Early this morning, I woke to the luminous full moon shining in my bedroom window. A circle of pinkish, pale green set it like a jewel, reflected in the feathery canopy of white clouds. My sleep interrupted, I was able to recall the last scene of dream I was having:
A dark haired woman steps up to the microphone on the small raised platform. We are surprised she speaks for herself and doesn’t have a professional public relations representative. She is the wife of a race car driver, holding court off to one side in his flashy neon silks, surrounded by adoring teenagers. But it is she who steps up, in her plain dress, perhaps with a baby in the crook of her arm.
She tells us: “We have forgotten how to shine our light. “
Then she turns on a brilliant beacon into the pale blue sky. At first it is hard to see in the light. She changes the sky to night, awash in millions of stars, and directs the yellow beam out into the galaxies. It glows steadily, makes a path that calls out like a signal fire, a searchlight. “This how we shine our light.”
This woman is not flashy, doesn’t depend on slick salesmanship. She just shines her own strong, true light and offers it as a beacon for others to shine. We have forgotten how to sine.
“The original shimmering self gets buried so deep that most of us end up hardly living out of it at all. Instead we live out all the other selves, which we are constantly putting on and taking off like coats and hats against the world’s weather.” Frederick Buechner, Telling Secrets
This beacon is a light within each of us. We each have a wise and creative inner authority.It is not only a lamp shining, but a pathway into the future. This dream beacon is like one of those enormous spotlights you see at shopping mall sales. It calls out to passersby: Come here! This way! Like a lighthouse that shows the way in the dark, this is the light each of us awakened, wild women have within. We take our place among all the other stars, the luminaries, in the universe.
Last week I was sitting in Peet’s coffee shop, writing and enjoying a cappuccino with plenty of powdered chocolate sprinkled on top. I was wondering about a title for a 2014 teleclass for women entrepreneurs, leaders, and cultural creatives. Maybe “Rise and Shine!” or “Wild Women Rule!” Across the shared table, a dark haired woman with large gold hoop earrings talked animatedly on a phone while tapping on her laptop computer. Intuitively, I liked her. She looked like a passionate, creative, energetic woman. “Can I ask you a question?” I said when she finished her call. “Which of these titles do you like better for a program I’m developing next year. Wild Women Rule, or Rise and Shine?” She laughed. “Absolutely, Wild Women Rule” she answered. “It’s right to your point. And the other sounds like a breakfast product. “ So that’s what we begin with in 2014.
Although it is a few days from the winter solstice, and the beginning of the return of the light, I am more energized by the light than feeling the dark. All around the world in the news, online, in meetings, the fire and flames of wild women appear with their passion, creativity, courage and new visions for our world. It is so encouraging and inspiring to see. We women carry the vision of the emerging possible.
We bring new stories of self. We make a new map for the world.
The next year is the time for the fierceness of the solar feminine, the powerful protective and fierce lion goddess.
Bring both the darks and the lights of you into the New Year. The years of wandering, the dismal failures, the exhilarating successes. Carry your soul assignment and express it into the world as a beacon. Shine your light! It is within you, every bit of ancient wisdom you need to tell new stories that will bring us to a wild peace, to a world in which it will be easier to love.
Answer the call of the bigger stories that long to be told through you. This is a time of power for wild women. And you do not have to do this alone.
At this moment, women are being called to stand in their power. Not to stand against anything or anyone, or even to stand for something. Rather to stand in, to become, the creative fire of fire goddess Pele who makes new lands. To embody the courage, strength, willpower of the lion goddess The Mighty One. The Lady of the Place at the Beginning of Time. One Who Was before the Gods were. The Keeper of the Flame.
In addition to being a guardian and protector, strong assertive, sthis lioness, embodying the solar feminine, also stands for Right Action. She is beautiful. She is brilliant.
All this dark season, take care of your own seed of light within. Be ready to speak from your light, to offer a beacon, to stand as a lighthouse, to help make a pathway for those committed to the protection, healing, transformation of our dear planet. Reach for the stars.
Closely twinned with the energies of pleasure and play, this shining of our light is also our greatest joy.
Turnon your light. Shine!
Welcome the dream maker, the shaman within, the magic manifestor.
Women are the catalysts. Now is the time. Turn on your light. Act from that radiance. It is the fire of your soul.
As Marion Woodman says: The wild feminine is essential to building a new vision and value for our dear planet Earth.