Renaissance of the Sacred Feminine: Stars, Stones and Stories: Wales and Avebury at Crop Circle Season 2017
Enjoy this fun and fabulous March 2017 video narrated by Daniel, produced by Gemini Brett, an overview of our Renaissance Journeys, past and future, and in particular to Wales and Avebury in late July:
July 30th-Aug 9th, 2017
Join Anyaa & Daniel in 2017 for an 11-day adventure
in both Wales and Avebury, UK
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Our Vision Statement:
We are dedicated to the awareness and preservation of global humanity’s connection to its Feminine, Earth Mother, Mother Goddess and matrilineal roots. We create together at sacred sites to reanimate these connections and to help re-dream a new world, founded on gylany, the collaboration of Masculine and Feminine as equals, and without hierarchy. We utilize a group context of Shamanic Astrology and Sacred Earth/Sky ceremony. We specialize in experiencing ancient megalithic sites and sacred landscape around the world, connecting with local experts in each area. We have a particular love of the time-frame of the Neolithic golden age, 2000-4500BC. We feel it to be possible, and even necessary, to reconnect to our ancient DNA and karmic memories of the far longer time in human history, encompassing 200,000 years, when global humanity lived in much greater harmony and peaceful cooperation. Perhaps we can find out who we are and discover what actually happened!
|Overview of Our 2017 Event
In 2017, for the 4th consecutive year, Anyaa and Daniel will lead a journey of the Renaissance of the Sacred Feminine, with this year’s trip featuring a return to the Wiltshire/Avebury area at the peak of crop circle season. And, in 2017 we will begin our adventure on the Pembrokeshire area of the coast of Wales, underneath the magical Preseli Hills, the original home of the Blue Stones of Stonehenge.
Pembrokeshire and the Preseli Hills along the coast of Wales
Guest Teacher: Robin Heath
Anyaa and I love seeking out the very best local experts, guides, and guest teachers. Last year we had the good fortune of having Jack Roberts, Anthony Murphy, and Mary-Helen Hensley in Ireland. In Scotland, we were blessed with Suzanne Fischer-Rizzi from Bavaria. This year, for Wales, we will have Robin Heath, writer and researcher of the Preseli Hills and the entire Pembrookeshire area. Because I always like to research about, and then directly experience an area, before taking a group there, I had the opportunity last summer to visit the Preseli hills in Wales. It was the books of Robin Heath that led me there (see reading list). I was not disappointed. It became clear to me that this was the perfect place to front-load our experience together, before heading over to the Wiltshire/Avebury area. With some remarkable good luck, Robin became available to guide us and become our guest teacher in Wales for 3 days.
We will be staying at the Cliff Hotel & Spa in Cardigan by the ocean for our time in Pembrokshire, which is close to all the places we will experience, as well as being just a few miles from where Robin Heath lives. There is much to see and experience:
Following our time in Wales, we will return to the Avebury/Wiltshire area for crop circle season. This year we will stay at the Marsh House, where we will again be in close proximity to the remarkable sacred landscape, as well as some of the greatest megalithic wonders of the world, including the Avebury Rings, Silbury Hill, and the West Kennet Long Barrow.
By popular demand, we will again have local guide, writer, and researcher Peter Knight, to be our guest teacher. This year, he will be with us for 2 full days, which will include another ceremonial evening inside the West Kennet Long Barrow (note: in England, the word “barrow”, is often used for megalithic structures known elsewhere as chambered tombs or cairns, or as a tumulus. For those who were with us in Ireland, it’s remarkably similar to the sites we visited in the Sligo portion of the trip, and at Loughcrew, and from about the same time period 3000-4500 B.C. It is doubtful that there is a more qualified and knowledgeable person for Avebury and surrounding area than Peter. Check out his book and website listed in the reading list and resources article.
Our 6 nights at the Marsh House will offer ample time to have many trips to be on the land and to be at the sites. Most mornings we will meet in circle to delve deeply into Shamanic Astrology, and to share the stories of our Neolithic and Megalithic past.
We will again have mini-vans for our entire 11-day, 10-night adventure, giving us the greatest freedom to be in the flow of each day, very often dictated by the ever-changing and unpredictable weather of England and Wales. Even more importantly, having these mini-vans, and being without a rigid attachment to a completely fixed schedule, we will be most free to spontaneously head out into the countryside whenever a nearby crop circle appears!
