The Spring Equinox marks the last of the festivals in the giamos half of the year. It is mid spring, and is the point in the year when there is equal day and night. The quickening is occurring, everywhere we look life is burgeoning from leaf and bud, shoots are bursting forth from the earth, which in some years at this time, may still be frozen. But the samos period of light is well on its way. We celebrate the balance of night and day, light and dark, the dual aspect in nature.
Lugh is acknowledged, in his guise as" an Samildanach". We welcomed him at the winter solstice, where he was born into the darkness of the Fomorian stronghold of Balor's tower. But now he is grown, and as one of Ireland's primary sun gods, he is the newly rising sun in the east, just as his grandfather Balor is the setting sun of the west. We shall be exploring this theme of the dual sun gods inherent in Irish myth. The telling of stories is a fundamental part of shamanism. Our own ancestors the druids, spent many years learning cycles of stories and bardic poetry. They were the lineage keepers of the tribe, they kept the records and tales. As it was an oral tradition, all these tales would have been memorised. This tradition of storytelling is shared by shamans all over the world. At each of the eight workshops a different tale from the Irish mythological cycle will be told, and journeys made to the gods and goddess in the myth. Each tale will be relevant to the season at hand.
Throughout the year on the
certificate course, we are going to be working with the four gifts which
were brought to the land of Ireland by the tuatha de dannann. Together
they represent the soul of the land. These gifts are emblematic of the
four elements, earth, air, fire and water. I believe a store of lost knowledge
can be retrieved by working with these gifts, and in particular, the four
elemental shamans, Morfessa, Esras, Semias and Uiscias are powerful teachers.
SPRING EQUINOX,"SWORD OF NUADHU"
CORE SHAMANIC PRACTICE:
** RETURNING SOUL PARTS TO
OTHER WORK WE WILL BE COVERING ON THIS FESTIVAL:
*** OGHAM FEARN/ALDER
We will be gathering together
at "Bruideann na re Lan" for the day long workshop.