TEMPLE OF ISIS CONVOCATION 2016: TEFNUT AND SHU
FINAL SCHEDULE OF PRESENTATIONS & EVENTS
*Subject to Change
12pm – Vendor Check-ins & Set-up
Made With Magic
Isis Oasis Store
Michael Starsheen Books
Jim Berenholtz Art and CDs
3:00pm – Check-ins & Arrivals
10:00am – 1:00pm Grand Temple Closed for Dancer Rehearsals with Anandha Ray
1:00pm – 4:00pm Grand Temple Closed for Play Rehearsals with Annie Waters
4:00pm – 5:30pm Presentation Troubleshooting in Grand Temple
Take 10-15 Minutes to trouble shoot your presentation hook-up and audio. Sign-up for your slot, as time is limited, on a first come, first served basis.
5:30pm – 6:30pm The Romance of Tefnut and Shu with Marylyn Motherbear Scott
Mythos and Magick, Spiritual and Scientific, Personal and Political. Their relationship has relevance for the present time. Several versions of this Creation story will be examined with an eye — Make that the eye of Atum! — as to how it translates into Now.
6:30pm – 8:00pm Dinner
8:00pm – 8:30pm Opening Ceremonies with deTraci Regula
An update on Isis Oasis, Temple of Isis, How we are preserving Loreon’s Legacy. Introduction to the Tefnut and Shu theme.
Announcements with Rain Graves.
8:30pm – 9:00pm Tefnut and Shu Invocation: A Welcoming of God and Goddess to the Temple with Rain Graves, Dragonfly Adularia, and Marylyn Motherbear Scott (15-20mins)
9:00pm - 9:30pm Dancing the Journey of the Soul with Quimera Tribe, led by Priestess Anandha Ray (30 mins)
The Iseum of Quimera will present a performance of Shamanic Fusion Dance, dances that speak the language of the soul to communicate the depths of our human experiences. Channeling spirit, these performers embody the collective experience of humanity, the wisdom and gifts of the God/esses and open a vortex for healing themselves, the audience and the dynamic energies in the space.
9:30pm – 10:30pm Isians of the Past, Present, and Future, with Kasey Conder
The Goddess Isis of 10,000 Names praises trace back to the Old Kingdom and the Pyramid Texts, however, the rise of her priesthood excelled with the last native dynasty of Egypt, with Nectanebo I, building the Temple of Isis at Philae. His successors felt a strong calling to the Goddess. This later dynasty of successors could possibly include the enigmatic Scota migrating to Scotland with the Stone of Scone (Stone of Destiny/Coronation). The Macedonian rule of Egypt granted great promise and adoration to the Goddess Isis with priestess inspired names like Arsinoe, Beatrice, and Cleopatra. Roman emperors following called on the "Virtue of Isis" to protect the imperial house and its mysteries, granting them the divine right to rule. This presentation will delve into the notable Isians of the past like Apuleius, throughout the ages to our own mystics of the modern era like Dion Fortune, Olivia Robertson, and Loreon Vigne, followed by a group recognition of Isian pioneers before us and the Currant of the Goddess which they possess.
8:00am – 10:00am Breakfast
10:00am – 11:00am Connecting with the Neteru through Isadora Duncan’s Dance with Lois Flood (*TBC)
There will be a 10-15 minute warm-up before we start the Movements and Gestures that represent the Goddess and Gods, beginning with warming up the Solar Plexus, feet and arms, etc. Based on Natural Movement, Isadora Duncan’s dancing has the intentions of connecting the body to the soul by moving harmoniously like waves in the ocean, or swaying like branches in the wind. In this workshop, we will use Isadora's movements and gestures to connect to the Great Goddess’s and Gods of Ancient Egypt and beyond. We will include, to name a few, Artemis, Athena, Apollo, Isis and many more. The movements for each Goddess or God will reflect their myth/legend, accompanied by special music chosen to fit each one. Learn the beauty and serenity of Isadora Duncan through Lois’ 25 years of experience teaching and performing her legacy.
11:00 – 12:00am The Goddess Tefnut: Daughter of the Sun, Lady of the Waters of Life, by Linda Iles.
An in-depth study of this wonderful Goddess, and her place in ancient Egyptian cosmology through exploration of Her various aspects; places of worship; Her feast days; the meaning of Her name as provided by ancient Egyptian hieroglyphs; Her association with other Deities, Her role as both a solar and lunar principle; and most importantly Her role as “Lady of the Lower Shrine.
12:00pm – 1:00pm Divination 101: Discover Your Divination Tool with Carolina Amor
During this workshop we will explore different types of divination tools such as Tarot, Oracle Cards, Runes, Astrology, and the Pendulum, among others. Participants can rediscover their own tools as well as learn about new ones to incorporate into your practices. This workshop will contain a lecture about the different tools and a practice session. If you have any divination tools, feel free to bring them with you. Don´t miss this opportunity to come and play! Casting Oracles is fun!
