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We are in the middle of our nine-day Alchemical Healing retreat and having a magical time here in Eugene. This will be a very brief newsletter…
This weekend, on Saturday, July 31, we will be doing the free Cancer Phone Bridge at 10am Pacific time. Occasionally I like to offer this healing ceremony on Saturday morning so that people from other parts of the world and different time zones can join us, so please let folks know that it is happening. We are into the sixth year of this service, and the template of the parabola that we have created keeps getting stronger and stronger. If you have cancer, or if you know someone who does, or simply wish to support this alternative way of approaching this disease, please join us on-line or by phone. You can learn more about what we are doing here, and you can register online here.
We are moving toward the completion of taking registrations for the November, 2010 Egypt tour with Joan Borysenko and me. There are still several places open, so get hold of us right away if you would like to participate. I just received this link to a short video clip of a conversation between Bruce Lipton, Margaret Horton, Joan Borysenko, and me having a lively discussion about Egypt.
The next tour I will be leading to Egypt is in March, 2011, with my favorite author on Egypt, Normandi Ellis. Three of her books that are at the top of my list are Awakening Osiris,Dreams of Isis and Feasts of Light. (all available through our online store) We will be entering the mysteries together with ritual and initatory rites of passage while Normandi teaches a writing program about our experience with the mysteries that quite possibly will result in a book co-authored by all the participants. The last writing tour happened last November, and the material was picked up by Inner Traditions International and will be published next year. We can only take sixteen people for this amazing adventure, so let us know soon if you are interested.
My first journey cassette tape, The Cauldron of Thoth, was produced back in the mid-80s with music by John Sergeant. It was a recreation of the rite of passage that was my own introduction to the body of work that would eventually be published in both Power Animal Meditations and Alchemical Healing. During the journey, listeners are introduced to Thoth, my teacher and mentor, the Egyptian god of wisdom, communications, healing, science, and the moon (amongst other attributes). It also includes the alchemical pathway of the cauldron, and the archetype of the Crone, the wise old woman that lives within each of us. This journey became the first initiation in my book Power Animal Meditations, and set a standard for all the initiatory journeys and guided visualizations that would follow. Perhaps others had put guided meditations to music back then, however I do believe that this tape was the first of its genre, and the first to have a musical score created to support the journey. Because I no longer have the original master, it was not converted to CD when the technology changed. We have now made it available on our website so that anyone can take the journey and receive the initiation. Experience The Cauldron of Thothhere.
I will be teaching at the New England Women's Herbal Conference in New Hampshire August 20-22. There I will be offering a special intensive on the goddess Sekhmet, as well as other workshops. This is one of the of the most magical gatherings I'm privileged to attend and is produced by the premier and most magical herbalist, Rosemary Gladstar. I hope to see you there. You can learn more about this wonderful gathering here.
Also, please join me at the Stillpoint Farm Women's Festival August 28, 10am-8pm in Eugene, Oregon. I will be giving Anubis Oracle readings and Alchemical Healings throughout the day. Grandma Aggi is a special guest, and there will be great music including Alice DiMicele and Jay Lakshmi. See www.stillpointfarmfestival.com for further information and tickets.
Please check my site for more events and tours, shamanicjourneys.com. I hope to see you soon at one of my upcoming events or on a phone bridge.