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yule pole in healing center
The recent Yule Pole made by the Advanced Shaman Training class last week as we studied Celtic ways of healing.

Dearest Friends,

It has been a wonderful year, thanks to you. You have resonated with these drums (and other items), and have chosen to purchase one, sometimes more. When you do that, I  consider you to be a member of our circle, not because you had to pay for a drum or something else but because you have demonstrated yourself to be a seeker of wisdom and a lover of Truth. That’s exactly what we strive for, too. So it’s only natural that our circle welcomes all such people.

In doing so during 2017, you have kept me wonderfully busy, even to the point where I must now advise, for those who have not yet ordered a drum, that I won’t be able to accept any more holiday orders because of the current backlog. For that I apologize.

All in all, though, it has been a year to remember. And then some! I review photos, some of them from this year, on the Thunder Valley Drums website, poke around in the many, many photos we have taken of your precious allies over this and previous years, and it becomes evident just how many people are awakening to a new realization— that the world needs help, and that you are willing to provide it through the exploration and expression of a deep spiritual longing to independently connect with Spirit. As my beautiful soul mate puts it, you have decided to “not let the world be your drummer!”

And now we come to the final dawning days of one year and the beginning of the next. It is a marvelous time to enjoy family and to pull in all of those we love to join around the hearth. At least that is the scenario we are taught to follow. But not everyone has these circumstances— time, money, or even a loving family or friends— to enjoy during this holiday season.

If that’s your situation, I completely understand and offer you the love you should have. We regularly drum for you and often we sense your situation. It can reflect the scene of your being posted away from family, or being called to work throughout the season, or even being in a situation where circumstances are not the best for you right now, a “rough patch,” or any of many, many other circumstances that can make you feel left out.

Well, please know this. We drum for you and we hold you in our hearts. Our lives are good and settled right now, but we have experienced the rough times in the past, just like you are going through now, and all we had was the love that bound us together. We have plenty of that still, and plenty to share.

So we hope you will accept the love that awaits your open heart. And keep your chin up. Low points in life are akin to the high ones, both are transitory.

Your new day is coming.

Peace to you, love to you, love to all. Love all around.

Aho & Namaste




Where Will These Buffaloes Roam?

Oh, Give Me A Home… Where The Buffalo Roam

Well, things have slowed down a little bit. For several weeks I’ve been pressed to make drums and other items for folks who wish to give them as gifts during the holiday season. There is always such joy is doing this because I know the recipients will be delighted to open the wrapped box, only to find something inside that is also wrapped in bright paper. It’s long been my habit to wrap drums in preparation for their journeys to healers and drummers. So they will be unwrapping their gift twice!

Drum HintAnd now that the Holiday Rush is over, for TVD at least, I’ve been able to turn my attention to that special TVD project I mentioned a few weeks ago here on the blog.  I gave you a sneak peek of it at that time, but here it is again (left), in case you forgot.

I’ve made great progress since then, so I’d like to provide another hint. Well, four of ’em! And wow, these are strong hints! Behold–

Four BuffaloesYou are probably putting the pieces together by now, right? Or not.

Four buffaloes (and yes, I looked up the proper spelling for the plural and decided I liked the “-oles,” though it was optional), all in different poses and colors. They represent the different aspects of your (and my) journeys around the medicine wheel throughout our lives. The colors are borrowed from the sacred tradition of the Lakota Sioux and some other tribal peoples, which I seek in part to honor with this project. The buffaloes’ colors are connected with honored directions, East=Red, South=Yellow, North=White, and West=Black. And when you connect with these magnificent animals’ totemic medicine, it can shake your world like a temblor of the thundering herd. But how does that figure into the project?

Well, in just a few weeks, in early 2015, you will know for sure, as it will be time for the unveiling of something to which I have dedicated many years of my life, an expression of a heart dedicated to service. It hasn’t been a lonely pursuit, though. I had four wonderful companions leading the way!

Aho & Namaste,