"Writing is no answer but when you feel deeply there is little else to do." -- James Baker Hall

Monday, December 4, 2017

Egypt in Your Living Room



When people want to attend Egyptian Mystery School, they cannot always travel to Egypt. Things like family, money, politics, etc. get in the way. And when I teach on the road, people are not always able to travel to attend the workshops where I am teaching.  So I am trying an experiment of a sort. I am going to teach online -- provided I have a class of about 8 people who would be willing to attend all 4 of the following workshops.
I am opening registration now and would love to hear from you before the end of the year. Send me a text and we can work out payments for the 4 classes (Checks, Square, Paypal, etc.)  I want you to share your information widely with friends. I think we can do this class.

Egyptian Mystery School
Two-hour online classes are held on Zoom at 9 pm (Eastern) or 6 pm (Pacific) every third Thursday of each month. ($25) To register email ellisisis@gmail.com.
Hieroglyphic Thinking: The Symbolic & the Real                          JAN 18
Hieroglyphs were the language and body of gods used to construct realities. We see how Heka became the magical consciousness of priests, dreamers and sorcerers.
The Form of Spirit and the Spirit of Form                                        FEB 15
This class synthesizes the Nine Spiritual Bodies of the Ancient Egyptians, the Qabala and the way in which the ancient healer/shaman understood all forms as vibration. Learn how each subtle body influences our lives.
Introduction to the Book of the Dead                                             MAR 15
This "travel guide to the underworld” helps the soul move through states of consciousness into the next life. Included are maps of the next world, what to expect, who to meet and what to say. Through Books of the Afterlife spanning 3000 years. We explore the natural laws that underpin an ancient, shamanic initiation.
Astral Egypt: As Above So Below                                                     APR 19
An ancient Egyptian look at dreams and various levels of consciousness beyond ordinary perception of reality. A guide to heaven & hell as states of consciousness.
Please Pre-register for Events
Call 765-606-7119 ó   Email  ellisisisis @gmail.com  
 

Monday, November 20, 2017

Normandi, Where Have You Been?

Please don't tell me it's been almost a year since I posted anything to my blog. That's no way to build a presence.

Sorry, my friends. I was having a moment, or rather an entire year, in which I didn't want to BE a presence.

I just wanted to BE PRESENT!
To myself.

Even at that, it was still an incredibly full, vivid, active year for me. I don't know about you, but it sometimes seems that all of these time-saving, multiple messaging devices (like computers and cell phones and instant messages--and Facebook) are making it harder--not easier--to have significant conversations with people. It's even harder to have significant, important conversations with oneself to find a quiet, nurturing silence where one's true thoughts and feelings can be heard amid all the clamor for attention.
And let's not be an ostrich about it. There are plenty of things going on out there in the world to make a human being want to stand up and shout out, shout back, etc.  It's all those voices though, out there and in here, you know, that make it harder and harder to do what is essential... Which is to Love Ourselves, to Heal Ourselves, and to Heal Our Planet.

It used to be that I often found that healing space inside the pages of my journal on a quiet morning, sitting on my front porch, listening to the wind in the trees and the birds in the branches. And I still do whenever I can. If you know the importance of these moments of sanity, you probably keep a journal too, and not a TO DO LIST instead of a journal.  If you don't know it yet, it's not too late to learn how to hear yourself, how to hear your heart, how to listen to the most important conversations going on within you, around you, and inside your dreams.

And I've found over the years that having kept a journal going, I could go back and look up events of my life. What else was going on in my life that year that I was trying to write my first book and take care of a preschooler? What kinds of things did my father tell me during the last years of his life? Since I have kept these journals, I can return to them, dig through their treasures, their lessons, their gifts of spirit.


Whether you keep a journal now, have kept one in the past, or want to begin to do so, I want to invite you to come to write with me. I will begin a year-long group writing project this January when we gather for the Annual Night of the Mothers Journal Writing Retrospective. Details are at the end of this blog. If you want to participate, shoot me an instant message on Facebook or email me. I only have room for 10 people this year.

What I hope to do throughout the year is to find a time and space to write in a similar fashion with other journalers in cafes and living rooms. Writing in groups is a wonderful way to not only say what you need to say, but to hear what you say when you read it out loud, and to surprise yourself by what you didn't know you felt until you said it. The group journal writing experience lends a kind of synergy to the experience of journaling.

