Saturday, March 18, 2017

Wheel of the Year: Spring Equinox
Emergence


Persephone Awakening

Turning The Wheel of the Year

We’ve come through the dark of the year and now emerge into the light as we celebrate Spring Equinox in the northern hemisphere. Turning the Wheel of the Year again, we arrive to a moment of stillness & silence, when a balance is stuck between dark and light, before moving forward into the growing light of Spring and Summer as the Sun rises over the equator to continue its journey north for the year.
There are rhythms to life and nature that are more real and enduring than our modern insistence on continual progress. Ancient cultures knew this and created ceremonies to help people align with these changing energies. As we attune to Mother Earth’s rhythms, we learn to go with Her ebb and flow throughout the cycle. There’s a time for every purpose under heaven, as the Psalmist says. To live in Mother Earth’s cyclical time, we must step out of our habitual linear patriarchal time. Cyclical time gives us meaning and depth. Linear time leaves us racing to some unknown end that we fear is ‘the end’. The truth is there is no end in cyclical time because the end becomes the beginning. That’s why we began the year’s journey around the Wheel of the Year at the death aspect of the last cycle. 

At each gateway of the Wheel of the Year, we work with the different archetypal energies of life-death-rebirth. We’ve been working with the archetypal energies of the divine feminine aspects of this Wheel, although there are also divine masculine energies that operate throughout the year. This year we’re working on our feminine ‘being’ nature, our instinctual knowing and wisdom. In freeing our feminine nature from rigid patriarchal definitions and rules, both women and men can connect to our soul’s purpose and step away from the need to constantly achieve the ‘success’ that patriarchy demands.
So let’s look at where we’ve come from so we can see where we are now.
At Samhain, we journeyed to the ancient Crone goddess Hecate to stand at the crossroads and decide if we were willing to walk into the Unknown. What new road did we choose? What part of our lives were we willing to leave behind?
At Winter Solstice, we gave birth, along with the Great Mother, to the divine light of Life that is born in the darkness of Winter and of the Unconscious. During that season, we lived with the hope and joy that something new had been born.
At Imbolc, we searched for a vision of the new life growing in us since Winter Solstice. The Celtic goddess Brighid attuned us to our creative imagination. We were asked, how will we work with this new Light within us? What do we want to create this year? We clarify this new vision by engaging the imagination and intuition to see where this Light wants to go and what it has to tell us.
Now, at Spring Equinox, we begin to emerge from the mysterious dark to embody our vision. What has been growing within us is now ready to emerge into the world. Who we are – our character – determines our actions and our fate. “As above, so below, as within, so without, as the universe, so the soul…” Hermes Trismegistus 


 Spring Equinox is a time for new life and resurrection—that’s why the Christian Easter (named after the ancient goddess Ostara) and Jewish Passover are celebrated at this time of year. The days grow longer, animals are more active, migrant birds return to make their nests and birth their young ones and wildflowers awaken from their winter sleep. Spring is a time of rebirth, growth and change, when we feel we’ve emerged from the dark and cold of Winter into new life. It’s a time to assert ourselves and take things to the next step in their creation. In Spring, the fire of Life grows strong again.
The feminine energies of Spring Equinox are manifested in a few goddesses – Ostara, goddess of fertility, Artemis the Huntress and Persephone, the Queen of the Underworld and Spring Maiden. When Persephone returns from the Underworld in the Spring, she has changed, just as we have changed from who we were when we embarked on our initiation at Samhain. Persephone is now a Queen, a woman of power who creates her own life because she knows her inner depths. When we embrace Persephone’s energy and make it our own, we can embody this new life we’ve birthed. Persephone knows what’s inside her – she has come through the dark Underworld of Death and faced herself. Now, like the Tarot card Strength, she can use her will, courage and determination to bring her creative vision to life.

