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

 

AUTUMN EQUINOX BLESSING and NEWSLETTER 2017

It is a sweet joy to share with you the Autumn Equinox Newsletter as, and this may surprise you, it is the last festival of our native year! Samhain which occurs November 7th and is the next "cross quarter" seasonal festival of 2017 is, in truth, a celebration of the Irish indigenous New Year. This makes the last "quarter" festival Cónacht Fómhair /Autumn Equinox extremely special for us and our Ancestors. It is the final verse of energies that began at Samhain 2016. The green leaves are giving themselves up to browns, bronzes, reds and russets and the branches holding them will not be doing so for long. Any swallows you still might see are lagging behind the departure of most of their kin. For many of us, the shortening evenings bring an early shiver not so much from a cooler temperature, but more from an anticipation of the darker, colder days of Winter. Yet the Festival and Rites of Autumn Equinox call us away from such an energy sapping outlook to embrace this time, “the pause between Autumn and Winter”. So significant is the second Equinox of the year that it is our loss to not enter and celebrate it.

 

Cónocht Fómhair suaimhneach orainn go léir
" An Autumn Equinox of Harmony upon us all"
The day halfway between Summer Solstice and Winter Solstice is Autumn Equinox. This year it falls on Friday, September 22nd at 20.20pm, GMT. In Ireland the first day of true equality between darkness and light will be Sunday, September 24th.

 

What's Happening At Slí An Chroí - Autumn Equinox To Samhain

SEPTEMBER

 

Thurs. 21st Sept: Autumn Equinox 'Live' Facebook Ceremony with John & Karen. 20.00-20.30pm. Simply like the Slí an Chroí FB page and click on at the given time to take part.

 

Fri. 29th Sept - Sun. Oct. 1st: The Healers Spiral training, North Direction. Venue, Sli An Chroí Community Space, Smithfield, Dublin 7.

OCTOBER


Thurs. 5th Oct: Moon Mná Women's Circle:Crone Rites of the Cailleach Attunement, 21.00-21.30pm, Free 'Live' Facebook Event. Simply like the Moon Mná Women's Celtic Circle Fb page then click on at the given time. If you wish to receive information about this powerful Attunement and be added to the Moon Mna email list click HERE.

 

Sat. 7th Oct: Moon Mná Women's Circle:Crone Rites of the Cailleach Circle, 14.00-17.00pm, Sliabh na Caillí, Loughcrew, Co.Meath. If you wish to receive information about this powerful Rite to smooth your existing or future path to elderhood &/or for your female ancestry and be added to the Moon Mna email list click HERE.

Sat. 21st & Sun. 22nd: Archetypes Masterclass "Power In a Sacred Universe", Venue, Sli An Chroí Community Space, Smithfield, Dublin 7. Investment €160
This two day course will bring participants into awareness of archetypal energies. These “organising principles” can be navigated and negotiated to improve the positive influences we call into our lives.The vision for your life is given a powerful, practical and effective mechanism for realising potential. This workshop is open to all. No previous formal shamanic experience necessary and equally relevant to experienced practitioners. Read more... .


Upcoming Events Later in 2017

Mon. 6th Nov. Samhain 'Live' Facebook Ceremony with John & Karen. 20.00-20.30pm. Simply like the Slí an Chroí FB page and click on at the given time to take part.

 

Sat. Nov. 11th: One Day Introduction to Shamanism, Slí An Chroí Centre, Dublin 7, 10.30am - 5.30pm. Investment €75. To read more and book, click here.

 

Moon Mná Women's Circle Facilitators (Online) Course Step into the Sacred Feminine with the Celtic Goddesses to learn how to facilitate your own Women Circles following the Lunar calendar. Find out more HERE. The beauty of this Online Course is that you may start when you wish.

