The Ancestral Mothers of Scotland - Wheel of the Year Course
In Our Transition To a New World the Ancestral Mothers are Our Guide
Are you angry, mad, overwhelmed, saddened and feeling betrayed at so many things in the world today?
While your still going to feel what you feel what I can do is give you the tools of a spiritual practice which grounds you in the wisdom of the Ancestral Mothers of Scotland and provides you with a sustainable spirituality which will help you face all that needs to be unraveled and reborn in our political climate.
The Wheel of the Year Connects Us to Ourselves and Our Ancestors
Know that if you are feeling any or all of the above then you are NOT ALONE! We were all born into a warring culture which has told us lies ALL OUR LIVES. This culture is built on domination, a power over women, animals and land resources. It is an faceless monster with an insatiable appetite that demands a constant stream of resources for an endless hunger which can never satisfied. The journey of the Wheel of the Year connects us to the wisdom of our ancestors and celebrates a life giving story which values the connections between each other in our communities - our plant and animal community and the land we live on.
A YEAR OF RITUAL, ART AND COMMUNITY
I have followed the Wheel of the Year since I was 15. It has shape-shifted with different figures appearing over the years but it has always been the things that keeps me sane through revisiting the stories and honoring the Ancestral Mothers in gratitude and ritual. In this first year of the The Ancestral Mothers of Scotland Wheel of the Year course the aim is to become familiar with the 8 seasonal festivals and explore the energies around that time of the year. The Ancestral Mothers I have selected are my connection to the land and are taken from pre-Celtic deities such as the Cailleach and Celtic Goddesses such as Brighid. It includes Bean Feasa (Wise Women) such as Cee-al and Taliesker and also includes warrior women such as Scathach and priestesses such as Breejah and She Who Runs With the Herds.
For Your Investment You’ll Receive:
A monthly lesson packed with stories, folklore plus a guided meditation and several creative art projects
The option to download the materials and build up your own library
An engaging community of women to share with, learn from and engage with
A direct line to me if you have any questions
What You Will You Will Accomplish:
Your own unique connection to the Ancestral Mothers & Your Ancestors
A sound knowledge of each of the Ancestral Mothers I have selected
A familiarity with the eight holy days which make up the Wheel of the Year
A series of ritual gestures which help you engage with the energies of the holy day
A collect of inspiring art work
Lessons are released one week before the actual festival allowing you to read the stories, explore through the art projects and decide upon your gesture of ritual for the festival.
Lesson 1 - Samhain. 31st October 2018
Honoring our blood & our bone ancestors. Getting to know the Cailleach. Considering our role as a future ancestor.
Lesson 2 - Winter Solstice. 21st December 2018
Getting to know the Antlered Mother. A gesture of ritual inspired by Newgrange, Ireland plus meeting the priestess ‘She Who Runs With The Herds’.
Lesson 2 - Imbolc. !st Febrary 2019
Welcoming Brighid back into the world. Acknowledging the darkest night of the winter. Exploring Brighid’s traditions and rites.
Lesson 3 - Spring Equinox. 20th March 2019
Emerging from the dark of the year. Getting to know Breejah (a priestess of Brighid in her oldest from as bear). Reviewing our time in the cave
Lesson 4 - Beltane. 1st May 2019
Exploring our desires and longing. Getting to know the Bean Feasa Cee-al and her mysteries. Honoring our wild self and the true nature of rewilding.
Lesson 5 - Summer Solstice. 21st June 2019
Exploring the stories of Scottish Amazons. Getting to know Scathach. Considering our role as activists and protectors.
Lesson 6 - Lughnasadgh. 1st August 2019
A time of great gatherings in Celtic and pre-Celtic times & a gathering of the‘Sisterhood of the Antlers’. Getting to know the Bean Feasa Taliesaker & her mysteries. Exploring our sacred maps.
Lesson 8 - Autumn Equinox. 23rd September 2019
Honoring the first story of descent with Bear. Consider what we wish to incubate in the coming dark months. Exploring the role of the Cailleach in ushering in the dark of the year
When Does the Course Start & Finish?
Each of the 8 festivals are released two weeks before the festival date. Whenever you sign up you’ll have access to the previous festival lessons instantly. You will have unlimited access to the materials for a full year after the course finishes.
What Format is the Course Delivered in?
The course is delivered in a series of 8 lessons - short videos, online lessons or downloadable materials. There are fun and creative art projects to partake in. Guided meditations are also available to download so you can access anytime anywhere and build up a library.
How Long is the Course Going to Take Me?
You can skip through the material for each festival in less than an hour but I recommend you take your time, take time to think and mull things over. Art, tea and going for a walk are essential parts of the course!
What happens when I sign up?
If you sign up before the 17th October you’ll be introduced to the welcome section which outlines what materials you’ll need for the course. It also is a place to introduce your self and tell us a bit about yourself. You can join at any time and will have instant access to all the previous festivals.
If you have any burning questions feel free to email me!
Your investment for this year long journey is $120 which works out at $15 per lesson. The payment screen will take you to PayPal to complete the process - at the Paypal login page there will be an option to use a credit or debit card if preferred.
Payment is through paypal - if you would rather use your debit or credit card - click the option at the PayPal sign in screen (see below)
About Your Guide
Hi I'm Jude Lally - artist & writer. I received my MSc in Human Ecology with a study of the Goddess Brighid and her importance to Scottish female Cultural Activists. My role is introducing women to the Ancestral Mothers and their own ancestors through courses, Scottish retreats and workshops and creating tools for Wise Women today!
I'm a Cultural Activist in the Bean Feasa tradition (Wise Woman)
Radical Doll Maker
Author of several contributions to popular women's spirituality anthologies