Ceremony & Prayer

sacred contracts chart of origin

How to: Casting Your Sacred Contracts Chart of Origin

What is a Chart of Origin? The Chart of Origin is a wheel that contains the twelve archetypes that make up your Sacred Contract for this lifetime. It was invented by New York Times best-selling author Caroline Myss. Stacey Couch is an Archetypal Consultant certified through Caroline Myss’s education institute. Stacey works as mentor for students in Caroline Myss’ Sacred Contracts Online school. With the Chart of Origin you have a chance to know much more about what motivates you as well…

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winter solstice celebrations

How to: Winter Solstice Celebrations

Winter Solstice Celebrations The Winter Solstice celebrations happen every year on the 21st or 22nd of December for those of us in the northern hemisphere. If you are in the southern hemisphere, this same date is your Summer Solstice. (Read about creating a summer solstice ceremony.) The Winter Solstice is the day with the least daylight of all other days of the year. The sun is at its lowest point in the southern sky. The rays of the sun are the faintest and…

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world animal day

How to: Celebrate World Animal Day

Why Celebrate World Animal Day? By this point our global community has named every day as a national day for someone or international day to celebrate something. There are entire websites dedicated keeping us up with what or who we should be celebrating on any given day. There is caregiver’s day, marine mammal awareness day, international tiger day, and, yes, cotton candy day (It’s December 7th by the way.) How do we choose any, if any, to commemorate? Well, it all depends…

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spring equinox rituals

How to: Spring Equinox Rituals

Spring equinox rituals can be synonymous with Easter traditions, but there is more to this celestial holiday than many people realize. The spring equinox (otherwise known as the “first day of spring”) 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…

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autumnal equinox celebration

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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summer solstice ceremony

How to: Summer Solstice Ceremony

The Summer Solstice happens every year on the 20th or 21st of June. For those of us in the northern hemisphere, it is the one day with the most daylight of all other days of the year. The sun is at its peak, the highest point in the sky. The rays of the sun are the brightest and warmest. The earth is tilted in a way that her face is aimed at the sun, basking in the heat like an open sunflower.…

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How to: Setting Intentions

Now that we have explored the question of What is Intention? and the similarities and differences between intention and prayer, we move on to understanding the nature of each. It is important to understand what makes a powerful prayer when learning about setting intentions. Learning About Prayer Coming to prayer as an adult, I  have been exploring the nature of prayer itself. What I find in conversations with my teachers, friends and clients as well as in the printed words of renowned mystics are widely…

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what is intention

What is Intention?

In our spiritual work, we so often utilize the words “intention” and “intent”. We set an intent for what we’d like to heal. We carry an intention for something in our lives to change. We decide what we’d like to manifest (such as a new job or a new house) and set an intent around that. I’ve used the words myself for years and years. I use the words casually. I unconsciously weave them into my inner conversations and my conversations with clients.…

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calling in the directions

How to: Prayers for the Directions

In an earlier post on “Calling the Directions & The Medicine Wheel” I shared a definition of medicine wheels, how to move about the wheel, and possible associations with the directions on the wheel. In this post, I share with you methods for composing a prayer to call in the directions. Prayers are peculiar things that can take on any nature. Just because we call something a “prayer” does not make it sacred. The ego can compose selfish, greedy, unconscious…

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grounding stone

How to: Grounding

It is hard to trace back to when the term “grounding” became a way to describe relieving stress, being calm, and becoming present. I hear so many people use it casually in every day language, but stop for a moment and think. Do you really know what grounding means? This is a worthwhile contemplation because if you don’t know what it means then you won’t know how to do it. It becomes this intangible thing that you think you should be…

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