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All Snakes’ Day: The Hidden History of St. Patrick

St. Patrick is perhaps the most well-known Catholic saint in human history. He is celebrated internationally in the United States, Brazil, Australia, Britain, and of course, Ireland, where he has been honored as the patron saint of the country for centuries. Among the many miracles he supposedly performed, Patrick is said to have driven all […]

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Asking for Permission

Try this—using your mind’s eye, imagine a room. It can be cluttered or spacious, light or dark, with windows or doors and furniture as you please. Visualize it clearly, noticing everything in the room. See all the details and greet each object with your thoughts. Notice that however full you’ve envisioned this room, you likely […]

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Nāga Kanya : Guardian Goddess of the Three Realms

Naga Kanya—also known as Nag Kanya or Naag Kanya—snake of the rainbow, daughter of the serpent, guardian of treasures, benevolent goddess of the three realms.  In Hindu mythology, Nagas are serpentine spirits who reside in the underworld, protecting and offering the teachings of the Mother Goddess. They are said to guard all esoteric and mystical […]

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Into the Dark

For those of us in the northern hemisphere, the time of deepening darkness is full upon us. For many people, the shorter days and long cold nights of winter bring struggle and resistance as we seek to maintain our busy lives as workers, parents, students, friends, creative beings, and partners. We mourn the loss of […]

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What is Ritual?

“It is from the primal world that living faith arises.”     ~Larry Harvey   What is Ritual? It’s a simple word—yet many of us struggle to define it, feeling uncertain or even argumentative about how it should be defined. Some people use the word confidently and easily, while others feel uncomfortable and even threatened […]

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Summer Solstice: Celebrating the Night

The summer solstice—the longest day and shortest night of the year—marks the beginning of summer and the full blossoming of bountiful energy and abundance. This season is often understood as a time of masculine energy–shining forth and projecting brilliance, youthful vigor, green growing gardens, and abundant light, heat, and activity. Yet it is important to […]

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Guardians of the Serpent

The portal is open We stand at the threshold Receiving the truths that live beyond. ~ We sing to all beings passing through The hidden questions of human hearts So that Shadows and Light are known. ~ Watchful kindness and loving patience We open to pain in order to heal We remember the teachings and we forgive. ~ Our work […]

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