MoonTree Ancient History Workshop

Posted by Jodie, 21 February 2009 2:45 PM | PERMALINK

Dear MoonTree Sisters,

You are invited to the first 2009 MoonTree Ancient History Workshop!

If you are interested in ancient religion, and its timeless significance for our lives and Paths today, and if you are hungry for some sacred time for yourself in the company of like-minded women, then please do come along to this special event, facilitated by Alicia Sherwood (M.A.) …

The Greek Eleusinian Mystery Cult

This Classical Greek mystery cult, which hearkens back to far earlier times, occupied a very important place in the religious and spiritual experience of the people of the time. In this workshop, we will explore ancient information and Lore about the:

 *Temple *Rites *Administration, priesthood and role of women *Mythology and spiritual significance of this cult of the Earth and the Mother /Daughter Goddesses Demeter and Persephone….

 

As with all MoonTree workshops, the day consists of a wonderful depth and array of information, as well as sacred experiential, creative and interactive aspects. Truly a rich and magical day!

 

When: Saturday 21st March, 10am-3pm

Where: North Tamborine (directions will be forward with confirmation of registration).

 Cost: $90 per woman, which includes all materials. Please bring a plate of vegetarian food to share for lunch…

 

Registrations must be finalised one week prior to event. To confirm your place, please email Alicia at alicia@moontree.net or phone 0402 656 243.

 

I look forward to welcoming you there!

 

Blessings,

 

 

Alicia Sherwood

M.A. (Ancient History)

MoonTree

PO Box 60 North Tamborine Q 4272

M: 0402 656 243

E: alicia@moontree.net

W: www.moontree.net

 

 


Reflections on Lughnasadh

Posted by Jodie, 24 January 2009 10:29 PM | PERMALINK

Lughnasadh

 Timing…

Traditional date is August 1st in northern hemisphere, when the Sun moves into Leo for the strength of the solar energy. In southern hemisphere is celebrated February 2nd. It is the midpoint between Summer Solstice and the Autumn Equinox.

Stories of Lughnasadh (Luh guh’ nahs eye or Loo nas saw)

 

Lughnasadh is a deep, dark time of reflection and journey, and is the Celtic harvest festival. The wheat from the first harvest is cut with Lughs sword and used to bake the first loaf of bread. This marks the harvest and a time to give thanks. Saxons had a Christian rite called Lammas (loaf mass). The first bread from the harvest was brought to church and broken. Lughnasadh is the Fourth Gaelic Fire Festival (female) and first harvest festival. It is the wake of Lugh- Sun God and High King and bright god of the Tuatha de Danaan, who died in ecstasy at Summer Solstice.

 

It is a time to celebrate the fruits of the Earth Mother and fertility of the Earth and a time of markets, community gatherings and feasts. Lughnasadh means “Lugh’s assembly” and celebrates the beginning of harvest season, the decline of summer to winter. It is a funeral feast but also a time to commemorate the mother and the ripening of her fruits. Lughs foster mother may be honoured (Tailti) who died working and preparing the land for agriculture. Lughnasadh celebrations in Ireland are often called the “Tailltean Games” a time to honour Tailti in which funeral games were held on this day. It is a time of games and celebration. Ireland’s oldest festival the ‘Puck festival’ is also celebrated during this time.

Ritual activities

It is a season of dismissing regrets, farewells and preparation for winter. Bread is often baked, often in symbolised shapes, and thrown into the fire to release fear. It is a time of letting go and releasing of fear and is especially good for good for divorce ceremonies and letting go of the past.

 

Other activities may include the making of harvest corn dolls, wheat weaving, baking bread or meditating on an ear of wheat. Meditations and rituals often focus on releasing fear or anger. It is also a time of feasting and dancing

 

Among its activities, couples could enter into a “trial marriage” known as a “Brehon wedding.” The two would clasp hands and thrust them through a circular opening in a special stone, while announcing to the Brehons — judges and lawyers — that they intended to live together for a trial period of one year, after which the marriage would be formalised. Either party could break the marriage by a public announcement during the feast of Beltaine in the Spring. No harsh words were allowed between wives and husbands at this time. The levying or collecting of debts was also not allowed during Lughnasadh.

 

Herbs and symbols

Colours: greens, browns and oranges

Barley- to symbolise earth, wealth and love and for making corn dolls

Hazel Tree- Ruled by Mercury- used in water rites

Hollyhock-to offer to the land- also sacred to faerie

Corn and other fruit and vegetables of the season 

 

Things you could do at Lughnasadh

 

  • Bake bread and feast
  • Think of regrets that have not been released and bake bread into figures that represent your thoughts and burn what you want to release into the fire
  • Divorce ceremonies/ or self blessings to deal with past relationships
  • Make corn dolls from corn husks, dolls can be used to honour the Goddess, as decoration of the season or as aspects of yourself you wish to burn and release. You can make one corn doll to represent the Grain Goddess and keep it in your home to represent your own personal harvest and joys in your life.
  • Weave braids/threads with wheat with an intent of something you are weaving in your life
  • Meditation, journey and reflection
  • Make gingerbread, eat corn or popcorn
  • Write in a diary, or write poetry about what you are farewelling in your own life and what you see as your harvest and the joy building in your life

  

The wheel turns and the Mothers fruits grow, and with reflections into the depth of ourselves we reap the richness of our harvest

 

 

 

 

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Goddess conference

Posted by Jodie, 02 October 2008 8:48 PM | PERMALINK

The Goddess conference GAIA Earth Alchemy will take place on the Gold Coast 10th-12th Oct 2008

The Open day will be on the Friday including markets, music and ritual, followed by two days of workshops.

For more information go to http://www.pomegranategrove.org/index_files/2008ConferenceProgramme.htm


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