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  • Friday, July 13, 2018 9:59 AM | Wise Woman (Administrator)
    Tingly Love: A New Moon Flower Meditation
    by Kathy Crabbe



    New Moon in Cancer Meditation Channeled by Kathy Crabbe
    July 12, 2018 - 7:48 pm, Pacific Time


    Rest your eyes, nose, mouth, ears, face, heart.

    Breathe deeply and sink into the delicate (or bold) colors of your favorite flowers. Allow yourself to be held and caressed by their gentle petals. Smell them (or not, if you're sensitive) and feel their gentle magic light up your soul tingling all your cells.

    Say thanks or give a small blessing to Mother Earth.

    Now, go even deeper within to where the still, small voice inside resides and ask your question (if you have one) allowing it to bubble up naturally, like breathing. If you don't have a question then set an intention for the moonth ahead. For more support turn to the Lefty Oracle of the month below.



    New Moon Lefty Oracle: Gonna Fly*

    Mantra: I change.

    Affirmation: I am free to be me.

    Element: Air

    Song
    I'm ready to go.
    To fly right outta here.

    I know no boundaries
    on earth or elsewhere;
    above or below.

    I am a force of nature;
    divine in body AND soul.

    My magick fills me
    with purpose and freedom
    and yes, flight.

    I surrender.
    I let go.
    I am free to be me.

    If this card appears in a reading either your spirit or your physical body, or both are ready to fly, move, shake things up, make a change, shift directions, vamoose! Perhaps this will enable you to see things from a different perspective or perhaps you’ll actually shift your reality in a big way by making a major change in your life. Whether big or small, this card signifies change. So embrace it, welcome it, prepare for it ‘cause it’s a coming…soon.

    In my own life I kept pulling this card over and over until it felt like my mascot. I didn’t yet know what direction it would take me, but I opened my heart to receive and surrender to guidance and change. And move forward I did without mental distraction. This is how the Lefty Oracle deck and guidebook was birthed and exhibited in a fine art museum for all to see!

    *Excerpted from the Lefty Oracle Deck & 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, July 05, 2018 12:35 PM | Wise Woman (Administrator)
    Healing Your Chakras
    by Catherine Bastedo

    Do you think your chakras are clear and healthy? Do you nourish them? Or are your chakras neglected, sluggish, and weighed down or blocked? Are you aware of their health? And how can you tell what shape they are in?

    In the Healing Your Chakras class, I will help you answer some of these questions. You will come to know your chakras, and become friends with them by really “seeing” them and paying attention to them! Looking after your chakras can be fun and just requires a bit of your time, and a little discipline! Most of us have a hard time doing all the things that are good for us – eating the right foods, exercising, sleeping enough, drinking the water we need, and so on. And this, just on the physical side! It’s also a challenge to relax our minds, release negative emotional patterns, and connect regularly with Spirit.

    Even on holidays it can take a while. When I take a vacation, for example, first I sleep a lot and let my body recover. I have very vivid dreams, sometimes for nights on end – my mind is processing and letting go. Then I relax... I say to myself, “OK, so now I’m rested, what should I do?” And I try to catch up and be productive. Finally, I reach the point where I can tell myself that it’s alright not to do something. I allow myself to just be. At this stage my most creative thoughts come, new ideas pop up, fresh ways of seeing old stories come to light. I feel forgiving and grateful. Although a holiday can be a luxury, the same process can happen at home with just a few moments a day of being, of meditating, of working with your chakras.

    The Healing Your Chakras class will help you learn to stop mind chatter and find a still spot from where you can see your true heart and the beauty of who you are. You will nurture your inner spirit, explore new patterns in your life and new attitudes, and listen to the wise counsel of your inner voice.

    Please join me on this fascinating journey. Read about chakras; try some physical and mental exercises; do some short meditations. Send me your thoughts and the results of your exercises and I will comment back to you and provide my best help. You will sense which of your chakras needs more help. And you may discover some parts of yourself that you have not seen for a long time! The idea is to not judge yourself, but to nurture yourself and learn to be your own best friend. Clear chakras facilitate healing on all levels – physical, mental, emotional and spiritual.



