The roots of our understanding and experience of the spiritual, mystical, magical and religious lie lost long before the beginning of recorded history.
In this class we will trace the deepest, most ancient of our ancestors' beliefs and explore core archetypes and patterns in myth and religious practice that underscore and inform even the most contemporary traditions.
We will look at our ancestors' understanding of the mysteries of death and birth, the natural world around them, the implications of society, and much more.
We will explore of our most ancient customs with regards to affecting reality through magical operations, and delve down into the well of human memory to discover the nearly lost secrets of our species.
When we look at the diverse spiritual traditions of today, we see differences and discrepancies - systems and teachers that act as though they are the gatekeepers or exclusive guardians of the "correct"/"traditional"/"original" way of understanding or performing things.
When we look down the long dark passage into our ancestral pre-history, though, we find commonalities in core ancient traditions and understanding that tell the story of our place in the world as humans.
Across the ancient world, we find the prehistoric stone cults; the fire cults associating with metal and smithing; the lighting cults of the double-headed axe or hammer; the mother and goddess cults associated with the moon, the harvest and the tides.
In this class we will discuss and analyze the history and understandings of our ancestors who kept these ancient mysteries and transmitted them down to the present time.
Connecting with the roots of these concepts empowers us to better understand and apply the forms they've developed into over the millennia and to identify and cultivate our deepest ancestral connections to them.