13th March 2021

The Gifts of Spring
Run by Shenoah on Zoom

Information that was Circulated
Each season brings its own gifts and springtime brings longer days as the light continues to return and plants and trees are blossoming with new life.  We will explore how the energy of spring can guide and support us to grow into our own lives.

First Journey
(inspired by a meeting about Imoblc from 2016 run by Pamela E)
Going on a journey to the seeds of the earth to ask for a teaching about strengthening hope and trust.
Drum Journey

Second Journey
Going on a journey to ask what is ready to be awakened within me
Rattle and singing journey

Third Journey
Going on a journey to meet the spirit of spring to ge shown how what is awakening within me can emerge
Acted out Journey

Fourth Journey
In 2 groups. First group have videos on to receive, 2nd group ask the spririts for what is needed to support the awakening, deliver it with song and rattle. Then swap over


13th February 2021 – Deepening Spirit Connection

Deepening Connection with Power Animals
Run by Shenoah on Zoom

Information that was circulated
As we receive the help, healing and guidance requested from our spirits we become more ourselves and live more fully in the world. This month we will be working with Deepening Connections to our spirits. We will offer our thanks and gratitude for all their support and ask what we can do in return to honour all they do for us.

First Journey
Going on a journey to ask my Power animal how can I honour you in return for all your help and guidance
Drum / sung / rattle journey

Second Journey
Going on a journey to ask to see myself through my Power Animals eyes
Merge with Power anmimal on the journey, unmerge once completed
Drum journey 

Third Journey – Power animal dancing
I am going on a journey to shapeshift into my …….. and dance together
calling Power anmial to us and merging together in this reality. Remember to unmerge when the journey is finished
Drum journey

Fourth Journey
Going on a journey to the LODG altar to Drum / rattle / sing gratitude to my power animal and each other
Drum journey – everyone drumming / rattling / singing


9th January 2020 – Insights for the coming year

Support for the coming year
Run by Shenoah on Zoom

Information that was circulated
With so much uncertainty in the world the first LODG meeting of 2021 will focus on how we can best move through the coming year. We will ask for insights to enable us to live as fully as possible and be in the flow of life no matter what may be going on around us.

First Journey
Going on a journey to the lower world to ask for the comfort and support I need to move through these uncertain times.
This journey may bring you healing for what has gone before as well as what is needed in the future.

Second Journey
Going on an acted out journey to ask what is it important for me to pay attention to in the next 3 months

Third JourneyIn pairs 
Going on a journey to ask what gifts …… carries to bring into the world in the coming year. Rattle self on journey and speak it out loud
1st person rattles themselves on the journey and speaks out loud what is happening
swap

Fourth Journey – group blessing|
We Perceived us all standing together in a circle and asked for blessings for us all for the coming year


12th December 2020 – Gifts of Winter

The gifts of the winter season
Run by Shenoah on Zoom

Information that was circulated|
Although we are unable to have our traditional ‘Winter Feast’ we will join with each other in the virtual LODG altar room to feast and celebrate.  We will receive a gift from the spirits to sustain us through the winter months and explore the true essence of giving and receiving.

First Journey`
I am going on an acted out journey to ask for a teaching about the true essence of giving and receiving and to ask what can I gift my community in the coming year

Your community can be family, friendship group, community project, local group etc, let the spirits decide which community and what the gift will be. Gift it in the journey – but it is also to do in ordinary reality

Second Journey
I an going on a journey to the lodg altar to take part in the winter feast and to receive a gift that will support me through the winter  – and to put a gift on the lodg altar for the group for the coming year

3rd Journey
In 2 groups. First group have videos on to receive the blessing, 2nd group offer the blessing. Ask for the spirits for those in the centre to be blessed with the resources they need for the winter season for those in the centre and deliver it with song and rattle. Then swap over

Possible follow up journeys
Walking journey in your local area to ask for the gifts of this season
 If you are unable to go out go to your local area on a journey to ask for the gifts of this season
Journey to ask what you can offer a specific community you want to support
Journey to ask what you can gift yourself



14th November 2020 – The Staff and the Song

Working with Seidr
Run by Shenoah on Zoom

Information that was circulated
Seidr is an oracular tradition that uses the staff, the song and a raised seat as key elements in its ritual.  It is a Viking shamanic tradition which was practised in this country so also belongs to the ancestors of this land. Journeying on song and with a staff is a focussed and power filled way of working that offers a different experience than journeying with the drum.   At this meeting we will explore different ways of using the song and the staff to deepen our personal practice and working with others. We will also work together in a community seidr ceremony. Although the seidr tradition uses song being able to sing in tune is not important.  

