Shamanic Writings

Full Moon – Snow Moon

Published on February 22, 2016 under General Topics
The effects of this moon will be felt until the moon has reached its next new moon stage. February’s full Moon is traditionally called the Full Snow Moon because usually the heaviest snows fall in February. Hunting becomes very difficult, and so some Native American tribes called this the Hunger Moon. Other Native American tribes called this Moon the “Shoulder to Shoulder Around the Fire Moon” (Wishram Native Americans), the “No Snow in the Trails Moon” (Zuni Native Americans), and the “Bone Moon” (Cherokee Native Americans). The Bone Moon meant that there was so little food that people gnawed on bones and ate bone marrow soup. So what energy is this particular Snow Moon bringing according to regular astrology? Well let’s take a look. It is a moon of questioning and learning, it is young and alive, always alert, curious, flexible and open to new experiences. It brings childlike enthusiasm for anything new and learning will come easily, but with it boredom can always be lurking around the corner. Be careful about having too many irons in the fire as keeping track of them all will become increasingly difficult. You be drawn to seek out changes, mental stimulation, and a more active social life. Some energy will be centered on you becoming more articulate, clever, funny or witty. Extroverts will enjoy meeting and interacting with a variety of different people. No matter how badly you may be feeling, outwardly you may never appear heavy or somber. People may lend themselves to responding to life mentally and objectively rather than emotionally. Furthermore, if you cannot UNDERSTAND something reasonably and logically, then you may find yourself preferring to ignore it, including your own and other people's irrational feelings, desires, and needs. But this moon is also very gentle, impressionable, and receptive -…
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The 20 Ways/Assumptions of the Magical World View – Law #6

Published on February 18, 2016 under Shamanic Writings
VI. Law of Paradox No world view may encompass the whole world. Two models (or "laws") may conflict with each other and still be true in their proper context. Two people may experience the same event yet perceive entirely different occurrences. Rationality is limited by the intellect, the world is not. The world is not bound by the confines of our world views. The trick is to switch from one model to another as it becomes appropriate. (See V. Law of Pragmatism.)
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The 20 Ways/Assumptions of the Magical World View – Law #5

Published on February 15, 2016 under Shamanic Writings
V. Law of Pragmatism If it works, it is true. A world view is only valid if it enables its perceivers to accomplish their goals. The more successful a world view is in fulfilling the goal structure that its viewers possess, the more valid it could be said to be. By this definition, few people could be said to be completely insane. However, few people could be said be completely sane, either.
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The 20 Ways/Assumptions of the Magical World View – Law #3

Published on February 7, 2016 under Shamanic Writings
III. Law of Synchronicity Synchronicity is a term invented by Dr. Carl Jung to describe meaningful coincidences that cannot be described by the law of cause and effect. They are events connected by pattern (meaning) rather than time. (See IX. Law of Association.) Some interpret this as a developing and ongoing dialogue between the perceiver and the consciousness of the universe. This dialogue is overt to the degree the perceiver is receptive to (or aware of) it.
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The 20 Ways/Assumptions of the Magical World View – Law #2

Published on February 3, 2016 under General Topics
#2 Law of Attention The more evidence one looks for to support a given law, conclusion, or world view the more one will find. World views have inertia. Since we create our world each moment (as discussed above in the Law of World Views), we are constantly maintaining our world view. This is done by means of a recursive internal dialogue of words and symbols with which we constantly edit our perceptions. By rearranging our attention, we rearrange our world view. To quote Lewis Carroll, "What I tell you three times is true."
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The 20 Ways/Assumptions of the Magical World View – Law #1

Published on February 1, 2016 under General Topics
#1 Law of World Views The world we perceive is actually the interface (mixture) of the noumenal world (the Tao, the objective reality that is unknowable), and our selves (the subjective). Changing your world view does not change the eternal, real world, but it does change the perceived world. This is important because it is the world we touch, see, and act upon. Changing your world view makes real changes in the world which is real to us. (See, VIII. Law of Reflection.) Because there are an infinite number of ways to perceive the world, there are an infinite number of worlds we may assemble with our awareness. The true underlying reality is unknowable to us as long as we retain the world view of separateness and self. You can become one with the universe but you cannot step back and observe it, because you are in it. You cannot observe a phenomenon without altering it by your mode of perception. There is no such thing as an independent observer. You participate in creating the world by perceiving it.
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Imbolc

