Instructions for the “Cosmogenesis Dance”. This dance has usually been known as the “Stillpoint Dance” or “Adoramus Te Domine“, and I learned it from Jean Houston that way. The dance’s origins are credited as choreographed by Friedel Kloke-Eibl. In the second year of doing the dance at Winter Solstice (1999), I realised its three layers were resonant with the three qualities of Cosmogenesis and the three aspects of the Female Metaphor/Goddess as I had come to understand them. I thereafter re-named and storied the dance that way in the ceremonial preparation: see the Winter Solstice teaching in Appendix F of the book.
The dance is usually done to the music “Adoramus Te Domine” (as referred to in Chapter 6 fn 20 but the Taize version that I have used is on YouTube now, and I hope it is OK that we have used it on our video now). NOTE: As of 2021, this dance has been done at PaGaian ceremonies to this ten minute version of Devi Prayer: Hymn to the Divine Mother
Start with a circle, and number off around the circle as #1’s and #2’s.
#1’s form an inner circle with their arms raised, holding hands.
(This has been known as the Stillpoint of the dance, and as such it has been regarded as more significant than the other two layers. I like to weight its significance as the same as the other layers, as is the case for the three qualities of Cosmogenesis. This layer may be identified with autopoeisis, the centre of creativity that each being is, directly participating in the Creative Cosmos: and also associated in PaGaian Cosmology with love of All-That-Is, and the Crone/OldOne phase of the Triple Goddess.)
#2’s are eight steps behind the #1’s (that is ideally, but limited space may not make that quite possible), and take one step to right before dance, not holding hands.
On the second measure (that is, after the first “Adoramus Te Domine”), the inner circle takes four steps backward, slowly lowering arms, and at the SAME time, the outer circle takes four steps forward and reaches in front of the inner circle people to grasp the hands of others in the outer circle.
(This forms an interwoven circle. This layer may be identified with the communion of being, this Dynamic Place of Being: and also associated in PaGaian Cosmology with love of other, and the Mother/Creator phase of the Triple Goddess.)
On Adoramus Te, when the circles are interwoven, everyone sways to the left first, then to the right. Then #1’s drop hands – #2’s continue to hold hands. #1’s take four steps backwards, #2’s take four steps forward holding hands and raising their arms slowly. On the second Adoramus Te, the 2’s (now inner circle) are standing still holding the Stillpoint/centre of creativity. The outer circle people are swaying, not holding hands.
(This layer is the form of unique individuals. It may be identified with the differentiation quality of being: and also associated in PaGaian Cosmology with love of self, and the Virgin/Young One phase of the Triple Goddess.)
NOTE: It is important to start the dance (walking the initial 4 steps) on the second measure, so that the dance finishes with all interwoven in the communion layer – which our Place of Being is essentially.
Related article: Cosmogenesis Dance for Winter Ritual