Archives for June 2011

Solstice River, Stonehenge and more Celebrations – View From the Eye

2011 Summer Solstice has officially passed, in the Northern Hemisphere, summer solstice began on Jun 21 2011 at 1:16 P.M. EDT and our facebook community got updates on the 21st, but here’s a rundown of the highlights:

The core world event was the Summer Solstice Sunrise at Stonehenge, Wiltshire.  If you go to visit Stonehenge at any other time of year, you will find it roped off to protect the site.  But there is a special dispensation for summer solstice, when all the Druids and Pagans gather to celebrate the sun and people slept in the shadows of the great stones. The Guardian has captured this year’s event in photos»

Then, there was the Times Square Yoga event.  Instead of a ball dropping to mark a new year, hands raised and bodies stretched to celebrate the sun.

There were also several pagan festivals centered around the solstice.  The largest was probably PSG (Pagan Spirit Gathering) which moved to a new location this year.  Closer to home, you could find the Earth House Midsummer Gather.

But wait, there’s more!  Not to be outdone, Solstice RiverSolstice River is an annual event, here in Minneapolis.  This was the 15th annual Solstice River, and it was just one of dozens of Global Water Dances which took place around the world on June 25th. Global Water Dances is an event which uses participatory art-making to raise consciousness about environmental problems, specifically, the critical need for safe drinking water. This is definitely a global effort, with 60 locations worldwide. Beginning in the Western Pacific Rim, and circling the globe, the series of dances was broadcast online.  Each location focuses on local water issues and tie it to the global struggle to ensure safe water for all human beings.

The Solstice River Dance in Minneapolis was held at the Mississippi River, with the audience gathering on the Stone Arch Bridge to watch the performance and listen to the music.  This is a site sacred to the Dakota and Ojibwe Nations. It is also the birthplace of the City of Minneapolis, where early residents used the power of the falls for lumber and grain milling. The major water issue here is the Non-Point Source Pollution, or run-off from fertilizers and pesticides draining into the river creating the Dead Zone in the Gulf of Mexico. Participants and viewers of Global Water Dances learn about the critical role of humans in protecting water supplies. The Solstice River partners are the US Army Corps of Engineers, the St. Anthony Falls Laboratory, Mill City Museum, the Guthrie, KBEM, Twin Cities T’ai-Chi Ch’uan Studio, and Earth Spirit Environments, Inc.  Click here to sign up to learn more or participate in future events»

Visit the event site for more details about the choreographers, support and local resources »

View from the Eye – Gorilla Yogis to Urban Threads

Have you ever had one of those weeks where it was not only full of cool events and people, but the web was full of good and wonderful and intriguing news?  Well, here at the Eye, we try to stay in touch with what’s going on, and people mention things in passing, and it just seemed like it was time to start sharing these tidbits with the world. So, we’ve decided to do a semi-regular roundup of the latest bits of interest we’re calling View from the Eye. Take a look and feel free to give us your opinion in the comments!

A Look back at last weekend

Tess Whitehurst at Eye of Horus

Tess Whitehurst

Saturday we welcomed Tess Whitehurst to Eye of Horus from Venice California.  She’s been on tour promoting her book, Magical Housekeeping. If you weren’t able to make it to the booksigning or workshop, there’s a Chat on USTREAM.  She had nice things to say about the cities on her Facebook Page.  She highlighted the Current (radio station), the Ecopolitan, Eye of Horus, and of course all the people . . . so thanks to everyone who came out. You can also follow Tess on her blog, Enchanting the Day where, appropriately enough, the latest post is Hotel Room Feng Shui.

The one thing I would change in her advice is, instead of a head of garlic, you should bring Smokeless Smudge Spray. It’s a much nicer scent to go to sleep to, and hotel-friendly. Note that I have nothing against garlic in food. But for Smudging I’d rather use appropriate plant extracts.

