Day of the Dead Celebration on Friday, November 1, 2019

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Please join us for our annual Day of the Dead Celebration at the Asheville Sacred Fire Council House on Friday, November 1, 2019!

There will be a 6 pm potluck with fire to follow.
For those who choose to set an altar, please arrive between 4 - 6 pm.
RSVP requested.

Honoring the ancestors and receiving their wisdom has proven beneficial for people across time and cultures. In the Nahua tradition people celebrate their ancestors each November 1st, the Day of the Dead. Please join us for this traditional celebration in which we remember our loved ones who have passed. A small act of respect can open a doorway to healing in unexpected ways.

Whom do we honor?

If you wish to honor a family member or close friend (as close as a family member) who has died, you may place items (see below) for them on the altar. All honorees must be adults who have died prior to November 1, 2018.

How do we honor them?

Bring a photo of your beloved to place on the altar. You may also bring a sampling of their favorite food and miniature representations of a passion or hobby of theirs. For example, bring a matchbox car of their favorite car.

What time to arrive?

The altar will be open to receive items between 4:00-6:00 pm on Friday, November 1st. If you arrive after 6:00 pm, you may join us for a potluck dinner and fire afterwards.

What happens to the items placed on the altar?

The items you place will remain until the morning of Sunday, November 3rd. After the altar is formally closed (10 am), you will gather your photos, miniature objects, and dishes. These altar items should be boxed up and re-used only on the Day of the Dead. The use of compostable dishes is fine. All food will be disposed of when the altar is closed. If you are unable to be present Sunday morning, you must make arrangements in advance to collect your items. No items will be held overnight.

Everyone is welcome, but please RSVP.

You are welcome to come to the potluck and spend time around the fire without placing items on the altar.  We need to know if you are coming so the space can be prepared as needed. RSVP by October 30 to Andy Weatherly at andreweatherly@gmail.com.

Your help is needed.

We need your help to create this community event.  When you RSVP, please indicate if you can help with set up on Friday or clean up on Sunday.
Donations to defray costs and support the Council House will be joyfully accepted.

We look forward to hearing from you!

Amy Haynes, Quiatlzques (weather worker in the Nahua Tradition)
Andy Weatherly, Quiapaquiz (weather worker in the Nahua Tradition)

 

 

Photos of our Traditional Harvest Festival of 2019!

Photos of our Traditional Harvest Festival of 2019!

The 30 people who attended our Traditional Weather Harvest Festival participated in a unique opportunity to connect with the weather and offer gratitude, just as human beings have done throughout time.

This year's ceremonial leader was one of the six Nahua-tradition quiatlzques (bringers of rain), also known in Mexico as graniceros (workers with hail), or tiemperos (workers with the times of wet and dry). Amy Haynes led us through the ceremony with humility, grace and eloquence. Thank you, Amy!

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Amy Haynes making traditional prayers.

The event also featured heart-opening stories, poems and context offered by our group, as well as a joyful toast and an abundant potluck. What a wonderful celebration and a fitting tribute to the many gifts of the Rain, Clouds, Thunder, Lightning, Wind and Sun!

Please watch this space and join us for our next Traditional Weather Harvest Festival, which is an annual event. Also, consider joining us for the annual Day of the Dead ceremony hosted by Amy at the end of October 2019. Stay tuned for details.

 

 

asheville weather workers traditional harvest festival
asheville weather workers harvest festival
Asheville weather workers
asheville weather workers traditional weather harvest festival
asheville weather workers harvest festival

Join us for our Fall Weather Ceremonies in Mexico!

Join us for our Fall Weather Ceremonies in Mexico!

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Popocatépetl and Iztaccíhuatl. Photo by Sam Lopez.

[Excerpted from the newsletter of our tradition's teacher and caporal mayor, Don David Wiley.]

In late Fall, many who are initiated in the Nahua rain tradition - known as Quiatlzques (“bringers of water” in Nahuatl) or Tiemperos (“workers of the rain time” in Spanish - gather at their sacred altar and special sites in the central highlands of Mexico to “conclude the rain season” and give gratitude for the rains that provided for us during the growing season. A time-honored set of ceremonies to close the doors on the rainy season to allow time for sleeping, dreaming, and germinating to prepare for the next season of rain, this set of ceremonies is deeply important for the balance with the spiritual presences of weather.

Once they are initiated into this ancient, yet living, tradition, Tiemperos, also called Graniceros (one who alleviates hail and storms) work as a bridge, or conduit, between the over-arching and extensive power of these spiritual beings and the humans who inhabit the earth.

It was shown long ago that this relationship provided the pathway that humans need to receive the blessing of the rain through wind, clouds, lightning, and all the existing expressions of weather. And since all peoples have experienced the destructive ability of weather, having this reciprocal connection is a fundamental necessity to mitigate storms that allow for better living.

We are part of a continuous linage handed down through Don Lucio Campos to the present Temachtian or teacher, Don David Wiley. This path is recognized as a calling and as such it requires a life-long commitment of devotion and learning in order to provide both beneficial weather and spiritual understanding.

Please join us for our ceremonies on November 3 & 4 2019.

For more information about the Granicero tradition and our ceremonies, contact us at workingforweather@keepsthefire.org or at info@ashevilleweatherworkers.org.