For Bold & Fearless Entrepreneurs ONLY! (Day 3 of 3)

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I hope you are enjoying the Visioning & Manifesting practice I shared with you yesterday!

We’ve arrived at Day 3!

Are you ready for an amazing opportunity??

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For Bold & Fearless Entrepreneurs ONLY! (Day 2 of 3)

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Here is your Day 2 post for bold & fearless entrepreneurs ONLY!

When you are seeking to:

  • Make transformational changes in your life …
  • Bring your soul’s mission out to the world …
  • Welcome in abundance and financial resources to support your dreams …
  • Find the courage to be visible and speak your truth to a wider audience …

It’s so important to hold the highest vision for your future AND the future of your business.

Here is the best and simplest thing you can do to ensure you are creating your future with maximum abundance: 

Hold your vision clear & strong. 

I want to give you a daily practice to support you in this.

Every morning, when you first wake up and before your feet hit the floor, take just 5 minutes to really see & feel your highest vision for your business as if it’s already happening:

  • You are connecting with hundreds or thousands of your ideal clients all around the planet
  • You are well-established and recognized as a global thought leader
  • Your teachings and wisdom are rippling out into the world & making a profound positive difference
  • Abundant income is flowing to you every single day, week, and month
  • Your programs are full and there is a wait list of people who want to work with you
  • You are experiencing freedom and joy, because it’s all happening with ease and flow
  • Your energy levels are getting higher because of all the success that surrounds you!

Hold that vision! Picture how you will go about your day when that is happening. Imagine how it will feel. Really put yourself in the shoes of your future self, and take the time to FEEL the emotions of joy, fulfillment, prosperity, and knowing you are making a huge positive difference in the world.

If it’s possible for you, stop everything else you are doing right now and imagine that vision as if it’s already here. Then get out a pen and paper, write down your vision, and keep this piece of paper – which is now sacred because it holds the vision of you carrying out your soul’s mission. 

Keep this paper by your bedside and read it every single morning (you guessed it!) before your feet even hit the floor. 

YOU truly can live from a place of making your highest possible contribution to the world, and at the same time, being fully present to the joy & magic of your family, friends, and beautiful life.

You are worth it. Your sacred mission is worth it. And you deserve to feel this kind of fulfillment and joy.

How do YOU most deeply desire to create your life? 

You ALREADY have the power to make it happen. You can begin creating it RIGHT NOW.

Write down your vision, and BECOME your vision for 5 minutes every single morning.

If you do this with dedication, commitment, and courage, it will have no choice but to manifest into your daily reality. 

Enjoy this daily practice! And seriously, if you haven’t yet gotten out a pen and paper, do so NOW and write that vision down!

Stay tuned for Day 3 (tomorrow), because that’s when I’m going to give you a powerful (completely free) way to receive ongoing business coaching, strategies, and guidance for bringing your vision fully into physical reality!

 

 

P.S.: If you missed the Day 1 post, it included a chance to receive a free (no strings attached) 30-minute 1:1 Clarity & Strategy Session with me. Just click here to apply. I’m going to choose 5 lucky entrepreneurs who will win this free session!

For Bold & Fearless Entrepreneurs ONLY! (Day 1 of 3)

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It’s not easy to be a bold & fearless entrepreneur in today’s world! But I KNOW that you are up for the challenge.

Over the next few days, I am going to create posts (one per day) with suggestions, free gifts, and amazing new perspectives to support & guide you on your entrepreneurial path.

To discover the exciting information that I have for you on Day 1, read on!

Do any of the following statements sound like where you are right now … ?

“I know I’m meant to get my message out there in a big way. I am SO READY to do my soul’s work! To make the world a better place. To support others on their life journey. But I haven’t yet found the most effective method to really make it all happen.”

“I know I’m meant to teach online group programs, lead retreats, work with more 1:1 clients … But my existing audience is not large enough to really support where I need to go.” 

“When I’ve tried to launch online courses, they just haven’t sold as well as I hoped, and I know it’s because my reach is too small.” 

“I love my clients, but I’m getting burned out and I don’t know how I can keep going at this pace.” 

“I want to collaborate with other thought leaders … But the people I really wish I could work with have no idea who I am!” 

“I’ve taken so many training programs, but they are not helping me to break through this income ceiling OR reach an expanded global audience.”

If you are experiencing any or all of the scenarios listed here, then I have an exclusive opportunity for you!

Let’s hop on the phone and talk about it.

I’m opening up space on my calendar for five people to receive a 30-minute 1:1 Clarity & Strategy Session with me. 

During these calls, we’ll identify where you are now, get clear on exactly where you want to go, and I will give you bold new ideas & strategies you probably haven’t considered before.

I want to help you break through the limitations you’ve been experiencing.

No strings attached. 

Just a relaxed conversation that is guaranteed to help you leap forward in your entrepreneurial journey. 

Simply click here to fill out a few important details about where you are with your business OR business idea, and I’ll choose 5 lucky entrepreneurs to receive a 1:1 Clarity & Strategy Session. I’ll get in touch with you to schedule our call by Sunday, September 22, if you’re selected.

If you are feeling the call to share your important message with the world … 

If you KNOW you are meant for so much more …

There is a reason for that, and it’s connected to your soul’s mission!

Let’s chat so you can get clarity on how to move forward.

Be sure to click the button below and fill out the application right away, as these spots are going to fill up fast!

 

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ARE YOU READY TO EMBRACE RADICAL CHANGE?

