A Message from the Red Madonna 2023 Team
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Shiloh Sophia connecting with earths elements 2022
The Wheel of the Year provides a continuous circle of connection that we will be working with to connect with the seasons, cycles, moons, and ancient markers of space and time to create rhythm in your life with more harmony and flow.
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A video with Shiloh Sophia and her mother, Caron McCloud, from the first year of The Red Madonna, over 10 years ago...
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Shiloh Sophia Red Madonna Painting In Progress
Painting: An Archetype of Divine Wisdom by Shiloh Sophia, 2010
Caron, Shiloh, Susan, Emily and Havi, December 2019 Red Madonna Gathering
The Mothers by Havi
Writer. Healer. Painter. Speaker. Coach.
Painting: "YEMEYA, MOTHER OF US ALL!" by Anasuya Isaacs
Our Lady of Living Waters
Our Lady of The Flowering Earth
Our Lady of The Flaming Heart
Shiloh Sophia painting at Terra Sophia
YHVH Tree by Havi
Matrica by Shiloh Sophia
Medicine Wheel Hildegard
Guardians: Red Madonna Painting by Shiloh Sophia 2020
The Red Madonna Sisterhood is a Spiritual Creative Path of Devotion. Gather with women throughout the world to celebrate, explore and let this 'virtual sanctuary' become a place to pray and create. Together we work with the sacred power inherent in Intentional Creativity when we focus on it. You are not alone, we are connected by the Red Thread in the most common and uncommon ways. Let's feel the quantum connection...
"Joining Red Madonna in 2014 was a magical and heartfelt decision that has nourished me through the years as an ever-expanding beautiful journey. Being in a supportive, generous, and caring community of women has been fun, and a cherished and integral part of my life. Curiosity is my spice of life, and Red Madonna is the special ingredient!"
~ Cathy Pearl
"I have taken Red Madonna several times, the journey is a deep and fruitful one. The collective Spiritual Wisdom blended with art instruction and symbolic guidance is a rare find."
~ Kendall Sarah Scott
"Red Madonna has been one of the few places I've found where I could just be myself and feel not only accepted but welcomed and nourished. I love having a place to share my art and experience others' processes and creativity. Whether it's a drawing, painting, music, prose, poetry, or inspiring readings, the heart-warming and spiritual focus of the lessons and sharing continues to be a wonderful source of inspiration and food for my soul."
~ Deborah Pierce
"The Red Madonna Sisterhood became one of the treasures in my life. I experience love, beauty, depth, wisdom, knowledge, and sharing with a deep sense of acceptance. For me, it is like a place by the fire, where we gather to share our stories, our worries, and our joy wrapping it in prayers and psalms of devotion to the divine, to the Mother - whatever this might mean to each woman. I am very grateful for this gift in my life, guided by women of a heart of wisdom and compassionate love."
~ Anna Maria Michalski
"Red Madonna is a dance with the mother: yours, mine, ours; a dance on the canvas floor, back rubbing against the heart walls of our yearning to feel our divine mother's pulsating passion pouring through our hands, feet, and tongues. We reclaim Her, one intentional stroke at a time, and She renames us by her star-lit sighs, an orgasm of delight at our homecoming, our coming home to the truth of who we are: hers.
When we go on this journey called: Red Madonna, we are going on a pilgrimage to the holy temples of the Mother in the desert of the faraway places in our soul we were never taught existed, but knew... they had to, be. The terrain can be unforgiving ~ we have been prodigal daughters for too long ~ yet the rewards... ah! The rewards for such a pilgrim, for such a daughter, are... to be discovered, for all who make it before the altar of the Most Holy Womb have been sworn to secrecy about such a blessing. All I can say is
"I am not the same.
Go ye and be transformed in the crucible of her love."
I gift you Blessings for your journey!
~ Anasuya Isaacs
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The color of desire, sex, passion, romance, and devotion, and the red velvet box for wedding rings.
