A Day of Rock Hounding

We went rock hounding to find some rocks for my jewelry; I have been using natural stones in it as much as possible recently. I got some nice diopside, blue calcite and quartz, some with diopside. We first went to Cascade Lake, up past Keene, NY. Then we went to the Roaring Brook hiking area … Continue reading A Day of Rock Hounding

A Rockhounding Day

So I was out of sorts today, and didnt want to make jewelry or pottery. My husband and I decided to,go north to Keene Valley, NY to go rock hounding. We sure found a lot!! The first picture is green diopside.  This is calcite with garnet in it.  These are blue calcite with diopside in … Continue reading A Rockhounding Day

Power Animal Oracle Cards 

I am pulling some cards today from the wonderful card deck by Stephen D. Farmer. I pulled a monkey card - here is the text from Farmer's Guide:  No matter what's happening right now, you have got to be able to adjust to the circumstances at hand, then generate creative solutions or ideas and act … Continue reading Power Animal Oracle Cards 

Psychopomp, or Crossing the Dead Over

I wanted to share with you my first experience in psychopomp. It happened before I had any classes or workshops in it, although I was aware of the ritual in shamanism. It was my father. He had been ill on and off for about a year. He was failing - he had broken his neck … Continue reading Psychopomp, or Crossing the Dead Over

Unmasking the False Self

I want to explain what my understanding of the the false self is. I have been working through this - a lot of the information comes from Christina Pratt's podcasts, Why Shamanism Now. I don't think I have it all, but I am getting there. The false self is really quite useful and capable - … Continue reading Unmasking the False Self

More Facts About Lightning

I've been remiss. When I left Nan Moss' weather shamanism workshops II and III, I promised lightning I'd write about it, and I haven't been. So here are a few fun facts about lightning: Only 1/4 of lightning is from cloud to ground Lightning can occur inside clouds, between clouds and from clouds to the … Continue reading More Facts About Lightning

Moving the Dead Along

I was teaching my basic workshop on Journeying when an attendee mentioned her husband who wanted to learn, but was hesitant because she said he used to have spirits in his face yelling at him all of the time. Then some who were always talking to him. I asked if he wanted me to go … Continue reading Moving the Dead Along