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Are you at a time in your life when you are being pulled by forces greater than yourself into something completely different than what you had planned or expected?

I ask you this because this is exactly how I feel every single day!

We live in a time in which the old ways of doing things are no longer working.

And this is happening to us on multiple levels, both internally and externally.

Internally, or within your own self / body / heart / mind, it feels like everything is moving faster and faster. We are being asked to look at our shadows, our fears, our self-doubt … And to find ways to heal or transcend old wounds & traumas. So many people I know are facing the death of loved ones (those loved ones being both people and pets), and are searching to find how to continue living with the grief and sadness of that loss. With sun flares and catalyzing astrological events happening nearly every day, we are being called by a cosmic intelligence to uplevel our sense of spirituality, our sense of interconnectedness with Earth and Life, and to continue developing clarity around our soul’s mission.

External to ourselves, the systems in place for managing politics, economics, education, and environment are crumbling. The people who used to be our leaders are no longer trustworthy. The future of money is being called into question as options like bitcoin and other alternative currencies emerge into the marketplace. More and more children are coming into the world with heightened sensitivities, leading the way in an entirely new form of spiritual emergence, and the school systems do not know how to meet their needs effectively. Strange and unsettling weather patterns and climactic events over the past year have left communities rocked and trying to rebuild.

These are just a few examples of the massive shift that is happening in & around all of us at this time! Radical change is all-pervasive … We are immersed in it … We are learning to navigate it in ways we would never have imagined two or three years ago.

All of this is happening for a reason.

Those of us who are alive right now, are living at a time of radical and pervasive change. This feels, on the one hand, destabilizing and unsettling. Yet on the other hand we find ourselves often filled with a deep-seated hope, a knowing that this is truly a time of tremendous opportunity.

Because not only are we here to witness the destruction of the old ways of living, to release and UNLEARN all that no longer serves the highest good …

We are also here to co-create with divine intelligence, to build the new world that WANTS to be created through us.

We are experiencing very strongly now, so many aspects of life that were not available to most people during the past few hundred years. These aspects include: Our intuitive & empathic gifts which are opening up to guide us; Powerful ancient practices that we are now vividly REMEMBERING and coming back into alignment with; And the reviving of a deep & sacred connection to Mother Earth. All of this comes along with a realization of the profound interconnectedness of oneself with tree, with star, with bird, with mountain, with jaguar, and with all other miraculous life forms.

The majority of people in previous generations (the past 500 years or so – all of our recent ancestors) did not have access to these mysterious ways of KNOWING that are showing up so rapidly for us right now.

This is a huge gift, and we are being called to evolve with increasing speed — each of us as individuals, and the vast collective of humanity.

So if you are feeling an unsuppressable urge to make significant changes in your life … to quit your old job & leave behind the safe feeling of financial security so that you can do what you love … to leave the dishes unwashed in the sink and instead create an elaborate plan to start a movement or activate your soul’s mission … to finally say NO to a relationship that constantly leaves you feeling exhausted and less-than … to take your children out of school and begin homeschooling them … to stage a protest against something unfair or immoral that you see happening in the world … or to spend more time tapping into the unseen realms & strengthening your visioning & intuitive abilities …

OR

If you are being forced against your will to make significant changes because of unexpected health issues, an emotional crisis, the death of a loved one, the loss of a once-reliable income source, the reappearance of old traumas, or the realization that you are desperately unhappy in your current situation …

Here are three things to remember:

(1) Know that you are not alone. We are living in intense times, and so many people all around the world are going through crisis, upheaval, or a significant shift in their lives right now.

(2) Know that there are no mistakes in the universe. Every single thing that happens to us and through us is divinely orchestrated to lead us on a path toward our highest self. (Even when it seems that this could not possibly be true!)

(2) Trust that this is temporary. Remember the old adage: “This, too, shall pass.” We can easily get caught up in feeling as if it will be this way forever … But the truth is, everything is temporary, and when we can settle into this knowing, we will be better able to make aligned decisions to shift our life in the direction we want to go.

Some of you may be experiencing these rapid changes as magical, with new possibilities opening up at every turn. Others may experience it as frightening, hopeless, or unsettling.

But the bigger question is … How can you work with this (possibly uncomfortable) situation and use it to propel your own development & learning process?

Whenever we are called or compelled to make radical changes in our lives, it’s because we are being asked to EVOLVE RAPIDLY.

And this is not meant to be easy!

It may seem as if what we need to do, or what is being asked of us, is impossible or too far outside the logical / rational framework in which we are accustomed to living.

We may be concerned that friends and family will not understand or support this new direction that our life is taking.

We may feel overwhelmed by large amounts of new information coming through, and find ourselves unable to get clarity on how best to take action.

If these words resonate with your heart and soul …

If you are being called right now to make RADICAL CHANGE in your own life …

If you feel that what is being asked of you seems impossible …

If you want to bring forth the BOLD and FEARLESS aspects within yourself …

If you are being called toward a new & important mission in your life …

Then I want to talk with you!

I am opening up a select number of complementary Navigating Radical Change Breakthrough Sessions. You are invited to schedule 1:1 time with me to work through the catalyzing shifts that are occurring in your life. I’m offering these free consultations because I can feel so strongly the tremendous shifts that are underway in our world at this time, and I know it is affecting MANY of you out there. Know that I am here for you, and my mission is to help as many people as possible break free from what has held you back in the past.

