Exploring the Medicine Wheel & Tree of Life
Tuesday 25th June 2019 - Tuesday 24th September 2019
The universe works in circles and spirals, the spinning of the Earth on its orbit, which brings the cycles of day and night, the moon and seasons. Many ancient traditions have their medicine wheel based on the land that they were living. The Native American Medicine wheel from North America is the best known, however the Celtic Medicine Wheel relates to the elements, seasons, trees, animals and wisdom of the lands in Ireland, Scotland, Britain and parts of Europe.
Taking a journey through the Celtic Medicine Wheel in 5 sessions, and the Tree of life in 3 sessions. We will introduce some themes around each direction or realm, how we can work with this direction or realm for guidance and healing, guided meditation, shamanic journeying for deeper exploration and calling on the wisdom of the trees. The trees are the knowledge and medicine keepers, many have properties for healing, divination, protection and more. As they are deeply connected to the cycles of the earth, they can teach us how to stay grounded yet adaptable to the cycles of life.
In addition we will focus on how you can connect with the elements and directions in your everyday life and help to use the medicine wheel like a map for rebalancing when you are confused, stuck or in need of healing. These can be applied to many aspects of life including personal growth, general guidance, work, projects and relationships.
Spirit. Divine. Faith. Protection. Space. Otherworld. Oak (Dair)
Spirit exists in all things, often represented in circles and spirals. It relates to space which can be related to all around us, the sacred space within our hearts, or creating sacred space in a location. The interconnectedness of ourselves and all beings, the doorway into the otherworld or other realms that lie within and beyond the physical.
Air. Mental. Breath. Spring. Birch (Beithe)
East relates to the element of Air, the mental realm, our childhood and can bring us the gifts of inspiration, clarity, communication, change and new beginnings. Air can bring a whisper of insight and guidance or the force of truth to clear the way for new paths to emerge. We will connect with the wisdom of the Birch Tree relate to Imbolc, the celebration of the beginning of Spring in the Celtic calendar.
Fire. Spiritual. Creativity. Summer. Hawthorn (Huath)
South relates to the element of Fire, the spiritual realm, our youth and can bring us the gifts of purification, protection, creativity and manifestation into action. The fire also teaches us about the warmth of our hearts. We will connect with the wisdom of the Hawthorn Tree and relate to Beltane, the celebration of the beginning of Summer in the Celtic calendar.
Water. Emotions. Compassion. Autumn. Willow (Sail)
West relates to the element of Water, the emotional realm, our adulthood and can bring us the gifts of feeling, cleansing, healing and compassion. The west connects us to the sacred waters, our blood, our ancestors and teaching us to flow through life. Water can be a calm, still lake or the strong current of a waterfall to bring about movement and change. We will connect with the wisdom of Willow Tree and relate to Lammas, the celebration of the beginning of Autumn in the Celtic Calendar.
Earth. Physical. Abundance. Winter. Elder (Ruis) North relates to the element of Earth, the physical realm, our elder years and can bring us the gifts of abundance, grounding, strength and fertility. The North connects us to our bodies and how we rely on the Earth for our nourishment and support. We will connect with the wisdom of Elder Tree and relate to Samhuinn, the celebration of the beginning of Winter in the Celtic Calendar
The Tree of Life
The Celtic Tree of life is the central symbol for celtic and druid traditions, trees are believed to be the gatekeepers of the portals and can teach us about the ongoing cycle of life, death and rebirth. Past, present and future which are also linked to the "3 worlds" upperworld, underworld and middle world. In the tree of life the branches represent the upperworld, the roots represent the underworld and the trunk represents this physical world.
Heavens. Future. Divination. Manifestation. Hazel (Coll) Upperworld is connected to the great mystery, cosmos or universal consciousness. In these celestial realms we connect to the gods and goddesses, the sun, moon, stars, heavens and higher beings. We can access the infinite intelligence of all that there is and manifest our dreams, connecting to the future.
Earth. Transformation. Past. Death. Rebirth. Yew (Ibar)
Underworld connects us to the underworld, the dark womb of mother earth. This is the place from which everything and nothing grows, from where we get our nourishment for life. As well as where our physical bodies are formed, born and return to. It is also connected to the past and our ancestors, so holds the key of deep wisdom and lessons that can be brought into the present.
Universal truth. Physical. Present. Embodiment. Life. Ash (Nin)
The middleworld connects us to the physical realm, where we have the perceived limitations of time/space. Here we have the opportunity to embody the strength and courage to live a heart centred way. In order to be fully present we build strong roots into the earth as well as tall branches into the sky. This unification of body and spirit, inner and outer worlds can allow us to access the universal truth that resides within us.
What is Included?
A bi-monthly Live Group Zoom call (these are recorded so don’t worry about missing live sessions)
Live Zoom Calls: 25th June, 9th July, 23rd July, 6th August, 20th August, 3rd September, 10th September, 17th September
Time: 7pm UK/2pm EST (90mins)
A Guided Meditation for each module for you to absorb in your own time
Practices with each module to assist you to connect with yourself, nature, the trees and the directions
Information about each direction, realm, ogham, tree properties & identification
An energetic container held by Firetree, this is likely to bring different themes and changes throughout the course
£144 Early Bird (if booked before 18th June)
£222 Full Price (if booked after 19th June)
For those with special circumstances, we reserve limited space for those with financial difficulty or extenuating circumstances that feel called to join us for this deeply transformative work.
Payment plans are also available, please get in touch to see what can be arranged.