August 2011 Newsletter
Pilgrimage to Egypt
with Alex Grey, Allyson Grey and Nicki Scully
February 12 ~ 26, 2012
Our first tour in 2009 was so wildly popular (and we had so much fun) that we have decided to do it again! During this two-week pilgrimage we will be enjoying a seven-night cruise on the Nile on our own private sailing yacht/art studio, along with private visits to sacred sites including The Great Pyramid, the Sphinx and the Temple of Isis at Philae, among others.
I am particularly excited to be hosting this shamanic journey with visionary artists and philosophers Alex and Allyson Grey. I have long been inspired by Alex's work, and have delighted in contributing to a number of full moon soirées at his magnificent Chapel of the Sacred Mirrors (CoSM). Deeply moved by the depth and spectrum of the sacred art that graces this temple, I have recognized it as an intersection point where many traditions interact to thin the veils between dimensions. The rites I've offered there seem to attract a unique power, sourced from a deep well of ancient, even pre-dynastic Egypt, and mostly related to the Osiris and Anubis mysteries. When we were last in Egypt together, all who participated recognized the profound nature of the magic that presented itself, and the rites and initiations express the deep connection Alex, Allyson and I have with the source of the Egyptian mysteries and each other. I can't wait to see what rites manifest themselves through our next collaboration, and how they influence future visionary art and the sacred spaces they adorn, as well as transformation for ourselves and the circle that comes together to share in this magic.
Interested? Register here and receive an information packet and updates on this tour.
October 20 ~ November 3, 2012
This past March, Normandi and I took a group to Egypt and experienced a new level of the Mysteries. Turned on by the information, rites, and initiations that came through on this tour, we decided to do an Egyptian Mysteries retreat, which was concluded a few weeks ago at my home here in Eugene. This new body of work is developing beyond our wildest dreams, and we realize that the book that we have always wanted to write together is coming in through these teachings. We can't wait to receive and share the next level of these mysteries, and are planning a tour to Egypt in order to facilitate and possibly complete this process. Under the tutelage of Normandi, we will journal our experiences and learn writing techniques that will excite novice writers and professionals as well.
Normandi's newest book, co-authored with Gloria Taylor Brown, Invoking the Scribes of Ancient Egypt, was written by and with the participants of a tour that happened two years ago, and will be published this fall.
Register here and receive an information packet and updates on this tour.
Heart of the Sun: An Anthology in Exaltation of Sekhmet
Edited by Candace C. Kant and Anne Key
Preface by Normandi Ellis
Contributions by Nicki Scully, Normandi Ellis, Gloria Taylor Brown, Barbara Hand Clow, Hank Wesselman and other great writers
"A feast of poems, hymns, invocations, guided meditations, translations, inscriptions, testimonies, channelings, rituals and short essays mostly, but not exclusively, by women who have been personally and passionately touched by an ancient goddess in contemporary times. For those who love Sekhmet 'the powerful female' among the neter of Egypt, this book is invaluable. For those who do not know this 'Mistress of Life', this work presents the invaluable as a meaningful and restorative goddess for today's world – and one with a name!"