Trance Possession: Riding with the Spirits. With speaker Firesong (Eshu Akoni)

  • January 17, 2013 · 7:00 PM
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Trance possession is a practice of spirit communication where the spirit is invited into a person's body through various methods such as ecstatic movement and music.  This discussion will share information on some of the traditions which practice possession, such as religions of the African Diaspora (Vodou, Santeria, Candomble), the multi-cultural Global Spirits religion, and practices of the Conjure Dance.

Global Spirits is a harm none religion welcoming Spirits from around the globe.  Rituals are theme-based rather than pantheon-based and incorporate what we have in common as humans: shared food, dance, song, drumming, art, and trance possession.  The Universal Temple of Spirits is a local celebratory group practicing in the Global Spirits tradition.

Global Spirits: Philosophies and Practices book as well as sacred chant teaching cds will be available.

A Global Spirits trance possession service will be held on Feb. 9th at 7 PM for the Spirits of Self at Blueberry Gardens in Ashton VA. Come honor the spirits you work in a safe and welcoming trance-possession ceremony held specifically for our Central Maryland Pagans group.

Firesong is an incorrigible child of a certain messenger Spirit.  She’s a pathway initiate and priestess at the Universal Temple of Spirits.  She’s been a student of trance possession for many years and has a background in Vodoun, Shamanism, Dianic Wicca, and pouring sweat lodge.  Firesong is a master’s level teacher, classically trained singer, and artist.


Well tended children are welcome at the meet up but please bring something to interest them.

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  • Colleen

    Tonight's workshop on Trance Possession was lovely! Spent time with old friends and made some new ones. And I learned a lot about something I've been interested in for a long time.

    January 17, 2013

  • Alicia M.

    Can you learn how to be a medium for human spirits in this group? I'm interested in becoming a medium. Thanks!

    January 13, 2013

    • xtian

      This experience can provide an experience similar to that of being a medium. Shamanic tools provide the ability of merging and locating spirits, especially ancestral. I would pursue both these paths, and then when you feel the time is right, and you have the core tools, diverge and pursue solely the medium path.

      January 13, 2013

  • Jennifer M.

    Sorry. Busy week for me! Maybe next time!

    January 13, 2013

  • xtian

    This is a great primer on Trance Possession and for many an introduction to the mystery behind the acts of Drawing Down the Moon and other rites that can be very difficult to teach and share.

    December 28, 2012

    • Alison C.

      I have been to UToS rituals before, and while I wasn't sure what to expect, everyone was friendly. I learned a lot, and while singing and dancing were encouraged, some folks just observed and that was fine too. I recommend bringing a drum if you have one.

      2 · December 28, 2012

    • Alison C.

      Oops, just reread the description. You probably won't need a drum since this is an intro class and not a ritual.

      December 28, 2012

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