Power Animal for April: Butterfly, by ‘Backyard Shaman’ Amy Katz, M.A.

Which creature in this extraordinary world begins as an earth-bound larva, crawls into a chrysalis of her own creation, dis-integrates into primordial ooze, then emerges with angel wings seemingly made of ancient parchment, rainbows and faery dust? No … [Read more...]

Power Animal for March: Wolf, by ‘Backyard Shaman’ Amy Katz, M.A.

At a dream tending retreat in Montana last month, a young woman saw a wolf in Yellowstone National Park, and then she dreamed one was following her everywhere. At first he frightened her; and rightly so: wolves are mighty predators whose dangerous nature … [Read more...]

Chinese New Year of the Fire Monkey by Amy Katz

"Monkey see, Monkey do!" If you want to accomplish your dreams and goals this year, be like monkey and look all around you! It's time to break out of your cage and get back to the tree tops! Monkeys are curious, smart, alert and innovative. They need a … [Read more...]

Power Animal for January: Spider, by ‘Backyard Shaman’ Amy Katz, M.A.

SPIDER: THE GREAT WEAVER A client recently shared with me that when she asked her boyfriend if they could remain friends after a breakup, he replied, “When I put a spider outside, I expect never to see it again.” My initial response, like hers, was one … [Read more...]

Power Animal for December: Caribou/Reindeer, by ‘Backyard Shaman’ Amy Katz, M.A.

It’s that time of year again for many people across the planet: Santa Claus puts on his ceremonial red and whites, loads up the sleigh with goodies and harnesses his flying reindeer.  A charming children’s story, right? Well, would you be surprised to … [Read more...]

Power Animal for November: Sea Snake, by ‘Backyard Shaman’ Amy Katz, M.A.

YELLOW BELLIED SEA SNAKE The Power Animal for this November, hands down, is Pelamis platurus, the Yellow Bellied Sea Snake. (It would have been the Power Animal for October, perfect for All Hollows Eve, but this slippery serpent had not yet arrived on … [Read more...]

Power Animal for October: Blue Heron, by ‘Backyard Shaman’ Amy Katz, M.A.

BLUE HERON When Herons move as One shimmering body of white amidst the teal sea of sky forms take shape in some archaic language only whales and angels speak with heads bowed like the bow of violin on spiders' strings. This is when crickets making … [Read more...]

Power Animal for August: Lion, by ‘Backyard Shaman’ Amy Katz, M.A.

The Power Animal for the month of August, 2015 is Lion. This article is dedicated to Cecil, the world's famous and beloved black-maned lion who was recently lured out of the safety of Zimbabwe's National Park by two pouchers, and paid $50,000 by an … [Read more...]

Power Animal for June: Robin by ‘Backyard Shaman’ Amy Katz, M.A.

Robin is often the first to rise and the last to stop singing, sometimes far into the night. Robin proudly wears a red ribbon for coming in first in many of life’s olympic feats. According to the Online Etymological dictionary, as far back as the 1530’s … [Read more...]

Power Animal for May: Butterfly by ‘Backyard Shaman’ Amy Katz, M.A.

Why I Want to Know Your Dreaming Why I want to know your dreaming is why I want to touch the silky scaled wing of Butterfly and know the softness and the shape of grace from the inside out and hold your fluttering in my heart for just a moment, … [Read more...]