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Magic of the Dreamtime

Magic of the Dreamtime

“Your wants awaken your passions,” said Ka`Kao. “Your passions lead you to your dreams. Your dreams hold the remembering of what you love about life. Feel your aliveness. Feel the callings of your heart.”

~ from Spirit of Chocolate: A Woman’s Journey to the Rainforest in Search of Her Dreams.


Every lunar cycle is a new revolution in the moon’s orbit around the earth. The beginning of each lunar cycle takes place in the deep darkness of the No Moon or New Moon. Some traditions refer to this as the Dark Moon phase.

During New Moon, the moon rises in the east at dawn and sets on the western horizon at dusk. The moon is positioned between the earth and the sun. Backlit by the sun, the moon is hidden from our view. The moon is still fully present, just invisible to our human eyes and from our perspective on earth.

The New Moon we are experiencing this weekend is an eclipse – the third in a series of eclipses since July. The New Moon Eclipse accentuates the magic and power of the new beginnings and our entry into a new cycle. Eclipses open doorways to shifts and transformations. The ‘usuals’ are shaken up. Changes are evoked. We’re called to feel and acknowledge the awe and mystery of the universe, of life on our planet earth, of our personal purpose and path in this lifetime.

During New Moon, without the glow of moonlight, the night skies are very dark, a vast field of obsidian black. In this deep darkness, on a clear night, countless stars and planets are visible to our eyes. The New Moon resonates with the energy of winter, the inner callings, with quieting and focus on the unseen, the inner core, the underground.

In the rich darkness of New Moon, we are invited to open our minds and hearts to reach into the depths of our universe. We are reaching into the great mystery, the void, where all potentials exist.

During New Moon, if we listen, we’ll feel the calling to focus inwardly, to quiet and settle in the stillness, to reach into the depths of our own spirits, hearts, bodies, and minds. There is much to awaken and discover, to hear, feel, and sense, to connect, honor, learn, explore.

New Moon is a powerful time to vision and dream, to set intentions for the new cycle. Dreams exist in the realm of energy, the not-yet-manifested. Dreams are the blueprint for what will come into existence in our lives. Dreams are filled with information, with emotions and pictures, with thoughts and sensations. The blueprints guide what we build. The blueprints, the dreams, shape how we go about living our lives. Your dreams are powerful gifts to clarify and claim, to nourish and protect, to hold and remember.

Give yourself the gift of setting aside some time for dreaming and visioning during New Moon. What do you really want for your life, for the earth, for all life?

Write your dreams in a journal. Paint them, sculpt them, dance them, sing them – whatever helps you feel, picture, fully sense and embody your dreams.

Share your dreams with others, with gratitude, curiosity, appreciation for diversity, and respect for your own and others’ unique dreams and life paths.

Flourish in the magic of the dreamtime.


Spider Medicine: Weavers of Webs of Life

Spider Medicine: Weavers of Webs of Life

Spiders are extraordinary weavers of webs. They know the art of sacred geometry and purposeful design. They are the makers of the fibers which are used to make the webs. And a few years ago, I learned even more about the mystery and magic of Spider’s ways.

As the sunset painted the clouds purple and red, a long-legged spider crawled out from the shadows and began to weave a web. The spider looked otherworldly with her sleek round brown body and eight highly arched striped legs. She was a skilled acrobat, moving about with great agility. Intrigued, I spent much of the evening watching her.

The spider initiated her weaving by free-falling from the porch rafters. Suspended on a shimmering thread, she hung upside down and glided closer and closer to the ground. She came to land on the very tip of a blade of grass. There she attached a grounding cord, anchoring her web to the earth.

She crawled back up the thread and stretched fibers out in all directions, expanding the framework like the rays of the sun. Returning to the center, she circled around and around, steadily moving further outward, making a spiral.

The spider wove her web with the very fabric of her being. She generated the fibers and then knitted them together, forming patterns, shapes and lines into an integrated whole. Guided by the ancient blueprints she carried within, the spider’s focus was unwavering as she weaved.

When her elaborate design was complete, hours had passed. The moon had risen, the stars filled the sky, and the spider sat in the center of her grand tapestry. The glistening threads were sticky, the web’s geometry magnetic, all designed to attract and to hold what was nourishing for her.

Later that night, I couldn’t get to sleep. I finally got out of bed and made my way through the dark house, irresistibly drawn back outside by some mysterious calling. Wrapped up in a blanket, I laid down in the hammock, gently swaying as I watched the spider ride the waves of the breezes fluttering through her web.

