Rites of Passage

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Honouring our Life Journeys with Rites of Passage

 

Imagine if all the important events of our lives, and those of our loved ones, were honoured and celebrated together with a community. The richness of our human experience and our journeys through change would be witnessed, shared and supported to bring out the power of these transitions in healing ways.

Rite of passage

The loss of rites of passage

In traditional societies, rites of passage include transitioning into adulthood, becoming an elder, making a partnership commitment, or honouring the life journey of someone who has died or is dying. In the Western world, many of our rites of passage have been lost over the centuries or replaced with generic, commercialised versions such as getting our driver’s license to signify new adulthood or the big white wedding to symbolise commitment in love. This can leave us with a lack of meaning, purpose and integration into the community around us. 

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Nowadays, rather than being celebrated as they once were, key life events such as a girl’s entry into womanhood with her first bleed are often simply ignored. The potentially positive impact of these events is lost and subverted into more destructive outlets. For example, teenage risk-taking behaviour takes the place of being actively welcomed and mentored into adulthood by elders. 

The loss or drastic change of these rituals is due to factors like colonialism, industrialisation, cultural assimilation and modernisation. Traditional rites grew out of societies very different from our modern ones. Communities were stable and seasonal changes were woven into the very fabric of everyday life, with our survival directly linked to the earth’s wellbeing. People were much more strongly connected to their family members and community since living setups were ‘human scale’ and people stayed in one place for their whole lives. Increased geographical mobility and transience people mean that people have drifted from their roots and from an innate knowledge of our relationship to the land. 

First moon initiation rite for girls

Professionalisation has turned duties which used to be lovingly performed in the home by family members or neighbours into tasks outsourced to specialists. “Caterers, funeral directors, and other entrepreneurs … sell rites of passage as commodities”, in the words of Pamela Nelson in this fascinating article on the return of rites of passage in America.

Both birth and death have been medicalised, with obstetricians and funeral directors taking over these intimate realms of life. Rites of passage have also declined with the rise of scientific rationalisation: the sacred has been driven out of our society’s awareness because of its association with religion.

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Revival

Recently, however, there has been an exciting worldwide resurgence of the ancient rites of passages and celebrations of our natural life cycle, particularly those held in nature. This revival is answering our call for deeper meaning, acknowledgement of the personal and communal transitions we encounter in our lifetimes, and a reconnection to the land. The re-awakening of rites of passage is true medicine for the isolation, fragmentation and disconnection so endemic in our modern society.

Rites of passage allow us to bring in the Divine as well as to be witnessed by those who surround us as friends, family and community. By invoking blessings and showing gratitude for our lives, we consecrate the important events, passages and thresholds of our lives and reaffirm our place in the sacred, eternal cycle of life. 

By taking part in an intentional rite of passage ceremony, whether you are the one being celebrated or a member of the witnessing community, you co-create a meaningful story that allows all those involved to move forward and to contribute purposefully in ways aligned with their values and the community’s, confident of their responsibilities. Rites of passage also connect the generations in ways that are often difficult to achieve in our modern society. 

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Rites of passages include:

✨ Handfastings, sacred unions and marriages ✨ Land blessings ✨ Baby blessings ✨ Coming of age or initiation rites for boys ✨ Births ✨ Naming of children ✨ Celebration of menarche (first menstruation) ✨ Crone or Wise Woman initiations ✨ Death rites ✨ Last rites ✨

Usually, these ceremonies are held by celebrants who are hired to perform the service. When we participate in these ceremonies in a community, however, we are following the ways of our ancestors, who experienced these events as part of the weave of daily life. At the Blue Lotus Sanctuary, the goddess community and eco-village we at the Temple are birthing into being, rites of passage will be embedded in the society in a natural way. Rather than having to remove yourself from your everyday life to undergo a rite of passage, with the challenge of integrating that back into a very different environment, you will be anchored in a community which honours the sanctity of life transitions with grace and flow.  

All our priestesses learn blueprints for initiations that can be customised to fit the occasion and the needs of the participants, including once in a lifetime events. We conduct these as free rituals through the Temple because we believe that they are a normal part of life. Even in the early stages of our community building, we envision holding rites of passage as an integral aspect of day-to-day priestess duties. 

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In the context of communal living, we will prepare for the natural cycles of life together and hold space to honour them. 

If you would like to have a rite of passage (or Life Cycle ceremony, as we also call them), you can book here to have one held by a Priestess of Isis, free of charge at a location of your choice.*

We are inviting people to get involved with Blue Lotus Sanctuary and help us to fund this vital project, where like-minded people can gather in community living to learn earth stewardship skills such as permaculture and immerse in deep wisdom teachings and practices. To find out more, please go here.

*food, accommodation and, where necessary, travel costs will need to be provided for the Priestess. 

