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.
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 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.
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.
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
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.
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
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 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.
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:
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.
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 “