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Artist, Track, Album
Eleanore & the lost, Sorry, Child
Blackmore’s Night, Dancer and the Moon, Dancer and the Moon
MaterDea, Whispers of the Great Mother, A Rose for Egeria
Arthur Hinds, Circle of Love, Poetry of Wonder
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Celia, Everyday Goddess, Breathe
Lisa Thiel, Beltane, Circle of the Seasons
Damh the Bard, Only Human, The Cauldron Born
Jenna Greene, Soul of Nature, Crossroads
Bell Book and Canto, Invocation, Invocation
Gaia Consort, The Rede (An It Harm None), Gaia Circles
The Dejas, Awaken, The Dejas 2008

Tonight’s show will be a bit different – we have an interview with Gigi Stafne, and it’s a little longer than most interviews, so we’re going to start with that, and in the second hour, we’ll have the rest of the segments that we usually have.

The interview was via Skype, and the audio isn’t the quality that we usually enjoy here, but I really want you to hear about an organization that I think you’ll appreciate. So here is a talk I had with Gigi Stafne of Herbalists Without Borders – it was recorded last Thursday.

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Morning Glory, Raymond, Greywolf, Anthony’s friend, Valerie

Some items in the news – Arthur Hinds is in the process of putting out a new album, called In The Fire, and it’s a kickstarter project. With six days to go, the project is 177% funded, but those of you who enjoy his music are still able to support the project, and be among the first to get a copy of the CD, or some of the other pretty cool premiums he has on the page. If you want to find the project, just head on over to kickstarter.com, and search for Arthur Hinds and you’ll find it there.

PaganFM Almanac
Hi I’m Carl, and this is the Pagan FM Almanac for April 24th, 2014.
Please note that all moon void of course data is courtesy of www.drstandley.com
Today is Thursday, April 24th, 2014 and it is the 114th day of the year. The waning crescent moon is in Pisces and the Sun is in Taurus.
The Moon will be void on Saturday, April 26th at 12:52 AM and will enter Aries at 11:11 AM.
The Moon will be void on Monday, April 28th at 5:05 AM and will enter Taurus at 3:44 PM.
The first Solar Eclipse of 2014 will occur on Tuesday, April 29th at 2:04 AM, although it will not be visible from North America. It is classified as an annular eclipse – the moon does pass entirely in front of the sun, but because the moon is so far out in its orbit, the sun is not completely covered – a ring of sunlight is visible around the moon even at the moment of full eclipse. What makes this particular eclipse notable is that the central axis of the moon’s shadow will miss the Earth entirely – this type of “non-central annular” eclipse only occurs about once every 75 years.
April’s Dark Moon will occur on Tuesday, April 29th at 2:14 AM.
The Moon will be void on Wednesday, April 30th at 11:22 AM and will enter Gemini at 10:32 PM.
On this day, April 24th, in 1945, then President Harry Truman was briefed on the Manhattan Project, the development of the world’s first nuclear bomb. To get an idea just how secret this project was, remember Truman was President Roosevelt’s Vice-President until he took over upon Roosevelt’s death, and yet he had absolutely no knowledge of the Manhattan Project prior to this day. Ninety-eight days later, Truman would issue the handwritten order authorizing the bombing of Hiroshima and Nagasaki that would abruptly end the Second World War, making Truman the only world leader to have ordered the use of a nuclear bomb against an enemy. Let us hope he holds that distinction for some time.
April 25th is Arbor Day in the United States, a day on which trees are celebrated and planted. In Nebraska, Arbor Day is a civic holiday. Since one acre of trees will offset the average American’s CO2 output – grab a spade and start planting!
April 26th is National Pretzel Day. The pretzel industry (both soft and hard varieties) generates some $550 million annually into the US economy, with the average American consuming roughly a pound and a half each year. Tip of the salt shaker to the state of Pennsylvania, pretzel capital of the United States.
April 27th is both National Tell a Story Day and National Prime Rib Day. Any day that involves listening to stories and consuming prime rib – I’m in.
On April 28th in 1967, then World Heavyweight Champion Muhammed Ali refused induction into the US Army, resulting in his being banned from boxing for three years, fined $10,000 and sentenced to five years in prison. The Supreme Court later overturned his conviction, but not before Ali became the first and only fighter to have fought his way to the heavyweight championship three times.
April 28th is also International Great Poetry Reading Day, a day devoted to the reading and appreciation of great poetry. While it may not rank up there with Beowolf or The Canterbury Tales, submitted for your consideration is the following untitled work, composed by one Cassius Marcellus Clay Jr. prior to his fight against Sonny Liston, not because the poem is great, but because the author himself, was The Greatest:
“Clay comes out to meet Liston and Liston starts to retreat. If Liston goes back an inch farther, he’ll end up in a ringside seat. Clay swings to the left, Clay swings to the right! Look at Cassius carry the fight! Liston keeps backing, but there’s not enough room. It’s a matter of time until Clay lowers the boom. Clay lands with a right, what a beautiful swing! And the punch raises the bear clear out of the ring. Yes the crowd did not dream when they laid down their money that they would see a total eclipse of the Sonny.”
On April 30th in 1997, Ellen DeGeneres’ character in the sitcom Ellen hilariously “came out”, making her show the first prime-time sitcom with a gay lead character. The prior week, with characteristic aplomb, DeGeneres herself had “come out” via the cover of Time magazine with the headline “Yep – I’m Gay”. Although the show “Ellen” was cancelled later that year, Ellen herself seems to have hit her stride with her new show, The Ellen DeGeneres Show, having won (so far) four consecutive Daytime Emmys for Best Talk Show Host.
May 1st is the fire feast of Beltane, one of the major sabbats of the Wiccan year, The term originates from the Gaelic “beal taine”, or “brilliant fire”. In some traditions Beltane begins at moonrise on the night before May 1st. Custom has it that all hearth fires are to be extinguished and re-lit from the Beltane fires, two fires (or candles) lit simultaneously by a man and a woman (or by your left and right hands, if solitary). Traditionally, passing between these fires or jumping over them leads to cleansing, luck and prosperity in the coming year. Beltane, as the counterpart of Samhain, focuses on fertility and life versus Samhain’s focus on death. Beltane celebrations often include dancing around a May pole, the symbolism of which I leave to your ingenuity. Wishing all a Blessed Beltane,
This has been the Pagan FM Almanac for April 24th, 2014.