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Living as a cyclical being in a non-cyclical world

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Many of us honour the cycles of the seasons and the moon. As women, we can also allow ourselves to be consciously worked by our inner cycles, uncovering the body wisdom that ripens through the sacred gift of menstruality. 

To live cyclically, attuned to the rhythms of life and the waxing and waning of our energy, is to live sustainably. Just as on an environmental level we’ve seen the dire consequences of taking from the earth regardless of the soil’s need to lie fallow and replenish, and of valuing economic growth above respect for the planet, so too we cannot expect our bodies and minds to keep going without listening to the need to slow down, stop, and rest at times. 

The consequences of driving ourselves on throughout the month, no matter how we feel? Fatigue, depression, rage, pain and illness. By working with each different phase of the cycle and listening deeply to what it wants to unfold in us, we invite in more wellbeing and healing and start to thrive. 

Looking around, however, we see a world that is structured to function the same way, day in, day out, regardless of our internal rhythms. Modelled on patriarchal values that ignore the reality of most women, consistent productivity is the gold standard for our capitalist society, and if we’re not able to keep up, we can lose our clout at work. If you’re a mother, dropping the ball often just doesn’t feel like an option. 

 

So what can we do? 

First, begin to track your menstrual cycle. If you no longer menstruate or currently don’t have a menstrual cycle, you can track your emotional and physical changes in accordance with the moon’s movements. While each woman is unique, there are general ‘maps’ that can help us to understand the shifts at different times of the month.

Keep a diary to log how you feel emotionally and physically on each day of your cycle. Look for patterns of differences between the two ‘poles’ of ovulation and menstruation. In ‘Winter’, the ‘menstrual zone’, it’s ideal to take it slow, retreat and receive vision and direction for your life and community. Emerging out of Winter into the ‘spring’ of pre-ovulation, it’s a chance to be playful and experiment with new ideas. 

The energy rises until ovulation, or ‘Summer’, when you can be highly motivated and often ecstatic, with plenty of energy for work, play and pleasure. Pre-menstrual time, or ‘Autumn’, is when we strip away illusions about ourselves, others and our life – not so comfortable, but also a ‘harvesting’ of wisdom when you can channel your warrior spirit in the service of truth-telling. 

By working with these tendencies, instead of holding ourselves to the rigid consistency expected by the system, we harness the power of our ever-changing nature as women to become more aligned with our true desires and visions – and also more productive over time, with the things that truly matter. 

Living cyclically is a revolution from the inside out. Once you are working consciously with your cycle, you can start to speak about your cycle to others. This not only empowers other women but also normalises the concept so that eventually, it’s embedded in everyday consciousness. Already there are promising signs such as ‘period leave’ in certain companies. Educate your children about cyclical life at an age-appropriate level and they will be more likely to understand your need for more space at certain times. Plus, they’ll grow up thinking it is totally normal.

If you’re thinking, Rest all day when I bleed? Yeah right, give yourself what you can: for example, an hour at either end of the day to simply stop. Let go of all doing and simply be. Give your system the message to unwind and do its job of healing and repair. Gradually allow this small yet precious investment to expand into a full day of delicious rest and replenishment, or more. This will reap dividends for the rest of your cycle as you’ll be ‘powered up’ rather than running on empty.

Ask for help. When you know your bleeding time or natural energetic ebb, is approaching, get as many hands on deck as possible so that you can truly let go. You might get a friend or neighbour to have your children, delegate a few more tasks at work, or ask your partner to take on some household chores.

This takes courage and belief in yourself, and others may well require educating, but remember, you are working towards a world where we live in tune with our cycles, which benefits us all. 

With blessings,

Morgan 

Want to explore further? A great place to start is with the Red School website and Alexandra Pope & Sjanie Hugo Wurlitzer’s excellent book, ‘Wild Power’.

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Origin of the Blue Lotus

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In the ancient temples of Egypt, there is hardly a monument to be found that doesn’t prominently display the Blue Lotus flower. It’s seen everywhere on pillars, thrones, stone alters, papyrus scrolls, and on the ceremonial headdresses of pharaohs. When they opened Tutankhamun’s tomb, even King Tut’s mummy was covered in what has become known as the Sacred Lily of the Nile. Yet, oddly enough, if you look around Egypt today, it is rare to find this flower growing anywhere.

I was curious to know why the ancients cultivated special lakes and ponds of Blue Lotus and prized it above all other plants. When I asked modern-day Egyptians they told me the lotus flower, known as Nymphaea Caerulea or the Blue Water Lily, symbolized creation and rebirth as it emerged from its primordial waters to bloom once a year for only 3 days. The plant was associated with the sun-god Ra as the bringer of light and the embodiment of the “perfection of wisdom.”

