31 October, 2014

Quick update from Sedona

Happy Halloween!

I've been here since Monday, and am loving every minute!

Raven was the first to greet me. In my jet-lagged state, I heard a croak outside my bathroom. He was staring right at me, head cocked to the side, begging me to get out of bed and play! 

We only talked for a bit, but He's greeted me every morning, and has been with me at every sacred place I've visited.

Coyote laughed and yipped the first night, during my stargazing, but his physical brethren have been super sneaky. The only coyote I've seen is a dead one one the side of the road (of course, I teared up a bit and rolled my eyes). He's got two more days to make contact... although He has been in each of my daily Journeys.

The views are spectacular and expansive,  and my Energy Bodies have adapted to the extra space out here.

A few quick photos before a full update (when I return to Maryland):

26 October, 2014

Visiting the Desert for the Pagan Holidays (and Coyote, too)

In less than 8 hours, I will be on a plane to Arizona, for a week-long vacation.

I have traveled to many different ecosystems in the past 10-12 years (tropical, rainy/British, windy tundra, forest, mountains, beaches, oceans, rivers, creeks, etc.), but I have never been to a true desert.

(public domain image via Microsoft)
 I have packed my rattle and some offerings in between my clothes (too full a suitcase!), and I am so ecstatic that I can't sleep. I want to hike every day, see the southern tip of the Grand Canyon, visit different museums, sit under a clear night sky full of the stars and Milky Way, dance in the Halloween/Samhain/Dia de los Muertos parades.

And I want to hear coyotes howl.

I have worked with Coyote for many years. He began as a silent totem-like animal guide on Journeys (back in 2002) and evolved into a wonderfully sarcastic human-coyote shape-changer (with whom I enjoy many hilarious conversations).

But I have never seen a coyote in real life, a constant joke from the Old Man himself.

We'll see who gets the last laugh, as I have a full week to chase Him down!

(C) MLB  AAAAAaaaaaaooooooooooo!

Stay tuned as I update my blog with photos from my vacation, along with stories of Synchronicity and Shamanism!

20 October, 2014

Healing the Soul during Mercury Retrograde

Mercury Retrograde, a phrase that can cause increased anxiety and fear in a wide variety of people.

Miscommunication, bad travels, accidents, difficulty with electronics-- all of it within the domain of Mercury himself, and all of it turning a bit "screwy" when he goes "on vacation" or "to the Underworld (he is a Psychopomp after all)."

However, I've learned that the above-mentioned mishaps don't last too long, and certainly not the entire 3-week duration of His Retrograde phase. After about 3-4 days, things begin to settle down, and Mercury (and other Spirits) are able to help humans with "Re-Writing" and "Re-Editing" different life experiences, energetic connections, PTSD, karmic links, etc.

I've had some interesting and powerful healing appointments with clients during this time. Traumatic life experiences have been better healed, painful ties to past relationships have been remediated, and enmeshed Souls have been given healthier boundaries. Some clients have been able to help heal the Ancestral Line of their families, and other clients have been able to facilitate healing to the Egregore of the "Healthy & Powerful Woman" (these healings help undo the damages of the angry/scared/embittered Patriarchy, and help return Balance to the interactions between all genders).

I am not an Astrologer, but I have loved reading different blog articles about the particular Mercury Retrograde during this month of October. Here's a link to my favorite: Emotional Thoughts about Mercury Retrograde.

The Retrograde period ends this Saturday (October 25th). Let's work together to help heal recurring traumatic thoughts, entangled relationships, and family issues. Please email me for an appointment.

14 October, 2014

Creating a Rattle during the Full Moon Eclipse

What an intense few weeks so far! Mercury went Retrograde (see future post), the Full Moon involved a spectacular eclipse, and the veils between Worlds have felt much thinner (as we approach Samhain).

Since becoming a shaman Full Time (although when is it not full time? Spirits are always on and communicating), I have wanted to create a new rattle to honor my professional work and relationships with Spirits. I made my first rattle back in 2010, to coincide with the beginning of my education. It is very powerful, very loud, and moves a lot of energy very quickly. It has been used in years of Journeywork, individual and group Healings, and many House Clearings.

During the past 4+ years, some of the corn has exploded, and bits and bobs keep falling out during particularly intense ceremonies. It has a desire to "retire" and only "come out" for special occassions-- ha ha!

I began working on a new rattle during the New Moon on September 24th. I gathered materials, looked for different hides/pelts/skins, collected all of my stones gathered at different sacred sites (including special places at Gunpowder Park and Coba), and purchased artificial sinew, an awl, and leather scraps.
Lots of materials!
I began the actual work of cutting the hide and sewing it the day before the Full Moon Eclipse. My last rattle used a particularly strong and tough hide; for this rattle, Old Man Coyote himself wanted to be honored! It was nearly impossible to find a "hard-tanned" coyote pelt, as coyote fur is often used in fur coats, hats, etc. I got lucky, and found an "air-dried" coyote pelt on eBay (the sacred provider of spiritual materials). I created a mock-up of the shape that I wanted, and cut out the hide from the heart-region of the pelt (no better area for a heart-centered rattle of healing!).

