This is a long and powerful
journey of the heart and soul that has brought so much goodness to me and many others in my “spiritual tribes.”
Always a seeker, I first
became familiar with the Goddess in the late 1980’s at the monthly full moon circle gatherings held at the Unitarian
Fellowship in Morristown, NJ. It was here where I met the highly acclaimed and talented author Barbara G. Walker, whose
first work on feminist spirituality in 1981, The Women’s Encyclopedia of Myths and Secrets
was celebrated. The monthly moon group was partially inspired to begin by this “herstorical” work of Barbara’s
by some of the feminist members of the Fellowship, and was the basis for many women to gather and share knowledge and ritual
in a safe and sacred space.
When I joined this nonhierarchical and loose
association in 1989 my life shifted to a new place of love and grace as we honored each other a women and Goddesses.
I learned how to set intentions utilizing group energy and sealing them with a cone of Power. I learned about calling
in the directions and sharing the talking stick, and my absolute favorite ceremony: the passing of the sacred blessing cup
where each women received and gave a blessing in circle. We could do this for ourselves by each taking on a tiny role
of Priestess. This made my heart and soul sing as I first felt the divine power of the Goddess within. YAY!
The Heart of a Woman, Calling All Directions,
By the Earth
From there I discovered Womongathering, an annual festival sponsored by Lee Glanton in Pennsylvania.
I was hired by Lee to work with the young girls with the lovely Faerie energy that had discovered me in the early 1990’s
and still works through me as presenter at Faerie Festivals, kids events and concerts for all ages.
It was around this same time that I also discovered the Science of Mind teachings and New Thought philosophy at
the First Church of Religious Science, also in Morristown, NJ (now known as The Center for Spiritual Living Morristown).
For the first time ever I felt comfortable in a church and religious setting and actually became an enthusiastic member.
This was due to the fact that in the Science of Mind teachings, we are not told WHAT to think but we are taught HOW to think.
What an empowering difference for me, and I am so very grateful for this wonderful languaging that shows up in my life and
in my original songs to this day. Shekina,
Goddess Guide Us, God is the Sun / Goddess is the Earth, Conscious Communion
Not long after this, in 1995, I was invited
to present music at a little store in Mendocino, CA. Pacific Moonrise Herbs was owned an operated by Nympha Cole, a
wise woman that I met in the 80’s in Northern New Jersey at the fabulous Peter’s Valley Craft Shows where I was
a regular performer for years. Nympha and her husband Roy had a little seasonal shop in Barnegat Light, down the shore
in New Jersey where they sold wonderfully crafted essential oils, herbs and other goodies. Once they moved to Northern
California I had a home base from which to work. In 1998, Nympha gently pushed me to present a musical ritual at her
then annual event The Gathering of the Woman Clan, held at the greatly missed and sweetly remembered
Hearts and Hands Retreat Center in Albion, CA. It was there that I met Marilyn “Motherbear” Scott, another
wise woman who invited me to participate and present at her annual Goddess Gather, held at first at
Jug Handle Creek Farm in Mendocino County, CA and then moved to Isis Oasis a unique retreat center in Geyserville, CA.
Isis Oasis is also the
home of the Temple of the Goddess Isis and is a sanctuary for many birds, cats and other animals. It was here where
I was introduced to Lady Loreon, the reigning high priestess and sweetly eccentric owner of Isis Oasis. I had a defining
moment with her when she put a baby ocelot in my arms to hold! Do stop in if you’re traveling in Northern California.
Lady Loreon, (deceased in 2014), offered me a scholarship in becoming an ordained Priestess
in the Temple of Isis by submitting my spiritual biography. It was quite something to go back in time in my mind and
acknowledge all the people, classes, ritual, festivals and events that have helped shaped me into a Priestess of Divinity,
and I was ordained on 10-10-10. Gather
for the Goddess
It was also in the late 1990’s that
I met Eclipse Neilson at Womongathering in Pennsylvania. She invited me to participate and present at WomenCircles,
another annual event that has been taking for many years in late August at Rowe Camp and Conference Center in the Berkshire
Mountains in Massachusetts. It was here that I was given the title and job of Faerie Priestess and was amazed at the
fabulous sisterhood that continues to develop and grow with these lovely women. Eclipse is a wonderful visionary and
channel as she opens herself to a different Goddess to come through her as the new theme each year at WomenCircles,
which has recently evolved into Woman Soul. She and I have collaborated on at least four (and counting?) divine
songs inspired by these empowering and wondrous events and Goddesses. The Lady of the Lake, Arianrhod, I Am the Universe
In 2014 my husband and I moved to West Palm Beach for his job. It was on the Florida East Coast that I teamed
up with my now dear friend Susan Joyce Proctor, an Ayurvedic practitioner and “foodie.” She was beginning
to present Goddess Salons for women that feature an Ayurvedically-balanced meal and a sharing circle. I asked her if
she would be interested in having me present a bit of music and luckily, she said “Yes!” It was a great
match and each time she had another one scheduled, I created a song inspired by the featured Goddess of that event.
My decades of practicing yoga, chanting and being open to the Divine gave me additional insight for creating these songs.
Song for my Beloved, La La La Lalita, Saraswati,
Lakshmi, Om Radha, Radhay Krishna, Durga Durgay
As I write this now, I am in the recording studio with engineer
John “the band” Guth, as we are putting finishing touches on the songs of Goddess Guide Us.
I appreciate being here and basking in the Light of the Goddess as she moves through and as me and through anyone who chooses
this path. May yours be blessed and may you remain a blessing.
“Rev. Faerie” Elaine of the Silver Stream of Consciousness