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  • Tuesday, September 22, 2020 1:25 PM | Wise Woman (Administrator)

    Magic in the Woods
    by Mary Lane

    author, "Divine Nourishment, A Woman’s Sacred Journey with Food.”




    I am a classic witch in the woods. You have to drive up a windy dirt road to my home.

    No neighbors in sight. Although they are tucked away here and there so I have community. Medicine is growing everywhere you look outside, and drying everywhere inside. When I’m not playing with my herbs I am gardening, gathering wild mushrooms, or other seasonal bounty, cooking, writing, sitting around the fire, hanging with other witches. And, I sleep with my cat, who is a dainty, fierce, huntress that is shamelessly adored by me and everyone else who happens to come to my home.

    Several years ago I was told that coffee trashes my kidneys. Knowing that they support the amount of sexual energy, (Qi) I have, I knew immediate action was required. That was one thing I wasn’t willing to compromise. I found a basic recipe for an herbal coffee substitute, played around with some roots from my yard, added a little local honey and dark chocolate, and just like magic came up with a decoction that is a powerful tonic for the liver, kidneys and heart while building the blood and Qi. Add a little cream and you have a delicious latte. How’s that for a little magic? I hope you enjoy it!

    Herbal Espresso Blend
    1 cup dried chicory root
    ¼ cup dried dandelion root
    ¼ cup barley
    *1/8 cup ginseng, or spikenard root

    Sometimes I will add a little nettle root, yellow dock root, and, or comfrey root for extra flavor and medicinal qualities

    Directions:
    To make the herb blend roast chicory, dandelion, barley and ginseng in a 200 degree preheated oven for 2 hours. Or roast in a large heavy skillet for 10 minutes, stirring occasionally. Grind in a coffee grinder until fine. Store in a glass container with a lid.

    Espresso
    1-2 cups water
    3-5 tsp herbal espresso blend
    1-2 tsp molasses, honey or maple syrup
    pinch ground cinnamon
    pinch organic dark chocolate powder

    Directions:
    To make the espresso, simmer the roots blend in water for about 10 minutes. Add the cinnamon and chocolate powder. Steep with the lid on for another few minutes. Sweeten with molasses, honey or maple syrup.

    * Ginseng is not recommended for pregnant women or individuals with high blood pressure. It may also have estrogenic activity, which aggravates fibrocystic breast disease in women. If these conditions are present simply eliminate ginseng form mixture.

  • Friday, September 18, 2020 3:34 PM | Wise Woman (Administrator)
    Virgo New Moon: Cherish, Protect & Love Yourself (Then Pay It Forward)

    by Kathy Crabbe




    Dearest Moon Muser,
    It's the Virgo New Moon this week and I've created a Moonday Soul Reading Video and Blog Post for you to enjoy. Within are oracle card messages and a guided meditation I channeled to guide, center, ground and protect you in the coming week and moonth ahead. I recommend starting with the video and then scrolling down to receive further guidance from the oracle cards pulled for this psychic reading. Enjoy!

    Virgo New Moon Soul Reading Video



    Virgo New Moon Video Soul Reading Cards (from the Video)


    Virgo Goddess (Zodiac Goddess Power Deck)


    Time of Year – Harvest, August 23 - Sept. 22
    Quality – Mutable
    Anatomy – Hands, intestines, nervous system
    Natural sign of – 6th house
    Opposite sign – Pisces
    Color – Brown, green, grey, navy blue
    Gemstone – Amethyst, pink jasper, sardonyx
    Tarot card – The Crone, The Hermit
    Goddesses – Changing Woman, Lada, Liban, Persephone

    Virgo Meditation

    The Great Spirit said, ‘purity’
    Have faith that all your hard work will
    come together and be of service to all.
    You are the recorder of all the wisdom.

    Virgo Affirmations

        I build and nurture healthy habits

        I am of service to all women and the goddess

        I understand the body/mind connection and practice preventative medicine

        I am self-sufficient, self-disciplined, practical and helpful

        I am perfect just as I am

    Card 1: Is this worth fighting for (Lefty Oracle)


    Mantra: I am strong.

    Affirmation: I am strong enough for anything.

    Element: Fire

    Song
     See these arms?
     They are not weapons.
     That snake is energy in motion.
     
