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  • Wednesday, September 19, 2018 3:09 PM | Wise Woman (Administrator)
    Wisdom Woman, Elderwoman, Crone
    Custodian Of Female Power
    Part Two

    Written & Illustrated By Roslyne Sophia Breillat



    For she has walked this Earth for many thousands of years, gathering her wild and verdant herbs, preparing her nurturing plant medicines, offering the precious depths of her wisdom and the unique treasures of her many life experiences as a prayer to the Earth, as a prayer to all, as an honoured and honourable gift to communities, cultures, villages, tribes.

    And in this crazily seductive and distracting world of cyberspace, and cords and adaptors and cables and screens and pollution and automation and technology and noise, and twenty four hour everything and digital this and that, she is the only one who can weave the threads between female womb cycles. For she is the one who links womb and heart to the Earth. She is the one who relates delightful stories of her childhood and the childhoods of those who came before her mother’s mother’s mother. She is the one who tells the children of bullock drays carving roads through the rainforest, and old sandstone coach houses in gracious gardens. Her tales of glowing gas lights on wooden poles in the streets, of big chugging steam engines, of delicate crocheted shawls and cherished sepia photographs, are becoming lost in a synthetic world of plastic that is covering her beloved Earth. She is the one who can weave the fine and sacred threads of the tapestry of female generations, who can offer ancient natural healing skills from long ago. She is the true custodian and counsellor of morality, of law, of integrity, of menstruation, of sexuality, of pregnancy, of midwifery and birthing, of mothering, of menopause, of death and dying.

    She is the only woman of true power. For she is the only one who has lived through the lunar cycles of Maiden, Mother and Crone, of Creator, Destroyer and Preserver, of menstruation and mothering and menopause. She is the true Queen, She, the Crone, she of the Crown. She is the true ancient tribal Matriarch, the true wise priestess, the true dakini, the true guardian and keeper of mythology, of mystery, of seasonal honourings, of sacred writings, of prophecy, of alchemy, of magic. And yet, she who once was so revered and cherished upon this bountiful Earth, has no integral place of truth and wisdom within this male-dominated society. For this Moon Mother, this Mother of All, this Mother Night, this Goddess of the Black Night, this Heart Mother Crone, is not welcome in the glaring solar light of the patriarchal world.

    She, this Elderwoman, this Crone, is an embodiment of wisdom, mystery, purpose, of sage advice and counseling that arises from the ancient depths of her immortal wombheart. In matriarchal societies the Crone is the one who wisely educates the younger generations, and sadly, in our patriarchal society, this task has been taken over by television, movies and social media, that do not truly educate the younger generations at all, but teach them that everything is linear and not cyclic, that youth rules society, and that the deep feminine wisdom of the Elderwoman is no longer needed upon this Earth. And in our patriarchal civilisation, the wisdom and beauty of the Crone has become hidden, suppressed, useless, unseen.

    And as more bombs are dropped, more ancient forests become arid desert wastelands, more creatures become extinct, more innocent refugees are punished and rejected, more celebrities teach young women how to starve their beautiful bodies, more dishonest politicians are elected and more oceans acidify, the natural place of the beautiful Elderwoman and Crone, she who holds her wise blood inside, she who offers wisdom and peace, is so dearly needed upon this Earth.

    Copyright Roslyne Sophia Breillat©... Not to be reproduced without written permission from the author...


    Sophia (Roslyne Sophia Breillat) is a wise woman who lives, writes, and paints from the heart. Her prolific articles and paintings embrace the wisdom and grace of the female essence and the beauty of the Earth. She is acknowledged as a powerful and courageous writer whose creative work features in many international websites and magazines and her website is an abundant offering of female wisdom that nurtures and inspires. Sophia is the author of two books, WOMB OF WISDOM, THE SACRED JOURNEY OF MENOPAUSE and HEART OF THE EARTH, NURTURING THE SACRED FEMININE. Both of these books can be ordered directly from sophia@wildheartwisdom.com

    Email: sophia@wildheartwisdom.com
    Website: www.wildheartwisdom.com
     

    Sophia offers two courses at the Wise Woman University:


    ~ Being Woman ~ (detailed description of Being Woman online course)


    This six week online course provides a sacred and nurturing space where woman can learn to surrender more deeply to the natural receptivity of the female psyche. "...so blessed to have had gentle words of encouragement and support from you through the "Being Woman" course at W.W.U.... You have inspired me to continue my quest... Thanks so much!"

    ~ Dawning of Wisdom ~ (detailed description of Dawning of Wisdom online course)

    Throughout this series of lessons she will learn to trust the innate flow of her intuitive nature and to listen more intimately to the wellspring of her inner source. And we will explore together how to live more fully as the embodiment of the feminine essence within the structures of a masculine civilisation.

    "I LOVE your class, it is beautiful and thought provoking and well done... Thank you Sophia for your role as wisdom keeper, confidante and mentor."

