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Astrological Moon Circle Theme Ideas

Uh oh. It's your turn to host the moon circle and you are out of moon circle theme ideas. Have no fear. This will help you out. New or Full Moon? The first consideration is for your moon circle them is the moon phase. Is it a new moon or a full moon? If it's a new moon, you may want to focus on beginnings and setting intentions. The moon is resting, so relaxing and meditating are also appropriate. For a full moon, you could focus on what you're harvesting or letting go of. We want to make space for what is coming. This is a time for activity so things like dance or playing work well at this time. The Signs Now you want to look at the calendar to tell you what...

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An Animist Tree Planting Ritual

Spring is well under way. Everything is greening up and coming alive. It's the perfect time for renewing life. If you're planning on doing this by adding trees to your landscape, why not include an animist tree planting ritual?  WHY DO A TREE PLANTING RITUAL? Everything in animism is symbolic. Trees symbolize:lifedeep rootscontributing to things you may not live long enough to enjoy or see the full benefit oftransformationuniongrowthnourishmentshelterwisdommedicineRather than simply planting a tree with no fanfare, you may wish to do a tree planting ritual to bring the energy of your intention into the world. You could plant a tree for peace, to commemorate your wedding, to honor Mother Earth, to mark the birth of a child, or to bless a new business venture.WHAT TREE TO PLANT?Specific trees have qualities of...

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How I Lead Group Ceremonies

By far the most controversial thing I have ever written was an article called "Please Don't Call it Native American Shamanism." Another article called "What You Need to Know Before Engaging in Group Rituals" fleshes it out a bit more. Since I still get questions and arguments about who is entitled to lead group ceremonies and do rituals, I want to just let you know how I lead group ceremonies. This is not to say that this is how it must be done. It's just to give you something to think about when you choose your group facilitator or if you are considering leading group ceremonies for others. I Know Who is in Ceremony With Me It's my job to know who is in ceremony with me because the ceremony is for...

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What You Need to Know Before Engaging in Group Rituals

In 2011, best selling author and motivational guru, James Arthur Ray, was convicted of felony negligent homicide after conducting a sweat lodge where three people died. Every year pilgrims to South America die in pursuit of healing. Unfortunately, with the rising demand for rituals, spirituality, and transformative experiences, this may become more common. These types of tragedies don't have to happen to you. Here is what you need to know before engaging in group rituals. Go With Someone You Know In indigenous societies, healers serve their communities. Community members know their healers. There is a relationship. There is accountability. I hope you check out your doctor, therapist, massage therapist or other health care provider's credentials and reviews before you ask them to help you. Engaging in spirit medicine is just as important....

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Is Sacred Plant Medicine Ceremony for You?

It's a good time to talk about is sacred plant medicine ceremony for you. In keeping with the seriousness and introspection that plant ceremonies require, this won't be a check list type of article but a list of questions that I urge you to contemplate mindfully. Are You Ready to Sacrifice Something? Healing rituals are about you asking the spirit world to give something to you. In order for something to come in, you have to make space. This may mean that you need to sacrifice your ego, your identity (as victim, hero, the "sick" one, or whatever), or your control. If you go in there with the will to keep your problems and defense mechanisms intact, that is what you will walk out with. Are You Willing to Exchange Energy? All of Nature...

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The Many Benefits of Rituals

There are many benefits of rituals. You just have to engage in them with an open heart to see for yourself. There is nothing superstitious or evil about it. It's just a way to get in touch with yourself, your ancestors, and the universe. Rituals Help You Get Acquainted With Your World When you do rituals, you invoke the energy of people, deities, and things to help you. This helps you to get to know the energy of things. Which plants are good for throat ailments? How can trees take your emotional pain away? What element (air, earth, fire, or water) is best for increasing energy? What is good for taking things away? When you realize that things have energy, it may get you curious about how you are using your own energy. It may...

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