Welcome to the Solstice Conference!
We are looking forward to being with you in Sorano very soon!
This letter contains a TON of information, so we suggest you print it and bring it with you.Read More
Welcome to the Solstice Conference!
We are looking forward to being with you in Sorano very soon!
This letter contains a TON of information, so we suggest you print it and bring it with you.Read More
May this Equinox bring your joy and expansion of the soul.
The world is here to stay for a very long time, maybe different from how we know it now. But there is no guarantee that we as a specie will last that long. Even more of a reason to love the world. To treasure it as the temple of our collective soul, as the home of all our longings and the nest of our necessities.Read More
June 16-23, 2019
Sorano - Italy
The Sorano Resort, about 2.5 hours from Rome, is ready to welcome this International SoulCollage® Facilitators Conference dedicated to Seasons, Cycles, and a Time of Fullness.
Give yourself the unique gift of deepening your SoulCollage® practice while alternating card-based activities with luxurious soaks in healing hot waters and meditative moments in the woods surrounding the resort.Read More
Harvest Light in celebration of the Winter Solstice
The Winter Solstice is a time of contraction, of centripetal movement directed towards the core of our being inviting vision, simplification, and sharper clarity about our intentions. Follow the steps of the Seasonal Wheel to harvest Light and soulfully celebrate this auspicious astronomical event.Read More
Maybe it is me, or maybe it is true, but it seems such a complex time worldwide. Contradictions abound, polarization is rampant, economies tremble, the list is long. Yet, I continue to be surrounded by wonderful people wherever I travel to leave seeds for SoulCollage(R) and for SOTO. I meet people who look at difficulties and find within the strength to meet them. Who do not forget their friends and neighbors and continue to nurture community. They make couragous choices, they speak up when necessary, they do not give up. They celebrate their humanity, and they play.
Fall is almost here and Winter approaches. I hear the call of my soul for "inner time", the only way I know to really replenish myself and find the consistent courage and determination to stay balanced, to stay in touch, and to keep up the good work.
The following poem struck me. It is calling for what my soul craves at this time, maybe a little earlier than usual. I hope you will cherish it, and maybe use it to listen to what your soul wants as the season is about to turn. Maybe you will make a painting for it, or a few SoulCollage(R) cards. Or write your own poem.
I look forward to your comments and your sharing.
Warm regards and much love,
This year I do not want the dark to leave me.
I need its wrap of silent stillness,
its cloak of long lasting embrace.
Too much light has pulled me away
from the chamber
Let the dawns come late,
let the sunsets arrive early,
let the evenings extend themselves
while I lean into
the abyss of my being.
Let me lie in the cave of my soul,
for too much light
steals the source
Let me seek solace in the empty places
of winter's passage,
those vast dark nights
that never fail to shelter me.
Here are a few upcoming opportunities:
Ceremonies, Rituals and Personal Practices based on the 4 Elements
September 28-30, 2018
St. Brigid’s Villa
Guelph, ON, Canada
SoulCollage® Facilitator Training
October 11-14, 2018
San Jose, California, USA
Your New Narrative:
Create a Visual Biography Through SoulCollage®
2018 focus: Exploring the inner play of Feminine and Masculine
Oct. 28 – Nov. 2, 2018
Scotts Valley, California, USA
SoulCollage® Annual Winter Retreat: Prayer
Nov. 15-18, 2018
Santa Sabina Retreat Center
San Rafael, California, USA
Drums of Water
A workshop in School of The Origins
(by invitation only)
Drums of Fire
a workshop in School of The Origins
Details will be available soon
Facilitator Trainings 2019
San Juan Bautista, CA, February 2019
Taipei: March 21-24, 2019
Abano Terre, Italy: May 1-5, 2019
No, no, it is not a terminal illness, yet heliotropism is indeed incurable. Like flowers and plants, we turn towards the light consciously or not, as the sun moves through the sky. Our need for the sun personally accompanies us from the first to the last day of our lives. Every drop of organic life on our planet shares this predicament and depends, directly or indirectly, on the generosity of our magnificent star. Sol in Latin, Helio in Greek (heliotrops…dependent on the sun), Surya in Sanskrit, Oorun in Yoruba, the sun has been loved, worshipped, and prayed to by all our ancestors.