  • Friday, September 14, 2018 4:16 PM | Wise Woman (Administrator)

    *Acorn: The Forgotten Nut*
    by Linda Conroy




    Foraging is a lifeway for us and we take every opportunity to harvest. This past week we are harvesting as well as processing some of our fall harvest.
    One of the nuts we harvested in October are acorns. We harvested them here in Wisconsin as well as when we traveled to Kansas for the Mother Earth News Fair. 

    The acorns from Kansas are more than twice the size of the nut here in Wisconsin. So we were very excited, as the larger acorns ultimately mean more yield for us! We have to date put up 30lbs of Acorn flour! We are still processing them, so more to come. This will be our predominant flour for the winter.

    Many people do not think of these as nuts, which is why I call them the forgotten nut. Most people see them as food for squirrels. And while they indeed are food for other critters we can eat them too!

    Oak trees can produce large amounts of acorns. Harvesting and processing them before the weevils turn them into a powdery dust and render them inedible is one of the keys to ending up with delicious flour.

    Historically acorns were an important important food source to North American indigenous people. They were as important as many grains are today.

    Acorns are nutritionally dense, containing protein, minerals, vitamins and fiber.  Acorns have also been tested and shown to have the potential for controlling blood sugar levels.

    In order for humans to ingest this nut the tannins need to be leached out of them. Tannins are organic substances, which occur in plant tissues.
    Tannins in small amounts are not harmful, but in large quantities they can upset your stomach and promote dehydration. Plus they taste bitter and thus make the nut initially unappetizing.

    If you are interested in processing acorns or at least seeing how we process them you can watch our new youtube video below put together by our very own John Holzwart. Thanks John!

    http://youtu.be/T_4Zc55iIEo?list=UUCbOsbgXBghT_eZPJp0EOkg

    We will be adding the flour to many of the dishes we prepare over the next few months, including acorn soup.

    Below is a recipe for this delicious soup. For other recipes, enjoy being creative and introducing acorn flour wherever flour is called for. If you would like your baked item to rise you will need to add something that has a leavening agent, whether it be glutenous flour or some other rising medium.

    I like to use Eikorn wheat for bread and muffins. For flat bread, pie crust and crackers you do not need to add these as there is no need for rising.

    The nut meat of Acorns can be used as is. I have made a chili style dish, added them to tomato sauce in place of meat and simply toasted them and put them on top of salads. As with all wild edibles use your taste buds, imagination and creativity!

    *Acorn Soup Recipe*

    ~Boil in broth cut up carrots and onions until tender (you can use any
    broth, I like to make a rich bone broth, but a chicken, vegetable or
    mushroom broth will work well.

    ~Add ground acorns, dry or wet and simmer for 10 minutes

    ~In the meantime, sautee oil with powdered wild ginger (if you don’t have
    wild ginger you can add cultivated ginger)

    ~Add the boiled vegetables to the sautee pan. Simmer for 20 minutes

    ~Place all of this in a food processor and/or blender. Blend until smooth



     

    Linda Conroy is a bioregional, wise woman herbalist, educator,wildcrafter, permaculturist and an advocate for women's health.

    She is the proprietress of Moonwise Herbs and the founder of Wild Eats: a movement to encourage people and communities to incorporate whole and wild food into their daily lives. She is passionate about women's health and has been working with women for over 20 years in a wide variety of settings.

    Linda is a student of nonviolent communication and she has a masters degree in Social Work as well as Law and Social Policy. Linda has been offering hands on herbal programs and food education classes for well over a decade.

    She has completed two herbal apprenticeship programs, one of which was with Susun Weed at the Wise Woman Center and she has a certificate in Permaculture Design.

    Linda is a curious woman whose primary teachers are the plants; they never cease to instill a sense of awe and amazement.

    Her poetic friend Julene Tripp Weaver, eloquently describes Linda when she writes, "She listens to the bees, takes tips from the moon, and follows her heart."

    Listen to a thirty minute interview with mentor Linda Conroy

     

    Study with Linda Conroy from Home

    ~Empower Yourself with Herbal Medicine Making~
    ( Link to detailed description of Empower Yourself with Herbal Medicine Making )

    The goal of the course is to have participants become familiar with herbal medicine, to become comfortable incorporating herbs into daily life and to gain hands on experience making simple remedies at home.

  • Thursday, September 06, 2018 2:01 PM | Wise Woman (Administrator)
    How to Find Your Place in the World: A Virgo New Moon Blessing
    by Kathy Crabbe



    New Moon Reading
    Channeled by Kathy Crabbe
    for the New Moon in Virgo
    Sept. 9, 11:01 am PDT


    Virgo is all about the small things - the details - often overlooked. This is the energy we'll be attuning ourselves to during the New Moon Meditation and Guided Visualization I've channeled for you today.

    New Moon Reading & Guided Visualization

    Sometimes I like to paint and photograph rocks really close-up so that the finished piece looks completely abstract. it's easy to dream in these spaces; to get lost in their infinite beauty; the beauty of tiny lichens; pink, green and mermaid aqua.

