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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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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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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