Plan to arrive at London Heathrow Airport (LHR) by 2pm on Sunday July 30 to meet the mini vans for our drive (about 4 hours) to our hotel in Cardigan, Wales. Dinner on that Sunday night will be waiting for us upon arrival. The workshop will end with lunch on Wednesday August 9th, at which point the mini-vans will transport you back to London Heathrow.
Breakfast and dinners are included in your tuition, as well as all costs for the excursions and teachings.
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|Crop Circle Season in Wiltshire
by Daniel GiamarioAlthough crop circles have been found in many places in the world, for some time now, the area of Wiltshire in England (around Avebury and Silbury Hill), is truly ground zero. This is particularly true in the seasonal time period surrounding the Lamas cross-quarter time in late July and early August.Two years ago (2015), Anyaa and I led the Renaissance of the Sacred Feminine group to the Wiltshire/Avebury area at the height of the crop circle season. Our experiences were so amazing that we are returning there once again in 2017 (as well as Pembrokeshire Wales for the first time).What happened in 2015 certainly did blow our minds. I must admit that before that time, I was very much an agnostic about crop circles. I have always been much more interested in stars, stones, and the stories of the Neolithic and Megalithic Golden Age. Crop circles did not interest me so much, but since they have high visibility, even some notoriety, and are a bit “sexier” than stars and stones, we decided to feature the crop circle angle quite prominently. My agnosticism had recently been fueled by a conversation I had with the writer and researcher, Andrew Collins, while I was with him at Gobekli Tepe in Turkey. Andrew had lived in the Avebury area for about 5 years, and claimed that crop circles were all faked by hoaxers, some of whom he knew. Despite this, I was open and curious and our greatest expectations were rewarded with wonder and magic.Our group had a chance to visit 2 crop circles. They had a remarkable presence, one quite different from the other. Our experience was powerful and sublime, and we felt extremely fortunate to spend time in each with few other persons present. But for me, something even more profound transpired during the course of our time in the Wiltshire area. There was a strange synchronicity at play between what Anyaa and I were teaching our group, and then the sudden appearance of a new crop circle in the area, that mirrored what was being shared.Early on during our courses, we front-load a lot of Shamanic Astrology to bond the group and to establish a wide context for our ceremonial work. Following a few days of this, the following crop circle appeared nearby. The farmer would not allow access, but numerous aerial photos of this remarkable circle appeared. To me, it looked like a horoscope blank, not that different from one that I currently use (although I use straight lines not broken lines). My sense is that it was a horoscope blank directly transmitted by our Virgo (Gaia) earth mother, in her inimitable grandmother spider creativity!Later in our course, our teachings moved into the subject material of the inner sacred marriage process, which, among other things, integrates the inner Mars (masculine) with the inner Venus (feminine) to create wholeness. Amazingly, the next day a crop circle of a Vesica Pisces, a well known symbol of the Sacred Marriage appeared. It’s quite diffucult to make this stuff up!What was happening here? There are so many different theories and attempts to explain the crop circle phenomena, above and beyond the view that they are all faked. I cannot claim to know the answer. But this is what I feel: somehow, there is a kind of communication between the Earth herself, and our group consciousness. The crop circles that appeared were a manifestation and a mirroring of our consciousness. Although I cannot be sure of this, I feel that the crop circles are a creation of our Earth Mother, which requires certain physical features of land, water, and geology. These specific features are not found everywhere, for example not in Ireland. Maybe it’s because it requires chalk to be in the soil? Possibly. Some think so. I am less inclined to see crop circles as some kind of E.T. phenomena, and have a much greater sense that it’s the earth in communication and co-creating with human consciousness. Nevertheless, I remain open to any and all explanations as they continue to emerge.What I know for sure is that something wondrous and magical happened to Anyaa and I and our whole group, that was inexplicable and life changing. And even if the circles were created by hoaxers and tricksters, they themselves were extremely tuned in, also very much co-creating with the magical synchronicities at that time and with our class teachings.Hopefully, these thoughts can offer some encouragement and inspiration for you, to join with us in 2017, as we return again to Wiltshire at the high point of crop circle season.NOTE: all photos in this section are credited to Steve Alexander and used with permission of: http://temporarytemples.co.uk/
Merging with the Ancestors: The Adventures of the Crop Circle Clan August 2015
We gathered together in South West England from many places: our South Aftrican crystal skull carrier Jennifer the furthest, then Daniel in the Phillipines, then Jacqueline living in Tuscany, and from Kansas City, Cincinatti, Atlanta, Washington state, Central Florida, and North Carolina. Our local right side-of-the-vehicle, left-side-of-the-road drivers Christina and Sara live the closest. We are a friendly and enthusiastic bunch. We have been connecting by email for months, and many of us are in interconnected circles, students of Daniel, priestesses in my lineage, and like-minded adventurous souls. The cross-quarter time of Lammas, Venus’s close conjunction with Mercury and Jupiter and her movement into the Underworld to transform into her incarnation as Leo, all set the cosmological stage. – Read More…
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My love is for the stones and the stars, and their connection with each other. When I journey to Erin(Ireland), Alba(Scotland), and Albion(Great Britain), I seek out the megaliths, and the older the better. At each place, I seek the oldest creations of our forebears. I’ve consistently placed myself within the nascent “Neolithic Revival”. Neolithic times featured a balance between agriculturists and hunter-gatherers. Evidence attests to this culture as being gylantic, that is, with an equality between women and men, with limited warfare, and a society of collaborative cooperation.