For this Summer Solstice, my invitation is to explore your relationship with the sun. The peak of the Solstice this year is at 10:07 UTC (California 3:07am; Italy 12:07…etc…). And all day today, as well as in the next couple of days as you are still in the aura of this powerful natural event, I suggest that you explore your thoughts and feelings about the sun, if you are a SoulCollager you can look at your deck to bring awareness of if, when, and how the sun is already present in any of them.
SoulCollagers or not, you may create a card for the Sun with the help of this slide show
You may also journal, dance, paint, engage in sensory awareness, or any other creative pathway to explore, discover and examine your relationship with what is always with us, even if we take for granted.
The sun is the largest body and a star in its own right, situated at the center of our solar system. It is made mostly of hydrogen and helium, has a diameter of about 1.4 million kilometers. It contains more than ninety-nine percent of the total mass of our solar system. We are truly tiny in its presence. Its mean distance from the earth is about 149 million kilometers. It is stationary and all the planets revolve around it. So do we.
If you discover a soft spot in your heart for the sun, know that you are not alone. And if you are filled with awe at the thought of its contribution to life, and its immense power, you will also be in good ancient company. It is quite safe to say that the sun is the first “object” of nature humans turned to with the reverential attitude one has for a divinity. How could they not? The history of sun worship is a fascinating subject, and it has been going on way before recorded history. To stimulate your curiosity, I will mention here a few interesting facts.
The first attempt of designing a monotheistic religion seems to have occurred in ancient Egypt by the Pharaoh Akhenaten. Below you may read a few lines of a hymn to the Aten (the sun-disk deity), probably composed in the middle of the 14th century BC, attributed to the Akenaten himself. After his death, the Egyptian people returned to their gods, and Atenism died out as a monotheistic religion. But this does not mean that the sun didn’t have a prominent place in the Egyptian pantheon, as the representation of the sun god Ra attests.
In the Vedic religion, the sun god Surya has prominent status, and the importance of the sun is acknowledged every morning by pious Hindus through a simple ceremony habitually performed by the oldest members of the household. The Sun Salutation often welcomes the sunrise as well – and all of you who practice Yoga must be quite familiar with it. Another sweet and intimate ceremony salutes the sun’s departure at sunset. It is like saying “good morning” and “good night” to a beloved mother/father every day.
Symbols of the sun are found everywhere in the world, from Paleolithic times onward. You are in fact surrounded by them, but might not be aware of their origin and meaning. Churches, cathedrals, and basilicas are filled with such symbols.
[Those on] earth come from your hand as you made them.
When you have dawned they live.
When you set they die;
You yourself are lifetime, one lives by you.
All eyes are on [your] beauty until you set.
All labor ceases when you rest in the west;
When you rise you stir [everyone] for the King,
Every leg is on the move since you founded the earth.
From the last part of the hymn to the Sun, translated by Miriam Lichtheim
Today is the first day of Spring. The magic balance of the Equinox has graced once again the seasonal cycle of light. In the Northern Hemisphere, we start the eager trek towards the Summer Solstice to celebrate the longest day of the year.
Let us pause for a moment though, and remember the powerful symbolism linked to this moment when life is ready to renew itself and shake off the constraints of winter. Animals, birds and insects, awakened by the stronger flow of vital energy, respond to the mating impulse. Life is quickening in trees and grasses, and the birds' song gets louder and more intense.
Persephone re-emerges from Ade. For six months, she leaves behind her Underworld mate to re-join her mother Demeter and infuse the world with the joyous energy of growth and expansion. In ancient Greece, this was the time to perform the Little Eleusin Mysteries, invoking fertility and abundance. People ritually used the synergy of the moment to anchor and deepen the same energy in their own personal lives, as well as in the life of the community.
Although some of the northern world is still under a heavy blanket of snow, the first signs of Spring might already be felt in the way air smells. Perhaps the first flowers pierce through the frost. Stop and feel it, for as faint as it may still be. Celebrate it in your heart if you cannot join a gathering. Reconnect with your ancestors’ rhythms in understanding and participating in the seasons.
“Sniff the Wind” as they did in Mesopotamia and in Egypt. Even today, many go outdoors to catch the Spring breeze. By taking it deeply into your lungs, attune with the natural changes happening around you.
