Beltain gathering in the garden.
A Beltain Ceremony
For me, all of life is bursting with fertility and the power of it’s own potential at this time of year. I was very much guided to connect with our hearts at this time and our own feminine/masculine archetypes within us. We had a beautiful ceremony at my friend Sharifin’s house. First, we opened scared space. Then we shared poems and sayings connected with blossom and spring. We made garlands for our heads with blossom and willow.
Male and Female Archetypes
Imagine that you have a King and a Queen archetype in your heart space, what would they say to you?. What would they say to each other?. This is a good time to re-evaluate your relationship with yourself, your friends and family. Sacred water from a local well was available for people to bless themselves where needed.
We went outside into the garden, where luckily the weather was kind to us. A spiral had been laid with felted rope in the grass and little tealights to light the way. In the centre of the spiral was a young maple tree, with it’s variegated leaves just emerging. We took it in turns to drum and rattle each person into the centre of the spiral and out again. Some people walked slowly, some danced and ran!. Each person took his or her own journey. Some had a question for the journey, some held an intention for themselves.
Then, the sun was setting and a sacred fire was lit at the bottom of the garden using the Q’ero tradition. We released what was no longer serving us and welcomed in a light quality in it’s place for the fertility of our future plans and projects. Once we had all worked with the fire and connected with the fire being in the centre, everyone voiced a need to jump over the fire!. The energy was high and bursting with potential at this point. after a time, we all came back together in a circle around the fire holding hands.
At this point, we made a heart meditation and sent healing energy wherever it was needed in the world.
After closing sacred space when the embers had died down, we shared a wonderful array of food together. This kind of event keeps me going for a long time and is a wonderful way of planning the next six weeks for the heart, head and hands.
The earth festivals are a gentle rhythm connected to nature and it’s seasons. They are an organising principle for us humans to set our intentions and let go of what no longer serves us. Why don’t you have a go at creating one yourselves?. I recommend Glennie Kindred’s books wholeheartedly.
May you flow with beauty,
For all our relations.
Spring Equinox prompts us to plant our dreams
What is the meaning of the Spring Equinox?
Spring Equinox signifies the union of our masculine and the feminine sides. It also reflects the balance and the meeting point of the light and dark in our lives. From the point of the Spring Equinox, daylight is increasing and a new tide of life begins anew.
This is a time that can be seen as a way through chaos and into fertile possibilities, a new way of life. Traditionally we evoked the Goddess Oestre (the Goddess of Light , taken from the word Oestrogen). She can help us through the chaos before and after the equinox.
Why celebrate the Earth Calendar Festivals?
Its important for me to honour the Earth calendar dates that relate to our natural seasons in the UK. I also practice a shamanic tradition based in the High Andes of Peru, with the Q’ero nation.
I love organising small ceremonies and gatherings with friends to mark these special breathing points of the year. They mark a time when there’s a thinning of the veils between the worlds. This is where we can regain our balance, aligning with our dreams and intentions for the year.
At this time we can tune in more easily to what the earth, the elements and the natural world are saying to us. While at this point of the earth’s evolution, I feel it’s important to slow down enough to connect with Mother Earth’s heart. When we sit quietly during meditation or ceremony, we can hear what she has to say.
Inspiring People for our own Gatherings and Ceremonies.
Glennie Kindred has helped me to shape my ideas around these eight earth calendar festivals. I also gained inspiration from the Druid path and a book called ‘Hedgewitch, a guide to Solitary Witchcraft’ by Rae Beth. Rae Beth talks of the two weeks before and after the Equinox as a time of transition , great stress and tension. She says that all the elements of life are being brought into balance, physically as day and night attain equal length.
Before we can step onto our new path , we need to let go of the old ways and let them break down!.
Decorate eggs to place on your Spring Equinox altar!
What can we do to honour the Spring Equinox?.
- Meditation : We can ‘plant’ the sacred seeds we hold within us into the outer world. This can be done by symbolically planting herbs and flowers into compost and decorated pots.
- We can decorate eggs, placing them in a willow basket on our altar. We can honour the time we have taken to incubate our ideas and plans for the coming year. State your intention as you hold your egg and pass it around your circle of friends to be blessed if you are holding a ceremony.
- Take time to bless and honour the feminine and masculine side within you through journeying to those parts, sitting with them and evoking them through ceremony.
- Get outside and feel the wind in your hair, blowing your prayers to the wind spirits for yourself, your family and friends, for the earth. Hang up a prayer flag or create your own flag for the garden.
- Make something delicious with the spring greens around, like nettle soup, here is a delicious recipe by Hugh Fearnley Whittingstall.
Use the air element on a windy day to send your Spring Equinox wishes and prayers to the world.
Enjoy your Spring Equinox (Monday 20th March at 10.14am, with the sun moving into Aries) whatever you may be doing !.
May you fly with beauty
For all our relations
Friends and neighbours uplift our energy !
1. Building a Community, Working With Synchronicity.
For me, being useful in the community helps me to feel needed and grounded. Connection with my friends and neighbours lifts my energy and vibration. Helping someone out often returns the favour threefold. In the Q’ero shamanic circles, or in the Q’ero community -there is no word for I in Quechuan. ‘Ayllu’ means tribe in Quechuan and I have found that as I work on my self and my own awareness, I meet others who are like-minded. I feel like they are part of my soul family or tribe, this is the beauty of synchronicity.
