The benefit of ceremony is an open statement of gratitude toward life. It says to the universe and all those living and inanimate within it, “I appreciate you; I love you”.
It is also about birth, death, and re-birth. Acknowledging that an old way of life is no longer and a new transformed way of being is celebrated.
These include (but not limited to):
I can also facilitate supportive services such as venue, flowers, catering, photography and more.
Over time, the beautiful memories from these ceremonies weave together, creating a fabric of honor, respect, and love of life’s journey- from birth, through death. They become the basis of our community.
I draw on my broad artistic background, years teaching youth and adults, and the continuous pursuit of the wisdom of indigenous people. My love of costume, born out of time spent supporting theatrical productions, gives me a unique ability to create mood and theme.
My experiences in event planning and facilitation, floral design, dance, painting, jewelry, and sculpture find expression in everything I do. Beauty and grace speak clearly in every setting and space I create. I honor the opportunity to witness and uniquely celebrate these threshold events that touch all of us.
Lunar & Solar Rituals
As I have explained in the introductory of Celebrations, ritual follows a prescribed process (Rites of Passage Workbook). The reason for repeating a ritual in the same manner is so that, over time, a continuous stream of mindfulness and spiritual connection is built up. Ritual can be a spiritual practice, not just a foundation for ceremony. All ceremonies are held in a private, outside, garden space.
My Experience With Rituals
I grew up in the 50’s and 60’s raised in the Catholic Church. At that time, the religious service (the Mass) was conducted in Latin, and prescribed clothing was worn by attendees. Every Mass is a ritual practice. I felt a strong connection to the ritual aspects from a very young age, and less and less to the content as I grew up. I left the Catholic Church when I married and left home. My life took me on a journey through several forms of religion and philosophy.
As a young person growing up in southern California, I was also drawn to the indigenous cultures of the Southwest. My mother carried an interest in native cultures as well. I have traveled extensively throughout the Southwest, experiencing the land and sacred native homes. Their spirituality incorporates strong ritual practices.
The current work in progress by SkyBlu is; Journey from Cosmos to Earth: Intuitive Astrology, the Tarot and the Feminine Spirit. This is an annual cycle of daily guidance for self-reflection, personal and spiritual development.
Combining a deep relationship with ritual, years of meditation on the Tarot and Astrology and research into many indigenous spiritual practices, I have developed a spiritual practice of my own creation. I continue the meditations and research and have also created specific rituals according to the four phases of the moon and the eight solar festivals through the year.
Lunar & Solar Phases
The new moon, the waxing and waning quarter moons, and the full moon are opportunities for human beings to enter into the feminine mysteries because of women’s ancient and intimate relationship with the moon and its phases. There are usually thirteen moons in a calendar or solar year.
The solar opportunities occur on the equinoxes and solstices along with the four Gaelic midpoint festivals. The New Year begins with the close of the Winter Solstice, followed by Candlemas, then the Spring Equinox, May Day, the Summer Solstice, Harvest, the Autumn Equinox and lastly Summer’s End, which reaches through All Hallows to the Winter Solstice. Consequently, there are two festivals in each of the four seasons.
One of the reasons for sharing my spiritual practice comes out of a desire to build community. The ritual work I do in my practice involves calling a circle. Those who choose to experience the circle are free to witness or participate to the extent that is comfortable for them. I hold the circle in a gentle respectful way.