She Rides the Equal Sign
The architecture of my awareness surges
Envelope shaped openings fall
as cosmic leaves into my mindscape
Will I be able to sustain knowing?
I mean, direct knowing, as in, full awareness
no matter how momentary?
Now that I am awake to what is
The battle cry dissolves instead of strength,
I feel the swoon
But, I want to rage against the machine!
I watch as the rebel queen rides off
into the sunset to the badlands
I am left in a pile of rose petals
My eyes inside my sweetness of soul
and the eyes outside, become one view
This softness, this falling in love, is it useful?
Can I wield it like my rage?
Can I use it to fight for justice?
The answer comes in a river
washing my heart clean of desire
“for now you rest in beauty”
For now I rest in beauty? WTF!
There is work to do! I have to…have to…
My body will not respond to the old ways
The old ways require I give everything
My old ways have been raised in fight
My new way wants only love and flight!
I mourn my fanciful fierce former self
Feeling uncomfortable in the softening
Of skin, soul, self into something….else
What I am, I do not know yet
The metamorphic soup is stirring me
What I once knew, has left me
Something new is coming, I think
But it has not yet arrived, I am
Between worlds again, and again
Intentional creation shows me the way
The tools of my trade are in plain sight
Perhaps they are the only thing that is
If I have those, I don’t need anything else
Instead of a shield of protection
See this palette full of colorful choice?
My tools have been forged by unseen hands
My flaming brush full of sparks
My pen of fire making light in darkness
Story unfurls itself from the cosmic curl
Stars pour out bright with conscious moonlight
Stories I am not yet allowed to read
I understand this awareness comes
When I am aware of growing older, not yet bolder
When the wiser part has yet to take hold
The flesh tugs down instead of up
Hair turns silver instead of blonde
Feet grow larger to steady me
The whiskers come out in two by two
My thighs sprout new fur
My breasts request to be unbound
I understand this codex comes
When I am moving through gravity
The dark before the dawn is not yet clear
If I have story, brush, pen, leaf, scroll,
wheel, moon, star, enough colors for everyone,
with open heart of hearing, I am whole, enough
I am artist
This is my craft and my medicine
This is how I live and love and give
I am artist, yet not my label not my identity
This archetype is a holy house I move though
More of a vehicle than destination
I pause here to have tea with the muse
the other muses passing through meet
We take a skinny dip into consciousness
“They say you cannot see the particle
as it changes to wave at us
Cannot see the matter becoming energy again
Is this true?
Really true? What is true?”
We ask incredulous
This is where I live, here in the mystery
In the space just before the energy cools
Condenses, coalesces and occupies matter
This canvas is still cooling
For 13 new moons I labored, starting
with my birth constellation 49 years ago
I ride the equal sign to class each day
The equation of potential
is the horse I ride in on, giddy up!
I invite us to look where we are not looking
To hear where we are not hearing clearly
To read our hidden pages within, seek them!
Seek your hidden pages dear one,
Do not cease your exploration of the unseen
The revealing is happening right now
If you are sincere,
and quick as the muse, turn now, quick!
See, the changing particle wave at you?
I am stardust becoming human
becoming star becoming soul
becoming my design, oh how divine!
I ride the equal sign!
I ride the equal sign!
I ride the equal sign!
Codex 13 Moon Journey with over 100 women from across the world, completing now. We plan to have an online museum show with the completed paintings coming up! The poem is excerpted from my upcoming poetry book in 2020: She Rides the Equal Sign : Decoding the Hidden Pages in Poetry, Prayer & Paint by Shiloh Sophia
Letter #758 Includes
- She Rides the Equal Sign – Poem and Painting
- Red Thread Letter – video + invitation to join the exploration for a Bay Area women’s healing collective, retreat space and classroom and directory of practitioners.
- Upcoming Events – lots happening online + our Sonoma classroom
- TODAY is WIP Day in our Red Thread Cafe Classroom + our monthly Red Thread Connect Cal! FREE ways to connect with our community of Intentional Creatives. Come share what you are up to and connect with like-hearted women along the Red Thread.
