Harvest Dance for Lammas Ceremony

We may dance in celebration of our harvests – the reapings of our lives: and dance in trust of her Creative Dark. The dance that may be done is based on one that I learnt from Jean Houston, and I name it the “Harvest Dance”:

Before we begin the dance, the celebrant traditionally asks: “Can the grub imagine the butterfly she will become? Can we imagine what will emerge?”

Instructions: form a circle holding hands, take three steps to the right, pause, then three more steps to the right, pause and sway LRL. Take three more steps to the right, pause, take two steps into centre with left foot each step, two steps back out with right foot each step, the sway L. Then begin again with the steps to the right. Add gathering motions with joined hands as you make the steps into the centre.

Music: “Menousis”, Odes CD, Irene Pappas and Vangelis Papathanassiou.

Reference: PaGaian Cosmology p.237, fn 61 and https://pagaian.org/book/chapter-7/ fn 61 (though I confess that the instructions are slightly different there – oh dear).

There is a version of this dance on YouTube with the music, that is simpler and you may prefer it: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=GHoA63dzn3A

Some other interesting versions and the music can be found with a Net search: “Menousis dance”. I love this one, though the dance is quite different (the music is the same)  https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=it2y5fF2jHM 

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