Practical Pagan
So, if you are someone who regularly reads the Wild Hunt, you’ll have heard of yet another person who claims to be Pagan, who was arrested for harming children. We hear about this going on so often, that it can become depressing, we can lose our faith in humanity. Certainly, many Catholics left that Church because of the scandals associated with the clergy there.

I’ve also been thinking about Cliven Bundy and his recent racist comments, as well as the people who try to portray liberals as somehow less than American. It’s pretty easy to look to our past and to recognize that if we are at war with, or in some desperate competition with someone, that it’s real easy to drum up support for that position by de-humanizing our opponent.

I was thinking about these things this morning when a thought occurred to me. It’s not only in war, it’s not only in competition – it’s also in crime, and in many other of our human interactions. When we look to anyone who would purposefully harm or injure another person, we achieve that by objectifying them. If we truly love somebody, if we truly have empathy for them, if we truly see them as human, as connected to us, we can no more harm them, than we can harm our very self.

To express racial hatred, to express sexism or homophobia, to come to the point where we can harm or abuse, or use anyone, first requires that we see such people as something less than – something not worthy of respect – something other than.

This is how we come to support capital punishment – we convince our selves that the person about to die is actually a “monster” – a creature worthy of nothing other than reproach. This is how we can build and use a bomb which kills hundreds, thousands or millions of people. And now, with our drones, coupled with our highly realistic first-person shooter video games, the line between human being and character in a game is even further erased.

It’s this same thing with the food we eat. We go to the meat counter at our local grocer, and all we see is a steak, or a roast or burgers, breasts, tenderloins or whatever. How often do we look behind that glass, or in those packages, and recognize that what is there, was likely, weeks before, a creature, who had no idea that they were nothing but food?

We have become separated from nature, and unless we cultivate that awareness within us, people who are our enemies are nothing but monsters, other creatures are nothing but a meal – unless, that is, we are willing to look them in the eye, before we kill, butcher, cook and put them on our plate. Without a deep respect for the sacrifice we are asking of such creatures, our meals can seem rather brutal.

