Enjoy this month’s featured article and love offering from my friend Leesa Wilson, The Gypsy Priestess.

Titiana, Queen of the Faeries by Lisbeth Cheever-Gessaman at She Who IsTitiana, Queen of the Faeries by Lisbeth Cheever-Gessaman

Like waves… we are moved by the endless rhythm of ebb and flow.

From the moment we are conceived in the vast ocean of the cosmic womb, we begin our sacred journey to self through an ever evolving passage of time. Throughout the span of our years, we are given countless opportunities to flow with these undeniable energies of change.

Our sacred rites of passage are many: From innocent girl with budding breasts to woman – She who bleeds but does not die. From impassioned lover to She who births spirit into reality and is forever changed. Women innately know this circle and spiral dance because we are initiated into it time, and time again.

With every experience, and at every stage, we age and are transformed. We come to fully understand and trust that every change and each transition follows this endless and holy cycle of awareness; growth; letting go of what no longer fits/works/or is needed; rest; followed by renewal; and then, a new beginning.

There has never been a moment when we were not actively becoming, changing, aging. We are all daughters of Changing Woman. We know we cannot remain the same. Yet, between the ages of thirty and fifty, somehow the word, the thought and the act of aging suddenly takes on a new meaning – one enshrouded with fear:

  • Fear of growing old, useless, worthless or helpless.
  • Fear of losing our beauty, passion, sexuality and power.
  • Fear of being undesirable, unwanted, or unloved.
  • Fear of no longer recognizing who we are, or our perceived sense of self.

Why do we allow these fears to enslave, cripple, deceive and torment us?…

Sister, the reasons are many. You know them as well as I do, so, let’s not focus on them. Rather, let’s turn our attention toward celebrating our birth rite – Transformation!

“We don’t see things as they are, we see them as we are.”
– Anais Nin

Like the phases of the moon, age is an illusion. We know that we are only as old, or as young as we feel, or believe that we are at any given moment in time. It’s all relative. It is simply a matter of perspective. We know this… So why do we still fear change?

Perhaps, it is because we are not embracing the fullness of our being… and instead, compartmentalizing ourselves. This is cause enough for anyone to feel scattered, lost or afraid, because it makes us feel like we are lacking something, when we aren’t!

Like the mysterious moon… we dance with the cycles of shadow and light.

When we expose our shadows, the truth of who we are is revealed. When we embrace the hidden, the fears that veil the fullness of who we are, vanish. In this new light, we realize that we are truly whole, whether we are passing through the dark nights of our soul, or glowing in the full radiance of our being. By celebrating all aspects of who we are, at every age, we empower our self to live fearlessly from a place of true authenticity.

I know it is not easy to embrace our dull shadows (wrinkled or thinning skin, silver tresses, sagging breasts, etc.) when we live in a world that worships the brightness of youth, but, we must. When we release the critical voices and learn to celebrate the pale beauty that hides in the spaces where we are shunned or ignored, we reclaim our value, we give meaning to our life, and we pave the path for our daughters empowerment.

A rose would not be as beautiful if it remained forever a bud. The fullness of its fragrance would never be known. Even with its wilting petals and fading colour, there is a certain supple beauty that transcends expectation. Our physical changes, likewise, open and are made visible in this same way so that we can transition into an even deeper understanding and truth of our own beauty.

“And the day came when the risk to remain tight in a bud was more painful than the risk it took to blossom.” -Anais Nin

It is impossible to celebrate our transformations if our thoughts about our self are tainted with regret, self-doubt, shame, guilt, judgment or fear. As we age, it is vitally important that we continue to care for and express our self in ways that serve our higher purpose.

When we seek and find ways to honor and celebrate who we are, NOW, in every given moment, we are able to remain authentically beautiful because we have deemed sacred the unfolding of who we are.

Like a rose blossom… we are forever ravished by the relentless process of unfolding.

When we open ourselves up and gracefully dance with the passage of time, our wisdom is revealed, our essence becomes more fragrant, and we find ourselves utterly taken by the sensual pleasures of being genuinely and completely in love with our self and our life.


It is the process of flowing and the willingness to open and blossom that reveals your hidden beauty, and brings fullness to your life. Embrace it, and be beautiful at every age!

The Gypsy Priestess is dedicated to the Goddess and is utterly devoted to empowering women to awaken, heal, nurture, honor and celebrate the divine feminine within.

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Leesa Wilson is a creative writer, teacher and facilitator who lovingly leads Goddess workshops, rituals, sacred circles and retreats for women of all ages, both online and locally. Her website is a labyrinth, awaiting the initiate in you to find and recognize the soulfully hidden treasures which will reflect your own goddess spirit in beautifully powerful ways. Leesa has been following the Path of Beauty as a High Priestess of Inanna for over 20 years. It is her mission to be of service to you.

