WINTER SOLSTICE HOLY DAY CEREMONY

At Wanderland Rainforest Iseum

Sunday, December 21, 12-2

“From the Darkness comes the Light”

Ice, snow, wind, and rain sweep the earth as darkness comes earlier each day. Winter Solstice is the longest night of the year. This is the Turning. From this night on, the sun returns—longer each day—and begins the gradual awakening of new life.

Winter Solstice celebrates the presence of Spirit and the power of Hope. At this time, we tend the Hearth and listen to the Ancient Wisdom stories of Light born from the deepest Dark . We will follow an ancient story line of images that surround the Solstice: the Tree of Life; the Lights that shine from the tree; the gift of Love at its center; and the child of Hope who is born from Darkness.

The ceremony, led by Gwendolyn Endicott, includes story, ritual, myth, and time for reflection. We begin at noon; come a little early, rather than late. There is no charge, but suggested donations of $10-$20 toward the maintenance of the forest sanctuary are greatly appreciated.

For more information on Wanderland Sanctuary and Iseum Questions: gwendolyn@nehalemtel.net or 503-368-6389

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HOLY DAY CEREMONY —HALLOWMAS

 

HALLOWMAS (SAMHAIN)

Thursday October 31

12-2 at Wanderland Rainforest Iseum

May you be like the moon; Undone and remade a thousand times; Always returning home to your opening heart.

In the forest, Earth is changing. Waters are singing. Alder leaves drift in the wind and pattern the damp earth. Darkness and cold increase and the green force dies back as the strength of all that is returns to its inner source. We, too, return to our core, listening deeply.

Hallows” means threshing floor, where the wheat was separated from the chaff, where we let go of what is no longer needed for our growth. Something dies. Something new begins. For the Celts, this Holy Day was the Shining Portal of Winter and marked the passage into the New Year.

This Ceremony, led by Gwendolyn Endicott, includes myth, story, ritual, and time for reflection. For more information on Wanderland Rainforest Iseum see wanderlandrainforest.org . Questions: gwendolyn@nehalemtel.net

There is no charge for this ceremony. However, suggested donations of $10-$20 are greatly appreciated to help with the maintenance of the Rainforest Sanctuary.

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HOLY DAY CEREMONY–AUTUMN EQUINOX

AUTUMN EQUINOX HOLY DAY CEREMONY

At Wanderland Rainforest Iseum

Monday, September 23, 12-2

In the process of soul making, we can visit our depths over and over, and with each turn of the spiral, gain deeper wisdom and peace.” Hallie Austin

At Autumn Equinox, day and night are once again equal—for a moment balanced— –but we can feel the winds of change as we move into the dark cycle of the year. In the forest, Wind carries the sweet scent of Autumn. Alder leaves drift down, patterned golden against the earth by rain. Darkness comes earlier and stays longer.

In this Holy Day Ceremony, led by gwendolyn Endicott, we will dwell with Gratitude for the gifts the season of growing has brought to us. It is a time for shedding, for going inward to hold and nurture the “seed” of future growth. The animal totem of our journey is Bear who teaches us the wisdom of entering the “cave” of instinctual knowing and introspection .

Our guide will be the ancient Egyptian goddess, Ma’at, who leads us to the understanding that the oldest meaning of Truth is Balance and is called by the name of Earth: ma, maat, matter, mother. In her cycles and systems, Earth teaches us of Balance in change. In Egyptian mythology “seeing” this balance was the basis of wisdom. The mother syllable “ma” meant “to see”; in hieroglyphics it was an eye. Ma’at does not promise that there will be no darkness. She provides the wisdom to “see” while traveling through the darkness. Truth and Kindness are Her compass on this journey.

Ceremony begins at noon. There is no charge, but donations of $10–$20 toward maintenance of the forest sanctuary are greatly appreciated. 

questions: gwendolyn@nehalemtel.net

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HOLY DAY CEREMONY–LAMMAS

 

HOLY DAY CEREMONY: LAMMAS

Thursday, August 1, 12-2

Wanderland Rainforest Iseum

The Earth Mother is the mysterious power that awakens everything to Life…” (3rd c. Rome)

This mid-summer Holy Day is a celebration of Summer’s fruition, the “first harvest.” At this time, we give gratitude for the Beauty and abundance of Earth. She is the goddess we live with every day. From Her we receive the gift of Life. From Her we understand the magic of Regeneration. In Her we see Beauty, Intelligence, and Design. She is called by many names. Her European names include Urth, Hertha, Eartha, Erda—Earth. She is so present that sometimes we forget and think we don’t need Her, or that She exists simply for us to use.

This Holy Day Ceremony, led by gwendolyn Endicott, will focus on the Sacredness and Beauty of the goddess Hertha, our Earth Mother. There is no charge but donations toward the forest sanctuary are greatly appreciated. For more information on Wanderland Rainforest Iseum see wanderlandrainforest.org Questions: Gwendolyn@nehalemtel.net

 


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SUMMER SOLSTICE HOLY DAY CEREMONY

June 21, Friday, 12-2

At Wanderland Rainforest Iseum

Traditionally, the Holy Day of Summer Solstice is a celebration of the fullness of life—the warmth and abundance that the summer sun brings to the land and to our spirits. In this Summer Solstice ceremony, we will go back more than 3,000 years to the stories and myths surrounding Sirius (Sothis), a star that “rose from the underworld”  around the time of the Solstice, and whose radiance and beauty were so great that in Egyptian mythology  it was said to emanate the “Soul of Isis.”

This ceremony, led by Gwendolyn Endicott, is a celebration of Isis, the Mother and Heart of the Universe, and includes a meditation harmonizing our heart beat with the heart beat of the Great Mother. Pam Tillson will accompany the meditation on the drum. We will call on Isis to help us open our hearts in gratitude and to bring fullness and healing to us and to the Earth.

Ceremony begins at noon. There is no charge, but suggested donations of $10-$20 will help in maintenance of the Forest Sanctuary and are greatly appreciated. For more information see our website at wanderlandrainforest.org or contact Gwendolyn@nehalemtel.net

 

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