‘As Above So Below’- October 2019 News.

artwork by Jarah Tree
artwork by Jarah Tree

“That which is above is like to that which is below, and that which is below is like to that which is above, to accomplish the miracles of the one thing.”

-Hermes Trismegistus

Wheel of the Year Celebrations and Gatherings

Red Spiral offers Wheel of the Year ceremonies 8 times a year to celebrate the ‘sabbats’- the 4 cross quarter days, the 2 solstices, and the 2 equinoxes.

The next community celebration is on Thursday 31st October from 7-9 PM in Concorde House to celebrate Samhain. In the Celtic calendar Samhain marks both the end and the beginning of the yearly cycle. It is the Celtic new year marking a time when all of nature is withdrawing inside itself to release the old and prepare for the new.

It is a time to honour our ancestors as we pay homage to those who walked before us, giving thanks for their lives and remembering them in their death. The veils between the world of matter and the world of spirit is now at its thinnest, offering connection with realms beyond the everyday world, dreaming the future into being and letting go of attachments to the past.

Wheel of the Year festivals are an opportunity to mark points of transition within the sacred circle of our community and the natural world. It is an invitation to be witnessed… to voice your gratitude, hopes, and intentions in a ceremonial space… to let go of the old and invite in the new.

Our ancestors and many indigenous people across the world possessed a greater awareness of the need to mark the passing the time and the cycles of nature. In this way they were embedded into a matrix of a cosmic consciousness, in the knowledge they were part of something bigger than the personal dramas and minutiae of everyday life.

The sense of interconnectedness to an infinite creative intelligence allowed for the possibility of renewal, rites of passage, growth, and development through the natural phases of life. To belong to something larger than oneself offered power and life force through recognizing oneself as an expression of spirit in material form.

Transpersonal psychology and ideas may go some way in exploring and describing the potential for expanded awareness, however there is something magical in experiencing rituals and ceremonies that embody and express divine energies.

In times such as ours when more and more of our energy is spent in virtual worlds, disconnected form the cycles of the moon, the movements of the planets, and the natural rhythms of harvest, life and decay, it is important to pause, reflect and connect with the wider expressions of life and death.

Sun & Moon Lodge-

October also see the birth of a new monthly venture taking place on the on the full moon- the ‘Sun & Moon Lodge’ is a mixed circle that incorporates shamanism, astrology, mythology, and story- telling. The first one happens on Friday 11th October in Canterbury and will be hosted by Karen and Simão Cortes – astrologer, mythologist, and facilitator of astrodrama circles.

The theme of the first circle is Dionysus/Bacchus and the wild gods as on that evening the Sun is conjunct asteroid Bacchus. In ancient Greece, the two main mystery traditions were the Eleusinian mysteries – enacting the descent and return of Persephone – and the Dionysian Mysteries, to remove inhibitions and social constraints, liberating the individual to return to a natural state.

Women’s Moon Lodge-

Continues to meet every new moon and is facilitated by Karen for an exploration of how working with the lunar cycles, archetypes, mythology and shamanism can facilitate greater depth of awareness and connection to our feminine inner wisdom and authority.

Moon Lodge is an opportunity to deeply honor ourselves as we take our place in the community of women to be witnessed, supported and inspired, and to offer our presence as our unique gift to the circle.

This is the way Red Spiral works… an endless weaving of the material, emotional, spiritual, mental and cosmic realms to bridge spirit and matter, or heaven and earth if you like.

It is embodied practice and awareness of the interconnectedness of all things, and upholds the hermetic aphorism-

 “As within so without, as above, so below”.

 

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