Painting The Wheel of the Year: Mabon 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
Our theme for September 8: Mabon (Autumn Equinox) - September 21 (approximately) This festival is named after the the God of Welsh mythology, Mabon. He is the Child of Light and the son of the Earth Mother Goddess.Here
is another point of perfect balance on the journey through the Wheel of
the Year, its counterpart being Ostara or the Spring Equinox. Night
and day are again of equal length
and in perfect equilibrium - dark and light, masculine and feminine,
inner and outer, in balance. But we are again on the cusp of transition
and from now the year forward begins to wane and from this moment on,
darkness begins to defeat the light. The
cycle of the natural world is moving towards completion, the Sun's
power is waning and from now on the days are shorter and cooler.
Mabon is a celebration and also a time of rest after the labour of harvest. In terms of life path it is the moment of reaping what you have sown, time to look at the hopes and aspirations of Imbolc and Ostara and reflect on how they have manifested. It is time to complete projects, to clear out and let go that which is no longer wanted or needed as we prepare for the coming darkness, so that the winter can offer a time for reflection and peace. And it is time to plant seeds of new ideas and hopes which will lie dormant but nourished in the dark, until the return of Spring. The symbol of Mabon -the Cornucopia.
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.
Pre-registration is required due to material and supply orders that must be placed.
Sunday, September 8, 2 - 5 PM: Mabon
Painting The Wheel of the Year series: 12 Sundays, 2 - 5 PM each day
- 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.