And of course, there is Easter, mirroring the feast of Pesach, which recalls the "passage" of the Jewish people through the Red Sea under the guidance of Moses. It is a celebration of freedom, in both traditions. Jesus frees itself from the grip of death, and the enslaved Jews leave behind their Egyptian enslavement. We leave behind Winter, and its limitations, the gates open and life flows once again like sap in the branches of a young tree. It is a resurrection.
Easter shares another interesting link with the Celtic festival of Ostara, in honor of the goddess Eostre, goddess of light, the" Star of the East ", also the planet Venus, bearer of the light of dawn. During the Equinox Eostre blesses the daily increase of the light.
Did you ever wonder where the Easter Bunny comes from? Eostre loved the hare, which was dedicated to her, as a symbol of fertility and for its agility in the frantic spring mating. The hare found its way to today, disguised as a rabbit that brings the eggs to good children!
On a less playful note, yet worth remembering, the Rune associated with Eostre is Berkana: growth, birth, rebirth. Berkana is also connected to the Anima Mundi (the Soul of the World) in its feminine aspect, as a welcoming, nourishing, vivifying, life-giving presence.
In the cosmology of the School Of The Origins, we remember Unì, the Intelligence of the springs, where water returns to the surface cleansed and fresh after a long cyclical journey. When you seek rebirth and renewal, let your soul pilgrimage lead you to the springs.
In Berkana and in Unì we remember the reawakening of the universal life force within us, at all levels of existence: physical, emotional, mental and spiritual. A lot of energy is released and directed towards the continuity of life at the Equinox, in the month of March. In fact, in ancient Rome, the month of March (which also corresponded to the New Year), was dedicated to Mars, a god filled with action-directed energy.
In ancient Zoroastrianism, the Equinox was also the time for the New Year to begin, still celebrated by those following the Baha'i faith, a time filled with hope for renewal. At this time, houses are cleaned, renovated and decorated with flowers, bonfires are lit in the streets around which people sing and dance and traditionally wear bright colors. The "festival of colors" is also found in the Holi Indian tradition, a celebration in which the triumph of Good over Evil (the Light over Darkness) eliminates the distance between the castes and thousands of people descend into the streets singing, dancing and throwing colored pigments over each other. It is quite a scene!!
In Japan, this season the landscape is dominated by the magic of the beloved cherry blossoms (sakura). For hundreds of years the hanami, literally the "looking at the flowers", has been observed to predict the progress of the earth’s productivity for the current year. Picnics are enjoyed in the shade of the flowering cherry trees, with specially prepared foods like mochi and picnickers drinking sake until late at night, when the flowering plants are illuminated to mark "the night of the cherry trees ".
Take a moment to focus on what you wish to attract tin your life, what you wish to water and nurture, and tend to make it grow. I wish you strength, positive energy, love, courage, and zest for life.
SOULCOLLAGE® in Italia - 2018 PER FACILITATORI e non
Aggiornamento sulle opportunità di incontro e approfondimento per Facilitatori e appassionati di SoulCollage® .
Maggio 31/3 giugno – Corso di Formazione – Montegrotto (PD) (aperto a tutti coloro che hanno soddisfatto i pre-requisiti)
Luglio 7/12 – Tamburi del Cielo (solo a invito, per chi ha completato almeno un altra Immersione Tamburi) – Marta (Lago di Bolsena)
Luglio 20/22– Raduno Facilitatori Italiani (solo per Facilitatori) – Tuscania (VT)
Agosto (date esatte da definire, circa 1/7) – Donne per Sentieri – Alpi occidentali - aperto a tutti
Agosto 29/3 settembre – Tamburi di Fuoco (aperto a tutti) – Marta (Lago di Bolsena) - APERTO A TUTTI
Settembre 14/16– Invita I tuoi Demoni per il Te’ (lavoro sull’Ombra) – Orvieto - aperto a tutti coloro che praticano il SoulCollage®
Nel 2018 la Formazione avrà luogo a Montegrotto Terme, ecco il link per informazioni e iscrizione:
I Facilitatori che desiderano “rinfrescare” l’esperienza della Formazione (che si è evoluta in un curriculum ampliato dal 2016) ricevono il 40% di sconto sul costo normale ($750 è il prezzo corrente). SoulCollage Inc richiede che per ottenere lo sconto tu sia iscritto al Circle of Friends of SoulCollage® ($45 annuali).
ESTATE 2018 - SoulCollage®
(1) Luglio – 19/22 – RADUNO SOLO PER FACILITATORI
A Tuscania, nella Sala di Santa Croce.