But it doesn’t stop there – we have a lack of respect, often, even if we are vegetarian. We like to think that if we don’t eat meat, that we are being somehow kinder – but we don’t stop to consider loss of habitat, the end results of the chemicals and pesticides that are used in what we call “conventional” farming. What has our influence done to so many species that are now extinct? From the Aurochs who were the indigenous cattle of Europe, last seen about 400 years ago, to the passenger pigeons that we hunted to extinction around 100 years ago, just for fun. We can also look at the number of threatened or near extinct species that exist today – from certain bats to the honey bee.

In all of this, we can pretend that we aren’t responsible, that it’s “just nature”, but it is utter hubris and insanity to believe that in altering our environment as we have, that none of this is our fault.

I’m willing to bet that 400 years ago, anyone who was told that we could accidentally set fire to a river, would laugh at such insanity. But that’s exactly what happened in Ohio, when we had poured so many chemicals into the Cuyahoga River in 1969.

And why does this happen? It’s because we objectify the Earth – we treat it as an object, rather than a being. We look at it as a “thing” to be used, rather than as our Mother. The words “Mother Earth” have become disconnected from the substance of the word “Mother”.

How do we end violence – the violence we do to each other? The violence we do to creatures – whether it’s by dog-fights, or by treating farm animals so poorly? Or the way we treat the Earth? We change all of this by de-objectifying our selves, the rest of the creatures that inhabit the Earth, and by de-objectifying the Earth herself.

We end violence by recognizing that the Earth, and all creatures are sacred. Every single one of us is important, and sacred. We recognize it when we recognize the meaning of the greeting “Namaste”, which can be translated as “The divine in me recognizes and honors the divine in you”. When we can recognize the divine in each other, in other creatures and all living beings, and in the Earth herself, there is no way that we can ever be angry or ruthless or so insensitive as to harm or kill another being.

Next week, we’ll have our Beltane celebration live, on the show.

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Unfortunately, due to equpment / operator malfunctions, this week’s show was not recorded, so the podcast will not be available. But I’ll be setting other things up to insure this doesn’t happen in the future.

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Tim, Raymond, Anthony’s friend

Song listing
Artist, Track, Album
Ann Licater, Into the Heart, Doorway to a Dream
Alexander James Adams, He of the Sidhe, Balance of Nature
Chalice and Blade, Pentagram, Wild Hunt
Damh the Bard, Merlin Am I, As Nature Intended
Blessings of Beltane, Cernunnos Rising, Wild Soul
Tuatha Dea, Irish Handfasting, The Tribe
Emerald Rose, Gwydion’s Song to Lleu, Archives of Ages to Come
Todd Alan, Burning Times, Carry Me Home
Spiral Dance, Pan, Live, Worts ‘n’ All
Robert Gass, May the Circle Be Open, Ancient Mother
Raven’s Call, Healer, Call of the Raven
Telling Point, Take the Path, Waiting for Nothing
Andrew Bako, Screams in the Distance
Shining Wheel Pagan Chorus, Children of the Earth, Chants of Balance
Frenchy and the Punk, Oh Jocelyne, Cartwheels
Gaia Consort, The Old Ones, Gaia Circles
Blackmore’s Night, Highland, Autumn Sky
Akashik, Pan Odin Baphomet
Alchemy VII, Follow the Eagle, Alchemy VII

News
On Sunday, April 12, Frazier Glenn Cross (AKA Glenn Miller) became a murderer – a mass murderer in Overland Park, Kansas, a suburb of Kansas City, Kansas.

Cross was a white supremacist, who had expressed a great hatred of non-white people, Jews, and anyone else who didn’t fit into his racially pure Utopia.

Unfortunately, what is making headlines today isn’t simply the facts that Cross killed three people, but that he was an Odinist who killed three Christians. This has become specially disconcerting to the Pagan and Heathen community. What’s mentioned even less often is that while Cross had ties to Odinism in the past, his views had changed over the years. In 2008 he ran for congress, seeming apparently quite the monotheist rather than an Odinist. And by 2012, his views were essentially atheist.

Despite what news outlets say, Cross is not an Odinist who killed three Christians – he is a bigot, an exemplar of the white supremacist movement whose religion is hatred.

