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Julie graduated from Creighton University with a major in dance and Theology and taught for several years at an inner-city school in Milwaukee. With a desire to expand her knowledge of the arts and spirituality, she attended St. John’s University in Collegeville and completed a Masters in Theology and Liturgical Studies. Over the years, her quest to merge diverse religious beliefs and practices through the commonalities of love and peaceful living, led her to travel, live, and study with shaman practitioners, herbal healers, Native American medicine women, Buddhist priests and other earth-based spiritual teachers. Through these experiences and experiences with global metaphysical teachings, she learned to honor the eternal source of love in all people.

Thursday, August 30, 2007

Building Shrines within the home.

A Fire shrine would have a red cloth (or all of the colors close to red from orange to pink). Perhaps a statue of a woman carrying a basket of chili peppers is in the center. Think hot—fire and get creative. In each cardinal direction is a bright red candle. On the periphery are pictures of ancestors or small token reminders (jewelry, small accessory, etc.) This shrine would reside in a southern location in the home, the place of the ancestors.

A Water shrine would have a blue cloth (or all of the colors of blue from black to pale purple) and be placed in a northern location. Perhaps the center piece is a lovely fountain or perhaps a bowel of water. Around or in the water might be a circle of water stones-stones found on a beach or shells. In the water perhaps a floating blue candle.

An Earth shrine would have a yellow cloth (brown-gold to pale yellow) and be situated somewhere in the center of the home. The center piece might be an earthen pottery container. Perhaps dirt fills the container. Each direction might have a symbol of Gaia the earth mother or womb shaped items. A photo of the home might take one of the cardinal directions, likewise a photo of the family. Planted in the earthen container might be a yellow candle.

The Nature shrine would have an eastern direction with a green cloth (forest green to bright lime). A bonsai tree might be the center surrounded by small plants, leaves or flowers in each cardinal direction. Maybe fairy statues or paper butterflies want to hide among the plants. Something symbolic of magic could also be placed among the plants. Maybe some flickering green twinkle lights or feathers.

A Mineral shrine would have a westerly direction and a white cloth. Stones and crystals of all shapes, colors and sizes are placed in patterns over the cloth. Some stones might touch while others might remain separate. Salt in a marble dish might sit in the center. A book of stories might set to the side. Animal skulls, bone fragments or even minerals taken in the form of a daily supplement might be placed in the cardinal directions.

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