“Raduno” dei Facilitatori di SoulCollage® Italiani
Aperto a Facilitatori italiani, o che parlano italiano e operano in Italia. Questa è un’occasione per conoscerci, lavorare un po’ insieme con i nostri Neter, e aggiornarci su vari aspetti della facilitazione con la possibilità di scambiare informazioni, esperienze e fare domande. Penso che sia importante “contarci” di nuovo. L’ultimo incontro lo abbiamo fatto nel 2013 ed è stato davvero un bel momento. I costi sono limitati al vitto, viaggio, alloggio e spese vive di organizzazione (50 Euro), dato che il Raduno è basato sul volontariato di tutti coloro che sono coinvolti nella sua presentazione e organizzazione.
Prenota una stanza a Tuscania al più presto possibile. La lista dei posti che Carola ed io abbiamo verificato l’anno scorso è disponibile sul sito di mariabruna (vedi il link sotto). Altrimenti guarda su Airbnb. Ci sono anche posti camper nella zona del cimitero – gratuiti.
Iscriviti al Raduno con questo link:
Per iscriverti devi compilare il modulo come se tu stessi per pagare, ma il totale sarà zero. Non sei iscritta/o fino a che non ricevi la finestrella che ti annuncia il successo dell’iscrizione.
CONTRIBUTO RADUNO in contanti all’arrivo: 50 Euro
Porta il tuo mazzo, qualche carta vuota, forbici, tre riviste da condividere, immagini su cui vorresti lavorare se si presenta l’occasione, e la colla. Avremo alcune paia di forbici in caso di necessità, e anche riviste e immagini sciolte.
Mariabruna farà una presentazione di circa 4 ore sul “Se’ Selvaggio”: un’occhiata diversa al Seme dei Compagni per nutrire ed espandere gli aspetti “non-domestici” della nostra anima.
**Se sei interessata/o a presentare un’attività di SoulCollage® per la durata di circa due ore (da definire insieme), per favore scrivimi subito. Ci sono 3 o 4 “orari” aperti, da intersecare con momenti creativi per fare e leggere carte, consultare il nostro mazzo in piccoli gruppi, e conversare sul nostro ruolo di Facilitatori.
Inizieremo alle 16 del venerdì e concluderemo alle 16 di domenica.
Per coordinamento macchine, se desideri condividere il viaggio, ti consigliamo di mettere (magari ripetutamente) un messaggio sulla pagina dei Facilitatori italiani o contattare direttamente chi già conosci nella tua zona. https://www.facebook.com/groups/506234616055741/
(2) Settembre 14-16 - INVITA I TUOI DEMONI PER IL TÈ
Monastero San Lodovico (istituto San Lodovico), Orvieto
Seminario di Approfondimento aperto a Facilitatori e praticanti di SoulCollage® (che abbiano già cominciato a creare il loro mazzo).
Questo è uno di quegli incontri che dovremmo fare tutti almeno una volta all’anno. Infatti, fare amicizia con i nostri Demoni è un lavoro che non finisce mai, e che porta tantissime soddisfazioni anche se la prospettiva inizialmente potrebbe non essere attraente.
Comprendere l’Ombra e imparare come portare i suoi contenuti alla luce per integrarli, ci trasforma più rapidamente che qualsiasi altro lavoroÈ anche un aspetto fondamentale del SoulCollage® che riconosce la sua presenza in tutte le carte che creiamo, a parte le Traspersonali che per definizione non hanno Ombra e non parlano. Non solo, SoulCollage® ci permette di lavorare con l’Ombra attraverso la creatività, senza pregiudizi e senza giudizi, ma in modo efficace e duraturo.
Link per iscriversi:
PAGAMENTO: in contanti all’arrivo. Se desideri pagare con carta di credito, per favore manda l’importo direttamente a PayPal.Me/mariabruna
Costo del Corso: Euro 150
Alloggio al Monastero (con colazione):
Singola 50 + 4.40 tassa soggiorno = 54.40 x 2 notti = 108.80
Doppia 35 + 4.40 tassa soggiorno = 39.40 x 2 notti = 78.80
Tripla 30 + 4.40 tassa soggiorno = 34.40 x 2 notti = 68.80
Pranzi e cene si consumano fuori dal Monastero.
