Western Mystery Schools Study Group – Fall & Winter
The world is transforming around us and through us. This is a time of apocalypse or revelation, when what was hidden becomes revealed. COVID-19 – a viral RNA genome – continues to spread around the entire world, disrupting the default-mode, accelerating inequity, and the creating the conditions for eruptions of consciousness. It has further revealed the weaknesses and evils in our social, economic, and political systems and structures – as well as the true nature of our interconnectedness. We have all received a forced meditation on what is, in fact, essential, and hopefully some new sense of our capacity and resilience. While our personal focus should prioritize and include our physical safety and care for ourselves and those in our immediate vicinity as well as participating mindfully in collective efforts, it may also be an ideal time for seeking and spelunking the inner caves of shadows and wonders. It might be time to tend to and strengthen our spiritual foundations, which will mean something different to everyone. If you’re here, reading this, maybe we are on the same psychopoetic page.
I have designed a study group experience for those interested in deepening their understanding of the Western mystery schools and mystical arts. This weekly Wednesday small-group workshop will provide a safe container for gathering online with a cohort of like-hearted seekers. We will initially structure the study around the comic book series Promethea written by Alan Moore, an entertaining story that happens to also transmit the basics about several of these complex systems of symbols. Until last year, these books were difficult and expensive to get your hands on. But they reissued her last spring for her 20th Anniversary.
WHAT WILL IT BE LIKE? WHAT WILL WE STUDY?
Every week you will receive a link to a recording with some light lecture/storytelling and experiential meditation that you can watch asynchronously – on your own time. Then each Wednesday, we will gather live to discuss what comes up in the books and lecture while also reflecting on the “text” of life experiences. The territories of the Western wisdom schools include a wide range of philosophies and systems of symbols belonging to Hermeticism, alchemy, astrology, numerology, the Kabbalah, Gnosticism, Sufism, and paganism. These schools and belief systems were integrated during the Renaissance and after into various occult schools of thought and practice, and then later understood and integrated further by Jungian and Post Jungian schools of depth psychology. We will weave in different facets of the diamond as we go, grounding firmly in feminist, anti-racist, post-colonial and post-capitalist critique, and adapt to support what emerges in the group. This material is both rich and catalyzing; it may help us contain the processes of transformation we are already undergoing, and initiate some fresh ones.
THE COST & WHAT IT INCLUDES
The cost to participate is $200 a month – for 5 months, from November through March – with sliding scale offered to those who need it. This includes the weekly group session, and one additional one-on-one session with Mindy each month. Current clients already seeing Mindy on a weekly basis may be able to participate for no additional charge. Arrangements will be made individually.
HOW TO JOIN
Register for the initiation meeting on Wednesday, October 21st at 5pm PT / 8pm ET. It will be a waxing crescent moon at 09°of Capricorn, and support us all tapping into the close of of this epic three-year Saturn Capricorn transit (ending officially on the solstice!) and our intentions for the study group. This first session over Zoom is totally free, and will give you a chance to meet Mindy, ask questions, and hear from your fellow travelers. Registration will close by October 20 or when the group is full.
If you want to inquire about the sliding scale or offer for current clients, email me. The first study group will be Wednesday, November 4th, and the final integration celebration will be Wednesday, March 24.