1:00pm – 2:30pm Lunch
2:30pm – 3:30pm Shu, God of the Air with Michael Starsheen
Tefnut’s partner is Shu, God of the Air, her twin brother, who is the son of Atum Ra. This talk will cover the mythology and worship of Shu over the course of ancient Egyptian History. I will deal with Shu’s origin and assignment by Ra to support the Iron Plate of the heavens. This allowed the world to exist between the bodies of Geb and Nut, which is Shu's major function. I will also discuss his other mythic functions, temples, and traditions, particularly those concerning his control of the Decanal Star groups that the Egyptians used to define their calendar periods.
3:30pm – 4:30pm Shetaut Neter ~ Kemetic Pathways of Life, Philosophy, Divine Wisdom and Yoga with Celestine Star, accompanied by deTraci Regula
The Ancient Ancestors of KMT (Kemet), Ancient Aegyptus, call out from behind the ‘Veil of Time’ to bring forth the teachings and philosophies of the Ancient Nubians, peoples of the Nile Valley. This presentation will offer the secrets of the mystical ‘Shetaut Neter’, ‘Hidden Divine’ and will open you to receive the great wisdom of the Ancient Spiritual Pathways of Life that have inspired the great Temples/Universities of the ancient world to be build. Learn how these wisdom teachings have been carried through time, how they can be found in most religions of the world and how you can utilize these teaching on your own Journey through Life to awakening consciousness, enlightening; body, speech and mind, recognize your divinity within. Learn how our mystical experiences continue to affect our lives and how the Myths of the Neteru were successfully used and continue to help guide acolytes/students and adepts on their pathway through life. Come journey back into the ancient past through the Gateway of the Temple of Isis and illuminate your present Life. The Ancestors are calling you. Celestine will be accompanied by deTraci Regular, who will be offering you illuminating understandings of our Temple of Isis today.
4:30pm – 6:00pm Spirit Has a Shape with Leslie Kirk-Campbell in the Pavillion
How does one explain the shape of moisture, dew, and rain (Tefnut) or quantify air (Shu)? Spirit, itself, is ever present yet just beyond our grasp. This hands-on 90 minute workshop offers you the opportunity to recall (like the echo of a distant bell), your own spirit and its surprising, circuitous path. Did you fall in love with the goddess at 3? Understand the transcendent beauty of nature at 9? Experience the Oneness of everything on a Greek beach at 19? We will use Lady Loreon’s spiritual path as outlined in her book, The Goddess Bade Me Do It, as an inspiration and to pay tribute to the Temple’s founder and our spiritual guide. We will use colored markers, charcoal, and watercolors to draw our spiritual autobiographies on large pieces of paper. Written spiritual autobiographies will be available to re-read for those who have sent them to the Temple of Isis at the time of initiation. The drawings will then be posted on the walls of the large temple and will be available for you to take home. There will be time to share our drawings and our stories of awakening to spirit. No artistic experience required!
4:30pm – 8:00pm Grand Temple Closed for Evening Events Set-up
6:00pm – 8:00pm Dinner
8:00pm – 9:00pm Ritual to Isis of the Inundation with Yeshe Rabbit
In this sacred rite, led by Yeshe Rabbit, participants will call upon Isis of the Inundation, on behalf of the places on Earth stricken by drought. With chanting, prayer, and song, we will make and bless Tears of Isis, and all are welcome to take vials of this holy water home to pour out upon the Earth in supplication. We will be making offerings to Isis and asking her to miraculously pour forth the waters of life from her divine body to heal and cleanse the Earth of damage done by human folly, while at the same time we will ask her to bestow gentle, firm education upon her children as we learn to do better. As we learn to yield, like water, to the greater needs of our planet, so too does Isis yield her tears of life.
9:00pm – 9:05pm A Dance of Isis and Nepthys with Ilona Marshall
9:05pm – 10:05pm Beloveds Through Time – an Autumn Equinox Ritual Theater Performance by Annie Waters with Friends
Restoring The Balance, Unity of the Sacred Marriage, celebration of the time of planting and sacred seeds brought to soil. (Ancient celebration of Autumn Equinox and October - as the Season of Inundation was followed by planting - barley seeds were sown in the mud left by the flooding waters) Celebrating the origin of Earth and Sky, balance of light and dark, of creation and continuance, and an allegory of partnership and balance using deities to tell the story: Isis/Osirus, Shu/Tefnut, Geb/Nuit, Magdalene/Sophia, Christ/Magdalene, Almighty God/Sophia….
7:30am – 8:30am Neter Yoga with Mona Lisa Wallace, poolside
8:30am – 10:00am Breakfast
10:00am – 11:00am Discovering Isis Through Her Titles with deTraci Regula
In this presentation, we will explore some lesser-known and newly discovered titles of Isis, including "Lady of Festivals," and other joyous aspects of the Goddess of Ten Thousand Names.