Leesa currently lives in Denver, Colorado with her soul sistar, Lisbeth, of She Who Is. She enjoys making art, ritual, gardening, hiking and gathering with like-minded others. You are invited to join The Gypsy Priestess and her 47,000+ Facebook tribe for daily inspiration, encouragement, beauty and wisdom.

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  • Shann Mar 11, 2015, 8:41 am


    Thank you for sharing your soulful wisdom with us. I love your message and enjoy your writing so much. You are a bright light and beautiful soul! Big LOVE, Shann

    • Leesa Wilson Mar 12, 2015, 11:43 am

      Thank you for inviting me here, darling Shann, I am truly so honored. It is my sincere pleasure to share with you and your gorgeous audience and I am delighted that you like what I have written. As you know, I utterly adore YOU and your website, my wise and beautiful sistar. Infinite blessings..

  • Ande Lyons Mar 11, 2015, 8:59 am

    Oh Goddess Shann!

    THANK YOU so much for introducing us to the Glorious Goddess Leesa Wilson – what a remarkable woman and gift to women everywhere. I LOVE her message and am inspired (and aspired!) to new heights today from her GLOW.

    I am a huge fan of shadow work – embracing and loving our dark side – welcoming those shadows as important contributors to our journey – brings us deeper into our full and worthy expression. Especially as we AGE. (LOVE MY NECK! :D)

    Wishing you a delicious day filled with love, joy and laughter,


    • Shann Mar 13, 2015, 9:10 am

      My pleasure Ande! I knew you would resonate with Leesa’s wisdom. She is AMAZING!

  • Debra Reble Mar 11, 2015, 3:31 pm

    Wow beautiful Shann thank you for sharing such soulful wisdom for all of us. You bring a depth and breadth to your posts that I cherish…for this I’m deeply grateful.

    • Shann Mar 13, 2015, 9:11 am

      Thank you for your kindness. I’m so glad you enjoyed Leesa’s article.

  • Jan Deelstra Mar 11, 2015, 3:31 pm

    I LOVE LEESA! Thanks Shann, for inviting this true authentic goddess Leesa to contribute. I soo enjoy her! And I enjoy your site -it’s a wonderful playground!
    xox, Jan

    • Shann Mar 13, 2015, 9:12 am


      I love her too! Totally honored when she agreed to write for us! I’m glad you are smitten with Transformation Goddess. Thank you!

  • Sue Kearney (@MagnoliasWest) Mar 11, 2015, 4:42 pm

    Beautiful. The words and the images. I’m grateful to be led here today!

    • Shann Mar 13, 2015, 9:12 am

      Thanks Sue!
      Happy Weekend beautiful.

  • Pamela Thompson Mar 11, 2015, 5:09 pm

    Hi Shann,

    Thanks for sharing your Gypsy Priestess friend Leesa with us. So many beautiful words and such a powerful message. I particularly resonated with “By celebrating all aspects of who we are everyday we empower ourself to live fearlessly and from a place of authenticity.” Wise Words!

    • Shann Mar 13, 2015, 9:14 am

      My pleasure. The quote you posted is my favorite as well!
      Create a great weekend! XO

  • Jacqueline Conroy Mar 12, 2015, 5:27 am

    Shann thank you for this beautiful sharing – “With every experience, and at every stage, we age and are transformed” I love my age and the wisdom that comes with every experience that have given the beauty to the wilting petals <3

    • Shann Mar 13, 2015, 9:16 am

      What a beautiful response! I’m thrilled that you enjoyed Leesa’s article. She really is an incredible writer. Be sure to claim her free gift! Happy Weekend!!

  • Sheila Callaham Mar 12, 2015, 10:11 am

    This piece read like poetry, where every word resonated within. Incredible beautifully and absolutely divinely inspired! My thanks to you both for sharing. <3

    • Shann Mar 13, 2015, 9:17 am

      I agree! Leesa is a brilliant wordsmith. I am honored that she chose to share her wisdom with us!

  • Leesa Wilson Mar 12, 2015, 11:51 am

    Reading the above comments, I am both humbled and elated by the kindness and praise of these gorgeous women. Thank you. My heart embraces you with so much love. May we all, truly, find ways to absolutely adore ourselves as women who embrace every dewy moment of unfolding and being SHE WHO IS HERSELF.

    Infinite blessings to you on your sacred path of beauty.
    The Gypsy Priestess