    Catherine Bastedo, M.A., Reiki Teacher Trainer, Canadian Reiki Association, Teacher Wise Woman Mentor for Healing Your Chakras, author of Bird Vibes.


    Catherine Bastedo is a Usui-Holographic Reiki and Karuna Reiki® Master-Teacher, international speaker, author and leader of retreats and workshops. She is a Wellness Coach at the Maplesoft Centre for Cancer Survivors. Catherine helps clients develop their inner guidance using a holistic, intuitive approach. She is also the author of Bird Vibes, a meditation deck based on the chakras and our connection to birds and nature.  This deck helps deepen our understanding of our spiritual path and provides helpful messages.  

    Catherine held various leadership roles in the Canadian Public Service and then was Executive Director of the International Council for Canadian Studies. Her clients and students appreciate the breadth of knowledge, wisdom, empathy, experience and love of nature that she brings to her classes and sessions.

    Website: www.visionreiki.com ~ Email: cbastedo@visionreiki.com


  • Tuesday, June 26, 2018 11:22 AM | Wise Woman (Administrator)
    A Guided Meditation to help you Uncover Your True Mission
    by Kathy Crabbe



    Why am I here in your blogosphere?
    What is my duty to you?
    What can I offer you within this sacred space and time we have together?

    ---  a moment of magic ---

    a glimmer
    sparkle
    breath
    insight

    And in that spirit I pull a Lefty Oracle card and I write, channel, meditate this
    Full Moon in Capricorn Reading.

    Sparkly Blessings,
    Kathy Crabbe


    Full Moon in Capricorn Guided Meditation

    This is soul work.
    No need to write it down.

    To begin, visualize yourself surrounded by ice.
    Alive.
    The ice contains and purifies your soul so that your deepest, purest, inner mission awaits you clearly.

    Sustain enough inner fire to stay alive.

    To 'see' into this vision of your mission call upon your guides, the Divine, your higher power, black onyx, or the Lefty Oracle tor assistance, if need be.

    Know that you are in your mission. You are living your mission even if you don't yet know what it is.

    Be in charge
    of yourself
    for a change.
    Strong
    disciplined
    protected
    inert.
    Just
    BE.

    Allow thoughts to fly past you. This may not be easy (at least it wasn't for me!)

    Now, place whatever image, symbol, feeling, sound etc. that came to you into your heart, knowing it will grow and flourish there. If you'd like to say a short affirmation or blessing, please do!

    Blessed Be.
    Kathy Crabbe
    Full Moon in Capricorn, June 27, 9:53 pm, pacific time, 2018



    Lefty Oracle Card Message: Sometimes all we really need is a big pink sweater*

    Mantra: I am vulnerable.
    Affirmation: I am brave and vulnerable.
    Element: Earth

    Song
    I want to get lost
    in my pink sweater.
    Like a cloud, a furry friend,
    a lover’s hug, or a bean bag.

    It’s comfort food
    for the soul.

    When this card appears in a reading it’s time for self care! What do you need to make yourself feel good? To feel pampered, cared for, loved? Make a list and do one of the things on the list every day for a week. Note how good it feels. Revel in it. Express it. Just plain enjoy it. It’s long overdue and you deserve it, whether you know it or not.

    In my own life I try to take special note of daily pleasures; melted cheese on toast, warm sun on bare skin, hugs, and walks in nature on a dirt road. Sometimes I make silly, relaxing sounds to release my joy, sometimes I smile to myself and I give thanks when I remember. Life is simple at such moments but oh, so full.

    *Excerpted from the Lefty Oracle 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.
  • Tuesday, June 19, 2018 3:33 PM | Wise Woman (Administrator)

    Nature--A New Relationship
    by Nancy Meilleur




    Have you ever wondered how Nature does it? How Nature sustains health, balance and relationships?