The Ever-Emergent MA - Why Her, Why Now
A Creative Spiritual Painting and Prayer Practice
Rooted in Inquiry, Intuition and Insight through Intentional Creativity
by Curate Shiloh Sophia for Red Madonna Sanctuary 2023
Do we make the Divine Mother in our own image as humans? Is that part of how we are in relationship with Her powers, symbols and stories throughout history? Do we make ‘art’ in her honor based on where we live, how we live and what we know of mothering? Is Her image specific to the artisan who is creating Her? Do we infuse Her image with our own internal imagery and external references?
Here at Musea we do. Here we are creatives offering our craft into a devotional space. Intentional Creativity can be an act of devotion invoking real time intimacy with yourself, earth, and your relationship with the Sacred in all life. Including the Divine Mother.
For those of us interested in including the feminine in our spiritual practice we have a lot of choices for exploration from a historical perspective – we definitely have proof of our human relationship with Her and Her relationship with us and earth.
We have thousands of years of images since 30,000 BCE demonstrating a long-standing relationship with our idea of Mother and our human need to be in relationship with Mother in some form. Why would we seek to dis-include Her in the first place? Now that is a big question for each of us to explore within inner-most heart space.
How DO WE practice an inclusive intimate feminine-infused spiritualty?
Well, most of us make it up, we weave it with existing traditions and ancestry and make up our own version. Others of us begin by looking for her within our current traditions, and while she may seem somewhat hidden, if you look, you will find Her. There is no life without her, so she IS there. Many of us are curious about ourselves as women in relationship to Her and how not having Her as present as she could be - has impacted generations of mothers and their children.
In our community creating with intention is a primary devotional practice that brings us into direct relationship and exploration with life as sacred. Life as sacred always includes the feminine, otherwise we have male-only structures, that in time will fail due to lack of true root system or awareness that we were all given birth to by a mother. Inclusion of the feminine does not result in exclusion of the masculine, She includes all spectrums of genders as her children.
Many of us, regardless of our relationship with our human mother feel a call to re-mothering and to have a meaningful spiritual practice that includes Her – in some real, intimate and tangible way. When we look for Her we find Her in image and in story ~ but how do we really engage in a meaningful relationship with a Divine Mother for our times?
Even the term ‘The Divine Feminine’ can feel othering instead of mothering. Perhaps what we want is the Real True Big Mama and we want Her presence to help us navigate the uncertain terrain of life that often feels cruel and conditional. We want a mother’s love to nest around us in grace. Who doesn’t? In a life where there is so much joy, and suffering, so much capacity to connect, and yet so much isolation there are riddles to solve. No wonder we want re-mothering. We feel a sense of paradox that keeps us in a struggle for potent meaningful spiritual practices that have a living root system.
For me, She is the Ever-Emergent Ma, an archetypal framework encompassing all Mothers from our Ancestry and all of those to come into the future. We are in a time where the call to Her is exponentially rising as each person comes into contact with the idea that there is a Divine Mother and explores that potential relationship. At times we may experience anger and betrayal that She has been so intentionally absent in our sanctuaries – hence the need to rediscover sanctuary for ourselves.
We needed proof of Her and proof that She had been hidden on purpose in order to make sense of things. It just doesn’t make sense. The weave of the global web originating in 1990 gave us access to Her many stories and has made widespread awareness of Her possible – we now have evidence of Her everywhere around the world and in every single spiritual tradition. Before 1990 our capacity to ‘search’ for Her was limited for most people to bookstores if you knew what to look for, women’s circles and in some places in the world, Goddess traditions that remained alive and interestingly enough the Orthodox and Catholic churches included Her in their way in the form of Mother Mary and Mary Magdalene- which included a limited, yet present feminine in the story.
“Does not Wisdom call out?
Does not understanding raise her voice?
