Fire festivals Fire was believed to have purifying qualities – it cleansed and rejuvenated both the land and the people. The ritual welcoming of the sun and the lighting of the fires was also believed to ensure the fertility of the land and the people. Animals were transferred from winter pens to summer pastures and […]Beltane Customs — Lady Dyanna ~ Spiritual Life Coach| Intuitive Reader |Tarot Reader
The Sweet Woodruff, a favorite little plant growing in woods and on shaded hedgebanks, may be readily recognized by its small white flowers (in bloom in May and June) set on a tender stalk, with narrow, bright-green leaves growing beneath them in successive, star-like whorls, just as in Clivers or Goosegrass, about eight leaves to […]Beltane Herb: Sweet Woodruff — Ravenhawks’ Magazine Magick for Mind Body and Soul
Bringing in the May In old England, the young people went out into the woods on May Day Eve and stayed all night, returning in the morning, laden with flowers and green branches. The Puritan writer, Philip Stubbes, has an interesting way of explaining the nature of the sacred rites which took place in the […]Beltane Customs and Practices — Ravenhawks’ Magazine Magick for Mind Body and Soul
Magickal Gardens Beltane reminds us that warmer weather is just ahead, It is getting time for those of us in the North-Eastern section of the US to start thinking about gardening. even if you have no room to plant a garden, container gardens are possible. Some of the herbs that will grow readily indoors or…Beltane — Ravenhawk’s Magickal Products
Kwento Comics, an all-female comic book company focused on Southeast Asian stories, has launched its first graphic novel inspired by Philippine mythology, The Mask of Haliya. The Mask of Haliya is a young adult urban fantasy that follows the journey of a troubled Filipina-American teen who discovers a mysterious mask at her great-grandmother’s wake. The story […]All-female Kwento Comics aim to inspire young women with Filipina heroine in graphic novel series — Life & Soul Magazine
Prosearium is an initiative to increase the participation of African women in game development by documenting 1,000 women of all backgrounds and their experiences creating and contributing to games. The Prosearium website aims to be a “digital garden of experiences” documenting African women’s experience in game development. Founded by South Africa-based game developer and community […]Prosearium: “Digital garden of experiences” aims to increase presence of African women in game development — Life & Soul Magazine
The Celtic symbol of the dragon is magical, one of transformation and eternal wisdom. The druids respected dragons as forces of nature, the guardians of mother earth and all things sacred, the protectors of nature and all living things. The dragon holds the powerful Celtic symbol of protection and power. These magical beings represented all that the universe has to offer.
Dragon soul energy was worshiped and used for the greater good. At special celebrations of the turning seasons of the year, to harvest the right crops, as a true guardian for all they held sacred.
The earth soul dragon has a symbolism of nature and all things connected to our Mother Earth. The earth soul dragon asks us to connect with nature in all of its beauty. The true wealth is not money but the beauty of our land and its magick, it’s sources and resources.
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Energy is fluid and since each and everyone of us is energy, that too makes us fluid. That awareness will shine a light this week on areas of your life that have perhaps become stagnant or inflexible. Are there things that you are doing based upon the beliefs, thoughts, fears and expectations that had your […] […]Medea’s Weekly Tonic for Mind, Body & Soul: Fluidity — Rosalind Medea — Life & Soul Magazine
Artist Derick Fabian creates character designs inspired by graffiti art, anime, and Sanrio such as Hello Kitty. Everything from “simple and cute to the more detailed and cool style”, the Hawai’i-based artist is not afraid to follow through on what he is intuitively guided. The 7Sketches founder says: “I illustrate characters. From simple and cute […]7Sketches: Hawaiian artist Derick Fabian “just goes for it” after years attempting to combine art with “something sensible” — Life & Soul Magazine
From the Bowery Ballroom to the Sydney Opera House, the intertribal dance troupe Indigenous Enterprise is bringing traditional native dances centerstage. Presenting various powwow dance styles and dazzling regalia, the group drew the attention of NBC’s “World of Dance” on social media, and earned a place performing for Joe Biden’s presidential inauguration. Indigenous Enterprise premiered “Indigenous Liberation,” a stage performance that combines tradition and tech, last fall at the Joyce Theater in New York City. The troupe took the show to Los Angeles in March, performing at REDCAT in the Walt Disney Concert Hall Complex.
Dancer Acosia Red Elk of the Umatilla tribe recalls her performance on the stage at the Joyce. “I felt a little bit insecure because we had done nothing like that before,” the world-champion jingle dancer admitted.
These native dances are typically performed at competitions and powwows, and Acosia and the members of Indigenous Enterprise learned to adapt their styles for a more formal theater crowd. “We are trying to build bridges through art,” she said. “Every single one of us has learned about our own traditional cultures, powwow culture, and different cultures and their dance styles…that was the thing about the show at the Joyce.”
The 42-year-old dancer has been dancing for more than half of her life. Acosia has competed at several dance competitions, including the Gathering of Nations Powwow in Albuquerque, New Mexico, winning in several categories, but her main specialty is in the jingle dance. As a young girl, Acosia would attend powwows and admired the jingle dancers the most. “I had dreams about being a jingle dancer,” she said, “They say that most jingle dancers will dream about it before they ever become a jingle dancer.” The dance is also known as the healing dance or prayer dance as legend has it that a young girl was healed by the sound of jingles made by tin ornaments clinking together on a dress.
When she was six years old, Acosia was caught on fire, leaving her with scars, followed by a low point in her life. Some years later, her sister made a dress for her and encouraged her to start dancing. “It completely changed my life,” she said. “Dancing healed me from the inside out. As a jingle dancer, [I] feel a responsibility to be on [my] best behavior, be kind to others, think good thoughts, [and] remember to pray even when [I’m] out there dancing in competition.”
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