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-- no matter what our cultural background. ~"It is important to live life with the experience, and therefore the knowledge, of its mystery and of your own mystery. This gives life a new radiance, a new harmony, a new splendor. Thinking in mythological terms helps to put you in accord with the inevitables of this vale of tears. You learn to recognize the positive values in what appear to be negative moments and aspects of your life. The big question is whether you are going to be able to say a hearty YES to your adventure."~ Joseph Campbell and the Power of Myth (with Bill Moyers)
BRINGING FORTH INTENTIONS FOR SELF, COMMUNITY AND THE EARTH
Dear Ones, I am grateful that you have joined me on the shared journey of honoring our Earth, Her Medicine and our own creative healing practices.
Blessings and... be more wild than good! -- Marcie
Handfasting the Harvest Mother and Green Man at
Autumn Equinox Celebration & Mabon.
Fire, and ice and walking the Midwinter Labyrinth.
CELEBRATING THE RETURN OF THE SUN AND THE NEW YEAR
DRUMMING AND CHANTING UP THE WINTER SOLSTICE SUN
SHARING IN THE SACRED CIRCLE OF SOULSTICE AND NEW YEAR'S INTENTIONS.
GOD JUL, Happy Solstice and a Blessed New Year..from Marcie, walking the Winter Labyrinth and calling in the New Year's blessings.
In Crested Butte, Colorado through the ceremonial creations of the Earth Wisdom Mystery School participants, we celebrate the Winter Solstice and the Light Chasing the Dark from dawn to dusk. We drum up the sun from a mountain above our 2-mile high Village. Then, families, kids, Festivarians all gather at the Guild Cafe to fashion cedar and fir head-wreathes, eat Lusse Katter, the "cat bread rolls" of Swedish tradition, and to don our sacred regalia of red and white. Carrying torches down the middle of Elk Ave. we process, following Father Winter, to our town park next to Coal Creek.
We are welcomed by Ullr, Norse god of the making of intentions, and the Old One to whom we promise to keep our New Year's oaths for healing and transformation. Ullr and the Maiden of Light, or the Swedish St. Lucia, smudge celebrants with local sage, and community elders escort folks to the Circle in the snowy center of the park. Torches are lit all around and Ullr enters the center of the Circle. Each person has taken a handful of birdseed, or picked up a special stone to leave as an offering. As each celebrant enters the arch of torches s/he places the offering in the Circle and speaks to Ullr. Many beautiful blessings and determined intentions are placed in the sacred Circle today. It is gently snowing. A flute is playing haunting folk songs and ancient native music.
We gather for a Snow Dance of Thanksgiving. This living, glorious snow is a gift from the Shining Ones, carried over the Rocky Mountains on Ullr's shield, the powerful North Wind. We are very grateful because we are people of the North. We live in a land of Frost and Fire and Ice. The glaciers are our ancestors. This snow will fill the mountain streams and rivers. With the Spring melt-off our high mountain valleys will be green and lush throughout the Summer months. For the coming year, at least, we, and our plant and animal Relatives will not need to be as concerned for harsh times of drought. Our dance is joyous and filled with thanks. And, we fill the air around us with handfulls and waves of kicked-up, splashing snow. We are festooned with snow. We can walk on water!
On a small hill and stage of white, two dancers drape a large blood-red banner across the newly fallen snow. They are performing the meeting of the Norse Swan Maidens of Light and the Trolls of the great boulders and mountain halls. This is a ceremonial piece in which the contrast of Dark and Light, Heavy and Soft, Stone and Feathers, Frost and Fire, Winter and Summer are celebrated. Then the traditional torch is lit by Father Winter, Holly King, the mature and ruddy face of the Sacred Son of Light, the Green Man. His torch is passed down the arch of villagers until it reaches the new, young Green Man, and the embodiment of next Summer and Fall. As the past turns forward, the Winter People remember the Summer People to come and we celebrate the turning of the Yearly Cycles.
As he receives the torch the Green Man stands at the far side of the Bridge under which rushes the cold mountain waters from magnificent peaks rising above us. Each person crosses the Bridge between the Old Year and the New Year, between old loss and new blessings, between the worlds of ordinary reality and extra-ordinary time. Each individual is embraced by the Green Man and given a special blessing or secret revelation about the New Year to come.
Our Norse, Germanic, Celtic, Slavic and Teutonic Ancestors join us in this ancient, and ever-renewing celebration. Three more minutes of Light each day is a great and joyful gift to those of us, who live at the end of the road, tucked into the bosom of our Red Lady, the Mother Mountain and the encircling Elk Range. From Sunrise to Sunset we have created sympathetic magic with fire, music, drumming, Snow Dancing, ritual , personal and communal intentions and ceremony. The Sun is being seduced to return to us from the South. We give thanks! God Jul! Be well, be warm and be touched by the Snow Beings!