Con piacere vi annunciamo che l’Orto delle Fate, seguendo le nostre indicazioni dell’anno scorso, ha investito nella costruzione di una bella Yurta dove ospitare gruppi come il nostro, creando un ambiente più consono alla coesione del gruppo e più facile da gestire e vivere da tutti i punti di vista. Siamo quindi molto contente di ritornare in quel fazzoletto di terra magica sulla riva del lago.
ESTATE 2018 - SOTO – Scuola delle Origini
(1) Luglio 7/12 - “I Tamburi del Cielo” (aperto solo a chi ha seguito almeno un altro programma intensivo di SOTO).
Orto delle Fate, Marta (bolsena)
Incontriamo le 4 Intelligenze dell’Elemento Aria attraverso “viaggi” col tamburo, creatività e movimento. L’Aria ci chiama alla libertà e ci invita a relazionarci con alcuni aspetti di vita fondamentali e costanti ma non per questo facili da gestire, come il Cambiamento, il Tempo, lo Spazio e l’Infinito.
(2) Agosto (più o meno nella prima settimana di agosto) – Donne per Sentieri (quest’anno sulle Alpi). Date, sentieri e rifugio da definire.
Se ti interessa ricevere dettagli, per favore iscriviti qui:
(3) Agosto 29/3 settembre - “Tamburi di Fuoco” aperto a tutti
Dettagli: Per ulteriori dettagli clicca qui:
Orto delle Fate, Marta (Lago di Bolsena)
Costo dell’Immersione: equivalente in Euro di $300
Costi vitto e alloggio: vedi i dettagli pratici e opzioni iscrizione su questo link:
Nella ricerca di un percorso spirituale basato sulla natura e le sue leggi, profondo e autentico, ma indipendente da istituzioni religiose, dogmi e schemi culturali lontani, SOTO ci invita a guardarci intorno e ascoltarci dentro per riscoprire un rapporto personale con le forze della natura.
Iniziamo questo percorso con i 4 volti dell’Elemento del Fuoco, presenti dentro ciascuno di noi. Il Fuoco è il ciclo della creazione, nel quale siamo coinvolti ogni giorno anche se non ce ne rendiamo conto. Ci parla delle nostre passioni, dei nostri istinti e del nostro desiderio di immergerci in azioni e progetti che arrivino a una conclusione organica e soddisfacente. Questa “Immersione” ci apre ad una visione del mondo sciamanica, “indigena” e archetipica attraverso “viaggi” guidati dal tamburo, suoni speculari, creatività e movimento. In questo corso si acquisiscono strumenti di base che ci permettono di continuare a coltivare questa prospettiva anche dopo essere tornati a casa e alle routine quotidiane.
When the celestial spheres organize such a treat in the firmament, I become ridiculously lyrical. So what if the Blue Moon is a human invention based on a calendar anomaly? I am still thrilled to enjoy two full moons in a month. And will we see the blood or not? Will the amber moon leave an orangey halo as the earth’s shadow obscures its light? I don’t care, because I am imagining the total eclipse, and already feeling the joy.
What I do care about is whether the caressing veil of darkness will awake wistfulness or mischief in my heart.
And what dreams will I nurture as this thrice blessed moon crosses the sky?
In the anticipation, the moon calls for a poet. James Broughton responds…a trickster, a maverick, and a quintessentially Californian mystic.
Every day I grow a dream in my garden
where the beds are laid out for love
When will you come to embrace it
and join in the joy of the dance?
Ecstatic poet, memoirist, playwright, translucent film maker… his voice invites us to engage with everything alive, it insists we play with the gods and the muses....where the beds are laid out for love.
Come forth unabashed
Come out unbuttoned
Only through body can
you clasp the divine
Only through body can
you dance with the god
In every man’s hand
the gift of compassion
In every man’s hand
the beloved connection
Trust one another
And you? Will you welcome this moon when you see it? Will you feel the umbra touch your cheeks? In the alignment of our three most beloved spheres, will you remember something you have lost? As Broughton would say….
Could you wake to the innocent morning
and follow the risks of your heart?
Will the little bird of the heart sing of wondrous wholeness while magic happens above?
The Hidden Singer
The gods are less for their love of praise.
Above and below them all is a spirit that needs nothing
but its own wholeness, its health and ours.
It has made all things by dividing itself.
It will be whole again.
