Prompts & Micro-disaplines - Samhain
The Prompts: are meant to help build a foundation that we will then deepen and grow into over the course of the Course. For this set of prompts begin with the first and move to the next, etc. Bring curiosity, consistency and compassion to the prompts & micro-disaplines:
#1 Recall, revisit, re-listen to the Celtic story of the Cailleach at the Edge of the World, the Norse
story of The Lindworm & the narrarive of the
Grandmother's liminal experience:
- notice once a week or so where you are in the stories that we engaged
with ...what images come to you -both charming and troubling
when you think of the stories we shared. Reflect on, write,
draw, play-act out any of these images.
#2 notice as you recall the stories where are the places in the story where things move from the 'village' ( the known, community, comfort) to the 'forest' (unknown, the wild, risk)
and/or from the 'forest' to the 'village'
(literally AND metaphorically)
Draw, write about those transition places "what happened"..
#3 Consider the story of the Cailleach at the Edge of the World:
Journal, sing, recall, write about a time in your life when "everything fell apart."
Is there someone, someplace, something in your life right now that represents 'raven' and her role in the story? Explore that, getting curious about your relationship with that energy.
#4 Where does regeneration show up in any of the three stories?
#5 Write about a time or experience in your life when you have felt seen, tended to, cared for by yourself, others and/or circumstance.
the micro-disaplines (pick 1 or 2 or 3)
Weekly Offerings to ancestors and/or to the land - write a poem, sing a song, bake a cake, share your lunch with any of your ancestors (land, soul, blood) and/or a place, landscape in the wild world that you love and that knows you.
From a place of curiosity - research any of the following words from an energietic, symbolic and/or metaphoric perspective: cave, loom, crone, cauldron, moss, raven, grief, tapestry, red/white flowers, castle, stable, maiden, princess, snake, bones, midwife, milk, sewing, twins, grandmother...and any other archetypal elements from any of the stories. Does know more about symbolic meaning this give you any deeper insights into the stories?
What is one thing you are willing to commit to practice with yourself everyday, or once a week to heal and nourish yourself? (walks in nature, home cooked meal, yoga, etc)
Start or commit to a dream journal (sleep - dreaming and day dreaming/visioning). Write down your night time dreams when you wake. This is a beautiful practice to weaving throughout the whole cycle.** ALSO write down day dreams/visions and the dreams you desire to bring to fulfillment - get as specific as you can.
* Toko Pa Turner is an amazing women and resource around dreamwork...
Pick 3 characters (masculine or feminine) from any of the stories and write a paragraph as if they were speaking about themselves in the context of the story.
An example might be:
"I am raven and I am good, so good at watching and waiting. I love dead things, shining things. I can digest the foulest things... the stories of others. I live for, I long to throw a wrench (spanner) in your best laid plans....i saw that tapestry, it was beautiful with color and even silver and gold threads- that's what drew me to it and once i was there i felt the weaving has served its purpose, it was dying...it's strange how i can sense when things are dying before others seem to notice."