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Malidoma Somé | A year to make peace with fire

Welcome to 2017, a Fire Year. Those who understand the character of each of the elements in the Dagara cosmological wheel—Water, Earth, Fire, Mineral, and Nature—know that Fire kindles and sustains an animating and pervasive energy in all that lives. Fire is in the water that runs, it is in the trees, the rocks, the earth, and in ourselves. It is the mediator between worlds since it is very close […]

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Jose Ajpu Munoz | The Mayan calendar’s predictions for 2017 and beyond

The Mayan people have been keeping mathematical calendars for thousands of years. It was the ending of their previous 26,000-year-long calendar, on December 21, 2012, that gave rise to predictions of the end of the world. But, as is now obvious, “the end” was simply the ending of that calendar. The Sixth Sun Mayan Calendar—our present 26,000-year-long calendar—is a tool that allows people to remember that past, present, and future […]

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Angaangaq Angakkorsuaq | The ice is speaking

  IN THE DEEP WINTER of 1963 two young Eskimo-Kalaallit men went hunting and came to the big wall and did their ceremony. As they did so, they noticed that water was coming out of the Big Ice way up the wall. When they returned and told the Elders of that strange phenomenon, no one believed them. How could water move, when the temperature has been less than minus 30 […]

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Anthony Rubino | When serendipity touches a journey

  There is something liberating about going on a journey. It frees the spirit and opens the door to encountering new and exciting experiences. If you’re lucky, the fates might steer a bit of serendipity your way. A “wrong turn” on the road leads you to discover an old castle; an architectural gem you find fascinating. Maybe a chance meeting with a poet in a café livens up your sightseeing day […]

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