The Gathering of the Goddesses

A few days ago, I saw a documentary called “Tea with the Dames”, with Dames Judi Dench, Maggie Smith, Joan Plowright and  Elaine Atkins.  A conversation between old friends and colleagues, it is a charming retrospective of friendship, womanhood and career.  That the profiled were four women of a certain age struck me profoundly during this week of the Gathering of the Four Goddesses.
As I listened to these women talk and laugh, it was a meaningful reminder to me of the depth and breath of what it has meant and means to be a woman.  Our lives generate wisdom, insight and laughter, gifts that we treasure and carry safely in our hearts.   I am reminded at how much I enjoy gatherings with my own women friends, as we share our individual insights and life experiences.
As we age, we embody that wisdom in varied ways, each authentic and powerful in her own right.  And yet, through the historical ascendency of the Patriarchy, that wisdom, insight and profundity have become devalued and despised.  Older women are not respected and often treated as children.  In fact, recently at my doctor’s office, a 40-something year old man called me back from the waiting room.  As I walked through the door, he said to me “And how are we today, young lady?” 
I was literally struck dumb.  And I was furious.  Because of that fury, I decided not to say anything in the moment but to address it later when I was calmer.  (I tend to have to apologize later when I react in the moment.) Later that day, I happened to receive an email asking me to rate the service I had received. And I did.  Thoroughly.
While this encounter infuriated me, it has no effect on who I am and the wisdom I have come to embody through my own life experience.  Historically, a misogynistic attitude has worked as a control mechanism, but it no longer carries any power.  We, as women, know who we are, and we, like the four women in the documentary, age with grace, undaunted and strong.  Our bodies may decline but our spirits are indomitable, for we walk at the side of the Goddess. 
This week’s Gathering of the Goddesses speaks to us from the heart of all we know, replete with downloads and insight.  These goddesses are multi-dimensional archetypes and each appears representative of four different levels of awareness. Together, they bring the undeniable Reunification of the Divine Feminine.  The repudiation of the Feminine will stand no longer, and the truth will out.  The Goddesses’ words, laws and love will reign again with authority.  These four Goddesses stand together in harmony, on all levels of our awareness, to bring these truths home in clarity and without equivocation.
For those of us with open hearts and eyes to see, we must open even further for there is much work still to be done.  Our openness creates a framework that strengthens the fabric of awakening.  Our open hearts create a doorway through which love can work its magic.
I urge you to observe the women in your lives in the coming weeks and watch as magic happens. And happen, it will.
“Who is She? She is your power, your Feminine source. Big Mama. The Goddess. The Great Mystery. The web-weaver. The life force. The first time, the twentieth time you may not recognize her. Or pretend not to hear. As she fills your body with ripples of terror and delight.
But when she calls you will know you’ve been called. Then it is up to you to decide if you will answer.”
Lucy H. Pearce, Burning Woman

***This guidance column was written by Jan Finley for  TheCosmicPath.com. It may be shared freely, but only when the author’s name and website are included.
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Yesterday I lost my fourteen year old dog Pearl.  I don’t say this to elicit sympathy but just to say that I am sad today and very tired. She has always been a high maintenance dog, with special needs requiring special attention.  She was also my girl, my pal, my companion and I miss her.
So today, I have been thinking about loss and new beginnings.  My daughter and I welcomed two new puppies into our lives about six weeks ago.  And then I discovered two different nests on my back porch. One is in my grill and has six wren eggs.  The other, a cardinal nest, is in my gardenia tree and has three eggs.  And then Pearl departed this dimension yesterday, and I have observed, with awe, the juxtaposition of Birth and Death playing out here in my own little corner of the world. 
The truth is that we are surrounded by both all the time, and frequently we   pay little conscious attention to these cycles as they occur.  We get caught up in the story of our lives, and they take a great deal of our undivided attention.  Meanwhile, we are also watching our country and our world in what appears to be some kind of death cycle.  It is difficult to watch and just as difficult to look away.  We know something new is coming and something outworn is dying.  It is often easier just to focus on our own personal stories. 
What we can’t forget is that rebirth and new life are always with us.  The dawning of the New World is already here.   Our sacred purpose is to act as midwives not only to the New World’s birth and infancy, but to the demise and passing of the Old World.  Birth and Death are integral parts of this transformation we are all undergoing; indeed they are simply different faces of the whole.  We must serve as witnesses to both, holding our hearts and minds open.  In a sense, we stand in a Gateway between Birth and Death, our purpose to reconcile the polarity between the two, until they and we become One, united in wholeness. 
“We are all butterflies. Earth is our chrysalis.”
― LeeAnn Taylor

***This guidance column was written by Jan Finley for  TheCosmicPath.com. It may be shared freely, but only when the author’s name and website are included.

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Deep within you are long held beliefs and karmic patterns that are now being experienced physically.  These patterns and beliefs have taken on a life of their own, over time/space.  The energy you feed them with your resistance gives them power to become an entity unto themselves, rather than allowing them to bring the transmutation and awakening for which they are designed.  The physical body is speaking to you, and you must offer each and every message it offers your profound attention and openness.  This is particularly critical in this moment of space/time. The frequency of the physical body must be attuned to receive the critical downloads that direct the newly transformed physical.  A caterpillar does not fight the chrysalis. Do you imagine that the transformation from caterpillar to magnificent butterfly is without discomfort? I assure you that is not the case. The caterpillar surrenders to the transformational process, allowing its physical body to express the change itself.  There is no room for resistance, and resistance only prolongs the discomfort.  Call upon the Ray of Wholing to assist you when discomfort arises. This Ray enters through the crown and lights up the entire body, physical and etheric.  It is best utilized when you are quiet and allowing it to work unimpeded. I ask you to bear witness to the sacredness of your personal metamorphosis, so that you may recognize and acknowledge the magnificence that is you, and amplify the Light you bring to this new world.

***This guidance column was written by Jan Finley for  TheCosmicPath.com. It may be shared freely, but only when the author’s name and website are included.

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Turn your eyes away from that which distracts and dismays "out there". There is no-thing here but desperate attempts by the Patriarchy to retain what they perceive as control. Keep your attention on your Self and your heart open.
Illusions fall swiftly now, wiping away long held beliefs that obscure what the Heart knows to be true. Each of you have taken comfort in attachments that have distracted and now shall be discarded. Prepare for grief and anger and wonder to arise as each of you begins again the process of letting go of the old and out worn. Much of what you have held closely has roots in fantasy and cannot hold true in the New World. In the Light of Love, open your hands and heart, and allow these people/places/things, all that you have , to slip from your grasp. Holding on and resisting only makes this process more painful.
In the New World, the Heart is open and everything arises from that truth - relationships, life purpose and the world around you. The New World is here, my children, and can be denied no longer, no matter how tightly you hold on to all that you believe to be essential.
As you release, you will discover peace and joy filling your heart and replacing those illusions that have held sway in your time/space. Remember now and again that you are a spiritual being, and more than the microcosm you call your self. Allow yourself the wondrous experience of expanding into All that You Are. You yourself are the experience of Love.

***This guidance column was written by Jan Finley for  TheCosmicPath.com. It may be shared freely, but only when the author’s name and website are included.

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