Why do we kiss under the mistletoe at Christmas?

From the earliest times mistletoe has been one of the most magical, mysterious, and sacred plants of European folklore. It was considered to bestow life and fertility; a protection against poison; and an aphrodisiac. The mistletoe of the sacred oak was especially sacred to the ancient Celtic Druids. On the sixth night of the moon…

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A shaman’s guide to seeing off Al, the Alcohol Demon

by Annie Dieu-Le-Veut This is some timely guidance about how to deal with my old friend Al, the Alcohol Demon, as Christmas is coming earlier and earlier every year now, and ye olde traditional office party season will soon be upon us. I say ‘my old friend’ Al, because if, like me, you’re the child…

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The Shamanic Origins of Father Christmas

By Annie Dieu-Le-Veut I know that Christmas isn’t the most favourite time of year for many of us, as everything we complain about – consumerism and false religious beliefs – seem to come together in a perfect storm; a state-sponsored enforced orgy of spending, eating, drinking and falling out with relatives that would even make…

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The healing benefits of frankincense and myrrh

Many of this season’s songs and stories feature two famous resins, frankincense and myrrh, that have been used in spiritual ceremonies and for their medicinal properties since ancient times. Frankincense and myrrh are most commonly known in the Christian tradition for their appearance in the New Testament of the Bible as gifts brought by the…

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Ho Ho Ho Heavenly Chocolate!

So here it is, my much-promised Heavenly Chocolate recipe with a few Ho Ho Ho naughty sprinkles on top! But at its basis is home made, raw, organic chocolate which is low GI, dairy free and is actually very good for you! It’s so packed full of goodness – which is why I call it…

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