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Change of season noted by 'Throwing of the Bones'

Event described as 'an ancient divination ceremony and healing art'

By Tamra Testerman
tempo@taosnews.com
Posted 9/18/19

The celebration of the equinox and solstice have long been honored and celebrated by humans all over the planet for hundreds of years. On Friday (Sept. 20) at 1 p.m., the fall …

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Change of season noted by 'Throwing of the Bones'

Event described as 'an ancient divination ceremony and healing art'

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The celebration of the equinox and solstice have long been honored and celebrated by humans all over the planet for hundreds of years. On Friday (Sept. 20) at 1 p.m., the fall equinox will be observed with a "Throwing of the Bones Ceremony" at High Frequency Loft, 1335 Gusdorf Road Suite Q in Taos.

According to the ceremony's leader, JoAnne Dodgson, the Throwing of the Bones is "an ancient healing ceremony in the ways of Ka Ta See." She said those who attend will "receive guidance about creating balance in the dance with change," according to her website at joannedodgson.com.

What is a Throwing of The Bones Ceremony?

Dodgson states it derives from "a tribal way of life [from the Eastern Andes] that has been lived and protected for tens of thousands of years as an oral tradition. The teachings and tools of Ka Ta See have been passed along generation after generation through story and ceremony, apprenticeships and healing arts and learning through first-hand experience."

Dodgson said she has been "learning, living, teaching and sharing the ceremonial ways of Ka Ta See for 20 years and has a doctorate in counseling psychology with a specialty in holistic health." Within this tradition, Dodgeson said she is called a "kala keh nah seh" in the lineage of Ka Ta See.

Among these tribal people, "bone throwing" is described as "a women's medicine." The ceremony is said to offer "guidance, doctoring and teachings from the spirits in the bone bundle. As the elders described," Dodgeson said.

"The seasonal transitions of the equinoxes and solstices have long been honored by diverse human cultures," Dodgson states. "Equinox is a seasonal shift marked by equal hours between sunrise and sunset. Equinox offers us an opportunity to explore balance and equity in our lives. Fall is a season filled with dynamics of letting go and shedding what is no longer is needed, like the trees dropping their leaves. No judgments about what has been, an honoring of the changing seasons and cycles."

Dodgson continued to explain why an equinox ceremony is important to acknowledge change. "In the rush and stress of our contemporary societies, we have lost touch with our own hearts, our natural rhythms and pace, our genuine relationship with the Earth and all life. Fall equinox ceremony offers an opportunity to join in the community to connect and share, to create sacred space, to remember our relationships with the earth, one another, the spirit realms and the vast web of life."

Dodgson has taught at university settings in transpersonal psychology, women's studies and holistic health programs. She is a "medicine-storyteller" and the author of several books including "Spirit of Chocolate: A Woman's Journey to the Rainforest in Search of Her Dreams" (2016). She has also taught in public schools and residential treatment programs for adolescents, and was the director of a women's shelter program.

Cost to attend the ceremony is $20. Tickets are available at the door and at joannedodgson.com.

For more on High Frequency Loft, visit highfrequencyloft.com.

FYI BOX

'Bones' ceremony

Friday (Sept. 20), 1 p.m.

High Frequency Loft, 1335 Gusdorf Road Suite Q

Admission $20

joannedodgson.com

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