     That energy unfurls my wings,
     but I am hurt and lost
     and crying out for succor.
     
     In need of an end to this violence,
     this humanity that is not so humane.
     We ARE angels at heart
     and our blessing is our beauty,
     our human-ness.
     
     Waste not your utterance,
     for in you lies the way,
     the truth be told.

    If this card appears in a reading there may be fighting going on around you or within you. This card will help you get a deeper and higher perspective on the fighting so that you can avoid getting swept away by emotion. Healthy anger can propel one forward. Unhealthy anger festers and feeds on itself in a never ending loop, growing bigger in the process. Take a time out to figure out what the fighting is really about. Are there hidden agendas, buried prejudices, out and out aggression, hatred, petty rivalry or selfish mean-ness involved? What is the lesson here? Take the fight to another level to save your sanity and yourself, and to be a model of this behavior for others who may need this lesson more than you.

    In my own life, with Aries Rising in my astrological chart, I often rise to a fight or even start one just for fun and often to shift stagnant energy and shake things up, but I lose steam if the other person gets too into it. This card and it’s snake imagery symbolizing wisdom, depth and healing reminds me to take the high road as symbolized by the giant golden angel wings and helps to bring empathy, compassion and a pause for breath to the situation so that hateful words almost spewed are never spoken, because some things cannot be taken back once released.

    Card 2: Chickweed (Fairy Cat Healing Herbal Deck)


    Chickweed is an herb ruled by the Moon and has powers of both love and fidelity. It was often used in love spells to maintain a relationship and to attract love.



    Card 3: Sturgeon (Elfin Ally Oracle)


    Keyword: Treasure
     Meaning: There is payment owed so don’t take less than promised for you are worth much more.
     Reversed: Giving up now may sink you.

    Affirmation: I am mysterious.
     Astrology: Cancer, Moon, Neptune, Pisces
     Element: Water

    Medicine: You teach us how to swim in deep waters.

    Lore: Into the depths her cheery heart grew, until the sun and the sky melded with the deepest, darkest secrets of the lake and she knew, without a doubt, that she was home.

    You are my secret weapon, my cherished friend and explorer of the Deep. You swim into places I cannot fathom so I follow your lead and swim head first into the depths. My lake-heart is filled with love and passion for our element – fresh water, clean and pure. We must protect this precious resource!

    All Oracle Decks
    https://www.kathycrabbe.com/oracle-decks





    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 School so get ready to Moon Collage your heart out starting one week prior to the New Moon each month…more details here: eClass.



  • Tuesday, September 15, 2020 12:34 PM | Wise Woman (Administrator)

    Grief
    by Brigitte Mars




    It is rare that we live  life without the pangs of grief! When we are grieved, our heart rate increases, adrenaline secretions and hydrochloric acid production are increased. It is not unusual to experience a sensation of numbness, pain along the breast bone and sinus congestion when grieving. In Oriental Medicine, it is the lungs  and large intestines that are associated with the emotion of grief. Excessive sadness can be injurious both of these. If grief is severe and continues, it can be a contributing factor in  heart disease and arteriosclerosis. Sudden grief causes stagnation, where the circulation will lose energy. Being grief stricken for extended periods can lead to a weakened immunity.

    It is healthiest to express our grief rather than suppress it. The force of grief is contractive and expressing it helps to clear repression.

    To better cope with grief, eat foods such as brown rice, lentils, miso soup, onions,  scallions, tempeh and winter squashes. Use pungent condiments such as clove, coriander and ginger. Celery helps to comfort one from the pangs of a broken heart.

    Vitamin B Complex is always a great ally during times of emotional distress.

    Herbs can be a great comforter during times of grief. Consider the benefits of hops, lemon balm and passion flower. Susun Weed says that motherwort helps to "mellow the sharpness of grief." Mullein is good to protect the lungs from harm during periods of sadness.

    A formula for heartbreak type sorrow is made with 2 parts hawthorn, 1 part motherwort, 2 parts lemon balm and 1 part violet. Gardenia is known in Chinese medicine as "the happiness herb."

    St. Johnswort is good to use when you are worn out from sobbing.

    Homeopathic remedies that can be used for grief are:

    Ignatia:  For grief, loss and hysteria. For the  person that sighs and can't sleep. Use disappointment in love or death.

