Taking Heart & Reclaiming Female Courage

Courage to Leave: Virtue enabling women to depart from all patriarchal religions and other hopeless institutions; resolution springing from deep knowledge of the nucleus of nothingness which is at the core of these institutions.

HeXercise 1:

Complete these affirmations during the New Moon:

I Am a Woman

I Am Feminist

Women’s Blood Mysteries & Magic

Crystal Connections

I am a Woman

Say out loud “I am a Woman” Three Times.

A woman is an adult human female. (See WoLF-Media Style Guide)

Recommended Reading: I Have My Mother’s Face

Read Aloud: I believe women CAN love one another, CAN cooperate, CAN trust, CAN, in short, rise above our conditioning. I believe we are ready to practice what we know–that as we build one another up and rejoice in the achievement and triumphs, in the gifts and beauties of other women, we ourselves grow more gifted, beautiful, and strong. I believe that as we do this, we will forge a sisterhood so mighty that nothing in the world can stop us. This is my dream. It is a dream in which we each remember that every woman born is us. Sonia Johnson, GOING OUT OF OUR MINDS, pgs. 56-61

“The connections between and among women are the most feared, the most problematic, and the most potentially transforming force on the planet.” ~Adrienne Rich

“I realized I had to know who I was otherwise somebody was going to tell me.” ~Linda Bellos

I am a Feminist

Say out loud “I am a Feminist” Three Times.

Start a “Feminiscing” Journal. Each year, revisit your journal and write what feminism means to you to see your evolving feminist perspective. This is a great hexercise for new students.

Recommended Short Book: The Grumpy Guide to Radical Feminism by Andreia Nobre

Women’s Blood Mysteries & Magic

Read aloud- “The word ‘ritual’ comes from ‘rtu,’ sanskrit for menses. The earliest rituals were connected to the woman’s monthly bleeding. The blood from the womb that nourished the unborn child was believed to have mana, magical power. Women’s periodic bleeding was a cosmic event, like the cycles of the moon and the waxing and waning of the tides. We have forgotten that women were the conduit to the sacred mystery of life and death.” — Elinor Gadon 

Take Home Assignment: (I don’t recommend consuming your menstrual blood lol)

Recommended Readings: https://www.facebook.com/rewildingforwomen/ http://www.susunweed.com/Article_Blood_Mysteries.htm https://janehardwickecollings.com/category/blood-mysteries/ https://hemptemple.org/blogs/news/the-blood-mysteries

Crystal Connections

Coming soon!

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