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Open Shamanic Journey class on grounding, shielding, and protection

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Join me for the next (Sunday, July 21stOpen Journey class of 2019 located in Wheaton-Silver Spring, Maryland!

This group is open to anyone who has interest in learning how to work with the Spirits for personal growth, self-healing, and connection with the Otherworlds. Beginners to experienced Journeyers are welcome and the address is available to those to email me. There is open parking on the street, and please let me know if you have any cat allergies (Skwigi likes to join us).

Our topic changes each month to allow for inspiration via the spirits, planetary movements/pressures, world events, etc. The topic for July will be on New/Updated forms of Protection & Shielding in this modern world. Many folks are awakening to new communications with the Spirits, and are having trouble trying to remain strong in their energies. Come and learn some updated techniques with our Spirits, and the importance of effective practice!

Our workshop is set up as follows:
Payment, attendance, introduct…

Independence day online healing ceremony

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If you've been paying attention to the themes underneath the fear-causing news articles, then you know of the major changes to the United States. There are numerous threats to our Personal Liberties, the health of our shared Lands, the safety of our Oceans, and to the health of our nation's People. Many aspects of our relationship to the Nation are BROKEN. What does this mean for our relationships to our Helping Spirits? The animals, plants, insects, and spirits of place suffer under our inability to maintain "ghosti", the hospitable & "right-relationship" with all Beings who share this physical world with us. Because so many humans are actively working against the healing of this country, there is a great need for spiritual- and magically-inclined citizens to bring Healing. This Druid shamanic healing ceremony will help us to renew, refresh, and refocus. We will ask our Helping Spirits to join with us and inspire through Hope & Faith, and direct …

Solar Eclipse in Cancer

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Today marks the Solar Eclipse in Cancer, wahoo! 

For those of us on East Coast time, it'll start around 3:15pm. I do not believe that we will be able to see much more than a general darkening of the sky for a few minutes, but it will certainly have a spiritual and emotional affect on our systems. For the month of July, we will have two eclipses, a solar eclipse in Cancer on July 2nd, and a partial lunar eclipse in Capricorn on July 16th. Here are some excellent words to help you prepare: "Eclipses reveal what we need to heal within ourselves. Highly transformative, if we take it up on its offer, Eclipse Season marks a time where we renew our relationship to our life’s purpose. It marks a moment where we gain clarity about what we need to put a stop to. These eclipses, in particular, demand our finest efforts, making clear the conflict we have to work through. They encourage us to purge the emotional, psychological, and interpersonal toxins from our lives."- Chani NicholasT…

Online Independence Day shamanic healing ceremony

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On Thursday, July 4th, at 11:00am, I will be facilitating an Online Shamanic Healing Ceremony via FB Live, in honor of Independence Day here in the United States.

If you've been paying attention to the themes underneath the fear-causing news articles, then you know of the major changes to our country. There are numerous threats to our Personal Liberties, the health of our shared Lands, the safety of our Oceans, and to the health of our nation's People. Many aspects of our relationship to our nation are broken and skewed towards consumption.

What does this mean for our relationships to our Helping Spirits? The animals, plants, insects, and spirits of place suffer under our inability to maintain "ghosti", the hospitable & "right-relationship" with all Beings who share this physical world with us. Because so many humans are actively working against the healing of this country, there is a great need for spiritual- and magically-inclined citizens to bring Heal…

Guardian spirits

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(lecture notes from the most-recent Open Shamanic Journey class, (c) Monika Healing Coyote, 2019)


Guardian spirits are a class of spirits found within all spiritual/religious cultures. They can protect structures, property, a person's physical/mental/emotional health, and/or the family/community/clan/tribe.  The following are a few basic examples of these spirits:

Celtic/Druid: jewelry, tattoos, clothing, statues, and other handcrafted items would represent the guardian spirit(s), and would either travel with the indigenous Celtic tribes, or they would remain inside a home to protect the land and structures.Greek & Roman: the genius loci (Spirit of Place/Dwelling) would be granted a special place near the front door of the home Japanese/Shinto: there are many shrines dedicated to the kami (indigenous spirits of the islands) of an entire town/area/prefecture, and different goshuin for each spirit within the shrine areaThailand: these cultures build entire Spirit Houses outside of…

The magical technology of Goshuin 朱印 stamp books in Japanese Shinto practice

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Within the Shinto religious practice, prayers and offerings between us and the Kami (spirits) are marked with special stamps (called Goshuin 朱印). Each temple has a different mark, different sacred calligraphy, and switches the artistry on a regular basis. It marks the date, the Japanese Era, the temple/shrine location, and the Kami spirit who received the offerings. Magically, these stamps honor the exchange between the person offering prayers/money/gifts to the Kami, and the Kami's hopeful agreement (within about a year) to answer the prayers. It is a wonderful way to stay in touch with the Spirits of Place when back home! (This particular stamp is from the Takeo Shrine dedicated to the 3,000 year old Camphor Tree near Takeo-cho in Saga, Kyushu Island, Japan.  (c) Monika Healing Coyote 2019

A Druid journeys to the Island of Kyushu, Japan

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I had an amazing time studying some of the yokai and kami spirits withing Shintoism this trip! Stories will come soon, but here is the first of many, many pictures showcasing the incredible beauty of this Land!

Note: All images are photographed by Kristina Elyse Butke, and all copyright remains with her. Posted with expressed permission.

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