Posts Tagged "shamanism"

Thursday Betwixt – Holiday Totems

Posted by on 12 Dec 2013 in Uncategorized | 0 comments

The origins of our holy day icons are significant, though it’s easy to get ensnared in what symbols you “should” honor, what they’re “supposed to mean,” who gets to claim them, and understanding what they really mean to you. For that reason, in this exploration of seasonal totems I offer the entire Internet for you to peruse and learn about the symbols that have the most meaning to you at this time of year. My hope is that through sharing the seasonal totems that mean the most to me, that others are encouraged to cull out the holiday symbols that move them, connect with their power and bring them more deeply into personal holiday...

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Thursday Betwixt – The Guidance Within

Posted by on 17 Oct 2013 in Thursday Betwixt | 6 comments

In discussing the challenges sustaining relationships with guides can pose, I bring up a topic often overlooked in many esoteric arts circles, not just in modern shamanism: personal truth, or as it is more commonly called Unverified Personal Gnosis (UPG). Most of us come from religious paths that strictly forbade us to act as our own spiritual conduit with the Divine. Part of what leads us to a more direct path is realizing the lack in such spiritual tropes. Yet, I see this same trap wrapped in different words and habits in esoteric arts all the time. I’ve known people who won’t order food from a menu without asking their guide’s input, first....

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Samhain Sentiments – Compassionate Work with the Dead

Posted by on 15 Oct 2013 in Essay | 1 comment

For several years I’ve made effort to talk openly paranormal experiences from the perspective of someone who views them not as Nature’s side shows or intrusive investigation into the spirit world, rather as an honest look into times that the unseen pokes back in startling ways. Ultimately, creepy experiences are still about spiritual imbalance and restoring balance where possible, and where wanted. It’s that last bit that gets many psychics and intuitives who work with the dead, discarnate souls, and general bump-in-the-nightness into personal trouble. Many contemporary empaths bring to their work a good/evil dichotomy that implies where imbalance is...

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Thursday Betwixt – After the Journey

Posted by on 3 Oct 2013 in Thursday Betwixt | 3 comments

“Then he began to think of all the things Christopher Robin would want to tell him when he came back from wherever he was going to, and how muddling it would be for a Bear of Very Little Brain to try and get them right in his mind. ‘So, perhaps,’ he said sadly to himself, ‘Christopher Robin won’t tell me anymore,’ and he wondered if being a faithful Knight meant that you just went on being faithful without being told things” ~A. A. Milne, The Wonderful World of Pooh I’ve been re-thinking the format of my blog, and in doing so would like to create a more open dialogue around modern shamanism and animism. “That’s...

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Weekly Rune – Laguz

Posted by on 19 Aug 2013 in The Weekly Rune | 1 comment

Laguz - Water - Growing up, my mother used to say, “Water always seeks its own level,” meaning, no matter what distance or depth, turbulence or change, water always takes up the amount of space it needs. No matter what the circumstances, water will always flow to its lowest point, then distribute itself to maintain a balanced surface. Symbolically speaking, its inherent ability to adapt is its gift to us.  In that light, Laguz isn’t just about water, but flow. Anytime this Rune comes up in a reading, there is an emphasis on honoring the natural pace of things. Sometimes it can be hard to do that, as we tend to keep ourselves artificially busy with...

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