So difficult to cut!
Now, in almost 99% of the time, the hide is shaved down, so that no fur remains on it. This keeps the rattle-head hide tough and strong and resonant. For my rattle, I decided to keep the fur on, both for the tactile aspect of it, and just to see what it would look like and how it would sound!

Soaking the fur and hide for the rattle-head
As the evening grew late, and the hide became pliable, I sewed my rattle-head and filled it with sand. This helped to shape it and expand it to its full roundness. I went to bed, and set my alarm for early morning (5:00am!!), so that I could complete the rattle before the Full Moon Eclipse began (at 5:40am).

Zip-tied to keep the sand in!
 I woke up at 5:02am, and went out to check my rattle.

It should have been completely dry.

It was still completely wet. Ugh. The coyote fur had insulated the skin, and it had not dried or hardened at all.

I took the zip-tied rattle outside, poured offerings, and made my prayers and intentions under the Full Moon, right as it went into Eclipse.

Poor camera resolution :(
I replaced the sand with Salt, in the hopes that it would dry out the hide better (sort of Ancient Egyptian), and went back to bed.

When I woke up later that morning, the rattle-head was STILL DAMP, although not as wet as before. I started Googling, to see if the Gods of the Internet would help me figure out how to dry my rattle-head safely.

No results.

I got a little worried, a little anxious, and a little crazy. I decided to "bake" the rattle-head in the Oven!

I followed similar directions for dehydrating meat, and found that finally, the rattle-head was dry and stiff enough for filling!
Almost done!
I put in all of my materials, dried corn, sacred herbs, etc. and began gluing the hide to my driftwood stick. I wrapped the ends with black leather straps, put on another zip-tie, and carefully arranged it on my counter-top to dry.

Each night of the Full Moon, I took it outside to soak in the energy. I also took it out into the Sun, to get a nice balance. And I have begun to use it in setting up Crystal Healing Grids for individual client appointments.

Coyote's rattle is complete!
I look forward to learning more about its power, how it moves energy, and how it puts me into Trance for Journeys!

09 October, 2014

Picture of Crystal Healing Grid-- Crystals to Promote Physical Healing

The healing ceremony on Sunday was fantastic, and very healing for both clients and shamanic practitioners!

Caroline and I focused on Physical Healing (see previous post ), and many clients found pain relief and blockage removal.

Here is an image of our glorious Healing Crystal Grid:

Great pic, D.J.!!
Note the Coyote Pelts on both sides! Aaaaaoooooooooo!

There are only Two more Crystal Healing Ceremonies left for this year, and they focus on healing Lineages/Psychopomp and healing Broken Hearts.

Please email me your interest, as we are limited to 25 clients for each ceremony!

03 October, 2014

Crystal Healing Ceremony for Physical Healing

On Sunday, the next crystal healing ceremony will be presented in our series: Physical Healing.

Although much of my training has been in mental and emotional health, I grew up in a family of nurses, and this informal education has really helped me pinpoint different things during healing appointments with clients.

Physical healing is the most immediate form of healing relief that can come after a shamanic healing ceremony. It forms the basis for pain relief and removal of physical blockages, so that the shaman and her Spirits can begin to work on the emotional/spiritual levels.

Many numerous stones, woods, plants, and other sacred items can help with physical healing, such as carnelian, willow, plantain/all heal, etc.  The concept of Sympathetic Magic appears to be strongest with physical healing items, if one looks at historical documents and folklore.

NOTE: The following descriptions are purely from my experiences in Trance, and should NOT REPLACE allopathic medicine. Please see my Major Disclaimer (to the left of this webpage).

Here are a few of my favorites:

Sacred stones for physical healing

Hematite is a silvery, bubbly stone that has a rusty color when rubbed off. It is a form of Iron Oxide, and is primarily used to help heal disorders of the blood (anemia, inflammation, blood circulation, etc.). It has a secondary use of helping the brain to focus and concentrate when overwhelmed with powerful emotions (sort of like a "distancing" and "mentalizing" effect).

One of my favorites (I love the gorgeous yellow color)! Sulphur assists with metabolic balances, bile, stomach issues, strengthening of bones and organs, and many other wonderful things. It is also highly useful in increasing energy levels and supporting cancer patients.
This stone also works on disorders of the blood (similar to hematite above), but I've found it very useful for organs and tissues, more than the blood itself (i.e., heart, liver, etc).
Calcite is composed of calcium, so I find it excellent in assisting with broken bones, osteopenia, broken teeth, and nutrient imbalances. It comes in a wide range of colors, and I usually use either the white or the golden calcite.
Fluorite has both calcium and fluoride compounds in it, and so for physical healing, I enjoy using it for all sorts of dental issues. In fact, I have a piece by my bed to help combat cavities! Fluorite comes in as many colors as calcite, but I use the purple fluorite mainly for helping mental/ emotional stability, and 3rd eye issues.
This is the Best Stone for female reproductive issues, hands down! If you look at the squiggly lines, they can easily be seen to represent blood vessels. I use this for menstruation issues, pregnancy, cramps, ovarian cysts, cancer, etc.
Deer Antler, Willow wands, Plantain, etc:
As the upcoming ceremony focuses on stones and crystals, I will not discuss these here today. Check back here for a future blog article on other sacred items that can assist with physical healing!

The ceremony is this Sunday, October 5th, and I hope to see many of you there!