Most of all, these times in our history saw the development of a spirituality that perceived human beings as part of nature, as part of creation, not separate from, or above the sacred earth, that is our Mother. For there to be a chance to again create a human society that honors gylany, and a collaborative equality between women and men, it is critical to recognize and participate in the renaissance (rebirth and revival) of the Sacred Feminine. Hierarchical patriarchy, patrilineal family structure, and monotheistic religions have been in charge long enough.
One way of experiencing this renaissance or rebirth is to journey to the powerful sacred sites where the magic of the pre-patriarchal times still lives and inspires. We journey to the places where the Sacred Feminine still waits to animate us. For me, the sacred sights of Ireland, Scotland, and England still hold this magic. These places can still reactivate our dormant DNA heritage, that thrives on the experience of connecting land and sky, soul and spirit, stones and stars.
Daniel Giamario is the founder and executive director of the Shamanic Astrology Mystery School. His work weaves together cross-cultural mythology, archaeoastronomy, archetypal psychology, spirituality, and a variety of astrological traditions. He has previously facilitated many trips to Scotland, England and Scotland, as well as other parts of the world. Daniel has been an astrological consultant for 47 years, and has authored the Shamanic Astrology Handbook and the Shamanic Astrology Divination Card Deck. He also is a certified Shamanic BreathworkTM facilitator.
We will investigate all places on the Shamanic Astrology Wheel by invoking the Celtic counterparts of Divine Feminine and Divine Masculine. We will ask them to inform us and expand us through their wisdom stories, our own direct connection, through their reflections on our own personal charts, through the earth temples and stone circles, and through our connection to the ancestors of these lands. We will ask them to help us dream a new collective dream and weave together a renewed understanding of this Turning of the Ages that is our rich inheritance. We will honor ourselves and them through sacred ceremony. Throughout our 11 days together we will layer our experience with the Celtic archetypes into our work with the sky, the land, and the stones to build a magical time out of time experience that can inspire our return to ordinary reality with the courage, hope and connection to the sacred that the Celtic world embodies. I look forward to introducing or facilitating your further acquaintance with the Ancient Shining Ones that are our past and future selves!
Anyaa McAndrew, MA, LPC, NCC is an Ordained High Priestess, a licensed Transpersonal Psychotherapist, a certified Shamanic Astrologer and Shamanic Breathwork™ facilitator. Her early work expressed through the lens of 2nd wave feminism integrated with transpersonal psychology and spirituality in the Midwest. Anyaa synthesizes 41 years of work with women into an integrated perspective that is highly accessible and spiritually empowering in these transformational times. As creatrix and seasoned facilitator of the Shamanic Priestess Process™, she brings a love of the Celtic lands, the Sacred Feminine and a passionate for Shamanic Astrology together in this journey into Psyche, Spirit and Landscape. Anyaa was a part of an earlier facilitation team with Daniel, investigating Callanish in 1996, returned to co-facilitate in 2014, in Avebury and Wiltshire in 2015, The wilds of Ireland and back to Callanish in 2016, and now Wales and Aveburyagain in 2016.
