Voices From The Goddess Rising Sisterhood
Rejoicing in the Sacred Equinox Time...
Day and night are of equal length as Mother Earth takes a sacred pause in Her rotation around the Sun. On The Wheel of the Year, this Holy Day is celebrated as Mabon (pronouced in many different ways May-bun, May-boon, May-bawn). Mabon is considered a time of the Mysteries. It is a time to honour the Sun Gods and Goddesses, the Harvest, and the Spirit World. This sacred pause is a time of balance, to slow down and reflect, enjoy the bounty of our harvests (whether this be from your gardens, your friendships and family, your work or your personal achievements) and also to prepare for the next season by welcoming the gifts of the darkness to release, let go, give away, share and shed (whether physically, emotionally, mentally or all the above). At this time we give thanks and honour the Goddess as she moves from Mother to Crone, and the Green Man, giving gratitude for the fortitude of the Sun, as we now reap the gifts and abundance, prosperity and fruitful ways of being.
May we harness the power of this Holy Day in our own lives and also be the needed change that the world so desperately needs at this time. May we offer to one another the bounty of love in our hearts, and offer the gifts of respect, kindness, honour and peace to all those we come across. May we do what we can to contribute our energy in gratitude to the Earth, to the Spirit World and to all of humanity.
I welcome you to our Equinox Volume 4 of 'Herstory Rising', our Goddess Rising Sister Journal. Our journal includes the unique expression, voices, and stories from our Global Sisterhood, maybe even yours. It has been created in dedication to the to the Rise of the Divine Feminine that is taking place in each woman on the planet and the importance for our voices to be spoken and heard with support and celebration. This is for you, dear one, for our worldwide womb web. To connect with one another heart to heart, from moon to moon. To inspire and be inspired.
It is my joy and honour to welcome you to explore the art, the beauty and the self-expression of our sisters from around the world in the theme of our Harvest Equinox.
With Aloha, Achintya Devi
Founder, Goddess Rising Sisterhood
We welcome your voice in our Sister Journal!
EQUINOX / MABON ATTRIBUTES
The Second Harvest, The Mysteries, Equality and Balance.
Wine, cornucopia, gourds, vines, pine cones, acorns, grains, corn, apples, pomegranates, dried seeds, and horns of plenty.
Acorn, ferns, grains, myrrh, honeysuckle, marigold, milkweed, passionflower, rose, sage, solomon's seal, tobacco, benzoin, and thistle.
Breads, nuts, apples, pomegranates, squash, potatoes, carrots, and onions.
Blend of benzoin, myrrh, and sage.
Red, orange, maroon, rust, brown, and gold.
Sapphire, lapis lazuli, and yellow agates.
Making wine, gathering dried herbs, plants, seeds and seed pods, walking in the forest, scattering your offerings in harvested fields, offering libations & elixirs to trees, adorning burial sites with leaves, acorns, and pine cones to honor those who have passed over.
Rituals and spells of protection, prosperity, harmony, balance, equality, gratitude, security, and self-confidence.
Goddesses: Modron, Morgan, Epona, Persephone, Pamona and the Muses. Gods: Mabon, Thoth, Thor, Hermes, and The Green Man.
RISING IN LEADERSHIP
WOMAN AS WARRIORESS, SORCERESS, AND EMPRESS
with Achintya Devi Interviewed by Tammra Broughton
Registration is NOW OPEN for the 4th Quarter of our Online Global Moon Sisters Temple, Oct 2 - Dec 31.
RISE IN LEADERSHIP: Woman as Warrioress, Sorceress, Empress. Enrollment CLOSES Sept 30.
Peace Through Darkness
Contributed by Goddess Rising Sister: Vanessa Renee
As we enter into the Equinox we are confronted head on with life’s duality. The Equinox is a time when day and night are both equal in length around the entire world. This Equinox also marks the beginning of Autumn. Autumn is known as the time of “Harvest”, a time where you reap the benefits of all of the seeds you have planted. Harvest time often leaves us with warm fuzzy visions of pumpkin patches, corn, celebration and gorgeous earth tone sweaters. What is often left unnoticed about a Harvest is there is no growth without destruction. We take comfort in conceptually knowing there is no day without night. However when we take a look into our own personal experiences we often do not like to face the night that comes after day has passed.
