Shamanic Writings

Winter Solstice

Published on December 21, 2016 under Shamanic Writings
The Winter Solstice marks the shortest day and longest night of the year, when the sun is at its lowest arc in the sky. It is also known as midwinter and is an astronomical phenomenon marking the day with the shortest period of daylight and the longest night of the year. The Scandinavian and Germanic people of northern Europe celebrated a twelve-day "midwinter" (winter solstice) holiday called Yule. The main points of the Winter Solstice from a shamanic perspective are the death of the old and the rebirth of the new. We can use this time to let go of all the sluggish energy that has attached itself to us from the past year. The negativity of others and the weariness of struggle can all be released through any number of fire rituals on this day. You may have seen memes about the burning of holly with your yule log in order to release the year from you. The Yule log was originally an entire tree that was carefully chosen and brought into the house with great ceremony with the purpose being to provide maximum warmth and endurance. In some European traditions, the largest end of the log would be placed into the fire hearth while the rest of the tree stuck out into the room. While we no longer honor the traditions of the yule log in quite this way, for those of us in climates that allow for the burning of hearth fires, keeping the traditions of yule logs are far easier. For those in warmer climates, a bonfire with a yule log adorned in holy is an excellent substitute. You can also burn away the year with a burning bowl. Make sure you have a fire proof bowl for this rite.  Write down anything you want released…
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Yule/Jul

Published on December 19, 2016 under Shamanic Writings
Yule or Yuletide ("Yule time") is a pagan religious festival observed by the historical Germanic peoples, later being absorbed into and equated with the Christian festival of Christmas. Terms with an etymological equivalent to Yule are used in the Nordic countries for Christmas with its religious rites, but also for the holidays of this season. Yule is also used to a lesser extent in English-speaking countries to refer to Christmas. Customs such as the Yule log, Yule goat, Yule boar, Yule singing, and others stem from Yule. Yule is the modern English representation of Old English words indicating the 12-day festival of "Yule" (later: "Christmastide”. The words are thought to be derived from German, Gothic, Old Norse or Norwegian words like Jol or Jul.  The noun Yuletide is first attested from around 1475. The word is attested in an explicitly pre-Christian context primarily in Old Norse. Among many others the long-bearded god Odin bears the names jólfaðr (Old Norse 'Yule father') and jólnir (Old Norse 'the Yule one'). Yule begins on Mother Night, (about Dec. 20) the night before the shortest day and the longest night (winter solstices). We honor the beginning of the Sun's return and the breaking of Winter, (which is most noticeable in five days) and is celebrated over a twelve day period. It is a time of the year when our deceased Ancestors are closest to us. Yule is when Jólnir another name for Odinn leads the procession of the Wild Hunt through the sky's with sprits of humans, horses and dogs. This procession occurs during all twelve days of Yule. Twelfth Night (about Jan. 1) culminates the traditional twelve days of Yule. Our Ancestors at this time consecrated a boar to Frey, led it out so everyone present could lay their hand on the boar…
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Full Moon Reading December 13th, 2016

Published on December 12, 2016 under Shamanic Writings
In Native American cultures which tracked the calendar by the Moons, December’s full Moon was known as the Full Cold Moon. It is fittingly associated with the month when winter cold fastens its grip and the nights become long and dark. This Full Moon is also called the Long Nights Moon by some Native American tribes because it occurs near the winter solstice—the night with the least amount of daylight. So what does our full moon have in store for us? With the Sun in Sagittarius, the gambler and adventurer at heart will want to come to the surface. You will want to seek out and explore new worlds and paths. The need for independence and freedom will bring about a sense of restlessness. You may feel the pull to get away from routines you are all to familiar with. You will want to see and experience life as a journey, an adventure, endlessly interesting and rich with possibilities, and it may be difficult for you to decide where to focus your attention and efforts. You may go from one project to the next, for once the challenge and vital interest is gone, there will be a push to move on. Commitment, discipline, focus, and concentration will not be strong points during this time. You can be irresponsible and disinclined to take on the burdens and limitations of adult life. Optimism, dreams and aspirations are central key ideas during the next several days. You may bounce back from disappointments and setbacks more easily. Your sporting, playful attitude side may be more at the forefront than usual. Be cautious about the details and practical requirements of your life. You may find them irksome and boring, but ignoring them will not make your path easier. People around you may be unusually open, direct,…
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Full Moon Reading October 14, 2016 – SUPER MOON!