    Natrum muriaticum:   When one dwells on the past, holds grudges and rejects sympathy.

    Pulsatilla:  For one who is sad, yielding, indesisive and weepy. Needs to be with other people. Anxiety following bad news. For women that can't leave a bad relationship.

    Some flower essences that are helpful include:

    Bleeding Heart: For grief related to the loss of a love, separation. Helps to foster peace and detachment.

    Borage: Use when one is discouraged during times of grief. Helps to lift one's spirits.

    Hawthorn: Gives protection during periods of intense grief and stress.

    Honeysuckle: Use when after the loss of a loved one there is no adjustment months later. Lives in the past.

    Mustard: For deep gloom that comes on strong then suddenly leaves. Person may cry without knowing why.

    Pear: For extreme grief, emergency situations that throw us off balance.

    Star of Bethlehem: For great physical shock and trauma such as rape, injury, robbery and accidents.  It can also be used when one is having a difficult time coping with death of a pet or loved one. Dr. Edward Bach called this one "The comforter and soother of pains and sorrows."

    Soaking in the bath tub can be a good place to let the tears flow. Add some essential oils such as cedarwood, clary sage, cypress, geranium, grapefruit, hyssop, lavender, lemon balm, jasmine,  marjoram, neroli, orange, rose, rosemary, rosewood,  sage,  sandalwood, tangerine or ylang-ylang. Though expensive, if you can find essential oil of hyacinth to use as an inhalant, it helps soothe grief. Melissa oil is good for hearbreak over a love relationship. Let the water out and visualize your sadness going down the drain.

    Crying helps to provide emotional release that lowers blood pressure and muscular tension. Tears of emotional release are found to be higher in protein than tears caused by cutting onions.  Some of the chemicals released in emotional tears include endorphin which helps to relieve pain and norepinephrine. Suppressing tears can make us more vulnerable to disease. Crying can help relieve the stress on the central nervous system. Hold on to something like a big teddy bear.  If the tears won't come and you feel they might help heal your grief there is a technique that can help. 


    First you must create a safe space where you will not be disturbed. If others might hear you, give them advance notice to allow you your process without intervention. Place one hand on your upper chest on the collarbone. Start breathing only as deep as your hand. Then breathe more rapidly and make a sound. Hear the feelings in your voice  and go ahead and sound like a crying baby. Feel the sadness. Give yourself the space to feel the sadness. Think about what is causing it and let the tears flow. Remember to express yourself.

    Groaning also is a sound one can use to help dissipate sadness as well as pain. While groaning, think of the reasons for your suffering. When you exhale, visualize the sorrow being exhaled from your system. Stand facing the rising sun and let its rays beam on your heart. Visualize the sun healing your grief. Breathe!

    A person suffering from grief needs order and discipline. It is best to be in control of your environment. The loving support of friends can be a great blessing. Rest is always an important healer of grief. As we heal from the trials of grief, travel can also help  the heart and give us new perspectives. The color violet, is a good color to wear, visualize and surround yourself in when needing to heal feelings of grief. Practice deep slow breathing to cleanse the emotions of grief.



    "What soap is for the body, tears are for the soul." Anonymous
     


    Brigitte Mars
    Herbalist, Author and University Professor
    brigittemars@gmail.com
    720-633-0790
    www.brigittemars.com
    twitter.com/brigittemars


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  • Tuesday, September 08, 2020 8:28 PM | Wise Woman (Administrator)

    Visions, Feathers and Nests
    by Liz Nicholas (artist, experimenter, risk-taker, earth & animal lover)




    How lucky we are to be surrounded by so many amazing life forms! The past few years, I have found myself drawn to many things of which I realize now; I have frequently taken for granted. The clarity of the sky, the billowing of the clouds, the sounds of nature, and of course the mystery and connection we all have to the plants, trees and all the little creatures who live in or around them.


    This reality becomes a backdrop to color my heart, and my paintings. The world, (and nature), becomes an inspiration and a gift with the introduction of the intricacies and artistry radiating from abandoned nests and pieces of a broken egg strategically placed on the ground after the hatchlings burst free for the first time. All these gifts are always mysteriously left in my path. Is this by accident – of course not. These are the forces which continue to draw my eyes to the sky both in daylight and at nighttime leading me down my life’s path. I hear the melody of the songs from above, I see the floating of a feather or a leaf on its way down to the ground, and I feel something resonating deep in my soul, about this “big mystery” as I gaze at the sparkling planets above.


