Year One. Ancestral Mothers - Wheel of the Year
Walk the Path of the Ancestral Mothers
This course introduces the Ancestral Mothers of Scotland through folklore, art and imagination! The first year of this study path introduces eight Ancestral Mothers as you explore each of the eight festivals of the Wheel of the Year. The second year takes the Bean Feasa (Wise Woman) Path discovering the unique tools each of these figures offer while the third year invites you to co-create and dedicate your path as you become a ‘Carrier of the Stream’. Each path deepens your relationship with these Ancestral Mothers as well as opportunities to:
explore your own lineage
develop your own wise woman tools as you weave these practices into your life
develop healing practices to recover from the from the psychological damage of the dominator culture
Follow the Celtic Festivals in Alignment with the Southern Hemisphere
Honor the Celtic holy days of your ancestors
Festivals are offered in tune with the seasons of the Southern Hemisphere
Prompts to include your reflections in relation to your local ecosytem
A YEAR OF RITUAL, ART AND COMMUNITY
I have followed the Wheel of the Year since I was 15. While different figures have appeared over the years the wheel has kept me sane through revisiting the stories and honoring the Ancestral Mothers in gratitude and ritual.
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) - 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:
8 monthly lessons packed with stories, folklore plus a guided meditation.
A mix of creative art projects and writing prompts to get you thinking about the particular festival
The option to download the materials and build up your own personal library
An engaging community of women to share with and learn from
A direct line to me if you have any questions
What You Will You Will Accomplish:
A familiarity with the eight holy days which make up the Wheel of the Year
A knowledge of each of the Ancestral Mothers featured
Build your own unique connection to the Ancestral Mothers
A series of ritual gestures which help you engage with the energies of the holy day
A collect of inspiring art work
Paper Doll Collages allow you to record your unique insights and meaning of the particular festival or explore an aspect of a particular Ancestral Mother
Lessons are released one week before the actual festival allowing you to read the stories, explore through the art projects and prepare your gesture of ritual for the festival.
Lesson 1 - Autumn Equinox. 20th March 2019
We follow the first story of descent humans ever honored - that of Bear as she prepares for hibernation
You consider what you might want to work with in the coming dark months
Learn the role of the Cailleach as she ushers in the dark of the year
Lesson 2 - Samhain. 1st May 2019
Honor your blood & our bone ancestors
Hear the story of the Cailleach and her winter ritual
Considering your role as a future ancestor
Lesson 3 - Winter Solstice. 21st June 2019
Honor the Antlered Mother
Create your gesture of ritual inspired by the 3 great basins of Newgrange
Take a journey with ‘She Who Runs With The Herds’
Lesson 4 - Imbolc. !st August 2019
Welcoming Brighid back into the world & her offerings of hope, her eternal flame
Acknowledging the darkest night of the winter
Exploring Brighid’s traditions and rites.
Lesson 5 - Spring Equinox. 23rd September 2019
Honor your return emerging from the dark and back into the outer time of the year
Get to know Breejah (a Bear Priestess & Guardian)
Review your time in the dark, note who invites you out of the cave and create your personal map
Lesson 6 - Beltane. 31st October 2019
Exploring your sacred desires and unposoken longings
Get to know the Bean Feasa (Wise Woman) Cee-al and her mysteries
Honoring your wild self and the true nature of rewilding
Lesson 7 - Summer Solstice. 21st December 2019
Explore the stories of Scottish Amazons
Get to know Scathach, A Celtic Amazon from the Isle of Skye
Considering your role as activist and protector & value the places you can retreat to
Lesson 8 - Lughnasadgh. 1st February 2020
Learn the story of The Sisterhood of the Antlers - and the great gatherings of Celtic and pre-Celtic times
Getting to know the Bean Feasa Taliesaker & her mysteries
Exploring your sacred maps
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?
That really is up to you. You can skip through the material for each festival in less than an hour but I imagine you’d like to get get as much as possible from the course - to take your time and mull things over. Art, tea and going for a walk are essential parts of the course so I’d say set aside a couple of hours to go through the materials and then some time for the art projects.
What happens when I sign up?
You can join the course at anytime and whatever date you join you will have access to all the previous festivals. You will have access to all the materials for at least one full year after your sign up date.
If you have any burning questions feel free to email me!
Your investment for this year long journey is USD$125 (approximately AUD $177, NZD $183 and ZAR 1790). 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.
Use the button below to get in touch if you’d like to spread the cost over two payments and I will set that up for you
Use the button below to get in touch if you’d like to apply for one of the two scholarship places available
About Your Guide
Hi I'm Jude - artist & writer. My cultural heritage is the Bean Feasa tradition (Wise Woman). Where my foremothers tools worked with with their tools of midwifery and their knowledge of healing herbs and plants I work with the tools of art, ritual and imagination. I am a Cultural Activist reclaiming my cultural traditions, which mean stream culture no longer values - such as working in end of life traditions offering the ritual of Keening both to honor our dead but also as a cathartic and transforming ritual to help us move through the grief and overwhelm of all that is happening in the world. These traditions also help us heal from the damaging psychological effects of our society and inspires us to make our own paths and create and work in ways which resist the dominant paradigm.
I received my MSc in Human Ecology with a study of the Goddess Brighid and her importance to Scottish Female Cultural Activists and studies in Ecopsychology and Spiritual Activism. 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