 

A Seasonal Autumn Equinox Ceremony

Review the natural themes of Autumn Equinox below and be drawn to the practices of those themes that resonate with you at this time. Hold the intention to grasp a personal experience of the micro season that is Equinox in synchronicity with how our natural and cosmic worlds turn at this treasured time in September:

Balance Restoration: The key to all health is striving and sustaining balance. Reflect on your physical health, psychological health, emotional health and Spiritual health. Is there noticeable imbalance in any of these realms of health for you? Is there imbalance between any of these realms in your life, i.e. do you favour attention on one of these realms? It is part of our human condition to observe imbalances and rather than be hard on ourselves, seek first to become grounded. Finding stillness in Nature, observing and sensing life around you, feeling the earth beneath you and a slowing, deepening rhythm to your breathing is the platform for proactive exercises to counteract imbalance.


Appoint one of the four elements to each of your four health bodies, e.g. element of earth for your physical body, element of water for your emotional body, element of air for your psychological body, element of fire for your Spiritual body. If there is a health body more neglected than others, seek to work with the element relevant to that health body, e.g. if you have been neglecting nourishing yourself emotionally, look to water rituals.


i. Suggested Earth (Physical Body) Ritual: Gather fallen leaves and bind them with moist soil making a ball of fallen leaves. Place this on any part of your physical body that may be suffering ill health, rubbing/rotating it anticlockwise. Bring the ball of leaves towards your mouth and blow with your breath the pure energy of positive health you are calling into that part of your body. Give the leaves back to Mother Earth to accept any ill health/sickness as it falls from your body.


ii. Suggested Water (Emotional Body) Ritual: Source water from a river, stream, well, lake or sea shore. Fill 2 glasses or jars with equal amounts of water. Sit or stand in stillness holding both vessels, feeling their balance. Allow that experience of equal weight of water to drift into your experience of absence of emotional nourishment or over-stimulation of emotional energy. Pour honey into each water vessel, combine the waters into a larger single vessel and return it to its source mindfully.


iii. Suggested Air (Psychological Body) Ritual: Walking in Nature, seek a fallen bird feather consciously moved by the imbalance of any psychological burden. This will eventually bring a feather to you, be patient. With the feather in hand, be alive to the activity of air around you. Mindfully look to your breath and breathe in a synchronous pattern that matches the movement (whether small or big) of air in Nature around you. Using 3 breaths share with the feather the pure energy of your psychological challenge. Place it on the crown of your head if standing/sitting or on your brow (3rd eye) if lying down. Bring your awareness to the weight of the feather. Finally with a powerful breath blow the feather back to Nature, giving thanks to the bird who sent it to you.


iv. Suggested Fire (Spiritual Body) Ritual: If possible use dry fallen leaves as part of your tinder and keep 2 leaves at hand. If using a candle, have 2 dry fallen leaves to hand. Your fire ceremony will go to this the element of transformation and transmutation inspired by the necessary natural decay at this time of year. In essence, see your fire as a “clearing fire” that will wash away and unblock energy acting as an impediment in your Spiritual body. Light your fire or candle. Write on a piece of paper your gratitude to it for combusting all that blocks your Spiritual awakening. Wrap or tie this piece of paper around one leaf. On a second piece of paper write your gratitude to the fire for heating/lighting Spiritual energies that will naturally flow in following a release/unblocking. Again, wrap or tie this piece of paper around the second leaf. Hold both leaves, one in each hand and pause as you engage and breathe with the fire. The first leaf to give to the fire is that one expressing gratitude for unblocking. Observe how the fire takes the leaf and accompanying paper. Follow this with the second leaf, again with the same observation. If you are using a candle, collect the ashes and give to Nature mindfully.


If there is imbalance between more than one of your four health bodies, favour ritual for those bodies that are most requiring attention.

 

Letting Go: It is said we cannot experience unconditional love nor true renewal without the grace to let go. Whether this is realised in your life as expressing/receiving forgiveness, moving out of an old life story, shedding an unhealthy habit, acknowledging that a key relationship in your life or an aspect of it truly no longer serves you, only you will know. Now is a pertinent time to step into recognition and activation of a conscious, graceful letting go as Nature around us embraces this phenomenon unreservedly. A beautiful, simple ritual at this time is an ‘Earth Painting’. Gather fallen leaves, twigs, stones, decaying blossoms and assemble a spontaneous creative ‘altar’ on the ground/beach, honouring that which needs to be let go from your life. Stand back from what you have created asking yourself “what do I see?” Let your Earth Painting speak back to you, particularly how it might be guiding you towards a superior, graceful method for letting go. Know that Mother Nature will become involved in the taking of your Earth Painting into new form in the 45 days between now and Samhain as you turn and walk away. Embrace the days between Equinox and Samhain as a key time to give yourself wholeheartedly to your letting go. (You might like to return to the place of your Earth Painting at Samhain to witness how Mother Earth has transformed your prayer).

