This year, just a few hours before the peak of the January 20 Full Moon (9:36 pm ET), a total lunar eclipse will be visible in North and South America.
During the eclipse, the moon will turn a ruddy red color known as a Blood Moon. We’ll also be treated to a Super Moon, which is both full and at the point in its orbit where it is closest to Earth. A Super Moon appears larger and brighter than a typical full Moon.
This is a perfect time to organize a Releasing Full Moon Ceremony in which you release those things that no longer serve you....
"Gratitude awakens another way of being in the world, one that nurtures the heart.”
~ Angeles Arrien
As I prepared to write our November newsletter on the practice of gratitude, I looked up the etymology of the word. Surprisingly, I misread the dictionary definition. I read, “The quality of being thankful; readiness to show appreciation for and return to kindness.” Return to kindness inspired me. (The definition actually read, “…to return a kindness.”)
For many years I have incorporated gratitude practices in my daily rituals. The thought of expanding it in...
“We remember our ancestors because it is an easy thing to forget: that we are not the first to suffer, rebel, fight, love, and die.”
~ Alice Walker
This October I will honor my ancestors with others.
I recently moved into a co-housing community. There are 36 living units with 106 ways of doing things. Sometimes it is challenging to get anything done. But, we all agree that honoring our ancestors is an important activity.
So, we will celebrate Dia de los Muertos together on November 1, 2018.
Creating a ceremony that everyone can participate in takes time and energy. We...
Ritual and ceremony are ancient human activities. Some anthropologist think rituals are a basic human instinct. The wisdom keepers knew that ritual ceremonies invoked a visceral experience of both the visible and invisible worlds. The bonds of community were strengthened through the use of rituals. Ceremonies provided an opportunity to be filled with a sense of wonderment.
Modern researchers have demonstrated that people who practice rituals can lower their level of anxiety and gain confidence in their own abilities to solve problems. They better navigate the di...
“Your emotions, like a painter, color the way you see the world.”
Our June 9th full moon is in the house of Sagittarius. It is a time to broaden our experience of ourselves. Full moons are often associated with the full expression of emotions. They can encourage romance and true love or inspire raging anger and terror.
What are you feeling today?
Modern neuroscience reveals that our emotions define our lives. Did you know that decisions you thought were rational are actually based on your emotions? Research now shows that both our vision and hear...
“In the midst of winter, I finally learned that there was in me an invincible summer.”
~ Albert Camus
The winter solstice is a time to release the old and invite in the new. During the longest night it is traditional to celebrate the darkness and invite back the sun into our lives. It is a time of life, death and rebirth.
In the northern hemisphere the winter solstice occurs in December, while those in the southern hemisphere experience it in June. In ancient times, winter festivals were held on or around the winter solstice.
“After death our physical body returns to the earth. Our wisdom returns to the mountains. Our soul returns to the stars.” – Q’ero elder
I met Don Francisco Chura Flores, a Q’ero medicine man, when I attended a class on shamanic energy medicine in the desert of Joshua Tree, California. He dressed in the colorful hand-woven clothing of his people who live in the high mountains of Peru. He was not a tall man, but his presence was substantial. He had traveled to the desert as a guest of The Four Winds Society to give us, the students, the healer’s rites of the Q’ero...
“I will never forget how we changed this room from a place of burden to a place of glory.” – Megory Anderson
Creating and holding sacred space for someone who is ill or dying is a simple but powerful tool. The holding of sacred space separates the area surrounding the dying from the outside world. It produces a healing environment that is safe and peaceful. We create this sacred space with intention and grace.
While there are many ways to open sacred space, the results are the same. The person being held senses the calm, nurturing embrace.