First Journey Intention – singing self on journey with staff
For those new to Seidr – I am going on a journey to meet the spirit of my staff to ask how we can work together

For those who have worked with Seidr before – I am going on a journey to meet Seidr workers from my lineage to ask for their insights about the craft of Seidr.
if you are told you do not have seidr workers in your lineage ask to meet the first Völva.
n.b – Völva is an old norse term for someone who practices Seidr.

Second journey intention – journey in pairs
Sung journey to ask for the help your partner needs at this time with an issue of their choice

1st person tells their partner what they want help with and sings them on the journey. Once the partner is in the journey with their spirits they give a predermined signal and the 1st person stops singing. The partner sings everything that is happening on the journey. When it is completed they ask to be sung home.
Swap

Third Activity – Seidr Ceremony to ‘strengthen the web of life for the best outcome for all’
A discussion took place with all 25 participants until we came to an intention that everyone could stand for. Three people were on the Hjel (raised seat where the seidr work takes place) doing the work with their spirits on behalf of the group. The group sung them on the journey sending power to enable them to do the work. On their return from the journey they recounted what had been done.

You can read about Seidr in these articles by Annette Host
The legacy of Seidr – history, experiences and the path ahead http://www.shamanism.dk/legacyofseidr.htm
Songs of enchantment – the legacy of the Seidr tradition  – http://www.shamanism.dk/songsofenchantment.htm
Keep it close to Nature – an interview on the tradition of Seidr – http://www.shamanism.dk/closetonature.htm

5th October 2020 – Our Gifts for the World

Exploring the gifts we bring to the world
Run by Shenoah on Zoom

Information that was circulated
During these past months our lives have changed in ways we could never have imagined and we have had to adapt and find new ways of being in the world. At this meeting we will work with the spirits and each other explore what gifts we carry within us that we can bring to the world at this time.

1st Journey Intention – I am going on a journey to the upper world to ask my spirits what gift do I carry that I can offer to the world in the coming year that will make a difference

‘make a difference’ does not mean change the world. May be told to look after yourself, do something simple, embark on a project.

2nd Journey intention – Going on a journey to ask what is it that would stop me offering the gift of (insert the gift shown in the previous journey) to the world in the coming year

3rd Journey – Healing in Pairs
1st person tells their partner what they were told would stop them sharing their gifts. The partner asks for the healing that is needed to clear the way to enable (insert name) to offer their gift of (insert gift) to the world
Swap

4th Journey – with rattle – journey to ask for an image to keep you connected to your gift – once you have receivecd the image come half way back and draw it.

5th September 2020 – Gifts of Autumn

Working with the gifts the Autumn can offer us for our lives
run by Shenoah on Zoom

Information that was circulated – Each season brings its own gifts when we open ourselves to the energy of that season. In this meeting we will explore the opportunities, power, gifts and wisdom the autumn season offers and how it can support us in our lives.

1st Journey – Intention – Going on a walking journey to a green space I know to ask for the gifts Autumn can offer me, and to find an object to help keep me connected to the gifts.
At the end of the journey give thanks and ask if there is anything you can do for the green space you have journeyed to.
If meeting face to face we would do this as a walking journey in Vauxhall Park but due to lock down it was done as a middle world journey to a green space that people had a good relationship with. It can also be done as a walking journey in ordinary reality.
Either draw a picture of the object or if possible find something that represents it so you can see it during the season and be reminded of the teachings from the journey.

2nd Journey – Going on a journey to ask to be shown the abundances in my life and how they can support me through the autumn season
Autumn is a time of release but also a time of abundance with harvesting still ongoing Traditionally food would be preserved and stored for the winter.

