Just as nature moves according to its inborn death and rebirth pattern, so does the Rite of Passage ceremony. Deeply tuned in to these cycles of nature, ancient and indigenous societies around the world have created rituals of initiation to mark, celebrate, and make sense of the great mysteries of life, death, and rebirth. Initiatory rites are as old as human society, and although the primary rite of passage is marking a transition from childhood to adulthood, we go through various transitions through every stage of life; every year brings forward new transitions. By enacting rites of passages, we continually imitate the death and rebirth patterns of nature. Anthropologists, having studied ancient cultures worldwide, have identified an archetypal form that permeates through most rites of passages. Although a rite of passage may take years to complete, this 3-day ceremony with a 24 hour fast offers a strong and meaningful way to support transitions. The vision fast candidate is guided through three phases of this pattern: severance (severing from the old), threshold (crossing into the liminal space/this is also the stage where the candidate fasts on the land for 24 hours), incorporation (taking on the body, & returning back to the community with your gifts).
The group of fasters and guides rendezvous at a direct location around 3:00 PM on day 1 and will head toward a more remote site. The afternoon & evening of Day 1 consists of participants finding their fast spot, an intent circle, and the fasters’ final meal. At dawn on the morning of Day 2, fasters will step into the threshold of their 24 hour fast on the land. After sunrise on the morning of Day 3, fasters will “shoulder their packs” and return to basecamp for story and the beginning of incorporation.
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