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. 

Rite of maidens fire ceremony

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.

Smudging with local herbs

 

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. 

pagan rites

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. 

Rite of pasage for young man

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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Isis and Osiris Weekend Workshop

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At The Temple of Sacred Arts, we are deeply honoured to offer this unique and life-changing

3-day Sacred Immersion Retreat.

Facilitated by Dedicated Temple Priestesses of Isis. 

Held in the beautiful and newly-opened Gnostic Chapel in Glastonbury, UK.

24th – 26th of May 2019, Glastonbury, Somerset, UK ( This date is now Fully Booked, Please use the Application to join us for 2020’s Rite and workshop) 

For those who seek a fresh start on a devotional path, this is the ultimate Rebirthing experience received through higher wisdom. During the workshop, you will receive a profound Initiation into the Mysteries of Isis and Osiris through emotional and spiritual rebirth. 

The workshop is a journey of self-inquiry deeper into yourself with the divine guidance and assistance of our dedicated priestesses,

The Mysteries of Isis and Osiris uses one of the oldest and most extraordinary practices known to humankind, which has been passed down to us through the teachings of the Egyptian Gods.

Do you long to … 

Bring healing to the relationship between the Feminine and Masculine aspects within yourself

Discover negative patterns in your relationships and heal the wounds related to them, including the emotional wounds of attachment or dependency 

Heal the Father and Lover wounds as you leave behind limited beliefs around father and mother roles and stereotypes

Release judgment and self-criticism

Embody the Divine Feminine and Sacred Masculine roles in a sacred and pure way

Let go of all you have ever known before, to receive a new perspective on life and existence?

Sign Up Here

 

Today, when we speak of the mysteries of this or that, we usually are referring to something important, yet a bit vague, unknown, or ill understood: the mysteries of the origin of the universe, the mysteries of life, the mysteries of the human psyche.
Yet the Mysteries that have my attention right now are the ancient Mysteries of the Goddesses and Gods. And while it’s true that our understanding of these Mysteries is incomplete, somewhat vague, and much is indeed unknown, when the ancients themselves spoke of The Mysteries, they had something rather specific in mind.
To them, The Mysteries were initiatory ritual and the secrets of the Mysteries were secrets of ritual and personal experience of that ritual.”
   About the Mysteries of Isis by Isidora Forrest 

All of this – and more – is possible through our deep, immersive workshop, where you will reconnect to the divine source of the Isiac lineage and its wisdom. 

During the Initiation, you will … 

… Experience mystery rites that initiate you profoundly at each stage

… Witness a sense of pure rebirth and resurrection

… See and/or feel the touch of the Divine Mother and Father

… Be blessed by an alchemical union between Divine Feminine and Sacred Masculine, as you experience what the universe intended for you.

Is this for you?

The Mysteries of Isis and Osiris have been practised since the Graeco-Roman Period. This Initiation is reserved for those who wish to connect and dedicate to the Goddess Isis (Aset) and her consort Osiris: our Divine Mother and Father, Queen and King in Egypt and in the heavenly realms.

The Initiation Rite is available to all ages, genders, and spiritual backgrounds.

Can I attend the Initiation alone?

Yes, absolutely. Although couples will get huge benefits from the process due to the dual nature of the Workshop, it is still a profound experience for solo participants.

Do I have to be devoted to Isis or Osiris to take part in the workshop?

This is not necessary but some basic understanding and a keen interest in Egyptian Initiations and traditions are beneficial.

What comes next after the workshop?

At the end of the workshop, you will have to option to dedicate yourself to a devotee path and take further training but it is fully optional.

Does the price include accommodation?

No, food and accommodation are not included. However, we offer support with finding a suitable place to stay – the earlier you book, the better.

Is the entry fee to the sacred sites included in the price?

Yes, all entry fees are included.

Applications for this powerful Initiation are now open:

 

Program: 

We will be supporting the wonderful Gnostic Chapel with %5 of your exchange.

The Gnostic Chapel is a charitable company which funds therapeutic services for people in need and holds a wonderful Sacred Space in the heart of Glastonbury town. It is dedicated to Gnostic traditions.

We will explore the sacred teachings of Isis and Osiris through stories, practices and pilgrimage. 

We will travel through the Sacred Cycle of

  • Life,
  • Union,
  • Death,
  • Rebirth

and dedicate at each stage to Isis and Osiris in all their aspects.

We will reflect on our bond to divinity and experience journey, ritual and remembering together.

We will also offer 3 outdoor experiences in beautiful natural settings. As a group, we will visit the Sacred Sites of Glastonbury Abby, Chalice Well Gardens, and the Tor. Here, you will have the opportunity for quiet reflection and integration of your experience.

During the days leading up to the Initiation, which is on the last day, you will experience emotional healing, chakra healing, grounded presence, and connection to a source within.

You will be touched by the divine presence and illumination of the spirit. 

The Initiation itself is very moving, much like a soul healing experience.

To enter into this sacred journey with us,

Apply here

Places are limited to 12 and usually fill up fast each year, so please get in touch to secure yours in advance.

What is the cost?

£500 full course price is due by March 2019. This includes the full course fee, all entry fees, and Initiation.

£333 early bird price when signing up before 1st of February 2019.

To Join us in 2020 … follow the. link below.

Apply Here

Instalment plan and some concession are available, please contact us here.

If you are a Temple Member or have studied with us, you are eligible for a 25% discount. Please tick the relevant box in your application to redeem your discount.

If you feel the calling to this rite, sign up here and join us for this healing Initiation in the land of Avalon.

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