Gorilla Yogis on Lyndale

Street Yoga

♦ Last Sunday was the first ever Open Streets and the Gorilla Yogis were out in front of our store. In case you missed it, 20 blocks of Lyndale Avenue South were closed off to motor vehicles and opened for walking, biking, running, skating – anything people-powered. It’s a pre-programmed and destination driven world, but this is part of a movement to build community connections and a more personal lifestyle.  Open Streets promote:

  • Sustainable transportation choices, including walking, bicycling and transit.
  • Public health, bringing healthy physical activity to communities in need.
  • Local business, drawing foot traffic past the front doors.
  • Public space, helping residents see our streets as places where we can all come together and take pride in our city.

A look around the web

Mythic Imagination Magazine Spring 2011 Issue – It’s Free! Articles of interest include

  • Excerpt from Fate and Destiny, The Two Agreements of the Soul By Michael Meade
  • The Witches of Lublin: A radio drama By Ellen Kushner, Elizabeth Schwartz and Yale Strom
  • Finnish Charms: Appropriating Folk Magic from the Kalevala and Kanteletar By K.A. Laity
  • Excerpt from Becoming Animal, An Earthly Cosmology By David Abram
  • … and a half-dozen more focused on the Mythic Imagination

Starhawk NovelStarhawk’s Book, the Fifth Sacred Thing has re-entered the womb of creation and we are expecting the birth of a movie sometime in the future.  It’s hard to say how long it will take because they are in pre-production and fundraising, but you can sign up for their newsletter for updates at their site: http://fifthsacredthing.com/ You can also check out their facebook fan page where they have posted the Artist Visions of the City.

Speaking of creative endeavors, our very own Tarot Reader (and author and teacher) Barbara Moore is working with the fabulous artist, Aly Fell, on an exciting new Steampunk Tarot Deck, due out next year.  But she’s posting sketches and color roughs and giving you an inside view of the process in her blog, Steampunk Tarot. Oh, and in case you didn’t know, International Steampunk Day was just yesterday, June 14th.  Why the 14th of June? Well, it is H.G. Wells’ birthday.

We also discovered Urban Threads while checking up on one of our favorite artists, Niamh O’Connor.  She had a show at the Eye a couple of years ago, and among other things, has turned her artistic talents to creating embroidery patterns both for machines and for hand-stitchers. All designs are sold as digital downloads. Just one look at the Urban Threads logo (a free design on their site) is enough to tell you that these are not-exactly-traditional designs.  I found it easy to delve into their site and explore designs for more time than I care to admit, and I don’t sew or stitch or anything, but I’d love to see more of these designs walking around town.  You can also explore their awesome blog of ideas tutorials and sundries, Stitchpunk.  Need I say more?

If that’s not enough to keep you surfing the web, all of you Pagans should know about The Wild Hunt Blog – they have their own link roundup.  They not only do stories, but also have their own weekly link roundup, they call Unleash the Hounds!

A look at what’s coming

We’ve got our own kind of M&M’s here at the Eye coming up. No it’s not candy. It’s just that our next three events are all about the Moon or Meditation (or both).

June 22nd (Wednesday) 7-9pm is the Signs & Seasons monthly Astrology class with Teri Parsley Starnes of Starsdance Astrology. This month’s class is devoted to the sign, Cancer which is ruled by the Moon. Join in and follow the Moon on a journey of intention, magic, and deep self-discovery. As the season of summer enfolds us in a blanket of green, let’s step out into the night to see how the Moon illuminates our souls. Come and join this practice of developing relationships with nature, self, and Mystery. Newcomers welcome! Get more info and free handouts about the Signs & Seasons class>

July 1st (Friday) 7pm – 8pm – New Moon Meditation. Thraicie Hawkner, Eye of Horus founder, Intuitive and High Priestess, will lead a guided meditation during this time for reflection and inner wisdom, capitalizing on the time of the earth’s shadow on the moon. Join the circle of shadow-workers. Bring Notebook and Pen. Suggested Donation $5

♦ July 6th (Wednesday) 7pm – 8pm is the Twin Hearts Meditation (New monthly event!)
Experience a cleaner energy body, calmer emotions, and increased mental clarity through Meditation on the Twin Hearts, in which we focus on blessing the Earth through the mantra Om Mani Padme Hum. Jason Calva, Pranic Healing instructor, leads this transformational monthly meditation. $10 donation requested.

Well, those are the highlights.  Feel free to discuss in our comments below.