News of the Women’s March planned for Saturday, January 21, 2017 spread across Facebook like wildfire. I first planned to go to Washington D.C.but after searching for an affordable hotel room or Air BnB and coming up empty, I decided maybe my efforts would be better utilized closer to home. I evaluated the best way to make an impact with the movement and discovered the perfect way to expend my energy: Self, Home/Family, School, Community, City, State, Country, World. As a busy mom who is self-employed, I had to prioritize my focus and work with my energy in a way that was sustainable and collaborative.
Five days before the March, I had a brilliant idea. I contacted the organizers of the event and asked if I could create a “pop-up” Goddess Temple on site and invoke the Great Mother at the beginning of the March. Unbelievably, they said YES to the Temple! They welcomed me to offer an Opening Prayer and Call the Directions just outside the Temple before the Women’s March began.
Saturday morning, my little brother, my daughter, and one of my priestesses-in-training arrived super early to the downtown location where the March would begin. We got to work, each of us contributing to this community effort. We set up an altar at the back of the Temple featuring one of our most ancient Goddesses, Inanna, nestled on an elevated platform, the table draped in a rich purple and gold altar cloth. Tall, thin, wooden praying priestesses flanked the centerpiece with candles shining across the surface.
At another table, We created a Cleansing Station with holy water that I blessed and scented with essential oils designed to clear the energetic field. A ceramic pot with fragrant dried lavender and cedar sat ready with the feathers used to smudge people.
Another station displayed instructions to use Flying Wish paper to write intentions, prayers, and wishes and set them on fire, watching them burn up and float magically into the air, leaving only wisps of ash!
After hanging strands of jewels and placing a Welcome sign out front, we were ready to circle up and call on Spirit. The circle of women and men, mothers and daughters that gathered for prayer were many more that I expected. I asked a friend to help us sing the Cheyenne Water Blessing song the women sing and many sang during the fight protesting the Dakota Access Pipeline. My friend had asked how we in Kansas City could support their efforts and they said, “Sing our prayers with your people.”We drummed and sang then prayed together for the leadership in our country and around the world. We prayed for the hearts and the conscious minds of all of our leaders. Then we sang to each Direction and called each Element while casting a circle of Love. I was so overcome feeling the presence of Spirit that I half-cried, half-sang the Call. After all 7 directions were called, we vibrated with so much energy, I was shaking! A friend suggested we give all that energy to the crowd and we did-all 10,000 of them! It was exhilarating!
We talked with hundreds of people about the Goddess that day and helped mothers with their children to light their wishes. My priestess-in-training smudged people for hours! We prayed with people, sang with people, cried with people…we couldn’t help but ask ourselves, “What would it be like to have an actual Goddess Temple?” The opportunity to serve our community in that way was so powerful and rewarding. It lit up my soul purpose, activating a vision of pop-up temples all over Kansas City, visiting regional festivals and offering people a sacred space to gather and feel the warmth and comfort of the Divine Mother. It wasn’t until Beltane* weekend that I allowed myself to imagine the True Vision…a permanent Temple of the Goddess in the heart of Kansas City.
40% of Americans describe themselves as spiritual but not religious. Communities are leaving churches in droves as people seek a more authentic connection with their spirits, faith, and something greater than themselves. We know that our current modern culture and pace does not support peaceful, soul-centered living. People are more stressed, more anxious, more depressed, and more isolated than ever before. How would our lives be different if we had a place to congregate with one another, showing up soul-to-soul, heart-to-heart, in our personal spiritual truth? How would our children feel, supported by a community of women of all ages, sharing their life wisdom in the way our grandmothers used to? How would the mothers feel, knowing they are not isolated and alone in the challenges of mothering but lovingly held by wise women mentoring them through various stages of life? What if we eliminated sin and sinner from the conversation and replaced it with the message of Beloved Child of God/Goddess?
We need the Return of the Great Mother. It’s time to live in right relationship with the Mother Earth, She Who Gives so freely everything that we need: our food, our water, our shelter, our clothes, our cars, gas to power our vehicles, our medicine, plants, herbs, supplements. Everything comes from the Earth and we no longer disregard Her unconditional love and support, Her constant giving without acknowledging the Source of All Life as this Divine Feminine power. We look to the natural rhythms in nature to harmonize our businesses, our families, our education, our medicine. How has Mother Nature existed and sustained life on Earth all this time? She is constantly evolving and changing, adjusting according to the ebb and flow of Life Force Energy on the planet. She knows the secrets to Life itself and will share them easily with those who will listen and open their hearts. Let us gather together as Her precious children and heal ourselves as we heal our world.
*Beltane is an ancient solar Holy Day celebrating fertility, fire, and Sacred Union between God and Goddess.