    I recently asked Roberta, my bonsai tree, how she so perfectly emerges new miniature leaves so wonderfully identical to her mature leaves? I wondered how she so authentically and unwaveringly expressed her true self. I wanted to know how I could do the same.

    She said, “You cannot-not be yourself, you simply have to remove the layers that no longer serve you.” I was surprised at the immediate response to my question and how those words were not my mind’s chatter, but indeed from another being. I felt comforted by the lesson that I merely have to release what no longer serves me to become more and more authentic.

    I believe Nature is authentic because it was never taught to be something other than itself. Nature just freely and happily expresses itself??

    Imagine if we allowed ourselves this freedom! We would listen to ourselves because our minds would not be full of stories that take us away from our own source. Our minds would relish the delicious soup of feelings and joys as we followed our attractions and continued to grow.

    I became reconnected to this way of living through the teachings of a course on ecopsychology developed by Dr. Michael Cohen. Dr. Michael Cohen is the Director of the Department of Integrated Ecology for the Institute of Global Education and the author of The Web of Life Imperative. He has developed 128 nature-centered activities that create heart-to-mind-to-nature connections.

    These nature-centered activities guided me gently back to a healthy relationship with myself. I learned that I belong and that I am a part of nature; in fact, I am Nature. My heart began to open and feel appreciation and connections once again.

    The orientation course is entitled Psychological Elements of Global Citizenship. It consists of eight weeks of experiential activities in nature that are shared with a six-member online interact group. Sharing these experiences within a group deepens insights, clarity and self-knowing. Can you imagine a course that frees you from the negative chatter of your mind? Can you imagine a course that solidifies your sense of self and restores your self-worth? Words cannot express the simple purity and wholeness you can experience in eight weeks!

    Participants learn to use the Natural Systems Thinking Process, which is designed to restore the self-to-nature relationship. Relationships within your life begin to shift and improve as you heal the separation between yourself and Nature. The shift is profound and rebuilds connections to values and qualities not consciously attributed to Nature.

    A sense of awe for the diversity of life opens, as does the way to accepting your own diversity, and accepting the diversity of others. As a result, peace reigns and breathing resumes and body intelligence is re-awakened. Such is the gift of the Natural Systems Thinking Process and reconnecting to Nature.

    Through the activities in The Web of Life Imperative I created a new relationship with myself and Nature as can be witnessed by my last orientation course posting:

    I, Nancy Meilleur, being of sound mind, body and webstrings hereby commit to my trustable thought and feeling space the following:


    - A knowing that I belong
    - A knowing that I am a wonderful individual expression of human-nature that has value
    - A knowing that nature supports me and I support Nature
    - A knowing that nameless experience is rich and fulfilling
    - A knowing that we are all living with the common intent to grow and know the light and yet the light created us, so that in knowing Nature, we know ourselves and therefore we know the light.
    - I am a joyful aspect of the light!

    I am grateful for The Web of Life Imperative as it has restored my health, my joy and my relationship to All That Is.

    For more information on ecopsychology, please visit www.ecopsych.com.

  • Tuesday, June 19, 2018 12:52 PM | Wise Woman (Administrator)
    Abundant Life Forces of the Carrot
    by Anne-Marie Fryer Wiboltt


    Imagine that you hold in one hand a seed of a carrot and in the other an exact clay imitation of that seed. To the physical sight they look exactly alike. Imagine in detail the seed of the carrot sprout, mature, wither and decay. What is missing in the clay imitation? Why doesn’t it sprout?

    When we see a beautiful orange carrot we only notice the outer manifestations of matter. In reality what we see is the physical expression of invisible forces. The carrot is in itself an activity produced by invisible, creative life forces; an activity that is constantly changing and metamorphosing,
     
    In order to 'see' this activity that the carrot plant is as well as the creative life forces forming it, let us imagine the tiny carrot seed sprouting and growing into a lovely vermilion red, sweet, crisp carrot with green tops. We can observe the root of the carrot growing downward vertically around its center. Compared with its leaves it is dense with matter. The carrot tops on the other hand are drawn upwards towards the periphery, spreading out horizontally. They are lighter, thinner with an almost lacy look.