11:00am – 12:00pm Grounding, Cleansing and Banishing while Doing Psychic or Sensitive Work on Dwellings, with Rain Graves
Many of us encounter Spirit on an occasional basis, but not everyone is able to define the benign from harmful. The importance of grounding oneself and area, as well as thoroughly cleansing and banishing what doesn’t belong, is essential. Whether you are creating sacred space, blessing a home, performing a rite on your own or with others, or going on-call to help those in need. In this workshop, we will learn grounding techniques, see and understand the use of cleansing materials, determine how to understand the energy we are with, and what to do when you need to banish or neutralize negative energies. A list of tools and resources will be provided. You do not need to be sensitive, psychic, clairvoyant, or have ever encountered spirit to benefit from this presentation. It is for all levels.
12:00pm – 1:30pm Lunch
1:30pm – 2:30pm Heather Salmon, Donny Regalmuto, and the Black Swan Temple Iseum
A Multi-Sensory Sacred Sound Journey invoking the creative energies of Shu and Tefnut and the dance of duality weaving together as one diversely harmonious and uplifting experience. This multimedia ritual prayerfomance features the healing frequencies of 432hz crystal singing bowls, live music, visual media, dance and aromatherapy.
2:30pm – 3:30pm Waking Dreams: A God/dess Journey, with Anandha Ray
A movement meditation that engages the physical body, the mind and the spirit to walk consciously into the dream world, experience whatever God or Goddess appears in your journey and receive the message they bring just for you. All bodies and all levels of movers can participate. Waking Dreams open a channel to the subconscious where we can harness the power of the collective unconscious to heal, transform and create.
3:30pm – 4:30pm The Journey of Ordination: A Panel Discussion and Q&A with Carolina Amor, Linda Iles, Michael Starsheen, and Tracy Isadore
Becoming ordained is a lifetime commitment, regardless of the path a Priest or Priestess takes to arrive at that moment. In ancient days, the daily routine of a Priest/Priestess was filled with work to maintain the temple, but what does “doing the work” mean in the modern era? A panel of Priests/Priestesses at different moments in their lives post-ordainment will talk about what has being ordained has meant in their lives and actions over time, and how they aspire to live this commitment. Especially for folks considering becoming ordained, join us for discussion and Q&A.
4:30pm – 5:30pm Blue Isis: A Journey with the Goddess Through Sacred Art with Jim Berenholtz
Throughout the two years of painting "Blue Isis", Jim felt her healing energy coming through him as an artistic response to all the cruelty, insanity and suffering that has been seen in the world. Now is the time to bring this painting out into the world and share it. This special painting is laden with rich symbolism pertaining to the ancient Kushite and Meroitic Civilizations, further south along the Nile, where the worship of Isis remained strong well into the first millennium AD. Jim was very fortunate to visit some of these sites in the Sudan in 1997. The painting also relates to the teachings, wisdom and symbolism of the Oromo people of Ethiopia, who are linked through ancient migrations with the Kushites and Egyptians. This knowledge has been passed on to Jim through his teacher, Abba Liban Dabassa Guyo, since they first met him in 1988. Join Jim as he shares what is essentially a Book of Knowledge, a visual encoding of information, history and cosmology that links ancient Egypt with Sub-Sahara Africa. 30 minutes with Q&A after. The original painting of Blue Isis will be on display for this talk.
5:30pm – 6:30pm Fellowship of Isis Liturgy Circle, Celebrating the liturgy of the FOI by Co-Founder Lady Olivia Robertson: "Riddle of the Sphinx Ritual - Oracle of the Goddess Themis," with Kasey Conder
From FORTUNA: CREATION THROUGH THE GODDESS by Lady Olivia Robertson. The Marseille Tarot card of this monthly rite is La Papesse: II. "She represents the Veiled Goddess robed with the elements. The crossed ribbons indicate balance. The triple crown refers to her sovereignty over the three worlds, hell, earth and heaven. She is the Goddess of Wisdom in disguise, reading the Sibylline Book."
6:30pm – 8:00pm Dinner
8:00pm – 9:30pm Ordinations & Blessings of the Path
9:30pm – 10:30pm Angelic Heart Healing with Angelic Symbols with Dragonfly Adularia
Experience a light, uplifting Angelic Heart Healing after a long day of intense magical focus. Feel peaceful and unburdened with this energetic gift.
NOTE: GRAND TEMPLE CLOSED AFTER 10:30pm FOR ADORATION CEREMONY PREP UNTIL 10:00am
8:00am – 10:00am Breakfast
10:00am – 12:00pm The Adoration of Tefnut and Shu with Linda Iles (*as requested, with materials prepared by Lady Zarita Zook)
12:00pm – 12:30pm Noon Rite in the Small Temple
12:30pm – 2:30pm Lunch & Last Chance Shopping
2:30pm – 3:30pm Arisa Victor aka Granny Rainbow
3:30pm – 4:00pm Closing Ceremonies under the Great Tree with deTraci Regula