Doll Making Circle

doll making collageYour are invited to a circle, a rather special circle. A circle that has existed for hundreds if not thousands of years. It’s a circle of women, of stories and intention. It’s a circle that weaves women’s mysteries, ancient traditions and recognizes the tail that cycles back to the first Goddess honoring people’s.

It’s a circle of heart felt intention, of purpose and personal ritual. It’s a circle of doll making inspired by Willendorf, of the thousands of Goddess figurines and shapes and forms ancient hands moulded and created in Her honor. As we gather cloth and beads, threads and talisman, wool and needles we honor all the women who sat in similar circles. With story and truth we honor this tradition and with simple personal ritual we will share the ways to bring Her into our lives.

The doll making circle meets over three months, 03/29, 04/25 and 05/31. You may join one circle or all three. sha 3 edit

Doll Making Circle 1 ~ Ancient Mother (3 places left)

In this first doll making circle we will explore the concept of the primordial mother, envisaging the people’s who honored the great mother, she who gave birth and death to all. We will explore the concept of this mother archetype and what that ‘mothering’ aspects personally means to us.  Some preliminary reading will include the concept of the ‘mother’ archetype, stone ‘Venus’ or goddess figures as well as the work o Maria Gimbutus and her archeological work of Old Europe, unearthing thousands of goddesses figurines relating to a belief in the great mother.

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Doll Making Circle 2 ~ Celtic Goddess (2 places left)

In our second doll making circle you are asked to select a celtic Goddess you are drawn to and select some qualities of hers that resonate with you. We will create our sacred circle by sharing stories, and images about our goddess. A guided meditation will help generate a connection and inspiration regarding your chosen goddess, or goddesses.

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Doll Making Circle 3 ~ Wise Woman, herbalist and healer (2 places left)

In this third doll circle we will come together again in sacred circle and explore the concept of the wise woman, from earliest shaman to witch, we will explore their role in working for their community as well as their roots in tapping into a great mother energy and explore the stories and legends that explain this connection.

Doll Circle full details here

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Click to view Eilean on Etsy, online shop

Eilean is from the West coast of Scotland, on a small island that looks out west to the vast Atlantic. She is a wise woman – a midwife, herbalist and healer to her people – bringing new life into this world but also helping folks make the journey back to the otherworld at the end of their lives.

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Eilean (pronounced ee-lain) is inspired by the women folk of the Isles of western Scotland. Eilean means island, or body surrounded by water. She wears a mohair shawl and scarf which fastens by a silver clasp. She walks the shoreline every day, gathering seaweed, small tufts of lichen for dying as well as small crabs and other edibles.

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Her role is to inspire, be a focus of connection to the wise women and healers in our distant lineage. She can sit in a special place or adorn an altar, her basket could hold a small scroll of paper – a prayer or request, offering or gratitude.

Make your own doll                                                                                                                                                            Come and make your own Highland Woman Doll with Celtic Soul Craft on 03/21 in Asheville, NC. Click here for full details: http://celticsoulcraft.com/workshops-2015/power-of-raven-wisdom-of-serpent/

Imbolc Retreat 2015

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Exploring the Goddess Brighid, from bear Mother to holder of women’s mysteries, from foster mother of Christ to shaman.
Shamanic journeying
Sacred art
Doll making
Protection rites
One and a half day Imbolc retreat. Sat 7th 10.30-5.30 and sunday 8th 10.30-1.30 February, 2015.  Woodfin  (5 mins from Downtown Asheville, NC). $125. Click here for full retreat details and booking. Early bird price extended until 1/28. 

 

As the Great Wheel Cycles

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The great wheel is always cycling, if ever so slowly. It never stops, always in movement, like the moon waxing and waning and disappearing. As a doll maker I take my inspiration from the natural world, from the great archetypes our ancestors minds shape shifted into characters embedded in myth and legend and psyche. I take my inspiration from the qualities of these figures, and within that ancient tradition of doll making, of image making, of pulling the divine from the otherworld and into form.

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The Three Sisters of Brighid

At this time of the year with the land frozen, frost shimmering and shining under the rays of a late rising sun with a mornings waning crescent hanging in the sky we prepare for Imbolc. As the cycle brings us through this holy threshold we turn to rites and ritual of the great Brighid. She who took many forms for many people’s as she travelled with us throughout the years. She is the great bear mother, she is goddess, Saint and a very special place of Mary of the Gael in Celtic Christianity – the mother to the new religion, foster mother of the Christ.

One ritual I perform is in the making of the Brideog doll. To invite Brighid as she returns from the otherworld to be present within this configuration of wool and cloth. To honor that doll throughout the year as if the very goddess was present herself.

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And so I am gathering wool and materials for this annual ritual, offering space to explore the shamanic qualities of this great goddess in an Imbolc retreat. But there are also other figures on the periphery wanting to be made – the Morrighan, Elen of the Ways and a challenge to create the great warrior Scathach.

So I’m curious, what great figure would you like to see honored with a doll?

 

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Win an Brighid online course

 

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It’s cold, it’s winter it’s dark. Wither like me you love this time of year or if your yearning for the wheel of the year to spin a little quicker – Brighid is always there to enlighten us, to encourage us to gather by her hearth, to plan together in our communities…

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Celtic Soul School is offering an opportunity to explore the many varying aspects of Brighid – from ancient Bear Mother, her relationship with the great hag the Cailleach, from her unique place in Celtic Christianity to exploring her shamanic qualities (and more). Click here for full details of this online course

To be in the drawing for a free place on this course simply use the school form and become a Celtic Soul School member – it’s free, there’s no commitments and you receive offers of discounts for

There is also an online course exploring the Cailleach starting late February and also an in person group if you live in the Asheville area.

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Good luck in the draw!

Jude x

A Pilgrimage Into the Eye of the Storm

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I’m just about to log off and head to the airport. There is a storm raging over the Atlantic, battering Scotland,England and Ireland. A wild storm creating 40 foot waves – raging, squalling!

The below picture shows the intensity, a black eye, a black hole, one giant eye. Could it be the Cailleach beating down? Whipping up her ferocity, claiming winter as her own.

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We will see if flights are flying tonight. Maybe there will be a calm after her rage – perhaps a glimpse of the northern lights over Greenland? Gazing out into inly skies with dead cold stars shinning brightly.

A fitting Pilgrimage to visit the old creatrix hag!

Honoring the Cailleach – a workshop 11/22

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This saturday we come together for a very special circle, to honor the great hag – the Cailleach. She who is the bone mother, the death bringer. A misunderstood figure as death is so necessary in order to provide regeneration and in turn life.

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She is an ancient figure, way older than the Celts. We will explore the main sites relating to her, her role as creatrix and what animals are associated with her and what insights they give to her. We’ll also explore her as the crone face of the goddess Brighid but also in her role as the great mother.

In the afternoon we will create a mini Cailleach doll and discuss how we might work with her throughout the dark months.

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We have a couple of spaces left, if you wish to reserve a place please email me at celticsoulcraft (at) gmail.com