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issue 47: 
CATHARSIS


Phoenix soul, you were born to be free.

What hides within you, begging to be released? What have you contained, detained, maintained for too long?

Dare to show the world your whole self: The true you. your lament and your joy. Your dark and your light (& every glimmer of grace between).

It's time to break free.

“... we’ve been taught to do anything but address our own hurts on the soul level. In sharing our stories, we heal and we encourage others to heal, too.”
— Christa Gallopoulos, Truth Tribe interview, The Phoenix Soul: Catharsis

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in every issue:

  • 60 full-color digital pages (PDF)

  • vibrant art, intimate interviews, revealing essays, gaspworthy poetry, soul-stirring prompts

  • handpainted pages, handwritten love notes

  • interactive features honoring our #thephoenixsoul gathering

  • Amanda Fall: editor, publisher, creator, chief gatherer of good

may you feel seen. Heard. Loved. Just as you are.


The Phoenix Soul: Catharsis

Yes, we mourn. Yes, we ache. Yes, we lament. But we do not stay in that dark forever, though our phoenix souls are often born here, in the wilderness of mystery and intentional un-learning. Then, oh then, we soar up and out into blazing light: triumphant, free, found. Uncaged. Unleashed. Released. Revived. More joyful than ever. This issue is a riot of color, a thundering pulse of passion and purpose and power.

And there, at the intersection of ache and honesty, I found my power. I found my joy. I found my story, the one I was born to tell.
— Amanda Fall, "My Story," TPS: Catharsis
1. Amanda Fall, Christa Gallopoulos. 2. Anna "Meade" Tapp, Laurie Blackwell, A.k. Padovich, Kristal Norton. 3. Prerna Bakshi, Maureen Helms Blake, De Jackson, suzanne l. vinson. 4. Julia Fehrenbacher, Beth Morey, Teresa Robinson, Carissa Paige.

1. Amanda Fall, Christa Gallopoulos. 2. Anna "Meade" Tapp, Laurie Blackwell, A.k. Padovich, Kristal Norton. 3. Prerna Bakshi, Maureen Helms Blake, De Jackson, suzanne l. vinson. 4. Julia Fehrenbacher, Beth Morey, Teresa Robinson, Carissa Paige.

guests in this issue:

  • Christa Gallopoulos, Truth Tribe interview

  • Anna "Meade" Tapp, A.k. Padovich, & Maureen Helms Blake: Grit & Grace participants & guest contributors

  • regular contributors: Maureen Helms Blake, De Jackson, Julia Fehrenbacher, suzanne l. vinson, Beth Morey, Teresa Robinson, Carissa Paige

  • additional contributors: Kristal Norton, Laurie Blackwell, Prerna Bakshi 

I noticed this yearning, this ache to break free, to somehow renounce all the perfect little boxes I placed around my life, my art. [...] I had to break free from the cage I held myself hostage in.
— Kristal Norton, "Breaking Free," TPS: Catharsis

Phoenix soul, your catharsis begins here:

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excerpts from The Phoenix Soul: Catharsis

excerpts from The Phoenix Soul: Catharsis

Phoenix, you were born to be free.

Release yourself.

(You are safe with us.)

Across a border fence, more flags flutter. In celebration. In consecration. As my hands work, tears wet my cheeks, signaling the power, the depth, of this ceremony.
— Maureen Helms Blake, Bitter & Beautiful column, TPS: Catharsis
Sometimes the questions shake us. Sometimes we are to admit truths about ourselves. Old wounds still hurt. We feel broken. We feel uncertain even when rooted. Fear haunts us. Lessons learned need to be learned again and again. We feel lost and alone. We feel the weight and asking the questions lessens our load. And so we ask, petition, cry for help. Help us. Help us to know we are not alone.
— suzanne l. vinson, "A Prayer for Help," TPS: Catharsis