HerStory Rising Sister Journal

 

Voices From The Goddess Rising Sisterhood

Volume IV

Equinox: Harvest

 

 

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

 
 

 

Symbolism 

The Second Harvest, The Mysteries, Equality and Balance. 

Symbols

Wine, cornucopia, gourds, vines, pine cones, acorns, grains, corn, apples, pomegranates, dried seeds, and horns of plenty. 

Herbs 

Acorn, ferns, grains, myrrh, honeysuckle, marigold, milkweed, passionflower, rose, sage, solomon's seal, tobacco, benzoin, and thistle. 

Foods

Breads, nuts, apples, pomegranates, squash, potatoes, carrots, and onions. 

Scents

Blend of benzoin, myrrh, and sage. 

 

 

 

Colours 

Red, orange, maroon, rust, brown, and gold.

Stones 

Sapphire, lapis lazuli, and yellow agates. 

Ritual Activities

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. 

Magic

Rituals and spells of protection, prosperity, harmony, balance, equality, gratitude, security, and self-confidence.

Deities

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

Photo by: Jenny SF

Photo by: Jenny SF

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.


 

Divine Renewal 

Contributed by Goddess Rising Sister: Myriam Llano


 

Love Unconditional 

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


 

Shadow Dancer

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

Posted on September 22, 2016 .