Coffee and friendship are as good as it gets for journal writing. Saturday afternoons, or late nights... Indiana, Kentucky, Tennessee, Egypt. Wherever I travel this year I will be somewhere sitting in a café or on a balcony writing. And I want you to join me. Physically if you can--and I'll let you know where I am. But certainly join me in the ethers if we are not in proximity. So here are the details for the first Journal event. Remember you do need to pre-register as there are only 10 spaces for this annual journal event.

So tell me, Where Have YOU Been?

Annual Night of the Mothers Journal Retrospective


NORMANDI WELCOMES YOU TO HER ANNUAL JOURNAL EVENT
THE NIGHT OF THE MOTHERS RETROSPECTIVE
Saturday Jan 6th 2018

@ Susan Caldwell's Home
Georgetown KY
9am - 5pm



Why is it called the Night of the Mothers? Because in nearly all sacred traditions, the great goddess births her holy child at winter solstice on the darkest night of the year, bringing forth the new light to a new season.

The Great Sky Mother wraps her arms around us, embraces us, and holds us and our dreams within her belly until we are reborn in the new year. All cultures are drawn to this inspiring vision of the night sky with its promised return of the light that celebrates the birth of the divine child.  As we leave 2017 and herald in the changes of 2018, we usher in the light within us.

 Through journal practice we can focus in and bring this divine light into expression through us. Gather your 2017 journals, datebooks, checkbooks, calendars & spend a few of the dark hours of winter looking backward through the past year, gleaning its lessons and gifts, then carrying your intentions into 2018.  This is a great way to share, write, learn and gain new inspiration and wisdom.

 Bring a sack lunch and drink. Water, tea, and coffee and light snacks provided.

 $75 by January 1st. Send checks to
Normandi Ellis 318 Eastern Drive Chesterfield IN 46017

Please let me know you are attending and sending the check. Questions? Call 765-606-7119

 www.normandiellis.com
Questions?? Email:   ellisisis@gmail.com 


Saturday, December 31, 2016

The Night of the Mothers


Annual Night of the Mothers Journal Retrospective


NORMANDI WELCOMES YOU TO HER ANNUAL JOURNAL EVENT
THE NIGHT OF THE MOTHERS RETROSPECTIVE
Saturday Jan 14th

Versailles Montessori School
480 Pinckard Pike
Versailles KY 40383

9am - 5pm




Why is it called the Night of the Mothers? Because in nearly all sacred traditions, the great goddess births her holy child at winter solstice on the darkest night of the year, bringing forth the new light to a new season.

The Great Sky Mother wraps her arms around us, embraces us, and holds us and our dreams within her belly until we are reborn in the new year. All cultures are drawn to this inspiring vision of the night sky with its promised return of the light that celebrates the birth of the divine child.  As we leave 2016 and herald in the changes of 2017, we usher in the light within us.

 Through journal practice we can focus in and bring this divine light into expression through us. Gather your 2016 journals, datebooks, checkbooks, calendars & spend a few of the dark hours of winter looking backward through the past year, gleaning its lessons and gifts, then carrying your intentions into 2016.  This is a great way to share, write, learn and gain new inspiration and wisdom.

 Bring a sack lunch and drink. Water, tea, and coffee and light snacks provided.

 $75 by January 7th. Send checks to Normandi Ellis 318 Eastern Drive Chesterfield IN 46017

Please let me know you are attending and sending the check. Questions? Call 765-606-7119

 www.normandiellis.com
765-606-7119

Thursday, December 15, 2016

Women of Wisdom Feb 2017


Friday, June 10, 2016

Upcoming Egyptian Workshops June-July


I'm sort of turning into a moveable feast this summer.  I have events all over the map, which means that I may be coming to a city or state near you. I hope you will seek out the workshops in Kentucky, New York and Michigan, or online.  When not on the road, I work in Chesterfield Indiana and am teaching some fabulous metaphysical classes in Astrology, Numerology, Egyptian Book of the Dead, Metaphysical Ethics, Full Moon Meditation, Basic Unity of Religion and even Spiritual Autobiography (The Hero's Quest). Here are a few of the on-the-road offerings for the deep summer months. Check out my webpage: www.normandiellis.com for my info and for information about Camp Chesterfield's seminary offerings go to www.campchesterfield.net.

JUNE

15     Festivals of the Egyptian Goddesses – The Festival of Mut Online class          http://mysteryschoolofthegoddess.net

Because there are only 3 seasons to an ancient Egyptian year, this festival honors the harvest goddess, the vulture goddess Mut. In the harsh climate of Egypt, the vulture combines the energies of devouring the dead and laying the egg of future life.


