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Through the ONLINE healing circles you will partake in Tantric rituals withing the comfort of your own home. The rituals are recorded and, should you not be able to make it for the live practice, you may still access the recording. The rituals follow the Tantric calendar, which honours the cycles of the Moon and the rhythms of Nature. Depending on the ritual, classes can last between 2 & 4 hours, and may be followed with home meditations available to those wishing to go deeper into this line of Tantra and Yoga lineage. In line with the traditional tantric approach, many of the rituals are clustered into series addressing specific themes (such as Anger, Fear, Fertility, Desire, etc).
2021 | Tantric Rituals.
06 January | Descending Half Moon
BHAIRAV ASTAMI | The ways in which we waste our Lives
Bhaivar Astami is a time in which to study the deep dark layers of oneself, shedding the outer layers like a snake, to reach the mysteries beyond the threshold of time. Read More…
13 January | New Moon
LOHRI | The Return of the Light
Part 1 of 3 | Nurture & Compassion Series
This series will be all about honouring the beginnings of this cycle of nature that is climbing with the New Year year we are in. Lohri reveals how modernity can swallow magic and erode powerful necessary rights of passage, necessary if we are to align to the Wisdom of Nature. Lohri is a pagan Goddess that stands between the thresholds of Darkness and Light. This is an ancient Indian pagan ritual festival that is celebrated on the first dark Moon of the ascending year and reveals to us the extreme polarities in which we live our daily lives. Read More…
20 & 28 January | Half Ascending Moon & Full Moon
SHAKAMBHARI | Nurturing the Inner Spiritual Garden
Part 2 & 3 of 3 | Nurture & Compassion Series
Shakambhari is the great nourishing Goddess of Compassion. Her name translates as ‘the bringer of vegetation’. She is twilight blue in colour and she brings the gift of herbs, fruits and vegetables to Earth. She is the revealer of nourishment and growth. She is the great mother of nurture who brings magical solace to the garden of our Soul. Read More…
11 February | New Moon
MAUNI AMVASYA | The Power of Sound & Silence
This series will be of interest to all those who venture to find the inner Guru and to understand the role of the Teacher in Tantric wisdom. The series will open with this ancient ritual day in the Tantric calendar known as Mauni Amvasya (Dark Moon of Silence). It is a time of discovering the power of speech, sound and silence… It is a night of sacred silence that is kept by the Tantrics in silent ritual still today. Read More…
15 February | Chaturti Moon
GANESH JAYANTI | Roots & Foundations
This series is concerned with working with Animal Powers, the Elements and the Chakras. Tantric wisdom recognises that different creatures all have their own particular expression and power that can be a benefactory element upon our path. This first ritual night is concerned with establishing foundations.This Jayanti day is the annually celebrated ‘birthday’ of the Elephant headed God Ganesh. He is the Earth deity that guards the doorway of manifest grounded power. Read More…
20 February | Ascending Half Moon
KHODIYAR MAA JAYANTI | Selfless Love
The second ritual in this series is dedicated to Khodiyar Maa. Khodiyar Maa is linked to the womb and to childbirth, and the marriage between the base and sexual Chakras. She is a Goddess who shows us how to unite the energies of Earth and Water – first and second Chakra themes are her speciality. Working with her ritualistically, can help those wishing to conceive a child. Khodiyar Maa is a powerful Matriarch to those who have interest to work with the sexual energy and its healing. Read More…
27 February | Full Moon
LALITA JAYANTI | Simplicity, Beauty beyond Drama
This second celebration of the Tantric Dasha Mahavidyas is dedicated to the Goddess Lalita. Lalita’s cooling Lunar fire offers us a receptive, comforting place in which to cool down into the very simple and innocent sweetness, perhaps forgotten and secret in today’s modern, busy world. Lalita’s mantras, which we shall practice on this ritual, are soothing. They are cooling and softening, as to melt into the magical corners of our being. Read More…
