Wise Woman Ezine with herbalist Susun Weed
April 2007
Volume 7 Number 4
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Grandmother Speaks...
Crystal Tapestry

by JoAnne Dodgson

Crystal Tapestry

JoAnne Dodgson
excerpt from Walking the Spiral Path: Awakening Power and Passion


As the orange glowing sun rose up over the horizon, a hint of magic filled the

air. A chattering flock of ravens surfed wildly on the winds, landing high in the trees

and soaring to the ground to hold council among the frozen cornstalks in the field

beside our house. the ART of Liz WelchI wondered what they were up to, besides calling me out to play.


I ventured into the woods, delighted by the beauty of the vibrant green forest dusted

with sparkling white snow, all embraced by the brilliant blue sky. Our spirited dog,

Jasmine, romped through the underbrush, sticking her nose deep into animal tracks

imprinted in the snow to determine just who had been by and how long ago and if

there still was a chance of catching up.


When I stopped beside a creek to breath in the deep woody silence, I noticed

the thread of a spider’s web swaying slightly in the breeze. Hanging in a graceful arc

between the branches of a cedar tree, the delicate fiber was lined with snowflakes.

Each individual snowflake was clearly visible, such intricate starry crystals of all

different sizes and shapes gathered along a shimmering thread.


Enchanted by this discovery, I looked around with heightened awareness and more discerning eyes to find the woods filled with snowy spider webs. There were sparkling threads strung from broad cedar branches to the tips of the neighboring pines. There were glittering fibers dangling around the spindly bushes beside the icy creek. There were ornate strings of tiny snowflakes stretching all the way across the path


I walked along,crystalline fibers reaching out and connecting tree to tree to tree to tree. The glittering tapestry of snowflakes woven in the woods was a vivid reminder

of the extraordinary web of life, that vast array of diverse life on the planet, the

countless unique and intricate beings all connected yet distinct. Balance and harmony

thrive in the connectedness of the web, in the honoring and understanding of the

relationship among all beings, in the fertile knowing that we all are joined in the circle

of life.


Boundless potentials come alive when we explore with awakened awareness

the worlds within us and all around, leaving behind the well-ingrained habits that

cloud our vision, bury our passions, disguise our gifts, and shape us into something

other than who and what we really are.


There’s such beauty in sharing our unique distinctive songs as we dance with the

grand web of life, each of us embodying particular forms, energies, and rhythms,

bringing into the world our unique purposes, passions and gifts. The tapestry of our

lives is colored with freedom when we are guided by our own creativity and knowing.

There’s magic in weaving the webs of our lives with shimmering fibers like those

among the trees, reaching out with curiosity, unconditional love and compassion,

connecting heart to heart to heart to heart.




JoAnne Dodgson, Ed.D. is a healer, teacher and medicine storyteller in ancient Peruvian medicine ways, Ka Ta See. 

She has a doctorate in counseling psychology and over twenty years experience offering counseling, ceremonial gatherings, holistic healing and workshops.  JoAnne lives in the enchanted desert mesas of New Mexico.

JoAnne's writings include medicine stories and five books: Unleashing Love, MoonDance Journal, Walking the Spiral Path, Gifts of the Grandmother, and Cocooning.

Stories by JoAnne Dodgson

Online Courses by JOANNE DODGSON

new Shaman's Circle: Earth Spirits and Guides
taught by Mentor: JoAnne Dodgson

'Shaman's Circle' offers opportunities to deepen your understandings of the path of the shaman and to integrate these ancient ways into your everyday life. Each lesson offers discussion of unique aspects of the shaman's path such as bridging the varied dimensions of reality, living in balance with natural cycles and creating sacred ceremony. Each lesson guides you in opportunities to discover and enrich your innate connection with the web of life on the mother earth and in the world of the spirits.

Price: $49.95

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new Manifesting with the Moon
taught by Mentor: JoAnne Dodgson

'Manifesting with the Moon' invites you to explore the unique energies and opportunities in each moon phase during one complete lunar cycle, one mo(o)nth.  With the moon as a guide, you will engage in an organic manifestation process which begins with claiming your intent, giving voice to your visions and dreams. 

Price: $49.95

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Whether or not you are currently facing an acute or chronic problem, Susun Weed's Seven Rivers of Healing will provide you with life-changing, and maybe even life-saving, information.

Price: $225.00

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