July

6   Medju Neter - Full Circle Massage & Education Center     465 East High St.  Ste 110
Lexington, KY                 6-10 p.m.         Call
859-229-6679 or email rbogale@gmail.com

Not only is it possible to walk like an Egyptian in the spirit world, but we must think like an Egyptian. Medju neter meant “hieroglyph” to the ancient Egyptian, and translated in our language it mean the Word of God.  Think like an ancient Egyptian as you discover how the priests and priestesses used their words of power to create sacred texts, prayers, and oracles.

7   The Lady and Her Beasts – 6-10pm   Full Circle Massage & Education Center   
465 East High St.  Ste 110,  Lexington, KY    Call
859-229-6679 or email rbogale@gmail.com

Egypt, the ancients said, was made in the image of heaven, and the earth was a mirror of the Great Mother, who had many aspects. In this class we celebrate the sacred feminine and look at aspects of the feminine divine and the divergent energies of the ancient goddesses of sky, water, snake, star, vulture, feline, and cow. This is primarily steeped in Egyptian myth, but includes those cultures who influenced or were influenced by the Egyptian priestesses. 


15       Festivals of the Egyptian Goddesses – Opening of the New Year & The Rise of the Goddess Isis as Sothis    http://mysteryschoolofthegoddess.net

The Egyptian new year falls in midsummer celebrating the rise of the star Sirius (Sothis or Isis) in Leo which marked the coming of the Nile’s annual inundation. At this time all time and all life began anew through the rebirth of the 5 sacred children: Osiris, Horus, Set, Isis and Nephthys.

17-22    The Soul and the Phoenix                 3:45-5:45 pm
The Great Lakes Retreat Center       Olivet MI       
www.thegreatlakesretreat.org/
The ancient Egyptian mystery religion supported the soul’s journey through lifetimes to help bring to consciousness the wisdom of the ancestors and the God force. The highest spiritual bodies were the ba soul and the akh, equated with The Phoenix.  Lecture, discussion, and experiential activities help the student see how these spiritual bodies function in life on the physical, emotional, mental, and spiritual planes.   Active meditations will bring us into direct contact with these spiritual states and with the karma of our personal histories. The class concludes with a fire ritual of The Phoenix on its pyre.
19       The Hero’s Quest: Leaving the Known World Behind               9 am
Lecture          The Great Lakes Retreat Center               Olivet MI  

24       Egyptian Mystical Symbology & Oracular Readings              1-6 pm
Universal Unity of Spirit      89 N. Main St. (Rt. 60 )   Cassadaga NY     
http://universalunityofspirit.org/
Think like an ancient Egyptian as you discover how the priests and priestesses used their words of power to create sacred texts, prayers, and oracles.  Learn the myths of gods speaking the world into being.  Explore hieroglyphs as symbol and sound ‘magic’. Practice thinking hieroglyphically (on multiple levels). Learn coded hieroglyphs used in sacred texts. Discover what the Egyptian symbols of your dreams mean. Create an oracle deck and a text of hieroglyphic symbols; then, practice reading with your classmates.
25       Symbols of The Sacred Feminine                                           7-9 pm
Universal Unity of Spirit 89 N. Main St. (Rt. 60 ) Cassadaga NY
              Egypt, the ancients said, was made in the image of heaven, and the earth was a mirror of the Great Mother, who had many aspects. We will look at aspects of the feminine divine and the divergent energies of the ancient goddesses of sky, water, snake, star, vulture, feline, and cow.


Tuesday, May 24, 2016

What's a Hieros Gamos?



The late Philip Coppens said the sacred marriage, or hieros gamos, was often considered the holy Grail of sexual union. This might be understood as the marriage of the king and queen, or the high priest and priestess in the temple, or the union of the king and the land, and even the sexual exchange between Pharaoh and concubines in some cases. A kind of sexual ecstasy was often attributed to this sacred union, in which one’s consciousness became the penultimate God consciousness during ecstasy.
The Greeks said that this kind of sacred marriage was only possible between a God and goddess, but Gnostic and Celtic legends attributed it to an enlightened sexual union between two spiritual beings – often soaring spiritual heights could be attained as a magical practice. Some say the union between Jesus and Mary Magdalene, which created the holy child of Cathar legend, might also be seen as a hieros gamos.
Whatever its exact description, its intention was always a moment of rebirth and renewal. It is a marriage that is blessed by the divine. When God attends this union each one is infused with the energy of the other; like Yin and Yang wherein a part of one takes residence within the other. From this union a sacred child comes forth.

