Moon Circle: Erzulie (July 2018)

For those taking the Moon Circle class in person, or wanting to follow along from home, here are this month’s links.

HOMEWORK

Homework is “pick your level.”  You are not expected to do all of these things.  These are ideas to help you decided what YOU want to study more.

For final projects, will you create a peg doll of a personal deity or one you studied this term.  More info about this in August.

Starting a New Block

Thinking
Questions:
 This month we study “Erzulie Freda: Loving Yourself and Others.”

Reflect on these questions:

Erzulie Freda is the lwa of love, beauty, and passion. How do these things currently play out in your life? What do you love? What is beautiful to you? What are you passionate about?

How have love, compassion, and empathy, or their lack, impacted your life? What about SELF love? SELF compassion? SELF empathy?

What have you found or seen to be blocks to love, compassion, and empathy?

  • What is “love” like for you…
  • in romance?
  • with  family and friends?
  • with pets or nature?
  • in general society?
  • with your Divine?

Does love come easy or hard in these cases?

How do you express self love and self care right now? What fine things in life do you make space for? Does this come easy or hard?

Small Read your two other deity sheets.

Medium: All the above PLUS

  • Try one charm from either deity sheet.
Large: All the above PLUS

DIY Mix and match your own combo from above and/or select another working that interests you related to this month’s theme/tradition.

Articles

Music from Ritual

Other Video

 

Moon Circle: Saraswati (June 2018)

For those taking the Moon Circle class in person, or wanting to follow along from home, here are this month’s links.

HOMEWORK

Homework is “pick your level.”

Thinking
Questions:
 This month we study Saraswati and creativity. We also present our final project peg dolls.

Reflect on these questions:

Creativity

  • What does creativity mean to you?
  • When has creativity been an asset to your life? Or a obstacle?
  • Saraswati governs mostly over speech or the ability to be eloquent with words. How are you developing this skill in your daily communication practices?

Peg Doll Show and Tell:

  • Show your peg doll. Who is does it represent? What colors/dress are on it and what might those mean?

  • Why did you pick this divine person as your peg doll?What traits do they have that attract you?
  • What was the process of making your doll like? How was doing this creative endeavor a challenge or a joy?
Small Read about main deity.

Read your two other deity sheets.

Medium: All the above PLUS

  • Try one charm from either deity sheet.
Large: All the above PLUS

DIY Mix and match your own combo from above and/or select another working that interests you related to this month’s theme.

Art and Music

 

Moon Circle: Baubo (May 2018)

For those taking the Moon Circle class in person, or wanting to follow along from home, here are this month’s links.

HOMEWORK

Homework is “pick your level.”

Thinking
Questions:
 This month we study Baubo and the benefits of laughter.

Humor has been viewed as a way of looking at a situation from a different point of view, diffusing a crisis and providing an opportunity for increased insight and objectivity.

Humor has also been described as willingness to accept life and ourselves with a shrug and a smile, lightheartedness, and gives a sense of mastery over a situation.

Reflect on these questions:

  • What role does humor have in your life?
  • Has your sense of humor changed over the years?
  • What helped keep it the same or helped change it?
  • Share something about yourself that is humorous. How is the ability to laugh at ourselves helpful one?
  • Share a time when how you have been hurt by humor, yours or another’s. What times are humor NOT appropriate?
  • Share a time when you laughed with someone, or laughed at yourself in a way that was refreshing and healing.
  • How can humor be used for good or in helpful ways?
  • Share humor that did not need words to be funny.
Small Read about main deity.

Read your two other deity sheets.

Medium: All the above PLUS

  • Try one charm from either deity sheet.
Large: All the above PLUS

DIY Mix and match your own combo from above and/or select another working that interests you related to this month’s theme.

More Reading

Art / Video

Other

 

Moon Circle: Ix Chel (Apr 2018)

For those taking the Moon Circle class in person, or wanting to follow along from home, here are this month’s links.

HOMEWORK

Homework is “pick your level.”

Thinking
Questions:
 Our Ixchel is “Healing Waters” and what we need to heal.

Reflect on these quotes:

“Hearts are breakable,” Isabelle said. “And I think even when you heal, you’re never what you were before.”

-Cassandra Clare, City of Fallen Angels

Some people see scars, and it is the wounding they remember. To me they are the proof of the fact that there is healing.

-Linda Hogan, Native American author

Healing comes from letting there be room for all of “this” to happen: room for grief, for relief, for misery, for joy.

-Pema Chodron, American Buddhist nun

Reflect on these questions:

Tell us of a time you were really hurt or wounded.

What was the cause?

What was helpful in healing from that?

What physical, emotional, mental, or spiritual healing do you long for?

What interferes with your healing?

Small Read about main deity.

Read your two other deity sheets.

Medium: All the above PLUS

  • Try one charm from either deity sheet.
Large: All the above PLUS

DIY Mix and match your own combo from above and/or select another working that interests you related to this month’s theme.

Reading

Videos

Kriyas fro Healing

OTHER

The Odyssey of Homer

odysseyKeats compared discovering Homer to “finding a new planet.” What is it in Homer’s great works—and especially the Odyssey—that so enthralled him? Why have readers before and since reacted the same way?

Come join us for this 4 session DVD film course!

WHEN AND WHERE

Thursdays 7 PM – 9 PM starting April 5, 2018 at

Room 1
First Unitarian Church of Orlando
1901 E. Robinson St
Orlando FL 32803

REGISTRATION AND COST

This class is FREE and is considered “Drop-in” friendly – come for all or just your favorites in this 4 week series! Donations welcome to help support our work.

