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January, 28, 2005

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beauty's face of light...

	    Artwork (c) Earthwizard
	 Estsanatlehi: Changing Woman 

	Coyote found her 
	in darkness 
	and dawn 
	on Spruce Mountain, 
	a blanket of clouds 
	and rainbows 
	folded upon 
	her where secured 
	by the power 
	of lighting 
	and sunbeams 
	she rested 
	she is 
	the one 
	of changing 
	who will 
	in all 
	beyond the void 
	of horizon's knoll; 
	she brings 
	the gifts 
	of the Blessingway,
	the seasons, 
	and foods 
	to her people; 
	some have 
	known her 
	as Shell Woman 
	or Turquoise Woman: 
	for as the seasons 
	change, so she 
	changes colors 
	with them; 
	"like the great round, 
	the Wheel of Life 
	I change; I follow 
	the cycles of moon, 
	renewing all 
	with the way 
	of the Blessing." 
	Legends of the American Indians 
	Earthwizard, aka, Steven Craig Hickman 
	      © January, 22, 2004
	The Lessons of this Goddess: the Blessing Way 
	Changing Woman comes spinning into your life to tell you the way to wholeness 
	for you lies in learning to honor your cycles. Menstrual cycles are an important 
	aspect of being female. We bleed but do not die, and therefore can bring forth life. 
	As we continue to dance our cycles, we reach the time of menopause when we leave 
	our childbearing years behind and hold our wise blood within. We can then be a 
	resource for our loved ones and community by becoming hags, which means "women of wisdom".
	Do you celebrate your menstruation and view it as a time for you to go
	within? As a time to let go, let die, so the new can come? Or have you
	bought into the patriarchal view that it is a curse, something unclean,
	something to be hidden away? Does menopause automatically fill you with
	fear of becoming old and ugly, no longer valuable and worthy in a culture
	that adores youth? Do you feel invalidated in a society that urges women to
	hide their bleeding times, regulate their hormones by taking pills, and
	postpone menopause through estrogen replacement therapy?
	Honoring your cycles also means honoring your own unique process, your
	own unique path in life. You may be in the midst of a particular life cycle
	that you need to surrender to and honor. The Goddess says that wholeness is
	nurtured when we reclaim the power of our cycles by paying attention to
	them and celebrating them. By celebrating our cycles, we celebrate ourselves
	as women.


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