    Already we notice two opposite, yet complementary, forces at work in creating the carrot that qualitatively are completely different. One is the downward spiraling centripetal force which is often referred to as gravity, and the other is the upward spiraling centrifugal force known as levity. One has a relationship to density, matter and heaviness connected to earthly forces. The other has a relationship to non-density, non-matter and lightness, connected to cosmic, celestial forces.

    Where do these forces originate? We usually view physical space and matter as having a center, a point connected to gravity, the earth’s force. But what about the forces we call levity? Could they be connected to and even have their 'center' at the periphery?

    Draw a circle from a central point. The distance from the point to any point of the circle will be the same. On another piece of paper make the same size circle, this time draw planes (tangents) originating from the periphery. Do you have a different experience when drawing this circle?

    We can imagine every living plant and being as created by the interplay between this polarities of the point-centered, more fixed and finite earth space, and the peripheral, flexible, open-ended, ever moving and infinite cosmic space. Perhaps we can also imagine that infinity exists not as a realm in a far distant place, but a soul-spiritual creative realm, the ever present source of everything.

    In reverence we can now envision the carrot plant unfolding and being sucked or drawn upwards by forces (or possibly fairies) connected to the realm of pure light. Picture these forces (fairies) endowing the carrot with its varied qualities as they draw and spiral the physical substances outward. And imagine that around the carrot is, not an empty space, but a life-filled space of abundant vital forces.


    Lemon Carrot Salad
    This bright, delicious orange salad lifts every meal. It is satisfying, zesty and refreshing.

    2 medium size carrots
    A pinch of sea salt
    Juice of 1/2 - 1 lemon
    Sprigs of parsley for garnish

    Grate the carrots on a fine grater.
    Add sea salt, season with lemon juice and blend well.
    Garnish with sprigs of parsley.



    Anne-Marie Fryer Wiboltt is a Waldorf class and kindergarten teacher, biodynamic farmer, author and nutritional counselor. She has taught nutritional cooking and counseled for 25 years in her homeland Denmark, Europe and the United States.

    She trained as a macrobiotic cooking teacher and counselor and studied the principles of oriental medicine and the research of Dr. Weston A. Price before embracing the anthroposophical approach to nutrition, food and cooking.





    This Four week course will explore some of the many benefits of fermented and cultured foods, and why it is important to include them regularly with every meal. You will be guided through the steps of making sauerkraut, kimchi, pickled vegetables, kefir, soft cheese, and yogurt, as well as get a chance to discover new fermented drinks such as kvass, wines, and beers. I will aim at answering personal questions around your culturing and fermenting experiences.


    Intuitively we know that cultured and fermented foods are real health foods. Naturally fermented and cultured foods are an exceptional way to prepare different ingredients and some of the most important side dishes and condiments in our diet. They are often overlooked or not mentioned when we describe what we had for dinner, and yet they are pivotal in creating a well-balanced, nutritious meal.

    They add a bounty of nourishing, life-promoting substances and life forces, almost miraculous curative properties, and a wealth of colors, flavors, and shapes. They increase the appetite, stimulate the digestion, and make any simple meal festive and satisfying. The course will be highly practical with many hands-on activities.


     

    In this Four week course you will learn about the nutritional needs of your growing child and receive delicious, seasonal, wholesome nutritious menus and recipes on affordable budget so as to encourage children to eat and live healthy.

    During this course we will explore the nutritious needs for your growing child.

    We will discover how rhythm, simplicity and nourishing activities support a healthy child development. You will find new ways to encourage your child to develop a taste for natural, wholesome foods as well as receive and create delicious, seasonal nutritious menus and recipes that stay within the limits of your budget.





    Cooking for the Love of the World:
    Awakening our Spirituality through Cooking

    by Anne-Marie Fryer Wiboltt



    A heart-centered, warmth-filled guide to the nurturing art of cooking. 200 pages, softbound


     
  • Monday, June 11, 2018 11:01 AM | Wise Woman (Administrator)
    Focus on Dreams
    with Sheryl Wolover

    Focusing on being the lead in your life and moving the energy to create what you desire.






