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Walking with the Áos Sídhe

Walking With The Áos Sídhe

The fire kindled on a cold, autumn’s evening. Young and old gathered around to keep both warm and in the company of loved ones. Electricity was a figment of the imagination, and travel was limited to foot, horseback, and boat. But, around the warmth of the hearth, tales of ancient lore took man, woman and child, on great adventures, where the teachings of the land spoke through the poetic words of the skilled storyteller.

In ancient Ireland, most had, what we consider now, to be the luxury of being educated by the mother, and by this I mean, Mother Earth. The land spoke as it was gently tread upon and honoured. The winds whispered the best kept secrets of those who now lived in the heavens. The sun shone down optimism, hope and encouraged planted seeds to bear provisions for the colder months ahead. The rain, gently cleansed the soil, and swept the land and folk, fair and clean during heavier falls.

Material objects were few and far between. But stories, wisdom hidden within mythology and folklore, were in plentiful supply. Economy and business did not need to be taught, for those who understood the land, the changing seasons and how to prosper within the variety that the earth offered, were not left wanting.

Literacy is a modern concept in terms of Irish history, and most of what we know from our ancestors and the ancient ways of our people, is interpreted from oral tradition, symbolism of stone structures, archeological remains and stone carvings. The journey of understanding why Ireland had one of the most advanced legal systems and social structures in ancient times, even by today’s standards, is a long one, but by all means, a valuable one.

Now, in the ever changing world, with battles ongoing between health and technology, politics and climate change, profit and peace, it has become increasingly valuable, to take time to reflect back upon ancient times, upon the social structure which allowed our people to prosper and live in a just world.

Now, as we reconsider our approach to the value we place on human life and community structures, both as individuals, local communities and on a global level, it is useful to reflect upon decisions taken by our ancestral leaders, understanding not just how they lead, but why they chose to lead in that way.

In order for one to understand where they are going, they must understand where they have come from.

Thankfully, in Ireland, due to our rich oral tradition, the respect and honouring of the Áos Sídhe, the people of the mounds, the keepers of the ancient wisdom and medicine, which was once held in the minds and hearts of the ancient druids and brehons, but is now kept within the remains of our ancient ceremonial sites, has resulted in the perseverance of the essence of our connection to the enlightened past of this land and it’s people.

Although there are ample amounts of literature which are now available, which offer an insight, to an extent, of our rich cultural past; in order to fully connect with the authenticity of our ancestral wisdom and teachings, we must walk the land – consciously walk the land in their presence.

Walking the ancient ceremonial sites, and sitting in the energies of those sites, allows us to deepen our connection and observe the symbolism they holds. It allows us to imagine the life and values once led and held within ancient communities.

Each time we connect to and visit these sites, we are gifted a seed, a seed of conscious understanding, which, depending on our willingness to grow, can expand and lead us to encounter further sites and knowledge, which helps us to begin to piece the puzzle of our past together, and build a healthy outlook for our own present-day lives.

When the student is ready, the teacher appears. Our land holds no greater or more honourable teachers, than the Áos Sídhe.

We have begun our journey to some of Ireland’s ancient ceremonial sites, to deepen our connection to the ancient teachings of this land, which is in a constant state of expansion. If you would like to join, you can find the upcoming locations and dates on our events page here.

“Deep peace of the running waves to you,

Deep peace of the flowing air to you,

Deep peace of the quiet earth to you,

Deep peace of the shining stars to you.

May the road rise to meet you;

May the wind be always at your back;

May the sun shine warm upon your face;

May the rain fall softly on your fields.

Until we meet again,

May Nature hold you in the hollow of her hand.”

 

Irish Druidic Blessing

Walking with the Áos Sídhe

The fire kindled on a cold, autumn’s evening. Young and old gathered around to keep both warm and in the company of loved ones. Electricity was a figment of the imagination…around the warmth of the hearth, tales of ancient lore took man, woman and child, on great adventures, where the teachings of the land spoke through the poetic words of the skilled storyteller.

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Creating Peace and Harmony in a Dystopian World

Some of us have been granted a beautiful gift, which we can use to help others. That is the gift of our voice, our presence and our freedom to stand for what we believe to be right. A gift to bring change and co-create a world of harmony and peace. A world that spreads love, not hate; joy, not anger. In this present climate, we are reminded to use our gifts.

