Everyday GODDESS: Susun Weed

Susun-May18-08Susun S. Weed, a green witch and wise woman, is an extraordinary teacher with a joyous spirit, a powerful presence, and an encyclopedic knowledge of herbs and health. She is the voice of the Wise Woman Way, where common weeds, simple ceremony, and compassionate listening support and nourish health/wholeness/holiness.

She has opened hearts to the magic and medicine of the green nations for three decades. Ms. Weed's five herbal medicine books focus on women's health topics including menopause, childbearing, and breast health.

What does being an Everyday Goddess mean to you?

 An Everyday Goddess is not different from a Goddess who lived 30,000 years ago. The Goddess is All: She gives birth and She gives death. She sings with the plants and is a sister to the animals. She wipes noses and washes pots. She creates, she organizes, she dreams, she cries, she rages. To be an Everyday Goddess one need only claim oneself as the Goddess.

 At what age did you awaken to the presence of the Divine Feminine and would you describe it as a sudden awakening or a gentle unfolding?

At the age of 28 I came out as a Lesbian. Within the year I was a Lesbian separatist. For the next seven years I listened only to music written and performed by women, read only books written by women, went only to entertainment created by women, lived with and spoke only to women. Jean Shinoda Bolen’s book Goddesses in Every Woman was a guide for myself and a group of women who spent those seven years identifying with those seven Goddess archetypes. We built a temple for each Goddess and devoted a year to her. We lived and breathed each of those seven Goddesses. Artemis was, of course, the one who spoke most to me; the one I most identified with. Now, I encourage all my students to work with a Goddess archetype.

What roles in your life had to transform in order for you to live authentically?

I needed to free myself from social expectations, from the way I thought I had to present myself as a woman. You know: sweet and smiling no matter what. I had to learn that tears will not do the work of anger.

What have been some of the greatest inner gifts you’ve experienced since stepping into your feminine power?

Serenity, bliss, strength, flexibility, laughter at myself, freedom from my own manipulation, real love (from overflow, not from need), and the lush, lavish landscape populated by women who love all that a woman can be.

Can you share some of your favorite sacred feminine rituals?

Every morning, and at every class I teach, we begin with a talking stick ceremony. Talking stick was gifted to me by Yewenode Two Wolves/Twylah Nitsch/She Whose Voice Rides the Wind. She was the wolf clan grandmother of the Seneca Nation. The talking stick is the great tool of peace. Everyone has an opportunity to be seen and to be heard, without interruption, during the talking stick ceremony. This ritual was created by women who lived (and continue to live) in a matriarchal, matrifocal culture.

Every night I light a small pink candle and put into it all the worldly woes I have heard about that day from friends, family, and those I teach and mentor. As it burns, those woes are released into all that is and the Goddess uses them to fashion what is needed. Women are magnets for the troubles of the world and it is vital for each woman to have a way to move those problems on. Whether in prayer, meditation, or the simple act of burning a candle.

Once a month we gather for the moon lodge. Moon lodge is a ritual that honors all women in all phases of their lives: Maiden, Mother, and Crone. In our moon lodge we sing and dance and pass the talking stick. We share our wisdom and reweave the healing cloak of the Ancients. I hope you get a chance to join us sometime. We have been holding moon lodge ceremonies at the Wise Woman Center for almost 35 years. .

Is there a particular Goddess that you are intimately drawn to and why?

During my fertile years I was Artemis, also known as Selene, as Diana. My mother gifted me with the name Diane, so she must have known that she had given birth to a wild woman who runs in the woods with the deer and shoots the arrows of truth. Artemis is the goddess of the moon. She is the goddess of the birthing woman and the goddess of the midwife. She is the goddess of the herbalist, those who work with green blessings. And she is the goddess of the woman who chooses to live alone.

After menopause, Artemis began to look a little young to me. Though I know that many people see me as Baba Yaga – and I have been represented as Baba Yaga in both The Goddess Oracle  (Amy Sophia Marashinsky) and Goddess on Earth (Lisa Levert)I knew that I had to choose a Goddess who resonated with my innermost being. After all was said and read and dreamed upon, my choice was clear: The Statue of Liberty is my Goddess archetype for the Crone years of my life. She even wears a headband (with spikes)!

Is there a personal message that you would like to share with women?  

You are the Goddess. Every breath is a blessing. Every step is sacred. Be the Goddess in all you do, in all you dream, in all you speak. She is all that you can ever imagine. In fact, She is greater and wider, broader and more complex than your wildest imaginings. Let yourself be Her. Claim your power to be all that you are, all that She is All.

Learn More at:

Visit her site www.susunweed.com for information on her workshops, apprenticeships, correspondence courses and more! Go to:  www.wisewomanmentor.com for Susun’s free herbal ezine and also mentorship offerings for those who want to go deeper.

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