LSW May - Crone Becomes Maiden

LSW May - Crone Becomes Maiden

Maiden Mother Crone

Crone Becomes Maiden

By Christine Schultz

I love Ruth Gendler’s Book of Qualities. It personifies concepts such as loneliness, patience, and forgiveness. Forever, we humans have been anthropomorphizing characteristics, principles, and even times of life. This shows up in all ancient and modern religions, fairy tales, myths and legends. These characters, including those considered gods and goddesses, metaphorically deliver wisdom by way of stories and poetry over and over in different ways. I love picking apart the qualities of the archetypes in ancient and modern literature.

The crone archetype is an old woman who readies herself for death. Maiden is the archetype who emerges. It’s the circle of life. Yet, there is this very interesting thing that happens throughout life: it’s all the little life-death cycles that constantly take place within each incarnation.

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LSW APRIL Persephone and Hades - A Love Story

LSW APRIL Persephone and Hades - A Love Story

LSW April

Persephone and Hades  - A Love Story

By Christine Schultz

Will we simply return to dust after death? It’s the great mystery. The ancients held festivals and ceremonies to recognize the great mysteries, and to answer this very question.

In ancient Greece, these ceremonies began around 700 BC in a place called Eleusis. The Eleusinian Mysteries with roots in Egyptian and Brahman teachings, and influences from Buddhism, were held in secrecy. Christian leaders from the ancient world, including John the Evangelist with his ties to Freemasonry, were, according to legend, initiates of the Mysteries. It is believed that many rituals of the Freemasons and Christian Church are taken from these ancient ceremonies.

The Greek Mysteries are based on the story of Demeter, the Goddess of fertility, otherwise known as Earth Goddess. Her daughter Persephone, Goddess of Springtime, was married to Hades, the King of the Underworld. Here’s a super simplified version of the myth:

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LSW March Issue

LSW March Issue

When Crone is Greeted by Winter 

Crone is last stage of the moon cycle. Spring, summer, autumn, winter are the Earth cycle seasons. Autumn and winter must correspond to the Crone stage. I understand autumn and see the beauty in it, but I’m unclear on winter. Winter is a metaphor for death. Or is it the very last stage of life? What is the symbolic and energetic meaning of the winter years? What is the beauty of it?  I came to realize autumn is about reaping life’s harvest, and also letting go. Does that continue into winter? When does the season of winter begin for us humans? My father, nearly 81, recently had a stroke and is in decline. Depressed and wishing to die, he lost his zeal for life. Once the desire to live dies, does that mark our winter season?

 

 

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LSW February Issue

LSW February Issue

Old Woman Love

by Christine Schultz

“Oh my God, she’s old,” Caroline thought as she noticed a woman in a store. At sixteen, she couldn’t imagine how anyone could have wrinkles like that. “Lines on her lips from smoking, I’ll never have those!” When she looked into the mirror she saw only her smooth skin and pink lips that would be there into infinity. Time was the furthest thing from finite as the endless days proved.

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LWS January Issue "Autumnal Woman"

LWS January Issue  "Autumnal Woman"

I'm Loving the Autumnal Years!

At one point, I was introduced to the idea that our lives reflect the Earth cycle (spring, summer, autumn, and winter). As our life expectancy has increased, the Earth cycle begins to make more sense because for many, our lives will be only just more than half complete by menopause.

AUTUMN - this intermediate phase between summer/mother phase and winter/crone phase ushers in a whole new way of looking at the post-menopausal years. Autumn is the harvest season - the most abundant time of year, the most flavorful, and rich in color. It’s also the time when the leaves fall and let go… Symbolically, an autumnal woman is reaping the fruits of her life’s work, she may be heading into retirement and may have the resources and time to travel. She may be free of small children and may be going into grand-parenting. She may understand death more intimately as loved ones pass. She may be releasing relationships, or careers may change. It’s a time of purification and getting clear on who she is. The Autumnal woman is bursting through patriarchal cultural conditioning of being irrelevant and worth less.

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LSW December Issue "Malta"

LSW December Issue "Malta"

Caroline had put off a trip to Malta for years. Her son was off to college and she was ready to have an adventure. With a group of women, others who were also studying ancient goddess cults, consciousness and spirituality, she went knowing that this place held some of the oldest fertility temples still remaining in the planet. Caroline and the priestesses explored the megalithic goddess temples of Ħaġar Qim, Ġgantija, L-Imnajdra, and the Hypogeum of Hal Saflien considered to be the oldest prehistoric and underground temple. 

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LWS November Issue "Mommy"

LWS November Issue "Mommy"

It was at her annual visit when Caroline’s doctor said, “You’re at the optimal age for motherhood.” She was twenty-nine. Somehow and maybe even against her “better judgement” her biological clock heard that. A few months later, she was pregnant. This was a big change from the model/diva, and self-serving, carefree globetrotter she had been. She and Nick married even though she knew the tall, green-eyed, gregarious, swarthy Greek wasn’t ready to be married, or to be a father. She was confident enough to know she could raise the child alone if necessary. He was born in Athens, Greece in August of 1996.

