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June BlueSpruce, M.P.H.

Shamanic Practitioner and Life Coach

Category: Celtic traditions

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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Living on the Edge

I am on edge. On the edge of my seat. It’s the edge of night. The edge of a cliff, a wave. We are edging toward – what? Skating close to the edge. On the leading edge – but who’s leading? On the cutting edge – but who’s cutting, and who or what is being …

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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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Sovereignty and Justice

Today is Samhain, the beginning of the dark half of the year. The time of An Cailleach, the fearsome, wild, wise crone, so ancient that she made her home in the western mountains of Ireland before the Celts came. She is the goddess of sovereignty, and it is no accident that men who have egregiously …

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Nourishment

Walking down the street to water our friends’ garden while they were on vacation, I heard the familiar call of a Northern flicker and looked up. Perched on a wire right above my head was a male, with his unmistakable tan belly, black spots and crescent-shaped chest patch. I’d never seen one quite so close. …

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Our True Nature

At Bealtaine we transition from the quiet, inward activities of the cold months to a vibrant focus on the world blooming around us. Bealtaine (pronounced BYAL-teh-neh in Irish), celebrated in the US as May Day, initiates the light half of the year (samos) in the Celtic calendar. Flowers lure bees and other pollinators with showy, …

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The Golden Hat

Our dreams can bring visions of horror, mystery and beauty. If we take a little time to sit with them, the meaning can emerge and enrich our lives. On January 28, the morning after the Republican administration’s ill-conceived, discriminatory executive order on travel and immigration wreaked havoc on airports nationwide and travelers worldwide, I had …

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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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