At the Summer Solstice, we
celebrate the longest day. We are at the midpoint of the samos half of
the year, but from this day forth, the days will reduce in length. But
for now, the earth is at her most fertile, and we acknowledge the Goddess
in her guise as Lady of the land, the great fertile Mother.
Throughout the year on the
certificate course, at the cardinal solar festivals of the Solstices &
Equinox's, 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.
We will also be journeying
to the Duir [oak] ogham. On each of the eight festivals, we will be undertaking
the study of, and journey to, an ogham which resonates with the energy
of that particular festival or time of year.
CORE SHAMANIC PRACTICE:
** VISION QUEST ON MOUNTAIN
OTHER WORK WE WILL BE COVERING ON THIS FESTIVAL:
*** OGHAM DUIR/OAK
On this workshop we will be
doing an overnight vision quest, and therefore will be held over a weekend,
commencing on the Friday. Students will gather at "Bruideann na Re
Lan" at 4.pm, and put up tents. A light evening meal will be provided,
and we will gather in the cabin for the opening circle.
COST: 170 EURO