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Barbara Biziou
Barbara Biziou, author of The Joy of Ritual and The Joys of Family Rituals, integrates her extensive knowledge of global spiritual practices, rituals, psychology and business into her coaching and consulting practice. She is the renowned go-to expert for high-end, custom ceremonies, global rituals, weddings, and the celebration of all life’s passages.

Entries by Barbara Biziou

Chinese Year of the Sheep: Rituals for a Fresh Start!

(0) Comments | Posted February 18, 2015 | 10:59 AM

February 18 is the beginning of the Chinese Lunar New Year and time for all of us to clear out any obstacles and open to a fresh start. It is also the New Moon in Aquarius (or a blink before it goes into Pisces), which means we can plug into...

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Finding Comfort in the Wake of 9/11

(0) Comments | Posted September 7, 2014 | 10:04 AM

In this time of existential uncertainty, it's often difficult to trust that the Divine has placed us exactly where we are meant to be. On September 10, 2001, I arrived in Paris for a holiday with one of my dearest friends. I awoke on 9/11 with a sense of foreboding...

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He Wasn't the Best: My Healing Ritual for Father's Day

(0) Comments | Posted June 13, 2014 | 12:07 PM

Although it has been almost 20 years since my father passed on to spirit, every Father's Day I get a bit teary-eyed and have a pang in my solar plexus that reminds me he is gone. I tend to feel a bit vulnerable on this day and I like to...

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Arianna Huffington and My Forced Digital Detox

(0) Comments | Posted May 6, 2014 | 12:43 PM

Thursday night, Thrive Conference: I am sitting in the audience listening to Arianna Huffington talk about the perils of being over-connected to our smart phones and devices. I am nodding my head in agreement and thinking: This is just what I teach my clients and discuss with my friends. She...

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Six Secrets to Raising a Child Like Malala: Empathetic, Courageous and Ambitious

(0) Comments | Posted December 12, 2013 | 7:36 AM

When I first heard about Malala Yousafzai -- the Pakistani teenager who captured the attention of the world when Taliban terrorists shot her in the head because she has been outspoken about the importance of educating girls -- I was blown away.

She has not only survived but is...

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Tie One On: Bracelets for Brothers, Sisters and Friends on the Festival of Rasksha Bandhan

(0) Comments | Posted August 19, 2013 | 7:41 PM

We hear a great deal about sibling rivalry but a lot less about sibling devotion and connection, and this is one of the most sacred of all family bonds. Our sisters and brothers know us as few others do; they can be our role models, our best friends, and our...

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Harness the Power of the Summer Solstice

(1) Comments | Posted June 19, 2013 | 2:06 PM

Every major planetary event gives us an opportunity for growth and expanded awareness, and contains symbolism that can be universally shared and understood. When we understand the universal themes of these events, we can tune in to the archetypal energy that they represent, which in turn gives us a deeper...

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Be Your Own Valentine

(0) Comments | Posted February 11, 2013 | 1:46 PM

So many rituals associated with Valentine's Day are focused on men or women making a commitment to taking care of their partners. In fact, in the Middle Ages in France and England there was a ritual where a single man picked a single girl's name out of an...

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How to Eliminate Holiday Stress and Create Deeper Meaning

(2) Comments | Posted November 20, 2012 | 11:10 PM

Thanksgiving has always been one of my favorite holidays, but I rarely gave the real meaning of the holiday -- gratitude -- any real thought. All of that changed after my father died 16 years ago. Life took on new meaning and I was aware of its fragility. Family took...

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The Art of Restoring the Sacred Rhythm of Life

(0) Comments | Posted August 30, 2012 | 11:18 AM

Someone told me that the average person, when asked how he/she is, answers with the singular word "busy." The sad thing is that no one questions this and assumes it is just the way things are. We have totally lost touch with the sacred ritual of taking time for ourselves...

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The Changing Face of Father's Day

(0) Comments | Posted June 14, 2012 | 2:55 PM

Cultural historians suspect that the precursor of Father's Day was the ancient Roman holiday of Parentalia, a festival in honor of deceased parents, which occurred between the 13th and 22nd of February. During that period many ceremonies were held, according to the poet Ovid, "to appease the souls of your...

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Mother's Day: Where Did It All Begin?

(5) Comments | Posted May 13, 2012 | 12:40 PM

Most of us buy cards or go out for dinner to commemorate Mother's Day, but we rarely realize how far back these celebrations date. Like many other holidays that have been commercialized in modern times, Mother's Day has centuries-old antecedents. Cultures around the world celebrated (and still do) the mother...

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Dance Into Summer: Celebrate May

(2) Comments | Posted May 1, 2012 | 8:00 AM

In the Native American tradition May is called the month of the flower moon. It is said that the flowers dance at night under this full moon.

In the Celtic tradition, the festival of Beltane on May 1 marked the midpoint between spring and summer. Fires were lit and the...

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Why Do We Celebrate Spring, and When Is the New Year?

(0) Comments | Posted March 20, 2012 | 7:05 AM

According to our modern calendar, on March 20, 2012, at precisely 1:14 a.m. EDT (March 20), the sun will cross directly over the Earth's equator. This moment is known as the vernal equinox (from the Latin vernare, to bloom) in the Northern Hemisphere. In the Southern Hemisphere, this is the...

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The Ancient Origins of Valentine's Day

(3) Comments | Posted February 14, 2012 | 7:37 AM

When we think of Valentine's Day we tend to think of chocolate, love, and presents, yet most of us don't know that Valentine's Day has its roots in an ancient Roman fertility festival called Lupercalia. It was a festival celebrating early spring, fertility, the ancestors, and love. The ancient priests...

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