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  • 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…

    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…

    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…

    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…

    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…

    August 16, 2017
  • New: The Jewelry of Hypknotica

    Our roots are in Metro Detroit. And, if you haven’t heard, Detroit is booming with talented artists and creatives. In one of our neighborhoods, Ferndale, there is a market known as The Rust Belt.…

    June 21, 2017
  • midsummer fire ceremony

    Midsummer Fire and Ceremonial Rites of the North

    With long dark winters in Scandinavia, the arrival of summer solstice is the most important event of the year. In the northern hemisphere, near the arctic circle, the midsummer night marks a time when…

    June 20, 2017
  • Celebrate Sustainable Palo Santo This Earth Day

    Protection for Holy Wood: Palo Santo If you are an aficionado of aromatic Palo Santo incense or essential oil, you are probably aware that although the trees grow in various parts of the dry…

    April 17, 2017
  • Tibetan Incense

    When you hear the phrase “Tibetan Incense,” it could be referring to any number of incense types made mostly in Buddhist communes in the Indian and Chinese Himalayas, Nepal, Bhutan, Japan, Taiwan and parts…

    March 17, 2017
  • Whistling Vessels – Magical Mysteries

    Whistling Vessels, Huacos Silbadores. Are they ancient artifacts, magical musical instruments or ritual shamanic tools? According to some, maybe all three.  These dual chambered ceramic vessels are designed to be filled with water and…

    February 27, 2017
  • The Promise of the Amazon

    It wasn’t the kind of a job path advancement one might expect.  She had a dream:  to work as a wildlife rehabilitator.  She had three choices:  Mexico, Africa or Peru. She chose Peru. This…

    January 24, 2017
  • Incense Fit for the Mountain Gods

    Life in the elevated levels of the Peruvian Andes Mountains can be tough and the climate can be the most diverse in the country. When storms blow, tearing across the rugged peaks, they are…

    September 30, 2016
  • Tools of Sacred Plant Medicine Rapé

    The first time Jon DeRosa arrived in the picturesque mountain town of Pisac in Peru’s Sacred Valley, it had been many years since he had practiced any of the earth based disciplines that he…

    August 22, 2016
  • Mystical Blue Stone: Lapis Lazuli

    Lapis Lazuli has been a symbol for royalty, gods and goddesses, honor, spirit, wisdom and truth since the beginning of our history. It is said to facilitate a connection between the celestial and material…

    July 26, 2016
  • True Healing Transcends Words

    While the healing arts of a shaman may feel mysterious at times, it wasn’t until I received healing from a Mayan woman at Cobá that I really understood how to receive pure energy without…

    April 28, 2016