Coven Invisible is a witchery of patrons supporting the Wild Soul School and my three sacred art writing projects: Dark Goddess: The Sacred Art of Death Transitions, an interactive, handwritten and illustrated guide to navigating the difficult transitions and Coven Invisible: The Mythic Initiation of Dís-ability a (typewritten :)) memoir in myth, and the forthcoming Wild Soul Runes: Reawakening the Ancestral Feminine (Red Wheel/Weiser 2021). I weave between course creation and writing, art, editing. Your contribution makes possible a focus on this work.
Your benefits as patrons at this level are substantial, because your patronage makes possible my work, offers me fiscal sovereignty and allows me to complete this work in alignment with my dís-ability.
Benefits of Coven Invisible include:
--membership in this private coven classroom, where I house all of my current and past patron work for easy access, along with academic resources, video tutorials, seasonal ritual practices, rune casts and ebook downloads of past and current work
--Access to ALL current and future online and self-study Wild Soul School courses, plus priority registration and discounts for Wild Soul School live intensive classes and workshops
--exclusive access to Coven Invisible offerings, which include but are not limited to: gatherings, rune web reading discounts, first dibs on handmade ritual tools, research and resource referral, lectures and writing on topics such as ancestral connection, ritual practice, initiation and rites of passage, creativity, living with dís-ability, runes, divination, witchcraft, writing and more
--opportunities for feedback and participation in the creation and production of the Dark Goddess and Coven Invisible books, and inclusion in the finished product
--quarterly seasonal lore and gatherings, including writings on magical garden herbs, historical spells and charms, sacred art, divination tools and solar-lunar support for the turning time.
After nearly three years of unemployment and fourteen months of waiting, my application for Social Security Disability Insurance was denied. The person deciding my claim stated that I could return to full-time university teaching with ME/CFS/CIRS, a direct contradiction of my doctor who has mandated I limit my cognitive and physical activities to 15 hours a week in order to avoid relapse. The heartbreak of yet another person denying my reality was staggering. I spent a week in grief.
Then, I decided to take action.
I know that my writing matters, my art has a place, that my voice has helped some of you navigate your own dís-ability, or entertained you with myth, or moved you to tears, or opened your mind to new academic paths...I believe in my work. So I thought I would try an experiment: can I raise donations to support these projects?
All patron donations matter, but Coven Invisible members and Rune Weavers (a divination tier) help keep the Wild Soul School alive and affordable. In my life, Coven Invisible supporters become a sustaining circle, offering a true social security. In the year since my disability denial my health has been variable, and my medical limitations remain, but Coven donations have helped me keep the focus on healing, offering, art and writing and to not lose hope. You may contribute here, or become a patron on Patreon. Patrons receive additional resources and rewards throughout the month. When you sign up on Patreon you receive a coupon code to enroll here at no additional charge.
I believe this is possible. I believe in our collective power. I believe that we can support each other in creating new ways of being in this life and world.
So, dear one, if you are here, contributing, co-creating, supporting, making this magic true, I honor you.
With blessings and balance and gratitude--
I'm a storyteller, artist and educator transforming a path of dís-ability into initiation, healing and community. My research interests include folk spirituality, ancestral lifeways, mythology, ritual and the sacred creative. I am the author of The Moon Divas Guidebook: Spirited Self-Care for Women in Transition, The Moon Divas Oracle Book and Card Deck, and of the forthcoming Wild Soul Runes book (Red Wheel/Weiser). The Wild Soul School was founded in 2014 as a supplementary space to live courses. I was a university professor of English and Writing, creating programs in Civic Engagement and Community Storytelling before I became severely ill in 2016. Chronic illness has been a transforming rite of passage, and in that time the school also transformed to hold a creative sharing, a mythic journey. This year we are deepening that growth, with new offerings and expanded opportunities for students to become teachers, too. For more information visit laravesta.co, or become a patron of this work. Patrons at the Coven Invisible level receive immediate access to ALL online Wild Soul School classes at no additional charge, plus priority registration and discounts for all Wild Soul School live intensives: https://www.patreon.com/laraveledavesta
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