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Newsletter #27                                            Dec 2013
In This Issue
My Services
PAST LIFE REGRESSION THERAPY
- Past Life Journeys
- Future Life Journeys
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HYPNOTHERAPY
- Emotional Release & Clearing
- Addictions & Phobias 
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- Soul Retrievals
- Illuminations (Emotional Clearing)
- Energetic & Entity Extractions
- Death Rites
- Despacho Ceremony
- Fire Ceremony
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- Aura & Chakra Repair
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- Reiki Training & Attunements
- Structural & Land Clearing & Blessing
 
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- Naming Ceremonies
- Rite of Passage Ceremonies
- Body Part Retrievals
 
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- Mojo & Medicine Bags
- Wands & Prayer Sticks
- Dressed Candles
- Prayer Ties
- Corn Husk Dolls
- Spirit Traps
- Sacred Herbs & Fire Throw
 
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Santa Quotes
Yes, Virginia, there is a Santa Claus. He exists as certainly as love and generosity and devotion exists, and you know that they abound and give to your life its highest beauty and joy. Thank God! He lives, and he lives forever. A thousand years from now, Virginia, nay 10 times 10 thousand years from now, he will continue to make glad the heart of childhood. Alas! How dreary would be the world if there was no Santa Claus! There would be no childlike faith then, no poetry, no romance to make tolerable this existence.
-Francis P. Church, New York Sun, 9/21/1897

They err who thinks Santa Claus comes down through the chimney; he really enters through the heart.
-Paul M. Ell

Santa Claus is anyone who loves another and seeks to make them happy; who gives himself by thought or word or deed in every gift that he bestows.
-Edwin Osgood Grover

All the world is happy when Santa Claus comes.
-Maud Lindsay, "Santa Claus, a Wonder Story for Little Children"

Santa Claus is a god. He's no less a god than Ahura Mazda, or Odin, or Zeus. Think of the white beard, the chariot pulled through the air by a breed of animal which doesn't ordinarily fly, the prayers (requests for gifts) which are annually mailed to him and which so baffle the Post Office, the specially-garbed priests in all the department stories. And don't gods reflect their creators' society? The Greeks had a huntress goddess, and gods of agriculture and war and love. What else would we have but a god of giving, of merchandising, and of consumption?
-Donald E. Westlake, "Nackles," A Yuletide Universe
 
Santa Claus
by Edwin Osgood Grover

Santa Claus is anyone who loves another and seeks to make them happy; who gives himself by thought or word or deed in every gift that he bestows; who shares his joys with those who are sad; whose hand is never closed against the needy; whose arm is ever outstretched to aid the week; whose sympathy is quick and genuine in time of trouble; who recognizes a comrade and brother in every man he meets upon life's common road; who lives his life throughout the entire year in the Christmas spirit.
 
Twas the Night Before Christmas
by Clement Clarke Moore

He was dressed all in fur, from his head to his foot, and his clothes were all tarnished with ashes and soot. A bundle of toys he had flung on his back, and he looked like a peddler just opening his pack. His eyes--how they twinkled! His dimples, how merry! His cheeks were like roses, his nose like a cherry! His droll little mouth was drawn up like a bow, and the beard on his chin was as white as the snow. The stump of a pipe he held tight in his teeth, and the smoke it encircled his head like a wreath. He had a broad face and a little round belly, that shook when he laughed, like a bowl full of jelly.
 
Introduction
Shaman Claus
Many of the symbols and icons we associate with Christmas celebrations are derived from shamanistic and pagan traditions of tribal peoples of pre-Christian Northern Europe. The family tree of Santa Claus begins 10,000 BCE with the horned shaman called Herne, the Spirit of the Great Hunt. From there he evolved to Pan for the Indo-European culture (8000-4500 BCE) and Greek Era (2000 BCE); into Cernunnos for the Celtic culture (1000-750 BCE); through the Roman and Germanic/Nordic cultures; and finally to Saint Nicholas in the 20th century.
 