Some thoughts on the words we use.
So, last night, I got into it a bit with somebody. Sometimes it can be a bit difficult to keep up with which words people find offensive, and I apparently used one which someone found offensive. It would have been nice if they had just told me they found the term offensive, and we could have discussed it – but instead, they became offensive, and I became defensive, and we both became combative. It wasn’t a lot of fun.

But it did get me to thinking – how should we react when we are confronted with something we don’t like? There are words that can be offensive to many – the N-word for example. As a transgender person, I’ve heard terms like she-male, which I admit, I find offensive. Then there are words like “Tranny”, which is popularized in the porn industry. But it’s also used by some who do not mean any sort of offense by it.

When I hear words, I try to gauge them by the motive of the person who is speaking them. If a person doesn’t intend it to be used as a pejorative, I try not to take it as such. Sometimes, we can alienate those who might be our allies by taking offense where none was intended.

For my part last night, I’m sorry that I chose to engage rather than understand, and I’ll consider that a lesson-learned. Hopefully, I’ll be able to sit back and think before I respond in the future.

Hi I’m Carl, and this is the Pagan FM Almanac for April 17th, 2014.
Please note that all moon void of course data is courtesy of www.drstandley.com
Today is Thursday, April 17th, 2014 and it is the 107th day of the year. The waning gibbous moon has been void of course since 12:29 PM today, and will enter Sagittarius at 10:58 PM. The Sun is in Aries.
The Moon will be void on Saturday, April 19th at 4:21 PM and will enter Capricorn on Sunday, April 20th at 2:35 AM.
The Sun will enter Taurus on Saturday, April 19th at 11:56 PM.
The Moon will be void on Monday, April 21st at 7:15 PM and will enter Aquarius on Tuesday, April 22nd at 5:22 AM.
The Moon will be void on Wednesday, April 23rd at 9:51 PM and will enter Pisces on Thursday, April 24th at 8:00 AM.
On this day, April 17th, in 1964 the Ford Mustang made its debut. On this one day twenty-two thousand of the classic two-seat, mid-engine sports cars were sold, on the way to over four hundred thousand that were sold in the first year alone.
In 1775, on the evening of April 18th, American patriots Paul Revere and William Dawes began their overnight ride to raise the alarm about advancing British troops. They were joined en route by Samuel Prescott, whom they encountered on the road. Good thing, too – Revere was caught and delayed by a British patrol, Dawes lost his horse, but Prescott managed to complete the route.
Later, early in the morning of April 19th, 1775, eight hundred British soldiers entered the town of Lexington where they confronted a contingent of seventy-seven American militiamen on Lexington Common.
The outnumbered Americans were ordered to disperse. Suddenly, a shot was fired. With all due respect to Emerson, that was to be the proverbial “shot heard ‘round the world”, for when the smoke cleared, eight Americans were dead or dying and ten more wounded. Only one British soldier was injured.
The British troops continued to Concord, where they tried to confiscate a cache of arms. Finding most of it gone, the Brits set fire to the building and contents that had been left behind. Meanwhile, miltiamen who were gathering around the town at the behest of Revere, Dawes and Prescott, upon seeing the smoke, thought the British meant to torch the town. When the Brits arrived at Concord’s North Bridge, they encountered nearly two thousand militiamen, and these were not happy militiamen. Upon realizing the extent of the opposition, the British commander ordered his troops to disengage and return to Boston, under American fire all the way. Of the eight hundred British soldiers that marched into Lexington that morning, only five hundred made it back to Boston. The American Revolution had begun.
April 20th is International 4-20 Day, a date on which the cultivation and consumption of cannabis is celebrated. The term originated in 1971 when a group of teens from San Rafael High School in – you guessed it – San Rafael, California, having heard a rumor about an abandoned cannabis crop, agreed to meet at 4:20 that afternoon to go search for it. Repeated attempts to find the crop, while unsuccessful, cemented the phrase “four-twenty” as a code for the activity, and more generally for the attendant activity of smoking up. The group, a sort of mainland Choom Gang, applied the “4-20” reference to the calendar to come up with the “fourth month – twentieth day” as a holiday. Whoa, dude!
April 21st is San Jacinto Day, a legal holiday in the state of Texas marking the date in 1836 on which the last battle of the Texas Revolution was fought, making the state of Texas independent of Mexico.
April 22nd is Earth Day, a day on which over one billion people in one hundred ninety countries each take some action to help the planet. Plant a tree, contact your government representative, or take part in an organized Earth Day event.
April 22nd is also National Jelly Bean Day. ‘Nuff said, you know what to do.
April 23rd is National Take a Chance Day. You know that thing you’ve always wanted to do, but were afraid? On April 23rd, just go for it!
Finally, on April 23rd in 2007, the VA officially added the Wiccan Pentacle as the thirty-ninth approved symbol allowed on military grave markers. This was the culmination of a near decade-long struggle by proponents against an unusually obstinate VA bureaucracy.
With apologies to Paul Harvey, now for some more of the story – in 1999, then Texas Governor and soon-to-be-President George W. Bush said, in an interview with Good Morning America regarding Wiccan soldiers practicing their religion at Fort Hood (yes, that Fort Hood) “I don’t think witchcraft is a religion, and I wish the military would take another look at this and decide against it”.
Apparently the VA bureaucracy took this statement to heart, as it was referenced in bureaucrats’ internal memos and emails during the years that the request to include the pentacle was being stonewalled. Finally however, after heroic persistence on the part of dedicated pagans nationwide, not to mention a lawsuit filed by Circle Sanctuary and Americans United, the application was approved. PFC Abe Kooiman, a veteran of WWII, and Jan Deanna O’Rourke, wife of Army Captain William O’Rourke, both interred at Arlington National Cemetery, were the first two to have a Wiccan Pentacle proudly emblazoned on their monuments in that sacred resting place, ironically during the administration of George W. Bush.
And this has been the Pagan FM Almanac for April 17th, 2014.

