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

 

SUMMER SOLSTICE BLESSING and NEWSLETTER 2017

 

"faoi Grianstad an tSamhraidh

ta ár draíocht ag glioscarnach

faoi sholas na Gréine"

" under Summer Solstice

our magic sparkles

in the light of the Sun"


For northern hemisphere dwellers, Saturday June 21st is Summer Solstice day or Midsummer and the Irish calendar sees this day as the end of Bealtaine and the beginning of 47 days of the solstice season to Lughnasadh in early August.

In our first language, solstice is grianstad, literally 'sun-stop'. An Grianstad is one of the two great peak moments of the light and dark interplay in our universe. Directly opposite winter solstice, this Saturday is of course the peak of the sun’s highest climb into maximum light but in fact it is the earth that is on an elliptical orbit around the sun, and it is our earth’s journey that brings about this phenomenon. For us in GMT time, that moment of pause between the sun ascending and descending is 4.24am. For several days after June 21st, the hours and minutes of daylight will remain almost exactly the same and the near June 25th, the light will imperceptibly begin to lessen as we move deeper into the second half of summer.

For us humans, Summer Solstice is a tremendously significant moment, personally, collectively and cosmically. For a species that refers to Spirit as Light, the peak of light in our natural world is extremely poignant. For a species whose energy field (LEM or Auric Field) is a combination of light and electro-magnetism, a time of greatest light must energetically be a magnificent charge as well as a time of identification and, of course, celebration. It is a traditional time for weddings, fires, garlands of colourful blossoms and dance rituals. Imbas is an ancient Irish word referring to divine illumination and we still use this word for the profound healing ritual of bringing light where there was once trom or heaviness/density in the energy field of a patient. At Summer Solstice, Imbas is a naturally occurring light bath in our cosmos and it is important to make time and space to bathe in the sunlight, (safely, of course). In our native mythology, significant episodes began at Summer Solstice.

The first battle of the Tuatha De Danann with the Fir Bolg took place at Moytura on this day. A symbolic rather than literal interpretation of this event is instructive. The Tuatha De Danann were/are “the tribe of Mother Earth” who descended from the Sky, (source of light). They met the first inhabitants of the island, the Fir Bolg, literally “the belly men or men of big bellies”. They were uncivilised, uncouth and given to casual aggression and destruction. Clearly, they are people of shadow. The great mythic tales ask us to grow through ownership of those parts of ourselves that are of light and shadow, that are Tuatha De Danann and Fir Bolg.

Summer Solstice is pointed as a day for those two aspects of ourselves to meet, not in an internal antagonistic battle, (we must remember that the most vital energy of the Tuatha De Danann in conflict was not their aggression or manoeuvres,) but their music, particularly of the harp. June 21st and the days following are days to allow Father Sun illuminate all aspects of ourselves, the parts we consider already illuminated and those in shadow. That sun bath is important, (see “Suggestions for Seasonal Rituals” below for more).

 

JUNE


Thurs. June 22nd: Trinity Spiritual Research & Innovation Group Annual Conference.
Karen performs the Summer Solstice Ceremony at the Opening Address.

 

Fri-Sun June 23rd-25th: Body & Soul Festival,
John and Karen are shamanic consultants to this Summer Solstice orientated festival. Our on site presence includes Summer Solstice Ceremony Workshop, the Destiny Retrieval workshop "Fearless Brilliance" and Shamanic Cleanses, Sat & Sun 2-5pm in The Sanctuary area.


JULY


Fri-Sun, July 7th - 9th: Moon Mná Women's Circle Annual Weekend

Don't miss this unique weekend to bask in the glory of your Sacred Feminine.
Find out more HERE.

 

Sat, July 8th: Mála Masterclass #1
For graduates of the Medicine and Healers Spirals who wish to receive new traditional shamanic techniques with their medicine bundle, John brings to them the 1st Mála Masterclass. E mail John (john@slianchroi.ie) to book. 12 places maximum.

 

Mon. July 10th: Moon Mná Women's Circle: The Faerie Rites 9 - 9.30pm, Free Virtual Event.
If you wish to receive this powerful Attunement and be added to the Moon Mna email list to receive information click HERE.

