• Season of Transformation

    Have been feeling very reflective this winter, with so many things feeling “wrong.”   Being a sensitive person, I find myself struggling to keep my head above waves of angst, worries for friends, concerns for our country, confusion and disgust for decisions made by someone I see as unhinged and sick, and the everyday struggles around supporting others through their emotional journeys, raising my child, and just trying to take care of the daily tasks.

    So many of us are experiencing darkness, despair, and fear.   Attempts to find hope seem immediately blocked by new despairs.   We’re struggling to create opportunities where hope, love, and support can be nurtured and shared.

    In all this darkness, I see something very wonderful happening:  So many people gathering in community, raising their voices as One Voice, sharing the same Vision of unity, and defying those who would oppress.  The lights are shining brightly in the darkness, bringing people home, easing pain, and renewing hope.

    As Imbolc arrives I’m profoundly reminded of Brigid, Celtic goddess of fire, smithcraft, healing, and poetry.  Her symbols are also those of protector,  her energies are shamanic, attempts to minimize her failed, and it is She who can be sought during this “season” of transformation and challenge.

    I’ll take even little signs of hope, and wanted to share this with others:  the hibiscus plant, in my office, has blossomed today.  One, lone flower, in the midst of winter.  A blossom of such perfection, with 5 petals of delicate red.  Guess what the meaning of Hibiscus is?  Beauty, unity, peace, and new creation.

    I can accept that  🙂 


  • Winter Solstice

     

    As we welcome the sun this season, I ask that each of you consider being a reflection of that light.  Be a beacon of hope, of joy and acceptance.  Bring warmth, and the circle of community.

    We are experiencing extreme change at the start of the new year, with many people expressing doubt, worry, and even fear.   Remember this, though…..that which receives your attention and energy will be manifested.   Feed the strength, the unity, the support.  Be the warmth you’d want to find in others.  Raise your voice, stand your ground, bend and flow…be as a proud as the newly risen sun in our vibrancy and impact.

    Be it Rumi or Atreides, the message is of resiliency not rigidity.  Shine bright, children of the Gods.

     


  • Shifting into a new responsibility (oh shit…!)

    Well, I’m taking the plunge.  Having been involved with the Maine Pagan Clergy Association since its inception, I have fulfilled a number of roles:  assisting in the development of licensure, being a general board member, the Secretary, and most recently the organizations’ Licensure Coordinator.   The past year has seen a lot of intellectual activity and output in the form of creating an ethics’ standard and  grievance procedure.

    MPCA’s annual meeting occurred this past weekend, I offered myself as the next President, and was accepted and voted into that office.  Holy shit!  Now what am I gonna do!

    Some of you know how much of an introvert I am, and how I’m focused on behind-the-scenes kind of work.  Some of you may not…but you do NOW.    I am a single mother, a full-time therapist, analytical and over-thinking, a writer, and kind of isolated from community.  I often doubt myself, worry about too many things, and waffle between “I know I can” to “this feels too exhausting.”

    As part of our meeting, we discussed community concerns of grief, anger, and how to be supportive of the needs of said community….issues which are personal and I have opinions about, but issues that would also require that I operate in a more extroverted and social way in my role as President.  This is uncomfortable for me.  I have contact with people when I facilitate open events, or one/one in the safe confines of my therapist office/role, but not an entire online and face/face community.

    My gifts, as a Priestess, have always focused on ritual, on spiritual guidance, music, movement, and assisting others in moving into new places within their lives.  I’m feeling a little frozen as to how I’m going to facilitate my own process

    My hopes for this new role:  to lead by example, to encourage, to create, to be responsible and ethical, to have a few good answers when others ask questions, and to not look like a complete idiot.

     

    ~Kerry~