Category Archives: Nature Based

Episode 49: The Language of Shells ~ A Beach Wedding Ritual

  Mother Nature always leaves messages for us. Unfortunately, we don’t always know how to read them. What messages can you find in seashells? The answers are fascinating. The answers are important if you’re having a beach wedding!   Couples … 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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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 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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Messages from the Trees – a ritual for the Winter Solstice – Episode 28

It’s January. Like the two-headed Roman God Janus, for whom the month is named, this is the time when we look back to the year just passed and forward to the year just begun.   Two weeks ago, I led a … 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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Creative Wedding Rituals: Pandas, Moths, Flours

Selecting the members of the wedding party can be so stressful, some couples don’t choose anyone. No maid of honor. No best man. After serving more than 150 couples as their wedding officiant, I’ve seen what this kind of stress … Continue reading

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