Shaman Erika Buenaflor joins me to talk about her new book Sacred Energies Of The Sun & Moon: Shamanic Rites of Curanderismo. Ancient Mesoamerican shamans and modern practitioners of curanderismo – a Latin American shamanic healing practice – divide each day into distinct periods based on the sacred rhythms of the sun and moon, with each time offering opportunities to connect with specific celestial energies for healing and transformation.
In this hands-on guide to working with the sacred energies of the sun, night sun, and moon, Erika details the rites, ritual, and deities for each part of the day and night. She explores the sacred tools and techniques used by ancient Mesoamerican shamans for harnessing solar and lunar sacred energies.
Erika explains how the sun is the source of soul energy that heals, animates, strengthens, and revitalizes us on many levels. In contrast, night energies are transformative and conducive for connecting with nonordinary realms. She talks about rituals for dawn, sunrise, and midmorning to harness the sacred energies of creation and new beginnings: for noon and afternoon to promote peak strength and spiritual wisdom; for sunset and dusk to bring about transformation, perform divination, and journey with animal spirit guides; and for midnight and predawn to facilitate shamanic dreamwork, connect with the ancestors, make offerings, and regenerate at the deepest levels.
Erika Buenaflor, M.A., J.D., has a master’s degree in religious studies focusing on Mesoamerican shamanism from the University of California at Riverside. A practicing curandera for more than 20 years, descending from a long line of grandmother curanderas, she has studied with curanderas/os in Mexico, Peru, and Los Angeles, and gives presentations on curanderismo in many settings, including at UCLA.