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Name: Julie A Carda

After studying dance in Europe, Julie returned to the United States and graduated from Creighton University. With a desire to expand her knowledge of the arts and spirituality, she graduated from St. John’s University in Collegeville with a Masters in Theology and Liturgical Studies. Over the past twenty years, she has taught high school and college courses, and facilitated workshops on the healing arts while occasionally writing for academic periodicals. Her quest to acknowledge world religions and the desire to expose the similarities 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. Besides writing fiction, Julie is co-creating a Space of Love through advocacy for Kin Domains.

Saturday, September 19, 2009

Mineral Year Magic

Every time I see these stones, I see a magic moment. My elder son and I were walking in a stream in Montana. We had taken off our shoes and were venturing into the center. The ice cold mountain water gurgled over our shin bones sending pin-pricking sensations up our legs. It was a joy filled moment.

As we meandered, we were exclaiming over the multi-colored stones made more vibrant and colorful by the afternoon sunlight reflecting through the rippling water. I reached down and picked up the first stone in the photo here and held it while I called to my son who was further down stream. I wanted him to see the treasure I'd found.

At the same moment I had called out, my son turned and said, "Hey, mom I found a stone you would like."

We walked toward each other and exchanged our stones. My son reached back for the one he'd given me. "Look mom they match, one broke off from the other."

I of course witnessed the metaphor and magic. He thought it was just plain COOL!

Behold, the Dagara year of the mineral, 2009, the year of our stories being revealed.


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