At the highest point along the way,
where the paths meet, she takes her stand”
The past 10,000 years have seen a rigorous attempt to hide, dis-member, dissociate and frame “Her” in a storyline that seeks to make it appear as if we have no mother. And if we do, we can’t trust Her. In the story of Eve, called First Mother by some traditions, we are taught that She is the reason all Mothers would give birth in pain, that she disobeyed and created a fallen state. While not all traditions follow this storyline – it is still persistent in the paradigm of blaming women and the treatment of women worldwide continues to be influenced by a lack of the feminine or a feminine gone astray or forbidden. While many of us have moved beyond this limiting story constraint we still needed the evidence in the form of Her image – and to find our own permission slip to connect with her energies and stories.
Inside of ourselves we didn’t buy this story of there not being a mother, because we all came from a mother and that is pretty obvious. We just kept looking for Her. The rise of Feminism in the late sixties and early seventies finally saw an increase in awareness of the Mother in books and education, that was hard won and relatively sparse in many of our lives. Without Her we act as motherless children, exploiting and colonizing life for our own gain and removing mother from the Divine Parent storyline.
I can’t help imagine, how lonely the Father is in His own heart for Her. The presence and archetype of “Father” didn’t remove Mother, human beings removed Mother and isolated Father. What a great sorrow this divine divorce has initiated and continues to insist upon. May we all return from this tragic story and enter into an emergent relationship with Creator that is both personal and intimate, and yet somehow able to be shared with others in community.
“I, Wisdom, dwell together with prudence;
I possess knowledge and discretion”
Truly, being able to search for Her on the internet has revolutionized our capacity to know about Her. Power structures that seek to frame and defame Her from the timeline were only successful for a short time in making it appear as if she doesn’t exist in any real way, second to Father and (2-5,000 years).
In 1982 only 8.2 percent of households had personal computers and only 3% had internet. By 2014 85 % of households had a computer and approximately 80% had internet according to the Census Bureau. As soon as we could we began to look for Her in the ‘web’ and we each entered Her image and story in from around the world creating a coherent story of global continuity. Finally, we had the truth, She has always been here.
I am breathing more easily as I enter this part of this writing, feeling a sense of relief that I can speak freely to most of you about Her without fear of condemnation. The burning of Her groves, removal of Her images, destruction of her temples and the changing of her names was indeed intentional - but no matter what, She continues to appear. For while She appears in image – She doesn’t live there – She lives everywhere, appearing in different ages and times and symbols and colors according to the need.
I must admit, I do imagine a rather grand array of outfits in the closet of the Divine Mother – she chooses her clothing colors and her skin colors. Or, we more specifically make Her in our image, so She reflects us. In our community we do make Her in our image, as humanity has done all of our lives. Just because human beings fashion Her by hand, doesn’t mean she isn’t infused in the object, because we know energy transfers through our hearts and hands into matter. Her images are resonant, and when destroyed return to earth and are made again. She cannot be silenced.
From a Madonna archetype and perspective, in Cuba, She wears a yellow dress with brown skin, in France, she wears a Blue Dress with Black Skin, in the Slavic countries, she is many colored in Her skin and is often seen wearing Red or Blue, and in Mexico, she wears Green. Yet all of these colors can be traced to an earlier relationship with the Goddess from that particular region. Oh the Glory of finding Her everywhere here, because we can search for Her and find Her.
“I love those who love me and those who seek me find me”
Choosing to paint as a devotional practice is one of the most astonishing, revelatory initiations that most of us who practice this purpose-filled art have ever experienced. This offers a truly engaged active potent journey to your inner world to discover the mystery that is present within you and your relationships. I have painted monthly and annually by the moons since 2012 and it has completely transformed me and my relationship with Creation, Creator and Community into a pure lived experience of life as sacred. Your body, your mind, your studio, your community becomes a sanctuary through your choice to bring it into being.
