Women as Warriors, Mothers & Shamans

Anthropology can be a pretty heady subject, but fortunately I was introduced to the British social anthropologist, Sheila Kitzinger, and her work as a childbirth activist and author at the beginning of the natural childbirth movement. She had a way of bringing this subject to life and was fabulously witty, progressive and fiercely independent. We met in 1979 when Sheila was promoting her new book, Women as Mothers: How They See Themselves in Different Cultures. My son was a nursing baby on my lap when I first heard her speak. Of the more than 20 books she wrote about childbirth, pregnancy and parenting until she passed in 2015, this one stood out to me as the most culturally significant. Women birth the world and how we see ouselves and are supported in the process directly affects how empowered we feel as mothers to nurture human potential, thus insuring our collective future.

Fast forward 30 years. A little less head shy of the heady subject of anthropology I discover the book, The Woman in the Shaman’s Body: Reclaiming the Feminine in Religion and Medicine. This book reveals the long-hidden roots of shamanism, the world’s oldest tradition. It was not only humankind’s first spiritual and healing practice, it was originally the domain of women.

A Gathering of Priestesses

Gloria Taylor Brown interviews Thea on her Goddess Alive Radio Show on Priestessing the Planet. We cover a lot of ground and it was a great interview.  Gloria Taylor Brown is the Producer and Interviewer for Gathering of Priestesses. She has always been a Wild Woman and a Priestess of the Goddess. Her travels have taken her to many wild places, from Alaska to Egypt. She is the author of numerous books.

Arise Warrior Women

The Warrior Goddess archetype is emerging strong and for good reason. We are starting a new Venus Cycle in the Aries archetype of the Warrior Woman. Learn more with Cayelin Castell, co-founder and a lead teacher and facilitator of the Shamanic Astrology Mystery School. She is a leading expert in the field of Shamanic Astrology and celestial timings. She is also the co-founder of Venus Alchemy co-creating with Tami Brunk a profound experience of the powerful Venus Journey, honoring, celebrating and working ceremonially with the Venus cycle as it relates to the story of Inanna. This was the result of more than 20 years of working with the Venus Cycle personally and with clients. Check out this amazing YouTube overview on Venus in Aries: Arise Warrior Women.

The Fierce Feminine is about protecting. She calls to awareness the systems of inequity that keep us enslaved, saying "no" to what doesn't work, and "yes" to what does work. When she has a cause or a purpose she is 100% all in and committed. She is all about taking action and is fiery and fierce. A lot of women are stepping out onto the world stage and into their power to restore the cosmic balance. When the Warrior Goddess archetype is healthy her concern is for the greatest good of all people. She is a Divine Feminine Leader who works with others to create the greatest good for the most people over the longest run.

Damage Control

Warrior Goddess

photo by Marion Z. SkydancerA Warrior Goddess is a woman who challenges her emotionally wounded belief system that is based on projections, assumptions and false fears (fears of being judged, not good enough, and ungrounded fears), which create unnecessary suffering and unhappiness. It is an internal battle between heart and mind that takes patience, practice, persistence, courage and commitment in order to transform the war-torn emotional battlefield into a landscape that supports and integrates Heart-Mind. The challenge requires sobriety, awareness and clarity that personal freedom is attainable beyond the struggle.

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