Summer Solstice Salutations,

Tomorrow morning Russ and I will be walking the Dorrigo labyrinth with family, friends and community in acknowledgment of the longest day of the year and the shortest night. It’s a little strange to think we are already ‘mid-summer’ (given the lag effect means that the hottest months are yet to come), but so it is. Then home with family to continue on the festivities, as this is a weekend off for us to melt into some celebration time and take in all we have brought to fruition these last 6 moons …

 

Significant among these milestones is the kamiza, which is the altar Russ has built in the dojo. Not only is O’Sensei present there, but for the first time ever we’ve placed a representation of the ‘fierce feminine’ on the altar alongside the Aikido founder: the Egyptian Goddess Isis (see re the Amazonian Arts project below!). We had our teacher from Melbourne visit for the first time just post the completion of the kamiza to teach the inaugural first class: a grand moment Russ and I have long waited for! Later Sensei was keen to check out the acoustics with his shakuhatchi; nature joining in with a background roll of deep thunder. It was poignantly beautiful such that it brought a misty, faraway smile to Russ’ face. A dream already fulfilled and it has only just begun …

 

 

Another milestone has been the purchase of the ‘glockerman’ diaphragm pump to quietly (without fossil fuels), pump water up from the river to our top tank, which is no mean feat given that it’s 100 metre head. Russ and I have had long discussions regarding water and what may be to come regarding climate change. Already we have had what the locals deem very unusual weather patterns and know that we cannot rely on rain when we need it, nor having the tank capacity to get our large garden through an ongoing dry spell. That said we just had an unprecedented dump of more than 9 inches in 12 hours (and more post), which saw the river rise so rapidly that we nearly lost the pump, which we only had half fixed into position. Fate, it seems, is not without a sense of irony. We prayed that night and had celebrations two days later when the water subsided enough to see that it was still there. It was a nice off-set for the fact that we lost a significant section of cob cottage along with a bay window to the storm. Such is life in the bush! Looks like some spiritual Milaripa lessons are presently at play for us …

Lastly, I have just ramped up my work on the Amazonian Arts project to the next level. After receiving a profound (and the first!) Amazonian Astrology reading just a few weeks ago, something really changed gear for me, obliterating the laissez-faire approach to this work I have thus far had. A significant shift is now in place and I am expecting to launch this work in full, with 4 other women midwifing the project (i.e. offering their own services in support) in February. Russ and I will be ‘the guts’ of this project offering ‘the experience’, which will involve women coming to explore one of 13 Warrioress Archetypes with us at Ningendo. Stay tuned!

 

Fierce Full Moon Felicitations,
Akhalita & Russ

 

 

 

 

 

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