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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
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
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
Episode 36: Colored – A Black Lives Matter Ritual
At 9 years old, I didn’t care that my mother wasn’t funny like Lucille Ball, or that she didn’t wear circle skirts and twirl around the house like Loretta Young, or that she was no longer pretty like Miss … Continue reading
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
Episode 23 – The Making of a Medicine Woman – Attending My First Public Ritual
Years ago, I wrote about this experience. I’ve drawn on that blog post to create this episode of the podcast. The event remains key to my understanding of the power of ritual. ~ Rest in peace, Grandmother Mechi. Little Elk, schooled … Continue reading
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
Episode 7 – Prayer Flags for Wedding Rituals and Children’s Projects
Movies about climbing Mount Everest always show prayer flags – five pieces of solid colored fabric strung together, blowing in the wind. The meaning behind them is ancient and honors the individual, the family, the community, and the earth.
Want a meaningful way to celebrate the holiday season?
It’s early-December. Here in the northern hemisphere, the days shrink as darkness, unstoppable since the Summer Solstice last June, relentlessly nibbles the light. This battle between night and day is as old as time. And things are about to change.