About Shamanism

dream symbol guides

Journey & Dream Symbol Guides

When working to unwind the mysteries of the mystical world, we must seek guidance in many places. Reference books are a treasure trove of assistance and I can’t express how important they are in interpreting dream and journey symbols. Websites and mobile apps are quickly racing up to parallel the power in books as far as the depth and breadth of information available. The thing is that the internet makes it possible for anyone to post their rendering of what…

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hawk shamanism

“Passage” from Gracious Wild

The advanced student of shamanism learns many techniques including extraction, soul retrieval, and what’s called psychopomping. Psychopomping involves assisting souls that have died but not yet crossed over in getting to the other side. In this excerpt from me book, Gracious Wild: A Shamanic Journey with Hawks, I share how my hawk companion, Thalia, takes on the task of psychopomping the soul of her prey to the other side. This special glimpse into hawk shamanism shows how nature can be…

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calling in the directions

Calling the Directions & The Medicine Wheel

Honoring the directions within the framework of a medicine wheel is a common practice of shamanism found throughout the world and at the root of each of our ancestral lines. This prayer to honor the directions can be called a number of things depending on the culture and preferences of the person praying. Some say we are “calling in the directions” while others state we are “calling ourselves to the directions”. Others just see that we are setting up sacred…

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Purple Wild Flowers

The Little Selves Seen

Today I was sharing with a group the value of employing power animals to help us in our daily lives. I have a great egret that I call in to help me manage my energetic boundaries in a group setting. I see her fly in and then dance, wings flowing, around me to help me stay clean and clear about what is mine and what is that of the people I’m negotiating with. I have a red fox that helps…

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