 

When it was mentioned that the plant had medicinal properties, I went on a search. What I found was quite interesting. The Sacred Blue Lotus is a plant with psychoactive effects. A clearer picture was starting to form. I recalled seeing the plant on a few Egyptian wall depictions—some that looked suspiciously like nude party scenes.

The plant is actually a natural sedative. It contains small amounts of alkaloids highly similar to those used for sedation and anti-convulsant

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purposes. For thousands of years, it was used by the ancient Egyptians as part of religious ceremonies to reach higher levels of consciousness and connect to the Divine. They would steep the Blue Lotus flowers in wine for several weeks and use it as a sacred sacrament. (They say it nullifies the negative effects of alcohol.)

Blue Lotus contains nuciferan (a natural anti-spasmodic) along with aporphine, which will give you feelings of calming euphoria. For that reason, it is a natural anti-anxiety and stress reliever. No wonder it was often used in ancient social gatherings. It has been reported to be useful as an aphrodisiac and to remedy erectile dysfunction (which might explain the ancient nude party scenes). Perhaps it’s a modern-day Viagra as well. On a more medicinal front, Blue Lotus is used to treat gastrointestinal problems, diarrhoea and dyspepsia and aid in sleep.  That’s quite a plant!

Users report that the plant’s calming effect is much like the drug Ecstasy (MDMA), while others report a mild stimulant-like effect with tingling sensations. Some have used Blue Lotus to help relieve depression by opening them to a greater examination of what led to their depression. With calming euphoria often comes insight—which is why the ancients prized Blue Lotus effects. It was believed that use would easily release fear and lead to increased states of cosmic connection and ultimate soul growth.

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So important was the Blue Lotus that they dedicated the protection of this plant to the God Nefertem, son of Ptah and Sekhmet, who is portrayed as a beautiful young man with a Blue Lotus flower on his head or holding lotuses. During ancient times the plant was widely cultivated in temple lakes and along the Nile, then exported throughout the Mediterranean. This flower was revered in Greece as early as 550 BC, where the sacred sacrament of the Blue Lotus was re-introduced to the then newly formed religion of Isis and Serapis.

This magical elixir was concealed by the early Church for well over 1500 years. It’s true purpose long forgotten until interest re-emerged again in the mid-1800’s when archaeologists began asking questions. They too wondered why temple wall carvings showed Blue Lotus flowers laying over earthen jars. No one guessed it was to steep flowers in wine for mind-altering use. Some debated it might have inebriant properties, but no one put it to the test until a recent group of Egyptian archaeologists decided to measure the effects on two test subjects and see for themselves.

For those who are wondering, Blue Lotus is not a controlled substance. The cultivation, sale, and purchase of Nymphaea Caerulea is legal, but it cannot be sold for human consumption. There are three ways people have taken Blue Lotus: smoking it, brewed as tea, or in a tincture after steeping it in wine for several weeks. The full effects kick in after about 20-30 minutes. There are mild withdrawal symptoms from continued use, which tells me it has some addictive qualities. This is why the ancient Egyptians priests reserved its primary use for temple ceremonies, healing and communicating with the Gods.

For all the reasons above and because of our wonderful experience with the plant, we have decided to share the benefit and magic of blue lotus as part of a tea ceremony available at our temple upon request.

to find out more please contact: templeofsacredarts@gmail.com or email us via the contact page.

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Divine Union

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God and Goddess in Sacred Unity

The aspects of the Goddess Isis, Hathor, Sekhmet, Bastet are all different expressions of the One feminine consciousness.

This understanding now comes back to earth.

It helps men and women to awaken and to regain their true power and to become alive again. For the men it is a wake-up call to no longer suppress their feelings and to express them without fear of being ridiculed. For the woman it means they can now be in their truth without getting too masculine, they can be soft and powerful at the same time.

The divine child is a symbol of the completely balanced energies of masculine and feminine. So, Horus is a symbol for that, the child of Isis and Osiris, the symbol of divine balance. As a divine child of the Goddess, it is helpful for us to feel the presence of the divine child within us, it creates balance within ourselves and it allows the Goddess energy to flow through us.

Through our connection with the Goddess, we find our balance, spiritually, emotionally and physically. New preferences and new consciousness arise. Giving and receiving, action and reception are balanced.

We are here to keep this gate open for you to witness the unfolding of such consciousness and rebirth of the divine child within.

Duality in the Egyptian pantheon

Whilst dedication in service to the goddess consciousness, and to the cause of returning her to the rightful place of true recognition and balance, acknowledgement and devotion of her masculine partner is equally as important.

All Deities in Egypt have partners and children, to represent their power is strongest in unity.

There is no goddess standing alone without her husband or masculine equal.

They together represent balance and more often than not, complement each other.
There were times when the goddess was addressed and called upon for her unique attribute and quality. But even within that invocation, there is always a note or mention of her masculine partner.