Published on February 1, 2016 under Shamanic Writings
Imbolc or Imbolg, also called Saint Brigid's Day, is a Gaelic festival marking the beginning of spring. Most commonly it is held on February 1st but more often today on February 2nd, about halfway between the winter solstice and the spring equinox. It is believed that it was originally a pagan festival associated with the goddess Brigid and that it was Christianized as a festival of Saint Brigid, who is thought to be a Christianization of the goddess. At Imbolc, Brigid's crosses were made and a doll-like figure of Brigid, called a Brídeóg, would be paraded from house-to-house. Brigid was said to visit one's home at Imbolc. To receive her blessings, people would make a bed for Brigid and leave her food and drink, while items of clothing would be left outside for her to bless. Brigid was also invoked to protect homes and livestock. Special feasts were had, holy wells were visited and it was also a time for divination. Although many of its customs died out in the 20th century, it is still observed and in some places it has been revived as a cultural event. Since the latter 20th century, Celtic neopagans and Wiccans have observed Imbolc, or something based on it, as a religious holiday. Imbolc marks the recovery of the Goddess after giving birth to the God. The lengthening periods of light awaken Her. The God is a young, lusty boy, but His power is felt in the longer days. The warmth fertilizes the Earth (the Goddess), and causes seeds to germinate and sprout. And so the earliest beginnings of Spring occur. This is a Sabbat of purification after the shut-in life of Winter, through the renewing power of the Sun. It is also a festival of light and of fertility, once marked in Europe…
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Full Moon – Wolf Moon

Published on January 23, 2016 under General Topics
The effects of this moon will be felt until the moon has reached its next new moon stage. This full Moon appeared when wolves howled in hunger outside the villages. It is also known as the Old Moon. To some Native American tribes, this was the Snow Moon, but most applied that name to the next full Moon, in February. Strategic, resourceful, and incredibly communicative, the Wolf is a noble mentor for humankind. Wolves have specific protocol and rank within their packs. This observation is a cue to look to community for creative solutions during this full moon. Communicate with those in your pack to help you with your challenges. But don’t break taboo. If you follow specific traditions in social communication, hold to them. In fact, use this full moon to honor traditions of your heritage. Take time to honor your elders too. Tribal rituals should be heeded this time of year. Wolves are vastly expressive. Wolves also have a complex system of body. One look from the Alpha can convey as much power as a physical blow. Use this moon to explore these traits. So what energy is this particular Wolf Moon bringing according to regular astrology? Well let’s take a look. This moon brings about modest, unobtrusive, and often rather quiet or shy energy. The type that is content to be in the background or to serve as an assistant, in the supporting role rather than in the lead. It can be a bit nit-picky having you critique yourself a bit too much. You feel drawn to all the minutia and details and get upset when something is not done just so. You are going to be oversensitive to things that aren’t fitting into your personal story the way you see fit. If anything seems messy or…
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2016 Overview

Published on January 3, 2016 under Shamanic Writings
Deck: Messenger Oracle This year’s overview is going to be slightly different. I will be giving you a key phrase for each month that you can use to remind yourself what the purpose of the month is about for you. This year is all about personal growth and realizations. January: Time to Ground This is a very appropriate card for January. This is the month that sets the tone for the rest of the year. It is this time we tend to set our intentions for how we want to grow emotionally, physically, spiritually and universally. Make this month about setting your plans to achieve the greatest you possible during the year. Take the wonderful New Year energy and start molding it into yourself and reform who you are on the inside. Key Phrase: I will build myself on a strong foundation that is rooted in the truth that is myself. February: Show that you Care February tends to be the month about love, but it is also the month about the slow change from the cold and into the spring. It can be one of the hardest months of winter and yet underneath all the snow and ice lays the promise of a newer and more abundant time ahead. The same is true for people and our spirits. Your goal for this month is to focus on the love within each other and not the anger, hate, or ugliness that people tend to put forward. This will not be an easy task but it will be essential to your growth as well. You are only to put good thoughts about yourself out into the world for all to see. If someone pays you a compliment, say thank you. Do not put yourself down, even in jest. Key Phrase: I…
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