It was with great pleasure and not a small amount of motherly pride that I watched the beautiful student priestesses and priests of Cerridwen opened the second day of the Goddess Conference. The Goddess Conference was in its 23rd year this year, a gathering of people who are interested in Goddess and wish to know more, held by Priestesses and Priests who walk their path with Her already. This year saw Starhawk return to us with her invaluable teachings. One of our honoured Elders, she had sage advice on topics that vibrate through the community. We need our Elders to step up and guide us with their experience, knowledge and wisdom. Pioneer women and men from whom we can learn a great deal and who will find ways to move us into the future.
I learnt a lot this week, about Goddess, about Sisterhood whilst holding 200-300 people in the process of spiritual development, about myself, about pacing myself and finding my energy levels. It was a journey into Annwfn and back. Now, working with Cerridwen, Annwfn is a different place for me than it is in most people’s understanding. The Otherworld is not a deep dank cave, in which we must suffer disintegration and decay. It is a joyful place, filled with possibilities, of renewal, of cleansing and clearing, like a jet hose shower, refreshing and invigorating. This is possibly why I am not afraid of the dark, I am comfortable in it, I see the pinpricks of light even in the darkest darkness. Those star spots on the firmament during a dark moon night. It is a thing of awe to look up and discover the rays of silver beaming down on us.
Today opens the Lionsgate Portal, I will be up on the Tor with many others to witness, to receive wisdom from Sirius, how to help the human race and my own community to advance on their chosen path. As a Swynwraig the messages from the Ancestors that we may receive are of particular interest, and I have been hearing my grandfather for weeks now. The process of the Lionsgate starts actually on the 4th of July, and it is since then that I have been dreaming of my blood connections, and have been urged to return to my roots or I will never feel completely connected. Our roots are important, strengthening them through daily practice, through faith in Goddess but also through working with the emotional woundings that we receive in our early youth to heal. will assist us in reconnection with the lines of ancestors behind us, and receive their wisdom.
Some people have been suffering from the combination of the energies of the star portal and the record amount of retrograde planets over this period, and the eclipse. Tempers have frayed, betrayal is seen around every corner, and trust bonds have been severed. Ebb and flow, this too shall pass, and we will grow into our highest Self with Her help, there is no doubt in my mind. As long as we stand in our power, act from compassion and loving kindness, model the behaviour we wish to see from all, we do all that we can to soothe the situations that are arising.
Shadow, Carl Jung’s much quoted but not always fully understood concept, is something that we can work with, and once we understand it from our own heart, we can recoup the energy we use to hide it from others and, often, from ourselves. I am a huge fan of the work by Caroline Myss, her shadow course was enormously helpful for me, as it spoke of intuitive work in terms of psychic development that I had hitherto only come across through my beloved Dion Fortune. All of us can come into relationship with our shadow, we can embrace it, we can step away from the fear of it, see it as a part of us that needs our love and compassion as much as the next person. Yet, we often fail to see our own actions-in-reaction when we are shadow driven. Honesty is the key to this work, being honest with ourselves, examining carefully our motivation when we take action after we have felt the vibration of anger, resentment, resistance, disgust. It is the ability to witness our own behaviour, open our heart to ourselves, allow the healing beams of the energy coming through the Lionsgate from the stars. It is the best time to create ritual for releasing the blocked energies in your heart, if you are feeling resentment, now is the time to let it go. This time it is the Alta Major/Cerebellum Chakra that will be activated as well as the 3rd eye and heart chakra. It is the empath in us feeling the energies, the sensitives and healers are reborn, recalled to heal the pain currently in the world. Empathic gifts are honoured at this time, we love and accept each other for the unique people we are, we learn from each other and teach each other. You may not agree with everything you hear and see but the only way to come to a consensus, and bring peace to all existences, is to hear with an open heart and find common ground.
May the Lionsgate bring you great gifts, blessed be.