The wise woman is the archetype of our intuition. The ancient part of us that knows the direction we are meant to go, who guides us, and nurtures us. But through society, culture, and a change of the way we live, we’ve lost a connection to this sacred part of who we are.
In this episode of the Modern Magic Podcast, I take you on a journey to your gut. Here you’ll learn once again to trust the intuition inside of you and to honor the parts of the wise women that are dreaming of re-surfacing again. It’s a 15-minute guided meditation that I use anytime I’m not sure of where to go or what to do next. This very podcast only exists because of the meditation and my gut telling me it was time to start my own podcast.
Give it a listen and in the comments below, share what new finding you discovered by tuning into your intuition.
Behind the Painting
This painting was part of the Silent Generations collection based off the Highwomen’s self-titled song. Wise Women, or witches, were originally women who were connected to the lands and known in their communities as healers. These weren’t just a bunch of woo-woo white women mixing teas (like me) these women actually knew these plants inside and out and how the combination of them could really heal. Their science was so well known that some of our basic understandings of the human body and organs were formed by their studies of bodies after they had died.
Because women with any power are often seen as something to be feared, Wise Women were hunted and killed with the derogatory name of witch. Seen as demons or doing the work of Satan, these women were actually the only source of healthcare the poor had and by taking them away, you left the most vulnerable even more vulnerable.
The song, Highwomen, does a beautiful job of depicting part of this story in only a few stanzas. But I wanted to elaborate through the art. In this graphite drawing you see a woman dressed in old fashion clothes, similar to that of the witch trials, collecting herbs in her garden. She smiles with hope for the future when her great-great-great grandchildren will have the chance to reconnect with the Divine that she knows and loves. To see the earth as a friend with all the tools we need to survive and heal.
The wise woman is an invitation to trust your gut and find comfort in nature. She is a daily reminder of the things we knew so many years ago and need to be reminded of again.
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Hang this painting in a place that will remind you to come home to your space and yourself every day.