    I invite you now to envision something very small and detailed like a gold leaf rose in a greeting card or a baby's fingertip, or a cat whisker, or the vine-ey pattern of a leaf found on a walk.

    Immerse yourself, eyes closed in this tiny, fey world, resting there gently until you too feel a part of that tiny vision encapsulating a whole world in a raindrop.

    Firstly I'd like you to identify the element that you are in. For example, the Water Element if you are having a raindrop vision.

    Next, envision yourself. Are you tiny too? Are you human, elf, fairy, a color, a feeling, a dancing spark, a firefly?

    This is your world; finite yet infinite.

    Feel your place in this world.

    In your Moon Journal (if you have one) or if you need support starting or continuing one check out my Moon-Guided eClass here.

    We are separate yet together in our tiny worlds, are we not?

    Blessed Be & Happy New Moon!
    Kathy Crabbe



    Lefty Oracle for the New Moon: Alice Lives Here Now*

    Mantra: I am home.
    Affirmation: My feet grow roots as I sing Her song.


    Element: Earth

    Song
    And HERE is where I plan to stay.
    My heart is home and I belong.
    Finally.

    If this card appears in a reading there is a sense of coming home; a feeling of belonging, complete-ness, rooted-ness. You DO belong. Acknowledge this as you let your roots sink deeper into the ground. Feel yourself gaining strength and power.

    In my own life I often struggle to belong, but I find that when I do value and appreciate the good parts in my life it helps. Sometimes living in a place that does not feel like home helps us see what it is we don’t want so that when we do find our true home it’s all the sweeter.

    *Excerpted from the Lefty Oracle Deck. Click here to learn more.





    Kathy Crabbe has been an artist forever and a soul reader since awakening her intuitive gifts at age forty after five years painting with her non dominant left hand. This awoke her intuition in a big way. In 2008 she created a Lefty Oracle deck and started giving intuitive soul readings that have touched many lives in profound and playful ways. Kathy lives in sunny Southern California with her pet muses and architect husband in an adobe home they built themselves.

    Kathy’s art and writing has been published and shown throughout the world at museum shows, galleries, art fairs, magazines and books including the San Diego Women’s History Museum, We’Moon Datebook, and Sawdust Art Festival in Laguna Beach to name a few. She has self-published several books, zines, oracle decks and ecourses and maintains a regularly updated blog, etsy store and portfolio site. Kathy received a Bachelor of Arts degree in Art History from Queen’s University and a Graphic Design Diploma from St. Lawrence College, Kingston, Canada. She has been working as a professional artist since 1992. Kathy has been an educator and mentor at Laguna Outreach Community Artists, Mt. San Jacinto College, Wise Woman University, Inspire San Diego Studio, HGTV, Michelle Shocked’s International Women’s Day Show as well as teaching her own classes: “Awaken Your Divine Feminine Soul”, and New Moon Circles. She is a founding member of the Temecula Artist’s Circle, the Temecula Writer’s Café and the Riverside Art Museum’s Printmaker’s Network. Metaphysically speaking, Kathy has studied with Francesca De Grandis (Third Road Celtic Faerie Shamanism), Adam Higgs (psychic mediumship), Om, devotee of Sri Chinmoy (meditation), Atma Khalsa (yoga), Susun Weed (Green Witch Intensive), Joyce Fournier, RN (Therapeutic Touch), Steven Forrest & Jeffrey Wolf Green (astrology) and she received certification in crystal healing from Katrina Raphaell’s Crystal Academy.
    Learn more here.


    Kathy’s 4 week eClass “Awaken Your Divine Feminine Soul” is once again being offered at Wise Woman University so get ready to Moon Collage your heart out starting one week prior to the New Moon each month…more details here: eClass.
  • Friday, August 31, 2018 10:53 AM | Wise Woman (Administrator)
    Eye Pillow Savasana

    by Sheryl Wolover


    Sheryl shows us Savasana, resting pose, with an eye pillow.






    Greetings I'm Sheryl Wolover, native to the Olympic Peninsula in Washington State.  Mother of two children raised with Susun Weed's herbal infusions  somewhere in the 1980's~
     
    I am the creator of YOGA LEGENDS. Yoga DVD's that link poses together through story telling~  
    Owner of Pacific Elements studio for Massage Therapy (1984) and Yoga classes (2003)~
    My family (including the animal family) live around a beautiful lake side where we garden and gather herbs for food and medicine~
    *=Oceans+Mountains^^^^ of Peace,Sheryl ~ yogalegends.com

  • Tuesday, August 28, 2018 11:24 AM | Wise Woman (Administrator)

    The Power of Color

    by Dawn Gettig




    Color is powerful because it affects our behavior, and our mental and physical activity. It has the ability to shape a person's chi (energy) and in turn their destiny.