During our 60-minute 1:1 call, I will listen to your story, to gain an understanding of how Radical Change is surfacing in your life, and then I will offer you guidance and an intuitive reading to help you move forward with a new perspective and deeper understanding of your higher purpose, to guide you powerfully on your path. I have guided many clients through major life changes and the shifting of paradigms in their understanding of their purpose and mission. I would love to provide that same support to you!

Each and every one of us needs community. We need our stories to be witnessed and understood by another, and we need to feel held in a space of love and respect for where we have been and for what we are going through. This is the type of space that I will provide for you in our Navigating Radical Change conversation.

I invite you to schedule a Navigating Radical Change Breakthrough Session today, and I hope to have the amazing opportunity to speak with you soon.

Schedule Your Navigating Radical Change 1:1 Session!

SPRING EQUINOX

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As the tenderest pale green leaves unfurl

Open to your power woman, you are the heart of it

As the tips of the trees turn pink, then red, then blossom into fullest abundance

Stand with pride woman, for your soul is one with it

 

As the icy, dark days give way to light, warmth, and gently awakening life

And the fertile soil springs forth with miracles;

As the birds return to sing outside our windows each morning, heralding all the signs of rebirth and renewal,

 

Woman, you hold the power

For giving life

For healing the darkness

For lifting us up with your song

For inspiring us to greater creativity with your dance

 

New life begins in your womb.

Just as Mother Earth incubates all the life-forms,

And provides fertile ground for the Spring awakening,

You birth the more brilliant future that our eyes long to see.

 

You embody the miracle of the spring equinox.

 

Earth, Mother, Wise Woman, Girl-Child, Pachamama

Your heart is at the center

Of this incredible resurrection:

The return of the vital life-force

After a long, harsh winter.

 

You are infinite

You are our brightest tomorrow

Show us the way

Embrace your role as our greatest inspiration;

Stand with pride

With a glint of laughter in your eye

For you know the secrets

You have seen the future

And it is all more beautiful

Than our human minds can fully comprehend.

 

Woman, show us the way.

THE MAGIC WE ONCE KNEW

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It is said that long ago, human lives were full of magic. We could perceive it all around us. It was in everything we saw. It inspired our songs and our legends. The land around us was alive and every part of it contained the palpable legends and living history of that place. Magic sparkled forth from the people themselves: The rippling beauty of a baby’s first laugh; the miracle of new life through birth; the otherworldly wisdom sought from revered elders. Almost like a drifting in and out of consciousness, humans were always only a blink away from the magic world, the dream world.

As time went on, people became focused on other things that were less real than the magic: money, power, ownership of things, dominance over other people and other forms of life, utilizing the Earth’s resources to increase wealth. Our reality is our perception, and so these things became dominant in our lives and we slowly forgot about our magic.

We began to deny the existence of the fairies; we drowned out the voices of our ancestors; we stopped conversing with the swaying trees. We filled our lives with to-do lists and worries that there might not be enough to go around. Money came to dominate us. And ever so slowly, without anyone really noticing that it happened, the scarcity became our new reality. We lost our ability to perceive the magic that is inherent in all creation; we lost the boundless abundance of the magical Earth.

Now the only way that most people hear of magic is in old songs and stories, and we think these are just make-believe tales, fiction, nothing more. Now, we have forgotten how to pass the magic along to the new generations; the children grow up more indoors than out-of-doors; we no longer hear the voices of the stones and the trees; we barely remember how to use the magic in plants and herbs to heal ourselves.

But the magic is still all around us, even when we cannot perceive it, just as the stars are still burning brightly even when it is daytime. There are clues to the magic everywhere, if we would just look for them.

Written by Jocelyn Mercado, based on ancient teachings from the indigenous peoples of North America, South America, and Australia

Rediscovering What We Knew Long Ago

Science seeks to explain the world in mechanical terms, based on the general assumption that we can take things apart (or view them at a smaller/closer level) to figure them out. When viewed through the lens of the scientific method, plants, animals, atoms, and gravity follow certain natural laws.

Over the centuries we have tended to embrace science over and above the innate knowledge that comes from deep within our hearts and bodies. In modern culture, our belief in the wisdom of intuition, dreams, intentions, and energy has diminished, replaced by mathematical proofs and research papers. Of course, great advances in science and technology have improved our lives in countless ways, but our over-reliance on quantitative ways of knowing has created imbalance.

But more recent discoveries in science reveal in breathtaking fashion that this mechanistic view of the world is becoming outdated. The new theories favor surprisingly holistic models based on unseen forces such as vibrations and energy, which ancient and indigenous wisdom have always held to be true.

1. We are surrounded by invisible magical forces.

Scientists are learning that something called dark matter is what holds the universe together. It is the scaffolding of the galaxies. It slows cosmic expansion, keeping us and everything from hurtling off into nothingness. It was first postulated in the 1930’s, and has since been confirmed as new studies indicate that galaxies would never have been able to form in the first place if dark matter hadn’t been there to hold them all together. But because dark matter interacts so weakly, or not at all, with other matter and even with light, we can’t see it or measure it. We don’t yet know what it’s made of or even where it’s located.

Dark energy, first named in 1998, is even more mysterious. It has been called “a general label for what we do not know about the large-scale properties of our universe.” It is believed to be the force that is accelerating the rate at which the cosmos expands. Dark energy is such a mystery that “explaining it may require something new: a quantum theory of space and gravitation.”

