Serpent Skirt

by Jacqui Woodward-Smith

(Dedicated to Monica Sjöö)


From Mawu's labyrinthine belly birthed
the serpents of your feathered dreaming.
From Coatlicue's dark Underworld
the threads of your soul shuttle weaving.
And travelling deep in snake-blessed fire
You sing the land worn old with waiting.
You shed your skin, transform the earth;
your beauty ever self-creating.

In Tanit's darkened wells of power
your kundalini flames are rising.
And deep in moist maternal earth
your serpent song of life is sung.
Oracular waters hold the key
to memories of ancient knowing.
And Sarasvati's lute reveals the
sweetness of your tongue.

Swan feather winged, you fan the flame
of creativity and learning.
Your spinning wheel the tool on which
the web of life is spun.
And serpent coiled beneath the hearth
your primal fire is stirring.
Your snowdrops whisper courage to the sun.

©Jacqui Woodward-Smith

Thank you to Colin Russ for the beautiful swan photograph.


Jacqui Woodward-Smith

Jacqui Woodward-Smith is a Priestess of Avalon, trained in Glastonbury and living in London. She facilitates the group Tribe of Avalon, which meets to connect to and celebrate the ancient British Goddesses through the festivals in the Wheel of the Year and the turning of the moon. She is passionate about connecting to the land as sacred, particularly in London, and about working to heal the wounds to the Sacred Feminine in all of us. She is a writer and a poet and has given many talks in London about the Goddess and the sacred land. She is a director both of the Glastonbury Goddess Temple and of the Southwark Mysteries, a community arts organisation which offers creative ways for people to respond and interact with their inner-city environment. She is also a Pagan Prison Chaplain. She can be contacted at
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