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Week of October 1, 2013 - Goddess Spirit Rising Conference

Tuesday, October 01, 2013 11:59 AM | Wise Woman (Administrator)
Green greetings to you all.

I have so much to share, I don’t know where to start. At the beginning? In the middle? Or from the present perspective.


The last time I wrote to you, I was setting off for Malibu to be part of Goddess Spirit Rising, the First International Goddess Conference. My mind and memory are filled with a kaleidoscope of images and sensations: Lydia Rule’s goddess banners snapping in the wind and hanging from the walls to transform our meeting places, healing rituals from the four corners of the world, the most amazing altars and priestesses, Grandmother Z (Budapest) doing tarot readings, an emotional, exquisite Crone’s Crowning Ritual led by Ruth Barrett, embracing and catching up with old friends not seen for ages – Vicki Noble, Max Daschu, Joan Marler, and Adriennne Tully, to mention a few – Anique Radiant Heart’s bigger-than-life voice raised in hymns to the Goddess, Hecate’s Wheel spinning their musical magic, brightly-colored nylon spinners spinning in the constant breeze, walking up and up and down and down, the stairs, the hills, the stairs, the hills, and so much joy, so much love, so much Goddess energy!! I will be there next year (or in 2015 if it becomes a biannual event). Hope you can be too.


Getting home was complicated by the early departure of my connecting flight, leaving me stranded in Detroit. I befriended a young mom and her 5 year-old daughter on the shuttle to the hotel (where they were stashing those of us left behind) and so had an enjoyable dinner and a magical morning. The little girl was reluctant to let me go after our dinner together, so I promised I would see her in the morning. (I knew we were taking the shuttle back to the airport together.) Imagine my delight when I opened my hotel room door in the morning to go to breakfast to find her standing there!! No, she did not know which room was mine.


We ate another meal together and shuttled to the airport, where there was distress about our separation. I promised that we would meet, in a while, in the airport, though we were taking flights to different places. And so we did. Of course, ultimately, we did have to say: “Goodbye.” When we did, I promised her that I would always be her fairy goddess-mother and she had only to call on me in her mind to feel my blessing. She smiled.


Home to a pile of correspondence, new mentorship students, lots of apprentice inquiries, and all the busy work that wells up as the days shorten, as well as my own ongoing reconnection with friends I had lost touch with over the years. Life is bringing me around the spiral again, showing me the view from a different perspective.


Well, I told you I had a lot on my mind. As for plants, I think you will find these shots of interesting plants in the tomato family worth a glance. And please enjoy the recipe, which I adapted from Nourishing Traditions Cookbook, by Sally Fallon, who I will be seeing soon at the Southeast Women’s Herbal Conference.


There are only two more workshops at the Wise Woman Center this year, (Winter Readiness and Hands-On Herbal Medicine/Digging Roots) but lots of work exchange weekends coming up. The Catskills are beautiful in the fall. Do come and play with us.


And enjoy green blessings.
Susun


p.s. And to my mentorship students, lots of new articles – on turkey tail mushrooms, the benefits of butter, and the amazing abilities of pumpkin.

 

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