March 17th: the Irish Holiday

March 17th: the Irish Holiday

March 17th is the day generally celebrated as St. Patrick’s day by many Irish and many who wish they were Irish. The actual date is the the accepted date of his death. Patrick was not actually Irish himself. He was a Britain, the son of a Christian deacon, who had been sold into slavery to an Irish Druid. He lived and worked in Ireland as a shepherd for six years, until he walked 200 miles to the coast and escaped back to Britain.

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It is widely acknowledged that the legend of St. Patrick driving the snakes from Ireland is false. There had been no snakes in Ireland since the previous Ice Age. It is generally understood that the “snakes” he cast out were the Druids, since the snake was a symbol of wisdom for the Druids. It must be wondered whether Patrick was not taking revenge against those who had enslaved him.

Part of the methodology he used was to beat the Druids using a “Christianized” version their own magic . . . cursing fields and blighting crops and cursing the Druids themselves. He referred to Christ as his Arch Druid. As the Christianization continued, hundreds of Druidic texts were burned and there was general upheaval in society, and many of the Pagan Holidays and sites were given christian names.

Scholars are now piecing together the Druidic wisdom from fragments and portions of texts which survived the purging, or rebuilding entirely from oral traditions. We honor those efforts and the traditional meaning of the snake as a wise being who survives the winter by going under ground.

Therefore, we have borrowed from some Heathen friends and declared March 17th as All Snake’s Day at Eye of Horus, in gentle memory of those whom Patrick cursed.

Go SNAKES!

Wendy Rule Brings Mythic Music to Minneapolis May 28th

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Wendy Rule - visionary singer/songwriterMinneapolis, Minnesota—April 17, 2008—Eye of Horus presents Australian Wendy Rule, joined by Nordic Roots performer Kari Tauring and special guests Felonious Bosch for an evening of myth-inspired music at the Cedar Cultural Center, 416 Cedar Ave. S., on Wednesday, May 28, 2008 beginning at 7:30 p.m.

Ticket price is $18 in advance and $22 at the door. Doors open at 7:00 p.m. Tickets for the event can be purchased through Ticketweb.com, Cedar outlets, the Cedar Ticketline at (612) 338-2674 ext 2 and the show’s sponsor, Eye of Horus Metaphysical store by phone at (888) 872-1292 or online at Eyeofhorus.biz.

Introduced by Radio Paganistan storyteller Steven Posch, the evening will unfold in three acts:

1. Dark and sardonic, Felonious Bosch sets the stage with music for the New Dark Ages. Meld medieval melody with middle-eastern overtones and add the twisted mystic lyrics of Katy Thomasberg to her powerful vocals, and you get a new old vibe.

2. Move on to the ancient Icelandic chants and Huldre stille tunings of Nordic Roots artist Kari Tauring as she returns to the Cedar stage with her huldre project. “Songs of the Völva” echos with the call of her ancestors.

3. Finish with the dark cabaret of Australian Wendy Rule. Her visionary lyrics draw on astrological and goddess mythologies, and her legendary live performance draws on her love of ritual and theater in a combination which transports the audience into an otherworldly realm of power and Magic.

A note from Wendy Rule: “This is sure to be one of the highlight concerts of this US tour. Both Kari and Felonious Bosch are wonderful acts, and the Cedar is a fantastic venue. The night will be full of Magic, Ritual and Music.”

About the Artists:

Wendy Rule has managed to carve a unique path through the musical mainstream, and has emerged with five major albums and a string of side projects to her name. With the release of her fifth full length album, The Wolf Sky, Rule has firmly established herself as one of Australia’s most uniquely gifted and prolific artists. Her music is a passionate union of her incredible voice – moving from soaring heights to intimate whispers – and her beautifully dark and visionary lyrics referencing astrological and goddess mythologies.

“Wendy Rule creates dark, sensual sonic theatre… compelling stuff.” – Rolling Stone Magazine, Australia

“Every so often Melbourne throws up a singular talent, someone previously hidden amongst the well-established musical tribes, someone possessed of a unique vision. Wendy Rule, the vocalist, songwriter and visionary, is such an artist.” – Beat Magazine, Melbourne

“If twilight has a voice, then that voice is Wendy Rule.” – New Witch Magazine, USA

Kari Tauring as The VolvaKari Tauring returns to the Cedar stage to present her huldre project, “ Songs of the Völva.” From Rune chants to Latvian lullabies, original tunes set to ancient Icelandic texts, and new twists on Norwegian folk standards Tauring’s work spans time and space. Her performance of Nordic vocal techniques, kulning, kveding, huldre loll and lokk accompanied by Stav (stick rhythm) and guitar resonate through the tap root of Norse heritage.

When asked, Kari explains the huldre:
“Huldre are a fairy folk of Norway and Iceland. Huldre stille is a tuning based on the langeleik (primarily a women’s instrument) which is tuned in A and D with a C or G added. I use ancient Danish texts, Icelandic chants, Rune songs and American story telling in the same tunes! It’s so much fun. It stretches us as musicians as well as giving us a deeper spiritual connection to our ancient past.”

Dark and sardonic, Felonious Bosch begins the evening with music for the New Dark Ages. The powerful vocal style of singer Katy Thomasberg floats and soars over the rhythms of bassist Drew Miller and percussionist Renée Bracchi. Shaken up and blended with Nemo’s dynamic riffing on bouzoukis, cittern and Felonious Boschguitar, David Stenshoel’s fiddle and Steve Clarke’s reeds, you get music that sparkles, with a centuries-old aftertaste.