BHAIRAV | The 8 Directions of Time
This night’s ritual will be an investigation into sensing the polarities and magnetism of the 8 directions in Space. We will invoke Kaal Bhairav in his eight forms as we create a circular ritual of spinning force. Kaal Bhairav is known to have 8 forms, each of which rules 1 of the 8 directions. The octagonal practice of honouring the 8 directions is a Chakra-based practice of turning around and tuning into the 8 forces and forms of Kaal Bhairav. Read More…
MAHA SHIVARATRI | The Sacred Embrace
The Teacher of Wisdom Series continues with the third ritual dedicated to the great teacher of the Yogins: Shiva. Maha Shivaratri is the uniting of Shiva and Shakti. This night is a night of the secret wisdom that is born of their embrace. Shivaratri is the celebration and honouring of the very roots and foundation of Wisdom. This ritual night will be an investigation into the original wisdom of the soul that gets eclipsed by other forces, though those other forces are an important part of our lives, they are no replacement for the foundation of being. Read More…
SPRING EQUINOX | The Androgeneity of Inner Balance
The Spring Equinox is an annual cosmological event when the day and the night are of equal length. The words Balance and Transition sum up the Equinox. The Spring Equinox will shift the poles and the days will thereafter begin to be longer than the nights. This night’s ritual will be a healing voyage into the art of balance. Contacting the balance of our inner woman and man with the assistance of the alchemical healing formulas of Tantra will be the occupation of this evening’s ritual Tantric Hatha Yog practice. Read More…
28 March | Full Moon
HOLI | The Colours of Love
The festival of Holi has become known worldwide as the celebration of life and colour, when people throw colored powder on each other. But what does this fun filled festivity of playful games signify for Tantrics? What are the origins of this festivity? Tantric ritual traditionally has kept this Holi night for the practice of inner and outer colour and sound. The intonations of each Chakra along with inner and outer work with colours is ritualised in a colourful and enlivening practice of awakening to Life and Love. The effect of these practices is to open the potentialities of the Chakras. Read More…
04 April | Descending Half Moon
WAY OF THE DOG | Inner Shadow Work
Kaal Bhairav rides upon the Black dog. The dog is a creature that sees into the spirit world and the realm of the dead. Bhairav is commonly called the God of Death. He holds the Kankala Danda, which is the skeleton stick of Time through which he measures our lives until we sail on our next adventure: Death. On this ritual night we will be working with the black dog spirit. The dog is a clairvoyant creature that sees through the veil between life and death. When we work with the Dog of Bhairav we work both with the dog and with its shadow – these take the form of inner mudras (Antar Mudra) that lead us towards our clairvoyant powers. Read More…
12 April | Dark Moon
BLOOD, SEX & DEATH - Somavati Amvasya
In this ritual we will work with darkness & silvery lunar light. Taking a journey through Blood, Sex & Death: Blood is Kali Ma; Sex is Kamakya; Kala is Death. These are the three Tantric forces that sit in the deep underworld within us. They are the forces at the root of our power, ‘or lack of it‘. This is a psychic and physical Tantra, Mudra, Mantra ritual, that is about addressing and healing the flow of the primal powers in us. When the 3 fluids are in balance the Kundalini awakens. Tantrics depict Kundalini Shakti as the Queen Snake. Living beyond the boundaries of time and space. Beyond our known conventions. Where the hidden and out-of-sight is given a welcome into the arms of Life and Death on Earth. Read More…
21 April | Half Moon
TARA JAYANTI - The Witch's Elixir
Tara is a frightening Goddess to behold, she appears only at night, like her name, which means ‘Star’, implies.
She is the wisdom of converting poison into medicine. When the mighty Shiva suffers great turmoil for drinking the Halahala poison, Tara fed Shiva from her breast and healed him out of maternal compassion – which she offers to the corageous. On this ritual we shall investigate pleasure and pain and apply her mudras.