Like Santa, shamans from the far North (Lapland to Siberia) wear bells on their ritual costumes to announce their presence as they enter the spirit world and to frighten off any unfriendly spirits who might be lying in wait. The red of Santa’s robe signifies the sacred blood that links all human beings. Red is also a symbol of fire, a gift that shamans brought to the tribal people they served. The ancient peoples of Finland and the Russian steppes believed in the World Tree. The roots of the World Tree stretch down into the underworld, the trunk of the tree is the middle earth of everyday existence, and its branches reach upwards into the heavenly realm of the upper world. The top of the World Tree touched the North Star and the shaman would climb this metaphorical tree to visit the Spirits. This is the true meaning of the star on top of the modern Christmas tree and also the reason that Santa makes his home at the North Pole.
 
The Christmas tree is linked to the tree of fire or the tree of knowledge. Mistletoe is linked to the symbol of lightning, fire and sex.
 
The roots of Santa originate with the gods Herne and Pan 10,000 years ago. This Herne/Pan god went by many names but was always portrayed as dark, furry, or wearing animal skins, with antlers or horns and, up to the 17th century, with an erect penis. Pan was a fur-covered, horned, benevolent yet mischievous figure. Shamans of this time would lead Winter Solstice rituals, initiate the New Year, reward the good, punish the bad, officiate at sacrifices, and head fertility rites. They sang, danced, and jumped over fires in sexually symbolic fertility rites.
 
Modern day Sinter Klaus is a conglomeration of Germanic/Norse gods such as Thor, Donner, and Odin or Wotan. Thor or Donner wore red and road in a Golden Flying Chariot pulled by two goats (Cracker and Gnasher). Many of the customs of Sinter Klaas such as checking up on naughty children, riding a white horse, and leaving food out at night, can be traced back to Woden or Odin. Wotan rode an 8-legged white horse through the night skies, his long white beard blowing in the wind. Prior to this time, Saint Nicholas was depicted as having a dark beard. Perhaps the eight reindeer echo Wotan’s eight-legged horse. In Finland, St. Nicholas assumed human form, adopting the older name of Joulupukki, which literally means Yule Goat. St. Nicholas often had helpers who were easily traced to pagan roots.
 
Saint Nicholas is the most revered saint in Russia and the counterpart to the native peoples highly respected local shaman. He is best known as the patron saint of children, to whom he brings presents on the eve of his feast day, 6th December. Most religious historians now agree that St Nicholas never actually existed, but was instead a Christianized synthesis of the historical bishops, Nicholas of Myra (4th Century) and Nicholas of Sion (d. 564) together with a number of pagan gods including the Teutonic god, Hold Nickar, corresponding to the Greek god, Poseidon.
 
Here are some various names for Santa Claus in different countries:
 
Australia & United States - Santa Claus
British Isles - Father Christmas
China - Dun Che Lao Ren (dwyn-chuh-lau-oh-run)
Czechoslovakia - Svaty Mikalas
Denmark - Julemanden
France - Pere Noel or le petit Jsus
Germany - Saint Nicholas or Weihnachtsmann
Greece - Saint Nicholas or Santa Claus
Iceland - Jolasveinar, Stekkjarstaur, Giljagaur, Stufur, Thvorusleikir, Pottaskefill, Askasleikir, Hurdarskellir, Skyrgamur, Bjugnakraekir, Gluggagaegir, Gattathefur, Ketkrokur, Kertasnikir
 
Italy - La Befana Japan - Hoteiosho
Netherlands - Sinterklaas
Norway - Julebukk
Russia - Saint Nicholas
Scandinavia - Julenisse
Spain - Balthazar
Sweden - Tomte
Wales - Mari Ilwyd
 

 
FURTHER READING
 
Santa Claus, Last of the Wild Men: The Origins and Evolution of Saint Nicholas, Spanning 50,000 Years - Phyllis Siefker
When Santa Was A Shaman: Ancient Origins of Santa Claus & the Christmas Tree - Tony van Renterghem
 
