Shaman's Blog

Celebrating the Summer Solstice

June 17, 2017 | Uncategorized

At the very heart of shamanic living, dwells the understanding of the profound significance of doing ceremonies. And now comes round the turning time called the Summer Solstice and here we offer some examples of what Circles might do to […]

The Nine Worlds And The Tree: Seiðr As Shamanistic Practice In Heathen Spirituality

May 14, 2017 | Uncategorized

In today’s Heathenism there tends to be a distinction between magic and celebratory-religion. Quite a number of people do not engage in magical practices, but do talk to the Goddesses and Gods, or spirits of the land in a very […]

Shamanism and the Craft

April 12, 2017 | Uncategorized

The following writing is a collection of thoughts about both similarities and differences between core shamanism and witchcraft. I’ve been walking some form of spiritual path in a conscious way for about 26 years, the past 12 of these as […]

So You Wannabe A Shaman, Huh?

March 29, 2017 | Uncategorized

Today many people in the “civilised world” are being drawn to world views that are more in tune with nature and natural cycles, that honour the Earth Mother and Sky Father, and recognise the life and energy and spirit of […]

More On The Outside, What I Am On The Inside – An Interview With Leslie Kenton by Karen Kelly

February 14, 2017 | Uncategorized

Maybe you can say something about how your first encountered shamanism? I think I had heard about it for years. I was always fascinated by religious traditions and read people like Ninian Smart and Mircea Eliade and of course I […]

Ethics In Shamanism: Two Views

January 9, 2017 | Uncategorized

Having worked with core shamanism for a number of years (including completing the Foundation for Shamanic Studies East Coast Three Year Programme), I find that I have a number of concerns and questions. Some of these are of course personal, […]

Korean Shamanism: Today’s Ancient Practice

December 20, 2016 | Uncategorized

The Shamanic Tradition of Korea Shamanism is found all over the world. Korean shamans, called mudang, help seekers of all religions communicate with the spirit world through a ritual known as kut. Shamanism is one of the most ancient spiritual […]

The Ritual Of Calling the Directions In Shamanism

December 14, 2016 | Uncategorized

A lone shaman stands barefoot upon a wooden hill under cover of darkness, looking out over glowing lights of the city. A gentle breeze caresses her hair as a soft voice within tells her it is time. She stands in […]

What If I Can’t Find Info On My Animal Totem?

December 11, 2016 | Uncategorized

It’s easy if you’re a cougar or deer or bear person. There’s lots of information available regarding the totem energies of those creatures. But what if the animal which comes to you is a bit more exotic? Maybe a chinchilla […]

Shamanic Death and Rebirth – The Process of Transformation in Shamanism

November 29, 2016 | Uncategorized

The shamanic path entails a number of tests as part of the training. The most profound challenge on this journey is that of the shamanic death. Although it might be in vogue these days to refer to one self as […]

Soul Work: On The Boundaries of Shamanism and Psychotherapy – An Interview with Sandra Ingerman

November 19, 2016 | Uncategorized

At present, there seems to be a lot of interest in the psycho-therapeutic community in shamanism and particularly in soul retrieval. Whilst I think this has some benefits in terms of increasing the acceptance of shamanism in the mainstream, I […]

The Tree of Life Meditation In Shamanism

November 1, 2016 | Uncategorized

The Tree of Life was probably the first meditation I ever learned; it was when I first consciously realized my connection to nature and to a shamanic way of life. As I grew on my path, so did this meditation. […]

The Return Of The Seiðr: Experiences of Seiðr in Modern Denmark

October 29, 2016 | Uncategorized

Many times during my journeys, I have seen myself in the centre of a circle of women who were working with their voices on the behalf of the person in the middle. Sometimes this was for healing, others we were […]

The Way of Wyrd Book Review

October 12, 2016 | Uncategorized

Anglo-Saxon Shamanic Novel Based on Historical Truth Brian Bates‘ book The Way of Wyrd tells of the remarkable adventures of an Anglo-Saxon Shaman in the Mysterious world of Ancient England. The Way of Wyrd describes a young Christian monk’s experiences […]

Ergi: A Personal Perspective on Men and Seiðr

October 12, 2016 | Uncategorized

“Odin understood also the art in which the greatest power is lodged, and which he himself practised; namely, what is called seiðr. By means of this he could know beforehand the predestined fate of men, or their not yet completed […]

Shaman’s Song

October 11, 2016 | Uncategorized

Longing and learning and laughing and crying Reaching and rooting and living and dying Chasing myself on the tail of a swallow Watching and waiting I lead and I follow Drifting through waters of dreaming illusion Sliding down rock-face of […]

Astrologer’s Introduction To Shamanism

October 10, 2016 | Uncategorized

Although we often associate it with American Indian spirituality, shaman is actually a Siberian word. It refers to one who has experienced an alternative reality. That is, a state of consciousness which involves dreams and visions as well as, it […]

The Concept Of The Circle of Life In Shamanism – Shamanic Wheel

October 4, 2016 | Uncategorized

One of the key wisdoms held by many shamanic cultures is the concept of the Circle of Life, also known as the shamanic wheel. Just as there are many different cultures who respect the Circle of Life, so are there […]

Walking With The Spirits – An Interview With Jonathan Horwitz

September 9, 2016 | Uncategorized

Does shamanism as you practise it have a goal or a vision? Shamanism is a spiritual practise and it is a healing practise at the same time. It is a spiritual healing practise. And the idea is that people who […]

Listen To The Trees As a Shaman

September 4, 2016 | Uncategorized

Listen. Do you hear it? Do you hear the voices carried by the wind? Do you hear the leaves rustling, the branches creaking, the silent voices speaking? They are all around us, and they are guiding us to our healing, […]