On a cold, dark November night I walked down Glastonbury main street with my Mum, Shirley and through the front door of the ‘Goddess Temple.
It was New Moon and the ‘Red Tent’ circle glowed crimson in the candlelight.
I had planned this night months ago in Melbourne, but it’s been 12 years in the making since Lammas Day August 2007.
Sitting on a chair in the circle (her back and leg pain wouldn’t allow her to join us cross-legged on the floor) we all look up to my Mum in more ways than one. I can still see her by my side, talking of our journey together as mother and daughter.
Living on opposite sides of the world for the last twenty-three years, we are closer than we have ever been. We share details of our lives that would have otherwise passed unremarked had we lived around the corner.
My Mum is my touchstone and our bond is strengthened with an only-child cord of love that connects our hearts across the miles.
In the Moon Circle that night I listened to daughters estranged from their mothers, full of hurt and longing for the original bond of love that helps us make sense of the world. I heard their words of heartbreak and clearly saw the gift I had been given at birth; the strength and loving-kindness of Mother and Goddess. This energy helps us find those scattered pieces of self and to reconnect with lost childhoods. A chance to heal the past.
Our time together that night was limited as my flight back to Melbourne was not far away. The Circle suspended us in the moment and every minute was a precious diamond. As the Priestesses of Rhiannon began their chant, we slowly let go of the outside world and sank into deep meditation. Emotions gently rose to the surface as our hearts began to open and the circle was complete.
We voiced our intentions one by one and at close of circle, a young woman suddenly moved forward and placed her hands together. She bowed to my Mum in a simple gesture of honour and gratitude that was unexpected and moving. We can never underestimate the effect our story has on other people. That night I realised the power of this simple gift.
I too silently honour the woman who inspires me every day with her love and kindness. I honour all the remarkable women who open their hearts to each other as mothers, daughters and sisters in the Circle. Our Spirits are forever together no matter the distance between us all.
Journey with the Goddess – how it began
Lammas day, 1st August 2007 was a beautiful summer’s evening in Glastonbury. I was visiting my family in Devon, England with my husband and enjoying a relaxing drink outside the King William pub. I had no idea I was about to discover a part of myself that had been hidden away for years.
I’d migrated to Melbourne eleven years earlier after meeting my Australian husband and this was my first visit to the ‘Isle of Avalon. As I enjoyed the twilight scene of the main street, a group of women wearing long, flowing, colourful clothes, chattering and laughing, swept past me and headed towards a stone archway marked ‘The Goddess Temple.’
It was a magical and yet tangible experience to watch them pass by. A part of me skipped across the street to join their celebration. They wore flowers in their hair, jewellery and bells which tinkled like a pageant. Each woman radiated an energy I could feel between my shoulder blades. I looked around expecting someone to notice, but no-one appeared to see anything unusual. I knew in that instant that I wanted to claim my own ‘Inner Goddess’ and express my Soul without fear (not even knowing what that meant!)
Looking back, I think they sprinkled faery dust on me that evening as nothing has ever been quite the same since! I began to see beautiful flowing energies in my mind’s eye and painted them in watercolor and acrylic. Crystals became a central part of my energy and artwork and the Moon cast her light on every area of my life.
My ‘Art from Soul’ paintings reflect my direct experience of spirit, earth energy and the angelic realms and are filled with a crystal frequency of love and light.
That was 12 years ago – the whole scene only lasted a moment, but the inspiration that flowed from it was a constant guide.
Back in Melbourne, I qualified as a Clinical Hypnotherapist and a Holistic & Sound Healing Practitioner. Using self-hypnosis, I discovered an altered state of awareness that opened my mind to other dimensions. I experienced beautiful goddess energy and translated it into paintings and sketches.
The magical and inspirational energy of the Goddess flows into everything I create, so my spirit really did join those women that day and has been with them ever since.
Meet Samantha Jane
Samantha Jane Ronalds is a qualified Holistic Practitioner and Intuitive Artist with over twenty years professional experience supporting people on their creative and healing journeys.
Samantha’s unique ‘toolbox’ combines Vibrational Sound Healing, Crystal Reiki, Past-Life Hypnosis and creative meditation techniques to open a gateway to the Spirit so you can experience your Soul.
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