The Long Dance

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    You probably won’t accept it as true, but…this was said to be the last Dance Raven and I would be leading. Is this another one of those impulsive, “This is it! This is the end of the bus line, everybody off!” letters, claims, threats, promises….etc.? Another coyote howling “Wolf!”
    No. This is really “it”.
    When we pulled the Long Dance card on New Years Eve, both of us felt a bit disappointed because we knew it was time to end. We thought, even hoped, the card we would pull would speak more obviously to “The End”. The 7 of Rods which had last shown up in ’06 didn’t feel that way….and, not for the first time, I considered not accepting it as the card that was meant-to-be. But my own tradition of Long Dance card pulling has been to accept the card as pulled and discover, subsequently, what it would mean for the Dance. So, 7 of Rods it was and is. However, as I began writing this announcement I thought I’d ask what other cards could be offered by the “Universe” that might be more succinct. First I pulled the 2 of Swords (decide without knowing the outcome, but DECIDE!). Not content, I pulled another; the 2 of Pentacles (get both feet in the boat and prepare for the journey). “OK!” I responded to the Universe, “I GOT it!” no more cards needed.
    But what have I got? That it’s time to pull another “rod” for a new journey.
More than 32 years after the first drum beat sounded, it’s time to STOP and move on, so this IS the last Long Dance I, and we, will lead.
    Our conflict has been to weigh the wish to continue for the community, against the personal knowing that we have been ready to retire as leaders.
I know, I know, this Coyote has woofed like this before so why should this be taken seriously? Well, it has to be a leap-of-faith on your part. The Fat Lady is singing. We ARE stopping in this year 2014.
    The Southern Long Dance has been evolving for a few years and is established and offers itself for dancing with a new community. And our prayer is that others will take on the mantle of leadership and create more Long Dances. It is time for all the seeds that have been dispersed on fertile ground to take root.
    It’s not that the Kiva will go dark…we’re just ending this particular manifestation of OUR journey. In the midst of mourning the loss of so many things about the Dance, a process that had previously kept my head down, my heart in pain, and me unwilling to let go, suddenly I was moved into eagle-vision and began to see the BIG picture. I finally understood how all those gifts and processes would be kept alive in all the workshops, quests and adventures to come. Yes, It’s time for something new, something beautiful and nourishing to our hearts and souls. And now we are free to soar!
  
And yes, we did "Stop" in 2014, but now The Pipe has been picked up by Steve Breeze and Lenora and a new era of The Long Dance has begun. No one wants this wonderful experience to end just because Raven and I stepped away. We are overjoyed that these two have moved into the center of the Circle and created a New Long Dance experience. coyote, 2015

       







             




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