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Rediscover the Generosity, Generativity & Awe of Winter Solstic Through Long-Lost Celtic & Christian Rituals - Alexander John Shaia

Rediscover The awe of Winter Solstice Through Long-Lost Sacred Rituals

Christmas wasn’t always a whirlwind of commercialized rituals and frenzied shopping like it is for so many today.

Much of what we now call Christmas was originally part of the Winter Solstice, recognized by the Celts as a time of change, a threshold so to speak from one season to the next that heralded the rebirth of the sun and the enduring promise of life.

This was a time when dualities merged in harmony — spirit and earth, light and dark, male and female — to usher in the return of generosity and generativity, referred to by the Celts as the Golden Child… and by Christians as Jesus the Christos.

During this free online spiritual growth class with Alexander John Shaia, PhD, ritualist and teacher of mystical spirituality, you’ll explore where Celtic and Christian rituals have converged throughout time to create our most beloved Christmas traditions — and learn long-lost practices for reconnecting with the Earth and the sanctity of the holiday season.

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What You'll Learn During “Rediscover the Generosity, Generativity & Awe of Winter Solstic Through Long-Lost Celtic & Christian Rituals”

Studying under famed mythologist Joseph Campbell, Alexander John integrates his lifelong practice of prayer with many cross-disciplines — anthropology, psychology, spirituality, and ritual work — he is a unique thought leader and vivid storyteller of Celtic and Christian traditions.

During your time with Alexander John, you’ll learn how to reconnect with the inner and outer rhythms of life by integrating the symbolism, myths, and merriment of the original Celtic holiday season…

… beginning with how the Celts honored the Solstice across 13 days of festival practices that celebrated the Great Mother.

And… how early Christians adapted these Celtic rituals, weaving in the story and symbolism of Jesus, born anew from the deepest dark like the sun at the Winter Solstice.

You’ll discover how the Great Mother dissolves dualism, unifying the light and dark in holy radiance to help us appreciate and navigate the mental and emotional challenges of the dark season when it comes.

You’ll explore where the Sacred Feminine and Sacred Masculine intersect with Celtic mythologies and Christianity, birthing the Golden Child and the Christos across time and cultures…

… and be led into the fascinating symbolism of the Great Tree through a visceral meditation via the senses.

You’ll learn how you connect with the seasons, how the Celts enticed the regenerative Green Man to return to Earth and create new cycles of life…

… and Celtic rituals for choosing, erecting, decorating, and laying to rest your Christmas tree that revivify the sacredness of the solstice and the season.

Ultimately, you’ll be immersed in the true origins of Christmas that will help you illuminate the dark, reconnect with the Earth, and sanctify your holiday traditions.

Class Topics For “Rediscover the Generosity, Generativity & Awe of Winter Solstic Through Long-Lost Celtic & Christian Rituals”

During this complimentary online spiritual growth event, you’ll:

  • Rediscover the rich symbolism of the Sacred Feminine, the Sacred Masculine, and the Golden Child — sanctifying your holiday season with new meaning, depth, and tradition
  • Learn how to embrace a sacred darkness so as to birth yourself anew — and why lighting candles in and not against the dark is an antidote to the pain of insularity — and a way to meet the dark time with generosity and generativity
  • Explore why the Celts used the wood of the sacred tree to entice the Green Man to return to Earth — and how this tradition can enrich your holiday season
  • Learn Celtic rituals for choosing, erecting, decorating, and laying to rest your Christmas tree that revivify the sacredness of the solstice and the season
  • Be guided through a deep meditation with the Great Tree — a visceral experience of the senses to reignite wonder and awe amidst the dark season

You'll have the opportunity to deepen your mystical connection with Christmas and the Winter Solstice, reconnect with the Earth, and make your holiday traditions sacred again through Celtic and Christian symbolism, mystics, myths, and merriment.

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About Your Teacher – Alexander John Shaia, PhD

Alexander John Shaia, PhD - HeadshotBorn and raised in Birmingham, Alabama, Alexander John Shaia was part of a large extended family that had emigrated from Lebanon a generation previously. He grew up immersed in the ancient traditions of Middle Eastern Christianity (Maronite Catholicism) and was expected to become a priest, a family tradition since the year 1300. He was led otherwise.

Alexander John received a degree in Cultural Anthropology from the University of Notre Dame and was also privileged to learn from Joseph Campbell. Next came a brief time in seminary followed by a master’s in Counseling Education, a master’s in Religious Education, a graduate certificate in Pastoral Psychotherapy, and a PhD in Clinical Psychology.

His extensive psychological training across many modalities finally led him to Switzerland where he studied with Dora Maria Kalff, a Jungian analyst and founder of Sandplay Psychotherapy. Alexander John became the first U.S. man admitted to the International Society for Sandplay Therapy — and continues to serve as a senior Certified Teaching Member of the organization.

Returning to the United States, he undertook years of private practice, teaching, leading retreats across world spiritual traditions, and further study. Integrating his lifelong practice of prayer with many cross-disciplines — anthropology, psychology, spirituality, and ritual work, as well as being openly gay — has shaped him into a unique thought leader, prolific author, and widely sought-after consultant, trainer, and inspiring speaker. He is also the founder of Quadratos — a 4-path journey for radical transformation.

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Date

Oct 22 2022
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5:30 pm - 6:30 pm

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