To its joy we come together --
the seer and the seen, the eater and the eaten,
the lover and the loved.
In our joining it knows itself. It is with us then,
not as the gods whose names crest in unearthly fire,
but as a little bird hidden in the leaves
who sings quietly and waits, and sings.
~ Wendell Berry ~
Sit with the moon, if only for a few minutes. After gazing into her face, open the door of your dreams to her. Invite her into your art, your collages, and into your poetry. Listen to the powerful synchronicity of tonight's alignments, find the message she whispers for you, turn it into images and songs.
If you are looking for facts, here is a link for some science:
and a link for times:
I look forward to seeing you in 2018...before the next eclipse!
We are approaching the sacred seasonal time of the Winter Solstice in the Northern Hemisphere, and the Summer Solstice in the Hemisphere below. By aligning with the “turning” energy of this pivotal moment we may harness it on behalf of our personal and spiritual unfolding.
Archetypically Equinoxes are a time of balance and invite us to remember the paradox of the two opposite realities co-existing around us and within us: birth and death. It is a time of “both/and”, in the terminology dear to SoulCollage®. It is a time of “not choosing”, of briefly allowing ourselves to take a breath on the verge of two worlds.Read More
I am writing from the Hotel Sovana in Tuscany where Laura Hansen and I are facilitating a 'retreat in motion', a pilgrimage of sort that takes us outwardly to visit Etruscan and medieval sites while we journey within through our SoulCollage(R) cards.
At the opening of our first circle I introduced the group to the Archetype of the Melusina. All the 16 participants (from four countries and various States) were invited to make a card for Her and enter into Her womb aware of the desires and doubts of this moment, asking to be transformed in whatever way we are consciously or unconsciously seeking. Laura had printed the widest possible selection of Melusina images and we were all soon busy giving this ancient figure our individual interpretations by making a card for Her. In this newsletter you can see my latest SoulCollage(R) card for Her and a few other examples that were created last Sunday.
The title of this newsletter may sound like the refrain of a sentimental song, and indeed it does speak about a unique kind of love. I call the Melusina 'mine' (and she can become yours as well) because my love affair with Her spans almost four decades of admiring, painting, sculpting and looking for Her in remote places.
'Melusina' is the name I favor among those used for the bi-tailed Siren whose legends and myths are found across time and space in almost all ancient cultures. What has always puzzled me is her consistent but obscured presence in the carved decorations of ancient European cathedrals and silvan chapels. I have seen how she has been intentionally disfigured or even completely removed from portals and columns, and how she is often described as a medieval representation of a monster if mentioned at all by guides and scholars. She has been dismissed but she has not gone away, her powerful exquisite feminine presence has been only partially silenced by this disregard that seems to be melting away, at least in some circles.
Early Christians carved her likeness above the entrance into their simple ancient chapels, her legs-tails spread widely, the mouth of her vagina inviting us to enter the place of worship as if entering into her womb where we would be reabsorbed and restored to a state of innocence and pure potentiality. There we could be awakened to spiritual life and return to the world with new eyes. As devotees exited after worship they stepped over the chapel's threshold as if they were traveling through the birth again and again. These early Christians were simply applying an ancient widespread symbol to their new religion. In southern Tuscany, where she is still widely present both in stone and in spirit, the Etruscans carved her likeness above the entrance of their monumental tombs where she was receiving the soul of the dead protecting its passage into the richer afterlife.
The disfiguring and the oblivion of the Melusinas were step by step consciously orchestrated as the Christian church, in its desire to define itself as a religion completely different from the ancient cults, abandoned the natural awareness of the feminine role in creation and in transformation, in favor of a patriarchal vision and image of a monotheistic male god.
What I discover over and over in her ancient presence is a quality of love akin to the force that holds the universe together. You may call this force with a different name, more scientific or neutral, and yet you would still refer to the quality that consistently recreates order out of the creative chaos, allowing life to manifest into cohesive harmony rather than disperse in the centrifugal fugue of entropy.
She is Refuge from the chaos we experience in heart and mind with the firm hold she has of her two tails flaying in opposite directions; she is Nurturance and Transformation by virtue of her ability to live simultaneously in all the elemental dimensions, from which she teaches how to receive the sustenance we need accordingly to our essential nature. But most of all she is Mother that births and rebirths, welcoming us in her ctonic womb where the elements are brought to their original separateness to be remixed again in a new formula.