SYLLABUS

Full description of each segment at https://www.thegreatcourses.com/courses/odyssey-of-homer.html

Suggested translations:

The Odyssey of Homer by Richmond Lattimore (Translator),‎ Homer  (Author)

The segment is following by the readings in your book.

 

May 10

Class 1: The Odysssey

  • Hero’s Homecomings (1)
  • Guests and Hosts (2-4)
  • A Goddess and a Princess (5-6)
May 17, 2018

Class 2: The Odysssey

  • Odysseus Among the Phaiakians (7-9)
  • Odysseus Tells his Own Story (10-11 (line 1-375) )
  • From Persephone’s Land to the Island of Helios (11 (line 375-end) – 12)
May 31, 2018

Class 3: The Odysssey

  • The Goddess, the Swineherd and the Beggar (13-15)
  • Reunion and Return (16-17)
  • Odysseus and Penelope (18-19)
June 7, 2018

Class 4: The Odysssey

  • Recognitions and Revenge (20-22)
  • Reunion and Resolution (23-24)
  • The Trojan War and the Archaeolgists

CONTACT
Email mysticgrove@orlandouu.org for more info or to be put on  the reminder list for this class.

Moon Circle: Pele (Mar 2018)

For those taking the Moon Circle class in person, or wanting to follow along from home, here are this month’s links.

HOMEWORK

Homework is “pick your level.”

Thinking
Questions:Pele:Healthy Anger
Excerpt from  The Dance of Anger by Harriet Lerner

“Anger is a signal, and one worth listening to. Our anger may be a message that we are being hurt, that our rights are being violated, that our needs or wants are not being adequately met, or simply that something is not right.

Our anger may tell us that we are not addressing an important emotional issue in our lives, or that too much of our self – our beliefs, values, desires, or ambitions – is being compromised in a relationship.

Our anger may be a signal that we are doing more and giving more than we can comfortably do or give. Or our anger may warn us that others are doing too much for us, at the expense of our own competence and growth.

Just as physical pain tells us to take our hand off the hot stove, the pain of our anger preserves the very integrity of our self.

Our anger can motivate us to say “no” to the ways in which we are defined by others and “yes” to the dictates of our inner self.”

QUESTIONS

  • What role has anger played in your life?
  • Tell us of a time you were really angry.  What was the cause? What was the result?
  • What makes you angry – the personal, political institutions, religion, society, God, the universe?
  • How do you express or release your anger?
  • Are you comfortable feeling angry? Why or why not? 
  • Is all anger the same? Can you imagine ways that anger can be used for good?
Small Read your two other deity sheets.

Medium: All the above PLUS

  • Try one charm from either deity sheet.
Large: All the above PLUS

DIY Mix and match your own combo from above and/or select another work that interests you related to this month’s theme.

Hawaiian Myths

Hawaiian Religion

Pacific Ohana: The mythology of the Hawaiian Culture (slides explaining some of the deities)

Goddess Pele: Hawaiian Goddess of the Volcano

Hawaiian Legends of Volcanoes by W.D. Westervelt [1916]
(The Fire Goddess Pele, her deeds, family and loves.)

VIDEOS

Miscellaneous Myths: Pele (5 min video)

Pele Searches for a Home (25 min video)

Holo Mai Pele (53 min video explaining the saga of Pele her rivalry with her sister Hi’iaka)

DANCE

In one of the hula origin stories,  Pele, the goddess of fire was trying to find a home for herself running away from her sister Namakaokahaʻi (the goddess of the oceans) when she finally found an island where she couldn’t be touched by the waves. There at chain of craters on the island of Hawai’i she danced the first dance of hula signifying that she finally won.

 

Holo Mai Pele: Educator Guide Learn about hula. Read 9-14 covering Pele’s story.

Aia la o Pele by Loea Kawaikapuokalani Hewett. Try to dance along with it.

Hawaiian Moon Calendar

1% Pele Oil Labels

“Controlling Anger Before it Controls You” (article)

Anger Management: Tips and Techniques for Getting Anger Under Control (article)

Moon Circle: Oya (Feb 2018)

For those taking the Moon Circle class in person, or wanting to follow along from home, here are this month’s links.

HOMEWORK

Homework is “pick your level.”

Thinking
Questions:Oya – Change, and Starting Over
 1) How do we develop a relationship with change that allows for graceful acceptance, while giving us room to explore our feelings?

How do we craft a rooted yet flexible approach to life that invites change in without risking our integrity?

2) Tell a brief story about a significant change at any point in your life that was completely unexpected. How did it affect or change your life?  Did you welcome or resist the change? 

Was there a message or lesson in the experience that nourished you spiritually?

Were you surprised at how you handled it?

3) Tell a brief story about a significant change in your life that you purposefully created. What did you lose and what did you gain in the process? Did the change bring you the gifts and challenges you hoped for? 

4) Do you usually embrace change or avoid it? 

It is possible to be “addicted” to change, to the adrenalin rush of leaving frustrations behind and stepping out into the unknown?

Is it possible to call something “security” when really it’s being in a rut?

How do you balance the spiritual and practical rewards or change with the risks of change?

5) Ask yourself — “Where have I become too complacent? Have my routines gone past “comfortable” and into a rut?

How does fear of the unknown stifle my personal growth?”

6) What would you like Oya to destroy and then transform and rebuild in your life?

Small Read your two other deity sheets.

Medium: All the above PLUS

  • Try one charm from either deity sheet.
Large: All the above PLUS

DIY Mix and match your own combo from above and/or select another working that interests you related to this month’s theme.

Ideas: