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    NATURE ALCHEMY ~ Journey through Spirit in the Natural World

    UNFURLING FERN ~ Gift of Birth ~     “I had seen birth and death but had thought they were different.” ~ T. S. Eliot   Upon the great forest floor, ferns thrive abundantly. They also grow within a wide variety of habitats – from remote mountain heights to arid desert rock crevices, to wetland environs or in sweeping meadows. As an ancient plant, ferns are older than the dinosaurs. They first appear in the fossil record of the Carboniferous geologic period 360 million years ago, and were thriving on earth 2oo million years before the first flowering plants evolved. What can be said about Fern is that it enthusiastically…

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    Dedicated to my Beautiful and Beloved Daughter REBECCA LYNN BASTRON, Devotee of Forest Cathedral   FOREST CATHEDRAL ~ Gift of Strength ~     “In some mysterious way, woods have never seemed to me to be static things.  In physical terms, I move through them; yet in metaphysical ones, they seem to move through me.”     ~  John Fowles , British writer and teacher From great owl’s sacred stance, he lies hidden within the realm of Forest Cathedral. Owl’s mystery is one with the spirit of the woodlands. This benevolent congregation of trees unites diverse ecosystems together in a cohesive, sustainable, living environment.  Forests comprise roughly 90 percent of the world’s…

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    Dedicated to the Beautiful and Beloved Goddess, CHRISTINE ATHENA PARKER   OWL MANTRA ~ Gift of Mystery ~   The most beautiful experience we can have is the mysterious. ~ Albert Einstein The distant, drifting call of Owl Mantra gently guides us to and through our dreams, just like mother bear hearing Owl upon awakening from deep hibernation. Since time began, throughout the pages of history, Owl has been recognized and honored by mankind. Not only has Owl garnered respect from scientific communities, but also from ancient and indigenous spiritual cultures. Owl’s greatness lies not only in his distinct physical structure and heightened abilities, but also within the sublime world…

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    BEAR BED ~ Gift of Dreamtime ~  “Man is a genius when he is dreaming.”~ Akira Kurosawa, considered one of the most important and influential filmmakers in the history of cinema In the quiet Autumn forest, Great Mother Bear drinks deeply and intently from the cool, running stream. She slowly lumbers over to her hallowed den, where she will dwell in sacred hibernation, the magickal state of Dreamtime. Mother Bear will dream from October through April, avoiding the harsh deprivations of winter. Preparation for over-wintering begins in summer when she gorges on carbohydrate-rich foods to gain weight, and before tucking into her long winter’s nap she gains 40 pounds of…

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    SPARKLING STREAM ~ Gift of Spontaneity ~     Once we believe in ourselves, we can risk curiosity, wonder, spontaneous delight, Or any experience that reveals the human spirit. ~ e.e. cummings Rainbow light playfully twinkles on all waters of the world, and Sparkling Stream joyfully dances in rainbow’s glow. Stream plays an important role in the biological habitat of her surrounding areas. This vicinity of fragmented territories of life species, or riparian zones, is harmoniously united by Stream through the generous wealth of her life-giving essence, which conserves the primary critical core ecosystem of earth. All forms of streams, i.e., rivers, creeks, tributaries, brooks, rivulets, and runnels, are the…

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    RADIANT RAINBOW ~ Gift of Enlightenment ~   He who knows others is wise. He who knows himself is enlightened. – Tao Te Ching   Intermingling with the waterfalls of the world, Rainbow blesses us with the communion of water and sunlight in a magickal display of shimmering iridescent colours. Rainbow is a visual and meteorological phenomenon, sparking the mind of man to heights of wonder and illumination. Natural rainbows are caused by refracted light in atmospheric water drops at a specific angle relative to the sun’s rays, appearing as a reflected spectrum of coloured light in the sky. Transparent crystal is another organic element emanating prismatic Rainbow light. Its…

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      ENCHANTED FALLS ~ Gift of Wonder ~   “Wonder is the beginning of Wisdom” ~ Socrates   As the sound of the drum resonates with Earth’s sacred heartbeat, so Earth’s energetic life-pulse flows through Enchanted Falls. Waterfall’s natural phenomenon has been viewed with wonder since we first opened our eyes to her captivating spirit, in awe of her spectacular essence. We have traveled far and wide to feel the dynamic sensation of Waterfall’s effervescent vitality, witnessing her pure energetic power with amazement. Throughout the ages, artists and poets have adored her with their paints and pens. Landscapers and gardeners build shrines to her in community structures and in their…

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    DRUM CHANT ~ Gift of Spirit Dance ~ “Everything in the Universe has rhythm. Everything dances.”  Maya Angelou, internationally acclaimed American author and poet   As eagle magnificently soars through the heavenly realm, so a creative cosmic rhythm embraces life. This is the unified heartbeat of all life. Resonating with this pulsating, divine dance is Drum Chant. The sacredness of drums has been physically and spiritually expressed since the beginning of time. As the world’s oldest and most universal musical instrument, its basic design has remained virtually unchanged for thousands of years. Although Drum is not typically considered a natural being by the modern masses, its essence is composed of…

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    REGAL EAGLE ~ Gift of Vision ~ “If you go as far as you can see, you will then see enough to go even farther.” ~ John Wooden, American basketball coach who won ten NCAA National Championships within a 12-year period, an unprecedented feat.   In transcendent flight, Regal Eagle sails on the wings of a lone wolf song rising in the heavens, echoing through the valley of the mountain. Soaring in splendor, Eagle majestically glides through the sky, communing with Spirit in a miraculous sight of true nobility. Eagle’s keen vision is one of the sharpest of any animal in the world, and up to 3.6 times more powerful…

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    WOLF SONG ~ Gift of Communion ~   “I live to hold communion with all that is Divine, to feel there is a union ‘twixt Nature’s heart and mine.” ~ George Linnaeus Banks, Poet and Playwright (1821-1881)   Through the valley of the mountain, and deep within its hidden hollow caves, the hypnotic echo of a lone Wolf Song can be heard in the distant land. Wolves howl to locate eachother, to assemble the pack, to sound alert, and to communicate across great distances, which can be heard for up to a 50 square-mile radius. As highly intelligent and social animals, wolves are naturally eloquent and easily adapt to a group…