Author Archives: Zita

About Zita

Zita brings “Happily Ever After” to life. She is a wedding officiant, ordained interfaith minister, a certified Life-Cycle Celebrant®, playwright and multipublished romance novelist. Through Moon River Rituals, Zita creates customized ceremonies for individuals, couples, families, and communities in CT, RI, MA, and NY. She is a proud supporter of marriage equality. To see her handfasting cords, visit www.etsy.com/shop/MoonRiverRituals and www.Facebook.com/MoonRiverRituals. Zita also hosts and produces three television shows: Weddings with Zita, Page 1 and Full Bloom. Watch them on YouTube.com/ZitaTVNetwork. For information about Zita's writing, visit www.ZitaChristian.com, Yes, she wears many hats

Is Your Child Leaving Home?

As loving parents, we do things to show our children that there’s no place like home. They still grow up and leave. For the child, that milestone opens the door to freedom. For the parent, that milestone empties the nest. … Continue reading

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Episode 45 – Hawk & Falcon Medicine for the Spirit

  Does the story of the noble hero on a quest to find the feminine grail stir something inside you? If so, the hawk calls you. Does it cry “Beware!” or “Be aware”?    Are you drawn to the Egyptian falcon-headed … Continue reading

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Episode 44: Owl Medicine for the Spirit

Imagine an owl. Did you feel a sense of apprehension or foreboding? No surprise. Owls have long been associated with death. Maybe you conjured a Halloween scene with an owl and a full moon. Or, did you picture Harry Potter’s … Continue reading

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Episode 43: EAGLE MEDICINE FOR THE SPIRIT

  Imagine an eagle. Did you picture a majestic symbol of patriotism? Or, a sacred Native American totem? Or a giant nest perched in the top of a tree or on the edge of a cliff?    Did your mind … Continue reading

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Episode 42: Rituals for Podcasters

In the metaphysical world where everything is made of fire, earth, air, and water, air is the realm of thoughts and ideas. Breath is an expression of air. Many cultures believe that breath and spirit are the same thing. Voice … Continue reading

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Episode 41 – Rituals for Writers

To a writer, the blank screen or a blank piece of paper can be exciting or daunting. A blinking cursor can be a beacon to our calling or a signal of danger ahead. Writers create for the masses but do … Continue reading

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Episode 40 – Home Funerals

  When the time comes, which do you want: a funeral home or a home funeral? Burial or cremation? Fancy casket or cardboard box?  Ashes in an urn or scattered someplace special?  Who have you told about what you want? … Continue reading

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Episode 39: Funeral Rituals for the Death of a Marriage

Most couples don’t get married expecting to get divorced. But when a marriage is dissolved, can ritual help the couple move on?  As a Life-Cycle Celebrant, I believe rituals can help the couple navigate one of the most stressful events … Continue reading

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Gifts from the Ancestors: A Ritual for Samhain

This ritual was initially designed to be performed with a group. At the end of the ritual, I suggest ways it can be adapted as a virtual ritual.   Prepare in advance: Each person who plans to attend is told in … Continue reading

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Episode 38 – Funerals for Pets

Sometimes, grief can blindside. David Hooper from Build a Big Podcast told me how heart-wrenching it was to have his dog put down. Weeks later, when he felt he was managing his grief, he came home from a stressful day at work, immediately went to put food in his dog’s bowl and reality hit. He sat down and cried. I’ve been there. My guess is you’ve been there, too.  Continue reading

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