Early the next morning, as the sun began to rise, I was abruptly awakened out of my sleep. There at eye-level, right in front of my face, was the spider swinging back and forth on a shimmery thread.

How had this small silent creature called me out from my sleep?

What was it she wanted me to see?

I sensed Spider was waiting for me to wake up. Then she crawled back up the thread and somersaulted into her web. Glistening fibers broke apart. Delicate threads came undone. The elaborate spiral imploded as the bottom half of the web collapsed in on itself.

With her spindly striped legs, the spider deliberately took apart the rest of the web she’d created just hours before. Then she crawled away into the rafters, retreating into the shadowy crevices between the wooden beams and peeling bark. She didn’t reappear until evening. Then, simply and naturally, she once again began to weave.

I spent days enchanted by the spider’s dance, waiting for her arrival at sunset, watching her weave ornate tapestries, marveling at her ingenuity and artistry. But the long-legged spider didn’t only weave webs. She also took them apart.

She lived with unshakable clarity that she had what she needed to manifest what she wanted when the guidance from within and the rhythms of the earth indicated it was time.


Weaving and unweaving.

Building and taking apart.

Rebuilding and reweaving.

Our spiraling dance with life.


Wild Boar Medicine

Wild Boar Medicine

Wild Boar Medicine

What’s Most Delicious About Life for You?

The rescue of the Wild Boar soccer team from the cave in Thailand captured my attention. I don’t tend to engage with much mass media, but this unfolding story caught hold of my heart.

Such unrelenting care for the children. The ingenuity and perseverance in navigating the rescue. Finding the way beyond all perceived limitations. The awareness of the relationships between humans and the natural elements of our earth. The ceremonies taking place on the land.

This is love. This is us ~ the truth of our humanness. The valuing of one another and life itself. The immense creativity and collaboration. The outpouring of attention and giving of time and energy in a passionate, purposeful pursuit. The quest, against all odds, to support the continuance of life.

I’m deeply inspired. And here’s my dream ~ to keep remembering and living this. In my life. In our lives, the vast diverse us-ness of humanity. To awaken and remember who we really are. Not just in crisis situations. In the everyday moments of our everyday lives.

In celebration of our awakening human hearts, I’d love to share with you the gifts that Wild Boar brings to the ceremonial healing art, Throwing of the Bones.

Please share your thoughts and inspirations!

Wild Boar Medicine: What's Most Delicious about Life for You? from JoAnne Dodgson on Vimeo.

Finding Our Way to Forgiveness

Finding Our Way to Forgiveness

Forgiveness is a pathway of healing, an empowering way to set yourself free from the harmful effects of blaming and shaming, of resentment and regrets.

Without forgiveness, we’ll tend to justify our judgments and perpetuate the warring and harm. We’ll imprison ourselves and one another inside the woundings of our personal and collective past.

In an ancient Egyptian healing tradition, forgiving is defined as “returning to the state of being before the giving of an injury.” With forgiveness, we take back our power, reclaim the wholeness of the self, and hold a centered and clear inner space in all our relationships.

I’d love to share with you what I’ve learned about forgiveness from the Keepers of Stories who naturally live all around. 

Rock Medicine: Forgiveness from JoAnne Dodgson on Vimeo.

Where Do We Go from Here?

Where Do We Go from Here?

Where do we go from here?

How do we make changes that move us in the direction of peace, harmony, love and well-being?

Listen to these brief clips from ceremony and soak in the healing guidance from the spirits…

Medicine of the Butterfly – Taking Flight into the New

Butterfly Medicine: Empowering Change from JoAnne Dodgson on Vimeo.

Medicine of the Elephants – Open Wide Our Embrace

Elephant Medicine – Open Wide Our Embrace from JoAnne Dodgson on Vimeo.


For Our Children

For Our Children

If ever my Mama Bear Instincts have been evoked, it is now for our children imprisoned at the border. I want to soothe the anguished cries and offer comfort and care until the panicked breathing settles, the tears subside, the light in the children’s eyes comes back alive and their precious spirits come out of hiding. I want to protect the little ones from any more harm. And take down the walls that are holding them hostage. And open wide the doorways for their parents to come in and reunite. I want the families to feel at home in the lands where they choose to live. I want to dismantle the systems and untangle the lies that keep violence and trauma in perpetual motion, circulating around our planet, generation after generation.

Here is guidance from a Bone Throwing Ceremony about how we can make effective and enduring change.

Wake Up Call from JoAnne Dodgson on Vimeo.

Eyes of the Heart from JoAnne Dodgson on Vimeo.

Unleashing Love

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