Tara’s mudras are challenging physical and psychic maneuvers. They can reach into far off places in our being and help in melting the most tenacious of Granthi’s (psychophysical knots).
27 April | Full Moon
HANUMAN JAYANTI | The Yogic Power of the Breath
This ritual day will be Hanuman Jayanti. Hanuman is the god of Monkey form who represents the Air element, in fact he is the child of Vayu (god of the wind). His ritual is concerned with establishing rhythm and smooth and seamless flight to the quality of the air element. The air element rules the mental body in yogic anatomy, by working with concentration and the practices of wind we can come to smoothen out both psychic and physical creases. Read More…
TANTRA & THE GODDESS - A Free Introductory Ritual
On Sunday the 9th of May, we shall gather in ritual to prepare the ground for the month before us, that the Tantric calendar dedicates to 4 of the Mahavidya goddesses of feminine wisdom. On this Free Ritual night we will spend two hours moving through four of faces of the feminine, from Matangi, the outcast woman, to Bagalamukhi, the teacher of sacred sound, to Chinnamaste, the wild one of bloodthirsty lust, concluding with the ancient smokey crone known as Dhumavati. Regular students, beginners and newcomers are welcome to join us in ritual. Read more…
MATANGI JAYANTI - The Unedible Soul
Matangi is the Goddess who is most pleased when we offer her the parts of our Soul that are no longer edible.
Those parts of us that are old and rotting and are offered to Matangi on this Ritual night.If we have habits that are standing in the way of our progress and polluting our lives Matangi is the Goddess to approach. She is the outcast Goddess worshiped with leftovers. Matangi worship goes deep into inner taboos and denied and swept aside aspects of our soul
On this ritual we shall meet to feed her from the scraps that might be rotting inside us.
20 May - Ascending Half Moon
BAGALAMUKHI JAYANTI - Gold from the Swamp
Bagalamukhi is the Goddess force that draws the gold out of the swamp of habitual murky dwelling.
When we see the Goddess Bagalamukhi in pictures, she is portrayed as pulling out the tongue of a ghoulish looking little man with bulging eyes. Upon this Half Waxing ritual night, we shall approach Bagalamukhi with the prayer of receiving Kechari Vidya (wisdom of speech). This is a ritual of working with the solar forces as mirrored in the rising half moon. Studying the impact of our active words, not only the spoken words, but also the words that resound and colour our innermost being and impact the course of the events in our outter life.
CHINNAMASTE JAYANTI - Sexual Energy Flow
Chinnamaste is a Goddess of sexual energy flow. Study of Chinnamaste teaches us about sexual energy and it’s three fold nature. Chinnamaste is a nourishing Goddess. She nourishes the three channels of the spine, known as Ida, Pingala and Sushumna: the active, passive channels, and the balancing power between the two is what Chinnamasta nourishes us with. She nourishes these three aspects by three distinct forms of desire. Chinnamaste represents the work of the Kundalini channel with its threefold movement of energy.
18 June | Ascending Half Moon
DHUMAVATI JAYANTI - The Ugly Widow
Dhumavati is the intensely ugly Widow Goddess, bitter, barren and bereft of Beauty.
Her nose is beaklike, her countenance inspires disgust. Dhumavati has no peer and is distinct among Goddesses as having no opposite. She is a Shakti that is self contained and stands alone. She is the grand Widow. She holds the deep wisdom of age and loss. She is an elder Goddess, regarded as the elder form of Kali. She holds the secrets hidden by the smoke of time. Dhumavati teaches us of the wise acknowledgment of that which we have lost over the span of our lives.
If something is lost or dies, it is often a cause for lament. But it also holds the seed of rebirth of another mode of being.