    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

  • Friday, May 25, 2018 11:47 AM | Wise Woman (Administrator)
    Take a Chance this Sagittarius Full Moon
    by Kathy Crabbe



    It's almost the Full Moon in Sagittarius and in the spirit of that fiery, Amazonian Goddess, Artemis, ruler of Sag I will take a chance and share my feelings below.  Delve more deeply into the energy at hand by communing with Artemis plus some Lefty Oracle guidance to help bring all your dreams to fruition because that's what Full Moon's are for no matter how challenging it may be.

    Sparkly Blessings!
    Kathy Crabbe, artist + soul reader
    Channeled for the Full Moon in Sagittarius. May 29, 2018 at 7:19 a.m. Pacific Time



    Full Moon Musings in Sagittarius

    To begin I go into trance as a I sit within my sacred, protected circle and I pull a Lefty Oracle card and ask the question: "How can I help others and myself this Full Moon?" This is what comes to me verbatim (unedited) as I write it down.

    Sometimes I find words more and more circuitous and i ask myself, "Do I have any worthwhile words to share?" I've been working with Goddess Hecate lately and all the freezers around me aren't working. Hmmm...frozen emotions? Unbroken emotions ...feelings emerging, feelings breaking out...words...just words, that don't capture what I'm feeling because most often I don't want to share my feelings. They are private. But here in this space I want to be of service so I share what I can with you.

    When life hands you razor blades, what do you do? I make art, of course and I slice away unwanted and un-needed elements, to get down to bone...truths, or at least happy putty. (At this point, I'm debating whether to share any of this!)

    But I will ask, that you find a friend you can trust and open your heart, in whatever way you can. If you're alone, share your heart with the trees, online, on paper, with your gods. I share mine every day by painting my Crone Club Charms and then sharing my favorites and a few words with my Crone Club. This brings me immense happiness, pleasure and joy, like nothing else.


    Full Moon Lefty Oracle: Demon*

    Mantra: I transform.
    Affirmation: I journey into the dark to discover inner truths.
    Element: Spirit

    Song
    Be brave dear Soul,

    face your fright.
    open the door,
    welcome the light.

    If this card appears in a reading expect the unexpected! There is a trickster in your midst. Maybe it’s you? Not a mean trickster, but a true trickster; one who shifts your reality and helps you see things from a new perspective. Perhaps you’ve become complacent, or lazy, or overly self satisfied, and are no longer seeing the big picture because you’re too caught up in small details and worries. This WILL change soon so get ready to open your eyes wide and see the world in a whole new way.

    In my own life I do my best to see negative, challenging experiences on a deeper level and I ask questions, such as, “What is the teaching in this? What is being mirrored back to me about myself? What changes need to happen now?”

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

    Read my latest Lefty deck interview here: Seeds of Shakti
    Read a recent review of the Lefty deck here: Tree Talker


    Sagittarius Goddess ~ Artemis*

    Artemis, Artemis,
    Goddess of the wood
    You are bows and arrows, death and birth
    Midnight revels and pregnant mirth.
    Wild woman, child, hunter of beast,
    We find our true self when we dance at your feast.

    Artemis is the virgin moon-goddess roaming the forest with her band of nymphs, bearing the bow and quiver, avoiding men and killing any male who looks upon her. She was also known as the many-breasted Artemis of Ephesus, a symbol of fecundity. As the warlike Artemis she is said to have been the special goddess of the Amazons.


    Artemis. Mixed media on board, 24 x 36 inches.© 1997 by Kathy Crabbe



    I Paint Sagittarius

    Channeling Sagittarian energy allowed me to trust in life and to leap before looking knowing that I am safe. When I seek truth I know Sag energy.  Sag teaches us how to uplift our spirit, teach others, and carry the truth within opening us all to other realities.  We must heal the artist, the creator, and the dreamer within. To create is to release ourselves into the flow of life. We trust that in freely expressing ourselves that we are doing it for everyone, because we realize that each one of us is a Creator.