3rd Journey – asking for help to be in the flow of the autumn season
This was done in 2 groups. Half the group received the help and perceived themselves to be in the centre of the circle. The other half were offering the help by connecting with their spirits to ask for help for those in the centre. Those offering the help perceived themselves to be on the outside of the circle. We left the videos of those receiving in the centre on so those offering the help could see who was receiving. We then swapped over so everyone had the opportunity to both receive and offer the help. 
If you wanted to do this for yourself check out this link to the April 2020 group the second journey explains how to work on your energetic body.

8th August 2020 – Surrender

How working with Surrender can support us in our lives
Run by Shenoah

Information that was circulated – This meeting was done Via Zoom due to the Covid-19 lockdown. To receive help from the spirits we need to be willing to experience or understand something in a different way.  Our doing this depends on our being able to let go of control and surrender our will and expectations so we can fully receive the help, healing or guidance the spirits have to offer us. At this meeting we will be asking the spirits for guidance on what surrendering means for us and how it can support us in our lives. 

1st Journey – Intention – I am going on a journey to merge with a tree I know to ask it for a teaching on surrendering
Suggest doing this as a middle world journey to ask the tree to allow you to merge with it. You may also want to do this as an embodied journey so you are moving with the tree.
If we are in the flow of our life and the flow of the season when the time to release something is right we can let go. We sometimes find we are holding onto something we know we should have released. A tree is in the flow of the seasons and cycles of nature and surrenders its leaves when the time is right. The tree can be a resource we can revisit if we need support to release something we are holidng onto.

2nd journey – Intention – I am Going on a journey to ask my sprits what in my life is it important for me to surrender
This journey is for information to find out what you need to surrender, not going to actually do the surrendering

Journey 3 – Intention – I am coming on an acted out journey to surrender …… (insert what you were shown to surrender in the previous journey)
While on the journey ask for a song of surrender to help you. This may be a song you know, a new one that comes just for this journey, or one that you can use whenever you need to surrender.

Blessing for self to support you with surrendering
Perceive yourself sitting, standing or lying in front of yourself and ask the spirits for the blessing you need at this time to support you in surrendering. Use your rattles / drum / voice to bless yourself.

11th July 2020 – Ancestors, Healing and Resources

Ancestors, Healing and Resources – this meeting was inspired by the systemic ritual work of Daan Van Kampenhout
Run by Shenoah

Information that was circulated – this meeting was run via Zoom due to the Covid-19 lockdown. Many traditional cultures maintain an active relationship with their ancestors who offer ongoing support, guidance and strength. At this meeting we will explore how different ways of connecting with our ancestral lineage can support us in our lives.

Introduction to the day
Studies have shown how the experience of our ancestors can have an effect on our biology, mindset and patterns. Some cultures believe the dead have a continued existence, and may possess the ability to influence the fortune of the living. As spirits who were once human themselves, they are sometimes seen as being better able to understand human needs than would a divine being. 

The ancestors were concerned with the same areas of life that we are – love, relationships, providing for our family, where to live, earning a living etc. Within the field of our ancestors there will be those that overcame obstacles successfully, those who have wisdom and resources and who can and want to support their descendants. Below shows a representation of 6 generations of the ancestral field. If the red triangle is you, behind you in brown is your mother and father, behind them in yellow are their mother and father – your grandparents, behnind then in green their parents – your great grandparents and so on, In just 6 generations you will have 64 bloodline ancestors.

Ancestral Field by Daan Van Kampenhout

1st Journey – going on a journey into my ancestral field to ask for a healing I need at this time for my ancestral line

  • The healing is for something that has come down through the ancestral line that is still effecting you – once on the journey you will be shown what it is, it may be something you are already aware of or something new.
  • Ask your spirits to take you to your ancestral field, it is usually in the middle world, but you may be taken somewhere else
  • Stand at the front of the ancestral field, feel your ancestors behind you, how does it feel, turn around and see your ancestors in front of you, experience what it is like
  • Speak to your ancestors and ask them to help you – speak respectfully, introduce yourself as their descendent, why you have come, ask them to look kindly upon you
  • Walk into the ancestral field and walk amongst the ancestors, find one who can help and see what unfolds. 
  • You may find that the healing comes down from them to you, it may also go back the other way, as we heal ourselves so we can heal our ancestors

2nd journey – Going on a journey into my ancestral field to ask for a gift from my ancestral line

  • This is asking the ancestors for a gift that has come down to you through the ancestors. It may be someting you already know or it may be new. They may give you information about how to use it or deepen it or how it was used by other ancestors.
  • Start in the same way as you did for the first journey by walking into your ancestral field

Journey 3 – working in pairs
Asking for help from the ancestors for something in your life

Make it very simple – I am going on a journey to ask for help with / to – may be related to one of the previous journeys or something different. e.g help with my relationship with my brother, help to find a new job. 