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Cosmology, Astrology, and Astronomy for the 2017 Renaissance of the Sacred Feminine
July 30 – August 9, 2017
During this time of the year, the sun rises quite early with dawn beginning around 5am, with sunrise around 5:45 am. Sunset occurs at about 9pm, with twilight not commencing until near 10pm.
In light of our previous experiences in England, Ireland, and Scotland, when we do these trainings in the summer, we cannot promise or expect dark skies or the best conditions for a great night sky experience. In fact, at that time of the year, and at that latitude, totally dark skies only occur from about midnight until 3am.
Therefore, we have chosen a time with a waxing moon that includes a full moon on August 7, when we will be in Wiltshire. This full moon is my all-time favorite, the Aquarius full moon, which we know as the vision quest full moon in the Shamanic Astrology tradition. I have had really auspicious experiences with this particular full moon at Mount Shasta and other places. We will plan something really special for the vision quest full moon.
Venus: Venus will be a bright morning star seen between the 4th and 5th chakra gates, the heart chakra, of the Aries overtone in her synodic cycle. Venus will travel from about 28 Gemini to 10 Cancer, right in the middle of Sacred Hoop at the Galactic Edge.
Mars: Mars will be behind the Sun, hidden and invisible in the underworld undergoing initiation, having exactly conjuncted with the Sun on July 26. Mars will journey from 6 through 13 Leo over the course of our time together.
Mercury: Mercury will be in the evening sky just before its retrograde period that begins on August 13. It will travel from 5 to 11 Virgo.
Jupiter: Jupiter will be quite bright in the morning shy from 16 to 17 Libra.
Saturn: Saturn will be in the evening sky just before turning direct on August 25, fairly stationary around 21 Sagittarius.
The Nodes: The nodal axis will be at 24 Leo / 24 Aquarius, and our time together immediately precedes the total solar eclipse that traverses the US later in August at the new moon on August 21 at 28 Leo 53.
August 2017 is one of the major flashpoints of the entire year. There is an exact Jupiter square Pluto aspect happening August 4 at 17 Libra 31, square 17 Capricorn 31, which is a major feature of the remarkable and intense configurations that dominate 2017 with the T-square involving Uranus, Pluto, and Jupiter. Most of 2017 will be felt like Uranus and Pluto are both on steroids at the same time, the expansion and super-activation of the Upper World (celestial realm) and the Lower World (underworld) simultaneously!
This will be a catalyst for us to dive deep and confront our deepest fears, expand out to undreamed of possibilities, and then integrate both into a greater wholeness. Then also, is the aforementioned total Solar Eclipse in the US later in August.
From 2016 participants (Ireland and Scotland):
“Perhaps it was a bit mad to set off for mystical Ireland and a Scottish island at the edge of the world during an eclipse window and Mercury retrograde. But no worries with Daniel’s mastery of the land and Anyaa’s expert weaving of the organizational details. We began at the Cave of the Cats and a modern-day bard’s rendition of the “Irish Iliad,” a complex tale about Queen Maeve and her cattle. We ended at a Callanish stone circle dedicated to the Triple Goddess and the Green Man surrounded by an inquisitive and diverse herd of cows and bulls. Inbetween were the stars, stones, stories, tears, laughter, and friendship forged in magic and miracles.Thanks for the dates for next year’s adventure. Let me know when sign up begins! xoxo” Robyn
“In planning and looking forward to my trip with Daniel and Anyaa to Scotland and Ireland I was in high anticipation about what I would experience and incorporate into my life upon return. I had high expectations and what this pilgrimage brought to my life far exceeded any hopes. The knowledge and wisdom brought by our teachers, and the guides that joined our group to share their life’s passion with us answered many questions and I think more importantly opened the doors to ask many more. The participants that were attracted to gather was a blending of worldwide backgrounds that enhanced our daily journeys and deepened my life in ways that are only now surfacing. The respectful nature of all for quiet as we meditated with the stones and passage cairns allowed a joining with nature and the ancients that was beyond powerful. And then over dinner as we shared our lives and our stories—laughter and connection filled the atmosphere as we enjoyed amazingly good food. I hope to make more trips happen with the Renaissance of the Sacred Feminine and I look forward to bringing this past experience into expression in my daily life as I brought home much to ponder and explore. Thank you for a beyond wonderful experience. I am more today than I was before this experience.” Lyn Goldberg
“I so appreciated the beautiful way our Irish adventure unravelled and blossomed due to all the skilful planning and choreography, from the decadently delicious and luxurious Castle of KIlronan to the amazing and extraordinary building and alignment skills of the Stone Age builders of Newgrange, to my meeting with the fairies on Loughcrew! I simply revelled in the beauty of the Irish energy and exquisite landscape, and so honour my roots my ancestors planted there. For me personally this journey was also a sharp shift phase – completions and releases and opening up and moving on, once I had accepted my mystical instructions.