Practical Pagan
Origins
Long ago, there were no human beings, and there was no religion. And the Gods watched over the Earth, knowing that soon, one of these creatures who were their children, would soon give birth to a creature who would be able to know them.

In time, there came creatures who were able to work cooperatively – they had compassion, and were able to love and care for each other – but still, there was no religion, and while these beings could hunt cooperatively, and care for, and love each other, they were still unable to build cities, and to express complex ideas. The Gods looked upon these creatures, and recognized that there was but one thing they lacked which would enable them to truly differentiate themselves from the rest of the creatures of the Earth – and this one thing was language.

So the Gods thought long among themselves, trying to decide if it would truly be wise to bestow upon these creatures that special gift – for while it would enable these beings to rise above in many ways, it had many dangers as well. For language was a mighty gift – it enabled cooperation and the passing on of knowledge and truth – but it also facilitated domination and generational hatred and deceit. But in the fullness of time, the Gods ended their vacillations and granted the power of language to the creatures known as man, and then the creatures became fully human.

These human beings discovered that language made life much easier. With language, they could plan a hunt – no longer were they one simple group in search of their next meal together, but with language, they could plan a strategy – part of the group could circle around and drive their prey to an armed party in wait. This made hunting much easier. And with language, one could signal an unseen individual – and the two, hearing each other in a thick wood, were able to know whether the other was a friend or a foe.

They discovered that language gave them the power of abstraction – it was possible to teach how to hunt, or what plants to gather, without having to be in front of a creature or an object. A successful hunter or gatherer could tell his or her fellows where things were, and by what methods they retrieved them, and others could travel to that same location without needing to be shown first-hand.

Some of these people discovered that when they were in need of something, they could reach out to somebody that they seemed to remember – somebody that something that was inside of them, hinted to them, to whom they could call. The Gods gave them this knowledge, and knew that the people would one day recognize that sometimes, when they called out, someone would answer. It wasn’t always answered because sometimes what humans asked was not in accord with the great plan. But other times, when people sought aid or relief from suffering, and when granting that relief would not interfere with the grander scheme, they were happy to offer assistance.

Some humans discovered other gifts of the Gods. Certainly there was food – and plenty of it – at least the places where people first lived. But because human bodies, as those of all living creatures were inherently frail, the Gods provided herbs to help them heal their bodies. They also granted to some people certain intuitive qualities which would help them seek out these remedies.

