She was missing, hidden, in my catholic heritage.  

It spills over into our culture, language, imagination, religion; reverence and respect of nature and all that's feminine.

Spiritual Awakening

It was a roar of awakening in 1996, feast of the Epiphany;

a clear deep knowing I couldn't stay;

some things are deal-breakers ... ;

without divine mother spirit wisdom, and divinity as feminine, women and all things associated as feminine were and are deemed less-than.; and there is no equality or balance of power...

(Law was a common thread in my careers; only in the church workplace is it legally acceptable to discriminate based on gender.  The Inquisition was 400 years of church-sanctioned burning and torturing of women of spirit.  Pedophile priests were protected, hidden, moved around...justified as having more value than their victims?)

I'd read the scriptures, studied them well, and knew there was more--much more--than my religion allowed or spoke of.

Mother Earth, sensuality and sensitivity, body mind emotions intuitive intelligence;  embodied feminine sacred presence...

Whole, holy, complete, divine ... found in nature, writing, art, music, living cultures and traditions across time.

A woman's body is a living sacred vessel of creation and birthing, a life bringer...

I missed Her, was compelled to find Her.

It was that mirror, you know... either the mirror was wrong or my religion was incomplete ...

Leaving led me to find what my soul hungered for: art and wisdom that included Her ...  that celebrated this feminine spirit, because the sacred feminine lives in every woman, in nature, in all attributes considered feminine...

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