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MagickalArts

June, 2018

 

Sleeping With the Goddess: Embracing the Sacred Feminine

I twist and turn as the Fates

Spin the multicolored threads

That are the web of life.

Strength and beauty grace my path

And Mother’s gaze softens

As she looks upon my weaving.

I awaken joyous and bursting

With life and renewed spirit

Youth my ally and wisdom

Just from hand’s reach

Not ready for the taking

I sigh into the pain as

New life issues forth

I am caretaker and guardian

Of this sacred living gift.

I close my eyes and slumber finds me

Her beating heart echoes through me

Arms cradling Her child of making

Welcoming me home into her

Womb of creation.

We, as pagans celebrate the duality and polarity of all manner of things as we perform our workings of magick, make offerings to the Deities and weave the rich tapestry of our magickal and mundane lives. Contained within these polarities are the concepts of the masculine and the feminine that transcend gender and sexual dynamics. These are the outpourings of the solar and the lunar, strength and emotion, force and form. Each dynamic is needed as the informed companion of the other and each must work in collaborative effort to form the whole. They are the mainstay of our paths and the underpinnings of the universal laws we follow as we move forward in our evolution as spiritual beings.

Historically, as we have moved through the ages the shift of focus from that of a matriarchal society to one of masculine dominance has shaped the ways we interact and respond to the energies of the Goddess. Out of necessity for survival, the honoring of the Sacred Feminine was for the most part hidden and cloaked by the stereotypes of what woman should be and what roles they played both spiritually and mundanely. Now, we see a newly developed understanding and reaffirmation of who and what the Goddess is in relation to who and what women (and men) are. We honor the reverence that was held for woman and the life giving properties contained within her womb, her hands and her heart. We celebrate the Divine expressed in the female form and call to the archetypal energy of the Goddess to manifest in our actions and our will. We acknowledge her presence as the flowing and changeable tides of our emotions and our intuitive nature. And, we cower in fear when she wields the blade of the warrior and calls into accountability those who exert their will and ego in unjust actions put upon those who cannot defend themselves.

She holds the mystery of our destiny in her breath of life and the many forms she takes are the foundations upon which we learn, thrive and grow. She is the most intimate of our companions; being ever within and around as our relationship with her endures the test of time, faith and imposed suppression. We need never look far to see the power of her radiant energy and for many the first understanding we have the Goddess is held in the beauty of the Moon.

Lady Moon

We hold dearly and heed the call of the Lady Moon as she moves through her cycle of New, Full and Dark. The phases of the moon and the ebb and flow of her tides are the experiences of return and release that we engage in at each interval of our own cycles of newness, full expression and waning light. It is her hand that we cling to as we begin the descent in the shadows of our being. And, it is her light that illuminates those things within ourselves that need refining and polishing by the gentle flowing waters that mold and sculpt.

We follow her cycle through the night sky and know of the potential held in the newness of Maiden Moon, but do not always fill ourselves with the enthusiasm and joy of that growing energy. The Maiden acknowledges that everything and anything is possible and change is not to be feared, but simply the taking of another road. In the simplicity of re-engaging the wonder of seeing with fresh eyes and new perspectives our workings grow and seek out what will encourage and support their maturation. The Full Moon brings to us the product of what has been nurtured and tenderly crafted. The wonderlust of youth now stabilized and foundations anchored more fully. Ownership and pride in what has been brought forward fills us and we stand in the fullness of her light as creator and that which has been created. The darkness hides her beaming face as the Moon wanes and the yearning to once again see the brilliance of her light growing and guiding the way for productive passage wells up deep inside. We look up at blackened sky and see the future that soon will be as the Goddess as Moon reveals herself in her many and eternal phases.

The Creatrix

We call to the Goddess as the Creatrix and experience the sacred act of union that is her creative outpouring. We raise our voices in joy at the birthing of new life and its manifestation from the dark waters of her womb. Her union is the quickening and enlivening of what makes us most truly human and opens the paths to compassion and the expression of all encompassing love. We seek her as the Divine guardian of what we bring to birth in our lives and ask her intervention when that product is less than viable and seems all but lost to manifest form.

The Quickener

We rise with her to greet the morning’s light shone brightly from her solar consort and retire with her into the labyrinth of our dreams and intuitive sight as we slay the serpent of chaos and illusion. We move through our daily activities ever mindful of our impact on the world around us as the energy of her intent places each foot in front of the other imbued with her grace. It is the radiant Goddess who stands at the prow of the Solar Barque in her aspect as Hathor and acts as catalytic opener to RA. Without her feminine polarity weaving its magick of enlivening and protection the Sun’s daily journey would fall into chaos and the cycle of Dawn to Dusk would be a hollow shell of the power that is held because of her presence.

The Serpent of Wisdom

She is the serpent of wisdom and the revealer of the truths of our existence and divine nature. She is Sophia, the gnostic Goddess of Wisdom who holds the key to the deep gnosis of regeneration and empowerment. The Goddess weaves her circuit of energetic outpouring to be received by that of the strengthened container that is the God. In the Eastern practices of raising Kundalini it is the energetic nature of the feminine (or lunar) and the masculine (or solar) that rises as the twin serpents coil in ascent; opening, informing and enlivening each of the vortices of the chakras. These twin serpents, however, begin their journey as one, the perfect union of the sacred feminine and the masculine each dependent upon the other, yet singular in expression.

