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Spirit Animals: BAT BRAVERY

The vast majority of people are frightened, if at the very least trepidatious, when encountering bats. For some, the mere mention of a bat sends them into a panic Conservationists have been working for decades to dispel the terrifying myths about bats and to bring humans into a greater appreciation of these flying mammals. Bats work wonders for an ecosystem keeping dangerous crop pest insects in check and producing great agricultural fertilizer in the form of guano. Still, despite the best…

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Archetypes: THE HERO

The hero archetype is one of the most recognizable archetypes in literature, film, television and video games. It seems that any compelling story has a hero of some flavor that is easy to name. Here are twenty real-life and fictional hero archetype examples: Superman, King Arthur, Joan of Arc, Luke Skywalker, Rocky, Hercules, Spiderman, Harry Potter, Wonder Woman, Wolverine, Katniss Everdeen (The Hunger Games), Neo (The Matrix), Rosa Parks, Frodo, Daniel LaRusso (Karate Kid), William Wallace (Braveheart), Dorothy Gale (Wizard of Oz), Moses,…

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Spirit Animals: SECURE SQUIRREL

Squirrels are members of the family Sciuridae and are characterized by slender bodies, longer back legs, and a long, expressive bushy tail. The name squirrel is derived from the Ancient Greek world skiouros meaning “shadow-tailed”. There are over 265 species of squirrel worldwide, with the Eastern Gray Squirrel being the most commonly seen mammal in the United States. The family of squirrels includes not only tree squirrels but also ground squirrels, flying squirrels and chipmunks. Squirrel Meaning and Preparedness In four-season climates,…

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Is Shamanism a Religion?

Shamanism is experiencing a great resurgence. The prevalence of shamans is on the rise. And, as everyone figures out how to pronounce shaman and shamanism (the first “a” is soft, like an “ah”), there are alternative terms adding to the confusion, “shamanistic” and “shamanist” being primary contributors. Given that many people are still getting comfortable using the words, it is no surprise that few know how to categorize shamanism. The question of “is shamanism a religion?” is a reasonable inquiry. Very strictly speaking, shamanism…

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How To: Autumnal Equinox Celebration

The autumnal equinox (otherwise known as the “first day of fall”) is a turning point in the seasons when the sun reaches its zenith over the celestial equator. Or, more plainly, it comes to the midpoint in its journey from north to south. On an equinox, both the northern and southern hemispheres are equally illuminated. From the Latin word meaning equal (equi) night (-nox), the day of the equinox is a time when there is an equal amount of nighttime to…

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10th Anniversary: Remembering Graccia the Red-Tailed Hawk

Since the red-tailed hawk Graccia’s passing on September 17, 2005, I have noticed the coming and going of this date. It always causes me to stop and look at what is moving in my life. I am reminded to find meaning in the now like I did on that day. On the 10th anniversary of her crossing over, the date has astrological significance. Mercury is going retrograde. This means a time for reflection is coming upon us. We’ll be challenged…

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Spirit Animals: BLACK PANTHER POWER

Typically, I like to stick to explaining species (such as the red-tailed hawk or barn owl) or a general group of species (such as turtle or eagle) when writing spirit animal articles, but in this case, I am making an exception. Black Panther spirit animal looms so large in our psyche and mythologies that she warrants unique treatment when considering interpretation. Is Black Panther a Jaguar or a Leopard? She can be either! Black panthers are not a distinct species, nor…

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Archetypes: THE CHILD

The child archetype, along with the saboteur, victim and prostitute, is one of the four survivor archetypes identified by Caroline Myss in her work on Sacred Contracts. Each of us embodies the four essential survivor archetypes from birth to death. The lessons we gain from survivor archetype struggles are what bring us into our divine nature, our authentic selves. The Inner Child & The Child Archetype Any modern day discussion of the child archetype likely must start with our understanding of the inner child. The…

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Spirit Animals: BEAUTIFUL BUTTERFLY

Resurrection & Transformation The spiritual meaning of butterfly spirit animal is widely understood as resurrection. Hindus take the butterfly’s time in the chrysalis as a reminder of the importance of meditation on the road to enlightenment. Christians see the emergence of the winged butterfly from the chrysalis as a metaphor for Jesus’s resurrection from the dead. The meaning of butterfly as resurrection could be seen literally in the example of Christ or symbolically as our own rebirth into a revolutionary way of…

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How To: Finding Soul Friendship

In my article on red-tailed hawk spirit animal I encourage people to identify and connect with their tribe and for good reason. You may be surprised to learn that many people I encounter feel disconnected from a sense of tribe. They feel alone. So many people long for companionship. Often each person thinks, interestingly, that they are the only one that feels this way. There is a huge chunk of who they are that they both fear and yearn to share. There are a fair share of…

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