The Ceremony Cards-Northern LIghts

Circle Events with The Ceremony Cards

The Circle is the foundation of spiritual belief in the Far North. The ancient teachings are important for this day and age, because we have forgotten how to live in a Circle.
No one of us is ever really alone, even when we live separate lives, coming together in person only occasionally. We are part of the Circle. Close your eyes to the ordinary world and the Circle is there.

—from the word card
CIRCLE - ULAMERTAQ - AMMALOQISAAQ

swimming polar bear

Polar bear near Ittoqoortoormiit in East Greenland —Steve Berthelsen

When you become comfortable and accept yourself, then you can be at home anywhere in the world.

—Angaangaq Angakkorsuaq

Ningijoq Jane and her Wisdomkeeper friends (people who have also walked with Angaangaq for quite a few years) have begun doing events with The Ceremony Cards.

As events are scheduled they will be listed on this page

Greenland ‑ Ancient Wisdom for Our Changing World - slideshow and interactive presentation -- August 31, 2016, 7pm

at the Kellogg-Hubbard Library, 135 Main Street, Montpelier, VT 05602 -- 802-223-3338 -- www.kellogghubbard.org

See this pdf of their flyer

For millennia, the Kalaallit (Greenlandic) people not only survived but thrived in a land of cold winter darkness and summer midnight sun, a place where the natural world was both spectacularly beautiful and unforgivingly harsh. Survival required that practical knowledge and skills be integrated with a rich inner life so that, within each person, family and community, both the seen and the unseen were woven intricately together in the ceremony of life. Calais resident Jane English has studied with Angaangaq, a Greenlandic elder who has come to Montpelier several times. She has participated in ceremonies in Greenland four times, two in summer and two in winter. This evening will include a slide-show of photographs of Greenland, combined with an interactive introduction to the traditional teachings of the Far North from Greenland.

Introduction to The Ceremony Cards -
with a Slideshow of Greenland
(this was for a previous event and is here so you can get an idea of what you might sponsor in your area)

Where: My home, 56 #10 Pond Road in North Calais, Vermont -- the blue house on the knoll just south of the boat ramp at #10 Pond - email me if you want a map emailed to you -- jane@eheart.com

What: Slideshow about the making of The Ceremony Cards and about my four trips to Greenland, followed by time spent working/playing with the cards, individually and in small groups.

What to bring:
• your intention -- intention is what makes these card ceremonies "work"
• your cards if you have them -- I have several extra sets for workshop use, and have sets for sale
• optional potluck snacks for afterwards if you want to stay a while
• clothes suitable for a short walk to refresh ourselves in the middle of the afternoon
• optional donation

Questions?
email me at jane@eheart.com or call 802-456-1004

Please RSVP -- to reserve a space.

Resources to look at beforehand:
• Website - more about the cards is on other pages of this website

A pdf of the slide show (minus the videos of dog sledding) 

• The first part of the book that goes with the cards -- includes the shorter card ceremonies we will use in these parties

More info - from the flyer for a previous event:

For millennia, the Kalaallit (Greenlandic) people not only survived but thrived in a land of cold winter darkness and summer midnight sun, a place where the natural world was both spectacularly beautiful and unforgivingly harsh. Survival required that practical knowledge and skills be integrated with a rich inner life so that, within each person, family and community, both the seen and the unseen were woven intricately together in the ceremony of life.

Please join us for an introductory workshop with the Ceremony Cards, which were developed to capture both the natural wonder of the Greenlandic landscape and the traditional wisdom of the Greenlandic culture. The Ceremony Cards combine evocative photographs of Greenland with words and phrases from Greenlandic culture.

Using the cards as a divination tool allows wisdom from the Far North to spark and facilitate a conversation within (and amongst) ourselves, a conversation in which the Ceremony Cards are an invaluable inspirational aid, especially for those of us who are just coming to know and trust our own intuition.In an illustrated presentation, Jane will share some of the insights from Greenland that led her to develop the Ceremony Cards and will explain some of the ways in which the cards may be used.

Participants will be able to break into small groups to use and play with the Ceremony Cards. Sets of Ceremony Cards, as well as some of Jane’s books, photographs and 2016 calendars, will be available for purchase.

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Introduction to The Ceremony Cards

The following introductory events will give participants the experience and confidence to embark on the wonderful adventure of using The Ceremony Cards for themselves and for their friends and families.

Introductory Lecture -- Letting the cards introduce themselves through everyone forming an intention, choosing one card, and sharing their experience with the Circle. Then Ningijoq talks about the cards and their use, followed by questions and discussion, and a slide show of Greenland.
2-3 hours - evening, or weekend afternoon

Introductory Weekend -- Letting the cards introduce themselves through everyone forming an intention, choosing one card, and sharing their experience with the Circle. Then Ningijoq talks about the cards and their use, questions and discussion.
Demonstrate the Soar Like an Eagle card ceremony with one person, then people pair up and facilitate Soar Like an Eagle or Sweetgrass card ceremonies for each other.
Saturday evening slide show and/or film showing.
Includes other activities from the list below.
Friday dinner thru Sunday early afternoon

Intermediate workshops:

3-4 hours, or the first half day of an advanced workshop

Learning the Lodge Card Ceremony -- one person’s ceremony facilitated by Ningijoq and other Wisdomkeepers, other people supporting, including sharing when asked, and a Circle discussion. Includes other activities from the list below.

Learning the Mirror Card Ceremony -- one person’s ceremony facilitated by Ningijoq and other Wisdomkeepers, other people supporting, including sharing when asked, and a Circle discussion. Includes other activities from the list below.

Advanced workshops:

Doing and Facilitating the Lodge Card Ceremony
Pair and swap with sharing in Circle.
Ningijoq and Wisdomkeepers support and consult.
Includes other activities from the list below.
Full day. Can be evening plus full day when combined with Learning the Lodge Card Ceremony.

Doing and Facilitating the Mirror Card Ceremony
Pair and swap with sharing in Circle.
Ningijoq and Wisdomkeepers support and consult.
Includes other activities from the list below.
Full day. Can be evening plus full day when combined with Learning the Mirror Card Ceremony.

A workshop may also include:

• Greenland slide show
• Sacred Pipe Ceremony
• Silent walking outdoors
• Sit spot - sit alone in nature for a half hour or more
• Making Fire Ceremony - using bowdrill -- learn its use
• Sunrise Ceremony
• Chant and/or sing
• History of the cards
• Discuss divination and its relation to science
• Smudging with sage, shell and fan
• Creating Smoke Ceremony
• Creative use of the cards - make one’s own ceremony
• Discuss use of journal - when to write and when not
• Discuss how to facilitate another person’s card ceremony
• Discuss daily use of the cards
• Discuss how to integrate the cards into one’s life
• Blessing the everyday medicine -- keys, wallet, etc
• Learn “uncensored” seeing — awareness of first reaction to a card

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Yellow cinqfoil, white starflower - Ulloriaasaq napasoq, and black seaweed, near Maniitsoq - Greenland —photo by Jane English