COMPLETED EVENT: Artemis Return: Claim Your Wild Feminine Through Oracle at the 2015 Women of Wisdom Conference

Mellissae Lucia’s Workshop (Scroll down for more details):
Monday, February 16th, 2015 (2/16/15)
9:00 am to Noon
North Seattle Community College
Price & sign-up (doesn’t work with smart phone):

Register Here: Artemis Return: Claim Your Wild Feminine @ Conference Web Page
Members: $40.00
Non-Member $50.00
Student w/ID & Seniors 65+: $30.00
Teens Ages 18+: $10.00

The Oracle of Initiation and I shall be presenting at the 23rd annual Women of Wisdom Conference in Seattle this coming February, 2015. I was so excited to learn that Jean Shinoda Bolen, author of the brilliant Goddesses in Everywoman would be the keynote speaker on the same subject I had chosen for my presentation. She has just finished a new book on Artemis, and I am thrilled to see what her offerings are in February. While writing the text to accompany the Oracle deck four years ago the phrase “Artemis Return” flew into my psyche, and I knew that was what had happened during my seven-year vision quest creating the deck. We are in deeply transformative times, and one of the ways back to our instinctive knowing is through reclaiming the wild beauty within. Here is an excerpt from the Oracle book:


As I look back over the emergence of The Oracle of

Initiation deck, I realize I was in a process I now call my

Artemis Return. Artemis is the Greek goddess of the hunt,

the wild instinctive wisdom of the feminine within nature.

As one of the virgin goddesses, romantic attachments and men 

do not define her; she is sovereign and self-defined. Her 

untouched nature offers inspiration to young girls in embodying 

their own authentic power.


As a protectress and servant to the wilds, Artemis is a

guardian of the untamed within all of us, the primal

aspects of our original essence. She is the mistress of the

animals, the base instinctive nature we all carry. She knows

the rhythms and ways of the forest, an apparition dashing

through the woods in her athletic white tunic with her

hunting dogs in pursuit. She claims her own purpose and

place, in community with the elemental spirits of the land.

She uses her bow and arrow to pierce to the heart of the

matter, harnessing the clarity of focused intent to remove

what no longer serves her. She hunts by moonlight, shrouded

and protected, silent and held, stalking the enchanting magic

within the darkness of the night.


The “return” refers to the astrological phenomenon called

our Saturn return. The planet Saturn travels in an almost

thirty-year cycle as it orbits around the sun. These cyclic

returns mark periods within a person’s life when major

thresholds of maturation are available. They occur between

the ages of 27–30, 58–60, and 86–88. Each of these times

are crossroads when a person may reevaluate how the

structures and priorities they have created are serving

them. These initiatory gateways test our character so we may

gain a clearer vision of where we have been and where we

want to go from here.


My husband Chris’s illness was diagnosed just after my first

Saturn return. After his death, I went on a seven-year vision

quest, reevaluating everything about my values, goals, and

perceptions. I was hunting for my true self within the shards

of my previous existence. Through my solo adventures,

passionate return to the earth, and creative renaissance,

my Artemis returned.


Below is the introduction to my workshop and then the descriptions of the three other events I shall be attending. Hope to see you there, and if you register for the conference before the beginning of December you can get a discount:

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Artemis Return-Claim Your Wild Feminine Through Oracles with Mellissae Lucia 

Monday, February 16th, 2015  9:00 am to Noon at North Seattle Community College, and the workshop is for women participants.  Artemis is our primal feminine power yearning to be released. She is the greek goddess of the hunt and the wild places, sovereign in her earthen knowing. In this ritualistic workshop using The Oracle of Initiation divination deck, created by artist Mellissae Lucia during her own Artemis Return in the New Mexico desert, we will ceremonially meet our instinctive freedom through the deck’s fierce, compassionate wisdom. Exploring four of the archetypal elements of Artemis’ power, we will reach into our ancient cellular knowing to embody our own contemporary versions of Artemis’ wild beauty. 


Jean Shinoda Bolen: Artemis the Indomitable Spirit in Every Woman

Friday, February 13th 7:00 – 10:00 pm The Indomitable Spirit in Everywoman~ Goddess, Archetype & Inner Child The story of Atalanta, under the protection of Artemis, the Goddess to the Hunt and Moon, and stories of real life women exemplify the untamed spirit in women. Women who have a sense of sisterhood with other women and relate to men as equals, focus on their own goals, have an innate sense of social justice, and find spirituality and solace in nature, will find that Artemis is a source of meaning, activism and a sustaining spirit of the sacred feminine. (men may attend this presentation).

Saturday, February 14th 9:00 am – 4:30 pm workshop Path with Soul, Path with Heart~ Trusting Your Inner Compass We have an innate sense that life is a soul journey with a purpose. To do what we came to do and be who we were meant to be is not so easy. Archetypal stories help support the soul choices and heart connections we make. Connecting with our inner compass, it may be what we know in our bones, which is soul knowledge that we decide to trust in the midst of a potentially terminal illness. Or we decide to follow heart-chakra information: what our heart knows is true for us. The most difficult experiences in life are opportunities to align soul and heart. Companions on the journey, and support from inner and invisible sources help us to stay on a path with heart. Jean Shinoda Bolen, M. D, is a psychiatrist, Jungian analyst and an internationally known author and speaker. Dr. Bolen is the author of thirteen books in over eighty translations: The Tao of Psychology, Goddesses in Everywoman, Gods in Everyman, Ring of Power, Crossing to Avalon, Close to the Bone, The Millionth Circle, Goddesses in Older Women, Crones Don’t Whine, Urgent Message from Mother, Like a Tree, and Artemis: The Indomitable Spirit in Everywoman.

Mellissae Lucia from the Infinite Permission book release as the shrouded Oracle
Mellissae Lucia at the Infinite Permission book release event as the shrouded Oracle

Melissa Rosenberger: The Völvas of Seiðr Wyse-Women of Northern Europe

Sunday, February 15th 9:00 am to Noon. Völvas, a name meaning “staff-carriers”, were mystical and magical women who travelled through the Germanic and Norse regions of Europe providing oracular and healing services to communities via a practice called Seiðr (pronounced “sigh-the”). Participants in this workshop will learn about the history of the Völvas and Seiðr, both in its historical and present-day context. Then participants will have the opportunity to experience the modern practice of Seiðr at a Seiðr High Seat, where trained practitioners will sit in service to the community as Völvas, and participants can receive healing and oracular transmissions through this vital mystical template. Sunday February 15th 9am to Noon. North Seattle Community College

All Oracle of Initiation and Painted Body text and images copyright Mellissae Lucia 2012

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