Over time, people noticed that some had a deeper connection to the Gods – these were the Shamans. Such as these were trusted for their healing and their knowledge. These people often had great memory, and learned the ways and the laws of their people. They were the healers, the counselors, the wise men and women of all cultures.

Some of those who were so blessed proved unworthy of their gifts; some used them for unscrupulous purposes. Others, who were not so gifted, tried to pretend that such gifts were theirs. Over time, some discovered that if they claimed such powers, they would be able to control others. By claiming that they, alone, possessed a connection to the Divine, that they alone could speak on behalf of the Divine, they could demand things of other people.

Soon enough, cults grew around such people; this became the basis for religion. Instead of Shamans who spoke for the Gods, rose up priests to speak for the religions. Instead of men and women who spoke with equal authority, came a class of men who did not cooperate with the Gods, but who subjugated others.

Over time, the corruption of these institutions became apparent. No institution can remain both corrupt and individual. Among the people, the Gods blessed some with eyes to see this corruption, and courage to point it out. As the darkness cannot stand the light, these institutions began to crumble. Beneath the weight of their transgressions, their foundations began to crumble and fall.

And as these institutions fall, people begin to realize that placing faith in institutions is inherently unwise – rather, we place faith in our selves. We can still seek out wise people, and learn from their experience, but we must recognize that faith is best never placed in people, powers or personalities, but in our selves, and the Gods themselves, and in nature, as it was made by the Gods.

The Gods are once again raising up people who will show the way – a new group of Shamans. Some of these are still among the indigenous peoples, and others are reclaiming the old ways in a modern world. Yet still, the charlatans remain, to wreak havoc, to cloud the way, to obscure the path to truth.

It’s up to each of us seek out the truth where we can find it – to recognize that no way is the right way for everyone, and to accept each other’s pat as the right pat for them.

In time, we’ll regain some of the wisdom that has been lost, and we’ll manifest even new knowledge and wisdom. But it’s not going to happen until we’re ready to place our trust in our own native wisdom, and in the wisdom the Gods have granted us.

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Track listing: Artist, track, album Lindie Lila, Mama Gaia, Return of the Goddess Orpheus Pagan Chamber Choir, We Won’t Wait, A Midsummer Night’s Sing Loreena McKennitt, Bonny Portmore, LIve in Paris and Toronto. Michelle Mays, Mother’s Eyes, The Promise MaterDea, … Continue reading

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Musical Selections Artist, Track, Album Damh the Bard, Merlin Am I, The Hills They Are Hollow Elaine Silver, Touch the Earth – Walk on Common Ground, Touch the Earth Wendy Rule, Descend to the Ocean, The Lotus Eaters Heather Alexander, … Continue reading

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PaganFM Prayer List. Aubrey, Andy, Raymond, Dominique, the passengers and crew and family of those who were on Malaysia Airlines Flight 370 Musical Selections Artist, Title, Album Tuatha Dea, The Hunt (Corners), Kith & Kin Phoenix Rising, Atlantis, Mystic Places … Continue reading

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PaganFM Prayer List Dominique, Raymond, Brian Musical Selections Damh the Bard, The Horned God – An Unofficial Biography, As Nature Intended OMNIA, Fairy Tale, Pagan Folk at the Fairy Ball Spiral Dance, Man from the Stars, Live Worts ‘n’ All … Continue reading

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PaganFM Prayer List Dominique, Raymond, Cassie – that she can find some rest with a newborn and a 2-year old, Musical Selections: Damh the Bard, Worship of Trees, Worship of Trees Jenna Greene, Spring Love, Crossroads Emerald Rose, Come to … Continue reading

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Prayer List Dominique, Raymond, and those who will miss Tonya as she journeys to the Summerland Musical Selections Lindie Lila, Lady Water, Sisters of the Moon Gaia Consort, Peace Now, Evolve Loreena McKennitt, Dark Night of the Soul, A Mediterranean … Continue reading

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Musical selections Gary Girouard, Winter’s Wonder, The Naked Piano: Elements Jenna Greene, Soul of Nature, Crossroads Kellianna, Daughters of the Earth, The Ancient Ones Spiral Dance, The Quickening, The Quickening Celia, Lady of the White Sands, Carry Me Home Elaine … Continue reading