Weather Shamanism: Harmonizing Our Connection with the Elements

Excerpts & Samples

By Nan Moss

Publisher : Inner Traditions/Bear & Company

ABOUT Nan Moss

Nan Moss
Nan Moss has been a faculty member of Michael Harner’s Foundation for Shamanic Studies since 1995 and also teach courses at Esalen Institute in California and the New York Open Center. She and David Corbin have been researching and teaching the spiritual aspects of weather since 1997 More...



Creating an alliance and working partnership with the spirits of weather to restore well-being and harmony to Earth and ourselves

• Reveals that, intentionally or not, we affect the weather not only through our actions but also through our thoughts and emotions

• Explains shamanic techniques for working with the spiritual nature of weather

• Special section on “weather dancing” details both its ceremonial and therapeutic aspects

With the growing consensus that global warming is a fact comes the realization that the increasingly violent weather we are experiencing is its chief manifestation. Each storm, each flood, each blizzard seems to break 100-year-old records for both intensity and damage. Reducing emissions of greenhouse gases may be too little, too late.

Through a unique blend of anthropological research, shamanic journeys, and personal stories and anecdotes, Moss and Corbin show how humans and weather have always affected each other, and how it is possible to influence the weather. They present teachings directly from the spirits of weather that show how our thoughts and emotions affect weather energetics. They also reveal the ceremonial and therapeutic aspects of “weather dancing,” a practice used to communicate with the weather spirits.

Weather Shamanism is about transformation--of ourselves, and thus our world. It is about how we can develop an expanded worldview that honors spiritual realities in order to create a working partnership with the spirits of weather and thereby help to restore well-being and harmony to Earth.
“In this time of climate change our planet is asking us to raise our consciousness and awareness and to find a state of peace, balance, and harmony within us. [Weather Shamanism] is filled with brilliant teachings that will fuel your understanding and insight not only into weather but about life itself.” 
Sandra Ingerman, author of Soul Retrieval and Medicine for the Earth

"Nan Moss and David Corbin have given us a beautifully written book, enriched by an abundance of interesting stories that inspire a greater awareness and appreciation of our interrelationship with weather and all of Nature."
Michael Harner, author of The Way of the Shaman

“Weather Shamanism is quite simply a wonderful, profound, power-filled book, alive with sacred stories and loaded with cross-cultural indigenous wisdom. Nan Moss and David Corbin are master shamanic teachers who reveal what becomes possible when we intentionally align ourselves with the ancient forces of nature to alleviate suffering and help restore order when chaos moves in. This book contains very good medicine!”
Hank Wesselman, Ph.D., author of The Spiritwalker Trilogy, The Journey to the Sacred Garden, and coauthor of Spirit Medicine

“With global climate change barreling down on us, the techniques of weather shamanism are essential to our collective survival. Nan Moss and David Corbin share their courageous exploration of these ancient spiritual ways of living with and learning from weather. They have brought timeless wisdom and wit into working with clouds, water, wind, and the ethics of believing humans are in control. This book matters--it has guided me through Hurricane Katrina; serious floods; ice storms; long, hotter and hotter summers; and an unpredicted winter tornado that hit my house in the middle of the night. Our ancestors practiced these ancient arts for countless millennia, and now they are even more relevant to the new world of weather we are experiencing. I say thank you to Nan and David and to this book.”
Martha Ward, research professor of anthropology, University of New Orleans, and author of Voodoo Queen: The Spirited Lives of Marie Laveau

“Nan Moss and David Corbin have written a wonderful and inspiring guide to living spiritually with weather. I greatly value their insights, as shamanic practitioners, into how we can be conscious and respectful partners with the great spiritual forces that pass across the sky, the land, and the seasons. A book for everyone who hopes to live more consciously with the natural elements.”
Tom Cowan, author of Fire in the Head: Shamanism and the Celtic Spirit, Shamanism as a Spiritual Practice for Everyday Life, and Yearning for the Wind

"Weather Shamanism offers readers a holistic way of understanding weather and relating to it. . . . For readers familiar with shamanism, the book could be displayed to advantage alongside those by such authors as Tom Cowan, Joan Halifax, Michael Harner, and Sandra Interman."
Richard D. Wright, New Age Retailer

" . . . full of awe, transformative power, and surprising gentleness and humor. . . . I came away from the book with a profoundly deepened trust in the weather, and that alone is plenty to recommend Weather Shamanism for these meteorologically challenging times."
Gina Covina, Terrain, Dec 2008

"In print and in practice, Weather Shamanism is about transformation of ourselves, and so our world. It guides us to an expanded worldview that honors and dares to reach out to fearsome, natural forces in order to reciprocally restore harmony to All That Is. I urge everyone who is even remotely drawn to do so to connect to this material and work with the shifts it opens up for you. Our collective efforts will surely be of great benefit!"
Scott Crowenweth, Inner Tapestry, Vol. 6, No. 6, Apr/May 2008

"Weather affects every aspect of our lives, even our internal organs. Weather working was practiced in ancient days and the authors point out that if we communicate with the weather, we can use this knowledge and practice to not only increase our overall spirituality and relationship with nature, but we can modify it for the better, without the use of contemporary, mechanical means."
Sonia von Matt Stoddard, Awareness magazine, Vol. 15, No. 4, Jul/Aug 2008

"Weather Shamanism is much less about formulaic technicque than about the quality of our relationships with the natural world. . . . I found this a mature, valuable, and enjoyable rendition of what it means to be in relationsip with the spirits of nature, and how we're all in this together. Highly recommended."
Karl Schlotterbeck, The Henge of Keltria, Issue No. 78,  May 08

"In a gentle narrative that flows like poetry, Moss and Corbin have written a thorough and encouraging work that will alternately frighten, reassure, and inspire readers."
Curled Up With a Good Book, July 2008