Ancestor Gratitude

Rheas Green Dragon

Dragonflies and Lightning

Ruby (Red) Johnson Widner – a formidable and loved Elder Mother and Friend – has taken on her final adventure in her transition to the Summerlands.  A woman who stepped out fearlessly and walked a Spiritual Path that called to her Heart and led her to travel to many places and to touch many lives, she loved her children, both physical and Spiritual with a deep reverence.  She lost one son far too soon and held her surviving son, daughter and grandchildren as the most precious parts of her long and fascinating life.

She often spoke of her love of Dragonflies and how they always seemed to gravitate to her.  Storms gave her thrill and joy to watch rolling in and she actually experienced having Lightning strike her vehicle and remembered with awe watching the blue light dance over and around her.  The smell of freshly mowed Lemongrass always reminded her of Kentucky.  She  loved fresh tomatoes and annually did battle with Georgia’s ever present horn worms to protect her plants.  She surrounded herself with Roses, in art and in her garden.

She was fierce, strong and sometimes seemed impossible to the people in her lives.  But she lived her life and walked her Walk as authentically as she could.  She brought knowledge, grace and a sense of Family to those who heard the Call and sought her out.  We were Blessed with the gift of knowing her.

May Starshine light your Path dear Mother.

That which is Remembered, Lives…

Ruby Wedding 04-2008


The Crone – For Ruby

Old one
Hard one
Elder one

Old memories are sharp
and cut like knives
stab like swords

impale like a spear
The “now” is foggy
misty on the wind
Time is not relevant

not “now”
Your line lives on
from one far shore
to another

We speak your words
We sing your prayers
We walk the Path
as you have shown us

We are afraid of nothing
fearless, as you taught us
We speak the truth
We act in honor
We serve the Gods

The Old Ones…
as you did

Old One
Hard One
Elder One

We honor you each time
that we stand before the Gods
Pray to the Gods
Listen to the Gods

And now,
I shall listen for you.

Aracos Arendel – 2016