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BlogShare: Why the World Needs the Gifts of Celt-Gael Wisdom

I appreciated Robert Alan Rife's InnerWoven musing, Why the World Needs the Celts -- the always timely (and pretty inspired) gifts from the ancestral Celt-Gael wisdom and ways of being. As ever, the core ways and values find commonality with... Continue Reading →

Imbolc-Candlemas ‘New Year’ and The Good You Have Done (and Are)

Happy Imbolc, and Candlemas (read more about this ancient seasonal festival in my recent Sophia's Children musing on it)! (And Happy Lughnasadh to friends where it's Summer!) How have you experienced these last few weeks, with the Full Moon/Super Moon... Continue Reading →

Energies of Now: Ancestral Wisdom and Deep, Deep Roots

To hallow is "to make holy or sacred, to sanctify or consecrate, to venerate". (Wikipedia) It's a fine time for drawing up insight and guidance from the depths, and sustenance from our very roots. Yesterday, I had the privilege and... Continue Reading →

Celebrating Life, Love, and the Feminine in May

May Day falls on the first day of May, and Beltane 'proper' is when the Sun is at 15 degrees of Taurus -- usually around the 4th or 5th of May. In 2017, it's Solar Beltane on May 5th. As... Continue Reading →

Threshold Paths and the Wild Bees of Spirit

The 'wild bees of spirit' have spiraled back around, so it's timely to share anew this "Thresholds and the Wild Bees of Spirit" musing from the Sophia's Children treasure vault. 'Tis the season, too, in the Northern Hemisphere, with Spring... Continue Reading →

Ancestral Wisdom and Deep, Deep Roots

To hallow is "to make holy or sacred, to sanctify or consecrate, to venerate". (Wikipedia) It's a fine time for drawing up insight and guidance from the depths, and sustenance from our very roots. Yesterday, I had the privilege and... Continue Reading →

QuoteWorthy: The Wisdom of the Feminine

"... we have to reclaim the wisdom of the Feminine: to learn to listen, to learn to wait, to learn to be patient. There is saying in the Qur’an “We will show them Our signs on the horizons and within... Continue Reading →

Grief: Ancestral Ghosts and Spirits of Place

When we think of grief ... or well, when we think of much of anything ... we might not consider the grief that we inherit along our ancestral lines, that's in our cells and bones. Nor might we consider what... Continue Reading →

Imbolc – Reconnecting with Bhrìghde’s Creative Well

There is deep wisdom in aligning with the energy and spirit of the season ... of Nature's rhythms, with which are bodies are strongly evolved to orient towards (or suffer from the cultural dissociation with Natural rhythms!). There's also a wisdom and mythic quality associated with Imbolc, and other important archetypal energies and milestones as the wheel of the year turns. What inspiration and deep restoration awaits you at this time of the year ... or any time that Imbolc-Bhrigdhe wisdom might spark the fires of inspiration within you?

The Spirit of Radical Experimentalism – from Shamanic Christianity

“Being a Christian shaman involves a radically different way of participating in everyday life. It means that you will sacrifice rarely questioned cultural habits and understandings in favor of honoring innumerable unspoken mysteries.” ~ Brad Keeney, Shamanic Christianity My guess... Continue Reading →

The Singer’s Voice and The Well

“Tyranny cuts off the singer’s head but the voice from the bottom of the well returns to the secret springs of the Earth and rises out of nowhere through the mouths of the people.” ~ Pablo Neruda, trans. by Alistair... Continue Reading →

Inspiration for the Season of Lights

'Tis the Season of Lights ... or we're on the cusp of it, anyway. It beckons. Though not without its challenges, it's a potentially delicious time and Season-Spirit of the year ... lights sparking our own Divine Spark, and various... Continue Reading →

Ancestral Wisdom and Deep, Deep Roots

Happy Samhain, All Hallow's, All Souls, or All Saints week! May you be enriched by the actual and metaphorical 'fruits of the harvest' and the blessings of the Season, and may the Wisdom within grow stronger, deeper roots. Big Love,... Continue Reading →

Stepping Out of Time and Remembering the Future – Time Travel and Mythic Memory

Time, timelines, bending time, time travel, time flying. In late-August 2000, I stepped out of time and, as a result, remembered the future. More on that in a bit, but first, here's the set-up for this "Time Machine" blog-fest post.... Continue Reading →

