We live at a delicate and dangerous time in history. We are threatened by the accelerating erosion of culture, a crisis of change brought on by our own lifestyles, values, and technology. We need cultural forms that assist us in celebrating Life, in all its diversity, admidst suffering and death. Historically, the celebration of the continuance of Life around the Wheel of the Year served that purpose. By seasonally aigning themselves with the grander rythms of Mother Earth, Peoples from every culture renewed their connection and inter-relatedness to their world.
The celebration of Winter Solstice is one such festival. For the Ancients, the Solstices were times to celebrate the polarities and to bring them into healthy relationship. Given the mysoginist and devisive rhetoric of the recent Presidential campaign, this seems more important now than ever before. In discarding these community celebrations for world rebalance and renewal we risk moving ever deeper into abusive and broken relationships between men and women, between cultures, and between humanity and Nature. When we ignore or deny The Sacred Masculine and Sacred Feminine that lie deep within us, we run the risk of projecting on the other our fears and weaknesses.
The Winter Solstice, which shifts between Dec 21 and Dec 23, is considered the celebration of the Divine Masculine. Burning a Yule log lights the way for the Return of the Sun God and the celebration of the return of the Light. The Divine Feminine takes precedence at the Summer Solstice (June 21 to June 23) at the height of the Earth;s fertility. Some of our most cherished holiday traditions have their origins in Pagan times; Holly represents the Holly King , ruler of the waning year while Mistletoe symbolizes the Oak King, ruler of the waxing year. The evergreen is the symbol of fertility and prosperity, the candles and lights are symbols of the returning Sun. Even the Star, a Pentagram, symbolizes the unity of Man with the Divine and interconnectedness of All Beings.
You can create a simple ritual, to be celebrated with friends or by yourself, to mark this time.
Consider what you want to bring in or embrace with this Renewal of the Sun.
Create your own Yule log, Birch is a symbol of Beginnings, Oak can stand for the Sacred Masculine. You may wish to decorate it or carve a picture of the Oak King into it.
Bring a "giveaway" to be cast into the fire that represents a block to the restoration of harmony or you can simply write what you intend to change on a slip of paper to burn.
Pick a simple melody to drum and chant "Rising, Rising the Sun is Rising, Turning, Turning the Tide is Turning". Continue chanting until the energy feels "wound up" then burn the offerings. Then totally embrace the change you wish to see in your world!
It might seem simplistic to believe the celebration of a Solstice could change the world. But as we begin to refocus our attitudes towards CHANGE AND SEE THESE SEASONAL CELEBRATIONS AS AN OPPORTUNITY TO RELEASE OUR GRIP ON BELIEFS AND LIFESTYLES THAT PUT FUTURE GENERATIONS AND THE EARTH AT RISK, perhaps we might indeed become the CHANGE which we wish to see in the world.
WHEN SANTA WAS A SHAMAN...
Thia time of year I am always grateful to two authors who give me a little hope and levity when the Christmas madness gets to be too much. One is British author, TERRY PRACHETT. Prachett was a satirist or the most delicate kind, working his magic and commentary on the wolrd and humanity's foibles through his imaginary world DISCWORLD.
THE HOG FATHER (both the movie and the book) The title "Hog Father" refers to the Scottish celebration of Hogamanny, if you are curious. This "Santa" drives a sleigh of boars rather than reindeer but otherwise much resembles our Old St. Nick. is a tale about when entities called "THE AUDITORS" seek to "in-hume" The Hog Father to cause disruption of belief and gain power over the minds of the humans. The words by the protagonist, DEATH, (don't worry, he is a good guy) are what really stick with me. When he and grand-daughter Susan save the symbol of HogFather, the shaman riding a boar being hunted down by wolves, Susan asks: "
HOLIDAYS ARE COMING! LOOKING FOR A UNIQUE GIFT FOR SOMEONE SPECIAL?
GIFT CERTIFICATES FOR TAROT, INTEGRATIVE HEALING, SHAMANIC JOURNEY, REIKI.
Call 401-662-6642 or 401-847-6551 to set up your personal consultation NOW!
MC, Visa, check or cash accepted.
Gift certificates can be mailed to you or your intended recipient or you can make arrangements to pick it up.
Check out our ARTICLES PAGE for HALLOWMAS rituals and article.
EVERYONE WHO HAS A READING WILL AUTOMATICALLY BE ENTERED TO WIN A CUSTOMIZED TAROT PACKAGE!
Classes at Northern Lights:
CALL 401-293-5655 to register
OCTOBER 10 OVERCOMING YOUR DEEPEST FEAR with EMOTIONAL FREEDOM TECHNIQUE
Emotional Freedom Technique utilizes tapping on acupressure meridians known to unwind and release deep-seated fears and phobias. We will learn how to muscle test to discover the best supportive remedies needed to amplify the technique and customize it to your needs. After this program you will take away a valuable tool that you can use to overcome fears and anxieties as they arise.
OCT. 14 from 1- 7 pm
PSYCHIC FAIR at GATHER,
312 Broadway, Newport, RI
Drop ins welcome!
OCT 22 SHAMANIC DIVINATION
Shamans were the first "mediums", connecting to The Spirit World to retrieve important messages for their People. You too can transcend the boundaries of this Earth Plane to connect directly to Source. Learn how.
Northern Lights Holistic, 204B Clock Tower Plaza, Portsmouth RI, call 401-293-5655
OCT 24, 4-9 pm
TAROT AT DIMARE' Seafood Market Bar and Bistro, 2706 So. Co. Trail, East Greenwich., RI
Go to www.ridimare.com/
facebook to save your slot
Friends meet monthly for signature libations and creative culinary delights while having their fortunes revealed. $30 for 25 min.
Register by going to www.ridimare.com 401--885-8100
OCT 29, 11:30-3:30 PM
DISCOVER YOUR TOTEM GUIDE COST: $50
at Northern Lights Holistic, 204b Clock Tower Plaza, Portsmouth, RI
Travel to the upper and lower worlds to access your personal Totem guide.Shamans use drums or rattles to discover the wisdom of the Universe by contacting their Guiding Totem. Learn how to interact with your Higher Guide for your best and highest good.
Pre-register go to: 401-293-5655
NOVEMBER 6 & 7
REIKI II CERTIFICATION
Obtaining your REIKI II certification allows you to work professionally in spas, hsopitals and privately to bring this effective energy medicine to the public.