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The Ancient Bones of Ceremony: Remembering the Heartfelt Ways

The Ancient Bones of Ceremony: Remembering the Heartfelt Ways

by Tasara Stone
The Ancient Bones of Ceremony: Remembering the Heartfelt Ways

The Ancient Bones of Ceremony: Remembering the Heartfelt Ways

by Tasara Stone


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Learn to Create Meaningful, Life-Changing Ceremonies.

Step into the mysteries of the ancient ways as you travel on an allegorical journey to explore the many dynamic aspects of what makes a ceremony transformative for yourself, your family and your community.

Weddings, rites of passage, baby blessings, funerals, yes, and also life changes that are not typically honored: loss of relationship, divorce, new home, new job, eldership and retirement.

For many of us, the formats provided by higher authorities are not enough, and imitating traditions of other cultures is controversial. We need to return to the bare bones of ceremony and create transformative events that are personalized to our own lives and the culture we live in. This is where our power lies.

With Tasara Stone’s careful guidance, you will learn to:

  • Identify your heart’s yearning and turn its message into a pure, ceremonial intention
  • Create beautiful metaphors and symbolic language to express your heart’s need
  • Invoke and maintain sacred space
  • Perform ceremony with effective, safe practices

For public ceremony you will learn to:

  • Identify community needs and desires
  • Empower others to participate in the ceremony-creation process
  • Manage large groups of people when the energy is unpredictable
  • Hold ethical and safe space for others

Tasara Stone’s lyrical writing, which includes prayers, blessings, and paeans of gratitude, transports us to a sacred landscape where our heart’s needs are treated with utmost care. We tune into the light that glows at our core, connecting us to all of life. We spend time with Mother Earth and her elemental spirits, who teach us to walk the sacred spiral path. We learn about the importance of aligning ourselves with the cycles of growing and dying, accepting and letting go. Only with this wisdom and love can we craft and experience ceremonies that are truly transformative.

Tasara Stone offers us not only a practical guide, she gives us a powerful and moving experience of the energies that will nourish our practice. Her words root us in the very soil out of which ceremony grows. Fully engaged, heart, mind, body and soul, we come to understand how the wisdom of ancient times can help us cultivate an authentic spiritual practice in the midst of modern life. This is another essential gift of The Ancient Bones. As we contemplate the lies and distortions that bombard us daily, we come to understand ceremony as a way of creating alternative stories for ourselves, ones that give our lives true meaning.

Access The Sweetness Within You. Sing Your Song. Shine Your Light.

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Product Details

ISBN-13: 9781733137805
Publisher: Lightroot LLC
Publication date: 08/01/2019
Pages: 206
Product dimensions: 5.50(w) x 8.25(h) x 0.47(d)

About the Author

Tasara Jen Stone brings to us her decades of experience crafting ceremonies and facilitating public gatherings in the Pacific Northwest since the mid-'90s. A life-long practitioner of earth-based spirituality, she is known for her informal leadership style and her welcoming spaces. She is trained extensively in core shamanism with the Foundation for Shamanic Studies, as well as with Betsy Bergstrom, Sandra Ingerman, Leslie Conton, Tom Cowan and Bhola Banstola.

You can read more about her and her offerings at Her blog, Ravenspeak, is at

Table of Contents


The Circle is Open

The Song of Ceremony

Part I: Journey Into Ceremony

Into our Hearts

The Song of the Bone of Intention

The Bridging Bone of Symbols Made

The White Bone of Sacred Space

The Compass Bone to Claim our Place

The Calling Bone to Bring Them Here

The Bone of Passion Stokes the Fire

The Bone of Home to Kiss the Ground

Part II: The Landscape of Ceremony

Initiation into Mystery

Your Personal Practice

The Hollow Bone: Bringing Your Ceremonies to the World

The Bone of Honor: Each Other

The Mother Bone: Ecosystem

The Spiral Returns

Blessings and Devocation

Part III: Gift Bundles For the Road

Bundle of Songs

Bundle of Light in the Darkness

Bundle of Sticks: Crib Notes

The Mother Bone Poem

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