 

What Is To Be Lived: The equality of light and dark at Autumn Equinox, the balance between these energies and at the same time the seasonal natural falling and decaying is a potent blend for a clear sighted platform from which to assess how it is we are to live in the remaining days of the year, until Samhain/New Year. In the 45 days or so between actual Autumn Equinox (Sept. 23rd) and actual Samhain (Nov.7th), we have an opportunity to review our life since Samhain 2013 and to learn what has not been lived by us. Courageous and creative living is always our potential. Embrace the pause of balance at this Equinox, review your life since Samhain last year. Listen to your heart and mind, particularly the hunger that they hold. Be open to stepping forward into the 45 days to Samhain living each day from the strong intention to satisfy the hunger you hold for fuller living. To ritualise this reach for an apple from this year’s recent harvest. Cut it into 2 exact halves through the middle. This will expose the 5 pointed star or pentacle in the apple. This is a symbol associated with the archetype of Sofia and wisdom. Place into the flesh of one half of the apple, dried fruit and/or nuts. Before placing each into the apple, blow with your breath gratitude for all you have received and achieved since last Samhain. Into the second half of the apple, place similar items, but this time blowing into each item the energy of that which you are calling into your life experience. Bind both apple halves together with straw or cotton and place in a tree, handing over to the tree and Nature your Equinox prayer.

Mála Naofa Autumn Equinox Ritual

For a mála carrier or if you carry another form of sacred medicine bundle, Cónocht Fómhair is an occasion for a conscious pause with your bundle and an invitation for deep engagement. Be guided by the following principles:

 

Cleansing/ Clearing/ Shedding

Balance: of light and dark/ of light and shadow/ of masculine and feminine/ of lower, middle, upper worlds

Twinship: You – Your Anamleathchúpla

 

(For those who have grown their full mála naofa through The Medicine Spiral), arrange your 13 lia-stones in a circle. Place your North lia at the top holding Samhain, your East lia to the right holding Imbolg, your South lia holding Bealtaine at the bottom and your West lia to the left holding Lughnasadh. Place the stones into a perfect circle and stand back. In the orbit of energies from Samhain to Samhain, trace your gaze from your North lia clockwise around the circle until you return to the North lia again. Autumn Equinox energies will correspond with the middle West lia. As you engage with this lia, what aspect of personal and cosmic life is held in this lia? Be alive to how the lia is awakening you to important energies to attend to or to receive from at this time of year. Consider an imram-journey with or into this lia.

 

As trees and shrubs shed at this time, look into your mála for anything is decaying or “old” in the sense that it is appropriate to shed it from your bundle i.e. old summer blossoms, photos, icons. Offer a thorough cleanse to your lia naofa and other items. Shake out and/or wash your wrapping cloth. Let your mála hold the natural energies of shedding by placing a fallen pine cone or beech nut or similar in your bundle.
Is there balance in your mála? Is that of you which is illuminated and owned by you, (your Light) honoured and embodied in your mála? Is that of you which is dark and not owned by you, (your shadow) honoured and embodied in your mála? Seek to place items that rectify any imbalance you perceive. Continue as you reflect on the balance of masculine and feminine energies and the balance of lower, middle and upper world energies in your mála. When you open your mála at this time of year, is there the energy of equality between daylight and night time apparent?

 

As Autumn Equinox is a twin of Spring Equinox, this is a potent time for us (i.e. those who have completed the West Direction) to give time and energy to the twinning in our life and have that sacred relationship embodied and present in your mála. This is a time for imram-journey to your anamleathchúpla/soul twin residing in the upper world. Receive inspiration and teaching from this fully healed reflection of yourself. Seek to consecrate your sacred twin in your mála.


Thank you for reviewing our Autumn Equinox to Samhain 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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