March 9, 2009
March 5, 2009
I finally re-remembered how to post photos. These are from our January 10, 2009 service, which focused on head washings. It was a wonderful, exhilarating, exhausting, very long day. We began service to the loa at 1 p.m., and headwashings and spiritual baths at 3 p.m. which continued nonstop until about midnight. Following that, we did a house cleansing for the hosts of the event who kindly offered their space for the event, and I finally got home at 1:30 a.m. Yes, folks, that is NINE solid hours of administering headwashings and spiritual baths. I was very tired, but very grateful to be able to serve, and energized as always by the friends, family, and loa who came to call!
Ayizan has been demanding a lot from me since I began working with her intensely last summer, but for everything she demands I am repaid many times, and I know that it’s for my own good and spiritual growth, even when I don’t always understand exactly why at the moment. For instance, when I got in touch with Loko in 1995, I didn’t know my ass from a hole in the ground and had been largely approaching the lwa through ceremonial/qabalistic structures for years prior. Loko kicked my ass quick and turned my life upside down; it was what I needed and the way I needed it at the time. It took me until 2008 to “balance the building” and work with Ayizan, and the results were similar in that she turned a lot of what I thought I knew on its head; I’m still sorting it all out. One thing I never really thought of until *after* she came up as the “loa in question” last summer is her relationship to Loko. I really grok it now.
What I didn’t note as quickly, what I knew but didn’t “grok,” was their relationship to the peristyle.
And until last month I didn’t grok her relatiionship in particular to the lave tete.
Ha ha. Ok, I get it!
Both of these have become very important in ways I won’t go into here and now, but things are changing, for sure. It has something to do with points chauds and geography, something to do with genius loci, and something to do with family. In the midst of lots of other changes and more growth in our local community as well as around the world In Free Communion, the Gnostic and Gnostic Vodoun currents merging here in my little neck of the woods mean that, for me at least, the Work is very much about building and maintaining that community, and about making the space to house it.
Rele Ayizan ye
O lese koule
Ghuede’s altar at a private event after the lave tete service
Erzulie Dantor’s altar in progress early in the day
+ Naamah ties + Dositheos’ head after a lave tete
March 5, 2009
“In this episode, we are joined by our friend Tau Allen Greenfield and two more Gnostic Bishops, Tau Dositheos and Tau Naamah. Our initial focus is the history of the Antient et Primitif Rite of Memphis-Mizraim. We talk about the origins of this branch of esoteric Freemasonry and how it has transmuted into a variety of modern strains, this particular one being ecclesiastical and magical. This is illustrated by the close associations of lodges and Gnostic churches and the necessity for consecration in the Gnostic and Apostolic Succession for those involved in Points Chauds Workings.”
“Our discussion then delves into the subject of Points Chauds.”
“Lastly, we talk about Congregational Illuminism.”