Category Archives: Cultural Traditions

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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The Blessing Box Ritual for a New Home / Interfaith Weddings, Chuppahs, Archangels, Astrology, and the Four Royal Stars of Persia – Episode 29

  A Jewish bride and a Catholic groom.  As their officiant, what could I say in their wedding ceremony that would honor both spiritual paths — not only for the couple, but for their families?  In episode #29 of Ritual … Continue reading

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Samhain – Enter the Dark with a Map, a Community Fire, and Animal Guides

The Wheel of the Year turns, plunging us deeper into the dark half of the year. It’s Halloween. Samhain. The ground is fertile for growing fears.  Between the worlds of the living and the dead, the border blurs. Connecting with … Continue reading

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Fire and Water, Sun and Moon, Achievement and the Need for Rest – Episode 19

This year’s Summer Solstice has come and gone. But our entry into the dark half of the year has just begun.  My European ancestors divided the year into two seasons, summer and winter. The Summer Solstice was known as Midsummer. … Continue reading

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Episode 14: Imbolc – Brigid, Blacksmiths, Brewers, and Bards – and Swans!

Blacksmiths, brewers, and bards. What a strange group, you might say. What could they possibly have in common? All three are favored by the Celtic Goddess Brigid. Why? Because they all create with her elements of fire and water. The … Continue reading

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