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July Full Moon 9 – The Buck Moon

The early Native Americans did not record time by using the months of the Julian or Gregorian calendar. Many tribes kept track of time by watching the seasons and lunar months, although there was much inconsistency.
Names of moons often date back to Native American tribes, and early European pilgrims. They helped keep track of seasons, and significant events at those times. August's full moon, for example, is called the Sturgeon Moon, named for the species of fish that is best caught in the Great Lakes at around that time.

Crystals in Shamanic Practice

Crystals are an important part of Shamanic Practice. However, often times Shamanic Practitioners do not choose their crystal helper by looking in a book and deciding which one(s) to ask for help (although this can be useful in some circumstances) but they will use their connectivity and intuition to discern which crystal wants to help them at any given time or for a particular need to be fulfilled.

Crystals are very useful helpers in our own personal work, on the physical, mental, emotional and Spirit aspects of our selves and also for us to help others with.

What is a Shamanic Drum Circle?

Indigenous cultures have been observing community drumming for thousands of years. Now people all over the world are taking up drumming in astonishing numbers. At a grass roots level, small communal drum circles are springing up. While some drum circles are content to jam and make a lot of rhythmic noise, others choose to explore Shamanic drumming.

Shamanic drummingis a time-honored method of healing and helping others. A drumming circle is a place for shamanic practitioners to get together for learning, healing, and the revelation of spiritual guidance.

Shamanics and Creativity

Creativity in the general sense of the word is very much about artistic endeavours, crafts, cooking, writing, painting, drawing acting etc. Indeed, these activities generally bring forth a beauty from the internal world of the creator and offer their beauty to be shared with others.
 
Expressing our artistic creativity is a pleasure for us to engage in, it can be calming, meditative and  rewarding but sometimes frustrating and irritating as well!
 
In terms of shamanic understanding, creativity is taken a few steps further.

A Shamanic Celebration of Summer Solstice

The word “solstice” comes from the latin wordssol (sun) andsistere (stand still) because on June 21, the sun appears to stand still before it reverses direction and begins its decent back into the southern sky. The Summer Solstice is the first day of summer in the Northern Hemisphere and the longest day of the year. The sun is at its peak, the highest point in the sky. The rays of the sun are the clearest and warmest for this longest day, and shortest night.


Celebrations of the Summer Solstice vary across the globe and from culture to culture.

6 Air Purifying Houseplants

Plants and humans have lived in partnership since the beginning of human experience, not only in terms of food and medicine but as a fundamental part of our spiritual experience and developing consciousness.

Shamanic cultures worldwide see everything around them as alive, aware, and related. From a shamanic perspective nature is a complex web of support in which each part effectively cares for another; the nature of nature is co-operation. Nature has not accidentally created the plants around us to be as they are.

Shamanic Practice And Feathers

Shamanic practice places great importance on shamanic tools and a shaman’s sacred implements may be of many different kinds. They many include plants, special stones, animal parts, drums, musical instruments, masks, costumes and feathers.
 
Feathers may be used as tools to ease us in to an awakening of the whole self, used in prayer, or utilised for protection and healing. Feathering can also be used in energy healing’s, such as cleansing the auric field by sweeping a bird's wing or a single feather within the Auric Field - the space of energy surrounding a person.

4 Spring Herbs You Can Forage Now


Spring is now firmly upon us and foraging as the first spring foliage bursts from the earth is something that, for centuries, humans have counted on. Spring’s new growth is nutrient rich and bountiful nourishment after winter.

While fresh food is of course available all year round through supermarkets and independent food retailers, many of us still like to walk in the steps of our hunter gatherer ancestors.

Foraging is becoming much more popular, but there are a few things you should always remember:

Smudging - 8 Herbs in Shamanic Practice

Shamanic smudging is a tradition which has been used for generations to create peace and harmony. There are many different smudging ceremonies, and different shamanic practices use a variety of herbs for smudging. Shamanic smudging is the burning of herbs or incense for cleansing, creation of sacred space, purification, dismissal of negative energies and protection of both physical and spiritual bodies.


You can use herbs that are tied into a bundle, commonly called Smudge Sticks, braided herbs and botanicals, such as sweetgrass or loose herbs which can be burned on charcoal or in a fire pit.

April Pink Moon

In some areas tonight and everywhere tomorrow on April 11th, if you look up at the sky, you're going to see an annual event but one that also only occurs once a year: the Pink Moon. But despite its name, tonight's moon is not a watered-down version of the fiery-redBlood Moon.

As the smallest full moon of the year, you could refer to The Pink Moon perhaps as the "Tiny Moon". The Pink Moon is also not actually pink but instead is nicknamed such in relation to “moss pink” or more commonly “
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