Happy Beltaine, One and All


Happy Beltaine! I hope you enjoy a wee bit of Welsh mythology and a recipe for a sweet Beltaine treat our family indulges in, all excerpts from my Creating New Pagan Family Traditions – Beltaine chapbook.

Forsaken by Technia

It’s been some time since I posted anything, and definitely even more time since I’ve been able to work on the series. Unfortunately, we’ve been struck with technical issues here at the Corvidae household, resulting in the complete collapse of the computer we were using.

I don’t even have an old machine to sacrifice to Technica this time! < |;^) However, the girls' dad came to the rescue and loaned us a machine that will get us through this patch while he either fixes or upgrades (depending on my finances at the end of this month) the compusaur. I've got most of the software installed, and the rest is coming along. Once the back-up files are brought over to this machine, I'll be neck-deep in catching up. (more…)

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The Shaman’s Path and Healing

(edited/modified from a Suite101 WPSHM series I wrote in 2000)

The Shaman’s Path and Healing
© Jodi Lee 2012

I have often been interested in the differences in methods employed by the shamanic healers. Perhaps the fascination stems from their strong ability to focus while “journeying”, or perhaps it’s the methods to achieve the altered state required for “journeying.” Whatever the reasons, my ears perk up, or my eyes wander during conversations where the topic is brought up.

In my younger years, I always assumed “shaman” was a Native American term for medicine man. Once I was introduced to a broader spectrum of natural healing, earth based religion books, I discovered that many cultures use the term shaman to describe men and women who heal through contact with the spirit world, or “journeying”. And although I am meaning this first article to be an introduction of sorts, I’d also like to comment on a few of the books which I have kept over the past while. Each one has added a little something to my research, be it good or not so good.