A recent National Geographic article states that “What we can see is only a tiny fraction of what exists.” Additionally, “Scientists are confronted by the embarrassing fact that they don’t know just how much energy, dark or otherwise, space contains.” This leads me to wonder … just how much is there that is missing from our science textbooks because it’s beyond what we as humans, in our limited physical bodies, can readily perceive? It’s beyond the perception of the instruments that we designed with our limited knowledge of the universe.

2. We are all one.

Every single living and non-living thing on the planet is made of stardust. The atoms in all of our bodies, as well as in the trees, rivers, rocks, animals, and the planet Earth, were created in previous generations of stars over 4.5 billion years ago. When those stars grew old and exploded, their material was expelled into space, and a portion of that spun into the Earth, creating the billions of living and non-living forms that are so familiar to us today.

The indigenous worldview is based in the belief that everything has a name and a spirit: Trees, rivers, the Earth, lightning, insects, rocks, animals, flowers … everything. Each living and non-living being has a personality and its own energy that it lends to the health and wholeness of the planet. When we harm one of these beings, we are all harmed, because we are all interconnected. When we as humans do the work to consciously cultivate a relationship with everything, reaching out with strong personal intention toward all aspects of life and nature, we transformationally enhance our ability to connect with the fullness of life, heal ourselves, and achieve our greatest potential.

3. Intuition and extrasensory perception are real, they are available to all of us, and they can reveal a deeper, more meaningful life.

The Institute of Noetic Sciences (IONS) was founded in 1973 by Apollo 14 astronaut Edgar Mitchell. It is dedicated to exploring the idea that “reality is more complex, subtle, and mysterious than conventional science leads us to believe.” IONS studies apply scientific rigor to phenomena that do not fit conventional scientific models, including the “potentials and power of consciousness” and the “realization of our human potential.” They are on the leading edge in providing science-based training programs and tools to assist people in shifting consciousness and awareness toward a new vision of reality.

In the book First Intelligence, Simone Wright recounts her experiences as an intuitive who assists the police and aids in criminal investigations by connecting with the unseen world. She has had immense success in finding missing children, locating criminals in hiding, and providing precisely accurate physical descriptions of crimes including the sequence of events, the weapons used, the appearance of victims and shooters, getaway vehicles involved, and so on. She now trains others on how to access their intuition, and she asserts that “Anyone can do it. We are born to do it. Everyone can develop their natural skills to use in life.”

Furthermore, we use this ability every day without knowing it. We have déjà vu. We experience synchronicity. We think of a person and then they call. Our dreams give us access to an alternate reality. We see a beautiful sunset or hike to the top of a mountain and feel a deep peace within. When we come up with a new solution to a difficult problem, or come up with a new invention, or create a work of art, where does the idea come from? It comes from nowhere. It comes from another place, a place of flow and interconnection, that we are only beginning to understand.

Indigenous cultures are actively engaged with the unseen world through shamanic journeying, connecting with spirit animals, dreaming, and opening up to communicate with nature including trees, rocks, animals, plants, the moon, sun, and stars. Some cultures, such as the Sng’oi people of Malaysia, believe that the unseen or dream world is reality and the waking world is an illusion. Who is to say for sure that they are wrong? Perception is reality. When we open our lives up to perceiving more than meets the eye, we make a connection with a richer, more incredible world than we ever knew possible.

4. People and all creation are composed of energy and vibration.

Superstring theory states that, as we go to smaller and smaller levels of matter, the smallest elements are not particles of matter, but instead they are vibrations of extremely small strings of energy.

The vibrations that make up our universe range from the microscopic to the infinitely huge. Electrons and protons, we now know, are not fixed objects in space but rather vibrating energy. The wavelengths of the colors we see are vibrations. Our heartbeat, the annual migration of birds, the tides, the orbits of planets around their stars, and even the expansion and contraction of the universe … all are vibrations on an increasingly larger scale.

Indigenous wisdom has held since the beginning of time that we are all made of vibrational energy, and that the strength and quality of our energy determines our health, success, and power in the world. When someone becomes ill in an indigenous community, the shaman first seeks to cure them by healing the mind of the person. When a person’s perceptions or thoughts have negative energy, it will affect their entire body. We need to pay closer attention to our vibrational energy every day, cultivating positive thoughts and positive actions, and over the long term this will help us to increase our health and feeling of well-being far more than any medication.

How Can We Find the Magic Again?

Charles Eisenstein said: “A miracle is something that is not possible from the old story, but is possible from the new story.” New scientific discoveries are giving us a point of entry to a new reality, a new way of perceiving the universe, that may be more incredible than we can possibly imagine, given our species’ current world concept.

Let us open our minds to new possibilities, new perspectives that might seem far-fetched. Everything was impossible before it was done for the first time. So we should try to see life in a new way, and expect greatness. Expect miracles. Expect for the known to be unknown, and for the unknown to lead us to a new and brighter existence.

REMEMBERING THE DEER MOTHER OF WINTER SOLSTICE

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Written by Danielle Prohom Olson & originally published on Gather Victoria

Doe, A Deer, A Female Reindeer: The Spirit of Mother Christmas

“Oh wondrous headed doe… Amongst its horns it carries the light of the blessed sun…” ~ Hungarian Christmas Folk Song

Long before Santa charioted his flying steeds across our mythical skies, it was the female reindeer who drew the sleigh of the sun goddess at winter solstice. It was when we “Christianized” the pagan traditions of winter, that the white bearded man i.e. “Father Christmas” was born.

