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Poncho Pondering: Why Alpaca Is The Best

Alpaca:  Gift of the Gods The next time you sink into the luxurious folds of an alpaca poncho during the cooler in-between-seasons, let your mind wander to the role this storied animal played in the unfolding history of the early peoples of Heart Island,…

March 12, 2019
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Rainbow Connection in Shamanism

It takes both rain and sunshine to make a Rainbow. Proverb When that loveable green Muppet Kermit the Frog sang “The Rainbow Connection,” he asked the musical question “Why are there so many songs about rainbows and what’s on the other side?”  Well, there…

February 15, 2019

The 2nd Andes Summit

The 2nd Shamanic Andes Summit – June 15th – 23, 2019 – Ecuador  Discover centuries of deep wisdom for transforming your energy, expanding your vitality and creating a new heart-centered way of experiencing our world. Shamans Market invites you to join 10 of the…

December 31, 2018

The Shipibo – Shamanically Based Indigenous Group

On a layover before one of his pilgrimages to Peruvian sacred sites and study retreats, Bryan Bigelow noticed, in amazement, at a woman struggling to drag a behemoth bag across the Lima airport terminal floor. An hour later he found himself sharing a cab…

September 17, 2018

Angels in Shamanism

Angels have captivated the imaginations of most of us at some time. Called the messengers of God, these special spiritual guides are numerous and known by many different names. Among the four best known archangels are Michael, Gabriel, Raphael and Uriel. Where did the…

August 29, 2018

Healing Journeys – Reflections on the film VOICES THAT HEAL

With good reason, the Peruvian Magazine Caretas called the film “audiovisual therapy”. Co-directed by Delia Ackerman and Heather Greer, VOICES THAT HEAL brings us into the life of a traditional Shipibo shaman, Herlinda Agustín, as she faces her own illness and in the process,…

July 21, 2018

Seven Goddess Initiation Rites – Ñusta Karpay

High in the Andes, the beauty of ancient ceremonies and wisdom embodied in living ancestral languages of word and ritual hold a blueprint for creating a heart-centered life within a living universe. The people have survived here for centuries. Handed Down Recently, signs from…

May 21, 2018

Abelardo Receives the Nusta Karpay

Recently our good friend and master shamanic artisan, Abelardo Mirano Chara, created a new Nusta Khyua (sacred initiation stone) to honor the feminine huacas (sacred places) of Peru & Bolivia after receiving the Nusta Karpay (Energy Initiation or transformation) from his teacher, don Mariano…

May 21, 2018

Seven Other Names for Mother Earth

Revered and personified as a deity or goddess, Mother Earth has many names and faces. The underlying belief is that earth is a life-giving and nurturing motherly entity. She crosses many traditions, not confined to shamanic traditions, yet shamans recognize that all life support…

April 23, 2018

12 Ways to Celebrate Earth Day

In most shamanic traditions, the earth is respected and honored. Call her Mother Earth, Planet Earth, Pachamama, or Gaia, shamans recognize that all life support here on earth starts with her. Ever wonder how Earth Day started? Falling on April 22, Earth Day arose…

April 23, 2018

Lua the Llama and the Mountain of Joy

A little llama. A wise old man. A country steeped in Andes mysticism. And the eternal question of “Who am I?” These are the ingredients of Lua the Llama and the Mountain of Joy released December 2017. It seems many who journey to Peru…

February 19, 2018

Yantras – Ancient Instruments for Evolution

Yantras are geometric forms of deities, planets, and principles of spiritual evolution, deriving from the ancient Tantric traditions of India. The earliest Yantras discovered date back at least 11,000 years. Western dictionary definition for a Yantra is “an auspicious diagram used in meditation to…

January 11, 2018

Landing in the Island of Gods

“Om swastiastu!” He begins his story with a Balinese greeting which roughly means “Peace and Greetings from God” or “May Health be Upon You.” According to him, it was love at first sight when he met his current partner. She isn’t really saying, but…

November 21, 2017

The Power of Despacho Ceremonies

The Q’ero, a Quechua-speaking indigenous people of south central Peru, believe that everything in nature is animate and in the concept of ayni, or reciprocity.  Andeans practice this principle within their communities, as well as in their interaction with the energies of nature.  The…

September 20, 2017

In Perfect Balance

Those of us who have been walking our spiritual paths for many moons understand the significance of the equinox as a cosmic-spiritual event, the equal duration of day and night, as a time for bringing ourselves into balance: the “as without-there-in-the-universe, so within-our-human-body-selves.” I’d…

September 20, 2017

Solar Eclipse Myths From Around the World

On Aug. 21, the moon will pass between the Earth and the sun, casting much of its dark shadow over the United States. People around the world and through time have come up with many a tale to explain the sun’s disappearance. Viking sky…

August 16, 2017