D.E.V.A (Divine Expressions of Vital Alchemy)

                

D.E.V.A. Skt;

(One who is playful & beautiful; To shine; The illuminated one;

Internal pleasure potency; Divine reality.)

Divine Expressions of Vital Alchemy

DANCE COLLABORATIVE

Presents :

THE FEAST OF

 THE FALL EQUINOX

Part of The LAKE STREET CHURCH Experience

“Rooted, Connected, Transformed”

607 Lake St. / Chicago Ave. Evanston

10:30 am

Sunday

September 21 2003

featuring:

Debra Sawyer = Yang

Goldie Morgain / Nancy Graham-Betend = Yin

Trixie Taheny = Mother Nature & The Archangels

 

THE FEAST OF THE FALL EQUINOX photos

 

(Invocation - Hazel L'Aura G.)

HELLO, O I SEE YOU’VE NOTICED MY WINGS…

TO TELL THE TRUTH MY FRIEND HARRY POTTER WANTED TO LEND ME HIS BROOM, BUT HE HAD AN IMPORTANT QUIDDITCH MATCH…

SO LUCKILY MY ANGEL FRIENDS LET ME BORROW THESE …

SINCE AS YOU KNOW, THIS IS A SPECIAL DAY HERE @ LSC…

A DEVA DANCE DAY…WHICH IS PART OF OUR SERVICE 4X’S A YEAR…

I KNOW THAT USUALLY AT THIS TIME ALL YOU KIDS GET TO COME UP CLOSE & GET ALL COZY ON THE STEPS OF THE CHANCEL, BUT TODAY OUR REVEREND BOB HAS ASKED ME TO INTRODUCE THE DANCE, AS PART OF THE CHILDREN’S MOMENT… HOW COOL IS THAT…? SO CHILDREN PLEASE RAISE YOUR HANDS SO WE ALL KNOW WHERE YOU ARE…OK GREAT, SO…IS EVERYONE SETTLING INTO THE NEW SCHOOL YEAR ALRIGHT…? WHO CAN TELL ME HOW MANY SEASONS WE HAVE HERE IN THE MIDWEST…? THAT’S RIGHT 4…LETS NAME THEM TOGETHER… SPRING, SUMMER, FALL & WINTER…& YOU KNOW WHAT…? THERE ARE ALSO 4 DIRECTIONS…

E, S, W, & N…INTERESTING HUH…? SO WHAT SEASON OF THE YEAR DO WE MOVE INTO WHEN SCHOOL STARTS… RIGHT FALL…WHY DO YOU THINK IT’S CALLED FALL…CAUSE THE LEAVES START TO FALL FROM THE TREES…GOOD ONE…& ALSO AT AUTUMN TIME, WHICH IS ANOTHER NAME FOR THIS SEASON, THE FARMERS WORK VERY HARD TO HARVEST ALL OUR FOOD…& DID YOU KNOW THAT SOME TRADITIONS BELIEVE THAT THERE ARE 4 LOVING, POWERFUL, HELPER ANGELS, THAT GUARD THESE 4 QUARTERS… 