Healer and Place of Return

We surrender to the Goddess in request for healing and it is to her dark waters of birth that we return when life’s end has come to claim us. Our prayers are lifted to her Divine awareness and we call out to her to heal and transform all manner of ailment and discord. Her greatest transformative and healing power comes not as we desire, but in the grace of her wisdom as she sees what we truly need. We ask that she take us quietly into her embrace and ease the suffering of those in pain. She stands with us in the darkness of our own inner landscape and breathes her light into those parts of our being that fear the scrutiny of her gaze; opening, removing and cauterizing the wounds.

SHE is All and SHE is Nothing

The paradox of her energy is that She is the essence of everything and She is also the nothing that is the great void of all beginnings and endings. It is her energy that quickens the emptiness of non-existence and her form that becomes the container that receives its potent flow that will ensure that life will issue forth. She is humanity in manifest form and we are She in our true forms as bodies of light and spirit.

These are but some of the gifts of the Goddess and her hand is present in all the workings of our life cycles. And, it is this balancing point of nurture and intuition, strength and form that the mysteries of life and death itself are held. When we call upon the Goddess we are issuing a call to that part of ourselves that is creativity, catalytic exchange and the quickening waters held within her womb of transformation. We are offering up the deep wisdom of our being to be held in the embrace of her light and then to be transformed as the union with her polarity of the masculine takes hold.

Her power is held within all of us, regardless of gender. For, we are born of woman and it is in the throes of that pain that the true nature of sacrifice and purpose are taken up so that the beauty that is the soul of man may be expressed in our life’s work. We stand in her strength, walk in her beauty and sleep in her embrace at every turn of our existence and it is to her that we return as the darkness of death takes hold and breath is issued in its finality.

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article excerpted from my book:

Sleeping with the Goddess: Nights of Devotions

Available here:

www.robinfennelly.com/books

or on Amazon

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About the Author:

Robin Fennelly is a Wiccan High Priestess, teacher, poet and author.

She is the author of:

 

The Inner Chamber, Vol. One

It’s Written in the Stars

Astrology

 

The Inner Chamber, Vol. Two

poetry of the spheres

Qabalah

 

The Inner Chamber, Vol. Three

Awakening the Paths

Qabalah

 

A Year With Gaia

The Eternal Cord

 

Temple of the Sun and Moon

Luminous Devotions

 

The Magickal Pen, Volume One

A Collection of Esoteric Writings

 

The Elemental Year

Aligning the Parts of SELF

 

The Enchanted Gate

Musings on the Magick of the Natural World

 

Sleeping with the Goddess

Nights of Devotion

 

A Weekly Reflection

Musings for the Year

 

Her books are available on Amazon or on this website and her Blogs can be found atRobin Fennelly 

 

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Interview with Singer & Writer Kellianna

May, 2016

Song Inspires Book: Story of ‘Warrior Queen’ Moves Kellianna from Singing to Writing

 

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I cannot remember my name

as I lay on the battlefield

and hear the war drums.

I died here with honor today,

Warrior Queen with my sword by my side.”

So begins one of the nine songs on Kellianna’s first album, “Lady Moon,” released in early 2004.

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The song, “Warrior Queen,” tells the story of a hero’s death on a battlefield.

When I played the song for my mom back in 2003, she said, ‘I love it. What’s the story?’ I said, ‘That is the story. She dies.’”

Kellianna remembers her mother saying, “No, that’s the story about her death. I want to know about her life.”

That planted a seed. For 11 years, Kellianna thought about the backstory – who Warrior Queen was and what her life was like.

I never let go of a good idea, even if it takes me a long time to pull it off. It marinates until the time is right.”

The time was right two years ago.

While performing at the Australia Goddess Conference with her good friend Wendy Rule in 2013, Kellianna met Kaalii Cargill, the author of “Daughters in Time.” The following summer they met again in England at the Glastonbury Goddess Conference.

Picking up a copy of Cargill’s self-published book, Kellianna said, “It was a stunning book, a novel. I loved it. The next morning I was talking to her about [Warrior Queen]. By the next day, she and I had already started doing research on Nordic names. I already had a timeline. In the vending room, we started writing it.”

Cargill insisted the Warrior Queen have a name, and chose Llianna.

My ego did cartwheels,” Kellianna said.

A year later – after many telephone calls and Skype sessions – the rough draft was completed. In the process, they got close.

So much so when she tore her rotator cuff, my shoulder hurt for a week,” Kellianna said.

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It took another six months to produce the finished version. “Tapestry of Dark and Light: Book One of the Warrior Queen Chronicles (Volume 1)” was officially released in late March.

The first day, Kellianna said, she got 400 likes on its Facebook page. Two weeks later, that number had doubled.

