The Circle of Life
Most have lost ways of harmonizing with the Holy Earth’s rhythms in the 21st century due to hundreds of years of colonization, migration, and industrialization. As a result, there is an experience of cultural and spiritual amnesia, a felt loss of sense of belonging to place and ways of relating with both the seen and unseen around us. Cyclical rituals which alchemize our becoming-how each of us harnesses the sacred for our own soul’s evolution, have been forgotten.
When we honor the rhythms of the Earth’s seasons, the spiral and circle of life, as our ancestors have for thousands of years, something happens to us internally. As current world demands take us farther and farther from our center, our truth, when we seek to be in reciprocity with the Earth, we are grounded and not easily thrown off course. With a deepening understanding of our place in the larger cosmos, we then live with fully embodied joy for the well-being of the world, what remains is deepening attention to the unseen unobscured by the intensity of modern living.
The process assists us personally and as a collective in listening to our soul’s calling, that which is for you to work within the context of your own mythos, for the sake of your life and all the places you inhabit. Here there is a bigger truth, a narrative which places your life in the context of the sacred circle of life. It is a place to turn loose the felt experiences of personal and collective sorrow for all that has been lost in the natural world, and reclaim the wilderness of your soul’s terrains indigenous to your belonging in the place of things.
The 8 Sabbats of our Gaelic/Celtic ancestors mark the turning of each season and the circle of life. During these seasons we call on the elevated ones who reign over the season to assist us in dismembering all the debris and personal myths that accumulate in our earth walk between each turning of the calendar wheel, that which holds us back from our sense of belonging. We visit liminal spaces leaning in on the enriching experience of being re-membered to our truest natural state of being as we move forward in these terrains of becoming. Existing within these experiences is our heartfelt giving of land offerings, song, ritual and reclaiming of old ways of honoring the middle way.
Through the work, you will come to understand the ways in which you are rooted within the particular historic narratives of your ancestors, and of your own felt experiences, how you personally have become woven into a collective field of archetypes and personal myths alchemizing your becoming.
30 April – 1 May
sensuality + creativity
20 – 23 June
nourishment + maturation
1 – 2 August
harvesting + visibility
20 – 23 September
collective + gratitude
Images by Meinrad Craighead