Druid Festivals worldwide course

Michael burnsall crop bestCourses 5 and 6 with The Druid Forest School: Learn about and Celebrate the Festivals of the Ancient Irish
The two Festivals Modules are:

Module 5: The Fire Festivals: Samhain, Imbolc, Beltain and Lughnasadh.

Module 6: The Cross Quarter Festivals: Winter Solstice, Spring Equinox, Summer Solstice and Autumn Equinox.

​The aim of this exercise is to share important principles and information concerning study and celebration of the festivals of the ancient Irish.

Especially and of over-riding importance, there is the need for such celebration to be personally authentic.

So the aim of this course is to allow you to personally prepare for and then celebrate and then evaluate the next up-coming festival, and then each festival of your year ahead, in a way that:
A. Is informed as to the history and nature of the festival
B. Connects you to and honours your own personal life-cycle: where you truly are in life now, and where you hope to move to in your life.
C. Connects you to and honours the cycles and rhythms of the earth and the stars.

​These Festivals were of varying importance and some were celebrated on varying dates, but they are immensely powerful representations and gateways into the natural rhythms, and it is possible to go into immense detail to understand all their ramifications and implications and their contributions to our lives, physical and emotional well-being and consciousness.

​From at least as early as the Bronze Age, our ancestors felt great significance in the turning of the seasons, their link to the fertility of the land and the connection of the rhythm of the Earth to the astronomical dates. They put stupendous effort into constructing monuments with exact astronomical alignments. They felt it was of crucial importance to be one with the great cycles of energy of the stars, the Sun and the Moon. And of course there were also important local alignments as well such as The Bohea Stone and Croagh Patrick Mountain.

The aim of these modules of this course is to enable you to make an honest and authentic personal understanding of the nature and energy of each of the festivals. You can study them through either or both of the modules: Module 5: The Fire Festivals and/or Module 6: The Cross Quarter Festivals.

My purpose in offering these modules is to give you a chance to develop your own personal and enriching festivals understanding and practice. Festivals are a mixture of ritual and vision work, understanding of deity and connection to the earth and its cycles. As such I have found their understanding and celebration can be life-changing and healing and empowering, but on occasion they can be quite fraught, so I wanted to create as space for people to gently develop their own powerful understanding and practice, free from the pressures of egoic leaders, legalistic dogmatic frameworks or inappropriate balance between group ritual and issues of individual authenticity and transformation. Reading from pre-written set speeches in controlled and directed rituals is unlikely to promote empowerment and inspiration! Some people are naturally more visionary, some people are naturally more ritualistic. As with all my courses, sharing from your personal western and Vedic natal and predictive astrology can be much food for thought and guidance.

My motivation in doing this is that I would love to deepen my connection with the spiritual heritage of the ancient Irish, and connection to their festivals is part of this. I would like to create a community around this task where each person can flower in their practice and there is freedom from organisation pressures , dysfunctional group dynamics or power-stealing leaders.

Here is my attempt to offer the detailed building blocks of understanding of the ancient festivals, and the effective means to celebrating them that is personally authentic and will cut through the vast mass of historical and dogmatic and organisational material to enable their true flame to grow in our hearts.

By the way, this does not necessarily mean that I want to ‘keep it simple’: great learning and genuine complexity of understanding has its place if sensitively integrated. I am only too pleased to give you quite learned information if you want to go into depth on any particular issue to do with these festivals, and also I would be delighted also if you, yourself, wanted to share your own learned information with myself and the rest of the group if you yourself wished to go into great detail in your own research and study. How deeply you study the material is up to you. What really matters is that your life is enriched and made more vital and connected, successful and loving and inspired.

My great purpose is to enable us to be authentic to where we are in our own cycles and tides at the moment. And my purpose is also to develop and share connection to the great cycles of the Earth and the Heavens.

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