Wednesday, September 23, 2015

Ireland Tour May 7-14, 2016

TO WALK IN PILGRIMAGE – to hear the call and our soul’s response. To walk awhile in consciousness. To move into a place of union with the Divine.   To fill the ache that lies within.  An ancient calling that goes beyond time and space.

We start our journey in ceremony, calling upon the Great Earth Mother in Her many faces, to guide us as we move ever gently onwards and inwards allowing the flow of Her nature to carry us forward in honour to Her sacred body.
As part of our journey upon the Way, we will gather the threads and weave ourselves whole: as powerful and light-filled Souls. We will sing and chant, we will dance and move and there will be times when we will hold the silence and bear witness. For we come together to hear the pulse of Her nature and the beat of Her Heart through the inner and outer landscapes of Herself/ourselves.

DAY 1 Saturday 7th May - 10:00am    AIRPORT PICKUPS from Shannon International and from Bunratty Village.

We travel down to Co. Kerry, the home of Ana/Anu, the great Mother Goddess and will be stopping at the Grange Stone Circle for our opening ceremony and visiting Lough Gur. We then move on to Killarney, stopping en-route for a blessing of the waters at Brigit’s well.
The Grange Stone Circle is dedicated to Áine, Sun Goddess and Fairy Queen. It is here, at the summer solstice, that the first rays of the sun move through the two dolmen stones into the centre of the largest stone circle in Ireland. The Goddess Áine is beloved of her people and guards the land. This circle is one of Ireland’s most beautiful, comprising of 123 standing stones, with a high earth bank surrounding it, helping to maintain its otherworldly space inside.
Behind the Grange Stone Circle we have Lough Gur, which Áine is believed to have formed. The stories here are of a sacred tree within the lake, which magically arises every seven years and holds the fabric of Ireland together upon her branches. The area around Lough Gur has been inhabited for at least 5,000 years and the first Neolithic houses to be found in Ireland were excavated here. Beaufort Cottages

DAY 2 Sunday 8TH THE CITY, GOBNAIT AND SHEELA-NA-GIG     (B&D)                                                                             9.30am attunement

We will visit the city which sits at the foot of the ‘Paps’.  This is where one of the four great cities of the Tuatha dé Danann, the Gods and Goddesses of our land resided.
The Tuatha dé Danann were known for their magic and worshipped the Mother Goddess Anu. It was here that they placed two cairns atop the mountains above the
City and worshipped them as the breasts of the Great Mother (Paps) over five thousand years ago. Much later, when the first Celts came and conquered the land, the four great cities of the Tuatha dé Danann arose and moved into another plane of existence.  Our stories tell us they moved to below the land Herself.
From here we move on to Ballyvourney to visit Gobnait’s well, one of the oldest wells of pilgrimage in Ireland and a Sheela-na-gig. Gobnait is another face of Brigit and dedicated to Bees. The Sheela-na-gig is a stone carving of a pre-Christian female idol signifying freedom and creativity. Most were broken up during the reformation and some small ones still exist around Ireland, mainly on the ruins of old churches. The Sheela-na-gig has become a symbol for many Irish women as the right to choose and is becoming re-named as the Sacred Whore.                                               Beaufort Cottages, Kerry

9.00am attunement

Your destination today is the glorious Dingle Peninsula with its wealth of Megalithic, Neolithic and early Christian sites. Here you will enjoy the rare beauty of the light and color of the Atlantic Ocean stretching out before you.                                                                   We will be driving around Slea Head the tip of the peninsula and will be able to see the ‘bee-hive’ shaped huts of the first monks and have views of the Blasket Islands. We will have time to browse around Dingle town with its colourful shops, galleries, pubs and harbour.
One of Dingle’s earlier names is ‘Duibhne’ an ancient Goddess and the peninsula ‘Corca Dhuibhne’. In the 16th century there was a lot of trade and even holidays between Spain and Dingle.
Inch Strand is a dazzlingly beautiful long, sandy beach for walking and/or resting Beaufort Cottages, Kerry

9.30am attunement

This morning we will visit the Sacred Isle of Inisfallen, held within the lower lake of Killarney, for a ceremony. This Island was once a place of sacredness for Priestesses of the Goddess. It later became a center of learning and Healing.
The afternoon is a time for writing, rest and relaxation.  You might like to shop, or visit Muckross Park and House, perhaps a walk in the National Park, the largest in Ireland and I can also arrange for Shamanic bodywork and massages if you would like. Please let me know beforehand. Beaufort Cottages, Kerry

DAY 5 Wed 11th  – GALWAY TOWN   (B&D)                                                                            
9.30am travelling upland

Today we journey upland to Boyle, county Sligo and will stop en-route in Galway Town for lunch. Galway (place of the Tribes) is a lively town upon the estuary and there are plenty of cafes and shops to visit.
We move on to our lodging with our wonderfully kind hosts Maria and Joe Duignan at Lisserlough House. Boyle, Sligo

DAY 6 Thurs 12th May – CARROWMORE, TRIPLE CIRCLES, THE GLEN AND SEAWEED BATHS  (B&D)                                                                            
9:00am attunement 
 This morning we start our day at Carrowmore which has the greatest concentration of megalithic sites in Europe, some as old as 5,400BC with over 30 passage cairns.
Visiting the three Stone Circles, each one dedicated to the Maiden, Mother and the Crone.

Lunch and then on to the Glen as we prepare to move forward again from our place of betwixt and between.

