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Some time ago my family and I took a stroll through Montgomery Woods in Central Northern California, home of the giant standing ones—the majestic natural skyscrapers called Redwood trees—that stretched so far up into the atmosphere that you couldn’t make out their tops. It was as if they were standing on their tiptoes to reach…

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The gradual movement that we are aware of here in the northern hemisphere is the full blossoming of springtime as we move through this part of the solar cycle. In the Celtic Wheel of the Year, May 1 is a cross-quarter day, meaning the day halfway between the spring equinox and the summer solstice. The…

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Ancestors, ancestors, we are calling Ancestors, ancestors, hear our call Sing or chant the above words for at least four rounds, as you stand in honor of the ancestors to welcome them. As you do, create a simple gesture to welcome the ancestors, such as prayer hands over the heart, or raised to the heavens.…

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Interview Published in THE SPEAKING TREE in Bangalore, INDIA March 18, 2012 STEVEN FARMER, author and Shamanic healer, answers questions from POONAM JAIN on the subject of animals as spirit-guides. He tells her that earth, animals and gods are all extensions of the same reality. How did you become a Shaman? I wanted to be…

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A few months ago my niece Jordan, 16 years old at the time, indicated she wanted to find an agent and receive some training so she could start working as and actress and model. She and her two younger sisters had gotten some print modeling jobs a few years back so she was somewhat familiar…

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Here we are in the second month of 2012 and depending on where you live, you may be seeing some hints of spring. Perhaps the days have warmed slightly, or some buds are starting to show on the trees, or at the least you’ve begun planting seedlings indoors to await the longer and warmer days…

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In the northern hemisphere we now enter the season of the harvest, marked most obviously by the celebration of Thanksgiving here in the U.S. It’s a time to gather with family and friends and pause to appreciate the abundant bounty that is available to us. It’s a time to share and open our hearts to…

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I was driving to meet Jesseca and her girls at the Apple Store, one of our favorite haunts. It was an incredibly busy day, lots of cars, but my buddy Turtle spirit has been gently and consistently reminding me to slow down and take my time. Sort of like the tortoise in that famous story…

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Although I don’t care to make New Year’s resolutions, I do set intentions and write them out at the beginning of each year. One of these is to do a shamanic journey at least four times a week or more. Though I occasionally have lapsed with this commitment, this year so far I’m on target.…

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I watched a fascinating show a few months ago called How the Earth Was Made produced by the History Channel and available on YouTube. http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=FOW5A7t5-Zo. This 90-minute program captured beautifully the evolution of the Earth from its inception 4.4 billion years ago to the present day. It was a vivid reminder of the fact that…

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