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December 2017

Warm holiday greetings to you.  
We hope that you have a beautiful holiday season and that 2018 brings you meaningful relationships and work, health, and much happiness. From our hearts, we thank you for your participation and support. 
View our   holiday greeting to you.  
For inspiration for the Winter Solstice, scroll down to the Healing Words section below in this E-news. 
In gratitude,
Michael, Sandra, Susan, Noelle  
and the FSS Board of Trustees
Holiday Hours
The administrative office will be closed starting Friday, December 22, 2017 and will reopen Tuesday, January 2, 2018, so that we may enjoy the holidays with our families. For information during that time, visit shamanism.org. Email will be checked on a limited basis. We look forward to meeting again in 2018!
Susan Mokelke
If you are making plans for 2018 and are considering shamanic training, please visit the FSS website workshops pages on shamanism.org. There you will find course descriptions and complete calendar listings for FSS two-day workshops in shamanism and shamanic healing.
Advanced residential training offered in 2018: 
♦ The 11th East Coast Three Year Program of Advanced Initiations in Shamanism and Shamanic Healing, taught by Nan Moss, will begin April 29 - May 4, 2018 in Madison, Virginia. Download information-application. 
♦ The West Coast Two Week Shamanic Healing Intensive, taught by Amanda Foulger, will be held June 10-21, 2018 in the San Francisco Bay Area, Calfornia.  Download information-application.
♦ The  16th West Coast Three Year Program of Advanced Initiations in Shamanism and Shamanic Healing, taught by Amanda Foulger, will begin October 7 - 12, 2018 in the San Francisco Bay Area. Download information-application.
Harner Shamanic Counseling Training (non-residential), taught by April Tuck, CSC, will be held August 6 - 10, 2018 in Boston, Massachusetts. Download information-application.     
For more about the FSS Three Year Programs and Two Week Intensives, view excerpts of two live video conferences with instructors Susan Mokelke ( view video) and Amanda Foulger ( view video). More about Harner Shamanic Counseling (audio): Q&A with April Tuck.
Click on the links below or download a print version (PDF) of the Foundation news section from the December 2017 issue of the journal Shamanism .
The new documentary film The Way of the Shaman: The Work of Michael and Sandra Harner was released July 22, 2017 for free online streaming. View the documentary...  
Way of the Shaman movie 
New two-day workshop Advanced Shamanic Healing Practice, designed to provide students with advanced FSS training the opportunity for hands-on healing practice using multiple core shamanic methods.
Susan Mokelke, president of the FSS, provides an introduction to contemporary shamanism. View the video: "Core Shamanism Explained by Susan Mokelke." 
New interns from the US and Canada accepted to the 2017 FSS Faculty Intern Program. Learn more about the intern program...
The latest FSS print journal Shamanism (Issue 30, December 2017) is now available. Members, look for the issue in your mailbox soon. Not a member? How to Join the Circle of the Foundation
For Foundation news and information about shamanism, visit the FSS News blog and the FSS E-News archives on shamanism.org.   
The Winter Solstice    
"The Winter Solstice is the time of ending and beginning, a powerful time -- a time to contemplate your immortality. A time to forgive, to be forgiven, and to make a fresh start. A time to awaken."
Frederick Lenz
The Winter Solstice, December 21, 2017, is nearly upon us. In the Northern Hemisphere, this shortest day and longest night of the year is culturally considered the first day of winter. The word "solstice" derives from the Latin sol (sun) and stitium (to stand still). At this time, on its path across the sky, the sun reaches its southernmost point from the celestial equator and seems to stand still before reversing its course. (For more facts and folklore, see the Old Farmer's Almanac.)
Since ancient times, solstices and equinoxes have been marked and celebrated by humanity cross-culturally worldwide. There are well-known ancient sites throughout the world thought to be aligned with these yearly events, such as Stonehenge, Machu Picchu, and Chaco Canyon. Ceremonies on these occasions honored nature and our connection with and place in the natural world; acknowledging as well, the great cycles of life and death, beginnings and endings, stillness and movement, inward and outward turning.
Machu Picchu  
Machu Picchu 
If you wish to participate in a Winter Solstice ceremony, try an internet search for local solstice events and you should find several. If you prefer to gather with others to create your own shamanically-oriented ritual, this is a good time to journey together to design a ceremony perfectly suited to your group.
"The winter solstice has always been special to me as a barren darkness that gives birth to a verdant future beyond imagination, a time of pain and withdrawal that produces something joyfully inconceivable, like a monarch butterfly masterfully extracting itself from the confines of its cocoon, bursting forth into unexpected glory."
Gary Zukav
For individuals, the Winter Solstice is an excellent time for shamanic journeying or quiet meditation. Take the opportunity to delve into your personal lessons and gifts during the past year. Consider, too, your own areas of darkness, where you would like to improve and grow spiritually, and how you can be of service in the new year. In addition to your ordinary reality ponderings, ask the compassionate spirits for help.  
For example, you might ask questions such as:
  • What are the teachings I received during this past year?
  • What are the gifts?
  • What are some areas in my life that need improvement?
  • What can I do in the new year to grow spiritually in [a specific area] of my life?
  • How can I be of service to my community in 2018? And so on...
One lovely way to participate in the Winter Solstice is to search the internet for art, poetry, songs, essays, and other inspired outpourings -- beautiful, thought provoking, joyous, funny -- or create your own and gather with your group to share. Below are a few offerings from shamanic practitioners to stir your imagination.
Have a delightful, inspiring and peaceful holiday and solstice season and New Year.
Susan Mokelke
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'Twas the Night Before Solstice
by Lora Jansson
'Twas the night before Solstice,
and all over the Earth,
the Spirits were gathering
with intent and great mirth.
The planet was spinning
in its shimmering way
and the Spirits saw Beauty
leading the way.
Of course, they saw problems,
pollution and strife,
but they also saw beings
living their life.
Lora Jansson is an experienced shamanic practitioner from Bainbridge Island, Washington. Contact her via her website and blog: onetribeonly.com   
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The Coming of the Light
by Susan Mokelke 
The coming of the light
The waning of the night
A grateful welcome to the sun
We celebrate the light
Refrain (after each verse):
Love burns bright and binds all life together
Holy light, we live to feed the flame
The coming of the light
Stars are sparkling bright
The shining moon's a silver bloom
We celebrate the light
The coming of the light
Daybreak kindles night 
The splendor of the dawning sun
We celebrate the light
Susan Mokelke can be reached through the FSS at info@shamanism.org.
Tuvan Petroglyphs

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