We've had, and are in the midst of, some energy and theme shifts in recent weeks and days. On May 15th, humanity's maverick, rule-bending champion, Prometheus, returned to the Garden on the New Moon to join a Posse of the... Continue Reading →
"In a sense, with all our gadgets, we are all night shift workers to a degree now." ~ David Blask, MD, associate director of the Tulane University Center for Circadian Biology. We are "darkness deprived." ~ Richard Stevens, PhD, University... Continue Reading →
In the spirit of the current Virgo-Mysteries saturation, it's perfectly timely (very Virgo) to revisit The Virgo Mysteries - Keepers of the Flame musing. Virgo's essence is wholeness, though other Virgoan qualities include: mindfulness, discernment, the power of the word,... Continue Reading →
"We cannot live in a world that is not our own, in a world that is interpreted for us by others. An interpreted world is not HOME. Part of the terror is to take back our own listening, to use... Continue Reading →
"Whom should I turn to, if not the one whose darkness is darker than night, the only one who keeps vigil with no candle and is not afraid— the deep one, whose being I trust, for it breaks through the... Continue Reading →
There is deep wisdom in aligning with the energy and spirit of the season ... of Nature's rhythms, with which are bodies are strongly evolved to orient towards (or suffer from the cultural dissociation with Natural rhythms!). There's also a wisdom and mythic quality associated with Imbolc, and other important archetypal energies and milestones as the wheel of the year turns. What inspiration and deep restoration awaits you at this time of the year ... or any time that Imbolc-Bhrigdhe wisdom might spark the fires of inspiration within you?
Heightened sensitivity and discerning focus. Divine guidance and devoted practice. Big Love and attentive thought. Inspired vision and skillful action. Cosmic Intelligence and Indigenous Soul. Heavenly Wisdom and Earth Magic. These are some of the specific themes of this full... Continue Reading →
"In the time of the Seventh Fire, a New People would emerge. They would retrace their steps to find the wisdom that was left by the side of the trail long ago. Their steps would take them to the elders,... Continue Reading →
Having just picked ‘wild greens’ — dandelion, violet, and plantain — and eaten them in a lovely lunch salad, I came across this post, quite synchronistically.
Perfect timing, and a gorgeous photo of just one of the many healthy meals you can make from … you got it … wild plants that grow around you.
This is one of several ‘reclaimed arts’ of the Wise Woman path, and a lovely way to connect with the spirit of and place where we live, as well as with the deep roots of our ancestors, who did just this very thing.
Thanks to Charlie for sharing this great intel on the humble and yet incredibly nutrient-rich dandelion and violet.
Have a look and see for yourself.
You’ll find more in a 2010 Priestess in Blue Jeans post I wrote about creating an edible lawn.
Big Love and Happy (Discerning) Foraging,
My eyes have been opened to the wild, edible greens growing right in my own yard, after attending Let Food Be Thy Medicine: Using Herbs in the Kitchen at Saturday’s Spring Herb and Garden Conference. Herbalist Darcey Blue French of Brighid’s Well Herbs inspired us all by mixing up several delicious recipes for tasting, including an herbal pesto and a weed salad.
I haven’t looked at my “weeds” the same way since, especially those white violets I was cursing a few weeks ago. In fact, I snipped both dandelion greens and violet leaves this evening, along with sorrel, spinach, mizuna and black-seeded Simpson lettuce from my garden. I topped off the greens with chive and viola flowers for a beautiful and delicious spring salad.
Violet leaves are a tonic for the body’s lymph system and are rich in vitamin C. They are a powerful blood purifier. They taste very green…
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From the creators of the award-winning short film OVERVIEW comes this new feature-length documentary film PLANETARY, making its formal launch on April 22, 2015. The filmmakers share, "We are in the midst of a global crisis of perspective. We have forgotten... Continue Reading →
“The hope of the world lies in the restoration of the ancient magic that is part of your lineage.” ~ Steve Nelson
Yes, yes, yes!
So much of what we’re doing is re-discovering the magic of place, of Life, of our own beings, and the magic in all that’s around us.
The magic that nearly gets snuffed out of us early on. The magic that has been ignored by a perceptual worldview that ‘everything else’ is just inert ‘stuff’ that’s for our perpetual consumption.
To me, the magic is the Holy Divine … or at least the Holy Divine’s way of speaking to, playing with, guiding and Big Loving us!
Thanks to my friend Molly Hall for sharing Jon’s post with me, and thanks to Jon for writing it … particularly the bit about the “inoculation of reality aimed at suppressing magic.”
And so we remember it …
Magic and depression
by Jon Rappoport
April 17, 2015
“The function of the artist is to provide what life does not.” —Tom Robbins, Another Roadside Attraction
“Those people who recognize that imagination is reality’s master we call ‘sages,’ and those who act upon it, we call ‘artists.’” —Tom Robbins, Skinny Legs and All
In the human psyche, from the moment a newborn baby emerges into the light of day, he/she has a desire for magic.
We are told this is an early fetish that fades away as the experience of the world sets in. As maturity evolves. As practical reality is better understood.
In most areas of psychology, sensible adjustment to practical reality is a great prize to be won by the patient. It marks the passage from child to adult. It is hailed as a therapeutic triumph.
In truth, the desire for magic never goes away, and…
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In this short video talk, Aleutian Elder, Ilarion (Larry) Merculieff speaks about the vital re-emergence of the Sacred Feminine, the long-ago prophecies and the ultimate effects of the cycle of "masculine imbalance," and the roles of women and men in... Continue Reading →
Do you feel your Virgoan angels (or demons) being stirred right about now? How can you tell? When Virgo facets and essences are activated -- as they might be during a Virgo Moon time or when we have other Virgo-activating... Continue Reading →
I intended to reblog Laura Bruno's important and insightful (and thus highly recommended) review-post about the late Monica Sjöö's book, The Return of the Dark/Light Mother, but stationing Mercury apparently had something else in mind. So we go with the... Continue Reading →
I originally wrote this article for Samhain in 2014. It's timeless and rooting, so I'm updating it freshly for November 2017. Nowadays, with so much wisdom forgotten, many people think of Samhain or the cross-quarters as evidence of pagan ancestors... Continue Reading →
There is a reason that those of European ancestry might be inspired or called to Native American or other indigenous spiritual and healing traditions. In them, they feel the ancestral memory being stirred in remembrance of their own pre-conquest ancestral... Continue Reading →
Alexander Barry, author, actor, and anthrosophist, talks about the crucial difference between our "cosmic autistic psychopathic" technology oriented society and a much more constructive and evolved technosophy oriented potential. “... it could be we’re heading towards a major crisis. The reason is... Continue Reading →
When Virgo archetypes and energies are activated -- as they might be during a Virgo Full Moon time or with heavenly bodies traveling the Virgo constellation, Virgoan Feminine mastery and magic steps into the center stage and spotlight. Virgo is... Continue Reading →
"We believe, however, that we may not need something new, but need to reawaken something very old, to reawaken our understanding of Earth wisdom." ~ George Sessions and Bill Deval, Deep Ecology