    The Quest Begins:

    - Seek new horizons
    - Explore worlds without maps
    - Quest!
    - Be outrageous
    - Look to the future
    - Seek freedom from all oppression



    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, May 18, 2018 2:27 PM | Wise Woman (Administrator)
    Dawning Of Change, The Journey Begins
    Written & Illustrated By Roslyne Sophia Breillat
    An Excerpt From Womb Of Wisdom, The Sacred Journey Of Menopause


    Every woman’s menopausal journey unfolds in a uniquely different way. She may initially experience a subtle and mysterious hint of impending change. She may suddenly and inexplicably feel challenged to break free from self-imposed limitations created by her hesitations, her doubts, her fears. She may subtly attune to a silent heart whispering communicating the potent promise of dawning freedom, the enticing presence of new beginnings, the enlivening waves of a chaotic rhythm. She may experience an erratic upheaval that shakes the ground of her regular moon cycles like the eruptive power of a volcano. Or she may ebb and flow between the peaceful calling of a gentled wisdom and the disturbing discomfort of emotional and physical reactions. For these often shock her with their intensity and their compelling need to shake her from within. She may slowly awaken one morning to find her womb has suddenly ceased bleeding. And she may long for the regular flow of these lunar cycles that have been such an intimate part of her life for many, many moons.

    She may gently fall asleep one evening, aware that the crimson blood of her womb will flow no more. Or she may live for days or weeks or months or years with erratic moon cycles that offer her no signs, no communication, no confirmation of their usual predictable presence and their regular way of being. For the ups and downs and dipping and flowing of ovulation and menstruation are now transforming into dynamic surges of power and burning flames of change.

    She can surrender to the powerful energy of these changes. Or she can reject and fear and fight and deny their passionate presence and their capacity to turn her life upside down and inside out. Or she can welcome them invitingly into her body, into her belly, into her womb, into her heart, into her life. And she can nurture them and nourish them and treasure them and dare them to reveal the wise and powerful truth that shines within these potent waves of transformation.

    Or she can run from their awesome capacity to draw her ever deeper into her fiery menopausal cauldron of power. This mysterious mistress of menopause loves to transform a woman on a deeply cellular level. For her purpose is to open, to deepen, to awaken, to inspire, as she weaves her magical capacity for birthing the fire of wisdom, of wholeness, of truth. If she welcomes this powerful phase of intense transformation, the divine intelligence of her menopausal muse comes forth as her teacher, guiding her from within with the loving heart of true maturity and the wise ways of the earth. For when menopause comes knocking at her door, her energy is preparing to shift, to move, to flow from a deeper and more real place than ever before.

    She is ready to transmute, to rebirth, to clear out the old and to invite the new. If she enters this important transition with the awareness and wisdom of an open heart, she will not be the same woman she was before menopause began. Her body will change. Her perceptions will change. Her psyche will change. Her relationships will change. Her life will change. For her menopausal muse is the Goddess of Change.

    The purpose of this spirit of menopause is to deeply awaken every facet of her being. She calls her to transform on a cellular level. She invites her into inner places where there is no turning back. She will ask her to be real. She will ask her to be true. For she communicates to her that she has now experienced enough, lived enough and loved enough to embark upon this powerful journey with the gentleness, surrender and acceptance that awakens the open flow of the wise, wise heart. She will hold her in her arms until she is fully infused with her power. She will nurture her and cajole her and shake her and seduce her until all of her habitual ways begin to disintegrate and disappear. And she will ask her to open to the rich bounty of ancient female wisdom that rests within her womb and within her heart. Every woman who willingly and consciously embraces this powerful transition faces a potent moment that deeply imprints her being. And this moment is choreographed by the mighty mistress of menopause calling her into her fathomless well of wisdom and her burning flames of fire.

