Category Archives: Cultural Traditions

Episode 53: YOUR HEROIC DESTINY? A Revised Folktale about Fatima the Spinner

The days grow shorter. Have you noticed the shadows? We’re midway through the dark half of the year. To survive the coming winter, we need stories of heroes. The story we need the most is about you. What happens to … Continue reading

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EPISODE 52 – THE WEDDING CEREMONY ARCH: A Modern Symbol with Ancient Meaning

What does a wedding arch have to do with a king’s scepter, a flag planted on the moon, and a Thomas Kincaid painting? Weddings are filled with symbolism. One that has been lost over the years is the original meaning … Continue reading

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Episode 51- Yemaya, the Yoruba Orisha “Mother of All” – Part 2 of Seashells and Ocean Goddesses

Science shows that all human life began in Africa. So it’s no surprise that on the west coast of Nigeria we find the orisha Yemaya, Goddess of the Seven Seas, known as the “Mother of All.”  Yemaya is often shown … Continue reading

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Episode 50:  Sedna, a Ritual for the Goddess of the Arctic Ocean / Part 1-Seashells & Ocean Goddesses

Have you ever held a shell to your ear and listened to the sound of the ocean? You can dismiss the experience as the simple and scientific vibration of blood to bone. Or you can interpret the sound as ancestral. … Continue reading

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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 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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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 37: Croning – A Ritual for a Woman of a Certain Age

  She’s a woman of “a certain age.”  Our culture thinks those words are better than saying “she’s old.” Well, I am a woman of a certain age. I am certain of who I am,  certain of what I want, … Continue reading

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Keys: A Ritual for Weddings, First Looks, and Personal Talismans (Episode 31)

Couples getting married often use a key as a motif for their wedding. It makes sense. The mere presence of a key indicates something of value, a treasure worth protecting. That understanding is what inspired me to create a wedding … Continue reading

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Episode 30 ~ Maiden, Mother, Crone (updated)

Every Maiden isn’t young. Every Mother doesn’t have a child. Every Crone isn’t old. what distinguishes them is not age, but energy. Beginning in 1996 and nearly every summer for the next 20 years, I spent a week with hundreds … Continue reading

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