The Painting Process
Our painting process for Red Madonna Sanctuary 2023 is centered around our relatedness and intimacy with ourselves, one another, Mother Life for YOU and all of creation. Our hope through our process is to come home to ourselves and to earth by experiencing a level of interconnection with the natural elements and rhythmic cycles. We will be exploring our relationship with the ever-emergent “Ma”, She Who Is and Always Was and Will Be. The archetype of the Red Madonna is she who makes an appearance in your heart. This idea of the Divine Feminine is not prescribed or dogmatic, or historical. While She is rooted in the rich archeomythology of the Divine Feminine ever-present in humanity - She is the Ever-Emergent Ma.
The Divine Feminine isn’t returning – She has never ever left, She has always been here, it is us who is returning to our awareness of Her. She is most needed by many of us and by earth at this time. She is Mother Life – that which gives birth to creation.
Regardless of your past relationships with the Mother, you will be able to weave these teachings with your chosen affinities, as nothing need be in conflict with your pre-existing stories. However, we will challenge ourselves to expand our understanding of Her, and our relationship to Her.
We will work with the idea of “Matrica”, an all encompassing mothering presence and a turning point in our lives where our relationship with Her is ongoing, ever-changing and deepening. The Ma of the World is many, multi-faceted and is specific often to not only the region on earth, with specific Goddesses appearing in specific regions in the symbols and colors of the people there. In the age of globalization it is time for us to revision Ma for ourselves. She is no longer limited to specific places and peoples and cultures and sightings – although we will look to how she works in specific ways through Her appearance as the Black Madonna.
MA is holographic, appearing to appear uniquely to each person and place and culture yet ultimately each one has a part of the whole. We see Her and make Her in our image when we make art devoted to Her. The Timeline of the Goddess is a record of human beings making HER in their image. This is the very thing patriarchal traditions asks us not to do – the understanding is clear – do not worship the thing itself as God. Understood, and we only do that when we have nothing else to refer to and then fixate on objectification and personification of matter. But what about how everything has life and is animate? Every rock, tree, bird and bee having life and agency, and what if our reverence for that IS part of our actual honoring of all of life and life as Divine Relationship.
Ma encompasses masculine and feminine and all the spectrums in between because she is the Mother of All Beings in relationship with Creation. There has to be a first mother for there to be children, first father is the dominant paradigm to the degree that many of our traditions of the past 10,000 years only focuses on father and has systemically removed mother or assigned her to an ‘energy’ or a metaphor instead of a birth-giving reality. That said, we do not be spending our time dismantling external patriarchal structures, however we will be exploring what I call the ‘underside’. We will not be using shadow or dark to indicate the hard parts, because as women we want to welcome the rich darkness of night, and of the mystery. So we will be calling it the underside in relationship to the impacts that oppression has had on us, inside of ourselves. We will look at how we have internalized oppression – just enough to find the joy that awaits us through self-liberation.
All of our ancestors created with intention . When they made the Great Pyramids or put the stones in place to align with the Solstices and Equinoxes, they were creating with Intentional Creativity. When they hand-crafted clay sculptures of the Mother in their own image and in their own body shapes, they were creating and worshiping with intention. So it is not so much that we worship the thing itself, it is that creativity IS active reverence and worship. The resulting artifact has the life we put into it – but it was in the act of making it that we were in direct relationship with creation, and with being co-creators ourselves. When we engage with Intentional Creativity, we understand that the act of co-creation is THE RELATIONSHIP with the DIVINE in real space and time. Painting is prayer in motion. The artifact speaks to that cycle of devotion and holds the power and presence we put into it so our relationship with it is sacred.
My relationship with Ma has always been rooted in painting to prayer and being with Her and listening in that in between space. Love is at the Center of our Choices and our practice in Intentional Creativity. We bring our Love and Her love into spaciousness of the sacred. Sacred is how life already is, and it is our responsibility to understand that life and, we are all part of a sacred call and response journey.
All References are Proverbs and Wisdom from the Scripture.
May Love Be at the Center of All Choices