    There is a relationship between our energy and color. Think about how you feel when looking at a bright blue sky on a sunny day vs. grey skies on a rainy day. Or when looking at fresh green colors outdoors after it rains or a landscape draped in white on a snowy winter's day.


    The Art of Color and Feng Shui


    Color is one of the greatest tools in Feng Shui and it can be quite magical. Color can spruce up a room and create the feeling you desire. It can balance, bring joy or peace, or it can liven up or quiet down a room. And painting* a room can be inexpensive and relatively quickly. Or simply add color through pillows, artwork, curtains, furniture, or any myriad of ways.


    Ideas for Choosing Color

    Here are some things you may want to consider when choosing room colors:

    • What feeling are you trying to create in a room? For example: If you want a fun family room or if you want more spark in your life, consider choosing bright red paint or adding red accents.
    • How will the room be utilized -- for sleeping, socializing, to accomplish tasks? For example: If painting a bedroom, don't choose a bright orange because it can be too stimulating (although red touches are fine for romance!). I suggest a peaceful color such as lavender, peach, brown, or tan.
    • Take into consideration the amount of light the room gets when picking colors. A sunny room can wash out some colors. A dark room can make a dark color appear even darker than the swatch.
    • Deeper colors create a more dramatic and grounded setting, while soft colors create a lighter airy impression.
    • Use your intuition and pick what you love when choose colors.

    A Rainbow of Colors

    Here are some of the basic colors their qualities and symbology:

    • Blue is cooling and calming, yet for some having too much blue can give you the "blues". Symbolizes hope, like a blue sky.
    • Green creates a harmonious, tranquil and fresh feeling-- like nature itself. Symbolizes hope and growth.
    • Red is spirited and can motivate you. Use it when you want to energize or stand out. Too much red can be over-stimulating and create anger. Symbolizes good luck, happiness, and warmth.
    • Orange is joyful and productive and can enliven a space. It is a mix of red and yellow and symbolizes the qualities of those colors.
    • Yellow/Gold creates a uplifting and sociable feeling. Symbolizes power and warmth.
    • Purple is meditative, soothing and relaxing. It symbolizes royalty, religion, and fortune.
    • White relaxes and is a backdrop for other colors. Too much can create an imbalance. In western cultures white symbolizes purity and angels. In China it symbolizes death or a dormant state (like winter).

    Color touches us deeply in a physically, mentally, emotional and spiritually way. Color can personalize a space, create a mood, and make an instant impact. Have fun and experiment with color and take note of how you feel.


    *I highly recommend purchasing no VOC (volatile organic compounds) paints since they are better for you and the environment.


  • Tuesday, August 21, 2018 7:22 PM | Wise Woman (Administrator)

    In the Womb
    by Astrid Grove




    When my blood came today, I felt sadness...the kind of grief that only women feel. The inexplicable, deeper than deep pain of menstruation.

    I am not speaking here of cramps, being bloated, or back ache....no, that is not it. It's the grieving.

    I am not trying to conceive, so this grief is not aligned with the greater purpose of that deep desire to bring forth life.

    I am not near to menopause so it is not the feeling of being disappointedthat my blood has shown up yet one more time.

    This grief is of an origin so great that it's explanation falls through my fingers like water... I cannot hold onto it's meaning. John Francis Peters Art I let myself sink into the feeling...I let myself be immersed in the murky muddy intensity of it as my womb pulls and tugs, and my blood drips from my yoni onto the earth.

    The tears, they then flow, dripping, my nose is dripping my womb is dripping...I am connected to the waters...all waters, ocean waters, rivers, springs, lakes, ponds, tears, blood, amniotic fluid, cervical fluid, semen, rain. I am she and she is me.

    As I release the floods, the storms of emotion rive through me; they shake me and I roar like thunder.

    I bear witness to the transformation...and as I emerge from the storm, I understand. I experience clarity. I am she and she is me. I am not separate from the earth. There is no separation between me and the moon, the earth, the waters... between me and all beings.

    I cry for everyone. I grieve for everyone. I am a vehicle, I am a cauldron. I transform this pain as I open to it and I receive it as insight, intuition, and wisdom.

    My blood is my teacher, and in turn my blood nourishes the earth...as she nourishes me and the cycle is complete.


    ****************************************************


    Astrid Grove received her BA in Eastern Medicine and Philosophy from UMass at Amherst in 2000 and is a graduate of Birthwise Midwifery School.


    During training, she traveled extensively, served many different communities and witnessed an assortment of styles and techniques.  She has acquired pieces of wisdom from many amazing and talented midwives and teachers including Ellen Evert Hopman, Pam Montgomery and Susun S. Weed.


    Herbs are an integral part of her life and her practice, and she looks forward to sharing this wisdom with her clients and students.


    Learn more about Astrid's WWU classes, Conscious Menstruation
    and Creating a Moonlodge.


