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Ceremony and Service

Mary Standing Otter facilitates many kinds of Ceremony. If you do not see what you need in the descriptions below please contact her at thunderhorse@iserv.net and ask about options.

Ceremony and workshops can be designed for you.

Pipe Ceremony

Medicine Pipes have been used by many people from all over the planet. It is an ancient tradition, lineage and art. Standing Otter has been a Sacred Pipe Carrier for at least 20 years. This Medicine Way brings teachings from many Amerindian tribes and blends them together while also calling on the knowledge and wisdom of all the powerful lineages of this world. This Way can also be called Alchemical, which meansAncestors we use the powers of the Universe within Sacred Law to create an experience that is greater than the sum of its parts.

If requested, Standing Otter will hold a Pipe Ceremony for anyone who wishes to attend. You may simply come and respectfully listen and you will be Blessed by the energies and healing that are called into the space.  You may also bring a small gift of (unscented, natural) tobacco and make a formal request for specific Prayers.

Individuals can certainly request private or personal Pipe Ceremonies however it is important to remember that while nowadays, many people tend to think that there is more power in having an experience “all to yourself”, the truth is: when we come together, support each other, combine our energies and our intentions We Are Stronger. We are better, together. We can form a tribe for just one night that says “We want to Live”.

BufWhlPlease contact Standing Otter if you, or a loved one would like to participate in a Pipe Ceremony. Anyone and everyone is welcome including children (with supervision). You are encouraged to come if you are ill or bring those you love who are ill or in any kind of pain. A Pipe Ceremony is a celebration of Life and a Healing.

There is no fee for a Pipe Ceremony. A medicine gift for the Pipe Carrier (Standing Otter) is gratefully appreciated. A medicine gift is simply a gift from the heart. Cash is an acceptable gift especially since Standing Otter is travelling a very long distance and transporting items can be tricky. The ceremony may be followed by a communal meal.

Tradition dictates that there is never a set fee for a Pipe Ceremony. A donation of  money or a medicine gift for the Pipe Carrier (Standing Otter) is the traditional exchange. A medicine gift is simply a gift from the heart. Cash is an acceptable gift especially since Standing Otter is often traveling a long distances and transporting items can be tricky. Feel free to bring snacks to share after the ceremony.

Thank you, Bless You and Bless All Your Relations !

 

 

Card Readings (Tarot) & Spiritual Counseling

The Medicine Cards (an animal based tarot), combined with the ancient knowledge of the Medicine Wheel, can help us to see our own lives in a simpler way, in a way more connected to Spirit and our Natural Self.

WAKAN-watercolor,-1999A reading and spiritual counseling session can help you gain insight into your emotions, thoughts, health, career and spirituality. Experience the balance and healing of the animal spirit world. What are your challenges and your gifts? Which Animal Spirit Guides walk with you?

These readings are based on Knowledge of Medicine Wheels, the Medicine or Give Away of the Animal Spirits and Intuition. These readings are not fortune telling. They are a form of spiritual counseling and teaching meant to help you understand your Self so that you may step more fully into Life!

 

 

 

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Purification Lodge Ceremony

Standing Otter has been a Lodge Chief for many years and has led hundreds of Purification Lodge Ceremonies. The Lodge is the Source and primal home of her Medicine Walk or Give Away.

The Mother Lodge has also been called the Purification Lodge, the Rainbow Children’s Lodge, or the Stone People’s Lodge. It is one of the doorways to your Soul, one of the Pathways Home.

When done correctly, the Lodge is powerful, cleansing and SAFE.

A Purification Lodge is shaped rather like an igloo. Low to the ground, one must bow down to enter and cannot stand upright once inside. A Lodge is built in a Ceremonial manner honoring all the elements and the worlds of GrandMother Earth for their gifts in making the Ceremony possible. Nearby there is a space for a Sacred Ceremonial Fire to heat the rocks.

The Lodge is the Mother, the womb of Grandmother Earth. It is the place we can go to rewrite the patterns in out lives, to transform ourselves and to be reborn.

This Ceremony, in one form or another, has gone on all over the planet as long as humans can remember. It continues. It will continue.

No fee is ever charged for this ceremony however donations for the Lodge Chief, the workers ($ or gifts) and the Lodge’s care are gratefully accepted. It is requested that you give generously and from the heart but that you do no harm to yourself or your family. Money should never be a reason to stay away so if you can give more, please do so to help someone who may not be able to give as much. Space is limited so please contact us if you choose to join this very Sacred, powerful and transformative experience.

This is a very powerful ceremony and preparation is sometimes required.

 

THE MOTHER LODGE: Willows and Wonders

The Mother Lodge has also been called the Purification Lodge*, the Rainbow Children’s Lodge, the Stone People’s Lodge and the Innipi. It is one of the doorways to your Soul, one of the Pathways Home.

A Purification Lodge* is shaped rather like an igloo. Low to the ground, one must bow down to enter and cannot stand upright once inside. A Lodge is built in a Ceremonial manner honoring all the elements and the worlds of GrandMother Earth for their gifts in making the Ceremony possible. Nearby there is a space for a Sacred Ceremonial Fire to heat the rocks.

This Ceremony, in one form or another, has gone on all over the planet as long as humans can remember. It continues. It will continue.

One starry winter night not so long ago . . .

A small line of People made their way through the dark winter night. Single file and wrapped in blankets they followed a path through the glittering snow among the Trees who stood benevolent watch over The People and The Mother Lodge.

Flickering firelight danced across each face as they came into the Circle to be Ceremonially Blessed. Several of them shivered, not from the cold but from the feeling of being surrounded by the Spirits of the Ancestors and the many Blessed Ones who had come to guide them.

As they entered The Mother Lodge each Seeker bowed low, acknowledged their connection to All Things and took a moment to remember that the healing they experienced that night would ripple out and flow over the World like a light breeze.

The People took their places inside the GrandMother Womb of the Earth, and one by one the glowing red hot GrandFather Rocks were brought – inseminating the Ceremony with power, potential and Memory*.

The flap was closed and the water was poured slowly over the rocks as the Sacred Words were spoken and the darkness enveloped them all – filling the Lodge with Mystery. Along with their sight, the smaller self began to fade away and The People joined in purpose and respect.

The Powers were called to, the heat rose and the steam cleansed every pore of every person. All the components of the Ceremony came together to help each individual forge a path through the tangled undergrowth of personality and everyday life to the places where chaos and sadness and even trauma and disease had planted seeds and taken root. The Praying began as did the pruning and the pulling in the Ancient Art of the Give Away, the cleansing of all things that do not give Life.

Deep healing was possible in that space and place for those who were willing to open their hearts to The Mother Lodge and speak deep truths. Clarity and Joy were there for those who were willing to accept the guidance of Spirit without abdicating responsibility for their lives and our world..

The Ceremony, deep and personal, progressed exactly as it needed to for each individual even as they connected to each other in a web of humanity poised to Catch the Dreams of The People.

With Prayers, laughter, tears and song The People found healing together and alone.

When the time came to leave The Mother Lodge and for the Ceremony to begin it’s conclusion The Seekers honored and gifted and fed those who had Kept the Fire and those who had Carried the red hot Rocks. They honored each other for their courage and their humor in the fullness of facing themselves with deep and abiding Honesty.

They ate and drank and celebrated that they were not just walking, talking, two legged, button pushers.

They were, they are , Alive !

 

 

 

 

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