Rites of passage
Rites of Passage Have Three Phases:
- Separation: In the first phase, people withdraw from their current status and prepare to move from one place or status to another. There is often a detachment or ‘cutting away’ from the former self in this phase, which is signified in symbolic actions and rituals. For example 'cutting away' the former self - the breadwinner, career, social status.
- Transition: The transition (liminal) assimilation phase is the period between states, during which one has left one place or state but hasn't yet entered or joined the next; the person adjust to the new status.
- Re-incorporation: In the third phase, having completed the rite and assumed their 'new' identity, one re-enters society with one's new status as the initiated sage. Re-incorporation is characterized by elaborate rituals and ceremonies.
Map of awareness - medicine wheel:
- EAST: rising sun, Spring, new beginnings, the Celebrant - awakened to Answer the Call as an Initiated Elder, fire within is ignited
- SOUTH: full sun - Summer, taking stock of life's journey and finishing loose ends, choosing to age consciously with purpose, Earthguardian and developing relationship in Common-Unity, Vision quest - inquiry and assimilation. Being present as the Warrior-Samurai, mindful transition, being fully aware-awake-alive, water reminds us to be in the flow
- WEST: setting sun, fall, intuitive heart centered work, integrating a new way of being from doing, healer-caregiver of all relations, mentor-teacher relations develop as co-creators of a world in transition.
- NORTH: night, Winter, aligning our thoughts so our words and actions will follow, reentry as a Wisdom Keeper, crowning, Art of Being-modeling conscious aging, walking the talk, Sage-ing