The monthly sister circle of Sister Spirit Sanctuary, Temple of the Sacred Feminine is November 28th, 4 p.m-6 p.m
(**This was originally the chakra scheduled to be covered during the October circle but due to illness, that circle was canceled.)
Sister Spirit Sanctuary, Temple of the Sacred Feminine is an open circle of women, for women who are seeking women-centered, Goddess-based spirituality. We are women who are building and experiencing sisterhood and self-empowerment through healing, education and ritual. We are based in Akron, Ohio.
Journey through the Chakras
Over the next several months we will continue our journey through the chakras exploring each chakras purpose and function as well as investigating the archetypes associated with each chakra. Our work will be centered on learning how to recognize if that chakra is out of balance and how to heal it with a variety of techniques.
This month’s theme: Manipura- The Lotus Jewel or the Solar Plexus
We began our journey through the chakras at the beginning, the root chakra, learning to open and connect with the Mother for sustenance. We journeyed through the sacral or womb chakra learning to allow ourselves to be open to the good things in life; to indulge in pleasurable things without guilt or shame because we are deserving of it. Now our journey takes us to the Manipura or the solar plexus.
The solar plexus is located right below the sternum and over the stomach and is the center of our personal will and power. Its color is yellow sometimes yellow-orange and its energy or element is fire. The primary function of the solar plexus chakra is to promote a sense of healthy sense of self-worth, self-esteem, confidence and personal power.
The functions of a healthy solar plexus chakra are reflective of our self-worth and how much personal power we are willing to own. When the solar plexus is healthy and fully engaged allowing for the proper in flow and out flow of energy, we are able to harness our willpower and experience life from an empowered position in all aspects of living, specifically in our relationships with others. We are able to own our power and in doing so we are better able to stand up for ourselves and because we value our selves, we are able to claim the recognition for our accomplishments. The more able we are of owning our personal power, the more we are able to accumulate in our lives. This is the embodiment of what Ambika Waters in her book Chakras and Their Archetypes: Uniting Energy Awareness and Spiritual Growth” calls “The Warrior” archetype.
When the solar plexus chakra is dysfunctional we will find ourselves often seeking confirmation for who we are from others. We will work very hard hoping to gain the acknowledgment and approval of others. In doing so, however, we willingly sabotage ourselves by freely giving away our personal power to others allowing them to define who we are, what they need us to be in the world and what our worth is. Vital life force energy is lost in this process of trying to please others to gain the approval, acceptance and acknowledgment we are unable to give to ourselves.
Because we lack the self-confidence and personal power to honor and give ourselves the acceptance and acknowledgment we desire, we find that we are continuously trying to prove our worth to others, hoping they will give us the acceptance we so desperately crave and like the dog that chases but never catches his tail; we never receive the acknowledgment and acceptance we deeply desire. This behavior is confidence destroying and the continuous undermining of the self results in an endless struggle to achieve love and happiness. It also supports a dependence on others for our own well-being and happiness therefore staying in a state of submissiveness and dependence on others. This is what Ms. Waters calls “The Servant” archetype.
In this journey of the solar plexus, we will explore meditations and affirmations and other ways in which allow us to expand this energy source and awaken the Warrior within. As we learn to reconnect with Her, we find that we are able to successfully own our power. We can choose to stop being “The Servant”
The creative expression work:
In this fire energy path working of reconnecting with The Warrior archetype, we will be working with the Goddess Diana.
Diana is a Warrior Goddess and Virgin Huntress. She was one of the first feminist on Mount Olympus. She is the Roman Goddess of the moon and the forest, protector of women and presides over childbirth. Artemis is her Greek counterpart. She is known as “The Lady of the Wild Things.” As a fiercely independent and skillful hunts-woman, Diana would let no man have her. Diana was known to never miss her target with her golden arrows once she locked onto her target. Diana understood the nature of the beast and bird and could gently speak the language of nature and yet was a fierce force to be reckoned with. She is often depicted as a young woman in short toga with a bow, arrow and her animal friends.
Like the Warrior archetype, Diana owns her power. She is gentle yet can be fierce. Once she sets her goals she goes after it and she will get the recognition that she deserves. Diana can teach us how to own our power and relish our independence. We can adopt her skills as the mighty archer, never exerting energy in the wrong direction or missing opportunities but rather focus our own willpower, our golden arrows, onto the goals we wish to accomplish.
In working with the energy of Diana, we will work with chakra meditations, exercises and affirmations. For the creative work, we will be clarifying our goals and making collages that represent those goals we wish to manifest. Our collages will remind us to fix our gaze on our target and shoot our golden arrows– or focus and direct our will towards obtaining them.
Those planning to come should bring the following items:
- a piece of poster board
- magazines to cut out pictures from.
- Your own personal candle for the altar
- Anything of personal or symbolic value you would like to share and bring to the altar; a piece of your energy telling us who you are. (A picture, a trinket, your own altar cloth to add to the altar etc…you take this home with you when you go)
- A food dish for sharing the feast afterward
- Pillow/blanket/Cushion to sit on
- Drums, rattles or other shakers
We will be meeting at the Temple home base. Whenever weather is permitting we may be outside for a drumming circle.
If you plan to attend or need directions, please contact me via email at: