“It doesn’t happen all at once,” said the Skin Horse. “You become. It takes a long time. That’s why it doesn’t happen often to people who break easily or have sharp edges, or have to be carefully kept. Generally, by the time you are Real, most of your hair has been loved off, and your eyes drop out and you get all loose in the joints and very shabby. But these things don’t matter at all, because once you are Real you can’t be ugly, except to people who don’t understand.” — The Velveteen Rabbit, by Margery Williams

Ouroboros TreeStudded along the spiral of life are cruxes that call for our reverent attention. To notice and mark in a way that honors. These transitions are sacred if for no other reason than they are what make us human, endowed with great spirit.

We all know the big ones — weddings and funerals. But what about the birth of a baby or death of a pet? Or the reason for entering a new insurance bracket, whether related to health, break-up, job? Such things as reaching a hallmark age signified by acquiring a driver’s license or an AARP card. Any number of lifetime events call for ceremony to close the circle…so renewal can happen, a new stage begin. This is how I chose an ouroboros snake as my logo; because the snake is often symbolic for rising again — as it appears to be continually reborn by shedding its skin. Whatever milestone you wish to observe, I am honored to officiate.

Together, we’ll come up with ritual elements for symbolizing what it is your heart longs to express. This is the idea of divergent: thinking outside the box. Reimagining the story of our lives in which we are the central agents of change, acting from our creative spark.

Some ideas for divergent ceremonies are:

Baby Naming (formerly “Baptism”) Coming of Age Conscious Uncoupling (formerly “Divorce”)
Child Adoption Labyrinth (any ceremony) Moving House (in or out)
New Mother (as part of baby shower) Homecoming Retirement
Blended Family Team Championship Remission
Sweet 16 New Career (or end of one) Wise Woman (Crone)
Pour-One-Outs Pet Funeral Memorial/Tribute/Life Celebration


Want to talk more about celebrating a significant life transition? Let’s: coffee@julietrump.com