Who knows whether I shall have a fourth opportunity to share another extraordinary journey with you and Daniel, but I know if I am meant to be present, I will surely be there!” Jennifer
From 2015 participants (Avebury):
“I have been fortunate enough to be with Daniel and Anyaa on both the 2014 journey to Callanish and the 2015 Circle in Avebury. Both occasions were richly nourishing to both soul and body: the locations and the landscapes were stunning, the Standing stones, the Crop Circles and the Long Barrows calmly vibrating with the richness of ancient history and ingrained ceremonial devotion of the ancestors to the Great Mother and the Celestial Mysteries. Daniel’s teaching made the old ways of our Celtic ancestors so accessible and appealing, and his first hand tuition about the current influences of the celestial bodies was a privilege. It goes without saying that the energies of the ancient sites and stones must be experienced personally to be believed. All this together with most comfortable accommodation and wonderful food makes these getaways an unforgettable experience for those yearning for the time and space to explore the lovemaking between Spirit and Matter, and personal inner connectedness to the As Above and the So Below in a safe and contained Circle ably held by Anyaa and Daniel. I can highly recommend these Journeys and am already greatly excited about the anticipated 2016 trip to Ireland and Scotland on the horizon!”
“My experience with the 2015 Stones and Stars -Sacred Sites and Crop Circles deeply affected my heart and psyche. The teachings about sacred union, the depth at which the ancient peoples understood and lived this truth were profound for me. History, astrology, legend, archaeology were all magically interwoven. The circle was expertly guided and safely bound by Anyaa and Daniel. Excellent adjunct teachers/ facilitators were incorporated to make the experience even richer. The experience was both very personal and more global, as different cultures and their immigration patterns were discussed, and how these factors related to us today- indeed, how they should relate even more than many of us know! I highly recommend Daniel and Anyaa as guides, teachers and organizers of such transformative journeys as this one.”
From 2014 participants (Callanish):
“Many workshops offer beautiful settings and tourist sites like in Scotland, Egypt, or some exotic island. But what made the Callanish Renaissance of the Sacred Feminine workshop stand out for me is the experienced and genius combination of Nita, Daniel, and Anyaa as facilitators. They each brought their own wisdom and style during the classes, and even though we were a large group, everyone was deeply honored and heard. The Renaissance workshop offered me insights about the earth and my life– from three master teachers!”
“My week at Callanish was one of the most transformative experiences of my life. We spent our days learning in the most delightful Scottish Inn located in the majestic Scottish countryside from the brilliant Daniel Giamario.
“Daniel eloquently lectured on Sacred Marriage, the Sacred Stone Sites and Shamanic Astrology. The inspiring and powerful Anyaa McAndrew and Nita Gage both lectured, as well as took us on two beautiful Shamanic breathwork journeys.”
“These experts created one of the most nurturing and safe environments I’ve been in. There was space for everyone’s voice to be heard and experience honored, allowing us all to have a true exploration of the soul.”
“The most mystical and heart opening experience I’ve ever had was visiting the Sacred Stone Sites, which altered my perception of myself and this magical universe we live in”
“I am so grateful for having had this experience, I can’t say enough good things. If you are on the spiritual path this is a most pertinent stop.”
“The Scotland/Callanish Renaissance of the Sacred Feminine trip was an adventure into beauty, wonder, and magic that I’ll never forget…. a once-in-a-lifetime experience. Daniel, Anyaa, and Nita are wonderfully balanced team that led us through ceremony and altered states combined with lots of factual information about the sites. If you are considering the next adventure, don’t even hesitate. You’ll be so glad you said “yes,” as I was! ” Amrita Grace, Maui, Hawaii
My April 2014 trip to Callanish, Scotland with Daniel, Nita and Anyaa was a life changing experience for me. The magic of this sacred timing at these sacred stones of the Divine Feminine had value beyond anything I could imagine. There is truly magic in these ancient sites and they speak to us. All we need to do is ask and listen Mary Kern, Sonoma County, CA