During the chaos of heading to the hospital to birth the child, Caroline was sure Nick would be with her. He was not. Several residents in training were there, though, along with the doctor, all watching between Caroline’s legs. They were mumbling in Greek about her comments. She hadn’t been given an epidural and was using some fabulous English expletives. She listened as they tried to hide their laughter while translating to each other what she was saying.

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Lori Vance - Queendom

Lori Vance - Queendom

Lori Vance - Queendom

Lori Vance, Executive Director of “Express Yourself Milwaukee” and psychotherapist with Eastlake Counseling Consulting, is an autumnal queen who has just turned 60. “Express Yourself” is an organization built on the belief that art can be used to build on going relationships with at risk youth with life changing results. Currently, more than 1,100 youth participate annually in the program in the greater Milwaukee area.

What does it means to live life to the fullest according to Lori?

I think what that means to me is constantly realigning with myself in response and reaction to what what my experiences are in the world. It means finding ways to return to myself when I’m off balance, and ways that remind me what’s important. Also, I realign with what I have to offer that’s in harmony with who I am. 

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LWS October Issue "Seventeen"

LWS October Issue "Seventeen"

“I’m finishing early, in December, at the end of the semester. Can you get me a job at your restaurant? …You can? …Yes, I’ll book my ticket, I can’t stand it here anymore.” At seventeen she had completed all her high school requirements; graduating early, she took off to have a ski adventure. Caroline was getting on a plane for the first time in her life and flying to Salt Lake City.

Navigating the airports and suddenly feeling alone, she made her way knowing there was no one but her who could help if she had trouble. Successfully making her way to the mountain, where she would have a contact waiting for her, was a challenge. She got off the bus and had to put on skis just to go from the road to the ski resort; she didn’t know how to ski. It was only about fifty yards, but it seemed to take forever. Excited and determined, she made her way falling and getting back up...

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Constance Leshin - Queendom

Constance Leshin - Queendom

One of the things Constancia is passionately active about is her work in Guatemala. She works for an organization called "Friendship Bridge" (www.friendshipbridge.org), a microfinance plus organization that gives 30,000 Guatemalan Maya women loans and education so that they can create their own solutions to poverty. She also translates narratives from Spanish to English for clients that are posted on the KIVA website, (www.kiva.org). 

“Every year we’ve raised more and more money from investors who can donate up as little as twenty-five dollars. Last year, we raised almost two million dollars. It really is incredible; it absolutely takes my breath away. It’s incredible when I think about how far my/our energy is going on behalf of these "voiceless women".

That is inspirational Constancia!

Diving in now, can you tell me a bit about beauty and how you see it in the women there or in general? 

Well, in our culture there is this emphasis on appearance...

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GO!

GO!

2017 TOTAL ECLIPSE OF THE SUN

I really didn't expect this!~ I went thinking it would be science geeky, and fun, but I really didn't expect to receive what I did. It reminds me to just go, to say YES, to have the adventure, and not think about it too much. Allow and let go of reason and expectation. Follow your intuition and sometimes and in some cases follow someonelse'sintuition as I did on this adventure. My rationale could never have given me any inkling of what I was in for. It needed to be experienced, and I am grateful to Jim for knowing (having the intuition to know) just enough what the eclipse might be about!

VIBE AWE

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Lynn Waite - Queendom

Lynn Waite - Queendom

Creating your Queendom Interview with Lynn Waite

What is living life to the fullest according to Lynn?

Surrounding myself daily with people I love, and with things that I love to do. My environment is hugely important to me. I’m truly a visually oriented person, so enjoying what I’m doing with my hands is very important. But always, number-one, is the people in my life.

And, if I think of how to live a full and rich life, I think back to what my mother wrote to my sister a few days before she passed away, and I’ve written on the glass up at the store. It’s, “If I had my life to do over, I’d just love everybody more.” I try to remind myself of that every day. It gives me the shivers every time I think it or say it. And, I don’t always succeed, but I think that’s part of a full life too - acknowledging that within yourself. And then being able to make the adjustments you need to make the apologies you need to make. Sincere apologies, not the “I’m so sorry for what happened.” That’s not a real apology in my mind. A real apology is saying, I’m sorry I did that to you.

Photo by Katy Rowe of Artist Group

 

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Cher Lyn - Cher Lyn

Cher Lyn - Cher Lyn

Sedona Story

Autumnal Crown not Crone stage - Queendom

In July, 2017, I had the privilege of interviewing my dear friend, Cher Lyn. She is a true mystic artist and one of my early teachers and guides in the realm of mysticism.

What is living life to the fullest according to Cher Lyn?

I’m still learning that one. (Giggles)

I’m going to say that painting almost daily for almost 30 years has taught me how to operate outside the studio. I have never given up on a painting. When I was working on Pele I had made a perceived mistake. I was judging this piece, and it was on Pele in the clouds in the sky, the spirit of the Black Mamo. I saw it and I literally took a bottle of paint, said, “No mistake namaste.” I poured it over this perceived mistake. And, this bird appeared in the painting.

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Carins - The Way Showers

Carins - The Way Showers

What Are All Those Stacks of Stones?