Her body itself is an alchemical cauldron. She breathes the air we breathe and often she sports wings. She is a creature of the primordial waters where she travels freely thanks to the fish part of her body. Her tails, partly siren-like partly snakes hint to her travels in the underworlds of darkness and mystery. She welcomes us in the fire of her belly protected by her earthy womb. She moves freely in all four elements which she contains in her body.
At 5:30am on the morning of the Summer Solstice we will participate in an astro-architecture solar even at the cathedral of Sovana. The sun will enter a pertuge in the absid and its first ray will travel on the walls and columns of the church touching symbolic places and telling us the eternal story of Life exploding into Summer once again.
Upon entering and then exiting we will salute the Melusina who has been gracing the portal of this church since the 9th century AD.
If you are intrigued you will be able to read more about Her on my website and participate in some of the works I am planning next year under her auspices. In the meantime read what you can but do not believe all you read, because she has been vilified and reduced to folklore too often. Times are changing for Her as well.
As I am writing this note stretched on my bed, the windows wide open to welcome the morning sun and the fragrant smells of the garden, two swallows fly in. They circle the room twice chirping cheerfully, seemingly very aware of my presence, and fly out again waving their bifurcated tails.
I share with you their Solstice blessings and send you my best wishes for a fruitful expansive summer,
My Melusina - Council Suit
I am the ancestral Mother, the brewer of the primordial Waters.
I am the Queen of origins.
I breathe into the invisible net that holds the universe together.
I am the keeper of the Fire that burns under the cauldron of all earthly possibilities.
Everything finds its beginnings in my womb. I bless the round and low, the tall and pointed with rebirth.
There is not much published on the Melusine, or bi-caudate Siren. And some of what you will find is inaccurate or seen through culture specific eyes that do not take into account the depth of symbolic meaning contained in her presence. Imagine that early archeologists upon finding her above Etruscan tombs' doorways called her the "winged demon". There is a researcher from the Netherlands who is writing her second book on the Siren. Although she goes beyond the manifestation of the Siren as Melusine, she has done some good research and educated guessing. Her name is Selma Sevenhuijsen (so far published in Dutch and Italian). I met the Melusine as a young woman and since then, besides reading what I find (with a grain of salt) I have been "journeying" with her through drumming, creativity and visioning, to understand her better as a universal archetype, regardless of contextual cultural applications. Selma does not like the word "Melusine" because of the legends associated to it in French lore. I personally do not like to call her Siren or Mermaid because for similar reasons. I find it limiting and misleading. Maybe one day she will reveal another name, appropriate to these times and to the need we presently have of her presence.
We are like rivers following the urge towards the core of our nature, towards home. Not a place of arrival but a place of source. Home is where our gifts ripen to be shared with the world, where we find solace and strength, where we grow wisdom, ripen maturity, and let the collective carry us without losing our beat.Read More
We have so much to learn from these women who sought their freedom with resilience, clarity and ingenuity.Read More
My teach/travel ever-changing pace has taken me again to the Hawaiian Islands. Yes, I consider myself very fortunate to be 2300 miles of deep blue water away from the closest continental shore! Tomorrow morning I will be in a radio interview, scroll to the bottom of this blog to find the link.
During this second long stay I am learning a bit more of what is real in this unique world – imbuing lessons from nature and observing the mingling of so many ethnicities. I greatly appreciate that everyone here is a minority. Hawai’i seems to be the most racially diverse place in the world. In the last Census 23.6% of the residents claimed a multi-ethnic background (two or more ethnic roots). Alaska is second among the States with only 7.3%!!
Hawai’i is home to an Asian mix that together holds a slight “majority”. Whites both from the mainland and from Europe, Native Hawaiians and Pacific Islanders, Native Americans, African Americans or otherwise Black, Hispanics of various origin, and Alaskan Natives have made their home here… it is a marvelous mix that influences the music and festivals, and of course the food! The Chinese cook Manapua and the Portuguese (mostly from the Azores) offer Malasadas. If you are a foodie you might check Wikipedia on this amazing array of choices.
I am continuously surprised by the diversity of landscapes and fauna found in the islands. The differences between North/South and West/East are quite evident even in these microcosms floating in the middle of the Pacific. I am also very pleased by the absence of anything poisonous because I love to go barefooted everywhere. I take this absence as another sign of the well-advertised Aloha spirit, which becomes more and more real when one leaves the touristic beaten paths and is required to deal with day-to-day tasks.
