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Temazcal Tonantzin: Ceremony with the Virgen de Guadalupe

Almanac of the Soul

Virgen de Guadalupe, Albuquerque, New Mexico, December 2013

The universe sends us some very interesting messages.  Some are reminders of our past and others are reminders of what our future may bring.  I have been very lucky to have been born into a indigenous faith healing tradition that blends my Native American, Tejano and Mexican roots.  I recently have had the opportunity to examine up close and personal some of those distinct details, speaking with and learning several ‘blessings’ from an older Cubano in his 90s who long practiced Macumba in Cuba before arriving on a raft in Miami in 1971.  To that extent, I ended up visiting several Botanicas in Los Angeles, California walking away with some lessons learned on ‘old school’ ways of doing ceremony. The following week I was in Albuquerque, New Mexico attending a Barral Institute workshop on brain and spinal cord injuries.  Of course this Curandero also met up with a group of very adept traditional healers in Curanderismo and was able to participate in a Virgen de Guadalupe celebration held in a traditional Temezcal– the type of sweat lodge that has been used by the Aztecs, Mayans, Toltecs and those that came before.  What I learned was this:

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Rock The Cat Box

These days it’s tough being a recovering Catholic.  Guilt is around every corner.  It’s under every mess with the new kitten you have adopted into your home.  This kitten, (in this case, the cat’s name is Zaz” or Zazzy- [Zaz is one of the Apache words for ‘snow‘], decides to “rebel” for obvious reasons:  [1] want of food; [2] the company of other pets (especially dogs); and [3]  the “other” older cat that lives in the house.

Cat litter Box BaZi GroundSpring

You can find the strangest things on the Internet.

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