    Because I see all of these as "signs", I've decided to explore and paint the emotions and images attached to my finding/feelings. I sense that when combining visions with reality and mixing real objects in a "dream-like" composition, I am able to offer the viewer the ability to explore creative thinking and sensations as I have.


    As you can see, I retain the greatest fascination with feathers, nests and eggs, as most of these images come from a foundation and respect gained from spending time in nature. As a wildlife rehabilitator in training, I am able to experience these intricate objects up close, and each time marvel at their creation.


    My experience in "wild places" in-and-around the US, combined with my own curiosity to understand more about them, has confirmed to me that we have done a great injustice to most indigenous peoples of the world. Here in the US, I continue to be drawn to life events which reveal the truths on what was experienced by our Native Americans; through stories, personal research, and people whose family members can elaborate on “The Trail of Tears”. I am equally drawn to tribal art forms and ceremony and reverence for nature held by the “First People”. I feel a great connection in my life today as I frequently find myself sitting under a “Trail Tree” or speaking to someone met by chance about his Cherokee grandmother.


    In general, I think nature brings me back to what resonates most, these “earth centered principles” which simply seem to be the best foundation for me in my life today. I see now that those who walked this ground before me presented these principles and have left many of these lessons here today for us…if we choose to see. For me, my nature paintings with these earth symbols, they are closely linked to natural beauty, spirituality, and freedom of flight (and life).


    The nests suggest a warmth and security of home while eggs remind me of birth. As life guides me and nature assists with my own journey, I choose to carry objects of significance whether in thought or in hand of many of my important life passages. With my most recent visits by a pair of hawks who have permanently nested within my home ground, I feel particularly connected to them as one of my significant animal of inspiration. I continue to find gifts from my bird friends each day.


    I also believe that we each create our own path, as well as follow traditions which resonate to us. Each is based on experiences and knowledge, as well as what we most honor and respect. For me, each of the elements that are revealed carry their own meanings. For example, man say that to have a hawk cross your path could present a lesson on “spiritual awakening”. I really feel that we need to be aware of how and why nature DOES communicate with us, regardless of the method.


    The past few years, I have delighted in being the recipient of many unique messages and gifts. Just 4 short years ago, on one of the solo nights of a Vision Quest, my birth sister who was thousands of miles away and her children found a hawk feather in their yard. During my time in the canyons, I assembled a clan of close friends and family members and asked them to think of me during this time alone. To them and to me this feather was something symbolic of my journey alone. They knew I was pursuing answers to understanding "how to widen the circle of my purpose". Part of what started my pursuit of the earth-related themes were feathers......how interesting they received one so carefully placed on one of my solo nights!


    Since we are all part of nature, we all also share the responsibility to honor it. We know that there are things in nature that affect our lives, some of which cannot be explained even scientifically, but somehow, we just believe that it happens for some mystical or maybe spiritual reason. Thing which we may encounter holds meaning and we try to logically create meaning to explain what we cannot understand.
    Is it just a coincident when a bird crosses your path to miss you by inches, or a butterfly lands on your shoulder? I read somewhere once where someone said that "we are all still primitive beings with ancient souls deep down inside". Regardless of our position on this earth, we are all still living in nature.


    Even spiders can be found in a sterile hospital, hawks nesting on the metal eves of a tall building, snakes appearing in schools and churches, or a bear is seen in the city coming down from the mountains. Nature is around us, communicating inside and outside of our perceptions. Whether or not we understand the significance to these creatures visiting us, sometimes their messages comes much later...sometimes years (at least it has for me).


    As a child, I was connected to plants, animals and insects from as far back as I can remember. Living in Pennsylvania, autumns become cold, and winters frosty. I remember taking a frozen locust and placing him in the lint trap of the clothes dryer and heating him up. Needless to say, when he started singing my mother was not happy with the fact that he was in her dryer! She told me to throw him away, he was dead....well I showed her!


