Right now in the northern hemisphere we are just a couple weeks past the spring equinox. Gardeners are ceremoniously circling items in seed catalogs and dreaming their gardens into being for the season.
Seeds are like little packets of miracles. They are hard, dry unassuming things that hold the magic of life within them. They undergo a transformation in the darkness of the earth and then when the time is right, their shoots break through into the light. They are full of life force energy we can feel in our bodies. Who has not been excited to plant seeds and then see the first sprouts appear?
And as we move into the season of spring, themes of inspiration, creativity and fertility are arising in our consciousness. We can synchronize with the energy of the sprouting, blooming, buzzing earth around us to empower our intentions. When we are in rhythm with the natural cycles, nature helps us manifest.
One of my favorite teachers, Sandra Ingerman, says that sometimes the best ceremonies are the simplest ones. A seed blessing ceremony this time of year is wonderful way to empower new projects, new goals, even a new state of mind. We can add even more power to this ceremony by doing it on the day of the new moon. As the moon waxes each day toward fullness, our seeds also follow a natural cycle of sprouting and growth.
A simple ceremony can be done by holding seeds in our hands and speaking or singing to them our intentions for what we want to grow in our lives this season. As we place them in a pot or seed tray and cover them with dirt, we trust the elements to take care of them. We may also want to hold our hands over the soil and send love from our heart. This is an easy way to mindfully bring Spirit and sacred action into our task. And if we join in circle with others and perform ceremony together, not only are our intentions amplified, but the community is nurtured as well.
Our seeds may wind up in our garden where we are reminded of our intentions whenever we see and tend to them through the entire season. Or they may be fast growing microgreens in a windowsill that become a salad in a couple weeks. As we ingest them, we take in the fruit of our intentions, further internalizing and empowering them.
In thinking about our intentions and the ceremony, we may want to pick seeds that reflect the type of outcome we want to have - flowers with bright cheerful blooms, vegetables that nourish over time, herbs that bring healing and spice, fast sprouting microgreens, or even a tree seed for a long-term dream.
Not all seeds sprout, so when that happens, trust that it is for the best. The timing and conditions for the creation or project may not have been optimal. But there can be a long window of growing time, and there are seasons for everything.
To help you tend to soul issues that may manifest in physical, emotional, mental or spiritual aspects of your life, and to give you tools to empower your path to harmony and well-being.
-There are so many kindred spirits doing the work out there. I include these links to help our community connect with one another.
FAIRY CONGRESS - Offers a summer weekend gathering in person with workshops, circles and of course faeries and nature beings! They also offer a winter virtual weekend with amazing guest speakers like Orion Foxwood, David Spangler and R.J. Stewart. I highly recommend joining the online network to participate in monthly workshops, circles, and book clubs.
SACRED HOOP Magazine Guide to Shamanism Compilation- http://www.sacredhoop.org/Pages/FreeGuide.html
Owner Valeria Pearson lovingly created SOLE TO SOUL YOGA studio with a community focus. There are classes for all levels and events that lift the spirit. I am delighted to partner with her to offer a kirtan chanting circle once a month.
My friend and herbalist mentor, LAWRENCE BIRCH is a Certified Clinical Herbalist, plant whisperer and shamanic practitioner. If you need custom tincture blends or are interested in a wildcrafting apprenticeship, he is the teacher extraordinaire:
ROGER WHEELOCK and GAYLE RUTH are shamanic practitioners and teachers in the Pachakuti Mesa Tradition. https://www.rainmother.com/ I am grateful to be able to take part in ceremony with them, and to support their love for the Peruvian people through the World Ayni Association. Roger has a practice in Asheville, NC https://www.communityshaman.com/
NEW WORLD KIRTAN = Kitzie's podcasts include interviews with artists and kirtan music. I love attending her weekly Satsang group and the New World Kirtan Band concerts -