When we began The Madisons - a blog space to share the amazing work of awesome women - the universe responded by sending more and more such women our way.
Thanks to Facebook I was able to get in contact with Jaguar Star. I quickly learned that not only does she run The Women's School and offer healing in areas of the Feminine and the Soul, she also runs a ritual design service. The ritual that got my attention was the cacao ritual. I could quite happily have a cacao ritual everyday!
Read on to learn more about Jaguar and her fabulous offerings!
I am Capricorn sun, Libra rising, Gemini moon and Cancer Moon node.
Do you have a favourite colour? (Mine’s lilac)
Pink/magenta and bright green.
Where were you born and where did you grow up?
born in Auckland, New Zealand - grew up in Southern Germany & Southern England.
What kind of child were you?
I was a magically aware child. I loved intensely, loved nature, was quiet tempered but chatty and had a constant stream of stories happening inside me. That is also why I loved to write. I loved reading too. And I read a lot! I was contemplative and thought a lot.
I was inquisitive and shy, open-hearted. Gentle, sensitive and soft. I also stood out as being “different”. I stayed true to myself despite being bullied extensively for being “different”, so I grew courageous. I had very clear feelings about helping animals, other people and the environment. I believed in fairies, magic and loved horses. Riding, being free in nature, dance, crafting, art, dreaming and singing were favourite past times. I always wanted to travel and see the world.
When did you tap into your life path?
I had a sense of the soul at a very early age. Around the age of 11 years I started meditating, inspired by my Aunt who had travelled to India and told us about meditation. I read Siddharta by Herman Hesse. And so my mother gifted me a book (I still have it!) called “Meditation for Kids (and other beings)” by Laurie Fisher Huck.
I had a sense of the preciousness and magic of life. My father taught us to always “follow our heart”. That was a mantra which accompanied me. He did not necessarily role model that, but he said that a lot. And it felt true to me. I loved life and felt the depth of it.
It all really began in the midst of a Tailoring apprenticeship in Freiburg, Germany. I was 18 years old and just starting to explore my creative gifts. I had gone to textile school and was now apprenticing in a traditional Dressmaking shop. My soul was speaking very loudly to me. I took some time out and fasted for a while. In this period it became very clear to me that my life path was connected to something different. I stopped sewing and began exploring dance, yoga, nutrition, massage and the healing arts.
A little later, at the age of 19 years old I met my first Shamanic Teacher. It was then that my other abilities and gifts became more clear and apparent. Another important step was coming back to New Zealand in 2005. I studied at Wellpark College, Auckland and loved it.
It was very clear that the focus point for my life path was the soul. Around the age of 23 I learned that it was the Feminine which was the center of this work that I was called to.
It is a wide spectrum of offerings that all center around women, the soul and feminine pathways. In “The Women’s School” there are also some courses that are accessible for men (for example in the pregnancy journey for families and in the conscious relationship courses, and in the ritual work, which is part of “Ritual Design” with my partner Simone).
In “Ritual Design” Simone and I create sacred spaces for celebrating important occasions like weddings, love celebrations, a new home or blessing a pivotal creation like an art exhibition opening. We have been creating these Ritual spaces together in a collaborative way since 2012, in various contexts all over the world. For example we’ve also held Community Blessingways to celebrate the birth of a baby for large groups or facilitated gatherings of people at events. Home Blessings & Weddings are a favourite too!
“The Women’s School” is a learning platform that includes open classes with topics all around the female body, the mind and the soul, such as menstruation, nourishment, heart healing, feminine anatomy, pain, self esteem, healthy relationships, pregnancy, birth and much more. These are open to any woman wishing to learn more about herself and gain empowering tools for health, wellbeing and personal growth.
These classes emerged because I feel that often information which is accessible only in professional pathways like natural health or feminine health is highly valuable to women and actually self empowering to have access to knowledge around our own bodies and how to navigate certain life situations in a more conscious way. We also include meditation and soul work in some of the classes, depending on the topic.
Then there are professional trainings for women who are working with women in various capacities, like birth professionals or health coaches. In our professional pathways there are spiritual and soul based trainings, and trainings that teach more practical and physical fundamentals.
There is also a programme which is creative & movement based “Birth Your Essence”! Birth is a metaphor, a learning pillar which repeats in many of the classes and courses because the energies and patterns of birth are very visible in all of our lives as women. We birth our creative work, we birth ourselves, we birth babies and we birth our spiritual lives. Understanding birth deeply allows us to access hidden parts of our own power.