Spring Equinox: Emergence

 
Spring is the season to rise up and blossom, not just in our personal lives but also in our collective life this year. Many Americans feel betrayed by what the President and his party are doing to our democracy. After the election, we were shocked into a dark, hopeless place, just as surely as Kore/Persephone was abducted by Hades into the Underworld. Like Persephone’s mother Demeter, we felt betrayed and overwhelmed by loss, fear and rage; over the Winter months (since Samhain) we’ve had time to mourn, so now it’s time to rise up with new creative ideas that will make our life fruitful and our democracy stronger in the long run. Like the goddess Persephone, we have lost our innocence but gained our power. It seems we are going through a collective initiation, a spiritual testing that will require all our courage, determination and vision. We have to consciously evolve now.
The Greek Goddess Persephone embodies the fiery, creative energy of Spring, bringing with her the fertility and wealth of the Underworld. Persephone’s underworld journey through death and rebirth unites different worlds – the upper and lower, the inner and outer – in a balance that gives us a unique perspective on life. The comfortably numb life we’ve been living is gone. It’s been raped away.
Persephone embodies the archetypal truth that we have to undergo a descent into the unknowns of our inner life through a betrayal or ‘death’ that initiates us into greater consciousness; then we return to the outer world with our own personal power to live a purposeful life. She embodies our ability to stay connected to the inner world so that its great riches can fertilize our outer world. She is the flower Maiden and powerful Queen as well as the medial woman who can see the unseen. As Queen of the Dead she helps us release what is no longer viable and as Spring Maiden, she brings us back to Life. 

Women of Eleusis ~ Jean Deville
 
Her mysteries where celebrated for over 2,000 years before Christ in the Eleusinian Mysteries, where her devotees’ initiation assured them of eternal life. The myth of Persephone and her mother Demeter was an important part of this initiation into a greater life. While the myth of Demeter and Persephone can be seen as the story of seasonal changes, there’s more here than meets the eye.

Before she was Persephone, Queen of the Dead, this young woman was called Kore, the Maiden. Her mother Demeter was the goddess of agriculture and the harvest, of growing grains and the fertility of Nature. Demeter was the sister of Zeus, the king of Heaven, Poseidon, the lord of the Oceans and Hades, the king of the Underworld. Hades asked Zeus for a bride and Zeus promised him his daughter by Demeter, Kore. Maybe the Aryan invaders had a habit of stealing their brides because the story is that Hades came up out of the Underworld in his chariot and ravished the young Maiden away. These gods didn’t believe in asking, but then again, life’s hardships also come upon us unexpectedly and we are forced to deal with a loss, an illness, a change.

The Rape of Proserpina 1 Bernini 1622

The story goes that nobody knew what happened to Kore except for Hecate, the Crone, who helped Demeter discover where her daughter was. This is the same Hecate who stood with us at her Crossroads at Samhain and asked us to walk a new path. Demeter then mourned her daughter by taking away the fertility of the land, of animals and of people. She was definitely pissed off. As the old ad from the 60s said “It’s not good to fool Mother Nature!” In the end, the gods weren’t getting the worship they felt they deserved and they made Zeus tell Hades to give her back. And he did. But only after she had eaten some pomegranate seeds in the Underworld, so she had to return there for the part of the year we call Winter.
There are deep archetypal and psychological truths in these ancient stories we call myths. What they reveal about humanity’s growth in consciousness is becoming clearer, as Carl Jung, Joseph Campbell, Karl Kerenyi and others have explained. So let’s look at some of the symbolism in this story and see what it has to tell us about the initiation into greater consciousness we are going through as a species.
This story of death and rebirth speaks to the truth that life is cyclical and that death is not the end but rather a transition into another state of being. The myth says the Kore was out in the fields, dancing and playing with other young women. There is an innocence about Kore, an innocence that doesn’t understand the part of life that entails pain and suffering. And so, while Hades is not an evil presence, he is most certainly an unknown presence or energy. When we’re young and innocent, we have no conception of pain, suffering and death. We are still bonded with the Mother who keeps us safe and secure. 

 
The old story says that Kore was looking at a narcissus flower. Our immediate association might be that it symbolized Narcissus, the youth who fell in love with his own image—that’s where we get the term narcissist from (we all know a modern example of this personality disorder!). The ancient narcissus flower was a type of lily or iris, both flowers associated with death. The modern narcissus, which is the daffodil, symbolizes rebirth and new beginnings, as we all experience in the Spring when daffodils are one of the first bulbs to bloom.
It seems young Kore was ready to die so she could have a larger life. It was time to break away from Mom. Just as it is time for all of us to leave humanity’s childhood behind us and grow into mature, responsible stewards of the Earth. This is the initiation Persephone went through. We need to go through it as well.
The story says Hades ravished Kore away. The word ravish comes from the Vulgar Latin *rapire, from Latin rapere "to seize and carry off, carry away suddenly, hurry away". So Hades, or Death, seizes her and poof, she’s gone.

