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.
you’re going through a hard time or feeling anxious, insecure, or vulnerable.
Perhaps you just feel you can’t let your guard down or are finding it hard to
relax. Or Sometimes the knocks of life can just throw us out of whack.
when we feel out-of-sorts or a little unsettled in this way it can be helpful
to clear and balance our root chakra. The root
chakra is the first of the seven chakras. And it can be the key to
feeling grounded, safe, and secure in the world.
and balancing your root chakra can help you relax, feel calmer and more secure,
and let go of some of those underlying fears you might be holding onto.
In ancient days, woman of a tribe or village
would retreat into
a Moon Lodge, Menstrual Hut or Red Tent during menstruation. It was a sacred
place for women to renew, recharge, connect with one another and receive
They would gather during their moon times and
be taken care of by the elder woman and younger maids of the village. Foods were prepared and delivered
to the moon lodge. Women were completely discharged from their other duties and
responsibilities so they could turn their attentions inward and care for
This course consists of eight modules
spread over twelve one day workshops. Criteria for acceptance on the course are
attendance of an Introductory Workshop.
The principle aim of the course is to
help you with your own, multi-dimensional personal development, re-establish
your connections with the earth and nature and enable you to practice shamanics
on an on-going basis to empower your future and help those around you with the
knowledge and techniques learned.
Participation in the course will impart
a deeper understanding of shamanism and its principles and practice.
Shaman are spiritual beings with the
ability to heal, work with energies and 'see' visions. Shamans work with the spirit healing illness at the soul level, using
knowledge and insight gained from working with the spirits of nature such as
rocks and trees, the land, and from the spirits of animals and humans such as
their ancestors. For the shaman, everything is alive and carries information.
You can call this spirit, energy, or consciousness. In order to communicate with the spirit or consciousness of these
things, the shaman will shift his or her own state of awareness.
Shamanism is an ancient
healing tradition and moreover, a way of life. Shamanism is the universal spiritual wisdom inherent to all
indigenous tribes and where all ancient spiritual practices are rooted in
nature, shamanism is the method by which we as human beings can strengthen that
natural connection. Put simply Shamanism is a way to connect with nature
and all of creation.
While people of
many religions practice shamanism, Catholics, Buddhists, Hindus, Taoists, and
Jews, not all shamans are members of an organized religion.