A performance during Art In Odd Places with collaborator Kathie Halfin.
Walking the streets of NYC as Goddesses Cailleach and Kali. Embodying the healing process after sexual assault. Moving from fear to sadness to anger to acceptance and healing.
Even Goddesses tire at times. Using our allies, trees, as support.
Preparing to recite in front of Salvation Army. First we turn our backs on the viewer, becoming self contained.
Ceremony in a grove of Oak Trees. In reverence to their stature, strength, perseverance, Oak groves were the site of Druid ceremonies. Oak leaves resemble hands, here hands were transformed from harmful to supportive.
Sharing a dream about meeting my ancestors in a giant tree. They said, “We have been waiting for you.”
“Sometimes, madness seems like the only possible response to the insanity of the civilised world; sometimes, holding ourselves together is not an option, and the only way forwards is to allow ourselves to fall apart. As the story of Mis shows, that madness can represent an extreme form of initiation, a trigger for profound transformation.” Dr. Sharon Blackie, writer, psychologist, mythologist.
Moving into ritualized dancing and singing, we walked slowly through the streets of NYC with mugwort smudges. After cleansing faces with mud in front of a luxury condo building, the doorman called the police, who then forced us to return and sweep up the dirt we left on the sidewalk… on 14th St - a filthy, tourist filled, traffic laden, loud neighborhood.
Note that the Police man has his hand on his taser and the Police woman, is donning gloves with pepper spray pulled to the front of her belt.
At the end of our ritualized walk/ceremony, we cleansed with a Limpia ceremony. Limpias involve fresh herbs, raked over the body, pulling and pushing any residual pain or harm from the body.