Slí An Chroí Centre, Smithfield, Dublin 7.
The Slí An Chroí Centre is now in multiple locations in the Smithfield quarter having moved from The Distillers Building. We continue to offer community and training opportunities from suitable spaces. Ensure that you are aware of the address of the space advertised for the event(s) that appeal to you.
Recurring Events At The Centre:
Introduction To Shamanism 1 Day Workshop. For more information, click here.
Shamanic Practice Community Gatherings: For those who have completed the Introduction to Shamanism
Moon Mná Women's Celtic Circle Facilitators Online Course, For more information, click here
LUGHNASADH BLESSING and NEWSLETTER 2017
Named after the sun god Lugh, in Irish-Gaelic and prounounced ‘Loo-nah-sah’, our Ancestors celebrated this time with passionate dancing, music-making and feasting between the labours necessary to harvest widely. Lughnasadh heralds the celestial timing of Autumn's beginning entwined with the festival of harvest and abundance. For those who know Mother Earth’s circle dance with Father Sun, the ‘true’ time of Lughnasadh 2017 will fall on August 7th at 7.40am. This precise moment is the exact cross quarter time between Summer Solstice and Autumn Equinox and is importantly also the day of Grain Full Moon. The 2017 Lughnasadh is auspicious indeed as it coincides with a Partial Lunar Eclipse, (visible to maximum at 7.20pm, also on August 7th, Dublin time). All through the early Lughnasadh period Seanmháthair Gealach (Grandmother Moon's) energies will profoundly impact those of the Earth's, culminating in a Full Solar Eclipse on August 21st, (visible mainly in US territories). When Earth casts shadow on the Moon and when Moon casts shadow on Earth, happening twice in the first fortnight of Lughnasadh this year, fasten your seat belts!
There is a sweet coincidence between the energies of Lughnasadh and The Medicine Spiral. It is as if The Ancestors begin harvesting the tuatha ("tribe") that gathers as one in mid September. As facilitators and administrators of this shamanic apprenticeship, we are more observers than manifesters of this phenomenon. The attunement and alignment of The Medicine Spiral with the Earth-Human energies of harvesting and abundance, simultaneous with the Earth-Sun journey that marks Autumn, points towards The Medicine Spiral's synchronicity with Lughnasadh. Palpable are the strong internal energies that move many men and women to look towards this shamanic odyssey and claim a place. We always say to those people that The Medicine Spiral begins from the moment you make your decision, not on the first weekend of training in September. This means that for these people their Medicine Spiral begins at Lughnasadh. So seat belts deserve fastening. If that is a revelation of how powerful personal journeys can be evoked by Lughnasadh energies, what is yours?
What’s Happening At Slí An Chroí this Lughnasadh...
Sat. Aug 12th: Third Advanced Mála Masterclass,
[4th in series]
Sun. Aug 13th: One Day Introduction to Irish Shamanism
Sat. Sept. 9th: Dunderry
Park 20th Anniversary Celebration 10am-12am 10am-12am
Fri. Sept. 15th – Sun. 17th. THE
MEDICINE SPIRAL 2017/18 Weekend 1,
This Lughnasadh wherever you are in the world, you might like to place your equivalent of the first sheaf of crops into Mother Earth in tune with the same inspiration.
Look for a place where Mother Earth gives permission for you to open as we say a broin or 'womb', essentially a ritualised opening/cavity in the Earth. Into this you will place your burla ghuí Lughnasadh or 'Lughnasadh prayer bundle'. Collect what is currently your local harvest across the range of cereals, vegetables, fruits, herbs, etc. Enjoy tying them in arrangements that allow you to dedicate each one to honour personal, family and universal abundance. Add the traditional Irish 'Faerie foods' of oats and milk, uisce beatha too as a way of honouring Summer recently ended, without whose heat and light, these foods cannot grow. Find a leaf or two that already are losing their green in favour of the Autumn brown, tan or rust. Place it as an acceptance and welcome of Autumn's energies. Create as colourful arrangement as possible, looking at your burla ghui as well as the feel of energy from it will bring a smile. Face your open hands towards the final assembly communicating your gratitude for all abundance and abundance to come. Allow your open hands to receive from this powerful prayer bundle, especially to energise preparation for the Autumn.
Place the soil dug over the burla ghui and lastly the top sod, leaving the site as it was originally. Lughnasadh tradition is to dance upon the spot now and repeatedly through the remainder of the year, especiallly if you wish to call forth a specific abundance in your life.
Revisit the personal work undertaken in your West training, (especially Destiny Retrieval). This is a powerful time to initiate a crothú in the spirit of harvesting for a particular aspect of your personal or our shared global life (for a beginning date: full moon Aug 7th). Are the archetypes of the West alive in your mála, such as Lugh, Stag/Doe, Fox? We are reverential of the Water element in the West and consider irrigating your mála with a blessing from a sacred source such as your nearest Sacred Well. Your lia naofa may be washed in this way too. Be reminded of the deep work with star energies and the spirit of ecstasy in the West. Consider meditation and immrama exclusively with your West lia naofa.
With your open bundle in front of you, let it receive the energies
of harvest time. Place in there gifts of the season, a new potato
or two, heads of corn, oats, barley or wheat. Ensure particularly
over the coming weeks up to Autumn Equinox, that your mála
exudes abundance when he or she is opened.
Thank you for reviewing our Lughnasadh To Autumn Equinox offerings.
Please contact us by e mail email@example.com or by telephone 01-670 4905 if you would like to book a place on any of the advertised events. Where required, Booking Forms can be downloaded from the website. Some of the trainings and gatherings can only accommodate those who have made a prior booking. We strongly advise you ensure your name is on our Booking List for an event, to avoid disappointment.
John and Karen.
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