This excerpt comes from the Hierosgamos of Hathor and Horus, an ancient Egyptian celebration in honor of the May Queen, beloved of the pharaoh.  If you would like to know more about this celebration or any of the celebations of the ancient Egptins, sign up for a month or a whole year of Feasts of Light: Celebrations of the Egyptian Goddesses, hosted by Mystery School of the Goddess.  http://mysteryschoolofthegoddess.net/

Wednesday, April 13, 2016

Unas Synchronicities

In 1980, as I mentioned before, I fell in love with the hieroglyphs and began to translate the interlinear text from Wallis Budge's book The Egyptian Book of the Dead, Papyrus of Ani. It took me 10 years, and it taught me how to think like a poet.

More than 20 year ago I decided I wanted to translate the hieroglyphs in the Pyramid of Unas. I began eagerly but worked very slowly as I didn't want to make any mistakes. I made a mistake. It was 20 years of tedious work with excessive tracing of my footsteps so I and others could see where I was going and how the work was to be seen.  In the meantime Jeremy Naydler published his beautiful work Shamanic Initiations in the Pyramid Text, re-translating the same text and getting sot much of what I was working on that at times I felt he was looking over my shoulder!

But there is still more work to do here, I thought. So after childbirth, and divorce and following job after job into new city after city, I still hadn't finished the translation of Unas' hieroglyphs. Susan Brind Morrow came out with her translation Dawning Moon of the Mind, for which she got a Guggenheim and I was/am still working with my hieroglyphs.  I guess it's not about winning the race, it's about being in love with the language for me. Tonight, I am still as my translations, preparing for a talk at the Global Pyramid Conference in Chicago in May. (Check out the line up of speakers here:  https://globalpyramidconference.com/speakers-and-topics/ )

(In the meantime I will be returning to see my Pyramid of Unas in Egypt in just a few days.)

So here is the story...

I traveled recently to Las Vegas to tape a segment on the New Thinking Allowed with Jeffrey Mishlove. We talked about what I was learning from the work I've done and the classes I teach in Hieroglyphic Thinking.  (And as of this week you can find that interview on Youtube's New Thinking Allowed links.)
Magic and Initiatory Practices of Ancient Egypt with Normandi Ellis
Hieroglyphic Thinking with Normandi Ellis

On the airplane I was reading the Susan Brind Morrow book and making notes in my journal. I found a Christopher Frye quote about poetry that if I substituted the word hieroglyph for poetry, it said pretty much what I felt...

 "Hieroglyphs have the virtue of being able to say twice as much as prose in half the time, and the drawback, if you do not give it your full attention of seeming to say half as much in twice the time."
Yes, I thought that is why it has taken me soooo looooong to complete the translations of these 3 rooms.
Note to self: SBM suggests one can read the hieroglyphs jumping across the lines next to each other as well as up and down the line. Oh my Goddes, that is just crazy good.

It made me want to finish my trip and hurry home and back to Unas.  But first I had to do the Las Vegas gig.  (Turns out it was a fantastic gig, and we taught and did spring equinox ceremonies, and had a blast. New note to self: Let's not rush through life.)

So I get in the Uber taxi and off I went to Sheila Z's house. The driver was wonderful and chatty. Turns out he was Ethiopian and had grown up along the Blue Nile. He was an Ethiopian Christian--
I could tell by the Coptic cross hanging from his rear view mirror.
"What's your name?" I asked.
"Unas," he said.
What!?  Did you say Unas?
"No Unis," he said "like in the Bible."

I asked him to tell me the story of Unis in the Bible. He said Unis was the man God told to go here but he wouldn't go. He said "No God, not there, "so he stayed home. And God said, "Unis I told you to go. Why don't you go?"  He said "I'll go anywhere but there," so he stayed home. So Unis went fishing in his boat and the wind died down and he couldn't leave. A big shark came out of the water and ate him.

I was starting to catch a glimmer.  "You mean a whale?" I asked.
It was in the sea, my driver insisted, and then he was stuck inside the shark for three days. It was so dark, until the shark spat him out on the ground....
"In exactly the same place that god told him to go--Ninevah."
Anyway that is who I am named for.
"Your name is Jonah?" I asked, thinking I had heard wrong.
"No," he said, and spelled it for me. Y-U-N-I-S.

After he left me and my luggage at the curb--and believe me for a story like that I tipped him well--I was still thinking about the hieroglyphs my friend Emil was fond of showing us in Karnak. It was the hieroglyph of Jacob's name, spelled in glyphs Y-Ka-B. Yakob/Jacob.  Yunis/Jonas/Unis.