In this first book, Llianna learns she comes from a line of women that were given powers to help beat back the darkness 1,000 years earlier. The darkness is rising again, and at age 14, she realizes she is descended from warrior queens and that she, too, is a destined to become one and save the land. She finds her shield and begins to gain self-confidence.

When I was that age, this is the stuff I wanted to read,” Kellianna said of the young adult fantasy. “Young girls need to know that you can step into your power, that you can be strong you can be self-sufficient … and do great things. … The time it right for a woman of power to come forward.”

You can read an excerpt at http://www.warriorqueenchronicles.com, where you will also find book tour information and an interview.

We started the second book already,” Kellianna said of brainstorming sessions she and Cargill have had to develop the story line. “We think we need to kill someone off and we’re debating on who needs to die.”

We decided to self-publish,” Kellianna said, confident that after getting her music into every corner of the globe, she could do the same with the book – three cases of which are at her home in Western Massachusetts.

Her home on a mountain surrounded by forest, she said, is her sanctuary and her source of inspiration.

I love the solitude of my environs. I could not survive in the city.”

She’s committed to spending every other summer in the United Kingdom. While there this summer, she will do a vocal retreat in Holland and, for the first time, will be a tour guide for 13 women: Walking with the Goddess 2016: A Sacred Journey To Avalon.

I started my career in Glastonbury [England] at the Goddess Conference in 2003,” Kellianna said.

Although she’d been singing, playing in clubs and joining assorted bands, it wasn’t until she swapped classic rock for magical themes that her career took off. With guitar and vocals, she tells stories about Gods and Goddesses. Chanting while beating a frame drum, her primal rhythms and captivating lyrics honor the earth and the ancestors.

Blessed Are We” was another of her songs that “downloaded in my head in a second,” Kellianna said, adding, “I’ve had other songs that took three years to write.”

She Is Crone” was written for her friend Leandra Walker’s croning ceremony in 2009.

Who says the crone has to be dirgy and dark? I wrote this as a celebration for a woman stepping into her power,” is how it’s described on Kellianna’s website.

She was there way before the beginning; she helped me,” Kellianna said of her longtime friend who also inspired what is probably the best-known pagan anthem, recognized around the world: “I Walk With the Goddess.”

Walker once mentioned she’d never written anything except, “I walk with the Goddess and the Goddess walks with me.”

On the way home from that meeting we were at,” Kellianna said, “I was writing the chant in my head. Then I called Leandra and I sang it to her. She wouldn’t take any credit.”

Where there is a song behind “Book One of the Warrior Queen Chronicles, there is also a story behind the song that inspired it.

Kellianna recalled playing music with friends when Donna Horn, the artist who drew the “Lady Moon” cover art, told her, “Oh! You have to write some lyrics to my song.” Picking up a guitar, Horn played “this little two chord thing,” Kellianna said, “and all of a sudden this entire epic vision flooded my brain. … It was like a purging. It happened in five minutes.”

She took a recording of Horn’s music home and on a Saturday afternoon, she arranged it and wrote the lyrics. Monday she recorded it.

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I’ve been singing and performing that song for 12 years and every single time, I get the chills all over me,” Kellianna said.

A shamanic reader in Seattle once told her that the Warrior Queen was an ancestor whose story was not yet done being told.

I think everything I do is colored by the ancestors somehow,” Kellianna said. “I come from Norse, Viking and Canadian Indian backgrounds, so I think there’s a lot of my strong spiritual ancestors guiding me in this life.”

The first 10 years of her career were solo years as she wrote songs and promoted her albums. The second decade has been marked with collaborative projects.

In addition to the book, she released a CD this past December with Jenna Greene, “Fairy’s Love Song.” Their two voices harmonize perfectly in the 12 Irish and Scottish traditional songs.

She’s also involved in the “Green Album,” a collaborative project with 13 other bands to raise awareness of the natural world and to support the organization Rainforest Trust with 25 percent of the proceeds from album sales being donated to land conservation. Each artist wrote and recorded a song for the compilation.

I love this era of my career,” Kellianna said of the “many wonderful projects with friends.”

Greene said she smiles when she thinks about the 10 years she’s shared a stage with Kellianna.

The first word that comes to my mind is fun. Fun because besides having an exquisite singing voice, she is a gifted storyteller. Whether sitting in sacred circle during her workshop, out to dinner after a show or introducing a song, she tells stories that evoke inspiration and laughter.

I was so excited to hear of the release of her book because it gives people around the world the ability to experience this gift.

Another word that describes Kellianna is dedicated. She is dedicated to every word she weaves in song, every note she crafts in the studio, every step of her journey across the world. It is all done with such great heart and passion. She is truly a fiery Warrior Goddess!”

If a movie deal evolves from the books, Kellianna said, “I would want to do a cameo, perhaps the old seer in the cave.”

She noted, “There’s no limit on my dreams. I dream big, I really do. … Anything’s possible.”

Purchase Kellianna’s products from her website: kellianna.com. (More profit is realized when merchandise is order from her directly.) You can also find the CD and book on amazon.com. On Facebook, look for Warrior Queen Chronicles.