    Nature communicates to us all the time, it's just up to us on whether or not we choose to listen.


    Finally, and one of my most significant visitors showed up one day when I just could not pull myself out of the depths of sadness.

    Being unemployed at the time, running out of money, releasing an attachment to my best friend of which I truly loved (and still do), in a confused space in my head, I found myself standing at my kitchen window starting at something perplexing. I blinked and looked again, almost disbelieving what I was seeing. It was a smiley - happy faces from the 60's out on one of my bushes! Just a big grin smiling back at me, and then it left.


    I looked again and saw it again....and stared and stared (what seemed like hours was only seconds). Flustered and slightly afraid and overwhelmed by the fact that this "face" was smiling back at me, I realized that it was some type of special and rare butterfly. I quickly grabbed my camera, and this is what I saw. This wonderful creature, obviously nearing the end of its life, torn and ragged, there to make me see things different, with all her beauty and humor. Her memory and this picture will serve as my symbol to be happy always!


    So this journey, this wild, wonderful, woolly, prickly, feathery journey, in all is complexity and simplicity is hopefully revealed in my paintings. I hope you can perceive the significance of each object within them, the colors selected and overall composition. To me, they represent self-growth, release of the past, and the choice to fly free! I hope you enjoy each composition, and it speaks to you in its own way.



     
     
    Animal Meaning


    I have great respect for the foundation of people who were in this country at its creation. I honor them and mourn the way in which they were treated and killed. This section is dedicated to their strength and faith in the great spirit. To all Native American and Aboriginal people - thank you for your gifts


    I felt it might be thought provoking to provide some information on a few of my favorite animals, their signs and potential omens taken from a collection of books I have collected over the years. Many of these are representative of Native American folklore, as recorded in literature. The most intriguing part to me is according to traditions, birds, reptiles, animals and all things in nature are also considered "spirits" of both bad and good, positive and negative. Look through the lists below and evaluate who's visited you lately...you may be surprised!


    • Antelope - messenger, forewarns us of human behavior
    • Bear - good sign of special power, wisdom, insight, protection, healing
    • Beaver - good power, warning of conflict in the future 
    • Bobcat or mountain lion - bad sign, you are being stalked by an enemy but could also be used as good luck for protection of your family
    • Coyote - portraits the trickster or creator-he is full of magic, special powers, and teachings
    • Raccoon - good sign as a protector, intelligent, cunning and clean
    • Shark - bad sign and warning of danger, if sharks come close to the shore, it is a sign of earthquake, hurricane, etc
    • Skunk - bad sign and bad power, sign of sickness and bad luck
    • Whale - sign of confusing times, but a sign of wealth and prosperity
    • Blue Jay - warning sign of people who are jealous and evil people preying against you in a bad way
    • Eagle - special sign and that of a good one.....represents protection, wealth, wisdom, foresight, strength and spirituality
    • Hummingbird - good sign, messenger to take prayers to the creator. She is a doctor and healer
    • Owl - bad sign, bringing bad news
    • Crow - good sign, good luck sign of protection and messenger of wealth
    • Robin - messenger of happiness, good health and love to families
    • Ant - represents super strength, intelligence, psychic abilities, telepathic communications, sharp thinking and planning
    • Bee - messenger with news about sex, fertility, protection and love power
    • Butterfly - very special bug representing the presence of good spirits, shows of metamorphosis, balance, harmony, grace, peace, beauty and spirituality
    • Spider - messenger, good or bad, warns of danger, warning of people who are jealous or when someone is lying


  • Monday, August 24, 2020 8:43 PM | Wise Woman (Administrator)
    Meeting Plants with Loving Attention
    by Anne-Marie Fryer Wiboltt


    The nettle season is soon over, however there is still time to dry the tops for nettle infusion or make a little side dish of cooked nettles seasoned with butter and salt.  But before we do that let us take a moment to be with a growing nettle plant under the shady trees at the edge of the forest.  When we sit down quietly and notice the nettle plant we may discover, although it is not the ordinary way of observing the natural world, that we are in fact looking at creative cosmic forces at work.
     
