Tuesday, September 06, 2016

University starts

The kid has flown the coop, fledged the nest, dipped her toes in the waters of adulthood...  Angeni just turned 18 in mid-August and as of Labour Day weekend she's off to university,  We don't feel the empty nesting yet...  less laundry, fewer dishes, the house is quieter and we are back to work.  I am sure we'll miss her more as things settle into a pattern.  I cannot believe how quickly time has flown - this is the focus of my amazement around all of this shift.  Only 15 years ago we finally got her out of diapers!

I look at Brian and see a man turning 70 shortly.  A vibrant man, still climbing on the roof and doing his wood art...  loading and unloading the fledgling at school, and being "the guy".  He looks after me, now that I need the power wheelchair.  I look at my face, turning 60 next year, and it doesn't look too bad yet.  I tell myself the wrinkles are from weight loss, not aging!  Hahahahahaaa. 

Life goes on...  this third dimensional life is swift and short, amusing and amazing.  On to a new chapter.  Have a great week.

Peace

Monday, September 05, 2016



Moonstar Lodge Newsletter - September 2016
Greetings!
On this beautiful late summer day I bring you our offerings for the next 3 ½ months…
Gatherings and special events:
1.      Autumn Equinox is being held Sunday, September 25, 1 - 3 PM.  Feel free to bring a snack to share.  We exchange teachings and ceremony. Registration is essential to hold a seat as space is limited.
2.      Bay Studio Tour - Saturday, October 1 and Sunday, October 2 10 AM to 5 PM.  This is our fourth year as part of the tour and we have special guest Monica Ironside joining us.  Check out the Facebook page and website http://www.thebaystudiotour.com for more information.
3.      Midland and District Business Women’s Association Christmas extravaganza - Saturday, November 12 from 10 AM to 4 PM at the Best Western Hotel, Highway 12 and King Street in Midland.  Brian and I will have a booth there.  Check out their website for details http://www.mdbwa.com/events or Facebook page.
4.      Open House - come join us in the studio on Saturday, December 3 or Sunday, December 4 from 10 AM to 5 PM. We’ll have cider, seasonal treats and some discounts.  Brian promises surprise new wood work and art to unveil!
5.      Winter solstice gifting ceremony Sunday, December 18, 1 - 4 PM. Our annual gifting celebration is a most powerful gathering.  It is potluck, and you need to bring a “recycled” object in a plain bag – something which you no longer need and wish to pass on the energy.  This is an opportunity for great spiritual exchange.  For further information email me! Registration is essential to hold a seat as space is limited.
***NEW***
Traditional Spiritualist Séance - join us for our circle on Sunday, October 30, 7 - 10 PM. This is limited to ten participants and the cost is $20.00.  We used to do these regularly in other parts of Ontario but it’s a first for us locally.  Bring a crystal, and an open mind.
Meditation Mondays - as we work toward some Ascension classes in the winter let’s focus on meditation practice.  In this 90 minute group we will start with a gratitude/burden basket exercise, progressing to guided meditation, and concluding with a private introspective time.  This is ten weeks from October 17 to December 19 inclusive, 7 - 8:30 PM. $90.00.  Feel free to bring a mat, pillow or blanket and dress comfortably.
Dowsing Refresher - this is open to students who’ve already taken our dowsing course.  It’s one day Sunday, November 20 from 1 - 4 PM. Please bring your original dowsing notes, pendulums and L rods.  We’ll review and work on technique, asking correct questions and have some fun.  $20.00
Tarot and Divination - this should be prove to be a fun afternoon of learning the differences between tarot decks and regular divination formats.  We will work with various traditional cards and divination types and everyone comes away with a reading.  Seating is limited so register early.  Feel free to bring a snack to share Sunday, October 16, 1 to 4:30 PM.  $25.00. 

Psychospiritual Development - Beginner Level - This is the most popular, intense and exciting of our courses.  Developing psychically and spiritually go hand-in-hand, and happen in a safe (if swift) format.  This is not for the faint-of-heart; you must be ready to try mediumship, trance work, and psychokinetic practices.  The beginner level works at a quick pace through the metaphysical basics to understand the possible paths of spiritual development, and acts as the foundation for the advanced level which focuses only on mediumship, trance work, healing, and meditation practices. Psychospiritual development is THE foundation for every other course we have, and will, ever teach.  It is a directed, formal study of clairvoyance, clairaudience, clairsentience, clairolfaction and psychokinesis through a variety of practices: levitation, spirit photography and recordings, learning to see the aura (aurvoyance), apparitions, psychometry, meditation, altered states of consciousness, psychomantium (scrying), out-of-body experiences, karma, phases of spiritual growth, types of spiritual beings and more. Mediumship techniques and channelling are practised weekly. Historic techniques and modern, scientific parameters are studied. This course changes people - be prepared for many new life experiences, and homework! Students are to bring to each class: a binder, pen, any course notes from earlier development groups and PLEASE DO NOT WEAR PERFUME. Do dress comfortably. 80% attendance is required for a certificate. Class size is limited - register early to ensure your space!  Tuesdays Oct, 4 to Nov. 22 inclusive, 7 – 10 PM, $125.00


