Patriarchy is the insidious cultural force governing our planet today;
a hierarchal system supporting male domination and elite supremacy;
rooted in all religious & political belief systems that patronize a male GOD,
give MAN dominion over the Earth or appoint MAN head of household.

Patriarchy has dominated the world for many centuries now
keeping the numerous powers and gifts of the female under its control.
Since the Goddess as Divinity, Earth, Mother & Life-Giver has been deliberately
suppressed, supplanted and diminished by patriarchal religion & social systems,
along with the feminine powers of birthing and sustaining all life on earth,
it has sadly resulted in the sick and dysfunctional world we live in today!

Patriarchy creates illusions of male supremacy, power & importance.
Of course the idea of male supremacy is absurd, but when we uphold this
delusion we are actually supporting & sustaining a hierarchal system that
keeps many people oppressed, sick, dependent, poor or powerless.

We must also realize that by relinquishing our power to Patriarchy
we actually justify, condone or rationalize condescending or
abusive treatment toward females, children, animals, nature,
and any other life-form considered less valuable!

Patriarchy sits at the root of misogyny, codependency,
sexism, racism, homophobia, religious fundamentalism,
various addictions, wars, genocide, greed, pornography,
violence against women and children; obsession with body image;
eating disorders, domestic violence, child abuse, rape, incest,  
crimes against humanity & other abuses we see in the world today.

Patriarchy is a belief system that  stifles our true essence
by creating a false sense of reality. It perpetuates shame and
deterioration of the soul because it goes against the natural forces of life.

The truth is...
We are all spiritual beings, one with Nature, one in Spirit,
valuable and complete in the framework of our design,
and we must reclaim our divinity, unique mysteries, and deep
connection with the natural world in order to fully recover.

The laws and forces that govern life, yin and yang, are balanced,
flowing harmoniously and equally between polarities.
If we are not aligned with the natural forces & cycles of life
we stay unbalanced, therefore unhealthy.

Males as well as females are gravely affected by Patriarchy because
it defines unrealistic roles for us that are impossible to emulate
without creating conflict and confusion in our basic natures and
in our relationships with one another. Patriarchy teaches males
to BE GOD and females to SERVE GOD, which creates wars
within the self, and when there's conflict and stress within
there is always discord, dis-ease & dysfunction without.   

In The Sacred Circle...
We are reclaiming our feminine power, unique mysteries,
rites of passage & celebrations to heal and recreate our lives.
We are also freeing ourselves from the mental & emotional bondage
of Patriarchy because it lies at the core of our codependency,
diseases, dysfunctions, compulsions, addictions & oppression
and true recovery isn't possible until we are restored
to sanity & wholeness as children of the Earth.

Blessed Be
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The Tapestry

One starry night near ocean tides
I mused on sands near cliffs of size
beneath a peaceful moonlight glow
to calming waves of ebb and flow

When visions came mysteriously
of women merged in harmony
calling Air & Fire & Earth
And waters clean to bring rebirth

They gathered 'round a fire bright
weaving threads of silvery light
chanting words that spoke her name
raising power to touch and change

The sisters spun a tapestry
with magic spells and blessings be
they held it up with healing hands
then laid it down to claim the land

In the flames they banished pain
from patriarchy's sad domain
& as the sparks rose to the skies
they let it go with grateful sighs

To trancing drums they danced in glee
with beauty, grace and dignity
then circled 'round the tapestry
sharing dreams & feasting free...

Then rising tides and salty swells
came splashing up to break my spell
and so I left this sacred space
but the tapestry remains in place

Silverwitch -- 1988
     The Effects of Patriarchy

    Patriarchy is a misogynist system that instills
    in us the shame of being female, so many of us go
    through life inwardly feeling there is something
    wrong with us. When we continue living this LIE
    we develop our own brand of self-hatred which
    leads in time to internalized oppression, pain, rage,
    fear and inner turmoil resulting in many destructive  
    patterns, habits and addictions which complicate
    our lives in various ways...

    Patriarchy creates the fragmentation of the soul
    that leads to the disease of Codependency and
    other deadly addictions.  This soul sickness
    starts in early years of life when we are forced
    to adjust to the harsh realities of a sick world
    then progresses into many neurotic disorders,   
    dysfunctions and diseases if we keep tolerating
    or internalizing the pain that comes with it.

    This becomes a way of life for many of us...
    and once we are in this dilemma it becomes
    difficult differentiating true from false because
    our awareness of being goddess-like or sacred
    as a female has been greatly diminished.

    As women we lose our power & sense of self in
    Patriarchy because our unique mysteries & female
    values are not reflected in the Patriarchal world
    around us.  Images of the Great Mother or Divine
    Feminine have been erased for centuries so it's easy
    to lose sight of our true identity when we lack real
    or mythic models that can mirror who we are.

    Even when sparks of sacredness emerge from
    within at times,  they can be quickly squashed by
    surrounding cultural forces that keep us in constant
    states of fear, oppression, rage, pain or denial &
    cripple our ability to express ourselves freely.

    To heal our minds, bodies and souls we must reclaim
    our sacred spaces and a spiritual path that honors
    our unique mysteries as women, made in the image
    & likeness of the Goddess. This is what true recovery
    for women  is all about.

    Blessed Be.... Mama J

by Jean Shinoda Bolen

Untappped source of peace,
The only real hope
Is to draw upon the collective wisdom of women.
Those with direct experience of the cost of war:
The life of child, grandchild, sibling, spouse.
The loss of limb or mind of someone near and dear,
The loss of laughter, the pervasiveness of fear,
The loss of hope for the future.

Untapped source of peace,
Those who know of domestic violence:
Seen the effect of bullying on sons,
Seen daughters become silent,
Seen light go out in their eyes.
Those who know
That when every child matters,
When none are hungry, abused or discounted
The world will become a kinder place
For us all

Untapped source of peace,
Women with empathy
Who live in a world apart,
Are safe, loved, and fortunate,
Yet can imagine
Being helpless, beaten, and raped,
Then forced to bear a child
Conceived in violence.
Women who know in their hearts
That what happens to any woman
Could happen to them.

Untapped source of peace,
Women who see loved ones
filled with vengeance and hate,
Hyper-vigilant, fear-ridden, or afraid to sleep
Because of the nightmares.
Husbands, brothers, sons, and now daughters
Home from wars,
Bearing little resemblance to who they could have been
In a peaceful world.

Untapped source of peace,
Women in circles,
Women connecting,
Women together
Bringing the sacred feminine,
Maternal instinct, sister archetype,
Mother power
Into the world.

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