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Dance and Desire…The Spiral Dance

This morning I pulled my animal medicine

#34, the Grouse.

The grouse… I look at this mighty bird, and I don’t know anything about grouse, but the Crow has been with me for years, and tattooed on my arm. But the grouse?


Intrigued, I read. The Sacred Spiral...the grouse represents birth and rebirth. And boy howdy, if that is not what the last few weeks have been about for me, in such a most incredible way! The spiral is about personal power, vision, and enlightenment. I have been meditating and tapping ( a healing technique called Cortices) nearly every day, working on a few specific intentions, and this so calls to my heart and soul.

Besides my Tribal bellydance world, I use movement for joy, celebration, healing and  moving meditation. For inner and outer connection, spirit and flesh, for pleasure and release, for prayer and for fun, and  for beauty. And in some of my workshops, we combine writing and movement, using journaling and word prompts, with guided visualizations, and then allowing the body to open up, release, and gather up to anchor our words, our desires, our prayers, into our bodies and into our day to day living! Pretty powerful stuff!

So pulling this card was such an affirmation… reading on… Grouse medicine is an invitation to dance! OK, yes, let’s! The spiral dance! Using repetition of sacred movement to transcend to our higher states of awareness. hellooooo…

Find your rhythm. Honor the synchronicity. Spiral into your potential.

And what book did I just pull off my shelf yesterday to put in my to-sell pile? the Spiral Dance, by Starhawk, dog-earred from years of use. Pulling it back off that pile, I will be leafing through it again. I love synchronicity like this. Just like I love how our tribal dance uses synchronistic movement for empowerment, beauty, and creating art in the moment!

Locomotion… so the question is…how do you move through your world? Day to day? Is your movement a reflection of you and your desires?


From the body to the page...Dance and desire….Join me….

This January in Portland, OR….

Join ME for a open hearted weekend, full of

Dance And Desire!

Saturday and Sunday, January 17th & 18th, 2015, Portland, OR

with Paulette Rees-Denis


is a full on weekend…oh yes…

paulette's desire map workshop logo


Source: Sams, Jamie and Carson, David. Medicine Cards (Santa Fe: Bear and Company, 1988).