The process of growth in itself is chaotic. Once a seed is planted into the ground, it must first shed its layers and push all of its inner essence outside of itself and let it mesh with the dark earth. The process of growth is transformative, scary and often times we must loose who we think we are to become who we were meant to be. If an apple seed only thought of itself as a seed, it would be terrified when its transformation starts to occur. However if the apple seed knows it must first enter the darkness to become the apple, it trusts its process no matter how dark or painful the circumstances.
We fear the darkness due to its uncertainty, taking for granted that it is this very darkness that initiates our growth. Trusting our Highest self and our Creator helps us see life from a different perspective. We are able to see that life is so intricately woven and so beautiful that even what looks like it was meant for your demise turns out to be what helps you reach your highest potential. There are certain seeds in nature that depend on the very destruction and darkness that come with a fire. The mighty Sequoia tree needs the heat from the fire to grow and regenerate! Wildfire suppression has been found to be harmful to their very existence.
If you find that you have entered a dark period in your life trust that everything is working out for your highest good. You may not be able to see the light, but just like a seed that has not yet pierced ground, do not think you are stagnant. There is no experience that is ever waisted. Use the fire and darkness in your life as a time to regenerate, reevaluate and rebuild. “The darkest hour is just before the dawn.” Trust your process, your Harvest time will come.
The Gift of Everything
Contributed by Goddess Rising Sister: Ashley Foreman
My Humble Prayer at the Feet of the Goddess
Contributed by Goddess Rising Sister: Deanna Joy
My best amends to you
is to leave you alone
for that is all
it seems that you
want from me now.
My heart longs still
for the lilt in your voice
to see your sweet gentle smile
and the sparkle in your eyes
as you speak my name
I miss your laughter
Such music to my ears
To look into your eyes
looking back at me
as I stand before you
I leave the face of friendship
to the will of God
For only God can put
a face to how friendship
is supposed to look.
Contributed by Goddess Rising Sister: Myriam Llano
Contributed by Goddess Rising Sister: Chinonye
I Have Gathered Words
Contributed by Goddess Rising Sister: Erin Nicole
I Have Gathered
I have gathered all things that I can call mine Shelter comes when I go
But what I take with me cannot be held in a sack or a weathered suitcase
It can be felt like a cup of tea Warming all that it touches and beyond
Alongside an autumnal breeze giving the ocean and me goosebumps
The ocean which no longer needs me until I return to her again
Alive Blooming I will have the strength and the patience of a flower
I will be the moon if you are the sun Rising each night
Sharing the light
Feeling your presence in a place that cannot be touched
When the leaves fall it is not the end
The tree still stands and whispers
Great things have followed great things
Moon Sister Music
Contributed by Goddess Rising Sister: Leah Salomaa
Contributed by Goddess Rising Sister: Vanessa Moseley
She used to be afraid of the dark,
Until she let go of doubt.
She used to avoid silence,
Until she trusted her senses.
She used to cover her wounds,
Until she believed in her strength.
She used to suppress her authenticity,
Until she realized it was her gift.
She used to hide her tears,
Until she saw it was soul medicine.
She used to judge her body,
Until she let go of shame,
She used to ignore her truth,
Until she found herself within.
She used to relive her pain,
Until she witnessed her wisdom.
She used to live in fear,
Until she walked in balance.
She used to only love the light,
Until she danced with her shadow.
Expressions of the Feminine Embrace
Contributed by Goddess Rising Sister: Chona Bernardo
Equinox Blessings to you all!
And, you are invited to practice with us this season...
RISING IN LEADERSHIP
Woman as Warrioress, Sorceress, Empress
Oct 2 -Dec 31
The time is here for us all to take the next leap of embodying more of who we are and why we are here as sacred feminine leaders (in all our unique ways), to truly be the needed change in the world. The Warrioress, Sorceress and Empress archetypes of the Divine Feminine are calling strong now, as the awakening of their medicine and re-definition within us are needed for the planet.
You are invited to deepen into the Moon Mysteries this season and Rise in your Leadership. In Global Sisterhood, we devote the 4th Quarter of our Moon Sister Temple to embodying the gifts, wisdom and power of the Warrioress, Sorceress & Empress.
REGISTRATION CLOSES SEPT 30