My dark skin is once again a great ally for blending in, I am driving a local semi-wrecked car which makes me pleasantly invisible, I visit old friends who have settled here many years ago and are a reliable source of reflection on assimilation and integration in this world that lives by its own rules, and I vicariously homestead on and off in a speckle of paradise north of Hilo without running water or electricity.
My brain loves the challenge at all levels. Last night I was reading Plato (don’t we need Socrates’ wisdom in these challenging political times!!!) at the light of a tea-candle-powered led lamp, listening to the coqui frogs incessant cries and a few grunts from the wild pigs groveling below the lanai.
The trials posed by the unfamiliar – having to negotiate unknown dirt roads, surfer’s pickups darting for the coast with their dogs barking in the back, food without refrigeration, tiny restaurants patronized mostly by locals, fancy hotels catering to the super rich by recreating a Polynesian village on the lava beds – all this keeps me young. The incessant rain on the East coast of the Big Island tested my resilience, and the warm sun on the West side finally dried off my bones and allowed me to swim early in the morning with the usual array of colorful tropical fish. In between these blessed moments I work as usual. I navigate the meanders of marketing (where I continue to be quite lost), I conduct mentoring sessions, I write, I read, and practice Aloha.
In spite of its small size (the Big Island is 4,028 square miles and has a permanent population of more or less 200k) – I feel life’s potential vibrating very strongly, I feel free, expansive and curious, with so much to discover in its amazing geographical and human diversity. Sometimes this surprises me. There must be a law of resonance at work, something I cannot deny nor explain.
The culture is becoming more familiar, and more foreign at the same time, as it often happens when we start exploring something that carries this degree of history and complexity.
I always find help in books, so if you love readings I suggest these three very different books as a start:
Shark Dialogs by Kiana Davenport. I got pleasantly lost in her world and I am continuing to read the sequels. Kiana is of mixed blood, Hawaiian and Caucasian, she is a great writer and an intelligent outspoken woman. In fact you might like reading her blog as well.
“Hawaii” by Michener: This book is truly a classic, if you have never read it I recommend it even if you are not planning to travel this way.
The Bowl of Light by Hank Wesselman has its moments of egocentrism, but it is also a beautiful, inspiring and magical account of Hawaiian mysticism. Ignore the blips and take the wisdom, it is worth the effort.
Post your thoughts in my blog’s comments if you read them! And share any Hawai’i story or reflection.
You may also join me for a workshop – Jan 21-22 on Maui, The Phoenix: Ancient Myth, Personal Journey, or from March 10-12 on the Big Island, The Wheel of Life: a Cosmology of the Four Elements. Click here to see all my current workshops, including SoulCollage facilitator trainings in USA, Canada also with a Tour in Italy.
Please also consider to join me in the radio interview with Judy I mentioned above, if you haven’t already.
Please join me on January 12th for Jazz Up Your Life with Judy: Breakthrough to Your Greatest Health, Wealth & Happiness.
You can have free exclusive access to this event which showcases many different speakers, and there will also be some personal work with some of the participants. All participants will also receive a GIFT worth over $525 of activations and processes to jump start your new adventure called "Life Beyond Your Dreams".
If you would like to join the event, click here: http://www.mcssl.com/app/?af=1665038
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The Winter Solstice is an aspicious time for deep contemplation of the mystery. In this moment between the end of the light-dimming cycle, and the beginning of light’s expansion – feel the thinning of the veil, and send into its magic a humble request to feel the love that bridges life and death, dimness and brightness.Read More
Dear friends, brothers and sisters,
As part of our long established tradition, at this time of year I send you deep gratitude for your support and for all I have been learning directly or vicariously from your presence in my life. Thank you for existing.Read More
Learn how to welcome a new card into your deck. This exercise is very revealing and provides cross integration among various Neters - an activation of Indra's Net within. Discover how the Neters can speak to each other.Read More
Clinically, SoulCollage® has innumerable applications, including the development of self-reflective and self-soothing tools. It offers openings to increase clients’ confidence in their decision-making process and opportunities to recognize and access their own strengths. It has proved particularly suitable in anchoring those precious “Ah, hah!” moments that occur during the therapeutic process and for overcoming internal as well as external conflictsRead More