Demeter & Persephone

Now it’s Demeter who feels betrayed when she finds out what has happened to her daughter. She is the part of us who is devastated by what is going on in the world now. Our hopeful, innocent belief that we are the change we’ve been waiting for didn’t take into account the need for a collective initiation before that change can manifest in the world. Demeter is also the part of us who mourns as our personal life goes through crisis.
So here we are, along with Demeter, mourning our lost hopes and future. But once again, all is not lost because in the Goddess’ cyclical time, while all things must pass, as George Harrison so sweetly sang to us, rebirth is just around the corner.
So while Demeter raged against the machine of her own time and held back life and warmth and love from humanity and the gods, things were going on below the surface. Hades, The Unseen One, is a mysterious god: while there’s a sense of danger and darkness about him, he was also the god of the riches of the Underworld – or the Unconscious. Hades took to himself the bright promise of Life and wed it to Death. It seems we have to accept that, just as don Juan told Carlos Castaneda to take death as your advisor.
In the Underworld, Hades offered Kore a pomegranate and she ate some of its seeds. Once she did, she became Persephone, Queen of the Dead. So what was it about those seeds that gave Kore her name and her identity?

Hades offers Persephone the Seeds

Pomegranates are basically a nursery for seeds, don’t you think? In ancient times they symbolized both immortality and fertility. Pomegranates are very juicy. Persephone eats the seeds – and she learns to look at the ‘seeds’, the beginnings, of things: complexes, habits, issues. When we know where things began, we can break habits and change things.
There was something waiting for Persephone in the Underworld that not only woke her up to her identity by giving her the wisdom of the seeds, but also gave her the fertility that used to belong to her mother. So if this myth holds true, which these archetypal patterns do, then what seeds have you eaten from your Unconscious this Winter? Can you see the patterns of your life?
If we are following this mythic journey, then we have to integrate the wisdom of the Underworld—that we are spiritual beings having a human experience, rather than just good little worker bees whose only purpose is to work, make money to pay taxes and then die. When we look at life from this deeper, spiritual perspective, we intuitively know ‘all will be well’ even when we still have lots of work to do. That’s what we have to remember to get us through the dark times: this life is an initiation into greater consciousness and we chose to incarnate at this time to help evolve humanity out of ‘us vs. them’ and into a ‘we at all one’ attitude. ‘What you do to the least of my brethren, you do to me’.
When Persephone emerges from the Underworld in the Spring, she comes back as a Queen, a woman of power and purpose. She comes back in men too, as their Anima. So with the return of the Light at Spring Equinox, we can let our own Persephone emerge and arise to bring back Life to a dark world. We bring with us a connection to the inner world, the inborn Wisdom of Life that is our heritage, so we can see the unseen and intuitively know what needs to be done.
Now more than ever, we have to remember who we are—not helpless victims of patriarchy, but luminous beings of Light and Life. Let Persephone’s power of renewal fill you with her own strength and purpose. That purpose is LIFE.


1. Principle of Mentalism: “All is Mind”
2. Principle of Correspondence: “As is above, so is below. As is below, so is above.”
3. Principle of Vibration: “Nothing rests; everything moves; everything vibrates.”
4. Principle of Polarity: “Everything is dual; everything has an opposite, and opposites are identical in nature but different in degree.”
5. Principle of Rhythm: “Everything flows, out and in; the pendulum-swing manifests in everything; the measure of the swing to the right is the measure of the swing to the left- rhythm compensates.”
6. Principle of Cause and Effect: “Every cause has its effect; every effect has its cause.”
7. Principle of Gender: “Everything has its masculine and feminine principles.”

Cathy Pagano

Tuesday, December 6, 2016

Winter Solstice Wise Women Salon: Journeying To The Great Mother


Winter Solstice Wise Women Salon:
Journeying To The Great Mother


Venus of Laussel

The Great Mother was once worshiped around the world before our patriarchal ancestors relegated her to be a 'handmaiden of the Lord'. Since then, women have been given second-class status and our one means of gaining respect in the world was through our ability to have children. And even then, mothers are seen as the root cause of many of our modern psychological problems, because patriarchal controls forced mothers to lose their connection to their own soulful wisdom of life. Growing up in the 60s, the last thing I wanted to do was to be like my mother. Patriarchy had turned me and most women into Father's Daughters, women who stood for the masculine in all things. 
 