24 July | Full Moon
GURU PURNIMA | Honouring the Inner Teacher
This ritual night has been reserved since aeons to give honour not only to the personalities of one’s teachers, but also to the principle of devotion and effort that the teacher represents. The Guru is the inner quality that we all possess. The quality of attention to detail and unwavering voyage into the depths of a single subject. This effort to surpass oneself and attain the hights of wisdoms is said to come from the Guru Tatva. Tatva can be translated as ‘element’. Upon this day the astral forces are strong for setting the Guru Tatva within us into motion. Read More…
31 July | Descending Half Moon
WAY OF THE CROW | Outer Shadow Practice
The crow, which always follows Kaal Bhairav, is a sacred magical creature that reveals the secrets of the unseen. Many cultures upon earth have honoured the crow as a guardian of thresholds. The crow is the grand Guru of the unseen; unknown and unknowable. When we approach the Crow, we do not seek to make the unknown known, but to approach it as it is. The unknowable is the wellspring of magic. It is the heartbeat of the left-hand path of Tantra. On this ritual night we well perch beneath his wings and further work with the Chaya Karana (Shadow) practices of this yogic line of Tantra. We will work with the Bhar Chaya (outer shadow) mudras. We will investigate The Gupt (secret or hidden) mudras of working with the Shadow. Read More…
NAAGA PANCHAMI | Voyage into the Astral Planes
Akash is the most subtle element of the 5 Panchbhoot elements and is linked to the junction from the Heart Chakra to the throat, the element Akash is connected to sound and rules the throat Chakra. The Naaga serpents are the underworld snakes of the ether of the astral plane. When we look at the representation of Shiva, we see that he has always a snake wrapped around his throat and standing erect. The symbol of Kundalini is explicit here. Read More…
22 August | Full Moon
HAYAGRIVA JAYANTI | Fire Ritual
This is the annual festival of the Horse. Hayagriva is the horse god of the twilight wisdom twixt shadow and light. The story of Hayagriva tells of 2 horses, both called Hayagriva. One was the burning black horse that for Tantrics represents the solar plexus. The other horse was a light silver colored lunar horse that represents the third eye Chakra. In Tantric subtle anatomy, the opposite of the solar plexus chakra is indeed the third eye. Read More…
27 November| Descending Half Moon
KANKALA DANDA | The Tantric Stick of Power
This Half darkening Moon night is the annual Jayanti (birthday) of Kaal Bhairav. The Kankala Danda is the skeleton stick of Time with which Bhairav measures each beat of our Heart before we meet Death. Time is our creation, yet we in turn are created by Time, albeit being unaware. By undoing our creations, an unknown perspective on reality and on Life may reveal itself to us. The Kankala Danda is a deep study and in this ritual we will work with this stick through various mudras. Kankala Mudras involve a confrontation with Time. Time himself is actually always confronting us, though we might not be aware of it. To hold the Kankala Danda is to know the power of Time – including its very illusion. Read More…
18 December | Full Moon
DATTA JAYANTI | Moving beyond Duality
This ritual night is known as Datta Jayanti, It means the birthday of lord Dattatreya. He is the Guru of the Tantrics and the grand master of awareness and healing trance. This is a time honored night kept by Tantrics for strong ritual explorations of consciousness. Dattatreya is he who is full of compassion and fully Loving. He is so unified in all levels of being that there are no distinctions in his awareness. This is indeed a teaching of Wisdom for all humans. Dattatreya is the legendary Tantric who brings all things together. Read More…
19 December | Descending Half Moon
TIME, DEATH & FEAR | An Initiation to Tantra
If Time is Death, Death raises Fear. Kaal Bhairav is Time, is Death, is Fear. In Fear there lies great potential to glimpse the secrets of Life and Death. By approaching and working with our fears on this ritual night we shall step into the magical realm of Kaal Bhairav. Fear and Death are great allies. Tantra works with these forces and regards them as doorways to the secrets of existence. Without Fear there is no power. When we banish Fear we banish Love itself, for Fear is a force that is healing and melting, if we allow it to approach us. It takes a special Magic to not grip and blink in the face of Fear. Read More…
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