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Japanese Shamanism: Ancient and Alive

Japanese Shamanism: Ancient and Alive
by Cerridwen Fallingstar
“The Queendom of Wa is ruled entirely by sorceresses.”  This assertion by a 3rd century Chinese document is the first written record referring to Japan.  Of course, every culture, world-wide, has arisen and evolved from its own Pagan-magical spiritual traditions.  But unique among modern industrialized countries, Japan has kept its original Shamanic tradition, Shinto, as its dominant religion.
Shinto comes from the Chinese words ‘shen’ meaning deity, and ‘tao’ meaning path or way.  In Japan, it is referred to as ‘kami-no-michi’, the way of the kami.  Kami means deity, but it [...]

Inari; Power of The Fox

–Cerridwen Fallingstar
“Foxy Lady!”…Jimi Hendrix
“I am the fox.  You may not always see me.  But I always see you.”…Z. Demers, at age 9.

The fox materialized out of the pine trees and mist and stared at us.  We stared back, mesmerized at its ghostly form.  A swath of mist swirled between us and the fox and the fox…evaporated.  Our experience in Yosemite with a fox was not an unusual sort of encounter with this elusive, mysterious creature, which is why the fox represents sorcery in many cultures.
In Japan, the fox is messenger, totemic [...]


Women, Aging, Wisdom and Power
A Day-long Workshop and Ritual for Women
With Cerridwen Fallingstar

Sat, Feb. 8th, 2014, 10am to 7pm
$60-$90 sliding scale
Workshop location in San Geronimo to be announced.
(Introductory evening for both men and women – Fri, Feb.7th, 7-9pm – $20)
San Geronimo Valley Community Center, 6350 Sir Francis Drake Blvd, San Geronimo, CA 94963
In our culture, most women fear growing/looking old more than they fear death. For a woman to age—and therefore to come into her true power, to distill to her deepest essence—is taboo in our modern world.

But in earth-centered cultures, elder [...]