Module 5: The Fire Festivals: Samhain, Imbolc, Beltain and Lughnasadh.
Module 6: The Cross Quarter Festivals: Winter Solstice, Spring Equinox, Summer Solstice and Autumn Equinox.
Especially and of over-riding importance, there is the need for such celebration to be personally authentic.
So the aim of this course is to allow you to personally prepare for and then celebrate and then evaluate the next up-coming festival, and then each festival of your year ahead, in a way that:
A. Is informed as to the history and nature of the festival
B. Connects you to and honours your own personal life-cycle: where you truly are in life now, and where you hope to move to in your life.
C. Connects you to and honours the cycles and rhythms of the earth and the stars.
My purpose in offering these modules is to give you a chance to develop your own personal and enriching festivals understanding and practice. Festivals are a mixture of ritual and vision work, understanding of deity and connection to the earth and its cycles. As such I have found their understanding and celebration can be life-changing and healing and empowering, but on occasion they can be quite fraught, so I wanted to create as space for people to gently develop their own powerful understanding and practice, free from the pressures of egoic leaders, legalistic dogmatic frameworks or inappropriate balance between group ritual and issues of individual authenticity and transformation. Reading from pre-written set speeches in controlled and directed rituals is unlikely to promote empowerment and inspiration! Some people are naturally more visionary, some people are naturally more ritualistic. As with all my courses, sharing from your personal western and Vedic natal and predictive astrology can be much food for thought and guidance.
My motivation in doing this is that I would love to deepen my connection with the spiritual heritage of the ancient Irish, and connection to their festivals is part of this. I would like to create a community around this task where each person can flower in their practice and there is freedom from organisation pressures , dysfunctional group dynamics or power-stealing leaders.
By the way, this does not necessarily mean that I want to ‘keep it simple’: great learning and genuine complexity of understanding has its place if sensitively integrated. I am only too pleased to give you quite learned information if you want to go into depth on any particular issue to do with these festivals, and also I would be delighted also if you, yourself, wanted to share your own learned information with myself and the rest of the group if you yourself wished to go into great detail in your own research and study. How deeply you study the material is up to you. What really matters is that your life is enriched and made more vital and connected, successful and loving and inspired.
My great purpose is to enable us to be authentic to where we are in our own cycles and tides at the moment. And my purpose is also to develop and share connection to the great cycles of the Earth and the Heavens.
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