Author Archives: Running Elk

About Running Elk

My given native name, Running Elk, was bestowed in 2008 as I took my first steps as a fully fledged Medicine Man of the Zuni tradition. A most unlikely candidate for the role, my journey as a healer began some four years prior. The detour onto the shamanic way was most unexpected, yet has been one of the most rewarding challenges to date.

Reining in the kids…

Dearest Children of Horus, I’m laying the line down here, as it’s difficult to know where else to put it; and, frankly, to leave the current situation to find its natural end is no longer tenable. You mess with dark … Continue reading

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The Adventurer’s Hidden Magic

Originally posted on Sun in Gemini:
“Strike man, strike!” Those were the last words of Sir Walter Raleigh, spoken to an executioner who was taking his time, at the end of one of the most colourful lives of the whole…

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The Eye of The Storm

Originally posted on Pilgrim's Way:
There are times, I think, when ritual is both too much and not enough. Anyone who practises will probably understand what I mean. The ‘constraints’ of ritual pattern and structure are, on occasion, insufficient…

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Sugar and Spice and all things nice…

Originally posted on Chronicles of an Orange-Haired Woman!:
Hmm! A broomstick’s all very well and good, but it doesn’t half chafe the gusset area! Oh! How the ramifications of, and early training in, this little ditty still trip girls and…

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Fairy tales: Faces Glimpsed in the Forest

Once upon a time, Jan took a look at some of the older tales which have been adapted into the children’s favourites we know today, and delves into their darker origins… Many of us have grown up with the older … Continue reading

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Faces of Afghanistan

Originally posted on Steve McCurry's Blog:
They are everywhere, these individuals of undaunted humankind, irrepressibly optimistic and proud. – The Carpet Wars, Christopher Kremmer Kabul, Afghanistan Kabul, Afghanistan Bamiyan, Afghanistan Baghlan, Afghanistan Yet even at their most turbulent, the…

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Shape-shifting (Part 1)

This series of posts are based on the outline of an exploration session presented at The Silent Eye  (a modern mystery school) “The Feathered Seer” weekend in 2017. Whilst I have attempted to retain some of the flavour of the … Continue reading

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