SPRING EQUINOX FULL MOON HOLY DAY CEREMONY

Wednesday, March 20, 12-2

At Wanderland Rainforest Iseum

“May the Beauty I love become what I do.”

We stand at the Gateway of Spring; Dark and Light are momentarily balanced.  After Spring Equinox, every day is brighter than the one before as Earth blossoms into Spring.  At Wanderland, skunk cabbage pushes up through the bogs like golden ears—opening to the song of the early morning birds.  The plants on the forest floor awaken.  It is a time of rapid growth and change.  What is unfurling in you?  What are you dreaming into form?  How do you find balance in change?

The Greeks named the Star Goddess– Astraea. She is the Essence of Beauty and Balance. In Her right hand, She holds the Scales of Truth and Justice; in Her left, She holds the sword that cuts through ignorance.  But the people forgot Her;  they could no longer see Her.  And so, the story goes, She left the Earth.

In this Holy Day Ceremony, led by Gwendolyn Endicott, we will focus on the ancient meanings of Balance and Beauty and how they form a foundation for envisioning the new growth of the future.   The Ceremony will contain myth, story, and ritual.

There is no charge but suggested donations of $10-20 toward the maintenance of the forest sanctuary are welcome. The ceremony starts at noon.  Please do not come late.  Questions: contact Gwendolyn@nehalemtel.net or 503-368-6389. For more information on Wanderland Sanctuary and Iseum, go to our website: wanderlandrainforest.org

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SPRING EQUINOX FULL MOON–HOLY DAY CEREMONY

Wednesday, March 20, 12-2

At Wanderland Rainforest Iseum

“May the Beauty I love become what I do.”

We stand at the Gateway of Spring; Dark and Light are momentarily balanced.  After Spring Equinox, every day is brighter than the one before as Earth blossoms into Spring.  At Wanderland, skunk cabbage pushes up through the bogs like golden ears—opening to the song of the early morning birds.  The plants on the forest floor awaken.  It is a time of rapid growth and change.  What is unfurling in you?  What are you dreaming into form?  How do you find balance in change?

The Greeks named the Star Goddess– Astraea. She is the Essence of Beauty and Balance. In Her right hand, She holds the Scales of Truth and Justice; in Her left, She holds the sword that cuts through ignorance.  But the people forgot Her;  they could no longer see Her.  And so, the story goes, She left the Earth.

In this Holy Day Ceremony, led by Gwendolyn Endicott, we will focus on the ancient meanings of Balance and Beauty and how they form a foundation for envisioning the new growth of the future.   The Ceremony will contain myth, story, and ritual.

There is no charge but suggested donations of $10-20 toward the maintenance of the forest sanctuary are welcome. The ceremony starts at noon.  Please do not come late.  Questions: contact Gwendolyn@nehalemtel.net or 503-368-6389. For more information on Wanderland Sanctuary and Iseum, go to our website: wanderlandrainforest.org

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HOLY DAY CEREMONY–IMBOLC

 

Friday, February 1,  12-2

At Wanderland Rainforest Iseum

MID-WINTER HOLY DAY: IMBOLC

Under the blanket of Winter, beneath the cold and the dark, Earth holds within Her the new seeds of growth. Like the seed, we, too, begin to awaken; we become aware that within us are all future possibilities, all growth, all knowing.

The mid-winter Holy Day of Imbolc celebrates the time when darkness begins to recede and there is a quickening of new life. As the light grows, so does the stirring within us — who, what, and how will we Become?  What shadows need illumination within us? What desire needs a bit more light to be seen clearly? What quality in us has dimmed and needs brightening? Now is the time to shed the Dark, and renew our inner flame.

This Holy Day Ceremony will be led by Gwendolyn Endicott. There is no charge, but a suggested donation of $10-$20 toward the maintenance of the forest sanctuary is greatly appreciated.  The ceremony begins at noon. Please come early rather than late.  Questions: contact Gwendolyn@nehalemtel.net or 503-368-6389 for more information on Wanderland Rainforest Iseum see Wanderlandrainforest.org

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IN MY BACK YARD

 

My daughter and I walk on the beach. Early morning mist drifts across the sand, creating a luminous in- between world. We have arrived at the same beach at the exact same time, getting out of our cars, amazed to see each other.  And now we walk with three dogs circling around us. We are heavy with the weight of the morning’s news.  My grandson was back stage producing the show in Los Vegas when the shooting massacre occurred.  I am deeply connected to this grandson whom I held at the moment of birth and nurtured through his childhood.  I am feeling deeply the shock of this random violence. Suddenly it is in my back yard.

We are talking about what it must have felt like for him to witness this violence, not knowing its source, not knowing what would follow, caught in a horrific moment. We are so deeply shrouded that we are unaware even of the Beauty that surrounds us.   Suddenly, we are startled aware by a flock of peeps (Sandpipers), flying in an orchestrated synchronicity.  They circle us, then sharply veer off into the distance until they disappear, Darby the dog, chasing madly below them.  Then they swing back, in perfect harmony and circle us again, closer this time.  Suddenly we realize they are playing with us—and with Darby.  And we can’t help it–we just burst out laughing.  We thank the sandpipers for releasing us into a moment of Beauty and Joy.

Still it is very difficult sometimes to break through the weight of what is happening around me– to just keep the “door open” to Beauty, Love, Hope. I am reading  a book called “Standing Rock,” by Pamela Eakins.  It breaks my heart and yet inspires me. It flows like a river of passion, grief, love. .. In the portrait of these Native people who know what is True, there is a courage which lights the way.  When I look, I see it all around me in people speaking and standing up for what they know is True; some for the first time finding their voices—because the threat is not in some abstract place, but in their own back yard.

Living in the forest, instead of on a city lot, has made me much more aware that my back yard does not have property lines—the wind, the water, the trees, the earth all move. What is done to one area affects the surrounding.   And now, peaceful and beautiful as it often is in this place, I find there is no way I can simply retreat and close my mind to the larger body of the earth.

All of this I took with me into meditation later that day—what do I want in my back yard? In the meditation,  I had the sense of emerging from darkness and constriction into light—golden and  rose colored light.  And song.  Not a particular song, but the sense of music. Then I realized that this was the energetic atmosphere of happiness.  As I dwelled with this, what I saw emerge was my backyard as I wanted it to be.  It was a vision of people doing work they cared about; people relating to each other with kindness and caring; the earth healthy and tended with care; people and children playing, safe; laughter in the air; people walking more than driving; people celebrating life, treating forests and animals with respect.

“The task is to step into the reality you visualize,” a teacher once told me. I start with an advantage in that the coastal community where I live in many ways reflects this vision.  When I bring it in more personally, I challenge myself to make each of my interactions, no matter how small,  reflect kindness,  love, respect; to make each situation lighter, not heavier from my presence.  When I broaden my vision, I challenge myself to take action in whatever ways my gifts allow me to create this atmosphere globally.

So what this means is first of all “keeping the door open” and not falling into despair, hopelessness, and negativity. Not so easy right now. It also means shedding a lot of those nagging patterns and attitudes I keep working on—judgment, comparison and competition, FEAR—fear of  loss, of scarcity, of difference, of vulnerability, of change, of my own power…. Most of all, perhaps, it means trusting that we will move through this very tight, dark place in our evolution to be born into Beauty.

“We are Anima Cosmos growing the soul of its Being” —and as the Fool, we make the journey again and again, remembering what we have forgotten, learning to love more deeply. (Eakins, Tarot of the Spirit)

 

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HOLY DAY CEREMONY

HALLOWMAS (SAMHAIN)

Wednesday, 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. “(L.Sixfingers)

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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