The Greek Goddesses Demeter and Persephone offer a rich tale of seasonal wisdom for spiritual growth. Though it seems the action of Their story simply explains why one season gives way to another, upon deeper reflection we find both the forces of nature that mature us, and the mysteries of the life cycle that feed the soul.
Persephone leaves Her mother and the beauty of the world above to journey into the depths of the Underworld where, by taking Hades as Her lover, She becomes Queen of the Souls Below. But when She does, Demeter’s grief over the loss of Her daughter causes a great famine and the suffering of all above. In this narrative, we learn the nature of loss and renewal, rage and joy, life and death, dark and light. Looking at this tale through a feminist lens, we will prepare for and then enter the dark half of the Wheel of the Year utilizing the wisdom of this powerful Mother/Daughter story.
On four consecutive Thursday evenings at 7 pm Pacific, join me live over Zoom to learn the myth, explore the story’s archetypal characters and how we relate to them, and contemplate the narrative's deeper message to support our own life’s journey. Each Monday, you will receive a written lesson to augment your experience delving into the depths of this potent tale.
The Autumnal Equinox fast approaches. What better time to wrap this story around your soul?
I have been teaching classes, workshops and programs on the Divine Feminine, the magickal arts, and psychic development since 1993, in my private practice as well as at conferences and gatherings internationally.
I have always been tuned into life in a magickal way with many psychic experiences as a child. As a teenager, I obtained my own Tarot deck, which initiated me into the mysteries. As I matured, I realized that the way I perceived the world was actually part of an Earth-based spiritual path. As a young adult back in the 1980’s, books were the only resource available to me about this way of life. I read everything I could get my hands on and began to put into practice what I gleaned there. Over time, these practices deepened into my devotional path, and in sharing it with others, I began to build community. My own lived experience is my greatest resource. In my 30’s I could no longer deny my calling and became a Priestess of the Goddess. I wanted to provide for others the mentoring that had been missing for me when I was coming up, and I began teaching Her ways.
Teaching is a special joy for me. The blessing of teaching is to witness and experience the successful result of what has been proffered. I feel honored that my students have taken what they have learned in my classes and enhanced their own spiritual lives, and many have gone on to become teachers, ceremonialists, and leaders themselves.