The work is in pairs using zoom breakout rooms. Decide who is going to receive and who is going to give the help. You will be facing each other on the screen for the work.

person receiving help – will be sitting perceiving their ancestral field in front of them

Person giving help will be standing perceiving your partners ancestral line behind you. You are representing their ancestors and being the vehicle for ancestors to offer help to their descendent

Person receiving – Relax and be in place of receiving. Speak to your ancestors and ask them out loud for the help you need ‘ dear ancestors it is I …… your descendent, i ask you look kindly on me this day and help me with ….

Person giving – percieve yourself at the front of your partners ancestral field with the ancestors behind you. Call your spirits and ask to receive the help from that persons ancestors – may be via rattle, drum, singing, words may come, you may be shown images.

When you have finished the work. let your partner know the work is over, share and swap.

The following are other ways of working with the ancestors that were suggested to those attending after the meeting

•perceive the ancestor field when not on a journey and walk amongst them
•perceive the ancestors in a circle around you walk to the one that can support you
•Use the ancestor field map and use stones to represent the ancestors

13th June 2020 – Insights from the Four Directions

Receiving insights and support from the directions. This meeting was inspired by the systemic ritual work of Daan Van Kampenhout
Run by Shenoah

Information that was circulated – this meeting was run via Zoom due to the Covid-19 lockdown. Working with the energies of the directions can bring balance, insights, healing and resources to areas in our life that are stuck or need resolving. At this months meeting we will be exploring the qualities of each direction and deepening our relationship and understanding of how to receive the wisdom and guidance we need in our lives. 

Introduction to the Day
Overview of qualities of each direction in the way we worked with them
East – Yellow / sunrise / spring / new beginnings / clear structure
East negative aspects – not manifesting ideas or completing what has been started

South – Red / sun at its highest / summer / taking responsibility / projects coming to fruition
South negative aspects – workaholic / power over

West – Black / Dusk / autumn / releasing what no longer serves
West negative aspects – self absorbed / slow / disintegration of self / stuck in grief

North – White / between night & day / winter / inspiration /formlessness, dreamtime / betwixt and between
North negative aspects – not being grounded / escape into spiritual / helpless / avoid people

Preparation – Draw a circle and split it into quarters, colour the sections Yellow – East, Red – South, West – Black, White – North. Draw a circle in the centre and colour it green. Put it on the floor so each quarter is orientated in the room to the direction on the wheel. I have written the directions on the wheel below for reference.

Format of work – Start each journey in the centre in the green so are starting in the centre of yourself and step into the direction you are working with. You are not journeying out but calling the qualities, energy of that power to come to you, standing in that direction and having an embodied as opposed to out of body experience. You can use a drumming track and / or your voice and rattle. As you start to work with each direction use your voice and rattle offering a prayer to that direction as you call upon it to come and help you.

You can either take a specific issue to each of the directions, or you can see what each direction wants to show you in your life. The intention asks ‘what is it important for me to be with’ so you can allow to arise whatever needs to arise and be with the experience. Your experience may be visual, physical, emotional, you may be given a teaching or an understanding or a solution.

The inention is the same for each of the directions

1st Journey – “I am standing in the East to ask what is it important for me to be with in the East

2nd Journey – “I am standing in the South to ask what is it important for me to be with in the South

3rd Journey – “I am standing in the West to ask what is it important for me to be with in the West

4th Journey – “I am standing in the North to ask what is it important for me to be with in the North

Complete the cycle by thanking all the directions for their help and releasing them.

The following are other ways of working with the directions that were circulated to those attending after the meeting

  • standing and welcoming each direction to ask for help for the day with rattle / song / voice / drum
  • journey to / connecting with the direction where you feel you are stuck
  • journey to / connecting with the direction you feel you need to step into more fully
  • take one issue you want help with and walk the wheel to receive insight and support from each direction