The Black Madonna’s Calling – Celebrate the Goddess

These last two months or so, the Black Madonna started rising more prominently in my awareness again. Not that she's ever far away, but sometimes she rises to the surface and taps me on the shoulder with some synchronicities, and... Continue Reading →

Dandelions and Violets: Wild Edibles Close to Home

Having just picked 'wild greens' -- dandelion, violet, and plantain -- and eaten them in a lovely lunch salad, I came across this post, quite synchronistically. Perfect timing, and a gorgeous photo of just one of the many healthy meals... Continue Reading →

The Black Madonna & the Mysteries of the Deep Feminine Series – a New Page at Sophia’s Children

One of the most popular series of posts, along with the Empaths & Sensitive Series, are my posts on the Black Madonna, Sophia, and the Mysteries of the deep, re-emerging Feminine. Many of the posts at Sophia's Children arise out... Continue Reading →

Imbolc and Bhrìghde’s Creative Well

'Tis the time and the Season, so here's some updated Imbolc-Candlemas inspiration to take you into this deeply creative, deeply Feminine time of the year. Imbolc-Candlemas is celebrated during the first few days of February, and the exact-point occurs when... Continue Reading →

Desire Paths and Ancestral Byways

“Architects and planners use the term “desire paths” to describe the shortcuts taken by people for whom the laid-out pattern doesn’t fit their lives. But, in one sense, all paths are desire paths, the marks of human longing or need.”... Continue Reading →

Un-Erasing ‘Women Who Know’ – Restoring the Ancestral Lineage

In her excellent book, The Woman in the Shaman's Body*, Barbara Tedlock, Ph.D., shares this about the origin and meaning of the word shaman: "The term shaman itself comes from the Evenki language in Siberia, and means "the one who... Continue Reading →

Algiz in the Moss

This is such a beautiful, verdant, lush setting for the Algiz (Elhaz) runic symbol! I work with Algiz quite a bit -- it symbolizes Divine protection and the blessing (and reminder) of Divine presence, and has the look of someone... Continue Reading →

Core Strengths: Resilience as Luck

"I had seen their ships come into port in the Indies and in (America), disgorging their cargos of emigrants, so emaciated and worn by their passage ... skeletal as living corpses, white as maggots from two months in the darkness... Continue Reading →

Wishing You an Auspicious 2015

May 2015 be rich in all that makes your heart come alive with joy and gives real wellbeing. Big Love, Jamie

Ancestral Wisdom and Deep, Deep Roots

I originally wrote this article for  Samhain in 2014. It's timeless and rooting, so I'm updating it freshly for November 2017. Nowadays, with so much wisdom forgotten, many people think of Samhain or the cross-quarters as evidence of pagan ancestors... Continue Reading →

Ancient and Modern to Meet Today’s Challenges

"While many urbanized cultures turn almost exclusively to the modern world for direction and inspiration, and feel that the future will bring new answers to our existing problems, indigenous cultures especially in more natural surroundings are increasingly pulling from both... Continue Reading →

Ancestral Wisdom – Heal, Whole, Health and Holy

There is a reason that those of European ancestry might be inspired or called to Native American or other indigenous spiritual and healing traditions. In them, they feel the ancestral memory being stirred in remembrance of their own pre-conquest ancestral... Continue Reading →

Imbolc and Bhrìghde’s Creative Well

We enter into the Mysteries of Imbolc, Candlemas, or Fèill Bhrìghde. As I mentioned in previous musings, Imbolc-Candlemas has long been considered a thin time and an  ancestral holy time traditionally celebrated during the first few days of February. The... Continue Reading →

‘Making Sacred’ at Lughnasa-Lammas

Happy Lughnasa-Lammas! Technically, the 'exact' time for this ancestral 'Festival of Light & Harvest' is when the Sun reaches 15 degrees of Leo -- August 7th this year. But the traditional calendar time is the first several days of August,... Continue Reading →

Finding Center in Simple Things

It sounds like a lot of us are feeling the current psychic-energetic influences, either directly or via those around us. The steamy fiery trine is in cahoots with the very lunar, watery, highly sensitizing, boundary- (and structure-) dissolving Pisces-Neptune frequencies,... Continue Reading →

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