THEY ARE CONSIDERED DIVINE MESSENGERS, & THEY EACH HAVE THEIR OWN MAGICAL TOOLS…MICHAEL, THE GUARDIAN OF THE SOUTH, CARRIES THE SWORD OF BENEDICTION WHICH HE USES LIKE A MAGIC WAND TO BLESS US WITH…DID YOU EVER HEAR OF THE KNIGHTS OF THE ROUND TABLE… WELL, WHEN THEY ARE KNIGHTED, THE KING OR QUEEN BLESSES THEM BY TAPPING BOTH SHOULDERS WITH THE MIGHTY SWORD OF ACTION SO THEY CAN BE EMPOWERED TO LIVE A GOOD LIFE…OK, SO, HERE’S AN EASY ONE…WHO CAN TELL ME WHAT THIS SYMBOL IS…? THAT’S RIGHT THE SUN…WHAT DO YOU THINK OF WHEN YOU SEE THE SUN…? DAY, LIGHT, SOME CULTURES REFER TO IT AS THE MALE OR YANG FORCE, ACTION, WARMTH… WHAT IS THIS SYMBOL…? THE MOON…WHAT DOES THIS MEAN TO YOU…? NIGHT, DARK, AGAIN SOME TRADITIONS SAY THE MOON REPRESENTS THE FEMALE OR YIN FORCE, THE INNER MYSTERIES…OK, SO RAISE YOUR HAND IF YOU THINK THE SUN STAYS IN THE SKY LONGER THEN THE MOON…? WHO THINKS THE MOON SHINES IN SKY LONGER THEN THE SUN…? WELL THIS TUESDAY SEPTEMBER 23RD IS THE FALL OR AUTUMNAL EQUINOX… THE EQUINOX MEANS THAT DAY & NIGHT ARE EQUAL…& THE STORY GOES THAT GOD GIVES THE ARCHANGEL MICHAEL THE TASK OF USING HIS BALANCED SWORD OF JUSTICE TO DIVIDE THE DAY & NIGHT, EQUALLY…NOW REMEMBER, AFTER THE AUTUMN EQUINOX THE NIGHTS START TO GET LONGER…I’M SURE YOU’VE NOTICED ALREADY THAT IT’S GETTING DARK EARLIER & EARLIER…

& SO THEN MICHAEL THE ARCHANGEL BECOMES LIKE THE  JEDI LUKE  SKYWALKER, HIS SWORD GLOWING WITH THE HEAT OF SUMMER… & AS HE BLESSES US, WE TAKE THE POWER OF THE SUN WITHIN, TO GIVE US AN INNER WARMTH, AS IT GROWS COLDER… JUST LIKE THE PLANTS DO…& SINCE WE’RE PART OF MOTHER NATURE TOO, WE MUST WORK TO LIVE A BALANCED LIFE…

SO  THAT WE WILL HAVE FUEL, TO GO TO SCHOOL & DRAW & PLAY & DANCE & SING & GROW…OUR OWN INNER LIGHT, AS WE MOVE INTO THE DARK TIME OF THE YEAR…SO LETS SAY A LITTLE PRAYER & WHEN WE OPEN OUR EYES THE DANCE WILL MAGICALLY BEGIN…

May we make wise choices in how and what we harvest,
may there be enough food for all,
may the diminishing light in our daytime skies
be met by an increasing compassion and tolerance
in our hearts…so…

Gather in the harvest

Give thanks to the sun

For the grain it holds the promise

Of inner blessings still to come

As the fire goes within & angelic hearts drum…

BLESSED BE…

 

A salmon swallows the nut of Wisdom

& leaps from the river's dark depths
A bright flash of silver in the bent rays of light…

 

A hawk wheels in the eye of the Sun,
His shadow moving over the ancient green mound…

 

A fox gleams russet in the margin of a forest,

Her eyes glinting in the twilight realm…

 

A maiden sitting silent

Holds Two crossed swords, in elegant equipoise…

 

The King sits musing by a deep pool

 

 

TIED TO THE WHEEL

CRYSTALLIZED IN THE LAST SHOCK OF CORN

WEAVED IN THE WHEAT

PIERCED BY THE OBLIQUE SUNLITE SPEAR

 

WITH EYES THAT SEE

DOWN INTO THE ROOT

WHERE AUTUMN GRAIN WAITS

              TO BE

EASTER-TIDES’ SEED

 

THE DEATH OF DAY

& THE DAWN OF NIGHT

MEET IN SYMMETRY

 

HALFWAY THROUGH THE CYCLE,

WE ENTER THE RETURN

SAIL WEST BELOVED SUN KING

WE FOLLOW YOU INTO THE DAWNING DARK

  

-Hazel L’Aura G.                   

 

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