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Llewellyn.com - Monthly e-Magazine - April 2009

Elemental Shamanism: Fire, Earth, Water, and Air
by Omar Rosales

Llewellyn.com - April 2009

From the steppes of the Himalaya to the jungles of Guatemala, shamanism is a ritual belief system that has been practiced for over 27,000 years. From cave paintings in France to aboriginal art in Australia, shamans have recorded what they experience during altered states of consciousness and journeys into non-ordinary realms of reality. These remarkable drawings show flight, communication with anthropomorphic spirit guides, and arcane knowledge of the universe. By understanding how shamanic beliefs correspond to the four elements, we can gain a unique understanding of this enigmatic spiritual tradition.

Shamanism is the set of rituals and beliefs that are used by indigenous societies to effectuate change in our world. Shamanism is characterized by its practitioners entering Altered States of Consciousness (ASCs) to journey into Non-Ordinary Realms (NORs) of Reality. At the molecular level, the quantum level, a shaman will change their energy field to interact with the energy field of living and non-living objects. Shamans can be both female and male, and are found in many different cultures from around the world. Vajrayana Buddhist monks in Bhutan and Tibet, as well as Maya A’j r’ijs from Central America and Cherokee Spiritwalkers from North America understand the connection between shamanic rites and the Four Elements of Fire, Earth, Water, and Air. The shamanic journey first begins with the Fire element.

FIRE
Before a shaman is accepted by her or his community, and the healer is imbued with powers from the realm of spirit, the shaman must first undergo a ritualized initiation process. The first step of the initiation process is the destruction of the self or the ego. A person must be reborn to become a shaman and harness a new set of abilities, which include astral travel, soul retrieval, divination, healing, and spirit communication. But to be born again, a person must first die. The Fire Element serves this end, because Fire is symbolic of ritual purification and death. By undergoing a great and sudden traumatic event, which destroys the ego and former aspects of the self, the shamanic initiate is letting of old belief systems and old ways of thinking. Fire does this by burning away antiquated aspects of the self and limiting beliefs.

Through fire, an initiate will discard their former identity, and may even die. A catastrophic illness is one way that communities find new shamans. Many shamans have undergone bouts with near-fatal diseases, and many have had Near Death Experiences (NDEs). The NDEs provide the shaman a gateway. By hovering between the realms of life and death, flesh and spirit, the shaman learns to communicate with spirit guides. The shaman is then offered a choice by the spirit guides—to accept the new destiny as a shamanic healer and practitioner or become a permanent resident of the spirit world. Thankfully for us, many initiates choose to continue along the shamanic path.


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Llewellyn.com - April News

Over 100 Llewellyn Titles Now Available on Kindle
by Llewellyn

Leading Metaphysical Book Publisher Now Offering e-Books Through Amazon.com

Leading metaphysical book publisher Llewellyn Worldwide has announced that they have over 100 books now available for Kindle, Amazon.com’s e-book reader.

The publisher is dedicated to providing its catalog via new formats, such as e-books, to ensure that its readers have access to their titles in the formats that are convenient for them.

“We are highly excited that Llewellyn titles are available for readers via Amazon’s Kindle reader,” said Llewellyn Worldwide Chairman Carl Llewellyn Weschcke. “We are moving forward into an online era, and though print remains a mainstay of the publishing world, we have many readers who are technologically savvy and are hungry for the convenience of e-books.”

Among the books available via Amazon’s Kindle Store are many of its best-selling titles:

  • Llewellyn's Complete Book of Astrology, by Kris Brandt Riske
  • Hospital Stay Handbook, by Jari Holland Buck
  • Beyond Reincarnation, by Joe H. Slate
  • You Are Psychic, by Debra Lynne Katz
  • Cunningham’s Encyclopedia of Wicca in the Kitchen, by Scott Cunningham

For more information about Amazon’s Kindle reader and for a full list of available Llewellyn titles, visit: http://www.amazon.com.

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Llewellyn.com - Llewellyn Journal - April 2009

Letting Your Subconscious Know What You Really Want
Andrieh Vitimus 

When we desire or need something, we might set out to do a spell to capture that which we want or need. Whatever we are seeking, it doesn't matter how long we prepare or research the perfect ingredients, chants, and timing for our spell if our subconscious mind is working against us with questions of fear and doubt. How can we overcome the subconscious to make our spells and rituals work to achieve that which we need or want? Andrieh Vitimus, author of Hands-On Chaos Magic, details how.

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Seasons of Tarot: Spring
by Barbara Moore 

Spring is a time when possibilities abound and seeds, both literal and metaphorical, are planted with high hopes. What cards in the tarot represent the energy of spring better than the Aces? Tarot expert Barbara Moore details three spreads to use the Aces to their full potential.

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The Magick of Writing Your Own Magick: 8 Easy Steps to Creating Your Own Spells
by Susan Pesznecker
Most magickal people work with spells, charms, and rituals on a regular basis. Many of us are perfectly happy to pull out a spellbook and use an already existing spell or formula. Susan Pesznecker, author of Crafting Magick with Pen and Ink, feels that doing so robs us of the magical intention that comes with creating your own spells, and guides us through eight simple steps to creating our own spells.

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Llewellyn.com - Try This! - April 2009

The Language of Magical Herbalism

Psychic Centers Opening Ritual

Taking a Spirit Break  


Llewellyn Journal - April 2009

Letting Your Subconscious Know What You Really Want

Seasons of Tarot: Spring

The Magick of Writing Your Own Magick: 8 Easy Steps to Creating Your Own Spells

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