The feminist movement in the 60s-70s concentrated on our outer equality with men—and you can see that it still hasn't achieved those goals after 50 years. Women wanted to work alongside men and find their own independence, often choosing work over having children. But the shadow side of that movement was to devalue women who wanted to be mothers. That's the patriarchy at work in the feminist movement. But once women decided on having children along with working, things changed. Women changed. We combined our knowledge and independence to reclaim our lost feminine wisdom. Actual motherhood as well as learning to mother ourselves reconnected us with our lost wisdom. It is through the Mother that Life and Light grow as well as taking us back into her embrace when we meet death. The Great Mother takes away our fear of death and gives us joy in life.
Psychologically, mother represents the matrix out of which we grow into ourselves, the unconscious roots of our being. Mother symbolizes our Soul. But in our modern society, soul was unimportant and unrecognized in our march toward continual progress. Thankfully, we have come to realize that our patriarchal view of life is dying and women are leaving those rules behind when we can. Once women re-member and reclaim our deep relationship to the Great Mother, we connect to life on a soulful level. Motherhood is no longer confined to just the physical realm but is also understood as the creative matrix of our lives. Women are learning to mother ourselves into Being
 
As an archetypal energy, the Great Mother is our ability to love ourselves and to find ourselves worthy of being alive just as we are. You would think that being ourselves is easy, but patriarchy has made even that hard. That's why we are more used to the Negative Mother, the witch who tells us we are not worthy of life. We grow up with so many rules that try to shape us to the needs of our culture that we lose our connection to our souls early on. Children are so precious because they haven't learned the rules yet, and so they operate out of their instinctual nature. All too soon we try to cut them off from that nature to make sure they'll 'fit' into a job and assume their responsibility—to make money and pay taxes and continue the human race. 
 
We see this in all the fairy tales about the evil queen or stepmother who tries to kill our goodness, our kindness, our innocence, our sexuality. Fairy tales such as Snow White, Cinderella, Sleeping Beauty, Rapunzel show us what happens to us when the negative mother complex has us in its grip. (I especially love the scene in the Disney version of Rapunzel called Tangled where Rapunzel thinks she's bad for leaving her tower. It's priceless.) We feel unworthy to engage in life because we are not beautiful enough, thin enough, humble enough to satisfy patriarchy's demands. We are too strong, too intelligent, too emotional. Women have found out that we are never enough, especially when we are being most ourselves. It is not a man who comes to our rescue though. It is our own intent, our own authority that frees us.
The Great Mother archetype wants us to 'be ourselves', whatever that might turn out to be. Which means we Father's Daughters have to leave our father's house behind and find our own authority. There is a Grimm's fairy tale call Allerleirauh or Of Many Types of Fur about how we do that. In this fairy tale, the King wants to marry his own daughter! That's patriarchy for you. Psychologically, this means that the daughter never gets to choose her own path but must do as the father says. She stays tied to the Father and never is free. Psychologically, the archetypal Father represents our bridge to the outer world. A good father helps us be ourselves and achieve what we feel we need to achieve. A negative father insists on us doing what he says! Or else this negative father complex in us sabotages our efforts to achieve our goals in the world. But either way, we stay tied to the Father's realm of rationality, competition and power. 
 
But this princess is feisty and smart. Before she agrees to his demands, she demands that her father must provide her with all the consciousness and knowledge in his kingdom as well as 'a bit of fur from every animal in the forest' to be made into a mantle. When the king's subjects deliver the goods, this princess takes her knowledge and covers herself in her fur mantle and runs away into the forest---forests being the place of initiation and testing and growth. She lives in her instinctual mantel of fur and finds her own inner masculine focus and intent and works to embody the knowledge she has gotten so that it becomes wisdom. When she has accomplished that, she is free to be the woman she was meant to be.
This is our task now. We leave the Father's House by embracing our own right-brain feminine gifts and using our left-brain intelligence to hone our skills. The first and foremost gift is our ability to give birth—not just physically but emotionally, spiritually and intellectually. And the first step is to give birth to our true Self. We do this by loving ourselves and knowing we are worthy of whatever it is our soul desires. We just have to leave all the old, really boring patriarchal desires in Hecate's Cauldron and allow our guts and our hearts to speak to our minds.

Now it's time for stories!

