Seed Dreams and Quickenings
Symbols and Signs of Spring in Waiting
This bitterly cold weather we’ve been having makes it feels like we are still deep in the heart of winter, yet we are well past Groundhog Day and nose-to-nose now with the March lion … or will it be the lamb? For the ancient pagan Celts the festival of Imbolc at the beginning of February (the origins of our current Groundhog Day) actually marked the beginning of spring. A Gaelic word meaning ‘ewe’s milk’, Imbolc was the celebration of Mother Nature’s life-force stirring once again as sheep began lactating in preparation for dropping their lambs.
Our own Wiarton Willy’s accuracy may be in question at the moment but one thing is for sure, the Great Wheel of Life is turning. Nature has been carefully protecting and nurturing the seeds of new life deep within her cold hard soil. As the days now slowly but surely get longer and the sun’s rays warmer, there is a silent and snowy expectation of all that potential preparing to burst forth when timing and conditions are exactly right.
This is a dreaming phase for us humans too, a period for going within to germinate the seeds of our own potential as we delve into the farthest recesses of our soul … so the ideal question to be considering right now is: what dreams and plans am I nurturing? What goals and projects am I planting with hopes of a bountiful future harvest?
When we work in rhythm with the pulses, cadences and sequences of Nature we expend less energy and gain far greater results. Unfortunately society today has, for the most part, lost touch with this profound wisdom but it was essential to our ancient ancestor’s very survival as they planned, planted and harvested their crops. On the personal level though, we too can once again make a conscious choice to work with these subtle energies and utilize their power rather than forging ahead and wondering later why our plans don’t’ come to fruition as expected.
Giving expression to an idea through such symbolism and metaphor is a powerful way of bringing it into manifestation quickly and with more ease. Ancient peoples clearly understood this magic of making ‘sigils’ or power symbols. They encoded pictographic messages layered with esoteric wisdom and knowledge on standing stones and way-markers whose meaning we can only wonder at today … but there was definitely method and intent in their careful carving of such intriguing glyphs which have survived down the years.
So with spring almost on our doorstep, perhaps this is the perfect time for you to consider invoking some symbols of your own. Here are some highlights of experiential opportunities I offer for working with the power of symbol making as well as the abundant ‘quickening’ energy available to us this time of year.
“Seed to Seed” – Intro to Sacred Geometry Workshop
This workshop specifically works with activating and developing dormant forces. It is also a wonderful introduction to sacred geometry, the study of the underlying geometric shapes and forms that make up all of creation. In this first part of my Flower of Life series you learn to draw the ‘genesis’ pattern from which all things can be manifested. Many of my own mandalas are based on this simple but powerful blueprint. The Genesis pattern can be a real catalyst if you are in the ‘planting’ stage of an idea or seed dream and need to safely incubate it for a while before it takes form. The next session is this coming Saturday March 7 from 10 am to 3 pm. I am also offering it again on Saturday May 23. Cost is $85. When two or more register the cost is only $75 per person.
“Soul Symbol” Self-Discovery Sessions – a one-on-one mandala interpretation session using the MARI system can also be a real catalyst for change if you are at a crossroads and looking for direction. During the session you create a mandala which I then interpret for you. I also have you match a series of cards with symbols and colours to reveal a visual snapshot of where you are currently on the Wheel of Life. It’s a truly fascinating process. If you aren’t confident enough in your artistic skills to take one of my art workshops in the company of others but want to experience the magic of mandala-making you can book a session anytime by emailing firstname.lastname@example.org or calling 519-942-2018. The cost is $120 for a two hour session which includes mandala-making, interpretation, a MARI card reading and written synopsis.
“Walking the Symbolic Path” is a special intro to ‘soul symbol’ work available on Saturday March 28 at Breakthrough Centre in Brampton where I will be giving a free talk. You can also book a 30 minute mini session that day for $30 to consult with me on a particular symbol that keeps cropping up in your life.
Now, a final note about a little seed dream of my own ... I just became a founding partner in Red Tent Ontario with colleagues Debra Jones (www.debrajones.ca), Melanie Cocciardi (www.whisperlane.ca) and Krys Jones. If you haven’t heard of the Red Tent movement yet it is a wonderfully symbolic idea that grew out of The Red Tent novel by Anita Diamant. Our mission is to create ‘a community of women supporting women’ and ‘serve as an anchor and compass for women to recognize and claim their empowerment’. We will be utilizing sanctuaries such as my studio at the Alton Mill as special places for women to come and just ‘be’, to chat, drink tea or take part in special energy shares, meditation nights, discussion groups, workshops and more. I am thrilled to be a part of this project and to be working with such amazing like-minded ‘sisters’! To learn more please visit www.redtentontario.com and sign up to receive updates. I will also be announcing more throughout the year as our project progresses.
So that’s my news for this month as I wish you all warmth and good health during these final weeks of winter … and much faith and hope as you nurture and cherish all those beautiful seed dreams in preparation for their appearance in the spring sunshine.
May you enjoy the dance!
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