Psychospiritual Development – Open Level: More channelling, more general exercises and more homework!  This is open to participants who’ve already taken our previous psychospiritual development beginner class.  Students need to dress comfortably, and bring your notes from the first level.   Thursdays October 6 to November 24 inclusive, 7 – 10 PM. $125.00

Thursday, August 25, 2016

The necessity of alone time…

So here I sit on this the twenty-fifth of August, alone for a whole day for the first time all summer. I have no appointments, nothing structured and no "have to's". I'm almost giddy - in fact if I'm honest - I am giddy. For all the work I do in public I'm actually a loner! To that end alone time is really important to me and I recognize (often in hindsight when I'm building up a cranky) it's because I haven't had time just by myself.  Those boudaries again...

If someone phones I won't answer...  Emails can wait until after Labour Day. I've longed all these weeks for some actual time off. That being said, we're still preparing Angeni for her fledging of the nest on September 4, which goes without saying...  The shopping for clothes and dorm supplies has happened.  She's pulling her transition items together on the table in my studio preparing to pack them up on September 3rd.  She's pulling out autumn clothes and making sure her laundry is caught up.  Dad is in the process of reorganizing the setup of the van to accommodate appliances and moving dollies. It's a good excuse to strip the van of all garbage and recycling.  I will encourage a thorough vacuuming.  I think today while they are gone to Kitchener I will use this opportunity to disassemble the shrine to Hello Kitty.  So far I've been saying quite publicly that I won't be sad to see Angeni go, but putting away this marker of teenage silliness instills nostalgia.

A lot of the thoughts bubbling up over these past weeks revolve around end-of-life issues.  I've done my best to suppress them but it took until yesterday for me to realize I am overlaying end-of-life with end of cycle, specifically the parenting cycle. There are huge differences and my emotional self is now coming more in alignment with my spiritual knowledge around these concepts. The end-of-life thoughts are completely unnecessary and reflect anxiety, which is living in the future.  I feel much calmer today because I can reconcile why these anxious thoughts bubbled to the surface.  It's a conditioning really; old tapes and loops reflecting ways I used to think.  The stress of having my daughter go to University brought up the old tapes and loops.  I am reflecting and consciously choosing now to remove those old tapes and loops and put them in the recycling bin, so to speak...  They do not serve me and would create depression and despondency in my physical selfhood.  Dangerous stuff, especially to health.  So I'm glad I can nip these feelings in the bud and replace them with more proactive, healthy processing. Sometimes our home is a little bit like the shoemakers shop.  The old proverbial shoemaker's children go barefoot because he is just too busy, tired or uninterested in making shoes for his own children.  Sometimes I'm just too tired to apply on myself the same standards and principles I would use with my clients.

So here I am at the Angel moment of 11:11.  I'm going to get off this machine now and go play in my studio!  I have a few wee quilts to finish binding.  It's hard to believe it's barely a month away until the Bay Studio Tour on October 1/2nd.  I hate to say it but I work better with a deadline.

Have a wonderful week.  Peace.

Thursday, August 11, 2016

Wow, what a life-changing summer!

As I write this today, my daughter turns 18.  She graduated with honours from grade 12 and received 6 awards/scholarships from the community!!!  To cap it all off, she just received confirmation of acceptance to Trent, and moves there on the Labour Day weekend.  We feel thunderstruck!  This is the best possible thing for her, rather than the"victory lap" she envisioned doing...  Angeni is in the Bachelor of Indigenous Education program, and after 5 years receives dual bachelors...  she wants to teach music, as she specializes in percussion.  We are ready for our wee bird to fledge the nest, and it is amazing.

The courses and channeling took off, in a big way, last winter...  this trend continued into the spring and summer.  Our last course finished on July 21st, and while we thought we'd get a break, all this university prep ramped up...  so no break.  We've done lots of ceremonies and teaching in the community, and I've been working on a medicine/marriage blanket for a wedding we are performing next weekend...  Even the celebrations for equinox and solstice have filled the house to standing room only! The shamanic gatherings are flourishing and we've added 4 more practitioners.  That is it, as we are maxed out in that department.

So, life in a wheelchair is busier than ever.  I am adapting, and peaceful...  In a few short weeks we're back in the teaching circuit and planning for shows.  The Bay Studio Tour is on the weekend of Oct. 1st and 2nd...  hopefully Brian will have time to make more bowls and shawl pins.

I love my life...

Enjoy the rest of the summer!  Kathryn

Monday, May 16, 2016

Summer Classes starting soon!

Just a quick reminder of the courses coming up very quickly - your paid registration confirms your spot!
 