 

 

Today it is her beloved image that adorns Christmas cards and Yule decorations – not Rudolph. Because unlike the male reindeer who sheds his antlers in winter, it is the larger and stronger doe, who retains her antlers. And it is she who leads the herds in winter.

 

 

So this season, when we gather by the fire to tell children bedtime stories of Santa and his flying reindeer – why not tell the story of the ancient Deer Mother of old? It was she who once flew through winter’s longest darkest night with the life-giving light of the sun in her horns.

 

 

Ever since the early Neolithic, when the earth was much colder and reindeer more widespread, the female reindeer was venerated by northern people. She was the “life-giving mother”, the leader of the herds upon which they depended for survival, and they followed the reindeer migrations for milk, food, clothing and shelter.

 

 

And from the British Isles, Scandinavia, Russia, Siberia, across the land bridge of the Bering Strait, she was a revered spiritual figure associated with fertility, motherhood, regeneration and the rebirth of the sun (the theme of winter solstice).

 

Top right to left: Siberian Deer Tattoo 2nd century BCE., Shamanic Headdress found in Düsseldorf Burial, Scythian Deer figurine, Mesolithic Burial of two women in France, Scythian Rod, Iron Age

 

Her antlers adorned shrines and altars, were buried in ceremonial graves, and were worn as shamanic headdresses. Her image was etched in standing stones, woven into ceremonial cloth and clothing, cast in jewelry, painted on drums, and tattooed onto skin.

 

Deer Stones Image Source Wikipedia. Upper Left Image: Pen and Ink Sketch of Mongolian Deer Stone by Penny Sinclair, Scottish Narratives.

 

The reindeer was often shown leaping or flying through the air with neck outstretched and legs flung out fore and aft. Her antlers were frequently depicted as the tree of life, carrying birds, the sun, moon and stars. And across the northern world, it was the Deer Mother who took flight from the dark of the old year to bring light and life to the new.

 

      Sami Reindeer Woman, source Arctic Photo

 

For the Sami, the indigenous people of the Nordic countries, Beaivi is the name for the Sun Goddess associated with motherhood, the fertility of plants and the reindeer. At Winter solstice, warm butter (a symbol of the sun) was smeared on doorposts as a sacrifice to Beaivi so that she could gain strength and fly higher and higher into the sky. Beivve was often shown accompanied by her daughter in an enclosure of reindeer antlers and together they returned green and fertility to the land.

 

               Sami Reindeer Woman, source Arctic Photo

 

Many winter goddesses in northern legends were associated with solstice. They took to the skies led by a bevy of flying animals. One tells of the return of Saule, the Lithuanian and Latvian goddess of the sun. She flew across the heavens in a sleigh pulled by horned reindeer and threw pebbles of amber (symbolizing the sun) into chimneys.

 

 

Mary B. Kelly’s book Goddess Embroideries Of Eastern Europe explores images of the horned deer mother in the sacred textiles of women. The image of the mother goddess Rohanitsa is often shown with antlers and gives birth to deer as well as children. For her feast day in late December (most likely solstice) white iced cookies shaped like deer were given as presents or good luck tokens, and red and white embroidery depicting her image were displayed.

 

           Ceremonial Embroidery of Rohanitsa, Image Source from Mary B. Kelly

 

In Siberian legends the reindeer took flight each winter after ingesting the hallucinogenic Amanita Muscaria mushroom, the archetypal red toadstool with white spots. Shamans would join them on a vision quest, by taking the mushrooms themselves. Climbing the tree of life in her horns, they would take flight like a bird into the upper realms. Other folktales tell how shamans, dressed in red suits with white spots, would collect the mushrooms and then deliver them through chimneys as gifts on the winter solstice. Talk about a wild night.

 

 

While many historical explorations of the pagan origins of Christmas observe the link between Santa’s garb and the red and white amanita mushroom ingesting shaman, few mention that is was the female shamans who originally wore red and white costumes trimmed with fur, horned headdresses or felt red hats! The ceremonial clothing worn by medicine women healers of Siberia and Lapland, was green and white with a red peaked hat, curled toed boots, reindeer mittens, fur lining and trim. Sound familiar?

 

                                       Horned Kichko, ancient russian shaman females sacred hat.

 

Considering that most of the shamans in this region were originally women, it is likely that their traditional wear is the true source for Santa’s costume.  And it is also very likely that they were the first to take shamanic flight with the reindeer on winter’s darkest night.

And while these women are largely forgotten today, the Deer Mother still lives in our Christmas cards, seasonal decorations and tales of Santa’s flying reindeer. And while we may not recognize her, I believe some deep, old part of ourselves still remembers the original “Mother Christmas” who brought light and new life to the world.

 

 

So this solstice take a moment to remember the forgotten winter goddesses of old and their magical reindeer. Look out from your warm cozy home into the cold of the darkening eve. And on the sacred night when the sun is reborn, look for the Deer Mother flying across starry skies, carrying the tree of life in her horns.

 

 

POSTSCRIPT

(By Danielle Prosom Olson) This postscript is in response to the many comments and requests I’ve received for the sources of the above post. Many have never heard of the Deer Mother or her female shaman -which is no surprize. Today the internet is awash with articles examining the pagan origins of Christmas but what is consistently overlooked is the idea that there may have been a feminine source for yule traditions.

For example, a plethora of “alternative” articles observe the link between Santa’s red and white garb and the Siberian shaman, and consistently refer to this shaman as “him”. Little mention is made that this ceremonial clothing was worn by the earliest shamans in the northern regions who were -and still are – female. In fact the leader of the Mongolian Reindeer People, according to this source,  is a 96-year-old shaman known as Tsuyan.

 

 

And when it comes to the deer, well there is much talk of the stag, but little mention of what was once an important spiritual figure to our northern ancestors – the Deer Mother. Much historical scholarship has assumed that many horned images found in archaic relics, ritual objects and artwork were male. But considering the evidence for a reindeer mother goddess cult dating from the prehistoric, many scholars now suggest that some of these images may be in fact, female reindeer.

That early female shaman wore horned headdresses and antlers is also well documented. In Miranda Green’s book Symbol and Image in Celtic Religious Art she states, “animal symbolism associated with goddesses reachs it apogee with horned female images, usually adorned with antlers.”

 

          Lead Plaque of Horned God (or Goddess?) found in Chesters, Northumberland. Miranda Green.

 

Green makes the point that while the antlered god Cernunnos is well known in eastern Gaul (and is revered in many pagan circles today) there were also feminine counterparts found in at many sites such as Clermont-Ferrand  (Puy de Dome) and at Besancon (Doubs).

 

 

Esther Jacobson compiled the deer iconography of the early nomads of South Siberia and northern Central Asia. Her book The Deer Goddess Of Ancient Siberia: A Study In The Ecology Of Belief traces the image of the deer from rock carvings, paintings, and monolithic stelae from the Neolithic period down through the early Iron Age.  And her study demonstrates that this deer goddess “religion “revolved around female “wise woman” and the Deer Mother herself.

 

Reindeer Stones or Stele. Image source Wikipedia.

 

The deer goddess was known across northern Europe. From The Deer-Cult and the Deer-Goddess Cult of the Ancient Caledonians  by J.G. McKay “There are an immense number of traditions, references, notices of customs, and various minor matters, which show conclusively that there formerly existed in the Highlands of Scotland two cults, probably pre-Celtic, a deer-cult and a deer-goddess cult. The latter cult was administered by women only…”

 

                          Antlered female shaman (believed to be Nishan from NE Asia)

 

The book The Golden Deer of Eurasia published by the Metropolitan Museum of Art, is a wonderful visual exploration of the sacred significance of the deer and reindeer in the shamanic traditions – which “was understood as essentially female” and associated with the tree of life, fertility, motherhood  birth and the rebirth of the sun (the theme of winter solstice!)

According to this lovely article “Reindeer and the Sun are very common association in Siberian shamanism. Tattoos on buried shaman women also contain deer tattoos, featuring antlers embellished with small birds’ heads, and since the goddess cultures of female shaman is most associated with deer, serpent and birds, it is right that these deer stones were the sacred ritual grounds of women. This reindeer-sun-bird imagery can symbolize the female shaman’s soul transformation from human to deer, from earth of the middle world to higher gates of the middle world and even the lower world.”

 

         Mesolithic female shaman of Bad Dürrenberg, 7000-6500 bce, with reconstructed regalia from animal bones,                   horns, teeth, and shells. From a wonderful color-illustrated pdf of “Archaeological Finds from Germany”

 

This fascinating article describes the ancient traditional clothing worn by “Medicine Women Healers” in Siberia and what once known as Lapland. “The red peaked, felted hats and curled-toe boots and warm mittens of reindeer-hide complete, what I believe to be, the feminine origins of perhaps the first of a very long line of Santa Claus replications. Their long lineage of connection with the induction of spiritual journeys through the drum, their relationship of healing with “Reindeer-Magic” and their ability to create potions and salves which could incite ecstatic visions or “Shamanic Journeys,” give us a deeper look at the Solstice and contemporary Christmas symbol. These priestesses-of-the-antlered-ones who flew through the night to gather blessings and healing and then distributed these gifts to their tribe members must surely be considered as proto-typical Fore-Mothers of Santa.”

So based on these sources (and I could go on!) it seems quite certain that there once an ancient deer mother goddess associated with the sun at winter solstice. It also seems likely that female shamans took to shamanic flight with the Deer Mother on this sacred night.

Today some of our most cherished Christmas iconography features antlered “stags”. Why does this image still speak so strongly to us? Could it be that they evoke an ancient memory? Are we remembering the long forgotten mother of winter solstice? I like to think so.

P.S. And if you want another way to share the story of the Deer Mother – CLICK HERE to see a little video about her!

This article was written by Danielle Prohom Olson & originally published on Gather Victoria

THESE ARE PROFOUNDLY SACRED TIMES ~ WE ARE BEING CALLED TO EVOLVE RAPIDLY

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In the Northern Hemisphere, we are approaching the Winter Solstice & entering into the darkest days of the year. Here in Maryland where I live, the very first snowflakes of the winter are just starting to fall outside my window as I write.

These are profoundly sacred times.

We are being called to evolve rapidly ~ whether we asked for it or not!

Many people who I’ve spoken to recently have shared that they feel like a completely different person now than they did a year ago, or even 6 months ago.

Do you feel the same?

We are being tested and upgraded, dissolved and then reformed, taken apart and put back together in completely new and (at times) unfamiliar ways. Many people are feeling that the total solar eclipse which occurred on August 21st was a big turning point, a time when significant rapid changes were set into motion, within each of us as well as in the collective of humanity.

