Painting The Wheel of the Year: Lughnassadh with Colleen Koziara2:00 PM » 5:00 PM
The Wheel of the Year. Time, not linear
but circular. Round and round we go, and have always gone. Since the
beginning of time, humans, of every faith and culture, have found time
best tracked in circles. Humans have created stone circles aligned with
the seasons for at least 200,000 years. Everything in life falls
comfortably somewhere upon the spokes of the wheel of time. The times of
day, the seasons, the astrological calendar, the trees and symbols of
the Ogham, Alchemy, Festivals, ages of human life, the colors, musical
notes, emotions, tides. All of time, all of creation.
This is what we will explore in this year-long series of painting classes held once a month. Eight of our sessions will focus on the seasonal festival: Imbolc, Ostara, Beltaine, Summer Solstice, Lughnassadh, Mabon, Samhain and Yule. For these sessions, we will create acrylic on canvas paintings.
Four of our sessions will focus on the Wheel of the Year Template as a whole. In these sessions, each participant will use ink pens, markers, paint, and collage on acetate sheets to create a multi-layered depiction of a personalized Wheel meaningful to their own life path.
Our theme for July 14: Lughnassdh - It is now high summer and the union of Sun and Earth, of God and Goddess, has produced the First Harvest. Lammas is the celebration held around August 1, of this first Grain Harvest, a time for gathering in and giving thanks for abundance. We work with the cycle that Mabon or the Autumn Equinox is the Second Harvest of Fruit, and Samhain is the third and Final Harvest of Nuts and Berries and Blood.
The word 'Lammas' is derived from 'loaf mass' and is indicative of how central and honoured is the first grain and the first loaf of the harvesting cycle.It is also the great festival of Lugh, or Lug, the Celtic Sun King and God of Light. Feasting, market fairs, games and bonfire celebrations are the traditional celebration. At Lammas the Goddess is in Her aspect as Grain Mother, Harvest Mother, Earth Mother, Ceres and Demeter. Demeter represents the ripe corn of this year's harvest and Her daughter represents the grain - the seed which drops back deep into the dark earth, hidden throughout the winter, and re-appears in the spring as new growth. This is the deep core meaning of Lammas and comes in different guises. The fullness and fulfillment of the present harvest already holds at its very heart the seed of all future harvest. So as the grain harvest is gathered in, there is food to feed the community through the winter and within that harvest is the seed of next year's rebirth, regeneration and harvest. This is the time of John Barleycorn.
For more fabulous information on these holidays, their symbolism and origins, old traditions and new, as well as simple and very real ways to bring acknowledgement of the turning of the wheel into your daily life, as well as, wonderful shopping opportunities!! I highly recommend the website/organization www.goddessandgreenmam.co.uk
All materials will be supplied and no previous
experience is necessary. The class will begin with a smudging and
guided meditation, and continue on with the painting session. Each
session will include a central space arrangement of items that speak to
the season and the spoke upon the wheel that is our focus for that
Additionally, each student will be provided with a computer file, and a link to a YouTube Playlist that features a wide variety of supportive documentation on The Wheel as it appears in its many varied forms and focuses: images of Circles, Mandalas and Wheels of the Year from a wide variety of cultures and locations as well as stories and legends from around the world to be used as reference material for their study.
Preregistration is required due to material and supply orders that must be placed.
Sunday, July 14, 2 - 5 PM: Lughnassadh
Painting The Wheel of the Year series: 12 Sundays, 2 - 5 PM each day
- July 14 - Lughnassadh
- August 11 – Wheel Template 3
- September 8 - Mabon
- October 20 – Samhain
- November 17 – Wheel Template 4
- December 15 – Yule
Each session is paid for separately. Each class is $55/$45 early registration by one week before class. Attend 5 sessions and your sixth class is free! Each session is a stand alone class and you need not attend them all. However, the full experience of all 12 Sessions is HIGHLY recommended.