 

Fri-Sun July 14th-16th: Edge of the Wild Ecopsychology Gathering, UK
John and Karen are honoured to be invited to be the co-keynote presenters at this prestigious annual Conference in Worcestershire, England.

 

Sat, July 22nd: Shamanic Practice Community Day, Slí An Chroí Centre, Smithfield, Dublin 7.
John welcomes participants of previous One Day Introduction to Shamanism workshops to a day of onward shamanic growth. Graduates of Medicine and Healers Spirals most welcome too.
E mail John (john@slianchroi.ie) to book. 14 places maximum.

 

Sun, July 23rd: One Day Introduction to Irish Shamanism, Slí An Chroí Centre, Smithfield, Dublin 7.
John facilitates the always in demand healing and entry level learning experience of the Irish tradition. Editions in May and June booked out, so please reserve your place early. E mail John (john@slianchroi.ie) to book. 14 places maximum.

 

Sat, July 29th: Mála Masterclass #2
John brings to those who have taken the 1st Mála Masterclass in the past, an advanced practice with their healing medicine bundle. E mail John (john@slianchroi.ie) to book . 12 places maximum.

 

Sun, July 30th: Mála Masterclass #3
John brings to those who have taken the 1st and 2nd Mála Masterclasses in the past, a more advanced practice with their healing medicine bundle. E mail John (john@slianchroi.ie) to book. 12 places maximum..

 

A Seasonal Summer Solstice Ceremony

So what is a sun bath? Whether you are under a cloud filled or cloud less sky, you can partake in a sun bath. At its simplest, consider laying for a period of time under the light and heat of the sun during the 4-5 days of peak sunlight (21st-25th). In the awareness of your own energy field (or Light-Electro-Magnetic Field, LEM for short) and the sun offering peak illumination of you and the northern half of our planet, be immersed in light. Coach the inhalation of every breath to receive the sun into your LEM and every exhalation to spread the sun’s luminous energy into every fibre of your LEM. More ambitious among us may seek to do this three times over those days, at dawn (5AM approx), midday and sunset (10PM approx), thereby working with the full spectrum and time of light from the sun at its peak. A sun bath is also a ritual for inviting luminosity into those parts of you are in shadow. Resist the temptation for this to appear or become tense or stressful. While it is natural to be ill at ease with those parts of one’s self that are in shadow, allow the sun bath to simply be an opportunity for all parts of your being to receive rays of light, unconditionally.


Consider making a burla ghuí or prayer parcel for Summer Solstice. Selecting organic items that typify summer at her height, items that can carry your prayers of gratitude and celebration. A traditional Irish beginning is to create a circle of oats and milk, (reflecting the shape and light of the sun). Using this circle as a border, begin to place flowers, herbs and fruits in a spontaneous mandala-like way. Place the energy of your prayers with your breath into each item before placing inside the circle. Be sure to place a dark coloured item to represent your shadow nature.


Mála Naofa Summer Solstice Ritual

Consider having your mála open for the entire duration of sunlight, from dawn to dusk on a day between June 21st and 25th. Allow the contents to be illuminated and warmed arranging all in a circle on your wrapping cloth. This is also a time to observe if your mála holds the energy of Father Sun with a totem. Summer Solstice is a poignant time to cleanse an existing one or to make or seek a new totem. Many practitioners carry a gold disk in their mála which can be simply a coin covered in gold foil or something more elaborate. Does your mála hold the peak energies of Midsummer? Is the vibrancy and colour of this seasonal time evident in your bundle? Look for blossoms, etc, that fulfil this ritual. As our summer comes from the equator in the South, Summer Solstice heralds the strongest South energies and you may like to consider a South Fire as you learned on The Medicine Spiral which has particular relevance to your three South lia naofa and asks you to revisit the teachings of the South Direction.

Thank you for reviewing our Summer Solstice to Lughnasadh offerings.

 

Please contact us by e mail johnandkaren@slianchroi.ie 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.


Le brí na taise,
with the energy of compassion,

 

John and Karen.

   

 

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