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Welcome the Spring Equinox with Ritual

We can sit in stillness and notice the earth beginning to thaw. Each morning a few more songbirds are heard upon awakening. Sunlight lingers longer into the evening and it is oh so welcomed to. Plants peak out as they begin their journey towards…

March 21, 2018
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Its In The Cards

Some of us like to know that which is unknown. Doing so creates a sense of predictability and with it, stability, and an easing of anxiety. Since before the Middle Ages, folks have used all kinds of methods to foresee the future and /…

March 19, 2018
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5 Steps to Creating An Ancestor Honoring Altar

I recently watched online The Power of Shamanism Summit featuring 31 shamanic practitioners from many traditions including African, Siberian-Russian, Peruvian, Celtic, Egyptian and Greenland-Inuit, to name a few. Woven through many of the presentations was the thread of ancestor honoring. Not the same as…

March 19, 2018
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Amethyst: Meaning, Properties and Powers

Amethyst: Meaning, Properties and Powers by Caroline Lucas In the ranks of crystals with metaphysical properties, few are as famous or as distinctive as amethyst. One of very few stones with its unique purple coloration, amethyst is a form of quartz that contains iron…

February 19, 2018
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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
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Benefits of Drumming

It starts in the womb. By 24 weeks, babies hear noises a mother may not even notice: beating heart, air moving in and out of lungs, growling stomach, and blood moving through the umbilical cord. You could say it is in the womb we…

January 24, 2018
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How to Choose a Shamanic Drum

Thrum of the Drum Every shaman needs a music maker. Sound and music are used to call in energy and spirit guides; transport one on journeys; support ceremony and ritual, and facilitate meditation. Drums frequently serve this purpose. If you have ever had the…

January 24, 2018
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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 a Yantra is “an auspicious diagram used in meditation to…

January 11, 2018
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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
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Dragonfly Medicine

I experienced many mystical visits from the Dragonfly this fall. One afternoon, a Dragonfly landed on my arm, and right on top of my Owl tattoo, resting there for quite a while staring right at me. The following morning, a song arrived, and I…

October 17, 2017
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A Chicken in Every Backyard

To incorporate more mindfulness in my life, I began applying this awareness practice to eating food.  Those times when I was actually sitting at table and focusing on my meal, which I must confess isn’t always, I began to focus on what I was…

October 17, 2017
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New Release: Ch’aska Punku by Sami Brothers

Today, September 20, 2017 the Sami Brothers, Alex & Madhu, release there 2nd studio album, Ch’aska Punku. Ch’aska Punku means Star Portal in Quechua, a language of the high Andean indigenous peoples, and refers to stellar alignments which we experience on Solstices, Equinoxes, and Solar…

September 20, 2017
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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
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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
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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