In person events at MUSEA Campus Sonoma
Bay Area Healing Arts Collective (meetings also online and in Tiburon)
Invocation : Red Thread Gathering Sept. 13.14.15
Muses Ignite Fuses : Erotic Writing and Drawing Salon Sept. 22
Soulscape® : Tree Woman Workshop Oct. 5.6
Online Events : Watch Live or Watch Later
Artist Archetype free video class Sept. 4
The Gospel According to Her Sept. 21
Soulscape® : Tree Woman Livestream Oct. 5.6
Continue reading below for a full listing of current events or visit our school: www.schoolofintentionalcreativity.org
A Letter from the Red Thread Cafe #758
Greetings Dear One,
Today my Red Thread Cafe has been spent recording and creating this video to share with you. So get a cup of tea and hang out with me a while….
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I also wanted to share a new potential venture with you, if you are in the Bay Area or know others who are.
CALLING to the WISE and WILD Women of the Bay Area! Let’s gather!
You are invited to join us to explore the formation of a women’s collective.
We have three venues to share for your work in the world including a 6500 square foot classroom, a wine and art bar, and a country property for wild land dreaming.
Do you have a class, curriculum, offering, or VIP day venue need? Do you need a space to have a physical address or place to bring clients? Does the idea of collaborating with like-hearted and open-minded wise and wild women interest you? Is retreat planning in your future? Come see!
We are also dreaming about a directory of Bay Area women who are done with doing it alone and want to gather and share resources and ideas. We plan to gather monthly for heart-storming and circle.
Join us for one of our in person gatherings or a zoom call – RSVP to learn more and receive dates for your calendar! There will be a link to ask questions once you RSVP. If you wish to share with your colleagues and friends, you can share this post on my Artist FB page.
This week I am teaching in the mountains of Anderson Valley at our family land and home of my teacher, Sue Hoya Sellars. Alchemist gathering for 2019 Color of Woman: Intentional Creativity Teacher Training.
The photo above is at the Mendocino Coast. What a blessing to be in circle with these incredible women sharing stories, painting, writing, drawing, singing, in ceremony and in absolute joy at creation itself.
Here are our upcoming events. Most are open for registration now and some are coming soon. We have events in California at Sonoma MUSEA Campus, Tiburon, Fairfax and Anderson Valley. Also online experiences available to appease your muse!
*The upcoming Tree Woman workshop in October can be taken in person or online at your leisure. Intentional Creativity Teacher Jassy Watson is coming from Australia to share this exciting process with our community – a communion with the earth, trees and nature!
MUSEA : Healing Arts Collective
We are calling in Wise and Wild Women for a Healing Arts Collective with 3 venues available for your work in the Bay Area.
INVOCATION : The Three Graces
Sonoma Red Thread Gathering September 13.14.15
with Shiloh Sophia, Mary McCrystal and Lavender Grace
SOULSCAPE : TREE WOMAN
Sonoma Painting Workshop available to the public
October 5 and 6
Or, watch ONLINE live or later.
Led by Jassy Watson with Shiloh Sophia
SOULSCAPE : Teacher Certificate + Treewoman Workshop
Sonoma Teacher Training for the Intentional Creativity Guild
Led by Jassy Watson with Shiloh Sophia
MUSES IGNITE FUSES
Sonoma Salon : September 22
A Saucy Sensual Erotica Daylong Drawing and Writing Salon and Brunch with Artist Shiloh Sophia. A DELIGHTFUL Intentional Creativity Experience
MOTHER MARY ORACLE AND RED THREAD CIRCLE
Heart Tribe Fairfax CA : November 20
Shiloh Sophia will be gathering us into Red Thread Circle, and guiding us into prayer and connection with Mother Mary.
ROSE & ROSES
Tiburon CA : Musette Atelier
September 6 and October 11
Come experience Shiloh and Jonathan’s new Art and Wine bar!
A girl’s night painting party! Paint roses, write a love poem and sip rose’. Space is limited.
Anderson Valley CA
Intentional Creativity Process, Witching Stick Wine Tasting and lunch
Registration Coming Soon.
ONLINE INTENTIONAL CREATIVITY OFFERINGS
An Hourlong Video Class to Claim Your Self-Expression
with Shiloh Sophia
THE GOSPEL ACCORDING TO HER
Online Painting and Poetry Class
September 21 : Online Experience
Guided by Shiloh Sophia
RED THREAD CONNECT
FREE Red Thread Calls for Women
Led by the Intentional Creativity Guild and Red Thread Guides
Yearlong painting process
A ritualistic journey to union with self through Intentional Creativity.
with Shiloh Sophia and Jenafer Joy
Registration coming soon…
For a full overview of events, free offerings, trainings and more, visit
MUSEA : School of Intentional Creativity
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What to do when you don’t know where to turn #757
a new metaphor + this isn’t a test poem #755