Illuminated Priestess

Monthly Archives: May 2018

Wild Roses There was a stand of wild roses thriving by the edge of the marsh, entwined with greenbrier and periwinkle someone had planted years ago. Growing in the mulberry’s shade, just a step away from the bull rushes and brackish mud. Parts of my life are caught in the thorns of those wild roses. The drops of blood pricked from my small fingers as I pulled blooms for my mother who… Read More

Recently someone wondered aloud why it was so important to clear the name of Mary Magdalene, why it is so important that the word ‘prostitute’ be removed from her reputation. The short answer is, I think, that it is important because there is no evidence of it being true. Saying that Mary Magdalene was a prostitute because the Bible says she was a ‘sinner’, is like saying your Uncle Henry is Ronald… Read More

We did not fall with the Temple. We rose. We are the Rainbow Roses and in this naming we honor not only the Magdalene, not only the Holy Mother, but ourselves as Priestesses who aRose when the Temple fell. Singed hems, heart broken, yes, we were wounded as human hearts are when things fall down. The dust blinded us. Obscured our clarity, we surrendered ourselves completely, dumbly, to the animal stupor of… Read More