     

  • Tuesday, August 21, 2018 7:07 PM | Wise Woman (Administrator)

    Wise Woman Wisdom...
    Journey of Spiritual Discovery
    by Ruth E. Danielson


       




    As women we have the wonderful opportunity to experience many things in our lives. One of them being the opportunity to feel life growing within our bodies. This gives us a unique perspective on the value of life. It also gives many of us the peace within our souls that there is a higher power, a Divine, a God and or Goddess. Ultimately we have the ability to create, just like our Divine did in the beginning of time.

    If we look to our journey of faith and discovery as an expectant mother in labor, we know there is a lot of pain and work ahead that is involved in each process. Some women seemingly coast through the birthing process with ease and very quickly..... some women do not. Much like our journey of spiritual discovery for the path to our Divine. Some women cry with pain and joy simultaneously. At some point in the process of labor, a lot of women feel they cannot go any further...they cannot push one more time.... they feel like they want to give up because the pain is so great. Again, much like our spiritual journey we have embarked upon. Our faith is challenged by others....(each contraction of labor), til the point comes when we must overcome our fears and our doubts in ourselves and in our journey.....(the final push of labor).
       

    In the end, the laboring mother has a beautiful baby...and in the end of our doubts about our Journey...we have discovered our Divine...But to any of the parents out there....this truly is where the challenges start, just as it is when we begin learning and growing in our beliefs. As parents we have a new life to protect, to nourish, to encourage and to love....Just as we must do with our Faith and our Divine. With both, we will have even greater challenges ahead, with many disappointments and frustrations along the way. On the brighter side, we will have many beautiful discoveries in life and the process of living. Raising children and enriching our faith are journeys that all should be privileged to experience. So many challenges to face, discoveries to make, and wonders to happen.

    One important factor to note within the birthing process is that it can be experienced in different ways. Some women choose to do it without pain, some all natural, some at home, some standing, some lying down at the mercy of others.

    Perhaps if we were to compare the differences to our journey in discovering our faith, are we on our backs at the mercy of others?? Doing everything they say and want?? Or do we choose to stand on our own and take control of the direction our lives will lead, because it is what feels right for us.

    We all come to our Path differently. Not everyone believes in the same Higher Being, God, or Divine. Some of us have more road bumps than others, while some coast with ease on their chosen path. We must learn from the failures and the successes that we alone experience.

     We must follow what feels right within our heart. We must embrace the Journey....much like you do a newborn babe.... and defend your faith with vigor....but also with love, just like a newborn babe. Embrace your Path with love, and live it with love, and your Journey will be one of beauty and joy.

    Our Divine loves us unconditionally. This is something we must strive for. We need to love each other and embrace each others hurts, and help to heal those hurts. Let us move forward to a place others will want to be because they see the miracles and magick working within the lives we are living.

    Let us lead, with the light of the love of our Divine shining brightly. By choosing this, others will see what is going right in our lives and be drawn to it. They will want it, will seek it, and hopefully mankind will benefit from the outcome of others choosing to seek their own path to the Divine.....


        Blessings and love to all who read this and are seeking.
        May your lives be enriched and full of joy and wonder...
  • Tuesday, August 14, 2018 11:08 AM | Wise Woman (Administrator)
    How to Find Calm Amidst the Storm this Leo New Moon
    by Kathy Crabbe



    New Moon Reading Channeled by Kathy Crabbe
    for the Leo New Moon on August 11, 2018


    To begin, let's all create a shared, sacred, safe circle to join and blend and enhance all our powers of intuition and protection. Envision each one of us together across the globe sharing space, breathing in and breathing out together in honour of Mama Earth, Father Sky and all our relations. This is our time together to do with as we will. Blessed Be.

    The Lefty Oracle card (below) I pulled for this reading asks us to stand (or sit) tall and proud, feeling our heart space filled with love, honour, pride and joy. You can also place your hand over your heart or a vein to feel it beating. You are very much alive and present in this moment. Acknowledge that.

    Leo is a HEART SIGN; a passionate fire sign, and with the Sun now entering Leo and the planet Mercury (ruling communication) retrograde and Mars closer than it's been in 60,000 years since 2003 plus a Solar Eclipse, we are going to work with this energy to go within.

    Often in an emergency our fight or flight reactions are so strong that they overwhelm us, so let's find some guidance around this right now. I'd like you to choose a color that calms and supports you, or pick a person (alive or dead) or an animal that can assist you in finding this calm.

    Now, practice doing this by envisioning or calling up that color/person/animal right now as you relax your breath and get quiet. Allow your heart to fill with their presence and repeat or envision their name, the color, or the animal over and over until you feel calm.

    Kidney Stones! My Story

    The exercise above is based upon a recent bout I had with a 5 mm kidney stone. I thought I might be dying; the pain was intense. Whilst in the hospital having tests done I called upon my birth mother, Sally  (a nurse) who had passed away. I envisioned her as a lithe Green Goddess with long red hair just as I'd painted her previously to help me through her dad's funeral. Interestingly enough while in hospital awaiting tests, an orderly was calling out, "Is Sally here?" over and over. This was yet another confirmation for me, that yes, we are guided and protected just when we need it the most.

