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.
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Myths are often thought of as dreams that arise within a tribe, region, nation, or religion. Certain types of myths are universal in their themes, while certain groups produce mythscapes that reflect the unique aspects of their natural environment or history. Fairy tales can be thought of as a type of myth in that they tend to combine mythic themes into cultural lore.
The Handless Maiden is a fairytale about a miller and his daughter. It is a fairytale about a king and his queen. It is a story about a certain trickster some call the devil, and certain helpers some call angels. It is a story about a severe wounding and the origins of true healing. But mostly it is a story about a young woman and her transformative journey.
We will discuss this tale over three sessions.
April 23: The Miller and His Bargain
May 21: Of What Use Are Silver Hands
June 25: Here All Dwell Free
There are a few versions of the story available. The version in The Complete Grimm's Fairy Tales is called "The Girl Without Hands." Clarissa Pinkolas Estes, PhD, includes a version called "The Handless Maiden" in her award winning book, Women Who Run with the Wolves . Katrina Messenger includes a retelling of Dr. Estes version in her book Descent . Several Jungians have discussed this tale: most notably Robert A. Johnson in The Fisher King and the Handless Maiden: Understanding the Wounded Feeling Function in Masculine and Feminine Psychology . And as always, one can just use Wikipedia.
In this course, we will dip into the common, underlying language of the "n-fold" mysteries -- mysteries of unity, duality, threefold and fourfold paths, as well as the power behind fives, sevens, and tens. In many Wiccan and Pagan traditions, these numbers are important foundations to the work we do and the magick we create.
Each mystery will be explored via several systems (such as the sevens in chakras, the elder planets, and alchemy) if possible to illustrate the way the core mystery expresses itself in multiple ways.