So often I get asked why I differentiate between the words DANCE and MOVEMENT. So many people use those words interchangeably. To me, and also for the purposes of what I teach, dance and movement are vastly different concepts. This isn’t something I was taught and I can’t say I’ve ever heard anyone speak about this. But what I’ve learned over the past two decades is that those words carry contrasting energies and can serve opposite but equally important purposes. When I teach any type of spiritually-focused dance or movement practice, I start by helping people understand the differences, because everything I teach builds upon those two concepts.

EMBODYING THE MAJOR ARCANA - THE HIGH PRIESTESS

The High Priestess represents our spiritual channel. She is the embodiment of divine feminine sovereignty. This archetype values spiritual development and sacred connection. She invites us to observe our own inner workings and also explore the depths of what spirit can offer us. She teaches us that wisdom is gained through embodying sacred feminine energies.

Prayer dance has been my primary spiritual practice for as long as I can remember. It’s how I communicate to and with the Divine. It’s what I use to send healing energy to others. It’s how I express my affection and adoration for that which I hold sacred.

The 21st of December marks the Winter Solstice for the northern hemisphere. This is the day when the sun stands still (which is the meaning of the word solstice) at the lowest point in the sky and begins to ascend again - hence the use of phrases such as “rebirth of the sun” or “return of the light”. We’ve reached a turning point and from here, our days will begin to get longer and longer until we reach the peak of the sun’s height at the Summer Solstice in June.

EMBODYING THE MAJOR ARCANA - THE MAGICIAN CARD 

The Magician card represents manifestation. It asks us to trust that we have everything we need to turn our dreams into reality. With one hand pointing at the ground beneath our feet and the other reaching towards the sky - we pull on heaven and earth to create the life we desire. 

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