Symbolic language is the language of Mother Earth. The Creative Imagination is the cauldron of creation. We access both through our feminine right-brain images. Out of these images our imagination creates stories, stories that give meaning to our lives. Stories are the teaching tools of Mother Earth because they speak to our hearts. We name ourselves through the stories we believe in.
So, here are a few creation/birth stories for us to ponder in our hearts. So many of our religious Creation stories start with a male deity, but how can this be if it is Woman who gives birth? Originally, when the Goddess was revered, creation was a birth. Take one or all of these stories to heart, because women today are being called upon to birth a new society. Let these goddesses be our guides.

Earth Rise


So much of our western culture is based in ancient Greece, so let us begin with the Greek creation story.

Hesiod's Theogony states that . . . first there was Chaos, and then appeared "broad-bosomed" Earth, who bore, first of all and as her equal, the starry Sky, Ouranos. Then She bore the great mountains, valleys, plains and the Sea, and after that She mated with Ouranos and bore many children, among whom were the Titans and Titanesses, the ancestors of the Olympian divinities, who represented the 'titanic' forces of the earth. Yet, although Ouranos came every night to mate with his wife, Gaia, from the very beginning he hated the children whom Gaia bore him. As soon as they were born, he hid them and would not let them come out into the light. He hid them in the inward hollows of the Earth, and it is said that he took pleasure in this wicked deed.
The goddess Gaia groaned under this affliction, and felt herself oppressed by her inner burden. Therefore she devised a stratagem. She brought forth gray iron and made a mighty sickle with sharp teeth. Then she took counsel with her sons and daughters, asking who would avenge her for this wicked deed. Only Kronos (Saturn) took courage and agreed to act on her behalf. So Gaia rejoiced, and hid Kronos in the place appointed for the ambush, giving him the sickle and telling him her plan. And when Ouranos came at nightfall, inflamed with love and covering all the Earth, his son thrust out his left hand and seized his father. With his right hand he took the huge sickle, quickly cutting off his father's manhood, and cast it behind his back into the sea.
Gaia received in her womb the blood shed by her spouse, and gave birth to the Erinyes - the strong ones - and to other creatures. The father's genitals fell into the sea, and it mixed with the foam and gave birth to Aphrodite. Since that time, the sky has no longer approached the earth for nightly mating.
Here is a story of Earth creating life out of herself. Out of Gaia comes all of Nature. With the heavens, she creates even more. What can you create out of yourself? What is the story you're creating for your life now as we approach Winter Solstice and the Light's rebirth? What kind of Earth do you want to inhabit?

Another Goddess who creates the world out of herself is the Hopi's Spider Grandmother, Koyangwuti ( koh-kyang-so-woo-tee). 
Grandmother Spider ~ Susan Seddon Boulet
 
Some say she is the Oldest One—She who weaves the fabric of creation from the center of herself, She who looking into the rich dark abyss yearns form into being.
Spider Grandmother, seeing the silent, empty Earth, desired that joy be born. Mixing earth with the water of her mouth, she sang forth the first beings, weaving, weaving for them a fine cloak of rainbow filament; singing, singing into the fabric of its design the songs of knowledge, the songs of wisdom, the songs of love.
And twins came forth – dancing female, dancing male; they who began the preparing of the human world, forming it beautiful, forming it harmonious, filling it with songs of joy. Do not forget, the people were told: sing, sing praises to creation, sing joy in living. And so singing, may the tops of your heads stay open to the joyous filaments of your connection to the center, to the Self from which you spin.
Spider Grandmother then created from the earth the trees, bushes, flowers, and other plants. She created all kinds of seed-bearers and nut-bearers to clothe the earth, giving to each a life and a name. In the same manner, she created all kinds of birds and animals, molding them out of earth and covering each with her white-substance cape of wisdom, and singing over them.
Four times the people forgot; four times the people fought, four times they spun out destruction; four times the Earth was destroyed, and three times spun again.2 ( 2Barbara Walker, Women's Encyclopedia of Myths and Secrets, 1983, p. 957.)
This is another story of how we birth ourselves and create our world by the stories we weave. Grandmother Spider is a strong guide for anyone seeking rebirth and creativity. We cannot let the people forget. That is the magic of the North Dakota Water Protectors. They did not forget!
Eurynome
From the Mediterranean a long time ago comes the stotry of Eurynome, who danced on the oceans of birth at the beginning of time.

