of self-denial when I took responsibility for the rape of my body. Call up the confusion, the lack of understanding. Call up the precious INNOCENCE. Call up the beautiful, trusting parts of me, and the ways my trusting self was violated and betrayed and dishonored, and let the sorrow and the grief of that wash through every part of my being. Help me to see and feel the injustice done to my younger self, and help me to protect and hold that younger me from my healed place of felt wholeness and empowerment, where I now live. Hecate, show me what I need to see and help me to FEEL IT ALL and cast it into the flames, fueling the RAGE that propels me to action. Call it up and keep it burning through this long night. I will continue this sacred process of remembrance. I will continue to speak my experience, adding my voice to the many, as we join together in our rage to REMOVE FROM POWER those who carry the lineage of fear that seeks to mock, accuse, shame, blame and disempower women. I add my voice to those that shine light on the perpetrators of sexual violation. I stand solidly as proof that HEALING IS POSSIBLE, and I offer myself and my life experience as an example, an inspiration and an instrument of healing.
We are gaining numbers and power and momentum, calling from the heart of Sisterhood to all women: YOU ARE NECESSARY. We call you home, to stand with us. We have been violated and disbelieved, mocked and judged, accused and silenced. We've been burned at the stake, in our homes, in our churches, on the streets and in the courtroom. But as more and more of us see and FEEL and remember the fear-driven sentencing and executions so many of us have endured, WE ADD LIFE ENERGY - DIRECTLY FROM THE FIRES THAT HAVE BURNED US - to the growing bonfire beneath this cauldron of transformation we are now stirring. Thank you, Hecate, for this bright illumination at the dark crossroads of this battle.
May I allow the energy of Venus Retrograde to help me feel into the darkest corners of my entire ancestry, where I may have disbelieved, ignored, shamed, avoided, disempowered or harmed myself or other women. Stand by me, Hecate, as I feel the pain of my own betrayal and wail its primal, healing power into the heart of all living things. Help us all to remember that women birth life into this world; we are the keepers of the heart and the hearth; we are the sustainers. Remind us that our VITALITY is the very rhythm that moves this world. We are the beating heart that connects all humans to our Mother Gaia. From this grounded place, we HOWL the pain of betrayal at the moon until the vibration of our collective sound cleanses and heals every one of us. We remember, we forgive, and together we stand.
To the women who have forgotten they are members of the Sisterhood, you who have taken on the beliefs of those who deny the innate power in women, you who have forgotten, denied or given away your own power, I shine Hecate's light and say: Open your eyes and see your sisters. We are here, we are all different but very much the same. We are ALIVE, and we are joining together. Share your experience of isolation and let your tears of suffering blend with all others to become a powerful ocean - because Mama, we move together as One, and that includes YOU. You are not alone. You have a heart, a mind, a body that belongs only to you. You do not have to believe what they have told you. Remember who you are. YOU MATTER. You are powerful. You are welcomed and wanted and honored. You are seen and held with compassion, no matter the mistakes you think you've made - just as we all practice holding ourselves with compassion, no matter the mistakes we think we've made. Every choice you have made has been in service to your sacred self and your needs, whether your actions have been aligned and empowering or misaligned and regretted. Thank you for doing your best to honor you. With compassion and reverence, we remember, we forgive, and we invite integrity and full alignment in every woman, to join together and stand in the shining power of this sacred tribe of sisters. Come home.
Gracefully supported by the Goddess Hecate, I shine the light of transformation into my own darkness, my own pain, and I hold loving space for anyone who needs to be seen. Call on me. I'm here for you. I'll cry with you. I'll scream with you. I'll hold you and all of it with spacious, expansive love. I offer the truth of Divine reflection. Together we see, feel, heal and change this world. We hold the vision of our future: nonviolent leadership and citizenship that honor and co-create safety, equality, respect and freedom for women and all beings.
Thank you, Hecate, for blessing us with your steadfast, graceful, enlightening assistance.
And so it is.
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