    If she is ready, these revealing and enlightening moments of reckoning and recognition will infuse her with the radiant power and beauty of every wise woman who has ever lived and loved upon this earth. And if she listens to the wild and wise and loving messages of menopause with her womb and not with her mind, her female wisdom will awaken as never before. For her body is preparing to open to the divine purpose of this important sacred journey.

    Copyright ~ Roslyne Sophia Breillat ©... Not to be copied without written permission from the author...
    Email: sophia@wildheartwisdom.com
    Website: www.wildheartwisdom.com



    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."

  • Saturday, May 12, 2018 1:53 PM | Wise Woman (Administrator)
    Let Go of Fear: Inspiration for the Taurus New Moon
     by Kathy Crabbe





    Each month I share a Lefty Oracle from my self published deck to inspire your Moon Heart Journey into the mysteries. The New Moon is the best time of the month to set your intentions for the month ahead. This month the New Moon is in Taurus on May 15, 2018 at 4:48 am, Pacific Time.

    Lefty Oracle for the New Moon: Homer, on the verge of greatness*


    Mantra: I strive.

    Affirmation: I let go of fear to be here now.
    Element: Water

    If this card appears in a reading it’s about time you asked yourself who you’re trying so hard to please and why it’s never enough. Instead of seeking approval outside of yourself go within and be your own best friend. You ARE good enough and, in fact you are the best YOU there is and the only YOU that will ever exist.

    In my own life this card was inspired by my dad, and that story is a long one indeed. I learned a lot about what not do to in life from him, and for that I am grateful.

    Creative Journal Prompt

    Do you ever feel like Homer does, “On the verge of greatness?” If ‘yes’ then describe what that means for you and explain what it refers to as well. If not, then describe a feeling of being on the verge of greatness or something similar.

    What does greatness look like to you? What meaning does it hold?

    Are you on the way to achieving this greatness, and if so, what needs to happen for you to get there and to know greatness?  Try breaking it down into numbered steps within a timeline.

    Now, congratulate yourself BIG TIME for your foresight and diligence in acknowledging right now, that even without all this, YOU ARE GREAT just by saying these words:

    I am great.
    Thank you Divine One for blessing me and my work.
    I am great and so are you.

    Homer's Song

    “Stop trying to be soooo great,”
    my inner critic whines at me,
    but do I listen?
    No way.
    I AM great
    …in my own mind,
    or am I?
    Isn’t that supposed to be the End Goal?
    Sadly, it feels like the race will never end.
    If only…
    if only…
    I could be present right now
    and have THAT be enough.

    *Excerpted from the Lefty Oracle Deck & 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.



  • Tuesday, May 08, 2018 2:23 PM | Wise Woman (Administrator)

    Allergy Sufferers Get Ahead

    with Purple Dead-nettle

    By Thea Summer Deer, D.S.P.S.




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    It is Spring and a carpet of Purple Dead-Nettle is covering my garden. Even though I had put the vegetable garden to bed, tucking it in with straw, this “weed” decidedly took over. These Dead heads not only look like a weed, they smell like one too! Unlike the followers of a particular psychedelic rock band there is nothing distinctive about this plant that would indicate it might be edible, useful or medicinal. While I was never a Dead Head I do march to the beat of a slightly different drummer, and just because I harvest, juice and infuse what most people think of as useless weeds it doesn’t mean I’m tripping or that I smell bad, but it does mean that I’m ahead of allergy season.


    Introduced from Europe and listed as an invasive species in some parts of North America it can frequently be found growing alongside Henbit Dead-nettle, Lamium amplexicaule. Amplexicaule means “clasping” and refers to how the leaves grab the stem. Both have similar leaves and bright purple flowers, but the difference between the two can be seen in the leaves. Purple Dead-nettle’s leaves are stalked on the flower stem compared to the un-stalked leaves of Henbit Dead-nettle.


