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Minoan Ecstatic Postures: Syncing with the divine

When I tell people that part of my spiritual practice involves ecstatic body postures, most of them look at me like I've grown a second head. The practice of assuming a specific pose and holding it while going into shamanic trance goes back millennia in many different cultures around the world, but it's a practice that isn't very well known in modern times. I'd like to change that.

Ecstasy isn't a word we hear very often in terms of Pagan spirituality, but I think humans are hard-wired for it. In fact, I think the modern world is ecstasy deprived and many of us are looking for that kind of experience, the numinous alive within and around us. We can use the simple, ancient technique of certain body postures to induce ecstatic states that enhance our spiritual experience and bring us closer to the divine.

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Fire and Fertility: Let’s Hear It for Beltane!

Merry meet! Today is Beltane (also spelled Beltaine or Bealtaine), the ancient Celtic festival marking the start of summer and a celebration of fertility. Beltane is also closely associated with both the Germanic festival Walpurgisnacht and English festival May Day (and, by association, International Workers’ Day), which also mark today. For your general enjoyment and spiritual purposes, we’ve gathered all our posts related to this very special day. We hope your summer is a pleasant one, full of joy.

--Aryós Héngwis

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Are you ready for some change? Yeah, me too. Which is good, because when Uranus moves from one sign to the next, changes are imminent, both on a personal and global level. With Uranus involved, we can expect events that are sudden, surprising, and often extreme. If we understand the underlying energies that are in play, we can, to some degree, consciously direct them to the better outcomes.

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Looking Under the Kilt

They're really the next-best thing to skyclad.

My friend Stephanie Fox always says, "Every guy looks better in a kilt."

As usual, she's right.

If there's an identifiable Pagan Male mode of dress, the kilt would probably be it. Me, I'd wear one every day if I could get away with it.

Well, but I live in Minneapolis, where—self-effacement being core to Scandinavian-ness—it's considered poor form to draw too much attention to oneself in public.

Besides which, I'm a person who—for the good and the ill of it—people tend to notice. It took me a long time to learn to Walk Unseen and, frankly, I value the ability.

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  • Steven Posch
    Steven Posch says #
    My definition of "kilt" is broad enough to include sarongs, for sure. They sure are easier on the gear than wool.
  • Kile Martz
    Kile Martz says #
    At the large men's gathering I attend in the summer, the sarong is still de rigueur for many of the participants. Some that are ne

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Turn Left at Aphrodite

Go between the two standing stones into the woods.

Follow the path down to the Great Circle.

When you get to Aphrodite, turn left.

Then head down the hill through the trees.

That's how you get to the Bull Stone.

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“It’s a wild snail festival out here!”

—Tanner (age 3) 

We recently got home from a family mini vacation to Table Rock Lake, about three hours b2ap3_thumbnail_30420049_2074497082762503_7495032563414501479_o.jpgaway from home. 

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I didn’t just stop
to smell the lilacs
I sang to them too
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as I pressed my nose
into their blooms.

The air was full
of enchantment
as I delighted in the sunlight
filtered through new maple leaves
and scattered across stone.

I rolled redbud flowers
across my tongue
and ate dandelions straight
from the stem
feeling yellow petals
in my teeth.

I savored the flavor of a violet
and rubbed mint leaves
between my fingers
I crawled on my knees
through the clover
watched bees dance
on the dandelions
and found ginger
and elderberry beneath
my heels as I stretched
my arms into a tree branch
reaching for tender buds.

I gathered the blossoms
of springtime
kissed them with gratitude
and offered them into
the bubbles of water
from which rivers are born.

I let my fingers trail
through the wildness
within me and around me.
Then I lifted my lips
to my lover
under the
Beltane moon.

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