In June, I reached six years of circling with Daughters of the Goddess. I’ve learned many wonderful chants and songs that I have taken in to my own solitary work. I’ve learned a lot about the directions, candle magic, the cycles of the Wheel of the Year, and spellwork.
There are so many things I look forward to. The candle exchange at Winter Solstice, and for that matter, the creative time we gather where we decorate those candles. Dedication is a favorite time of mine. I love wearing my white cord proudly around my waste. I love lighting the Temple Sacred Flames on my designated days. I feel powerful, like I’m doing something to contribute to the temple somehow.
I love calling in the directions. It’s so thrilling to watch a new womyn, perhaps a bit shy, open up in the safe, supportive, encouraging environment of the temple.
There’s never any pressure. No one ever has to do anything they don’t want to do. I love witnessing and being in agreement as each womyn goes to the altar and speaks her prayers to the Goddess. Drumming has become my favorite way to help hold the space, as well as our humming while directions are called. As a disabled woman, I have had many accommodations and much loving support. Women always dance me around the circle. I can’t promise we don’t bump in to things, but it’s a lesson in life to not take ourselves so seriously!
Sometimes when the ritual is of a visual nature, such as an occasion when we had to cut links from a chain, make a Corn Doll, or plant a seed, I have always done it with someone, NOT had it done for me. It’s a team effort.
My vision is to become a Priestess dedicated to Womynkind. I am grateful to have discovered Daughters of the Goddess. As one of my own original chants says, “may every womyn rise up and call Her name. We are daughters of the Goddess, we are sisters in Her flame.” May you hear and heed Her call!