    If you were called to inspect this plant more closely you would find that it has a square stem typical of the mints but the smell would never let on that it is in the mint family. It smells more like earth and grass with the flowering tops and leaves being edible. The harvested young aerial parts can be finely chopped and used in sauces, salads or as a spring vegetable and while it may be nutritious it has no flavor of great interest. It is one of the first plants to flower in the southeast where I live and may continue flowering throughout the year even during the milder winter months providing a food source to bees (and humans!) when few other nectar sources are available.


    Purple Dead-nettle has long been used in folk medicine in Europe, Asia and Africa and unlike stinging nettles (Urtica) it has no sting and is therefore considered, “dead.” There is evidence of anti-inflammatory, anti-oxidant, and free radical scavenging properties comparable to that of ascorbic acid. It can be used fresh or dried and made into a tea or tincture for allergic inflammation.  A natural source of flavonoids including quercetin, Purple Dead-nettle can improve immune system performance while reducing sensitivity to allergens and inhibiting inflammation. The anti-allergy properties of flavonoids come from their ability to reduce the release of histamine. Research has shown that L. purpureum is significantly anti-inflammatory with pain-reducing properties and works through inhibiting the release of prostaglandins, the principle mediator for inflammation in allergies and chronic inflammatory conditions. This is good news for allergy sufferers (see recommendations below.) The whole plant has also been used to relieve pain in rheumatism and other arthritic ailments. A rich source of antibacterial essential oils Purple Dead-nettle has a wide range of antimicrobial activity and antifungal properties, which may be useful for staph, E. coli and candida.


    Never before has one weed so thoroughly taken over my garden. It definitely has my attention. Previously L. purpureum was only vaguely familiar to me, as I had seen it on my daily walks growing along the roadside. It was so far off my radar as a medicinal plant that I had trouble remembering what it was. My apprentice pointed it out to me one day on a plant walk and I felt totally incompetent asking her – what is that plant again? In my defense, it is indeed rather obscure in the herbal literature. There is still so much we don’t know, but I do know that our medicine is never any further than where we are right now.


    Recommendations:


    No known contraindications. Purple Dead-nettle’s actions have not been extensively researched and documented but may include: anti-inflammatory, astringent, diuretic, diaphoretic, antimicrobial, antifungal and purgative. Collect entire above ground, aerial parts for food and medicine. Taking Purple Dead-nettle when you suffer from allergies will help prevent secondary infections of the sinus, throat and lower respiratory tract. I am happy to report that due to the following protocol I am now allergy free!


    Tincture: 1-2 ml 3x/day (1:5 in 40%)

    Infusion: 1 cup boiling water over 1 heaping teaspoon dried herb and infuse covered for 10 minutes. Strain and drink as often as desired. To use as a daily tonic for chronic conditions put 1 oz. dried herb in a quart jar, or 1/3 jar filled with chopped fresh herb, fill with boiling water and cover. Let stand for 3-4 hours and drink one quart per day just prior to and at the start of allergy season.

    Additional Recommendations:

    Supplements: This supplemental regimen may be continued throughout the allergy season. Quercetin (800 mg) with Bromelain (165mg) 3x/day, NOW is a good brand.

    Bioflavonoids (1,000 mg) 2x/day, and Vit. C (1,000 mg) 3x/day.


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    Bio:

    Thea Summer Deer, D.S.P.S. is a clinical herbalist, educator, author and singer-songwriter. She began practicing midwifery in 1978 and was a founding mother of the South Florida School of Midwifery.

    Her involvement in Alternative Medicine spans 40 years as owner of Mindbody Press and Evolutionary Press, and as the executive director of Resources for World Health. She is a graduate of Botanologos School for Herbal Studies and received her doctorate from Venus Rising University.

    Mother, Grandmother, avid cook and gardener, Thea is also an award winning songwriter performing in the acoustic duo, Thea & The GreenMan. Her book, "Wisdom of the Plant Devas: Herbal Medicine for a New Earth," published by Inner Traditions International/Bear & Company, bridges botanical medicine and Earth-Spirit wisdom with Plant Spirit Medicine and is available from Amazon.com, or your local Indie Bookstore. Learn more at http://www.theasummerdeer.com and "Like" her on Facebook.


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