We were recently in Sedona and noticing the many carins. “What are all those stacks of stones about?” someone asked. I had an idea but wanted to look it up. I liked what I found..

The word carin comes from the Gaelic. These stacks of stones and have been used since prehistoric times.

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LWS - August Issue "I am So Big"

LWS - August Issue "I am So Big"

Yes, I am, I know I am. I AM BIG, I know I can do anything! I am a girl!

Mom would bounce me on her knees and stretch my arms wide saying, “I am soooo big!” I would giggle and wiggle as she cuddled and snuggled me. Dresses, patent leather shoes, curls and bows were my costume whenever mom wanted to dress me up, and I loved it.

I loved my clothes for digging in the dirt too, and riding the big wheel, climbing trees, and chasing my cocker-spaniel, Lulu, and my boyfriend, Joey, around the yard. Then my little brother and sister came, and I was the big girl because I was their big sister. I loved them. They were my charge, so I was in charge. I felt I could do anything, and do it perfectly well.

I think I was about seven when this girl, Wanda, was at the house doing some gardening. I followed her around because she was pretty and a teenager. I overheard her talking to Mom, saying some crazy stuff about how she was not chosen for something because she was a girl. I thought, “What are you talking about?

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Christine Schultz - Queendom

Christine Schultz - Queendom

For women, this third season (there are four) is the time when our blood stops. For me, this was effing BIG! It happened slowly after a ten year “period”. I had been carefully noticing, adjusting health (No longer able to eat bread and having autoimmune issues!), and trying to find someone to talk about it. Still, when my doctor after reviewing blood tests, delivered the news that I, age 49, was officially “post-menopausal”, I was flattened. Thank god, my beloved was there to hold me as I mopped up the tears and surrendered the last remaining attachment I had to my summer season.

Officially over the threshold, I felt immense grief as I mourned the loss of my summer years. I had been bracing myself, yet, when that moment was known, I still felt mystified about how to feel as an autumnal. I hadn’t heard anything good about it ever, because we are a culture that worships youthful beauty. Yet, I knew the future would be good! I simply had little reference and understanding how and why.

Photo by Katy Rowe of Artist Group Photography

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Wisdom of the Wheel

Wisdom of the Wheel

The Circle Keeps Teaching

In grad school, classes on behavior were part of my M.Ed program. In one of these classes, Dr. Weiner from CSUN, introduced us to Native American wisdom. He emphasized the importance of the values represented in the medicine wheel while sitting in circle to hear and be heard, to forgive and to heal. I  later found that the wheel represents much more, including the four directions and the four elements. Yet, the values: generosity, belonging, independence, and mastery were my introduction to the wisdom of the wheel. In particular, belonging was vitally important to children struggling with home and school life. And, I could see how it was important to create that sense within a classroom.

Spurred on by my interest that arose in those graduate classes, I found myself exploring the wheel in real time - sweat lodges and feminine energy circles.

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LWS - July "The Top of Adam's Hill"

LWS - July "The Top of Adam's Hill"

The Top of Adam’s Hill

July '17

By Christine Schultz

It was December 2000 when I landed in Los Angeles from Milwaukee. Tom was in the terminal waiting with a wine bag over his shoulder. He greeted me warmly, we sat, and he poured the chilled champagne into two crystal flutes. After excitedly chatting and drinking champagne, we walked to his car and jumped into the midnight blue ‘68 GTO (top down). Kennedy was etched into the side wing-windows. “Maybe this was Bobby Kennedy’s car?” I thought. The white leather, patina-tinged, left me wondering who had sat in it before. Camelot, an Arthurian fantasy, what was this? I felt like a 1960’s movie star as we drove across L.A., and then up to the top of Adam’s Hill on its winding streets. I was in sunny California in December, and adored by a handsome, successful TV producer. Life was good.

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LWS - June Issue "My Best Friend Cam"

LWS - June Issue "My Best Friend Cam"

Cam Plainy always had something snarky to say.

We were in third grade and Girl Scouts. I remember the night our troop visited the local doughnut shop. I was not happy about the doughnut holes on a stick that the owner was giving us. I mumbled something rude. He looked at me, his mouth went curly on the sides. Then he gave me a whole doughnut decorated with colorful frostings. Those girls looked at me weird. I didn’t care, Cam said, “They’re just jealous.” After that, Cam became my best friend.

We had a great time especially in high school!

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Sacred Body Intelligence

Sacred Body Intelligence

“Through our eyes, the Universe perceives itself.”
Alan Watts

The Five Senses

Alan Watts describes the ways in which we perceive things. He says all the 5 senses are essentially feeling. We feel the sound waves in the inner workings of our ears. Our eyes feel light and perceive sight. We feel the tongue’s nerve endings as reaction to food particles and call that taste. Closely related to the sense of taste is what the tiny receptors feel inside the nose, and we call that smell. Finally, we have the sense of touch, in which our body’s nervous system is designed to feel different sensations on the skin. He also recognizes the perfection in that these senses are all integrated. We can see, smell, and touch a crying baby; we see, smell and sense the heat, and taste of a hot chocolate.

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