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Legends of the Incan Civilisation: The Rise from Lake Titicaca

Lake Titicaca, the largest lake in South America, and the highest navigable lake in the world, lies between modern Peru and Bolivia. It is a sacred place, steeped in history, tradition and legend, and is considered one of the highest vibrational spaces of the Andes. 

Today, many travel from far and wide to visit the Island of the Sun, the home of Inti, the Island of the Moon, the incredible floating islands of Uros, Amantani, and Taquile. 

Legend speaks of the God Viraccocha, who rose from Lake Titicaca and created Manco Capac and Mama Ocllo, the first Incas. He gave them a golden staff, which would go on to be used to mark the Cusco and the cen tre of the Incan Empire. 

Lake Titicaca is also said to hold a mysterious lost city deep below the surface of the water. There are some theories that this may be an Atlantian city, some say is a temple site, and others are undecided. 

What is clear, is that this energy radiating from this lake is remarkable. I was fortunate to journey to connect to Lake Titicaca in 2018, and it was an incredible experience that sent me whirling into a deep personal healing process. 

Lake Titicaca seems to draw one in, with its magnetic energy fields and deep emotional presence. As we sailed across to the beautiful island of Amantani, I felt as though I was being drawn back into the womb. I was overcome with divine feminine energy and I felt truly connected and one with the earth in that moment. 

Lake Titicaca is the birth place of the Incan civilisation, a civilisation which maintained a strong and harmonious connection with nature and earth. When you choose to connect with that space, you are committing yourself to a reconnection and rebirth in harmony with both the divine masculine and divine feminine energies. 

On the island of Amantani, there is a beautiful walk up to the temples of the Pachamama and Pachatata, the divine masculine and feminine energies of the earth. As you connect with those energies, it is as if you are making that decision once again to be born, reliving the development process you experienced in the womb. You are in the symbolic womb of the world, and you are being born to the divine masculine pachatata and divine feminine pachamama. 

img_0842Manco Capac and Mama Ocllo rose from Lake Titicaca and connected with the dry and fertile earth of the Andean mountains. They walked and walked until they reached the mountain of Wanakawri. From there Manco Capac threw the golden staff and it landed on beautiful, fertile land, which became known as Qosqo (Cusco), the Tahuantinsuyo, the ancient capital city of the Incan Empire. 

When you arrive on dry land after your journey to Lake Titicaca, and land upon the fertile Andean earth, you become your own creator of your own inner empire. You take with you that deep connection with the divine energies, that sacred guidance and direction from Viraccocha with the golden staff. You begin to make your own journey, each day taking a step forward until you reach your centre, your fertile ground, where you become in harmony with all that is. Within that deep heart connection with yourself and the earth, you grow, you thrive, you expand your own infinite divine energy. 

If you feel drawn to the experience of Lake Titicaca, I am co-ordinating a sacred journey with KawsayPacha Experience, Peru to experience and connect with the ancient Incan and Q’ero traditions and teachings under the guidance of Nicolas Pauccar Calcina from September 21st to October 5th 2019. This journey will take in the sacred and archeological sites of Cusco, the Sacred Valley and Machu Picchu and the region of Puno and Lake Titicaca.

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For More Information Contact:

E-mail: info@yewelementals.com

Tel: +353 85 22 348 22

 

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Connecting with the Q’eros

Sacred Connections to the Land and Traditions of the Indigenous People

Cusco, Peru

There is something pure and clean about the Andean medicine. It is simple and so deeply connected and in synchronicity with the elements and nature. The tradition medicine has been maintained and preserved throughout the centuries by the Q’ero community, descendants from the last of the Incas, who fled to high altitudes in the Andes to escape the Spanish Conquistadors. There they live, at an altitude of over 14,000ft in simplicity, with no modern conveniences. 

In the 1970’s, the community was discovered by an anthropologist who recognised them by their unique textiles. From there began the exploration into the wisdom and ancient teachings that the Q’eros had protected and guarded over the years. 