I have to agree.

The messages coming through to me now feel rough around the edges, at times dark and frightening, at times filled with the brightest light and unconditional love. There is no gray area here!

My dreams have become mysterious and unfamiliar. When I pick up a book to read, or when I sink into a meditative state, I keep seeing the same messages: All hearts beating as one ~ All life is sacred ~ We must change now ~ Seek silence and listen closely ~ Do not be afraid ~ Step fully into the shadow ~ Heal wounds from the past ~ Heal what your ancestors could not face ~ Raise the vibration of the planet ~ Now is the time.

Where there used to be gentleness and patience from my spirit guides, now there is a certain forcefulness, a pressing urgency.

Mother Earth is speaking to us, and speaking through us.

Paul Hawkins, in his eye-opening book Blessed Unrest, says that Earth is a living organism, just like you or me, just like a tree, just like a bird or a tiger. All living organisms possess immune systems which are biologically designed to protect them.

Earth is being threatened on a massive level by oil drilling, deforestation, fossil fuel emissions, and much more.

As a living organism, Hawkins says, Earth has the capacity to send out protective vehicles, like the white blood cells in our bodies.

Hawkins proposes that we, the human beings who have awakened our consciousness and are willing to take action to create tremendous change in the world, we are Earth’s white blood cells.

We are becoming activists and environmentalists; we are healing one another and healing the land; we are performing sacred rituals and ceremonies to raise & re-enliven the vibration of all of life; we are emissaries of the new consciousness, speaking our truth and sharing our light; we are collectively birthing forth a new future for Earth.

And I believe that we (humans) are most certainly not the only while blood cells acting on behalf of Earth for her protection.

I make this statement in particular, because something very curious has happened to me.

I have recently (actually, quite suddenly, immediately following the total solar eclipse in August) developed a severe allergy to beef and pork.

The farming of livestock (primarily cows and pigs) is one of the greatest threats to our planet, for multiple reasons, and is also a source of incomparable suffering for hundreds of thousands of animals every single year.

If humans were to stop consuming beef and pork, it would make a significant difference in a positive direction as related to reducing climate change.

So upon further research, it turns out that I am not the only one who has recently developed an allergy to beef and pork. The allergy (called Alpha-gal Allergy) is caused by a tick bite, and is rapidly spreading through North America, Europe, and Australia. The allergy causes a terrible reaction when someone eats beef or pork: Full body hives & itching, severe stomach pains, and even the possibility of anaphylactic shock, which can be life-threatening.

How does this allergy happen? From what I understand, when a human is bitten by a tick, certain sugars enter the human bloodstream, which produce an antibody in that person, against sugars that are carried by 4-legged mammals (cows, pork, sheep, etc). So after the tick bite, the person will experience a severe allergic reaction whenever they eat beef, pork, lamb, etc. This does not happen with all ticks – Only specific types, such as the Lone Star tick.

So I ask you this: What if a significant portion of the world’s population could no longer eat beef or pork (without becoming severely ill each time)? What would be the global consequences of such an epidemic?

It seems to me that this would be quite favorable for Earth.

And how very interesting that the Alpha-gal Allergy is most prevalent in the Southeastern United States, where people probably eat the highest quantities of red meat versus other locations.

And so the ticks, lowly & hateful creatures (as I always thought before) that they appear to be, have in this case become the white blood cells fighting in favor of Earth. These ticks are changing the physical makeup of human beings so that we are physically unable to continue eating red meat.

I also ask you this: What comes next? What other white blood cell activity will Mother Earth send out?

This question feels a bit scary, admittedly, and yet at the same time, fills me with tremendous hope.

More and more people are waking up and taking action to reduce their carbon footprint, to plant trees, to speak out in favor of our planet’s health. And at the same time, certain biological forces are swinging powerfully into action to protect our Great Mother. And I’m certain that more will be on the way.

So you may want to practice being a vegetarian or a pescatarian now … In preparation for that beef and pork allergy which just might be coming your way!

I must say, I didn’t eat a lot of beef and pork before, but I feel so much healthier now that I have had no choice but to cut them completely out of my diet!! (And yes, I have been checked for Lyme, which came back negative ~ Because I know so many of you lovely and caring people will want to ask.)

So my suggestion to you is to keep your eyes open, and stay connected to your truth as we enter into these dark days of winter. Know that you are evolving rapidly right now, and this is not an easy process. The changes will be very different & individual for each and every one of us. Be patient with yourself.

It is natural for us to need more sleep and to have lower energy when the days are short and the nights are long. Be sure to listen to your body and take time out for rest and rejuvenation.

If you are experiencing health issues, or difficult times, know that you are not alone. Many, many people are experiencing strange & intense occurrences in their lives right now. It is all part of this massive evolutionary process that we are navigating. Trust that there is a higher reason for all of it; trust that you are part of a larger collective, and that all of our experiences have great meaning and are part of a larger plan.

Listen to your dreams, especially on these longest nights near the Winter Solstice …

Here is something important that you can do to deepen into your evolution and understand the important messages that are being sent to you by the incredible intelligence of the universe: Tune in to your dreams.

Willemijn Maas, creator of Elemental Life, has created a beautiful Dream Recording Workbook for the 12 Nights of Yule. She is giving these workbooks away for free until December 21st. You can CLICK HERE to claim yours, and begin opening up to the mysterious messages from the Dreamtime.

