Category Archives: Introduction to shamanism

Early shamanic practices

Spirit Animals

This post is based on the outline of an exploration session presented at The Silent Eye  (a modern mystery school) “Leaf and Flame: the Foliate Man” weekend in 2016. Whilst I have attempted to retain some of the flavour, and … Continue reading

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Magic Is All Around

Can’t tell you how perfect this piece by the good Dr Vasey is in explaining the deeper working of the shaman. The four examples of magic that he gives, is pretty much the manual for every successful healing ritual, exorcism, … Continue reading

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Through their death, you may know them

Psychopomp is one of the many roles of the shaman. This is only necessary for souls which lose their way. For the well prepared soul, at peace and centred at the time of the death of their physical vehicle, the … Continue reading

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South

Primary correspondences of the sacred direction South, according to Zuni tradition: Clans: tobacco, maize badger. Colour: red. Region of: heat, agriculture, medicine. Guardian: badger. Seasons:  summer. Elements: fire. Tree:  aspen. Zuni directional home:  place of the beautiful red of sunrise. … Continue reading

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Spirit of Badger

Badger was a bit of a ride. He’s rather obnoxious and completely antisocial, with a surprising aggressive streak that leaves those around him wondering what just happened… On the other hand, Badger Medicine is possibly that most needed in the … Continue reading

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Third Direction

Having completed quite a roller-coaster with bear, I hoped that the following month would offer a little respite. The journey to the shaman’s lodgings was interesting; the first snows had fallen in the mountains, and the drive, cross country on … Continue reading

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Stand still

This was meant to be Bear II, teacher of “Now”; fearing nothing, ever in the present, calming guide to the rushing soul. Yet, I have struggled to turn her story into a demonstration of “Now-ness”. It was simply too complicated … Continue reading

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