The Ceremony Cards-Northern LIghts

About Ningijoq Jane

The traditional Kalaallit people laughed a lot. It is nearly impossible to be worrying when laughing. This must have helped them survive in the extreme conditions of the Far North. When you are stuck in your thoughts, sluggish in body or have ice in your heart, seek out that which will bring you laughter.

—from the word card


Mountain avens - Umerluusaq
—Jane English

When you begin to listen in spiritual terms, even a little sparrow gives you a gift.

—Angaangaq Angakkorsuaq

Born in Boston in 1942, Jane English grew up in a small town in New England, did undergraduate work at Mount Holyoke College, and began photographing while completing a Ph.D. in experimental sub-atomic particle physics at the University of Wisconsin.

She then decided not to continue with a science career but to do photography. Her black and white photographs of nature illustrate six books, including a best-selling translation of the Chinese classic Tao Te Ching, published in 1972 by Random House. Her other interests include gardening, skiing, amateur radio and hot air ballooning. She founded her own publishing business, Earth Heart, in 1985, in order to publish Different Doorway, her book about the implications of being born non-labor cesarean. Her 1999 book Fingers Pointing to the Moon has several autobiographical chapters. After living in Mount Shasta, California for 15 years, Jane moved back to her native New England in 2002.

Since 2007 she has been “walking with” the Greenlandic shaman/elder/healer Angaangaq Angakkorsuaq in North America and Europe, and has traveled to Greenland four times. The Ceremony Cards is the result of that time.

See her other websites at and at for more of her creative work.

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Looking west along Aajuitsup Tasia, near Kangerlussuaq - Greenland —photo by Jane English