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 gathered weekly over the Northern summer (eleven weeks for 90min a week). Our meetings were a blend of responsive teaching for the times and two experiential guided practices each gathering.
Cost for the archive is widely flexible from $50 to $250 for the over 16 hours of content to allow for folks of widely variable means to join.
All participants are ideally experienced in some way (intensives, sessions, online courses, the book) with the Ancestral Medicine approach to ancestral lineage healing as we won’t cover the “how” of that healing approach; however, the space is still open to all. The approach to ritual arts 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 bring gravitas and an eye toward ritual safety while also having a good time in our gatherings. Hope you’ll consider joining.
Since this course is now complete, a few things to note for archive access registration:
- The Facebook group is now archived.
- You will have access to all call recordings and transcripts, but the live calls are complete
- We offer a pay-it-forward option for select courses when they are currently in process, and do not include this option for archived courses
- Full lifetime access to the recordings of each of the eleven 90-minute live calls. Each includes teaching, experiential ritual, and guided practice.
- Audio recording and transcript of each call
Part One of this series, Bring Out Your Dead, is also available as an archive. It is recommended to start there, but is not a requirement.