Eurynome was born out of the chaos, out of the womb of the primal seas. She was born on the heaves of the Great Mother, whose belly moved with the tides of all possibilities.
In the foam of the creating waves, Eurynome danced. She danced and she danced until she felt the winds moving, moving, the waves of her body. Like a great snake, the winds moved through her body until she crested like the waves and flew in the white rainbow light. She flew as a dove. She flew in the mists above the moving ocean. She flew in the currents, circling, until from her an egg was born.
The winds rose and like a serpant wrapped around the egg, seven times coiling and moving around the egg of life. In the rocking of the eternal seas, cradled by the winds of desire, the egg hatched and all creation was born – the stars and moon and sun and sky; the mountains and rivers and earth; the animals and birds and fishes and the people.3 (Gwendolyn Endicott, The Spinning Wheel, 1994, p. 64.)
Eurynome is an ancient Snake-Bird Goddess, wise in the ways of heaven and earth. She knows that it is desire which stirs creativity. Desire and spiritual bliss are united in this cosmic dance, therefore Eurynome's desire does not overwhelm her. Rather she births something new with it. This is the creative matrix of life.
Mary and Christ Child
Now let's jump to the Divine Mother appearing as a human being who births the divine Son. Like Mithra, Dionysus and the Buddha who had human mothers, Jesus Christ had a human mother. Mother Mary was a virgin—who belonged to no man—when she got pregnant. Whether she was a Temple maiden or priestess of the Goddess, she was the Mother who gave birth to a Savior.  Before she was human, Mary was probably an aspect of the Middle Eastern Moon goddess--therefore a Creator.  She was worshiped by Catholics as Moon of the Church, Star of the Sea (Stella Maris), confirming her heavenly nature.  As a woman, when Mary is confronted by the messenger of heaven, Gabriel, she agrees to create out of herself the God's Son.  Mary, as Mother of God, is therefore the Womb of Creation as well, so she also bestows rebirth upon us.  She is the Mother of Compassion and Mercy, who comforts us in times of need. All that any child would want or need.  The Wise Mother, who helps us open to our creativity by gestating and birthing our Spiritual Purpose. 

Unexpectedly and beautifully, through time the Great Goddess of Life and her powers became available to a human Woman. Later stories of Mary Magdalene and her children with Jesus Christ gave rise to the stories of the Sangreal or the Royal Blood—or the Holy Grail. The story of Divinity is becoming the story of humanity becoming divine.

The last story of the Divine Mother that we need to take into our hearts is the story of Lady Wisdom as Divine Mother. This is a story about how Conscious Woman is birthing a new paradigm of life. Women are the ones who will change the world. Believe it!

We find this story in the Christian Book of Revelations, a strange, visionary book describing the changing of the Ages. This one image speaks to us in ways the author probably never intended.
Woman Clothed With the Sun ~ Elana Gibeault

A great portent appeared in heaven, a woman clothed with the sun, with the moon under her feet, and on her head a crown of twelve stars; she was with child and she cried out in her pangs of birth, in anguish for delivery. And another portent appeared in heaven; behold, a great red dragon. . . And the dragon stood before the woman who was about to bear a child, that he might devour her child when she brought it forth; she brought forth a male child, one who is to rule all the nations with a rod of iron, but her child was caught up to God and to his throne, and the woman fled into the wilderness, where she has a place prepared by God. . .
Now war arose in heaven. . .and the great dragon was thrown down.
And when the dragon saw that he had been thrown down to the earth, he pursued the woman who had borne the male child. But the woman was given the two wings of the great eagle that she might fly from the serpent. . .
Revelation 12: 1-6, 7-9, 13-14.

This image is our call to Cosmic Motherhood. This is the image of a conscious woman—not a goddess, a woman alone without a mate. This is Lady Wisdom within us birthing a new Age. This is you and this is me and this is the purpose of every woman in the world. But first we have to shake off patriarchy and its demands like Allerleirauh. We have to leave the Father's House and become our own woman. Our labor is long and hard. This is not an easy task we take upon ourselves. 
 
But there are women all over the world already birthing this new world, stepping forward to defend Mother Earth and their families. Like the grandmothers who are leading the protest at Standing Rock, it is women's purpose to read the energies and the times and understand what they are saying. If we do our work, we will inspire others to help us. But first we have to help ourselves by mothering ourselves, loving ourselves, and believing in ourselves. 
 
Once you love yourself, you can send your love into the Future, for you are a Grandmother of the Future.