    I also recommend Motherwort Tincture prepared in 100 proof vodka NOT grain alcohol for help with calming the nerves and the heart (as recommended by Susun Weed).

    In Love & Health,
    Kathy Crabbe
    Soul Reader + Artist




    Lefty Oracle Card for the New Moon: This beauty is killing me*

    Mantra: I am empowered
    Affirmation: I am beautiful in my own way.
    Element: Fire

    When this card appears in a reading it’s time to seriously look at how you might be damaging yourself, your health, your life. Wearing high heels, for example is extremely harmful to your feet and back and will cause pain for you at some point in your life. Are you hurting others or being hurt? Are you vulnerable? Do you need protection and education around protecting yourself, your loved ones, your home, or the natural world around you? This card is simply pointing out the price you are paying for so called ‘beauty’. Is it worth it?

    In my own life here in Southern California I look around at all the plastic surgeries and there are A LOT. But what can I do? I can accept me and put myself proudly out there to share my idea of what beauty means at middle age. It’s silver hair, extra weight and wrinkles that add to my beauty, not take away from it. I have survived AND thrived and beauty IS middle aged and wrinkled. So deal with it.

    *Excerpted from the Lefty Oracle Deck + 92 page Guidebook. 




    Kathy Crabbe has been an artist forever and a soul reader since awakening her intuitive gifts at age forty after five years painting with her non dominant left hand. This awoke her intuition in a big way. In 2008 she created a Lefty Oracle deck and started giving intuitive soul readings that have touched many lives in profound and playful ways. Kathy lives in sunny Southern California with her pet muses and architect husband in an adobe home they built themselves.

    Kathy’s art and writing has been published and shown throughout the world at museum shows, galleries, art fairs, magazines and books including the San Diego Women’s History Museum, We’Moon Datebook, and Sawdust Art Festival in Laguna Beach to name a few. She has self-published several books, zines, oracle decks and ecourses and maintains a regularly updated blog, etsy store and portfolio site. Kathy received a Bachelor of Arts degree in Art History from Queen’s University and a Graphic Design Diploma from St. Lawrence College, Kingston, Canada. She has been working as a professional artist since 1992. Kathy has been an educator and mentor at Laguna Outreach Community Artists, Mt. San Jacinto College, Wise Woman University, Inspire San Diego Studio, HGTV, Michelle Shocked’s International Women’s Day Show as well as teaching her own classes: “Awaken Your Divine Feminine Soul”, and New Moon Circles. She is a founding member of the Temecula Artist’s Circle, the Temecula Writer’s Café and the Riverside Art Museum’s Printmaker’s Network. Metaphysically speaking, Kathy has studied with Francesca De Grandis (Third Road Celtic Faerie Shamanism), Adam Higgs (psychic mediumship), Om, devotee of Sri Chinmoy (meditation), Atma Khalsa (yoga), Susun Weed (Green Witch Intensive), Joyce Fournier, RN (Therapeutic Touch), Steven Forrest & Jeffrey Wolf Green (astrology) and she received certification in crystal healing from Katrina Raphaell’s Crystal Academy.
    Learn more here.


    Kathy’s 4 week eClass “Awaken Your Divine Feminine Soul” is once again being offered at Wise Woman University so get ready to Moon Collage your heart out starting one week prior to the New Moon each month…more details here: eClass.
  • Thursday, August 09, 2018 10:53 AM | Wise Woman (Administrator)

     Celebrating The Midsummer Harvest with Juniper and Sauerkraut

    by Linda Conroy


    Early August is the first of 3 harvest festivals, Lamas or Lughnassad. This festival marks the middle of summer and beginning of the harvest and is usually associated with ripening grain. It also indicates the coming of autumn. These traditions are gifted to us from our ancestors who lived close to earth. Many religions and traditions have incorporated them into their rituals, so they belong to us all. Honoring the harvest in some way connects us to the earth and her cycles.


      Lughnasadh is the first of these, the time when the first grain harvest is cut. The name is derived from Lugh, a Celtic deity of light and wisdom. At Lughnasadh, bread from the first harvest was eaten in thanks. Baking, sharing and eating bead is a wonderful way to celebrate this time of year!!


      Each year on August 1st I bake bread in order to mark this seasonal transition. This year, although unbearably hot, was no exception. I baked a loaf of bread, with a sourdough starter recently gifted to me. I shared the bread with friends and family alike and put some out in the garden in thanks.. This harvest season I am grateful for the food that is being offered by our garden, as well as through our CSA (Community Supported Agriculture) subscription, which not surprisingly doubled in size last week in conjunction with the coming of the harvest. I am eternally grateful for the wild plants that abound and the ways they bless my cells with vibrancy.


