Reflections is now accepting applications for the 2016 school year.
You can begin filling in the online application at any time and if you save it as a draft, you can return to complete it at a later time. Just be sure to Submit your application and pay the application fee ($25) before October 31st, 2015.
Please be advise that acceptance into Reflections is based on an interview and this application is merely for informational and administrative purposes.
You do not need to fill in an application to attend our public classes. Our public classes are open to all over the age of 18. We also accept students from 14 to 17 into our public classes with verifiable Parental Consent.
Throughout human history a sacred timeless path has called to women (and men) over and over again, the path of descent. And unlike the hero's journey where at each juncture the hero attains gifts, tools or allies, the descent journey asks us to relinquish our hard won trophies, shatter our deeply held convictions, dissolve our ego-supporting illusions, and surrender our very innocence.
There are many ways a person can evolve, change and grow over time. In myth, gods descend as well as goddesses; consider Nergal, Orpheus & Heracles for example. However the number of descending goddesses at all stages of life and standing are remarkable. Inanna, the Queen of Heaven & Earth, answers the call, the innocent Kore/Persephone is abducted, matronly Demeter descends into crippling grief, the beautiful Amaterasu withdraws into a cave, and tender Psyche descends on a mission, even Ereshikigal, the Queen of the Underworld, descends to claim her domain.
And in folklore, the descending goddess is also present; Sleeping Beauty falls into a deep sleep, Rapunzel is abducted and placed in a tower, Hansel, Gretel and Vasalisa are forced to work in the home of the evil witch, and Alice falls down the rabbit hole. And poor Little Red Riding Hood is at the mercy of the wolf on her way to Grandma's house through the deep woods.
In Descent , I developed a tool called the Descent Matrix to illustrate three types of descent: Abduction, Surrender and Emergence. I then used the matrix to examine other myths and folktales. In this series, we will use the lens of Archetypal Analysis to delve further into each of these patterns. For each seminar, in the first session we will first examine the core myth. On the subsequent session we will illustrate the pattern via story, film, literature, history and the natural world. Participants will be encouraged to examine how each of the descent archetypes may have influenced patterns within their own life.
All seminars are held on Thursdays from 8:00 pm to 9:30 pm Eastern.
Each seminar costs $50 ($40 for Reflections' students).
If you sign up for all three you qualify for a discount of $25.
Abduction: From Maiden to Queen
October 15 & 22
Surrender: Descent of the Queen
October 29 & November 5
Emergence: Challenging the Light
November 12 & 19
Shamans, mystics and wisdom keepers of old relied on their dreams for direction and support. How does a modern pagan approach the dreamtime? How can we tap this ancient wisdom store, and learn and grow as a result?
If the Psyche is the realm of the spirit, then the Dreams are like messages in a bottle from this hidden realm. Dreams like Myths are composed and structured using an ancient symbolic language. We often refer to this language as the Language of Mystery. Instead of letters and words, this language uses images and symbols.
Join us as we delve into this hidden realm and learn the archetypal language of Dreams.
Temple service days are days of celebration, work, prayer, food, and fellowship.
We usually work on projects such as decorating the temple, labyrinth repair, or herb planting.
Reflections students and alumni, OEM initiates, Connect DC regulars and the general public are encouraged to join in with the fun.
Please Sign up.
Building a Personal Spiritual Practice
The world is changing. It is undergoing tremendous change, upheaval, growth, chaos, evolution and decay. It is a time of transformation. How does one cope during times like these? How do we make the time, find the space and achieve the focus so needed when the very ground we stand on seems to shift daily?
In this class, we will review various techniques, tools and resources that can be used toward building a healing and transformative spiritual practice.