The Winter Soulstice Procession led by the Winter King and Marcie. Villagers joining in sharing the Ceremony of the Light Chasing the Dark.
HALLOWEEN, DAY OF THE DEAD, SAMHAIN: Dark Chasing the Light
--Welcome to our Winter selves and to the gestating Season of the Soul. We may review and release the old, the past, the wild Green innocence of Summer. We are moving together toward the Winter of our Deepest Content--literally. The content of our lives is full. The Harvest of the passing year has been gathered. We pause in the Cycles of the Seasons to give thanks and pay tribute to Nature and all of those around us, our extended life family in every realm. The Green Man is mature and ruddy of face. Soon he will arise as the Father of Frost, Ice and Snow. As the Earth folds inward in meditation, we can also develop the art of contemplation, consideration and calm. There is no hurry. The fruits of our labors are ready to be shared throughout the winter. We re-member all of the Relatives--the 2-leggeds, 4-leggeds. All those who have passed on. We honor our Ancestors and feed the Holy in our lives. ********************************************************************************************* Marcie Telander and Feline Familiar, Guinevere welcoming the turn from green and gold to snow. *********************************************************************************************
Here is what is moving now as we savor the Sacred Autumn celebrations and our dedication to Generosity of Spirit and Communal Harvest Ceremony
As we welcome the dramatic awakening of the Lunar Eclipse on the Full "Blood" Moon of 10/08/14 we may embrace our own recognition of the ongoing personal eclipses of this unique transformational season. And, remember, these shifts in Lunar Awareness are very positive! They are the steps we need to take, in order to place our inner work directly into the outer, Solar World. We are opening ourselves to the Action combination of required risk-taking and careful planning for the Winter. These transforming solar transitions which are currently moving across the inner lunar landscape also beckon the best time for sacred Purpose-stretching and immediate Life-Stage change. If not You, Who? If not Now, When. If not Here, Where?
What is the next best step in your Sacred Life? Enter full Autumn and the harvest of past loss and current wisdom by committing more deeply and directly to your healing service to the Planet. Ground this intention with Action. This is the perfect season to root yourself in the Sacred Place where you wish to establish your authentic identity as an Integrative Medicine Practitioner of Shamanistic Healing Ways. FINDING HOME: Celebrating Sacred Space is what the 2014-15 Autumn-into-Winter dynamic is inviting you to do. If you are not where you wish to be---Now is the time to begin that move to your Healing Home. For this transformational transition time--- WHERE is even more important than WHO. Even if you simply move into another room in your apartment, share a studio with another healing practitioner, renovate a shed as healing space in the back yard, or make the move across country---Now is the time.
For encouragement and inspiration that will move you--you may wish to read my essay: FINDING HOME: Celebrating Sacred Space in the newly released collection RITUAL AND HEALING: STORIES OF ORDINARY AND EXTRAORDINARY TRANSFORMATION (Motivational Press, 2014.) This richly personal and intimate collection, 8 years in the gathering by Don Eulert, PhD, includes the works of international visionaries and spiritual pilgrims such as Starhawk, Gary Snyder, Melidoma Some, Ralph Metzner and many more. You can read excerpts and/or order through http://www.ritualandhealing.com or order from your local independent bookseller. PLEASE SEE BELOW.
NEW BOOK FROM MARCIE TELANDER: Please read my essay-- "Finding Home, Celebrating Sacred Space" inRITUAL AND HEALING: Stories of Ordinary and Extraordinary Transformation.* order through http://www.ritualandhealing.com
*WINNER OF THE SAN DIEGO BEST SPIRITUAL/WELLNESS BOOK PUBLISHED IN 2014.
WELCOMING A DEEPLY CREATIVE WINTER SEASON
So much gratitude to so many dear ones who supported my Soul Doctorate. You were the wind under my wings as you helped to fund the project of a lifetime - Shamanic Studies in Sweden.
With your kind help I have traveled trhoughout Sweden and parts of Iceland to learn perrenial wisdom from Scandinavian elders and culture-bearers. I have deepened my study and practice of the Viking healing ritual of Seidr, a Norse eco-spiritual practice of Calling/Seeing and Healing for the People. I will be writing about this profound adventure into Iron Age Scandinavia throughout the winter. I look forward to sharing this historical and spiritual journey with you through the month of December, the Winter Solstice and beyond. Tack! I THANK YOU!
Dear Ones, Happy Imbolc and Candlemas, Feb. 2 through the Spring Equinox.
Around the world shamanic practitioners are celebrating the Celtic Feast of Brigit the Midwife, and the first whispers of new life burgeoning under the snow. This new moon welcome the light arising through the blessings of the Sacred Feminine.