Guatemala in 2012, right at the height of the Mayan calendar predictions, was a place brimming with an eclectic mix of magic. The Guatemalans didn’t believe the world was ending, but rather that it was the age of enlightenment from dark to light. People from a vibrant mélange of traditions all over the world flocked to the country to enjoy the land, pray on it, and welcome forth this new era.
It’s no secret that the recent struggle at Standing Rock echoes the Native Americans’ painful past legacy of oppression at the hands of the U.S. government.
A crowded Irish pub in the early ‘90s: Suzanne Connolly zeroes in on a young man with a tiny gold barrel around his neck. “I can tell you the history of that necklace,” she says, abetted with a bit of liquid courage. It might sound like the start of a mystical, perhaps Twilight-esque love story, but for Connolly it was instead a growing, undeniable realization of her intuitive abilities.