The native language of the Q’eros is Quechuan, which outdates the Incan Empire itself. The Incan Empire is well remembered for its fine architecture, which in some archeological sites appears to be downright impossible given the tools they would have had at the time. Another characteristic of the Incas were their dedication to agriculture and the daily homage they paid to the Pachamama, Inti and the Apus, what we often refer to as Gaia and the Sun. The best land was used for agriculture, which was their measurement of wealth. The land deemed less worthy of cultivation, was then used to build their homes upon, which, even for the royals, were small and humble.

Offerings and Values

The Q’ero tradition focus’ strongly on the exchange of energy and gratitude. Before entering a sacred site, permission is asked and a small offering is made. Despachos are intricate ceremonies which are used as a greater gift to the Pachamama and the Apus in return for health, success of a project or for a bountiful return come harvest time. Each time one sits down to eat or to drink, a small offering is given to Pachamama and Inti as gratitude and as an act of service.

As wealth and class is measured by agricultural success, those who have a greater understanding of the land, the animals and the elements, produce the greatest return and are held in high esteem.

The mountains are deemed to be sacred and the link between those on earth and the ancestors. This is why they are known as the Apus. Many are given their own name and God-like representation, with their most sacred mountain being known as Apu Ausangate. Those who study in the P’aqo, or priest tradition, complete much training and rituals, before ascending on the final mountain to become initiated into Pampamissayuq or Altomissayuq. 

The collective goal towards higher global consciousness

Why are the teachings of the Q’eros so important to the western world?

Cusco, Peru

In the western world, there is a great disconnect from nature and the natural cycle of human life. We have become dependant on technology and many of us spend ninety per cent of our time indoors, with artificial heating and lighting. As theories of the consequences of global warming and pollution filtrate the media and government, more and more people are searching for a way to return to a simpler and more organic way of life. The simple fact of the matter is, we have a significant imbalance when it comes to the exchange of energy or Ayni. We are taking and destroying far more than we are giving and creating. It is a trend which cannot last for much longer. 

The Q’ero P’aqos teach us to live in harmony with the earth, and in harmony with ourselves. It teaches us to take responsibly for the roles we play in life, our reactions and emotions, and the impact we have on the earth. We are guardians of the earth, and with their knowledge, we can actively work to preserve the natural beauty and environment that we live in. They understand the art of agriculture, of living in simplicity, an art that our ancestors too had perfected. The traditions of the Andes are not there to teach us something new, something our genetic DNA does not already know. Rather it is there to help us to remember and revive so that we may learn to live more in coherency with our own true essence and that of the earth.

Commencing the Camino

More and more people are beginning to realise that Peru is much more than a touristic destination and a place of historical relevance. Many are opting to travel to Peru as a place of pilgrimage, to learn, heal and grow as a person. Many are guided to start connecting with the ancestors, their wisdom and traditions, to reconnect with the teachings of nature and to live a more balanced and holistic life, taking full responsibility with ones own growth and development. 

The teachings of the Andes are so pure and simple in their essence, that  we as westerners can implement them into our day to day lives easily. It may take us a long time to have the same understanding of life and the way of the natural world, but the simple rituals, like daily offerings, taking five minutes to acknowledge the presence of your ancestors and their guidance, expressing gratitude for the guidance and abundance we receive and learning to take responsible and control of our body and mind, can all be understood and applied by each and every one of us. How far you travel down the path of understanding is up to you. 

Journey of Initiation to Cusco, Sacred Valley and Lake Titicaca, Puno September 21st to October 5th 2019

In September, we will be making the sacred pilgrimage journey to connect with the origins of the Inca civilisations and the original teachings of the Q’eros. 

 

Connect to the ancient wisdom of the indigenous Q’ero Nation, through the teachings of renowned Q’ero Priest and Shaman Nicolas Pauccar Calcina, direct descendant from the last Inca. He is the author of “The Language of a Q’ero” and “The Last Mountain”, the documentary “Humano” and creator of the KawsayPacha school in Cusco, Peru. 

We will visit stunning and sacred archeological sites from the time of the Incan Empire, connecting with the sacred energy and learning about the ways and traditions of the Incas and their people, including Machu Picchu. 

We will then continue on to Puno, to connect to the origins of the Incan civilisation, the womb of the earth from where Manac Capac and Mama Ocllo rose to go on and establish the ancient Cusco and centre of the Incan Empire. 

For More Information:

E-mail: info@yewelementals.com

Tel: +353 85 22 348 22

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