Mt Shasta Goddess Temple

Priestess Training Year Two

Flight of the Skydancer

 

Flight of the Skydancer is the second spiral of the Woman Shaman Priestess Training with the Mt Shasta Goddess Temple, led by Instructor Yeshe Matthews. In the first year of Woman Shaman Priestess, students build a set of personal skills and tools. The second year of training helps students begin to finesse the use of their tools and gifts with confidence, proficiency, and intuitive flow. Flight of the Skydancer helps you take next steps:

  • making deeper connections with ancestors and honored heroines

  • learning to design and lead different types of personal and group ceremonies

  • expanding the repertoire of oracular and divinatory skills

  • achieving greater comfort and efficacy with tools

  • connecting more closely with spirit allies, teachers, and guides

  • becoming more courageous in offering services and guidance to others

  • opening to the mysteries of Goddess with greater trust

 
 
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Goddess and Ancestor Reverence

Having made a year of offerings and connections to various spirit beings, the second year lineage work is about deepening the connection with personal goddesses and holy women in the unseen world who help to guide us in our calling. Each month, you will work with different Goddesses and Ancestresses who embody the theme of the month, who represent a living or historical lineage of women’s magic, and who serve as special patrons for women’s needs. Through this work, your connections with the unseen world will grow stronger and more flavorful as you begin to identify the many ways that Goddesses and guides are communicating with you every day. By the end of the year, each Priestess will establish a strong, avowed relationship with the Goddesses and Ancestresses who will guide her in her spiritual service to her community.

 
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Advanced tools

Each month, students in the second year spiral will work with your existing first year tools in shamanic rituals and ceremonies, and a few new tools will be introduced into the program, including shamanic spoons, blessed blades, divination bones, and a melting pot. Students will be invited to develop greater skill and familiarity with the tools you consecrated in the first year, cultivating relationships with the in-dwelling spirit of each tool you use and coming to adopt and adapt the basic practices you’ve been taught, making them more personal. The tool and the Priestess have a connection: in the Priestess’ hand, the tool gains power and life force to do its work. Students will learn to focus and channel universal light and life force through your tools so that you are not drawing on your personal life force to accomplish your magical tasks, but are instead bringing energy through the vessel of your being.

 
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Crafts & rituals

In the Flight of the Skydancer Priestess training, second-spiral students are encouraged to attend and help occasionally co-lead the Temple’s online Full Moon and Red Tent ceremonies. You will also design in-person ceremonies you will offer at your own altars and for others, and learn more advanced shamanic rituals that you can use to find safety, guidance, healing, and relief. There will be projects that involve hands-on crafting with magical items such as poppets, holy waters, beeswax, blessed stones, and herbal powders. Students will be given instructions and recipes for brewing tinctures, magical honeys, and other potions for use in your personal and public work, and you will connect with plant and tree spirits as allies in your shamanic rituals. Yeshe will share recipes from ancients texts and classic grimoires, and you will design your own recipes based on items available in your geographic region.

 

Flight of the Skydancer training is similar in structure to Woman Shaman Priestess training. It involves six lessons per month, with three lessons focused on objects, ceremonies, techniques, and recipes, and three lessons focused on Goddesses, Ancestresses, animals, and plants. Students in the second spiral of the training also have the option to receive the lessons from the first spiral again, at no additional cost, if you wish to review or revisit the tools and concepts shared in Woman Shaman Priestess. Our group will have one video class per month, as we did in the first year, where we deepen our understanding of the uses of our tools, perform ceremonies together, and connect with the course material. In addition to your coursework, second-year students will each be expected to co-lead or solo lead 3 circles in the Temple within the year. You will be welcome to choose from the Temple’s Full Moon and Red Tent ceremonies for your service. Lastly, you will be asked to attend one of the first-year classes to discuss one of your favorite tools or practices that you have studied or learned as part of this course.

To qualify for Flight of the Skydancer Training, you must have successfully completed Woman Shaman Priestess spiral one. This course is open to all who have made the first-year journey with the Temple, and who are ready to move on and take their practice to the next level. If you have any questions about this training, please discuss them with Yeshe.

The monthly fee for Flight of the Skydancer Training is $65, and if you’d like one-on-one sessions with Yeshe these can be scheduled separately. There will be some work trade positions available for students in the Flight of the Skydancer. If you’d like to apply for one of these spots, please contact Yeshe and let her know what you might be able to offer in exchange for your training.

When you arrive at the extinction of reality, there is nothing but the spontaneity of pure potential. There is no other way to dance in the sky.
-Yeshe Tsogyal, 8th Century Tibetan female buddha

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