The need-fire is an ancient tradition of kindling a single communal flame to ritually ward off disease in times of great necessity. As we enter our second season of global pandemic, nearly everyone on Earth is navigating the impacts of social and economic upheaval, cultural uncertainty, and increased illness and death. The duration and intensity of this period of turbulence is impossible to know from this vantage.
Alongside the imperative to keep a safe distance from most living human folk, this is a time for those called to practices that honor earth and ancestors to dive deeper. More than ever it’s time to lean in, to listen carefully, to draw near with the ancestors, to honor the spirits of disease walking the Earth, to thank the beings who are food for us, and to really get to know the old powers who steward culture change. Now is a time to cooperate, to expand our social networks with the spirits, and to harmonize compassionate and kind intent with other living ritualists and human kin. This includes making sure our own family dead are truly ancestors and, when they are, to partner with them to uplift the collective. This includes assisting those claimed by disease in their returning. This includes honing our clarity and embodiment of our specific evolving purpose and gifts.
In this spirit, we’ll gather weekly over the Northern summer (eleven weeks for 90min a week). Our meetings will be a blend of responsive teaching for the times and two experiential guided practices each gathering. We’ll also have a closed Facebook group for folks in the course. Cost is widely flexible from Pay-it-Forward to $250 for the over 16 hours of content to allow for folks of widely variable means to join. This series is a continuation of the spring series, Bring Out Your Dead, and will proceed with a similar format but new content. That offering included more than 1,500 participants from over 40 countries and we anticipate a similarly multi-cultural group for this series.
Participants ideally have some experience with earth-honoring ritual or the Ancestral Medicine style of ancestral lineage healing as we won’t cover the “how” of that work; however, the space is truly open to all. The approach is animist in that the emphasis is on relationship and rooted in a feminist, decolonizing, anti-racist, LGBTQI-friendly, class-aware, earth-honoring ethic without being overly intellectual about it. We’ll bring gravitas and an eye toward ritual safety while also having a good time. You don’t need to be tech-savvy and can leave your camera off or just call in or listen to recordings later if needed. Hope you’ll consider joining.