Global Spirits Trance Possession Rite for The Spirits of Replenishment
Description*: In this open circle, The Universal Temple of Spirits presents a service for the Spirits, honoring them in their manifestations through drumming, dance, song, and art. The service will begin a half an hour earlier with a sung litany prayer to set the space. All are welcome to join in with this. And then the drums start. The singing and dancing continues throughout, and we call our Spirits into ourselves to share our celebration. This is an open circle; you may join late or leave early (although you’ll probably miss some good stuff if you do). This is a pluralistic working, so we will honor Spirits from around the globe and sing in their native languages when possible. Please note that this is not an open drum circle; it is a possession-based working. The more active your participation, the more exciting the service, so…
Please bring: Your Spirit of Replenishment; a song for them, if you have one; a design for them; altar objects, if you have them, and drums, if you drum. You may wish to dress in the colors of the Spirit you’ll be honoring. Donations of food, drink, or money for supplies are appreciated, but not mandatory. The Universal Temple of Spirits is a celebratory group practicing in the Global Spirits tradition. The celebrations welcome all Spirits from around the globe in harmony. Rituals are theme-based, rather than pantheon-based, and incorporate what we have in common as humans: shared food, dance, song
RITUAL: Oracular Seidr
Presenter: Scott Mohnkern
Speak now, seeress, ’till said thou hast. Answer the asker ’till all he knows. . .” says the leader.
This form of divinatory practice involves the participants taking a guided journey to the entrance to Hel, then one person (the Seidr Kona or Madr) crosses into Hel for purposes of allowing the participants to ask questions of our ancestors, our gods and goddesses, and other beings.
The Mid-Atlantic Spae team was formed in 2016, and consists of a series of experienced spae practitioners that offer Spae work throughout the mid-atlantic. They have conducted rituals at past Sacred Space events, as well as Winter Finding and Vanir Fest at Thor’s Hollow in Virginia.
The leadership of the Mid-Atlantic Spae team consists of Laurel Mendes, Becky Sheehan, and Scott Mohnkern. All three have been giving lectures on variety of topics at pagan festivals for a number of years.