It is the Year of the Mother at Michigan Framily Reunion 2019. Every year we have had a theme. It has been based on the three faces of the Goddess, maiden, mother, and crone. This year is the year of the mother.
When it was the year of the crone, it was the first year on the new property in Wayland. We wanted to invoke the wisdom of the crones from Michfest and beyond to imbue their wisdom and dignity to Michigan Framily Reunion 2017. There was wisdom but there was also the ornery crone, the crotchety crone that snaps and bites. But there was wisdom there but it wasn’t always easily visible. And the take away lesson from MFR 2017 for me was to go to the elders and ask. Ask for their help. Ask for their wisdom. Listen. Listen to myself and listen to my elders. It was year to learn humility.
2018 was the year of the maiden. She was fresh and new and full of energy. She was waiting to leap but open to new ideas. She was energetic enough to undertake the challenges of the crones and wild enough to believe that she could do it all. The year of the maiden for me was the year of adolescence. It was a time of awkwardness as I found my way. It was a time of uncomfortability as I worked to break out of childhood into more adult thinking and doing. It was a time of mistakes but also less mistakes. It was a time of growth and beauty of spring as the grass peaks out and becomes lush. The year of the maiden was my awakening year. It was the year that I busted out of myself to do something different in this next lifetime of mine.
2019 is the year of the mother. This is the year the animals have spoken to me repeatedly. The birds have solicited my help to protect their babies. The robins called me out of the house when they wanted to push their babies out of their nest. Tonight, the orioles and I worked together to protect their baby that was being threatened and wasn’t quite ready to fly. Yesterday, the beautiful doe looked at me, took my message and ran. She looked at me and heard the urgency, and ran and jumped in the pond and swam across in her haste. She only could respond to my message.
And what is my message? The women are coming. The women are coming. And now is the time to prepare. Now is the time to prepare so we can gather and work together. It is a time for mothers to join together. It is time for the mothers to rise and join forces. It is time for the mothers to RISE TOGETHER. I am listening to you sweet mothers. I am listening to you fierce mothers. I am listening to my mother. I am the mother. I am fierce. I will rise and I will raise others to rise with me. #togetherwearemore #rise #risetogether #yearofthemothermfr2019