I came to teach my workshop 'Scarlet Shakti Sistarhood' to the women of this festival, and it was supposed to be held in the Tantricity workshop space- but that space was so...not juicy. It looked like a scout camp! No red, no deep pinks, no gorgeous pillows, no Goddess juice- but I had my Scarlet Temple~Red Tent all set up and blessed and juicy and ready for my sisters, so we walked together to the temple.
I started off with my Scarlet Shakti Sistarhood teachings-and we discussed why this particular path of medicine is so interconnected and so imperative to the accelerating paradigm shift we are experiencing. For our society has a disease that is deeply rooted in misogyny, deeply rooted in the practice of turning the sacred into the profane, in the repression, oppression, degradation, vilification, and punishment of all that is deeply female; menstruation, birth, female sexuality, regeneration, intuition, etc. The foundation of this imbalance is that humanity has driven itself into an existence that no longer reveres or honors the Lap of Life- and that includes both the Lap of Life of women and the Lap of Life that is our Mother, Gaia- our planet. Women carry the wounds of this disease deeply in the womb, whether that be the physical or the psychic womb. We carry not just our own traumas- but that of our mothers and grandmothers. That of the Earth. We are taught vulvic shame, womb shame, body shame. We are taught voice shame. We are taught to not trust ourselves. So many wounds.
To heal, these wounds must be addressed. The path of this work is a radical form of activism- because it is literally the active transmutation of patriarchial poison into matriarchal medicine. It is the ending the patterns of thousands of years, the breaking of a cycle that has brought humanity deep division and destruction, and to our current planetary crisis.
We talked about the holy power of our dark moon bloods, our sexuality, our fire- and how this has been demonized and twisted in mythos. The connection we have as women with the snake/serpent, and the powers of transformation and regeneration, and again how the snake and women have been translated into symbols of fear, sin, and evil which have become deeply embedded in the psyche`consciousness of humanity. We cannot continue with this malignant malignment. We are destroying ourselves as a result.
The beautiful women of this particular Red Tent shared stories of grieving for bloods that stopped, grief and rage at the toxicity of reproductive pharmaceuticals and in mainstream menstrual products, and the grieving of time lost to patriarchal poison. Of not realising sooner that our bloods and bodies are beautiful and powerful. Sorrow, yes. But joy as well.
We shared sacred tears, loving hugs, wisdom and experiences. My new frame drum served it's first ceremony in this past weekend's circle. We passed the frame drum around, calling out intentions and releasings and sending these messages of power and reclaiming and devotion and celebration out to the Universe- and with every strike of the drum from each sister, I felt the vibration in my womb, connecting me deeply with Gaia, Beloved Mother and reverbing out to the cosmos. The women that I create and hold this container for, that I am so very blessed and honored to sit in circle with- they are forever my sisters. No matter where we go in the world as we each walk our path, make our journey.
Because we are connected in love by the scarlet thread, the scarlet web of scarlet sistarhood.