Burning off what we no longer need

I lived on the coast of Oregon in 2005.  Waited tables and tended bar at a roadside steakhouse run by a guy from Jersey.  My buddy Paul, satisfied with his girls being raised rightly, put on a backpack back then and took a bus to the coast from Eugene where he had been living.  He…

A Few Words on the Soul

by Wislawa Szymborska We have a soul at times. No one’s got it non-stop, for keeps. Day after day, year after year may pass without it. Sometimes it will settle for awhile only in childhood’s fears and raptures. Sometimes only in astonishment that we are old. It rarely lends a hand in uphill tasks, like moving…

Where I’ve Been, or How~

Hello little love bugs! Great apologies for the long absence!  Here is what I have been up to. GRAD SCHOOL Let me just tell you, I was unprepared for the giant clusterflug that this would become.  I love Pacifica.  I mean that, I love, love, love LOVE Pacifica.   Joseph Campbell sat on the board…

Wise Women Ways: Biology of Cycles

Clarissa Pinkola Estes, in her book “Women Who Run With the Wolves”, writes about the Medial Woman. In fact, I’ll go so far as to say that the book, in its entirety, is instruction–no, reminder!–to me of how to be a medial woman. Women, and this is medically studied stuff here, (see Dr. Christiane Northrup’s…

Living in the Mystery: New Moon, Serendipity, and Timing

I wanted to write today about living in the mystery.  I thought after all the prescriptive here’s-a-translation-of-what-Mercury–could-mean, here’s-a-translation-of-what-Fire-could-mean, that reminding myself (and my readers!) the importance of simple living in the today might be right on time. So, with that in mind, turns out I also get to write today about how soul-work: living from…

My ol Winter Blues, “Women’s Mysteries,” and Merc Retro

I was driving on Bestgate Road in Annapolis and something in the way the wind hit me through the window made my heart give this respondent ache.    It was March of 2001.   My body, my heart was awake.  I didn’t feel that dull, grey, sunless east coast flat.  The nothingness that accompanies it,…

Soul-work is NOT self-esteem!

Now, it’s important to clarify some ideas. This work, soul work, it can edge up next to concepts that  are self-helpy and lots of people, including myself, get eye rolls when it comes to that subject.  Yea, it seems to surprise people when they learn that I shrink at New Agey I’m okay you’re okay…

Self-honesty as Soul Work

What does it mean, Soul Work? And how do we start? This is maybe the great pressing drive of my life so far.   Having a life of soul.  The need for it was characterized early on by an unyeilding sense that there had to be more meaning to life than the daily grind.  I…

Sun and Moon Symbols, and lunar Imbolc

Today is the full moon. Full moons are significant because they symbolize a center-point in a growth cycle. Growth cycles are circles, never-ending or beginning, a continuum of todays informed by yesterday.  This feels good to me because one way of looking at this means that wherever you are in your understanding of your life and the…

Wild Women Wisdom Symbols in dreams, & Mercury Retrograde

This morning I awoke with a crudgy feeling.  This means I felt like grrrrr, I don’t want to get up. I lay there a minute contemplating what to do–it was 6:30, do I go back to sleep, make coffee, write…? And then I recalled an odd dream last night in which me and Mandy, my…