The Earthways Shamanic Path Gathering is coming!

Hello Everybody!  CUUPS of Fort Myers is hosting the first ever, Earthways Shamanic Path Gathering at the Unitarian Universalist Church of Fort Myers, April 15 through April 17, 2016.

This is a new pagan path, developed here at CUUPS of Fort Myers.

1. We study the Seasons as they unfold where we live. We learn what those Seasons are, their physical-environmental aspects, their spiritual aspects and what they mean, and how to celebrate them.

2. We approach the world through a shamanic perspective. We drum and meditate to achieve altered states. We go on shamanic journeys. We communicate with spirits and guides. We do this to help ourselves, or to help other people or other beings.

3. We believe that Shamanism is an ancient earth-based spiritual practice with modern applications. We recognize that you can be Shaman and Wiccan, or Shaman and Druid, or other combinations. But for us, we are Shaman and this is our Path.

4. We say, “Share Your Peace With Our Mother Earth, Father Sky, and The Big Water.”

We have a lovely brochure:

EwSP Gathering 2016-Brochure.02252016

You can visit the Eventbrite website to learn more information and to register.  If you want to split your payments, Whale Maiden takes PayPal and has a SQUARE, and will be happy to help you with that.  Contact Whale.Maiden@yahoo.com if you have questions.

Thanks everyone.

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Earthways Shamanic Path Gathering 2016

EwSP Gathering 2016 Brochure  <— click on this link to see the brochure

We are excited to announce that the Earthways Shamanic Path Gathering 2016, is coming to Fort Myers, Florida, April 15-17, 2016.  It will be held at the Unitarian Universalist Church of Fort Myers at 13411 Shire Lane, Fort Myers.

The EsWP Gathering 2016 is open to all people over the age of 18 who are interested in core shamanism.  The Gathering is for educational, spiritual, and, networking purposes.  You will not become a shaman as a result of attending this Gathering.

We have wonderful  speakers and  facilitators for this year’s EwSP Gathering.  Most of the presentations will be on Saturday and topics include:

  • Shamanism and the Fae
  • “Playing Foot Sees”
  • Role of Shamanic Journeying for psychotherapeutic healing and health
  • What is the Earthways Shamanic Path
  • Co-creating medicine with Nature Spirits
  • Meditations, Ceremonies, Great Food, and much more.

The EwSP Gathering 2016 is sponsored by CUUPS of Fort Myers.

Find the Magic in your land

The Earthways Shamanic Path is an Earth-based religious path.  It is based in Southwest Florida, yet can be practiced all around the world.  We ask you to discover, “What are the Seasons where you live?  How do you celebrate them?”    We advocate the achievement of altered states of reality through meditation, drumming and dancing, as well as through exploring nature, for greater self awareness and to “Share Your Peace With Our Earth.”

A Registration Portal will be open soon at Eventbrite.  Just look for Earthways Shamanic Path Gathering 2016.

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thoughts on Hal and Sam

Labyrinth at UUCFM, October 2015
Labyrinth at UUCFM, October 2015

In a short amount of time a few weeks ago, I attended the Halloween Costume party for families at the UUCFM, followed by the Samhain Celebration led by the CUUPS group there and then attended the Sunday church service, honoring our beloved dead. I’ve realized there is deep meaning for all these events, and they all serve very different purposes.

In the Earthways Shamanic Path (Florida Wheel) I’ve so far only identified four holidays so far:  the beginnings of Rainy Season, Hurricane Season, Dry Season, and Fire Season.  I was trying to see if we could do without the Days of Samhain, Imbolc, Beltaine, and Lunashgh.  Or to see how they play out organically, here in Southwest Florida.

The Halloween Costume party, provided a fun, kid friendly gathering for people in my Church Community. This party started with a community dinner prepared by one of our church members. She prepares a wonderful meal each Wednesday.  After the food and dishes were cleared away, then the party started. This party was organized by the RE Director, and she did a fabulous job.  There were people in costumes, and people who choose to not be in costume. We had fun activities, and entertainment.  I was in costume; and had a wonderful time, however, I couldn’t stay for the whole party.  This party was decorated with pumpkins and cut out paper bats and paper mice.  They were whimsical decorations, more festive than ghoulish.  It was perfect.

The Samhain Celebration was held outside at the amphitheater on Saturday evening. I stopped at a store on my way to the ceremony, to get some cookies for the pot luck, which was held after the ceremony.

When I left the store, it was humid, slightly overcast, and approaching twilight. I realized that it was later than I thought, that I was running late, and that it was going to rain soon. I hastened to the Ceremony. It was growing darker. There was a fire glowing already and people were seated around the amphitheater. I brought my midnight blue heavy cloak, but didn’t wear it; it was too hot out.  After I put all my things down, I brought my Ancestors Box and teddy bear to the altar table, which was set up to one side of the fire. Other celebrants had placed mementos of their departed loved ones on the altar.

We joined hands and sang a song. This promoted a cohesive feeling, and was energizing:  I love being in Ceremony outside at night time.  My Friend led the Celebration, asking us to rise and name our beloved dead, that they might be remembered,. As each person said a name, the rest of us would respond with the person’s name and then sing, “those who have gone before us, rise up and call their name.” I named my parents and a cousin, and my recently departed cat. Then I pointed to the Teddy Bear and said that was for the Florida Bears, since the hunting season had just opened earlier that week. Many bears had been “taken” in the hunt, among them lactating momma bears. As each person stated their beloved dead’s name, we chanted, “those who have gone before us, rise up and call their name.”  This was very moving, yet comforting to be with each other, as we went through this ceremony of shared remembering.

Next, we each took two pine cones, and placed them in the fire. One was to release something that wasn’t working for us any more, the other was to signify something we wanted to draw to us.  It was a Full Moon, still, so this was a great use of the energies of Samhain (to harvest) and the Full Moon, at the same time.

After that, some of us walked over to the newly rocked Labyrinth. The cobblestones lining the Labyrinth are easy to see in moon light, (even if overcast) and we all walked the circuits with ease. Then we walked back to the the people who were still at the amphitheater, sang some more songs and closed the circle.

It began to rain, and I felt that I had held the rain off, personally. After that, we went to the Hall and had our pot luck. It was fun to see people and chat with them. Some I hadn’t seen in a while, others I have.

Sunday was the day to honor our beloved dead at church. I brought a friend to church and we arrived late. When there was a good opportunity, I brought my pictures of my parents and my cat, and the bear, to the table that had been set up to hold these items. There was music and readings. We wrote the names of our loved ones down on slips of paper. Those slips were collected.  The Youth read the names. I wept for my parents and for my cat.

Now that my parents are departed, I feel their presence; they have become my Ancestors, and provide comfort and guidance.

As I listened to all the names being called out, I remembered more and more people from my Church family.  I wrote their  names down to be read out loud. I realized that I have been in this Church Family for so long, I may be the only one who remembers some of these people.  I know the names of our Church’s ancestors.  I must call out their names, so they will be remembered.  Next year, I will prepare myself ahead of time, and make a list before Church.

As you build your Wheel of the Year following the magic in your land, consider how you will remember your Ancestors.

Although the Earthways Shamanic Path is based in Florida, it can be celebrated anywhere.  You just need to explore the magic of your land.  What is it saying to you?   What are the seasons, where you live?  What do they mean to you?  How are they celebrated? 

And “Let’s Share Peace With Our Earth.”

Join Whale Maiden in the discussion at the Earthways Shamanic Path – Facebook Group

 

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