Showing posts from January, 2015

New shamanic healing rattle has arrived!

A little over a month ago, my wonderful and powerful Coyote Rattle exploded.

It began very subtly. At first, the black wrappings started to loosen. Then, the coyote rattle-head started to soften and muffle. Finally, I used it during a healing appointment and the whole thing came apart in my hands (super intense appointment!).

I've always made my own rattles, either with rattle kits, or purchasing materials and creating it from scratch. I worked very hard on my Coyote Rattle, and although it looked a bit weird, and sounded even stranger, it was mine, and put me in spiritual headspace with a flick of my wrist.

I decided that although I loved to create my own spiritual tools (rattles, runes, etc.), I wanted a professionally-created rattle that would last.

I found a gorgeous one from a maker in Denmark, and stared at it lovingly for about a week. Rattles are tricky things, and although different ones look amazing, it is really all about the sound (that puts the shaman into Otherworld …

Coyote Medicine: Words from Dr. Lewis Mehl-Madroma

Last week, I saw a free lecture given at Johns Hopkins on Wolfe Street in Baltimore City.

Dr. Lewis Mehl-Madroma, author of many Coyote Medicine books, gave an 1.5 hour lecture, in which he told wonderful stories about using the knowledge of traditional Elders in both psychiatric and internal medicine.

 Here are a few of his more profound pieces of wisdom, written down during his lecture:

"One can be deeply spiritual and deeply 'rascally' at the same time!"

Traditional stories, that provide societal roles and mores, are helpful to those who did not receive instruction in childhood.

"Elders need 'roadies'-- that's how one learns the teachings!"

"Powerful relationships with Spirits allow the Work to happen."
Dr. Mehl-Madroma also spoke about suicide rates among Indigenous populations: Those that kept their ancient language in use (spoken) had lower-than-US-average levels of suicidality. Those that lost their ancient language (both spoken…

Pictures from the most recent Grand Healing Ceremony!

The Grand Public Healing Ceremony on the 4th of January was incredibly powerful and intense. Although it was scheduled months in advance, it serendipitously took place during the following powerful Astrological phenomena:
Full Moon in CancerSun & Earth Peri-helionGrand Crossgeneral New Year (2015) Resolutions The effects of healing conducted during that time will be felt for many months to come (if you missed the Healing Ceremony, but would still like to work with Astrological Events coming up, please consider attending the Main Ritual at Between the Worlds/Sacred Space Conference).

Here are some photos of the Crystal Grid Caldera created for the Ceremony. As the only Druid Shaman working, I was supremely happy of the creation of the Sacred Middle Pillar (Well, Tree, Fire):

The ceremony lasted many hours, and everyone received the healing that s/he most needed to go forward into 2015. At the end, when packing and cleaning were done, the Healers were greeted with an amazing sight:…

Guest Article: "Is Tarot a Living Entity?"

For those of you who are interested in the amazing divination system of Tarot, here is an excellent article, written by my dear friend Caroline Kenner. Not only is she a force of nature as a shamanic teacher and healer, but she and her husband own and operate the best company of Tarot Card Apps I've ever seen (The Fool's Dog)!

Q:Do you sense Tarot to be a living entity?
A: "O, yes. The oracle of the Tarot is a massive egregore. I hear the oracle speak sometimes when I'm working with the cards, and even when the oracle is not speaking, I sense its presence. The voices change depending on the deck I am using. Crowley's Thoth deck is possibly the most focused oracular voice I hear, so I am learning to read with it, even though I don't like Uncle Al at all. It is a brilliant deck."

"When we were creating The Fool's Dog, we took the Tarot's egregore into account:Ivo Dominguez Jr.had given us a spell, reading, or other magical working for our weddin…