2. Heart Connection in Circles of Light Energy.
There are more and more circles of light being formed these days : Dreaming circles, Drumming Circles, Sound Baths, Women’s Groups. Why not create your own or find a group that speaks to you close by?. When I open my heart in gratitude to another fellow human being, we both can grow together.
3. Working with Prayers and Shamanic Ceremony.
Another way of being in a circle is by working remotely through our hearts in prayer or ceremony. There are a lot of prayer circles organised online these days, as well as meditations and events around the world at a certain time or on an arranged date. In my tradition, we open our mesa’s or medicine bundles on a Saturday night to connect with each other on an energetic level.
4. The Secret Life of Trees and the Importance of Growing Strong Roots.
We can learn a lot about community and circles of light from trees.
Like a tree, communities and circles need to have a strong foundation or root structure that connects deeply to the earth, as well as the highest branches that connect to the stars, then it can create beautiful and tasty fruit!. Trees communicate with each other through fungi in the earth and have built up a huge network of communicating light energy across these lands. Unlike trees, humans are also able to create and manifest their creativity into beauty.There’s a great book called ‘The Secret Life of Trees, What They Feel, How They Communicate – Discoveries From a Secret World, check it out!.
When we connect to each other in a circle, we create a chain of invincibility with other circles in the world.
5. Fire Circles and Dreaming Our World into Being.
There’s nothing quite like a fire or music to bring people together and as a shamanic practitioner, I often hold full moon ceremonies in the woods nearby. They help us to let go of a quality that we no longer need in our lives, or that may be holding us back. The full moon fire ceremonies are a chance for like-minded folk to gather together and re-connect. Anyone can join our circle to experience the essence of this beautiful energy that’s created when we re-connect with each other and ourselves. This in turn helps to build our awareness about how we can bring our own lives into balance and dream our world into being.
6. Lucid Healing Shamanism Community and Circles
This year I’m also planning to start a woman’s group in the autumn and there are other workshops and courses planned, you can see my events page for more details. Contact me if you would like more details of our Medicine Wheel taster days on 3rd June and 16th September 2017.
7. Weaving It All Together Like a Master Q’ero Weaver or Spider.
The Q’ero nation are master weavers, weaving their magic, stories and culture into their mesa cloths, their ponchos. Even their headbands on their hats tell people whether they are available for marriage or not!. To use this metaphor has really helped me to weave different aspects of my shamanic medicine into my own practice. We all have our own talents and skills to share with others in our own way. Creativity is another way to honour ourselves and others as we gift our highest talents to our community and the world at large.
May you walk in beauty
For All Our Relations
THE SHAMANIC MEDICINE WHEEL (NORTH) Hummingbird Workshop with Ali Rabjohns and Marc Wood.As I move around the Medicine Wheel, we trust that all will be well. I have prepared my ground for re-birth through working with serpent and the south direction. I have dealt with enough of my shadow and projections with jaguar in the west and begun to move towards hummingbird.
North: The Way of the Hummingbird: Timelessness, honouring our ancestors and joy. 22 -23 April 2017.
Magical hummingbird medicine
Marc Wood and I will be teaching the hummingbird (North) direction of the medicine wheel. It will be a powerful and rich weekend, full of practical exercises and tools that will help connect you fully to the archetype of hummingbird and embed new ways of bringing your highest destiny into your every day life.
The current group is now closed as we are moving into the Hummingbird direction in April , this means that students have already been part of the wheel for a year and completed South (Serpent) and Jaguar (West) directions, so they’ve done a lot of preparatory work on themselves for this and it wouldn’t be appropriate to expand the group at this point. However, we will be offering further taster days for the Medicine Wheel on Sat June 3rd 2017 or Sat 16th Sept 2017 in East Sussex (exact location to be confirmed). Please email me firstname.lastname@example.org for more details.
Hummingbird Workshop Details:
In this workshop we will be asking ourselves the question ‘What is our soul’s essence?’. Hummingbird gives us the impetus to follow our dreams, propelling us into action. It gives us the force of action, combined with creative thinking we need to begin this epic journey.
It eventually brings us back to our source, where our spirit was created. Hummingbird helps us to drink deeply from the nectar of our lives, through honouring our ancestors and continuing to clean up our river.
How do we share our souls calling with the world and re-create our mythic map to reflect our highest destiny or potential?. We learn how to release old structures and roles that we may play out in our life through our male or female sides. These roles may have been passed down to us through our ancestors. When we create ceremony to help these patterns of behaviour release through us, then we create a space for magic to occur.
The Medicine Wheel Training
Held over four separate weekends over two years, the Medicine Wheel is an initiation process handed down from the High Andes and the Q’ero nation that helps us to honour ourselves, as well as our friends, our families and our communities with all the light available to us.
It is a beautiful and powerful journey around the four cardinal directions with the archetypes . This course honours our right as human beings to speak, write, hear and know the truth of our becoming. It will help us to see that death (or a transition) is an opportunity to grow on every level. This organising principle helps us to see clearly through the darkness to find our way step by step as we listen to ourselves and to our unseen guides. We will help you to set your intention to clear all limiting behaviours and self-beliefs that hold you back from walking with beauty.
The Medicine Wheel General Details:
The core tools we will be working with around the wheel will be: working as a circle, hucha (heaviness) release and calling in sami (light) to replace this, sand paintings, fire ceremony, shamanic journeying, experiential and creative exercises, dreaming our world into being, energetic tracking skills, a deep connection to Nature, Munay Ki rites, mini death rites.
You will create a medicine bundle or Mesa of stones that you will be able to use on your journey to discover your hidden treasure, your true self.
May you walk in beauty
For all our relations