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Wheel of the Year

We're celebrating Beltane by dancing the Maypole Dance!

May 1

Beltane, (BEL-teyn, -tin), also known as Bealtinne (Caledonii), Festival of Tana (Strega), Walpurgisnacht (Teutonic), Roodmas (ROOD-mass) and May Day, begins sundown on April 30st and continues to sundown May 1st. Astrologically speaking, Beltane begins when the Sun enters 15 degrees Taurus which is in fact closer to May 5th. Some traditions celebrate on this date, calling it “Old Beltane”. Beltane marks the end of the planting season, and the beginning of pastoral summer. Beltane is celebrated by modern pagans as one of four fire festivals representing the waxing, light half of the Year.

The great central bonfire known as the “Balefire” was an integral part of this holiday. Often complex patterns were formed with the layout of the bonfire, special magickal symbols being used to help bind the magick to the land and ensure that the Years harvest would be a good one. The Balefire was also used to purify and consecrate. One custom involved herding all cattle in a procession through the smoke of the balefire to purify and bless them with fertility and health for the coming season. Newlyweds would jump over the balefire for luck and to consecrate and seal their vows. The next day, coals were taken from the remains of the fire and carried home to light hearth fires, thereby bringing the magick of the fire to bless their homes.

Another tradition of Beltane, one that has survived to this day, is the Maypole Dance. Believed to be originally a fertility rite intended to bless the land with a prosperous growing season, the dance involved the erection of a long wooden pole with varicolored ribbons tied to the top. Celebrants would then dance around the pole with ribbon in hand, winding and weaving the ribbons together. The resulting weaving was kept as a talisman until Samhain, at which time it was ritually burned.

Beltane was also a time to celebrate love, both physical and marital. Though full year and a day handfastings were quite common at this time of the year, marital vows were relaxed during Beltane. In addition to traditional handfastings, one night “Greenwood Marriages” were common during which couples would sneak off during the feasting, dancing, and singing of the festival to spend the night together under the stars and trees. Then next day, they would gather the dew that had formed during the night. It was believed that the dew of the first morning of May was magickal, and anyone who bathed their face in it would be blessed with beauty for the rest of the year.

The memory of winter has faded, and the air is warm and thick with pollen. Birds of the sky and beasts of the land begin the ecstatic mating ballet. The now mature God and Goddess consummate their sacred marriage, taking love and comfort with each other and in doing so bringing love and fertility to the world.

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Friday May 5

Shamanic Goddess Circle

Sacred Body Geometry: Tantric Goddess

She's heard you ask for Her as you yearn for the surrender that is the victory. Now She's here to help you remember the pathways of the mysterious, feminine magic that moves through you in small rivulets or crashing waves… Make the Sacred Body Geometry connections and receive the light into your darkness.

•Bring your questions

•Bring a pillow if you can

•Dress as the comfortable Goddess

•Consider a journal for notes

•AND - a small item to juice up with this vibration

Through movement, breath and guided journey we track and reclaim our Tantric nature, then mark the pathways so we can easily find Her.

About the Shamanic Goddess Circle

Reawaken the Divine Feminine within you and reclaim your natural, wildish nature. Did you forget you were a Goddess in order to survive through the chaos of this world? Sink your roots into the ground and feel into the life–giving energy available to us all as women.

Every month is different –just like we are. Join in this open Circle and journey down the powerful rivers of feminine intuition and healing magic. You’ll learn and experience shamanic techniques for personal growth and healing and discover your own personal Goddess self.

Who is Mara Clear Spring Cook?

Mara is a Shamanic Practitioner, Teacher and Reiki Master. She leads Shamanic Circles: Goddess, Drumming and Soul Song (with Jessica Moon Maiden Neagle). Along with group work she sees private clients for soul retrieval, shamanic healing, energy healing, space clearing and blessing, guided journey and more ? both in person and distance. Mara teaches people how to follow the path of the shaman in First Step Shamanic Training and intermediate and advanced Shamanic courses. She also teaches and installs the Nine Rites of the Munay-Ki as taught by Dr. Villoldo and the Four Winds Society.

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Wednesday May 10

Public Full Moon Ritual and Celebration

Join us in joyful celebration of the abundance of the Full Flower Moon!

"...Whenever you have need of anything, once in a month, and better it be when the Moon is full, then shall you gather in some secret place and adore the spirit of Me, who am Queen of all Witcheries."
- Doreen Valiente, "The Charge of the Goddess"

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Friday April 12

Healing with Flowers

Chamomile, Rose, Calendula, Lavender...and more!
Your favorite flowers may be excellent remedies both physically and emotionally. Learn the spiritual and medicinal properties of these beautiful plants. They are easy to use, great for your health, and pleasant to experience. Learn the true meaning of Flower Power.

Martine Melillo teaches herbal studies at School of Healing Arts, aids women as a birth doula, and works as an herbalist at In Harmony Herbs and Spices.

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Saturday May 20

Sacred Body Geometry - Couples Chakra Connections

5pm-7pm $40 per couple

Explore Sacred Body Geometry with your significant other or willing friend.

Mudra, Yantra, Mandala, Tantra: All explore mystic, powerful connections!

•Open dormant pathways through the body

•Energize or relax - help regulate your energy state

•Learn to multiply the effect

From personal alignment to linked flow, we consciously move energy by choice and awareness of what is happening in our chakras.

The body speaks, energy flows, all without words. Discover instant communication and deeper intimacy. Together you and your partner will learn – or rediscover! – a language without words.

Wear comfortable, loose clothing. Bring water and perhaps a journal for notes if you feel the need.

This evening is designed for couples. You may wish to plan a night in to follow the class so you may continue to explore the layers of energy. If you are not part of a couple but have a friend open to deeper, shared energy experiences, you are welcome to pair up and join us!!

What will the exercises consist of? How intimate will it be?

As a group we will run energy the way we do in the Shamanic Goddess Circle. We flow energy around each other and in a healing wave to help heal ourselves and spread it out to the world. Individually we will connect with energy flowing through ourselves using the breath and identifying energy channels in the body.

With your partner you will go as deeply as you wish sharing compassion and human spirit. There will be touch exercises, such as hand-to-hand connections, but not sexual. You may connect at any chakra level. This can be a very sensual experience.

The dream is to find that intimacy that goes beyond the physical to soul connection.

This is about energy sharing and not sexual touch!

We communicate through our entire being, so hugging and crying can both happen! And, deeply pleasurable feelings may be experienced at anytime! You may go home from this and find yourself having a delightful time with your significant other!

Who is Mara Clear Spring Cook?

Mara is a Shamanic Practitioner, Teacher, Reiki Master and Munay–Ki Mentor. She sees private clients for soul retrieval, shamanic healing, one-on-one Shamanic Training, Reiki, space clearing and blessing, guided journey and more, both in person and distance. She leads Shamanic Circles: Goddess, Drumming and is the Founder of Trikona: Shamanic Sound Journey. Mara also teaches people how to follow the path of the shaman in First Step Shamanic Training and intermediate and advanced Shamanic courses. She teaches and installs the Nine Rites of the Munay–Ki as taught by Dr. Villoldo and the Four Winds Society.

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