Willemijn says:

“The 12 Sacred Nights of Yule are known for the insights we can receive about the coming year through our dreams.

Last year, I wrote down a dream for these 12 consecutive nights. They correspond to the months of the year, and I read them back recently.

It’s almost eerie to see that my unconscious mind already knew what was going to happen, sometimes in great detail, sometimes through a general theme. It was a year of many changes that I couldn’t have predicted with my conscious rational mind. And it was all in my dreams already…

That’s why I created this workbook. To make people aware that they also have this power and inner knowledge that they can access during the 12 Nights of Yule. And to find some peace and quiet during the frantic days around Christmas.”

Traditionally, the period following Midwinter, also called Yuletide, was a sacred time. The 12 nights of Yule, starting with the Night preceding Yule were a time of contemplation, and divination, often sitting by the fire, staring into the flames of the Yule log burning (the modern Christmas tree).

In our modern life, we have almost completely lost the connection to this sacred time. Paying attention to your inner world is helpful in navigating decisions and finding peace and quiet, especially during the holiday season.

When we honor the dark, it’s possible to receive insights from our unconscious mind. This can be in the form of visions, dreams or insights. Dreams occurring during these dark 12 nights have divinatory powers and hold powerful messages about the coming year, in which the 12 nights of Yule are connected to the months of the year. You’ll want to keep track of these dreams for future reference.

You can CLICK HERE to download your own (free!) copy of the Dream Recording Workbook for the 12 Nights of Yule.

Enjoy!

CLARE DUBOIS – REINSTATING THE FEMININE TO RECLAIM WHOLENESS

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I have exciting news for you today!

I am going to be releasing several interviews from the Balancing Sacred Masculine & Sacred Feminine 3-Day Event which was held in June 2017. These interviews have never before been viewed outside of the actual event. We created all of these interviews live and in real time, with audience Q&A afterwards.

The speakers were simply amazing, and the response from the audience was beyond anything I anticipated. So I know you’ll enjoy these! I’ll post a new interview every 2 or 3 days from now until the end of November.

The first interview I want to share with you is the one which received the strongest response of all. Watch or listen as Clare Dubois takes you on a rollercoaster inner journey of exploring the Sacred Masculine and Sacred Feminine within you. I served as her guinea pig, and at times I was left utterly speechless. This was a profound experience and I welcome you to try it out for yourself!

Here is Clare Dubois, founder of TreeSisters, in “Reinstating the Feminine to Reclaim Wholeness – An Embodied Journey Into Your Own Self-Discovery.”

 

THE JOURNEY

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I have traveled to the imaginal realms and back …

I have seen the sky kissing the Earth with sheets of rain …

I have walked beneath a thin crescent moon and offered tobacco to the land in heartfelt gratitude for miracles …

I have poured out my tears to receive messages from my ancestors who passed long ago.

I have spoken with mountains and forests …

I have infused a stone with my joy …

I have learned of my origins from a sparkling dream …

I have been carried along on ice-cold river currents into the welcoming arms of a hot spring.

And now, I have returned home.

I hold my sweet daughter, almost four years old.

Tomorrow she will begin preschool.

But for now, she is my baby, asleep in my arms, her heart beating steadily against mine.

I remember when she was two years old, just learning to talk.

“Do you remember,” she would say,

“When I was your mommy and you were my baby?”

“Yes,” I would say, smiling softly, “Tell me more about that.”

She is deeply connected to birds.

She watches them when we’re outside

And tells me what the birds are doing, and why they land in certain trees.

“I think Lily used to be a bird,” I said earlier this evening.

“Yes! I did!” she exclaimed. “And I am still a bird now.”

She held a Birds of the Mid-Atlantic field guide in her hands.

“Tell me,” I asked her, “What kind of bird are you now?”

She flipped through the book.

She stopped on the page with a light-gray dove.

“I am this bird,” she said.

Once, when she was less than 6 months old, I was holding her while she slept.

I fell asleep too,

And my dream merged with hers.

She was dreaming of the purest bliss.

I have never felt such peace and brightness and love.

I awoke with a start,

And wanted to go back into that precious dream.

I looked at her little face and knew then

Why babies smile while they sleep.

All of these are the miracles that I know.

Our world is so alive.

Every element is talking to us

At every moment.

When we can each fully embody this truth,

We will never feel alone again.

We will not need power, or money …

We will not need drugs, or alcohol.

We will live in profound connection

To all that is.

This is what the ancient people knew.

This is our birthright

As children of the Earth and Cosmos.

Long ago, our Mother (the Earth) and Father (the Sky)

Made love like rain kissing the mountains,

And life sprung forth,

Joyous and blissful,

Ever-changing, ever-evolving,

Each element and every living being perfectly designed to bring its special gifts.

This is, even today, our natural & innate state of being.

We can feel this way again.

We can remember.

We need only

To hold a young child while they are sleeping …

To jump into icy cold river currents …

To speak with a mountain or a stone …

To sleep beneath the vastness of the Milky Way …

To stand awestruck in the mounting winds while a thunderstorm rolls in …

To give unconditional love to a friend.

It is not far away,

This new (ancient) way of living.

It is right in front of you.

You can reach out and touch it. It is available to you, always …

Have faith, have trust, and seek it … Find it …

Make a point to spend more time each day connecting with it …

And live the rest of your life in the way you have always dreamed.

 

By Jocelyn Mercado

 

P.S. I love this image of the rain falling on the mountains: