Golden Dome Mystery School "Justice" Artist-In-Residence Intensive

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This Autumn I'll be a visiting artist during the Justice artist-in-residence intensive with Golden Dome Mystery School. Though my own contribution will be a 2-hour class on one of the days of the intensive, the overall offering looks like an amazing synthesis of many modalities close to my heart on a subject deserving much, if not all, of our attention at this time. 

Justice: All Things in Nature Move Toward Balance

“Because you are alive, everything is possible.” - Thich Nhat Hanh

“We cannot change the world alone. To heal ourselves, to restore the earth to life, to create the situations in which freedom can flourish, we must work together in groups.” - Starhawk

“Without community, there is no liberation.” - Audre Lorde

Justice takes place from September 30th - October 7th, 2018 in Wurtsboro, NY. 

Applications will be accepted in a rolling basis until August 15th. 

For our ninth artist-in-residence session we will be working with the Tarot card “Justice” where we are introduced to the mysteries of law, order, balance, and equilibrium. 

The figure pictured as “Justice” on most Tarot decks is modeled after the ancient Egyptian Goddess Ma'at, with her balancing scales and magic feather (often pictured as a sword). The concept of Ma'at, which is personified as a Goddess, is a more fluid and pervasive notion than ‘justice’ or ‘law’ as we now understand these words. Ma'at is the ultimate force that operates the cosmos – she is an energy that maintains balance, regulates the movements of the stars and the cycles of the seasons, keeps cycles of life and death in balance, and creates complex, synergistic, and self-regulating systems of order that maintain creation. Ma'at’s ideological opposite is Isfet - injustice, chaos, and violence. During this artist intensive, we will seek to understand how principles of justice and balance can be found in ourselves, our communities, our world, our planet, and our cosmos, as well as navigating our relationship with Isfet - injustice, chaos, and violence. Through combined practices of performance, community building and magic making, we will study the balancing forces in nature as they pertain to renewal and revolution. 

We will be living communally in a house in the Catskills for a one week session that consists of a series of performance centered art exercises, tarot instruction, sound healing, intuitive development exercises, and lectures offered by visiting artists. We will do a group performance at the end of week. All Golden Dome gatherings seek to provide our community with expansive methodologies for reconciling our selves and our work to each other and our world. Please see the syllabus for detailed information on course offerings. 

THE APPLICATION IS AVAILABLE HERE. 

Information about the site for this residency can be found HERE

THE SYLLABUS IS AVAILABLE HERE.

The faculty members for the “Justice” program are: Chiron ArmandMireya LucioLinda MontanoCory NakasueLavender Suarez and Eliza Swann. 

How to Perform an Uncrossing Bath in the Hoodoo Rootwork Tradition

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It is traditional to wake up before dawn and perform this work before speaking to anyone. Add a commercial preparation of Uncrossing bath crystals to about a gallon of hot water, steep an Uncrossing herbal blend until the infusion begins to cool, or otherwise make an infusion of herbs and minerals known for their uncrossing and cleansing properties. When it is lukewarm, remove any large bits of herbal matter and take the pot to the bathroom. You may want to light a white candle on either side of the bathtub to create an entryway.

After taking your morning shower, turn off the water and pour your prepared bath over your head, or from the neck down. Place the now empty pot between your legs to catch the runoff water. Using your hands, from head to toe, rub your body in a downward fashion. It is traditional to pray Psalm 51 or another Psalm associated with the act of spiritual cleansing. You can also pray these words or similar ones with conviction: “I am cleansed of any and all harmful energies that have attached themselves to me. I am uncrossed and made spiritually clean. Nothing can deter me from my blessed path.” Affirm that you are made clean and new. These should be your first words of the day. When finished, carefully step out of the tub backwards through the threshold created by the two candles. Air dry.

Take the pot with the excess runoff water (even a very small amount will do) to a crossroads where two roads intersect in a +. Toss the water over your left shoulder towards the West, stating “I banish this condition and, as the sun sets in the West, so does it set upon my former condition.” Express gratitude to the spirit of the crossroads and walk home without looking back. You may also toss the runoff bathwater on the base of a large tree that seems willing to drain this energy into the Earth. Traditional or not, I suggest offerings of Cornmeal or Tobacco be made to the tree for its help. Excess bathwater is said to hold your former condition and some include it as an ingredient when performing a house cleansing floorwash.

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When in the process of uncrossing and clearing, be mindful of your personal energy – who you allow into your home, who you shake hands with and come in contact with, old self-sabotaging thought patterns, and agreements you make. Be new.

According the physics concept of plenism attributed to Aristotle, nature abhors a vacuum. When energy is intentionally banished or removed, the space it occupied should just as intentionally be filled with something new, lest after our careful cleansing we leave what fills us back up to happenstance. Following any work of uncrossing, unjinxing, or curse removal, work of protection, blessing, or “drawing” should follow.

After taking an Uncrossing bath, pray a prayer of blessing over yourself from foot to head, going upwards. You may pray the 23rd Psalm and / or anoint your pulse points with a condition oil to attract or cultivate something of need or desire, such as Crown of Success, Money Draw, or High John the Conqueror. Some folks choose to dust themselves with a drawing or attracting sachet powder in an upwards manner. In the case of using Fiery Wall of Protection condition oil, you could affirm: “I am protected from any and all harm. I dress myself in the armor of God and no weapon formed against me shall prosper.“ Take a moment to bask in the glow of your affirmation. Experience it as already true and be grateful for what has been achieved.

Some folks may choose to take an Uncrossing bath for 3, 7, 9, or 13 days depending on the severity of their condition.

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