Blessings by John O’Donohue

On Summer Solstice 2017 I would like to share with you Selections from Eternal Echoes by John O’Donohue. A Celtic Shaman, O’Donohue writes on the longing of the soul, our spiritual relationship with ourselves and others, and belonging. Blessings are selfless wishes and these are my wishes for you, that you may find self-love, that you may see the light in yourself and others, that you will open yourself to the shadows too, and embrace the danger of freedom, love, and renewal.

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The Green Woman: Wildness, Natural Magic, Expectant Gratitude, and Untrammelled Creativity

She is not cute, she is striking. Her intensity and seriousness, combined with the playfulness of her gestures are mesmerizing to me. Every time I think of this card I feel grateful to have found her.

“She is the feminine vital vegetative force that enables a root to crack stone, the reed to bend in the wind, and the oak to stand against the storm.”
My first impressions were that she is protective as well as dangerous and that she is tremendously powerful. She hears the natural rhythm of the earth and dances to its heartbeat. She is both ancient and timeless. Her age is shown only in her connection to the earth. She is neither lit nor does she have any true darkness, just as the earth is ancient but can renew itself to freshness. There is a pattern to her asymmetry and a kind of logic-less reason, an ambiguous theory of cause and effect.

In the book, she is one of the Sidhe, the elder race of the Faeries.