Astrological Transits from June 20 to End of July

As we approach the summer solstice on June 20th, we find ourselves entering a period rich with astrological transits that will profoundly impact our spiritual journeys. The solstice marks the longest day of the year, a time of illumination and heightened energy. This period, extending to the end of July, is characterized by powerful planetary alignments that encourage deep introspection, transformation, and spiritual growth.

During this time, the planets align in ways that support diving deep into our subconscious, bringing to light hidden aspects of our psyche. These transits are perfect for those participating in our Plant Medicine Retreat in Ecuador, as they provide a cosmic backdrop that enhances the healing and transformative experiences we seek through shamanic practices and plant medicine.

Summer Solstice Festivals and Spiritual Customs in Ecuador

In Ecuador, the summer solstice is celebrated with vibrant festivals that honor the sun and the Earth. These celebrations, rooted in indigenous traditions, include rituals and customs designed to connect participants with the spiritual energies of the natural world.

One such festival is Inti Raymi, the Festival of the Sun, which is celebrated by the Quechua people. This ancient ceremony pays homage to Inti, the sun god, and includes offerings of food, flowers, and traditional music and dance. Participants wear colorful costumes and engage in communal feasts, reflecting the themes of gratitude and renewal.

Another significant celebration is the Aya Uma, a spiritual dance performed during the solstice, symbolizing the duality of life and the balance between the physical and spiritual realms. This dance is led by a shaman who channels the energies of both the eagle and the condor, guiding participants through a journey of spiritual awakening and transformation.

The Prophecy of the Eagle and the Condor: Living in Transformative Times

In Andean tradition, there is a powerful prophecy about the eagle and the condor. This prophecy speaks of a time when the eagle (representing the modern, industrial world) and the condor (representing the ancient, indigenous world) will come together to bring harmony and balance to the Earth. This union signifies a merging of wisdom and technology, heart and mind, and the masculine and feminine energies within us all.

We are living in the days of this prophecy. The convergence of these two powerful symbols invites us to integrate the best of both worlds: the rational, analytical perspective of the eagle and the intuitive, heart-centered wisdom of the condor. By embracing this integration, we can achieve a state of holistic well-being and spiritual enlightenment.

Our retreat in Ecuador embodies this prophecy, as we seek to bridge the gap between ancient shamanic wisdom and modern healing practices. By embracing the teachings of both the eagle and the condor, we can achieve a state of holistic well-being and spiritual enlightenment.

Shamanic and Andean Traditions: Honoring the Divine Mother

In shamanic and Andean traditions, the Divine Mother, or Pachamama, is revered as the source of all life. She nourishes and sustains us, providing the grounding energy that connects us to the Earth. Complementing this is the Divine Masculine, symbolized by Father Sky, who offers guidance, inspiration, and support from above.

These traditions teach us that we humans are beings who contain multitudes within us, embodying both masculine and feminine qualities. The father archetype, one expression of masculine energy, represents the sustainer, protector, and supporter of life. The Divine Masculine is the clear focal point of conscious awareness that witnesses and beholds the Divine Feminine in flow and motion.

Embracing Archetypal Energies

Archetypes are themed energies and embodiments that exist in the story realms and inform our entire reality. We might identify more closely with certain archetypes than others, and we can step into these roles in different seasons of our lives. In psychological parts work, we each contain a father part inside of us that we can nurture to parent ourselves and support our growth.

Many indigenous cultures acknowledge that we humans are born from the creation of Mother Earth and Father Sky. Mother Earth below us feeds and nourishes us, while Father Sky above inspires and supports us. When we consider all these concepts together, we can acknowledge that our sense of father extends far beyond the one who birthed us into existence and is woven through all existence. We’re invited to celebrate the father principle as it moves through the universe and supports us.

The Plant Medicine Retreat: A Journey of Healing

Our Plant Medicine Retreat in Ecuador offers a unique opportunity to explore these themes deeply. By engaging with plant medicine, we open ourselves to profound healing and spiritual growth. The supportive energy of the Divine Masculine and the nurturing embrace of the Divine Feminine will guide us as we navigate this transformative journey.

We are deeply grateful for each participant joining us on this retreat. Your presence is a blessing, and we have been praying for each of you, alongside our community in Ecuador, asking for guidance, protection, and deep insights. We believe this retreat will provide the peace, clarity, and connection you seek.

May this auspicious and powerful time of powerful astrological transits and ancient wisdom bring you the transformation and healing you desire.

With heartfelt gratitude,

Rev. Dr.’s Jessica and Peter Chichester