September 2001  
Issue 158

Cherie Lassiter: Magic, Myth and the Celtic Tradition
Stand ye in the ways and see
And ask for the old paths,
Where is the good way,
And walk therein.² Jeremiah 6:16
 

We all seek a sense of belonging to the world around us and to each other. We innately recognize the interdependance of the earth and her children. The Celtic tradition, rich in myth and magic, song and story is for many of us a pull from our ancestral roots and our vital connection to the land.

In our collective quest for independence and individuality, we have lost our connection to the ancients, our ancestors. We have lost the thread that links us to the web of creation. Though this thread is never truly broken, we are feeling disconnected from the natural rythms of the world around us. Our primal, natural state of being is magical. We are attuned to the spirit that moves through all things.

Our Celtic ancestors, with their rituals and folk-soul customs hold keys to a sense of belonging that we crave. These ancestors hold the keys to the gateways between the worlds where we commune with earth and sky and the Divine. The legacy of the Celts has been preserved through myth, song and poetry. Gods and Goddesses were teachers and initiators. Cycles of birth, life and death were expressed through their rituals, stories and in the knotwork they are so known for.

On September 6th, Cherie Lassiter will explore the rituals, symbols and magical history of the Celts. She will show us how to draw closer to the world of Faery and to the Goddess.
As a Celtic Priestess, Cherie has been teaching and performing rituals for over a decade. Her musical abilities as well as gifts of healing and divination are hallmarks of Celtic tradition. Of Scottish, Welsh and English heritage, Cherie feels that call of the blood as well as that of cellular memory.

³I have walked this path in many lifetimes and am only doing what comes natural to my soul.²
A present-day bard, Cherie currently re-released her CD, HeartShadows, with several new tracks and has begun performing again locally. She will include her music as part of the September program.

Cherie works at The Dancing Moon Bookstore in Raleigh, gives readings and teaches classes in the Wiccan tradition, divination and ritual working. She is a flamekeeper for Ord Brighideach, the Order of Bridgid, which is an international Order out of Kildare, Ireland. They are dedicated to keeping the eternal flame of the Goddess alive and burning. Cherie is also an ordained reverend and performs weddings in the Celtic tradition for the N.C. Rennaisance Faire and throughout the community. Her CD is available through Dancing Moon Bookstores. For bookings or other information, contact Cherie at Cheriefaery@hotmail.com.

 

Thursday,
September 6, 2001

Doors Open: 6:45 PM
Lecture: 7:15 - 9:30 PM
Cost: $5

Location: Unitarian Universalist Fellowship Hall, 3313 Wade Avenue, Raleigh NC 27607
 

Healing Meditation

Time: 6:30 - 7:00 PM

Cost: Free

The healing meditations begin promptly at 6:30 PM. To respect the special energy created during meditations, we ask for your consideration in arriving on time.

Lectures begin at 7:15 PM following the meditation. We look forward to seeing you on Thursdays.