and sacred blood as they have been asking us to do for thousands of years, but you as a woman born of a woman.
I DARE YOU.