    There are many rituals and wild plants that I associate with this time of year. I am thankful for the familiarity of these as I ground myself in a new living place on the earth. I stay in tune with the rhythms of the earth through these sacred activities as well as my own cycles. One of my favorite activities this time of year is making sauerkraut. Each year I craft crocks of sauerkraut to be eaten during autumn and early winter. I always add Juniper Berries (Juniperus communis) to my crock and this year is no exception. These bittersweet berries (actually not berries at all, but a portion of the cone) are added to the crock to flavor the kraut as well as act as a preservative.


    One day last week an apprentice and I went in search of Juniper Berries. We found an amazing patch of pungent berries and made our way through the sharp prickly leaves. The mystery of this plant never ceases to amaze me. Its unique scent and its ability to maintain in hot dry climates are two things that intrigue me about this plant.


    Juniper is a small shrub, 4 to 6 feet high, widely distributed throughout the Northern Hemisphere. Adding to their mystery Juniper berries take two or three years to ripen, so that blue and green berries occur on the same plant.


    The berries are used for the production of the volatile oil which is a prime ingredient in flavoring gin as well as luncheon meats. Juniper Berries are used in Northern Europe and the United States in marinades, roast pork, and sauerkraut. They enhance meat (particularly wild game), stuffings, sausages, stews, and soups.


    Contemporary herbalists primarily use juniper as to treat bladder infections. It is often combined with other herbs such as uva ursi, parsley and cleavers. Such formulas are said to be most effective when taken at the first sign of symptoms.


    Incorporating Juniper Berries into food in small doses can contribute to overall health (for example they are high in vitamin C), yet ingesting it (due to the high essential oil content) in large quantities can be quite stimulating. So I recommend investigating this plant thoroughly before ingesting it for therapeutic purposes.


    With that said adding a tablespoon or two to your sauerkraut will only enhance it’s flavor, help to preserve the cabbage as it goes through the fermentation process and offer vitamin C to your body in an easily assailable form. Sauerkraut itself is also high in vitamin c as well as vitamin K. I offer the following recipe in honor of the harvest.


    Blessings

    Linda


      Sauerkraut with Juniper Berries


    Ingredients:

     -cabbage
    -non-iodized sea salt (1 TBS for every head of cabbage) *iodine can prevent the bacterial fermentation

    -Juniper Berries 1-2tsp for every  5 pounds of vegetables


    Equipment:

    The fermentation equipment must be washed in hot sudsy water and rinsed well with very hot water before use.


    Suitable Containers

    A 1-gallon container is needed for each 5 pounds of fresh vegetables. A 5-gallon stone crock is the ideal size for fermenting about 25 pounds of fresh shredded cabbage. Food-grade plastic and glass containers are excellent substitutes for stone crocks.

    A large potato masher or similar tool for mashing the cabbage.


    Covers and Weights

    Cabbage must be kept 1 to 2 inches under brine while fermenting. Insert a dinner plate or glass pie plate inside the fermentation container. The plate must be slightly smaller than the container opening, yet large enough to cover most of the shredded cabbage. To keep the plate under the brine, weight it down with 2 to 3 sealed quart jars or a gallon jar filled  with water. Covering the container opening with a clean, heavy bath towel helps prevent contamination from insects and molds.


    Instructions:

    Discard outer leaves and any insect-damaged areas. Cut heads in four wedges. Compost cores.. Shred or slice to a thickness of a quarter.


    Put shredded cabbage in a suitable fermentation container, and add 1 Tablespoon of salt for each head of cabbage. Mix thoroughly and mash with the potato masher or other tool. Continue until salt draws juices from cabbage.

    Repeat shredding, salting, and packing until all cabbage is in the container. Be sure the container is deep enough so that its rim is at least 4 or 5 inches above the cabbage.


    Continue mashing until juice covers the cabbage. Place juniper berries in a muslin bag or tea ball. Immerse in liquid.


    Add plate and weights. Cover container with a clean towel. Ferment cabbage.

    Check the kraut two to three times per week and remove scum if it forms.


    Fully fermented kraut may be kept tightly covered in the refrigerator for several months. Some folk’s water bath can sauerkraut but I do not suggest this as many of the beneficial nutrients are lost upon heating.

     

    Linda Conroy is a bioregional, wise woman herbalist, educator,wildcrafter, permaculturist and an advocate for women's health.

    She is the proprietress of Moonwise Herbs and the founder of Wild Eats: a movement to encourage people and communities to incorporate whole and wild food into their daily lives. She is passionate about women's health and has been working with women for over 20 years in a wide variety of settings.

    Linda is a student of nonviolent communication and she has a masters degree in Social Work as well as Law and Social Policy. Linda has been offering hands on herbal programs and food education classes for well over a decade.

    She has completed two herbal apprenticeship programs, one of which was with Susun Weed at the Wise Woman Center and she has a certificate in Permaculture Design.

    Linda is a curious woman whose primary teachers are the plants; they never cease to instill a sense of awe and amazement.