Published on November 14, 2016 under Shamanic Writings
Full Moon Reading October 14, 2016 – SUPER MOON! Full Beaver Moon – This was the time to set beaver traps before the swamps froze, to ensure a supply of warm winter furs. Another interpretation suggests that the name Full Beaver Moon comes from the fact that the beavers are now actively preparing for winter. It is sometimes also referred to as the Frosty Moon. So what are some of the energies we can expect until the moon goes dark? With the Sun in Scorpio the energies will run quiet, deep, be emotionally complex and intensely private. You may feel extremely sensitive but disinclined to show it. You will keep to a special few into your inner world and not feel much like venturing out. You may feel a pervasiveness of being wary, cautious and almost mistrustful of those you do not know. Instincts and intuition will run very high. Strong, immediate gut reactions to people, even though you may be unable to clearly articulate why you feel as you do will be very prevalent. Your feelings and perceptions will run deeper than words. There will also be a powerful need for deep emotional ties. Be wary of possessiveness and jealousy especially with anything that you perceive as a threat to your bond with someone you love. Do not make commitments to someone or something, if you cannot expect complete loyalty in return. Emotional wounds sustained during this time will run very deep and take longer to heal. Passion and fervor about things of interest may drive you more so in the coming days. Your desires will run hot or cold, rarely anything in between. Make sure your view isn’t narrowed or short sighted, just because it doesn’t interest you in the immediate space doesn’t mean you won’t want to…
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The History of Halloween

Published on October 31, 2016 under Shamanic Writings
History of Halloween Straddling the line between fall and winter, plenty and paucity, life and death, Halloween is a time of celebration and superstition. It is thought to have originated with the ancient Celtic festival of Samhain, when people would light bonfires and wear costumes to ward off roaming ghosts. In the eighth century, Pope Gregory III designated November 1 as a time to honor all saints and martyrs; the holiday, All Saints’ Day, incorporated some of the traditions of Samhain. The evening before was known as All Hallows’ Eve and later Halloween. Halloween or Hallowe'en (/ˌhæləˈwiːn, -oʊˈiːn, ˌhɑːl-/; a contraction of "All Hallows' Evening"), also known as Allhalloween, All Hallows' Eve, or All Saints' Eve, is a yearly celebration observed in a number of countries on 31 October, the eve of the Western Christian feast of All Hallows' Day. It initiates the triduum of Allhallowtide, the time in the liturgical year dedicated to remembering the dead, including saints (hallows), martyrs, and all the faithful departed believers. Within Allhallowtide, the traditional focus of All Hallows' Eve revolves around the theme of using "humor and ridicule to confront the power of death." According to many scholars, All Hallows' Eve is a Christianized feast initially influenced by Celtic harvest festivals, with possible pagan roots, particularly the Gaelic Samhain. Other scholars maintain that it originated independently of Samhain and has solely Christian roots. Some folklorists have detected its origins in the Roman feast of Pomona, the goddess of fruits and seeds, or in the festival of the dead called Parentalia, it is more typically linked to the Celtic festival of Samhain", which comes from the Old Irish for "summer's end". Samhain (pronounced sah-win or sow-in) was the first and most important of the four quarter days in the medieval Gaelic calendar and was…
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Full Moon Reading October 16, 2016

Published on October 16, 2016 under Shamanic Writings
Some Native American tribes referred to October’s Moon as the Full Hunter’s Moon as it was the time to go hunting in preparation for winter. This full Moon is also called the “Travel Moon” and the “Dying Grass Moon.” This is the first Full Moon following September’s Harvest Moon. It rises just after sunset and sets around sunrise, so this is the only night in the month when the Moon is in the sky all night long. This full moon will also take place when the moon is at its closest point to Earth in its 27-day lunar orbit (this point is known as perigee). Some people define a full moon at perigee as a supermoon. The supermoon is not a scientific term, however, so there are varying definitions. So let us take a look at some of the factors that are arriving along with this moon. Cancer Rising: Cancer rising is the governess in this very caustic relationship between the sun and the moon. This energy works well with the moon as the moon is naturally water energy. It will appear gentle, soft, and reserved. There may be a strong need for emotional security and a sense of belonging. Connections to the past: our heritage, roots, family, cherished friends, familiar places, etc. will run strong during this time. Making radical changes or moves away from what is known and safe can be very painful and difficult. Be mindful about being clingy or needlessly holding on to people, memories, possessions of personal or sentimental significance, sometimes things must be let go in order for growth to occur. This moon may have us approaching life emotionally and subjectively. Our sensitivity to the emotional atmosphere and the subtle undercurrents of feelings in and around us will run stronger than usual. Emotions and…
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The 20 Ways/Assumptions of the Magical World View – XIX

Published on October 2, 2016 under Shamanic Writings
XIX. Law of Pattern (Knowledge) Information can be viewed as a measure of the unpredictability of a message. The more unpredictable a message is, the more information it contains. In systems, the most probable state is rest (dispersion of available energy). Since systems tend towards entropy, the least probable state is that of potential work. Thus, we can think of the degree of order in a system as the amount of energy in it. PATTERN IS INFORMATION. INFORMATION IS ENERGY. KNOWLEDGE IS POWER. The more information you have, the less energy you need. Some people have defined life as negative entropy because it evolves; i.e., develops greater and greater complexities of pattern. In this sense, the universe becomes more intelligent every day.
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