Dowsing - Beginner & Advanced: This popular course runs 2 Saturdays over two weekends. We demonstrate the use of a single, suspended pendulum and 2 L-rod dowsing sticks. We should have great weather to practice outside doing geomantic dowsing, and learn radiesthetic dowsing for healing work. This class also looks at ley lines, vortices, telluric forces and ghost paths. Please bring potluck lunch both days, a binder, pen, crystals, pendulums and L-rods if you have them. We provide pendulums and L-rods at a nominal fee for those students who require them. Saturdays June 11 and June 18. 10:00 AM to 4:30 PM. $80.00 Potluck lunch.
 
Psychospiritual Development – Intermediate/Open Level: More channeling, more general exercises and more homework! Students need to dress comfortably, and bring a notebook. (Prerequisite - Beginner Level). Thursdays June 2 to July 21 inclusive, 7 – 10 PM. $125.00
 
Gift Certificates are available and may be used towards course fees, services or anything in the studio. Receipts are issued first night of class. Classes fill quickly!
 
Payment can be made through the website (PayPal), Interac e-transfer (send to brian@moonstarlodge.com), cash or cheque (payable to "Rev. Kathryn Gorman-Lovelady"). We take Visa or Mastercard if you drop by the studio (call ahead). Your seat is confirmed upon payment.
Courses are being held at 302 Lafontaine Rd. West, Tiny (formerly Lafontaine), Ontario, L9M 0H1.
Register online here: www.moonstarlodge.com/courses.html
Gatherings: We will be meeting Sunday June 19, 1:00 to 4:00 PM for Summer Solstice celebrations. Snacks to share are welcome. Whilst there is no charge, please let us know if you plan to attend as space is limited.

Thursday, March 10, 2016

Medicine wheel gardens and more!




It's wonderful to feel the energy of Mother Earth waking up. I love how the sun moves us forward Into the new season. We've decided to update the courses in this post. You will note that after 19 years Medicine Wheel Garden is being taught again!  This course is already filling up so if you have any intention of coming please pre-register with your course fee as soon as possible as we are limited to 12 registrants. We hope you have a fabulous season and can perhaps join us for either the Spring Equinox ceremony or Summer Solstice. Enjoy this fabulous spring. 
2016 Spring Courses & Gatherings
Making Sacred Objects / General Crafting: *Course Update* Since our dreamcatcher and Shamanic wands courses were cancelled due to weather, we're offering the chance to make these items during this particular class. For students who want to finish drums or medicine bags there is no charge.  Those students who want to make dream catchers or wands, the fee is $44. Feel free to come along and join us for the afternoon.  It is helpful if you bring tools like pliers and scissors . Pre-registration is absolutely necessary as space is limited. Saturday March 26th 1 to 4 p.m. Feel free to bring a snack!

Medicine Wheel Garden Workshop: It’s been 19 years since we offered this class. This two-day version covers our sacred garden style.   We discuss raised bed techniques, companion planting, moon cycle theory, harvesting and crop rotation.   We look at the moon and planting cycles, how to make medicines over the winter, what plants to consider for this spring, biodiversity and more.   Information on seed suppliers will be shared, and some seeds will be made available for sale and exchange.   Students need a binder.  Sundays April 24 and May 1, 1 – 4 PM. $80.00

Dowsing - Beginner & Advanced: This popular course is divided into 2 full days over two weekends.  This is an interesting look at the two forms of kinesiological interaction with our higher selves.  This course demonstrates the use of a single, suspended pendulum and 2 L-rod dowsing sticks.  We should have good enough weather to assure lots of practice outside doing geomantic dowsing, and learn radiesthetic dowsing for healing work.  This class also looks at ley lines, vortices and ghost paths.  Please bring potluck lunch both days, a binder, pen, crystals, pendulums and L-rods if you have them.  We have pendulums and L-rods at a nominal fee for those students who require them.  Saturdays June 11 and June 18. 10:00 AM to 4:30 PM. $80.00 Potluck lunch.

Psychospiritual Development – Intermediate/Open Level: More channelling, more general exercises and more homework!  Students need to dress comfortably, and bring a notebook.   (Prerequisite - Beginner Level). Thursdays June 2 to July 21 inclusive, 7 – 10 PM. $125.00

Gift Certificates are available and may be used towards course fees, services or anything in the studio.
Receipts are issued first night of class.  Classes fill quickly!  Payment can be made through the website (PayPal), Interac e-transfer (send to
brian@moonstarlodge.com), cash or cheque (payable to "Rev. Kathryn Gorman-Lovelady").  We take Visa or Mastercard if you drop by the studio (call ahead).  Your seat is confirmed upon payment.
Courses are being held at 302 Lafontaine Rd. West, Tiny (formerly Lafontaine), Ontario, L9M 0H1.
Register online here:
www.moonstarlodge.com/courses.html

Gatherings:  We will be meeting Sunday March 20, 2016, 1:00 to 4:00 PM for Spring Equinox and Sunday June 19, 1:00 to 4:00 PM for Summer Solstice celebrations.  Snacks to share are welcome.  While there is no charge, please let us know if you plan to attend as space is limited.