Shekhinah Mountainwater... Faery Bard, Radical Muse, Foremother of the Womanspirit movement, Author of Ariadne's Thread, Priestess of Aphrodite... crossed into the arms of the Great Mother on Saturday, August 11, 2007.
Shekhinah was a beloved sister and a teacher to countless many. She dedicated her life to sharing and expressing the love of the Goddess in all ways. Her love and spirit will continue on in the hearts of those she touched... and beyond, for generations to come.
Dearest Shekhinah, may your spirit fly with the stars, into the arms of the Mother. May your spirit be healed and cleansed in Her cauldron; may you be comforted and rebirthed in Her womb. Our love flies with you, as our tears wet the sweet Earth. Forever shall you be loved and honored.
Shekhinah Mountainwater - October 24, 1939 – August 11, 2007
shekhinahmoon at aol dot com
I am a priestess of change.
the magic circle that we have lost...
our faery ring. I envision a world
where every Being on the Rim
is Special, Important,
and necessary to the Whole...
WHAT IS MAGIC?
Magic is how everything comes to be... magic is knowing you make a difference... Magic is working with heart and mind and psychic energy; Fire (Will), Water (Desire), Air (Thought), Earth (Body), and Spirit. Magic can be done together or alone, in a temple, at home, or in the wilderness- any place that feels special and sacred. Magic is myth and vision, casting spells, understanding herbs, planets and stars... It is the Mysteries of Woman; our deep ties to Earth, Blood, and Moon. Magic can be done in pure innocence or great knowing. "An it harm none, do as thou wilt" is the cardinal rule of magic. Use it for good and good will come, use it for ill, and ill will befall. Magic is the oldest Wisdom, folk knowledge, it belongs to everybody.
WELCOME TO MOONSPELL GENTLE EARTHLINGS...!
We are a temple of Women's Mysteries, of communication and ideas, of muse-ical inspiration, magical offerings, heart politics, online community, and respite from the unreal world. Come into the arms of the Goddess, where you are loved unconditionally and magic reigns.
Moonspell is always in process. Adventure with us, if it pleaseth thee, and watch her grow...
NOTE: Having difficulty reading text at Moonspell? We realize all our colors and sparklies might be a distraction for some visitors. We love them and don't want to change them, but if you want, you can remedy things simply by right-clicking anywhere on the page and then left-clicking "Select All." Happy reading! :0)
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bringing back the tradition of ancient texts that were recorded in delicious
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Shekhinah is a real witch, and let me tell you, the last few centuries have not been easy. She told me about terrible things - like being burned at the stake, and forgetting who she was out of fear and shock, and being betrayed by sisters, and many other nightmares we won't go into here. But we both remember a Time when women like Shekhinah were loved and respected by most everybody. We think that Time is here again, and people are awakening to the truth about the Goddess and psychic powers and loving the earth and connecting with Faery and honoring sisterhood and... I hope we're right 'cause the world sure needs it!
And so Moonspell was created to help bring back the old ways and bring Shekhinah's transforming magic to you, gentle spirits.
(photo above taken by Bluemoon at the Wise Woman's Festival '03 Fla)
Here's what you can find in the caves after they are all filled up:
1. HOME CAVE Where you
are now. This is the Sacred Threshold,
2. ABOUT SHEKHINAH Learn about Shekhinah's background and life story, her awakening to the Goddess and her destiny as priestess, her struggles and mundane influences as well as magical ones. Meet her children and grandchildren, some of her friends, and her inimmitable majestic cat.
3. CURRENT EVENTS Announcing Shekhinah's live concerts, classes, workshops or other types of appearances; in person, in media, or online... watch postings in this cave for chat gathers, readings or classes... (also see MOONCAVE CHAT)
MAGICAL OFFERINGS In this cave you can find out about Shekhinah's Goddess-inspired products and services: Rituals, Tarot, Music, CDs and Tapes, Books, Concerts, Workshops, Classes, Correspondence Course, Magical Consultations, blessings of the Muse... Come here if you would like to call on Shekhinah for her offerings, to browse, or just to see what a radical feminist witch sister has been up to all these years... <g> This cave has several cavelets, sections or sub-pages, which you can link to at its bottom, or right here: Shekhinah's Music, Tarot Readings, Consultations, Classes, Workshops, and Rituals, Ariadne's Thread, Excerpt From Ariadne's Thread, and Womanrunes.
