1st May 2021
Beltane- May Day
“Through celebrating the Earth’s cycles I am rooted in my environment and myself. I unite with the seasonal energy of the Earth and so experience myself as part of the unity of life. Through this Iam connected to each of the five elements of life: Earth, Air, Fire, Water and Quintessence of Spirit, which is the unifying element that is in all life.” Glennie Kindred
We met by the lake, in the forest.
For me, as the facilitator of this event, this gathering had to do a lot with keeping the Vision.
The dictionary defines Vision as an act or power of anticipating which will or may come to be. Vision gives direction and a glimpse over our life to make our goals and purpose become a reality. In order to understand where we want ourselves to be in life, we must have a clear vision over our life. So, once you understand that vision clarifies purpose, life will become simpler and more meaningful.
For me though, Vision has to do as well with the whole. When I say the whole I mean the planet and the planetary family. The fact is as long as we stay focused only in our personal dramas that’s where we will definitely stay, stay put. And from this place no responsibility comes up. At the moment of crisis we are in the time has come for responsibility. First of all responsibility for our lives and stop complaining others for our misery. After this comes then the responsibility for the whole community. And with it comes the Vision.
The more of us who have vision, the closer we will get to what we wish. For me this vision as to do with a so-called organic fabric of collective care. And the more we meet to envision together the more we can care for each other as well…..
Imagine this organic fabric of collective care as a cultural force.
Are you in?
Blessings Maria dos Passos, Condor Woman mother of the blue sky
25th May 2021
This last Sunday, in the Modern Witch Mentorship, that I am facilitating, we worked the blood mysteries. This time it was time for experiencing the menarche ritual.
We journeyed to a village of the Navajo people in Arizona. As I have already experienced before, with all the women to whom I have facilitated this journey, the feedback was powerful and wonderful.
New information is integrated in our cells, for our own good and for the good of all the female collective… its another step healing the female collective wound.
I myself had no menarche ceremony when my sacred menstruation arrived when I was almost 17, rather a great deal of womb pain to deal with. How much I would have needed it then…
And this again made me remember of what Simone de Beauvoir wrote: “A woman is not born, she is made”. The importance of going through ritual and ceremony in your life is what shapes you and makes the woman you are.
Menarche rituals, and the resulting social customs around menstruation (known as menstrual practices or menstrual mysteries), form the basis of a variety of practices, which come into play during puberty to legitimize certain narratives around female identity and constitute and validate modes of being female.
The role that ritual and practice play in facilitating the integration of girls into social structures and in providing a means of bringing up ancient female wisdom that will support behavior it is now more than actual and more than needed.Menarche denotes a young woman’s first menstruation; it signifies her transformation from childhood to adulthood. Most traditional cultures celebrated this transition with religious ceremonies of varying complexity, honoring not only the girl but womanhood itself. Those cultures that no longer have such a ritual are usually patriarchal, like for example here in Western Europe.
The earliest cultures were gathering-hunting traditions, which were and remain egalitarian in all aspects including gender. In these cultures, women were equated with the Earth aspect of the female-male primary complementary divine couple, Sky-Earth, from whom all life came. Menstrual flowing was equated with springs and streams, the flowing of Earth, and the menstrual cycle was equated with the female aspect of the complementary divine couple of male Sun-female Moon, as the two cycles tend to be the same. Thus menarche brought the girl becoming woman not only to her physical reproductive power but to her spiritual power, making her equivalent to Earth and Moon.
Isn’t this so beautiful and touching, but above all essential?!
Let’s bring this to our daughters, but to us as well… it’s never too late.
Thank you my dear Justine del Corte for this wonderful blood photo-shooting. REcreating the blood mysteries.Aho.
MariaCondor woman, mother of the blue sky