Ra – Hathor
Nut – Geb
Osiris – Isis
Seth – Nephthys

Most ancient spells are written addressing them together or one as part of the other and vice versa.

“Thy young one in the Aten within the arm of your mother Hathor”
Adoration to Ra

“ Osiris stands upon his throne according to her word “
Him to Isis

They are together holding the transformative wisdom of the universe.

To acknowledge a Goddess’s devotion to her masculine counterpart is to accept and adore her fully

There was no inequality in the Egyptian pantheon and whilst some gods were less popular, their equal opposites were always just that, equal.

“No one shall disrespect the king in my presence”
Isis in the house of Seth

It is important that whilst we are actively working to return the goddess consciousness to our present world of patriarchy we do this with the vision of balance in mind.

To own our own power, we need to see the Unity in this Divine Duality.

No opposite can exist without the other… think about it.

They are not truly separate at all but are only two faces of the same  – just as with Goddess and God. The many are the One and the One is the many… all goddesses and Gods are of the source.

All life is from the same Divine Source and is it is Divine – being animated by the Spirit.

This new world we are now ready to create shall be better than the ones before.

We are not here to return a failed matriarchal consciousness we are here to restore her “the goddess”, into the feminine consciousness,
to her rightful place and whilst doing so, healing the wound of the masculine presence.

Resurrecting the dismembered king, who was once loved and adored, to now and once again be by her side.

Just as the Lady Isis goes through her journey full of difficulties and challenges to return the life of Osiris, out of pure love for her beloved and through him for all of us, in need of rebirth.

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Healing with Isis

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Goddess Healing Therapy

How does it work?

Goddess Healing works best at soul level to bring us into balance with our soul’s purpose.

The energy embodies high vibrations of Divine Consciousness. The issues we face in our lives form part of the eternal journey of the soul, through space and time. The healing invites us to open the doors of our heart to our inner knowing and authentic Self.

As we travel through life, we can get stuck in belief systems and habits losing our clarity to follow our path. The healing(s) open our awareness to see our life in a bigger perspective and to free ourselves from what no longer serves us.

In the healing, these high vibrational energies work with you at the soul level, empowering you to move into different directions in life. The healing is a useful pointer, to help you walk on your path, however, it is up to you to take the necessary steps. You might find that results are more long-lasting when you do your own personal work.

At the same time, there is a very physical outcome to Goddess Healing as it aims to bring a person’s body and spirit into a state of natural balance.

It addresses many levels at once: physical, emotional, mental and spiritual, the energetic field and the chakras. The energy bodies are cleansed and revitalized with high vibrations, allowing the natural life-force energy to flow more freely through all the energy systems.

It is widely used to release fear-based traumas manifested in the body as chronic illness or pain.

As a Priestess of the goddess Aset, I am honoured to channel her healing energy and share this profound vibration with my clients.

I find this method most successful, therapeutic and effective. In the temple, all our therapies and methods are tested and practised by us on regular basis.

If you wish to experience this session you can book an appointment via our website or email templeofsacredarts@gmail.com

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Why We Love Cocao

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Six reasons we love Cacao?

 

1  HEART OPENER
Cacao opens the heart and allows for a deeper, authentic love based connection with yourself, others, the world and all of life.

2  SHAMANIC JOURNEYING
It promotes powerful journeying and connection with your spiritual wisdom.

3  THERAPY
Helps in bringing awareness to things that have been preventing you from creating the life you love. Also aids in releasing repeated patterns, beliefs and blocks which could be stopping you, slowing you down or standing in the way of creating the life you love.

4  CONNECTION WITH HIGHER SELF
Stronger connection with the higher self (intuition, soul, God, Goddess etc.). This leads to an enhanced connection with your own power and truth, your divinity. Cacao is a powerful facilitator allowing you to delve into your pain.
“You gotta feel it to heal it.”

Once you FEEL your pain (sadness, anger, grief etc.) you won’t keep manifesting situations to feel these feelings. You live a freer, happier life, without constantly being triggered. Releasing these emotions allows more light, love and magic into your life.

5  EFFECTIVE MEDITATION
Powerful, and deep meditation enabling you to connect with your spiritual nature, accessing the wisdom within. Meditation is much easier and more beneficial.

‘The healing occurs in the stillness.’

It calms the left brain chatter and allows us to delve more into that ‘no mind’ space of bliss.

6  MALE FEMALE ENERGY BALANCE WITHIN

More enhanced, balanced and connected male & female energy. Male and female energies are within everyone. When these energies are in balance, you live a harmonious life magnetizing all you love.

This integration also leads to enhanced effectiveness as the divine creator and super manifesting machine that you are, in essence.

The balance of male and female energies allows you to receive inspiration (feminine energy) AND act on it (masculine energy).

If you feel you could benefit from any of the above you can check out our upcoming Cacao inspired event, or book your one to one introduction to cacao.

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