Archives for November 2011

Winter Solstice Blessing

This annual event has become legendary.  Eye of Horus was thrilled when Jaime Meyer asked us if we wanted to be a promotional partner. The purpose of each evening is to help you feel alive all the way down in your mythic bones, feel connected to nature, connected to Mystery, and connected to each other. We invite you to join in on an alternative holiday experience of performance, ceremony, art and joyful awe on the weekend before solstice.

Reindeer Sun Solstice BlessingWhere: Minnesota Opera Center, 620 North First Street, in Downtown Minneapolis (Click here for a map)

When:

  • December 16 (Friday) 7:30 PM (Drumming starts at 7)
  • December 17 (Saturday) 7:30 PM (Drumming starts at 7)
  • December 18 (Sunday) 7:00 PM (30 minutes earlier! Drumming starts at 6:30)

Reserve your spot in advance! This event sells quickly, even with three “performances.” (You may also pay cash at the door). Seating is limited to 120 each night. Past years have sold out swiftly. All seats are general admission. Arrive early for the best choice of seats (and to drum!)  Buy advance tickets online with credit card>

What:

  • Drumming… they have some on hand or bring your own … The entire audience drums, no experience necessary
  • Chanting of The Idisi… a gathering of women intent on singing and opening the world up to the sonic healing, especially that of the Divine Feminine. (Yes, we have their CD at the Eye)
  • Storytelling by The Urban Shaman (Jaime Meyer of Drumming the Soul Awake)
  • Blessing of the Great White Reindeer
  • Dancing and ecstasy are encouraged

All in the subterranean, rock-walled, huge rehearsal space at the Minnesota Opera. (yeah, we thought you’d like that).  Do Visit the Official Event Page for more details>

Enter the Crone

Ancient Queen Of Wisdom, Hecate, Hecate. Old One, Come To Us” ~Goddess Chant

The face of this season is the face of the crone.As we enter the dark time of the year and the wheel is turning to winter, the cycle denotes a period of increased darkness, frozen ground, and a sharp decline of visible abundance. It marks a time of letting go, of allowing things to fall away; it is the destruction phase of the life cycle.

We welcome this season through honoring our ancestors, the spirits of those who have walked the Earth through the ages, and by reflecting on the mysteries and wonders of life and of death.

The energy of the Crone emerges during this time of year, reminding us of the need to surrender, withdraw and retreat into the counsel of our inner spiritual world. While most online dictionaries enjoy subjugating the essence of the Crone into a cantankerous, old woman (which She is surely capable of being if you attempt to defy or ignore Her message!), the true nature of the Crone aspect of the Goddess radiates spiritual power, wisdom and mastery. Traditionally, She is associated with the later stages of the life cycle, but the potential for integrating Her teachings is available to us all, if only we pause and listen to Her call.

In Western society, our culture does not typically seek out conversation about or the experience of aging and dying; we tend to run as fast as we can away from it. The Crone is the last guest we want invited to our party. Perpetual youth (which is particularly expected among women) has become one of our many cultural addictions; as if an anti-aging facial cream will miraculously prevent our kidneys from failing or negate our Soul’s desire for a rest from the physical plane.

The reverence and respect for the wisdom and teachings of ancestors and elders that is practiced in so many cultures throughout the world has become lost in our society and invariably distorted through judgments and assumptions about what it means to be ‘old’.

It is true that at first glance, there is little aesthetic appeal in the dying process within an aged human body. Our skin becomes spotted, wrinkled and tears easily. We lose hair, hearing, and agility. Our teeth become fragile, rot or fall out. Our bones can break in a fall, and we can become bed-ridden for weeks from a common cold because of depressed immunity. Essentially, we are falling apart; our life vessel that we call the human body eventually deteriorates.

Yet, this process can serve as a clear reminder to each of us how inexplicably bound we are with Nature and the ephemeral earthly experience. We are reminded, more urgently, more deeply and more loudly, that while the concept of Time is a non-linear physical construct, the length of time our human form will sustain us appears to be quite limited and definitive.

We are both growing and dying all at once. Nature teaches us about the beauty of death through the creation of life; about the seeds of growth within decomposition and decay; for we dance within these cycles each day in the rise and set of the sun and the wax and wane of the moon.

Perhaps that is our unique human paradox to contemplate and experience. To learn and understand how to exist comfortably in both life and in death; to gracefully welcome the season of each. In choosing to embrace the deep inner wisdom and spiritual power of the Crone, we also embrace the ageless, the timeless and the formless, transcending duality in the practice of being fully present and open to ourselves, each other, and the Earth.

Come to The Eye and engage with the Crone; we have books (Wisdom of the Crone, Ellen Cannon Reed, etc.) statuary (Baba Yaga, Medusa, Hekate), pendants and candles to welcome and celebrate Her arrival.

Small Business Saturday is 11/26/11

First there was Black Friday, then Cyber Monday.

Now, Small Business Saturday is an event that drives shoppers to local, independently-owned merchants like Eye of Horus.

This November 26th is a big day for everyone at the Eye. It’s the second annual Small Business Saturday®, when people across the country come out and shop to support their favorite local businesses.

Support Main Street

Small businesses have generated 64 percent of net new jobs over the past 15 years and employ just over half of all private sector employees, according to the Small Business Administration. Shoppers can help keep our community unique by shopping at local, independent and other small business, on November 26 and throughout the year.

Ninety-three percent of consumers agree it is important to support small businesses they value. Last year, more than 1.5 million people shared that sentiment by ‘liking’ the Small Business Saturday Facebook page. This year the community of like-minded Americans will grow even more.

Saturday Specials

Eye of Horus says  “Thank You” to our wonderful customers  for shopping small & local rather than going to the mall or “Big Box” stores, so we are offering a specials for ‘Small Business Saturday’ 11/26/11

Buy two calendars or datebooks, and get the third at 1/2 price . . . on Saturday the 26th only!

Plus- Anyone who spends $100 or more on Small Business Saturday will get a free abundance mojo bag.

Here’s how you can help support Small Business Saturday and Indie Businesses like us:
  • “Like” and recommend us on Facebook at facebook.com/eyeofhorusmpls.
  • You can also visit Facebook.com/smallbusinesssaturday to join the initiative, give a shout out to your favorite local stores and restaurants, and pledge to shop at small businesses on November 26, 2011!
  • If you are an American Express Cardmember, register your card to receive a $25 statement credit when you shop at small businesses on Small Business Saturday.
  • Most of all, I encourage you to do some of your holiday and everyday shopping at small businesses, especially on Small Business Saturday.
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