Holly jumped into my view for a couple of weeks and I thought it a good subject to jump back into blogging. So today we will chat about the mystical, magical Holly bush. Continue reading
Mother Nature chose to blanket us with snow today and we want to share the peace and calm she brought to “The Grove”.
We wish you a peace filled holiday and a happy and abundant 2016.
Happy Holidays from all of us here at Shaman’s Grove ~
Gary, Debbie, Annie (the cat), Oscar (the gnome), and all the Spirits and Elementals that reside here at the grove.
Join us in a drumming celebration for peace and healing this Winter Solstice.
Dec. 21st., 2015
The need for peace and healing has only increased since the last newsletter. With the need comes the temptation to be discouraged, to question our efforts. How can people of goodwill make a difference?
Difficult times cause us to retreat into our belief systems. It is there we find solace and the strength but we must not let it become a way to divide us one tradition against another.
In two weeks, on Dec. 21st. our drums and our intention will sound. Continue reading
Over the years we have offered up ideas for celebrating Yule, or the Winter Solstice. You can check out this blog in particular – Winter Solstice Celebrations from 2010 .
This Solstice, our gift to you is a guided journey that Debbie created specifically for you. Continue reading
Winter has joined us here in Oregon and nightly covering us with her blanket of deep white frost. If there was any moisture in the air, we’d certainly have snow. Since the beginning of Samhain (right after Halloween), I have been slowly moving deeper into my personal cave, covering up with warm blankets preparing to hibernate for winter. For me it’s just instinctive… weather turns cold… hibernate! Give me a snuggly blanket, a book and a pair of knitting needles and I’m one happy bear!
As Yule approached quite a few years back, a teacher of mine, Patricia Ballentine (www.TheCreativeFlame.com), explained this to me with the idea of the Empty Cup or Challice. Continue reading
For many years, since our children moved through the Santa Claus phase, we have gathered with family and friends to celebrate the Winter Solstice or Yule. Like our ancestors of old, following the rhythms of Mother Earth’s cycles, we gather to celebrate the end of the darkness and the return of the light.
Our ancestors lived in harmony with Mother Earth, Father Sun and Grandmother Moon, recognizing their cycles and living their lives within these rhythms, and celebrating the turning of the year and its cycles. The year’s shortest day and longest night, the Winter Solstice, is still celebrated in many traditions around the globe, celebrating the triumph of light over darkness… the return of the Sun. Continue reading
Welcome to winter and the North quadrant of the medicine wheel. Depending on our cultural practices, some of us have been in the winter of the wheel since the beginning of November. Other cultures see the upcoming winter solstice as the beginning of winter. Continue reading