“…Katy Thomasberg reinvents herself as a quasi-mystic probably headed for hell as she genre splices ancient sounding melodies from many cultures with dark lyrics sung by her soaring voice. A delightfully schizoid recording that shakes you up with its light-seeming sound floating through the heart of darkness.”
– Midwest Record Recap

“…intriguing, appealing… the Bosch mixes and matches Middle Eastern and Celtic folk music with (Katy) Thomasberg’s siren songs to create often mesmerizing tracks… …there’s a lighter-than-air quality to these songs, even as they often revolve around drones. Unusual and unusually attractive, Felonious Bosch gives folk tradition a 3.0 upgrade.”
– Michael Toland, High Bias

For interviews, or to find out more about the artists see:

Wendy Rule: www.wendyrule.com / email Wendy
Felonious Bosch: www.feloniousbosch.com / email Felonious / phone — 612-481-2320
Kari Tauring: www.karitauring.com / email Kari / phone 612-729-4019
Steven Posch: www.stevenposch.com / email Steven

The Cedar’s state-of-the-art sound system provides excellent sound quality anywhere within the 465-seat capacity hall, with the clean aural experience augmented by clear sight lines. There will be room on the perimeter for dancing. More information about the venue and the show can be found at www.thecedar.org, including directions and parking information.

Sponsored by Eye of Horus Metaphysical:
Since it’s inception almost 5 years ago, ‘the Eye’ has been a resource for Myth, Ritual and Centered Living. With a Mythic Art Gallery, Garden Labyrinth, Classes, Drum Jams and Bardic Circles, the Eye has supported the exploration of Spirit and Myth. With this concert, this same vision remains, only the venue has changed. According to owner Thraicie Hawkner, “The truth is, we simply couldn’t resist the opportunity to see Wendy Rule live. We love her music and jumped at the chance to bring her to town.”
Eye of Horus will close early May 28th so the entire staff can go to the concert.

Eye of Horus contact:
Jane Hansen, Creative Director / email Jane
2717 Lyndale Ave S.
Minneapolis, MN 55408
612-872-1292 / 888-872-1292
EyeofHorus.biz

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September Events Around Town

Earthdance – Sept 15th

For the fifth year, Minneapolis will be one of 350 locations in 60 countries where citizens will gather to unite in the prayer for peace. Nearly half a million people are expected to take part in Earthdance, the world’s largest synchronized music and dance festival for peace. Events will take place from noon to 10 p.m. at Minnehaha Falls Park on Saturday, Sept. 15.Workshops on yoga and dance, body and energywork, activities for kids and music–with DJ sound, dance and spoken word–will lead up to a drum and dance jam from 6 to 7 p.m., followed by headline artists Michael Monroe and others to be determined. A unique aspect of Earthdance, now in its 11th year, is the Global Synch when participants worldwide say a peace prayer at the same time (6 p.m.), and a new feature, the Global H2Om initiative in which the OM frequency will be broadcast. Four of the world’s major rivers (Nile, Ganges, Amazon and Mississippi) will have underwater speakers sending this healing sound throughout the water. There is a $10 donation, but no one will be turned away. Bring drums, scarves, toys, items for the altar, and food to share at the potluck station, water and non-alcoholic beverages. Also in the Upper Midwest, the Oshkosh Rhythm Institute is hosting an Earthdance gathering at 803 Waugoo Ave. in Oshkosh, WI. For more details, visit http://www.earthdance.org/.

Planetary healing-Sept 24th

Spirit United Church, Lighthouse Events, and Kaleidoscope Healing Arts will host an evening lecture and 1-day workshop with author and teacher Anodea Judith, who is considered one of the country’s foremost experts on the combination of chakras and therapeutic issues and on the interpretation of the chakra system for the Western lifestyle.Charting a path through the chaos of today’s challenges toward an inspiring message for our future, Anodea Judith unveils her groundbreaking new book, Waking the Global Heart: Humanity’s Rite of Passage from the Love of Power to the Power of Love with a lecture from 7-9 p.m. Monday, Sept. 24 ($25, or $40 with copy of the book), and a daylong workshop, “Sacred Centers: An Introduction to the Chakras,” from 9 a.m. to 6 p.m. Tuesday, Sept. 25 ($125). Scholarships are available before September 10. Call 612.378.3602. Both events will take place at Spirit United Church, 3204 Como Ave. SE, Minneapolis. Long concerned with the future of humanity, and passionate about awakening our collective potential, Anodea Judith has dedicated her life to healing the wounds in our personal and collective psyches, by addressing the archetypal splits in our guiding mythologies. For more information, visit http://www.sacredcenters.com/ and http://www.wakingtheglobalheart.com/.

Animal Speak-Sept 29th

Author and teacher Ted Andrews, known for his bestselling book Animal Speak, and his ability to translate esoteric material on metaphysics and mysticism and make it understandable, will present a lecture on “Animal Speak” from 1-4 p.m. Saturday, Sept. 29, at the Rosemount Community Center Auditorium. He will explore the magical and spiritual roles of animals and explore myths and misconceptions of spirit animals and totems. Andrews will be proceeded on the stage by local psychic, author and radio personality Tiffany Johnson, who will discus methods of psychic protection from 10:15 a.m. to noon. Tickets are $90 for the daylong event and are available at http://www.readingsbytiffany.com/