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Honey Hunters of the World

Honey hunting is a tradition that is older than humanity and has been developed by people (and animals) all around the world. We all like honey. It is interesting to see the different clever and daring rituals people have developed in the quest to harvest honey.

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Eucharistic Justice Liturgy

A beautiful liturgy of justice and welcome which can be found in The Eucharist: Bodies, Bread, & Resurrection by Andrea Bieler. Sunshine sent this in around Christmas last year and I (hellaD) am just getting around to sharing it with you all now. The ritual of speaking from the elements is very powerful and the call to a table set and waiting resonates deeply in all of us. The community and communion of breaking bread together is very important to all of humanity. Even if you are not a Christian, or even religious, this liturgy will demonstrate the power of a long awaited meal, shared together with deep respect for the bread and the mystery of soil and elements which come together to provide the bread in the first place.

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The Basics of Spirituality

One should not pass over these things, simply saying they are food. They are in reality a complete civilization. –Abdulhak Sinasi, Camlicadaki Enistemiz (1944)

I really like the philosophy and spirituality of the Mevlevi (a Sufi brotherhood which originated in the Seljuq period, under Mevlana Jalaluddin-i Rumi) because the kitchen is central to their philosophy and daily life. Their rituals value the importance of taking time to cook, something we are missing in the modern age. Many of our ancestral rituals, whatever culture we come from, focused around food and cooking. The alchemical mystery of fire, water, air and earth coming together to create something new that nourishes and pleasures our bodies and senses has inspired mystics and poets, around the world, for thousands of years. Food is an aspect of spirituality that we all easily resonate with.

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April Health Horoscope

My Healthy Options magazine arrived with this health horoscope for April 2010. I found it to be right on track with many points I have been pondering lately about rituals, healing and detoxification. Given that I am in the process of posting about various detoxing methods, this message fits right in, and says better than I can what I am currently finding to be so important. Taking the time and putting in the effort to choose your own rituals, and find your own personal healing techniques. Harsha Rigney, the lady who writes these horoscopes, is an Astrological Counsellor who lives in New Zealand. I have been reading her horoscopes since 2001 and I generally find them very helpful and right on target. I have her calendar the Astrovision Moon Calendar, which is stuffed with all kinds of information about the cycles of the year.

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