I found a box of journals that I'd stowed away at my sister's house. In it, I found the journal I'd kept during a trip I'd taken in October 2005 to France and Barcelona, to immerse in the tradition of the Black Madonna, Sacred Feminine, and Magdalene (see various other Black Madonna posts for more on that).
As I read through the journal, I found myself smiling as the words connected me to the places and experiences I'd had in Paris, Vezelay, Rocamadour, and Chartres, and my surprise encounter with the Black Madonna at Montserrat and Barcelona in Spain.
A mentor's words came to me as well, when she said recently that she'd gone back through a journal from 3 or 4 years ago and found that she was still living into, grappling with, the same general themes, and she joked that she wasn't sure whether to feel kind of depressed about that.
I thought the same as I read through my notes from during, and then after, my Divine Feminine immersion trip.
Then again, that's conditioning speaking. The Way of the Feminine -- the Via Feminina -- is anything but linear. It's more, even, than circular; it's a spiraling experiencing, in which we don't so much circle around again to the same issues, as spiral into them for new insight, new depth and, we hope, new wisdom.
I'll write more as I revisit the notes -- they're ever so relevant to what's emerging now with my Feminine Mojo work, and the Feminine Mojo Mystery School that 'spirals off' in October.
As is the case with so many of us now, I was musing then on the wisdom of cycles that were ending, cycles that were beginning, and the unfolding spiral as I opened more and more to the remembering of the Feminine.
"November 27, 2005 - San Francisco - Cycles ending, cycles beginning. This is what Nature teaches us to navigate, to understand more fully, so that we don't give way to fear at the endings and choke the new beginning at its most tender place.
In withdrawing from Nature, we have starved ourselves of this wisdom and allowed the roots and gnarls of our fears to overgrow the garden of our own nature, our deepest essence.
This is changing, as Wisdom re-emerges from Her hiding places, and brings the gifts cultivated in the darkest places into the light."
And on into the Great Spiral we journey...
Love and Blessings on the Via Feminina!
Join me this October in the Feminine Mojo Mystery School, to reconnect with the roots and shoots and sparks of your own Divine Feminine nature and liberate your Feminine Mojo (clear away the 'roots and gnarls of fear that overgrow the garden of your authentic nature, your Divine essence). What's your Feminine Mojo? Take a peek...
Photo Credit: Nostra Senyora (Black Madonna) at the Iglesia de Betlem in Barcelona, Spain. Spiral - Ascension/Descension - By Raggio (ALL4HIM)productions, Creative Commons permissions. Raggio(ALL4HIM)productions