RELATED READING
 
The Winter Solstice - John Matthews
Pagan Christmas - Christian Ratsch and Claudia Muller-Ebeling
Yule: A Celebration of Light and Warmth – Dorothy Morrison
 
LINKS
 
Santa Was a Shaman
 
Santa Shaman
 
Shaman Claus
Secret Santa
Secret Santa is a tradition in which members of a group are randomly assigned other members to whom they anonymously give a gift. This practice allows a way for people in large groups such as families and workplaces to give and receive gifts in an economical way. Give A Gift (GAG) is the practice of giving gifts anonymously without prior selection of recipients.

The term Secret Santa can refer to the practice itself, or any of the people participating. Here is a list of Secret Santa terms from various parts of the world:

US, Canada, & Britain - Secret Santa
Ireland - Kris Kringle or Chris Kindle (Christkindl)
Australia, New Zealand & the Philippines - Secret Santa or Kris Kringle
Germany & Austria - Wichteln
Latin America & Brazil - Amigo Secreto or Amigo Oculto (Secret Friend)
Spain - Amigo Invisible (Invisible Friend)

There are several websites that provide free services to help automate the process of drawing names and managing groups:

Secret Santa Links

There is another type of Secret Santa that is philanthropic called the Society of Secret Santas (http://secretsantaworld.net). This is an anonymous group of individuals that perform random acts of kindness to those less fortunate such as the homeless or the working poor. The Secret Santa Society shares the following characteristics and values:

Anonymity: They don’t draw attention to themselves and strive to protect their personal identity.

Leadership: They lead by example.

Integrity: They seek no tax deduction for their giving and do not solicit funds from others.

Humility: They share their wealth in a humble, selfless way.

Compassion: They try to create hope and belief that recipients are worthy of unconditional love.

Humor: They would rather lose every dime they ever made than lose their sense of humor.

Friendship: They value their association with people of like mind and character.

How to be Secret Santa

Visit these sites for easy step by step directions on how to be a Secret Santa:
1Q 2014 Schedule of Events
Reincarnation Journeys Workshop
Mon Jan 20th 6:30 – 9 pm
$25
 
Tapping Techniques for Health & Prosperity Workshop
Mon Feb 17th 6:30 – 9 pm
$25
 
Dreaming the Energy Body Workshop
Sat Mar 29th 10 am – 4 pm
$50
 
Soul School: Your Wheel to Fortune Part 1
Jan 25 & 26 and Feb 8 & 9 10 am – 6 pm
$400
 
Pre-registration is required for all classes and workshops. Contact me for further information or visit www.DrakeInnerprizes.com
Radio Appearances
Did you miss the live versions of radio programs I have been on?
You can listen at your own leisure at these links:
 
John Michael Thornton's Great Conjunction on Paramania Radio 12/4/13
Listen live at 7 pm PST at http://www.paramaniaradio.com/index.php
 
Lesley Mitchell-Clarke's Contact on Blog Talk Radio 11/24/13
 
Joyce Jackson's Sane Psychic on New Sky Radio 11/14/13
 
The Bob Charles Show on Kinetic HiFi Radio 10/13/13
 
The Bob Charles Show on Kinetic HiFi Radio 7/14/13
Previous Newsletters
Nov-13: Despacho Ceremonies
 
Oct-13: Ancestors
 
Sep-13: Transgender Spiritual Services
 
Aug-13: Types of Time
 
Jul-13: Energy Frequency & Vibration

Jun-13: Fascinating FAQ on Reincarnation
 
May-13: Laws of Attraction & Manifesting

Apr-13: Past Life Regression

Mar-13: Hypnotherapy
 
Sep-12: Mystery Schools & Holocaust/Homocaust

Aug-12: Shamanic Energy Medicine

Jan-12: The Medicine Wheel
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