The Shadow Goddess of the Cactus Cave

This is a story I wrote for Winter Solstice last year. It felt right to post it again this year.

Walking my path: Mindful wanderings in nature

My very artistic and generous friend, Judy, made me a beautiful green, horsehair ceramic woman.  This figurine held a bouquet of pretty sticks, and wore a headdress of the same thin, straight sticks.  I thought she would look great on our forested hillside at the entrance of a cave, which is adorned and protected by a prickly pear cactus.

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This is her story. It is a Winter Solstice story:

She awoke at the entrance of a dark cave, not knowing where she came from or how she got there. There were many animals standing, waiting expectantly in front of her.

“Are you here to help us?” squawked the Steller’s jay.

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“Yes,” chimed in the bluebird and the chickadee harmoniously, “Can you stop the Coopers hawks from killing us?”

“And the coyotes from destroying our families?” Squeaked the gopher and the muskrat simultaneously.


The bunny nodded hopefully.

“Are you our Queen?” Chirped…

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21 thoughts on “The Shadow Goddess of the Cactus Cave

  1. I enjoyed this very much, Mary. I’m inspired by your fluidity with the natural world– by the images and words that touch and heal from the connectedness at their root. I look forward to coming back to this piece from time to time in the winter nights ahead, to take another nibble from the wisdom offered here. Such glorious sustenance you have offered!

    Happy Solstice!
    Much Love


    • Thank you, Michael for your kind comment. It means a lot to me. Nature has so much to teach us, and I am honored by Her presence in my life. Thank you for seeing “glorious sustenance” here. Makes me happy.
      May your Solstice be a wonderful re-connection to the quiet happiness at home after your long noise and people filled work project over the last couple of months!
      Much love,

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  3. Mary, sending you my thoughts as we end this year, to begin anew.. May the Goddess of Natures heart forever hold you close and keep you safe within her arms.. And May you and yours enjoy a blessed 2016 and Beyond.. For I feel within my bones our Goddess lights will be called upon to connect deeper still with our Earth Mother..

    Love and Blessings my friend.. and thank you for your wonderful friendship at Dreamwalker’s

    Hugs Sue ❤


    • Thank you Sue. I feel that too, that we will be called upon to connect deeper still with our Earth Mother.
      Love and blessings to you as well, and may 2016 bring you and yours a wellspring of Love and Light. I treasure our friendship, Sue.
      Much love,

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