I’ve been thinking some more about Mamapriestess (thanks to http://witchesandpagans.com/sagewoman-blogs/woodspriestess/mamapriestess.html#comment-7425 ), and about the spiral path…
If the first half of the spiral is the outward movement, wherein the first half of life we move out into the world, gathering people and things,
and the second half of life is the inward spiral, where we introvert more and work on our spiritual and inner work,
surely as mothers we are right at the apex?
At the point of the turn where our spirituality is manifested in the physical?
We are here to experience Earth and tangible things in a spiritual and meaningful way. The necessary distraction from the inward journey IS spiritual. This is the path of the Goddess.
Obviously there are variables, as each journey is different. Some with children, some without. And for myself, as an older mother entering my Cronedom on a physical level, but still parenting on a physical and emotional level, I feel strongly the call on an intellectual and spiritual level to be working on the inward spiral.
I have three children – 8, 13, and 14, with varying high needs from anxiety disorder, OCD, through to Aspergers Syndrome. As a divorced Mother, this does narrow my ability to focus on my Spiritual journey. But I work as a tarot reader, I give my time in support of women and mothers, and as a family we follow and celebrate the Seasonal wheel. We are active in Green and Social Politics. And I attend a Pagan meetup.
All these things are Spiritual for us. It is a lived path, with little time for pomp and circumstance.
But this is my own path. This is my journey as this unit of being.