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June BlueSpruce, M.P.H.

Shamanic Practitioner and Life Coach

Category: Ancestors

Leaning on Our Ancestors

Yesterday, on the eve of Samhain (Halloween), I prepared an altar in our living room to honor our beloved dead. On the cedar chest built by my wife Martha’s grandfather, I placed cedar boughs blessed in sacred circles held over the past two months. On top of the cedar, Martha and I arranged photos of …

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Authoritarianism and My Garden

It has been a terrible couple of weeks in national news – a terrible couple of years, actually. When I feel despair, I restore a sense of balance and hope by taking effective action where I can. And I work in my garden. A few weeks ago, after days of rain, the rich soil in our parking strip was …

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Grandmother at Bealtaine

I have a newborn granddaughter. Everything I knew before about being a grandmother is now rooted in the body. I know it in my eyes, heart, belly, bones, down into the Earth. We are all rooted in Earth. She is our mother, in the largest sense. Everything we are comes from her. Seeds planted by …

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Love in a Dangerous Time

Title with a nod to Bruce Cockburn [1] Imbolc, celebrated Feb. 1 in the Celtic world, is traditionally a time to sweep out the old and welcome in the new. A time of initiation into and commitment to a new path in life. The process of initiation starts with the breakdown and death of old ways …

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Finding Beauty in Darkness

Early Monday morning, in clouded darkness misted by rain, two hundred people gathered at the Port of Tacoma to block the gates to a construction site. Puget Sound Energy, a utility company that is now owned by a profitable group of private equity firms, leased this land to build a huge plant to process and …

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Invoking Protection

Our country is in the midst of a crisis precipitated by our newly sworn in President and his close advisers. Even some of those who supported him, however reluctantly, are beginning to acknowledge this. The shock waves shake all of us, particularly those most vulnerable to oppression, discrimination, violence, incarceration, deportation. We scramble to maintain …

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Women Harvest Power

I don’t usually talk about electoral politics in this blog, but the events of the last week are so remarkable and related to the season that I want to address them. Lughnasadh (LOO-na-sa), celebrated on August 1 in the Celtic tradition, marks the beginning of the harvest. We gather the fruits from the seeds we sowed …

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Rebirth

In a time of grieving, I received a dream image that I thought was a harbinger of death. To my great joy and relief, I discovered it was something else entirely. Our sister-in-law, Victoria, died of lymphoma last fall. She was 57 years old, and this isn’t the way anyone expected it to go. At …

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Six-Month Sabbatical to Honor the Great Song

 “South is the locus of inspiration, creativity, and the unbridled passion of the poet’s heart.  The South is where the human soul falls in love with the music of life.  From the melodies and harmonious strains associated with literal music to the invisible ‘music’ spinning within cells, molecules, and electrons, the powers of the South …

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The Path is Open

In a recent Facebook post, Robert Moss wrote, “The most important book on dreams you will ever read is your own dream journal…  Yet you won’t truly understand what a treasure box your journal will be until you have kept one for at least five years.” What were you dreaming five years ago?  Dream tracking …

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