Painting The Wheel of the Year: Samhain 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 October 20: Samhain - October 31 - November 1 (sunset to sunset) All Souls Night, Feast of the Dead, Festival of Remembrance, Feast of Apples, New Year...Samhain is one of the major festivals of the Wheel of the Year, for many Pagans the most important festival of all. It is the third and final harvest festival of nuts and berries and a fire festival. All the harvest is in, all is complete, it is the end of the cycle of birth and growth, it is the point of death. The seeds of the harvest have fallen deep into the dark earth, they are unseen, dormant, and thus apparently lifeless. The God, as Sun King is sacrificed back to the land with the seed until the Winter Solstice, and the Goddess, now as Crone, mourns Him until His rebirth at Yule. He travels the Underworld learning its wisdom. This is the time of the descent into darkness, of preconception, out of which new life, new ideas, will eventually emerge.
Traditionally the veils between the worlds are at their thinnest now. Boundaries dissolve and all is laid bare. It is time to honor and offer hospitality to, our ancestors.
At Samhain the dark half of the year commences. It is a truly magical time. Death is always followed by rebirth and while this is the end of the old year, it is the beginning of the new year. For the Celts the day did not begin at dawn, it began at sunset, it began with darkness. Light is always born out of darkness, they are inseparable, interdependent, and necessary. Darkness is fertile with 'all potential'. With the beginning of this dark phase comes the opportunity to rest and reflect on the past and to dream of new beginnings. The seed now hidden in the earth will germinate in its season. Look for the seeds in yourself! Honoring your ancestors is a very special thing to do at this time and can be done in many simple ways. Place photographs of them on your altar, offer them your hospitality, welcome their presence into your home. Consider laying an extra place for them to join you at the table - cook and eat their favorite dishes, talk about them - re-member them, bring them closer.
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, October 20, 2 - 5 PM: Samhain
Painting The Wheel of the Year series: 12 Sundays, 2 - 5 PM each day
- 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.