Healthy Living

staff
01/31/2014 - 11:09am

Imbolc is this Sunday, February 2nd! Here is some information to help you plan your celebration: 

Themes:
Beginning of spring
The Goddess becomes the Maiden
The God is the virile youth delighting in spring
Fire festival
Feast of lights
New life

Spirituality
Jessica
01/04/2014 - 4:29pm

Starhawk b. Miriam Simos June 17th, 1951

Spirituality
Jessica
11/18/2013 - 3:56pm

A Brief History

Smudging--the burning of sacred herbs and resins--has been in practice for thousands of years all over the world. The use of incense can be traced to Ancient Egypt where it's mentioned on an inscribed tablet at Giza from 1530 B.C. Incense was burned during religious ceremonies, to drive away demons and gratify the presence of the gods. In Babylonia, incense was used extensively during prayer offerings and divination. From there it was imported into Israel in the 5th century B.C., where it was used in religious offerings. Incense was so revered that separate altars were used solely for burning incense!

Jessica
11/15/2013 - 5:21pm

Wise Women of History: Swami Sivananda Radha (b.1911, d. 1995)

Swami Radha was a profound and practical spiritual leader who founded the Yasodhara Ashram in British Columbia, Canada, and established a lineage of the yogic Saraswati Order in the west. After living through both world wars in Berlin, she emigrated to Montreal where she was introduced to the teachings of Swami Sivanada.

Spirituality
staff
11/13/2013 - 12:59pm

Why is it Important to Cleanse Your Gems and Crystals?

When gems or crystals are in the earth, they are exposed to earth energies, including magnetic energy fields and electric energy fields. These energies come from the inner workings of our planet, energy grids surrounding the earth, and from energies in the broader Universe, of which our planet earth is an active member.

It’s important to remember that gems and crystals are alive. To remain alive and energized once removed from within Mother Earth, gems and crystals need to be cleansed and energized on a regular basis.Your gems, crystals, jewelry, pendulums, basically anything around you or on you, can attract positive and negative energy and hold that energy unless the object is cleansed. 

Crystals
staff
09/14/2013 - 11:47am

We're celebrating Hildegard von Bingen's Feast Day this September 17th in style, with a performance by Fruit of the Turquoise Wine (who you might remember as The Hildegard Project). They will be performing Hildegard's music, & it's not a performance to be missed. 

Gatherings
Jamie
06/14/2013 - 3:53pm

We've spent a lot of time this last year creating new incense blends and updating old blends. Here's an overview of our custom Wonderworks incense blends. They're all loose (burned in the traditional way with a charcoal) and natural, and come in small sachets. 

Jessica
03/20/2013 - 12:46pm

Happy Ostara and Blessed Vernal Equinox from all of us here at Wonderworks!

It is spring again. The earth is like a child that knows poems by heart.” 
― Rainer Maria Rilke

Jamie
08/13/2012 - 11:02am

The next new moon is August 17 (2012). The period of the new moon is when the moon and the sun align in the sky (are in conjunction), making the moon dark from earth's perspective.

The dark time of the moon is a time for setting intentions and goals, and planting metaphorical seeds. It’s a chance to refresh ourselves and decide what projects we'll focus on in this upcoming moon cycle. The quiet energy of the dark moon is the energy before the manifestation of a new project, the waiting darkness that comes before creation.

Jessica
08/01/2012 - 10:40am

Wednesday, August 1 is Lammas, one of the Pagan holidays in the Wheel of the Year. Lammas is the first of three harvest festivals. It is one of the cross-quarter (or high-holidays) celebrations, along with with Imbolc, Beltane, and Samhain (as opposed to lesser holidays of the equinoxes and solstices.) The holiday’s true astrological date occurs when the moon is 15 degrees Leo, so some people choose to celebrate on this day (which is usually closer to August 5), but contemporary Pagan tradition has set July 31 or August 1st as the day Lammas is typically celebrated.

Other names for this day include First Harvest, August Eve, and Lughnasadh. Other ancient pagan festivals that coincide with roughly the same time of year include the August Ceresalia festival in honour of the Roman goddess of grain, Ceres; and the birth of the Egyptian sun goddess Isis was also celebrated around the same time in North Africa.