    Her poetic friend Julene Tripp Weaver, eloquently describes Linda when she writes, "She listens to the bees, takes tips from the moon, and follows her heart."

    www.moonwiseherbs.com



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  • Thursday, August 02, 2018 10:54 AM | Wise Woman (Administrator)
    Wisdom Woman, Elderwoman, Crone
    Custodian Of Female Power
    Part One

    Written & Illustrated By Roslyne Sophia Breillat


    Where is she, this Crone, this Elderwoman, this joyous wild woman of wise spirit and fathomless depth, this serenely sacred woman who peacefully holds her wise blood inside with such integrity and grace? What has the patriarchal world done with her and to her, where is she hiding, where is she abiding, this moment, right now? Where is her natural place within this male-dominated world that is so rapidly and rampantly destroying itself through raping and plundering her ancient Earth Mother’s womb?

    Not so very long ago, before the invention of tiny cramped granny flats and billion dollar aged care homes, this older woman was everywhere, strolling along the streets, sitting in the parks, tending her fires, sweeping her hearth, telling her stories, welcoming the children, gathering her herbs and flowers, singing her hymns. She lived and died in the peace-filled comfort of her family home, where many generations had lived and died before her. Where is her home now, where are her gardens, her stories, her sisters, her songs? Where is the vibrant fire of her belly, where is the profound wisdom of her womb? Where is her wise female power? Where is her sacred place upon this beautiful Earth?

    For I have seen her lying there, dying there, for many long, long, sad and lonely days and nights in the aged care home, asking questions about death, smiling sweetly when fragrant flowers from her beloved garden are placed in a vase beside her, and weeping because she has never known peace. I have seen what becomes of her when she is taken from her beautiful gardens, when she has forsaken her nurturing hearth and home, when she can no longer inhale the fragrance of her perfumed flowers or hold her dear husband’s hand, or feel the golden sunshine upon her skin, or chat with her dear neighbours over the old wooden fence. I have seen her brittle starving bones, and the way that too many toxic medications transformed her once thick blonde curls into dry stringlike wisps framing her lifeless, death-beckoning face. I have seen what all the pharmaceutical drugs have done to her body, her spirit, her soul. I have seen these toxic drugs legally poison her tiny frail form and prevent her from eating and drinking, and I have seen them steal her last breath and prevent her kind heart from beating. I have seen her innocent sweetness, I have seen her offering gifts of majestic proteas from her garden, handfuls of golden coins from her tapestry purse, perfumed posies of pansies and violets and daisies and roses, grown with her loving hands.

    For she, like so many other beautiful older women were not given a chance to shine as the sacred Elderwoman, as the sacred Crone, to feel the vibrant fire in their bellies, the deep passion in their wombs, for the patriarchy has deemed them useless, old, unnecessary, a burden, a profit-making business that does not allow their bodies to live and die naturally. For the patriarchy has falsely promised them that if they dyed their beautiful silvery hair and covered their soft wisdom wrinkles and coloured their faces until they looked like little painted dolls, then they would be honoured, acknowledged and seen.

    She has so many wise offerings to give, she has such profound purpose, this beautiful woman of her sacred menopausal years and beyond, this Elderwoman, this Crone. But sadly, the patriarchy doesn’t want her, and yet, it unknowingly needs her so very much during this destructive phase of the Kali Yuga, as her children and her grandchildren need her, as her tribe and her community need her, as the seasonal cycles of her beloved Earth need her, as life so very dearly needs her. As all need her.

    Copyright Roslyne Sophia Breillat©... Not to be reproduced without written permission from the author...



    Sophia (Roslyne Sophia Breillat) is a wise woman who lives, writes, and paints from the heart. Her prolific articles and paintings embrace the wisdom and grace of the female essence and the beauty of the Earth. She is acknowledged as a powerful and courageous writer whose creative work features in many international websites and magazines and her website is an abundant offering of female wisdom that nurtures and inspires. Sophia is the author of two books, WOMB OF WISDOM, THE SACRED JOURNEY OF MENOPAUSE and HEART OF THE EARTH, NURTURING THE SACRED FEMININE. Both of these books can be ordered directly from sophia@wildheartwisdom.com

    Email: sophia@wildheartwisdom.com
    Website: www.wildheartwisdom.com
     

    Sophia offers two courses at the Wise Woman University:


    ~ Being Woman ~ (detailed description of Being Woman online course)


    This six week online course provides a sacred and nurturing space where woman can learn to surrender more deeply to the natural receptivity of the female psyche. "...so blessed to have had gentle words of encouragement and support from you through the "Being Woman" course at W.W.U.... You have inspired me to continue my quest... Thanks so much!"

    ~ Dawning of Wisdom ~ (detailed description of Dawning of Wisdom online course)

    Throughout this series of lessons she will learn to trust the innate flow of her intuitive nature and to listen more intimately to the wellspring of her inner source. And we will explore together how to live more fully as the embodiment of the feminine essence within the structures of a masculine civilisation.

    "I LOVE your class, it is beautiful and thought provoking and well done... Thank you Sophia for your role as wisdom keeper, confidante and mentor."

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