Another important element is connecting creativity, knowledge, education and spiritual awareness. These are all important pillars and each is equally necessary in this work. We have learned in our modern societies to separate things, but really we are all made up of all these elements - physical, emotional, spiritual and they all connect with each other.
Ritual is an important part of celebrating and honouring life. Life is so precious and there are many moments and times in our lives that deserve to be fully acknowledged and experienced in a sacred way. To make space to do that is one of the components of ritual. Through ritual we create connection and cultivate meaning. I also share these special rituals in collaboration with my partner Simone in our services at “Ritual Design”.
I have been working in clinic since 2004 accompanying women in their life processes, and my one-on-one work is based on the feminine Rites of Passage. This means I support many women during pregnancy as well as other important times of transition and change.
For women wishing to connect more deeply with their spiritual pathways, their soul and their feminine power there are individualised pathways available to explore and discover.
Having a place to develop spiritually in in our own soul life is important, too.
I work in New Zealand and internationally, so some of my work happens in Online and some of it happens in Workshop or Retreat settings too. I am based in Auckland.
First of all I feel that it can be really magical and fulfilling to create your own kind of ritual. Something that feels special to you and honours your uniqueness. Ritual is actually a human need. So if we do not place rituals into our lives consciously, we create them unconsciously. We all have rituals in our lives. Brushing our teeth is a kind of ritual!
Gratitude is a daily ritual I practice & can easily be integrated into daily life. Life is so precious. The preciousness of life sometimes can get lost in our modern busyness. Through ritual we can slow down time a little. Taking 5 minutes each day to light a candle and give thanks for any wonders in our lives is really powerful and can even be healing. Especially in dark times taking time to be grateful for the small things is helpful.
For women it’s also so important to take the time to celebrate our accomplishments. We tend to dust off and carry on after climbing a big mountain. Finding ways to truly honour and celebrate ourselves is really important. To recognise our own steps and successes. There is always another or bigger mountain to climb!
Celebrating ourselves can take us into the realms of Queendom, inner Queendom is a very healthy place to cultivate for ourselves. Finding ways to celebrate the depths of soul rather than simply drinking or eating are what rituals create the space for. Earth based rituals that integrate our connection to nature are especially powerful. For this you can go into nature and keep your eyes open for a stone, pebble, shell or leaf that calls to you.
Making a small altar with some natural objects and something representing your achievement honours the connection of all things. We make all our steps in connection with nature and the earth. Without the earth we would all not be here at all! I normally sing a song to the earth when I am going for my walks. And the earth sings back too…
Song is a very ancient part of ritual and can open us to the world of soul easily.
Music and dance can do the same.
What is your number one tip for living a fulfilling life?
Listening to your soul, and finding pathways that allow you to hear your soul and have the courage to follow through on your findings!
Believing in magic… the magic you hold within your uniqueness.
Do you consider yourself to be a feminist?
This is the most complicated question of all the questions you have asked me.
What does that mean? It means such different things for different people and is often placed in a very political container.
I would say “Yes”, in the way that I relate to that.
This means standing up for women around the world, being a pioneer for the feminine in our modern world and understanding that empowering women is still a big task in our world. If we look at lots of elements of this around the world its also clear why that is important.
It does not mean being against men, or hating men. I’m probably not what you would call a political activist. I am very aware of what is still in need to change and transformation in many regards in our world related to women and the feminine.
The feminine for me is also a gender neutral term that refers to an aspect of being human that we all carry within, men and women. These feminine elements within our human psyche and soul I feel are being called to be embodied and integrated more strongly in us all. This is something that has a more spiritual quality to it for me, its a part of the times we are living in.
I think standing up and supporting women is one way that men can help in this process of change of systems and patterns that have been very destructive for a long time. To have the humility and inner strength to do that is also something really powerful. I see men doing that around the world, as well as healing and transforming the old patriarchal patterns that have damaged us all. This is something for us all to heal in ourselves.
I also still see both men and women fighting the old war games of the genders. I work with women mainly because that has been what I have called to do for now. Our journeys as souls are not based on genders or any politics - but in our current world there are still some really serious issues to look at regarding women’s empowerment and wellbeing.
One of the fields that is always at the top of my mind in this regard is the birth world and also sexuality. There are all sorts of issues, but these two give us a window into the work that still needs to be done. Luckily we are in the midst of that change process.
Thanks so much Jaguar!
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