Mirroring the shaman’s initiatory journey of descent into the underworld, Initiatrix is also the story of my personal journey of healing and transformation.
In shamanistic traditions, as with Divine Feminine spirituality, there are many archetypical stories where the initiate makes a journey into the Underworld and meets her or his shadow – typically a repressed fear or deep wound - and having faced and integrated this shadow aspect, she transforms. This journey mirrors the natural cycle of life, a constant process of death and regeneration.
Following a painful period of loss and adversity three years ago, I went through my own deep initiation and this album is what I created whilst on that journey. It was also a big part of what brought me through to the other side.. creativity is such a healing power!
released October 30, 2017
All songs written by Heloise Pilkington except:
Opening of chant: Lady spin, anon
Opening of chant: Deep into the Earth, written by Tarisha
Hymn to The Goddess: Words from a manuscript found discovered at Nag Hammadi 3rd/4th century AD
Light and Shadow: Words by Rumi, music by Gerry Diver
Heloise Pilkington, Vocals all tracks, freenotes track 4, Drum tracks 2,4, singing bowls track 3, singing bowl track 9, chimes track 4
Jennifer Bennett vocals tracks 1,2,5,9, viola de Gamba track 1,2,3,4,5,6, 10, harp tracks 2,3, recorders track 6
Gerry Diver guitar track 1,12 violins track 1,2,3,4,6,,12 mandolin tracks 10,11 and all programming
Tomas Brangwyn santoor track 8
Tracks 1,2,3,4,5,6,10 arranged by Heloise Pilkington, Gerry Diver and Jennifer Bennett
Tracks 7,8,11,12 arranged by Heloise Pilkington and Gerry Diver
Produced, recorded and mixed by Gerry Diver
Produced at Wandle Labs Studio
Mastered by Simon Heyworth at Super Audio Mastering
Photgraphs by Joseph Hunwick, www.Josephhunwick.com
Artwork and design by Stephen Parsons
Love and thanks to Jennifer Bennett, Amanda Baker, Emma Jacques Willis, Will Gethin, Mary Aver, Janna Goodwille, Ragga Grondal, Joseph Hunwick, Anaam and Lila and my family! You have all supported me so much along the way!
Heartfelt thanks to Gerry Diver for all your musical genius, inspiration and friendship. Deep thanks to Jennifer Bennett for your extraordinary talent and for being my creative soul friend and collaborator.
Huge love and thanks to Andy Portman for the expanse of your heart and depth of your love and for all you’ve held, inspired and given..
This album is dedicated to The Dark Mother