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Samhain 2022
Samhain Greetings to All!
It’s no secret that this is my favorite time of year. I love the crispness and coolness of the air after our hot, humid summer here in Massachusetts. This year’s autumn brought thirst quenching rains to ease our drought, for which I was very grateful. The weather has been pretty mild with the crickets and katydids still singing their songs. I’ve been able to be outside a lot and have had the luck to see a barred owl, a heron and a pileated woodpecker up close. The barred owl has a story behind it, which I detailed in my blog. You can find that here:
The Red Berry and the Thorn: A Class on Folklore-based Protections for Winter
In “Celtic” lore, we are not sliding into the dark time of year. It’s a time to incubate dreams, rest and enjoy the coziness of the hearth. It’s also a time of heightened spirit activity.  Our ancestors knew this and we can find lots of great advice in European folklore and traditions. I’m offering a class on spirit protections based in folklore on Wednesday November 16, 7:00 – 9:00pm. This is an online class via Zoom. We’ll talk about some of these protections, many of which I use, and why things are this way at this time. Class is $55. You can register here:
This month I had the excellent experience of being featured on the Six Degrees of John Keel podcast hosted by Barbara Fisher and Morganna Marks. 6DJK is an experiencer podcast that I highly recommend. I’ve been listening for about a year now and it was a podcast that my guides insisted I listen to from the first episode, which was a bid odd since they normally have zero opinions about my entertainment choices! Although I didn’t previously think of myself as an experiencer, the term does fit the bill. I’ve been experiencing the weird since I was a kid. I talk about just some of the experiences I’ve personally had and what I’ve learned from them. It was great fun and I hope to be on again. You can listen to the podcast in your favorite player or here:
Shamanic Skills Apprenticeship
The program will start in January 2023 and run for 6 months, with classes occurring twice a month. The last month includes a bonus class. Classes generally run about 2.5 - 3 hours and will be held on the 2nd and 4th Wednesdays of the month at 7:00pm EST starting on January 11, 2023. Classes are all on Zoom. This class is limited to 10-12 people.
Each time I teach this, I teach it a little differently and often more deeply as I continue to learn things from my spirit helpers. This year’s program will encompass learning about what shamanism/spiritwork is and is not; grounding, boundaries and protection; learning to work with different kinds of spirits; shamanic journeying to the different realms;  Ancestor work; Fae work; making and empowering power objects and more. This program has an animistic focus and will teach you to work deeply with your own spirits guides and other beings from the Unseen world.
If you’d like a good, solid basis for working with the Unseen, this is the program for you.
What this is not is a healing practitioner training. If that is what you want, I can point you in the right direction for that. However, if you wish to pursue learning shamanic healing and you do not already know the above, I highly recommend taking this program first in order to already have that deep relationship with your spirits.
This program is $175/month, payable monthly, and includes email support for questions/concerns/ponderings and a discount on healing work. This is an application program with applications open from now until January 1st.  The spirits decide who will be the students. If you’re interested, reply to this email and I’ll send you the application. You can always email me separately at
Feel free to contact me for a more detailed syllabus, with questions, etc.

As always I am seeing clients for healing work as well as doing space clearing. I'm still working fully remotely and am available for work around the globe.

Many Blessings to you this Autumn,


This newsletter's artwork is from Jane Brideson.

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