We conclude our day by immersing ourselves in the Seaweed baths by the Atlantic Sea in Strandhill.  Lisserlough House, Sligo

Day 7 Fri 13th of May –YEATS GRAVE, CREVVYKEEL, LABYRINTH & TRADITIONAL HARP MUSIC (B, L&D)                                                                            
9:00am attunement
This morning we visit Yeats grave and Creevykeel, which is a wonderful example of a court cairn. There are three single chambers, interlinked with side areas used for ritual.

Walking the Labyrinth and listening to the stories and magical music with the Bard John Wilmot and his partner harpist Claire Roache.  Lisserlough House, Sligo
A sad farewell ‘til we meet again….

Cost:  $1995. includes all accommodations, all breakfasts, 5 dinners of the 7 days, 2 lunches, entrance fees, transport, seaweed baths, Shamanic teachings, plus pick up & drop off at Shannon Airport.  It also includes tips to the driver and our personal chef for 4 nights.

Payments: 1st check of $700 due Nov.1, 2nd check of $700 due Jan. 15, balance of $695 due April 1. Please make checks out to Jyoti Wind, 2635 Mapleton Ave, #9, Boulder, CO 80304.     303.541-9106. Cell: 303.483-8602.

Flights and insurance are not included. You can go to to search for an insurance policy that meets your needs. You must purchase travel insurance.

NOTE:  This trip requires an overnight flight to arrive in Ireland. We strongly suggest you arrive a day early to sleep and rejuvenate from your travels. The tour activities begin on the first day of the trip. You can book lodging at Bunratty Courtyard Guesthouse in Bunratty Village. You can get a bus from the airport to the village. The bus stops right outside of the Guesthouse. Or, you might share a cab (Jyoti can connect you with other participants who might arrive at the same time as you), it’s only about 12 minutes from the airport. The village itself is worth walking around. You have Bunratty Castle and Folk Village, which is well worth a visit for those who need to stretch their legs in the afternoon. There are two pubs that offer meals plus traditional music in the evening, as well as a small restaurant right next to the Guesthouse. Their website is – you must book and pay for this directly.               Amantha Murphy. Our Tour Guide

Friday, September 18, 2015

Astro Update 9 18 15

Mercury went Retrograde (Rx) yesterday, Thurs. Sept.17 at 12:10PM/MDT in Libra, the sign of relationships. (It will turn Direct on Oct.9th) Communication in relationships are the point over the next 3 weeks. As always, with Mercury Rx, it is a time of self-reflection, and yet it asks us to look at how we communicate with others, not just in intimate relationships, but in any meeting of two people. So this broad stroke includes all of our interactions with another person. How diplomatic are we, how honest? How do we make room for the other person and what’s important to them?

Saturn re-entered Sagittarius yesterday too, at 8:47PM/MDT. Scorpios can finally breathe a sigh of relief as Saturn steps out of their sign from the past 2 yrs. Now Sag is asked to take responsibility for areas of their lives over the next 2 yrs.

The Autumnal Equinox is on the 23rd at 2:21AM/MDT. Things from your past will benefit you. Be honest in your 1 to 1 interactions.

The Lunar Full Moon Eclipse on the 27th at 8:50PM/MDT, a total Eclipse of the Moon is visible in North America, South America, and at moonset in Europe, Africa, the Middle East and West Asia. An inspired sense of direction, with the ability to lead others with you. A push for transformation.

“Love is the whole thing.
We are only pieces.”

Friday, August 28, 2015

Astro Update 8 28 15

Just checking in to mention that the current Venus Rx (Retrograde) turns Direct on Sept.6 at 2:29AM/MDT. The energy around money, relationships, what’s important to each of us, and for women, how we see ourselves and the beliefs we’ve had, are becoming undeniably in our face to be dealt with. The energy is intensifying and will continue until it turns Direct. It also doesn’t matter what the catalyst is, or what the delivery system looks like. The point is that since the end of July we are all being pushed to re-evaluate our priorities.
Old patterns are showing their obsolescence. New ones hover at the edges, ready to fall into place.
New ways of thinking, new ways of seeing our own lives, are making themselves known.

The Full Moon on the 29th at 12:35PM/MDT suggests the need to balance the dream and the reality of what’s needed now. How to use discernment to work for us.

Aug. 31st has Sun oppose Neptune and Venus conjunct Mars. A highly creative and artistic day while challenges to the truth of things.

“Suffering is a gift. In it is hidden mercy.”


Boulder is hosting the Jaipur Literature Festival
They expect about 1500 people to attend. It is free to everyone but you need to register online. Check out the web site.

For local people, I will be reading some poetry and prose at Local Editions Books and Coffee, 2919 17th St. STE 110 (corner of Harvard and 17th, west of Hover), Longmont, CO on Sept.2, Wed., at 6:30PM.

I am planning another Ireland Tour, mainly in the SW part. Two yrs. ago, we visited the stone circles and holi wells. May 7-14, 2016. Let me know if you are interested. Itinerary not confirmed yet.

Anointing the Feminine Workshop, Sunday, Sept.13 in Boulder.

The Anointing of the Feminine Ritual Workshop

The Anointing of the Feminine
A Ritual Workshop

For those of you who are drawing ready to emerge, to begin another layer of your own work, or to be of more visible service to others, please share in this anointing ceremony.

We will honor the Divine Feminine inside as we move forward to express Her and our own personalities in these times.

As did the priestesses in the temples of old, we will bless and consecrate our work, our calling.

Sunday, Sept. 13                                                                       
1-4PM, Boulder
Sliding scale available
Location upon registration.

Please bring a mantle (scarf or shawl), pen and paper, blanket and pillow.

Jyoti Wind is a spiritual advisor, writer, and astrologer. She brings a love of ceremony, ritual and truth to her work of more than 44 years.
Please email her at or call: 303.541-9106. Location given with registration.