Meet Janet

About Me

After a life long interest in comparative religion, I finally answered the call of shamanism almost 20 years ago. I have traveled throughout the world to experience and learn first hand how the mysteries of life have come to be expressed, blessed, honored and lived in differing lands and cultures. I have studied and been initiated into different cultural traditions and now ONE GODS represents my return to my earthly roots, my cultural and ancestral Jewish heritage, the people of the Tanakh.

I have always seen myself as a pagan. While the word has become pejorative, “pagan” simply means countryside or peasant, someone who lives close to the land and in harmony with nature. To those who stop to listen, each landscape has its own vibratory essence, its own music if you will. It was (and still is) pagan peoples who have been nourished by this knowledge, and who have held it in sacred trust through oral, and more recently, written teachings. As the Mystic Pagan, it is my goal to study, explore and experience these knowledges, the wisdom of the land, and it’s various cultural expressions.

Why do I write?

Every day when I open the newspaper, it feels like the world’s fractures are ever deepening. Decisions of world leaders tend to be based fear and on maintaining the power of the already rich and powerful. The institutions of the world are crumbling even as we witness them. The foundations and values of our culture are not serving us. Human beings are in terrible pain, too often fighting amongst ourselves for resources which seem scarce but don’t have to be. The Earth itself is sending out dire warnings with climate change, fires, flooding, droughts and more. We need to re-evaluate our values and find new paradigms for our society. One way to start this process is to look at how the ancients ordered their systems and what lessons they felt were important. By uncovering the older teachings behind the familiar ones we all know, we can learn more about our most ancient roots. Doing so can give us new/old foundations going forward.

With my combination of research ability, personal experience, and shamanic initiations, I am in a unique position to study, evaluate and discuss ancient teachings. By combining research and shamanic experience, I have developed my own form of spiritual forensics to dive deeply into the ancient texts.

My passions:

  • To cultivate the potentials of spirit in our daily lives.
  • To understand how ancient knowledge can change our lives today.
  • To use the profound teachings and knowledge that I gathered over continents and time to challenge society’s thinking and create new paradigms – ones that are nurturing, earth-based and loving – for living our lives.

It is my great honor and pleasure to be able to share these teachings.

 

 

Books

What the Mystics Say

When Rachel Pollack wrote the foreword to my book, When Moses Was a Shaman, she wrote a haunting line. She was discussing the importance of asking questions as a life practice. She wrote, “Perhaps Questions are the ultimate Homeland for all of us.” Respecting the power of the question, this …

The Serpent and the Seed

I was so inspired by Judith Shaw’s blog post, “The Serpent and the Goddess” (Feb 26th) that I began to dust off my old notes on serpent imagery. I was reminded a concept that kept jumping out at me. In discussing the Kabbalah, Rabbi David A Cooper, writes that mystics …

The Serpent and The Goddess by Judith Shaw

This lovely post appeared on the wonderful and far ranging Religion and Feminism Blog.  Judith Shaw kindly gave me permission to repost it. I am posting the beginning of the article below (notice her spectacular artwork) with a link to the rest of it (and more of Judith’s art):   …

A Definition of a Shaman

  “The world is full of magic things patiently waiting for our senses to grow sharper.”  WB Yeats I have a new definition of a shaman.  It is someone who reminds us that the world is full of magic and then guides us to develop our senses so that we …

Facing Life, Part 1

I remember the first time I killed a living animal for food. I was a college student. I was traveling with other students on a month-long backpacking trip along the Sea of Cortez in Baja, Mexico. It was a very long time ago, yet the experience was so impactful that …

The Mystery of the Serpent

The serpent in the Bible is a symbol of multi-layered mystery.  The serpent is often saddled with the responsibility for Adam and Eve leaving the garden.  According to the Bible, the serpent tempted Eve and it was therefore its “fault” that Adam and Eve ate the fruit which caused their …

The Goddess in the Tree

She is a tree of life to them that lay hold upon her: and happy is every one that retaineth her. Proverbs 3:18 Trees are very important in our human mythos. In many societies, the tree is actually considered to be the ancestor of humankind with a mythological forerunner related …

Eve is the Hero of the Garden of Eden, part 2

The serpent in the Bible is treated as Eve’s partner in crime, a malevolent seducer who is responsible for humankind’s expulsion from paradise. But did you know there are serpents who figure positively in the Bible? There are serpent priests, a feathered serpent and a healing serpent. Check out this …

Speaking

Available public speaking topics:

  • Hawaiian Adventure Shamanism (Huna)
  • Shamanic Foundations of the Bible
  • Serpents and Seeds
  • Women and Feminism Hidden Within the Hebrew Bible
  • Moses as a Shamanic Figure and a Master of Mystery
  • Was Eve Really Cursed?

All talks and/or workshops can include audience participation along with chanting components using either Hebrew power syllables or Hawaiian breath syllables.