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Our invitation to practice Collective Alchemy continues 20 November 2020

Friday November 20, 2020


AS THE DUST STARTS TO SETTLE ON A CHANGING LANDSCAPE, BOTH INTERNAL AND EXTERNAL,
WHERE DO I STAND IN RELATION TO THE INNER LIGHT OF WHAT I DEEPLY DESIRE?
WHAT WILL IT CALL FORTH FROM ME TO ACTIVELY CHOOSE WHAT I TRULY WANT?
WHAT SEEDS MUST I CULTIVATE IN ORDER TO LIVE IN MY CHOICE?


Our 17th portal day finds us stepping out of the rent* earth of the Blasted Oak that presided over our previous portal wave, and into the light of a guiding star, as we head back into the forest.

Something portentous is behind us, but it’s not over yet, and we know it.

We invite you to explore with us what we learn when we lean together into our calling questions for this week.

Orienting the next Portal Day calls on the arc of the journey so far:

The past few Portal Waves have churned us through an intense process of learning, practice and opening. During these weeks, our sensing and hosting field has broadened, and also deepened. We have been called to focus on different aspects of our collective practice: working with questions, with the archetypal energies of the tarot, with witnessing. This time, we are called to re-acquaint ourselves with the fundamental equipment and ingredients of Collective Alchemy, so that we can take our mastery of them to their next level in service of the times we are living in.

This 17th portal wave lies within the signature energy of Pole Star—the 17th card in the major arcana of the Wildwood tarot deck, reminding us that we live in a kosmos that is interconnected and interpenetrated at every level. We are reminded, too that our very bodies are composed of stardust, and that we have immense creative power should we choose to embody it. This card announces the onset of that stage of our journey that we can call the Via Creativa.

For this Portal Wave, Marie-José, Ursula, Aakanksha, Anna, Brigitte and Louise have joined Sarah and Helen to co-sense what is alive and calling for our shared attention as practitioners of Collective Alchemy. In addition to the overlighting Pole Star card, our practical guidance for this wave (King of Arrows-Kingfisher, Eight of Stones-Skill, Page of Stones-Lynx) has directed us to discern where we place our focus—because that is what shapes what comes into form; to engage with intention in (only) those of our daily practices which nourish self, other and the world; to be and do in the here-and-now, riding our practice and embodying the choice we have made in every moment.

In addition to the guidance from the cards to continue to ‘keep it close’, our co-sensing has taken us far and wide, into our dreamscapes and out into the future, where the alchemical Hieros Gamos, the Sacred Marriage between the healthy, sovereign masculine and feminine, is waiting to be consummated in Right Timing. Cleaving to our guidance, we recognise that there is much to be prepared before that day dawns: as men and women, we must learn to stand sovereign in our full power, able to connect and engage deeply and cleanly with each other in service of All Our Relations and our Earthy home. One step at a time.

Framing the calling question:

AS THE DUST STARTS TO SETTLE ON A CHANGING LANDSCAPE, BOTH INTERNAL AND EXTERNAL,
WHERE DO I STAND IN RELATION TO THE INNER LIGHT OF WHAT I DEEPLY DESIRE?
WHAT WILL IT CALL FORTH FROM ME TO ACTIVELY CHOOSE WHAT I TRULY WANT?
WHAT SEEDS MUST I CULTIVATE IN ORDER TO LIVE IN MY CHOICE?

This time, perhaps paradoxically, our calling question is a constellation, rather than a single star. It seems that there is still too much dust in the air to fix on a single point. We invite you to hold these questions as attractors for our attention – not as demanders of answers.

Emerging from the cataclysm of the Blasted Oak (wave 16), it is time to re-orient after the upheaval. Many of us have experienced this time as a splitting of the worlds—a chasm opening up between ourselves and others, including loved ones and people we perceive that we need. As without, so within, we might also notice rents within us, between who we thought we were, or have been told or shown that we were by the world, and who we truly experience and feel ourselves to be, at our core. The rent in the earth has stirred up lots more prima materia for us to work with, but first we need to re-orient.

Looking down, where are your feet? Do you have one foot on one side of the chasm and one on the other? Or are you firmly planted on one side, while everything you know and identify with is on the other? Or are you rooted in the familiar, and seeing all you long for receding on the other side of the chasm, daring you to take the leap? There are many stars in the sky. Which will you use to navigate by? What do you perceive that choice might cost?

Looking within, to the powerful inner light of your soul’s desires—so often smothered under the ashes of the conditioning that keeps us obedient to the dictats of our civilisation—what calls you?

Preparation for the calls

While the questions invite us into inquiry through the portal of the individual, they call us into the sensing of our bodies-of-stardust, informed by the mysteries of instinct and intuition. This is deep work that needs the holding and witnessing of the collective. In preparation for practice together, we invite you to revisit the section of the Practice Guide relating to the Ingredients of Collective Alchemy: base matter, the crucible, heat and the core team.

*verb (used with object), rent, rend·ing. To tear apart, split, or divide: “racial tension that is rending the nation.” To pull or tear violently (often followed by away, off, up, etc.). to tear (one’s garments or hair) in grief, rage, etc.

Featured image by Anna Brunain. 
Co-hosting with Brigitte Kupfer

Your hosts are: Helen Titchen Beeth, Marie-José d'Aprile, Louise Carpenter, Aakanksha Singh, Ursula Hillbrand, Anna Brunain, Sarah Whiteley

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