TESTIMONIA Endorsements from those who love Shekhinah's work.
TAROT Do you want a reading? Here is where you can get the details on Shekhinah's readings for ordering and/or background information. See samples of cards and discussion of Shekhinah's Tarot, her handmade round Goddess-deck. Read up on her philosophy and approach to the process of divination. Cavelets or sub-pages in TAROT are: To Order A Reading, Payment Options, About Shekhinah's Readings, About Shekhinah's Tarot Deck, and Tarot Articles.
MOONCAVE CHAT This is our online gathering and meeting place for classes, tarot readings, consultations, rituals, and schmoozing. Come to this cave to watch for announcements of up-and-coming chatroom events. Find instructions for accessing the Mooncave chatroom.
THEALAGIE* This is the Cave of Women's Mysteries, where we can celebrate and learn about sacredness in female. "Thealagie" is Shekhinah's and my spelling of this word, formerly "theology," then later, "thealogy." Here we will be guided by Ariadne, Lady of the Labyrinth and Giver of the Silver Thread... Study up on a new woman-centered paradigm for generating a peaceful, woman-loving world. Read extensive articles on subjects dear to our hearts...Cavelets or sub-pages in THEALAGIE are: The Goddess Year, Seasonal Invocations, Winter Solstice, Musea, Koreturn, Diana, and Moonwheel Calendar.
WITCHY COMMENTARY Pithy discussions on heady or controversial topics such as healing the gender split, reclaiming the lost sisterhood, naming the patriarchal patterns in our midst, the uses of language to perpetuate dividedness... Oya, She Who Wields the Sword of Truth and Unleashes the Cleansing Winds presides in this cave. Tuwanda!!
APHRODITE'S SHRINE For spiritual retreat, soulful healing and inspiration. Come see Shekhinah's beautiful altar to the Goddess of Love... feast on passionate, poetic liturgy... read up on the magic and thealagie of this Goddess in the Shrine Library, perform a ritual if you like, or just hang out in safe, sacred space... Cavelets or sub-pages in APHRODITE'S SHRINE are: Shrine Library Cavelet; Entrance, Shrine Library Cavelet #2, #3, #4, and #5.
HABONDIA'S GROVE Our process and principles on money ethics. Want to help support Moonspell and join in creating the new woman-centered paradigm? Donate here... Habondia, She Who Gives in Overflowing Abundance... who nourishes us with her sacred substance...presides in this cave.
MAGICALINKS Our cyberweb community. Find links to the sites of like-spirited folk around the internet, with a little introduction for each.
*Rim: Thanks to Christina Baldwin and her wonderful book Calling the Circle, in which she teaches us the importance of "holding the rim." Keeping our connection to the circle by helping to maintain the perifory, is one of the keys to spiritual empowerment and an egalitarian society.
*Thealagie: A new spelling coined by Wella and Shekhinah to name a completely woman-centered woman-loving spiritual path.
Thanks to Cerridwen Sidhewolf who extended a hand of friendship and opened the gate for Moonspell to return to cyberspace at last! Among her many amazing abilities, Cerridwen is webmistress of several beautiful sites. Come visit one at: http://pagan.ws Contact Cerridwen at: firstname.lastname@example.org
Thanks to Mary Ellen Brown for donating Shekhinah's first computer Jezebel, without whom none of this could have happened. Be Blessed beautiful bear!
Thanks to Adam Donovan, Shekhinah's first initiator into the mysteries of cyberspace.
Thanks to the many other friends who have appeared along the way to lend a helping hand...
Shekhinah's email address:
Telephone: (between 1PM and 2AM CA time) (831) 423-7639