    As long as we remain in our usual self awareness and ordinary consciousness the nettle plant will appear as a physical object in front of us.  We may experience 'something' but our ordinary way of being prevents us from having an intimate meeting with the plant and its world. Seeing plants as objects results in the usual descriptions of plants we find in all biology books and the like, where plants are described as 'things'. Plants are picked, processed and sold, and often attributed a quality – that they ‘do something for us’, for example nurture our kidneys. This kind of description and handling of plants shows that there is a kind of 'on-looker' distance between us and the plant. Our observations remain on the surface of the plant or are retrieved from scientific laboratories. This way of 'looking at' excludes the possibility of seeing and being united with the plant world in an act of love.  When we develop the capacity to be with rather than in front of the plant, we are developing the soul spiritual capacity of sensing. Something, our life forces, our soul being and spiritual individuality goes to meet what we are observing. We experience the plant, not as ‘over there’ but as a vast 'innerness' with whom we are intimately connected.

    We are accustomed to thinking that plants are being pushed from below and grow from the bottom up, however with careful observation we will discover that plants unfold from the top. Substances are lifted from the ground through the stem into the leaves where they intermingle with substances drawing in from the cosmos and air though the leaves.  The form of the plant and its particular gestures come from merging or meeting of these creative forces and substances from the cosmos, with the earthly forces and substances. It is possible to 'feelingly see' this meeting and sense its universal nature as well as its specific nature which belong to the being of this particular nettle plant.

    In order to get to know any plant, we have to develop this new capacity of entering into an inner presence of loving attention in which we are able to meet the plant, listen and truly 'hear' the plant’s way of responding. The first, practical aspect of this is to become used to and aware of the plant's gestures. In a way it happens naturally when we turn our attention towards a plant in the garden. There is something alive and vibrant about the plant. It reaches toward the sun, spreads its leaves horizontally, and opens receptively to the light and the warmth. When we perceive the plant from this inner presence of loving attention, it is as if we are invited into the world of the plant, and it seems as if we can feel its presence. We selflessly give our loving attention and we feel something otherworldly, something of the plant's spiritual world, held here by gravity forces or earthly forces so strongly present in the roots. 

    When we meet the plant in this way, the plant can carefully begin to reveal itself to us, or rather reveal itself to that part of our inner being that is connected to the 'more than earthly'. It is only because we have something like the spiritual nature of the plant world in us that we can come into union with the world of plants -and animals for that matter. When we give loving attention to the plant, something of our spiritual nature comes from us to meet the spirit light of the plants. We notice, by direct experience and clear inner observations, that there exists an intimate relationship between the Earth, the Cosmos and the human being. We discover that this holy and whole relationship is mutual interdependent -one does not exist with out the other. To me this was an immensely joyous revelation with huge insights and responsibilities.

    Resources:
    Cooking for the Love of the World, Anne-Marie Fryer
    Silence; The Mystery of Wholeness, by Robert Sardello
    Love and the Soul; Creating a Future for Earth, by Robert Sardello



     
    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


  • Tuesday, August 18, 2020 9:01 PM | 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



    Listen to a thirty minute interview with mentor Linda Conroy

     

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    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.

  • Wednesday, August 12, 2020 1:03 PM | Wise Woman (Administrator)
    Taurus Moon Soul Reading for the Week Ahead
    by Kathy Crabbe



    Dear Moon Muser, Enjoy my Soul Reading for the week ahead - it's a Taurus Moon time until Wednesday when Mama Moon begins to wane in the sign of Gemini. Each week I share a Moonday Soul Reading accompanied by my 4 hand painted oracle decks to help guide, inspire, and rejuvenate your spirit as you tackle your coming week. May you find joy within.


    Card 1: Taurus Goddess (Zodiac Goddess Power Deck)

    Taurus Meditation

    I am of the earth,
    Gaia feeds me,
    I worship her body as I worship my own.

    Taurus Affirmations

        I am practical, sensible and earthy

        I am sensual and loyal

        I am grounded and fulfilled in the arms of Mama Earth

        I am creative and persistent

        I grow deep roots

        I am slowing down and enjoying myself

        I take time to pamper and nurture myself

        I indulge my senses on a regular basis




    Card 2: Gabriel and the golden bird (Lefty Oracle Deck)


    Mantra: I am lucky.
    Affirmation: A golden glow surrounds me wherever I go.
    Element: Spirit

    If this card appears in a reading expect a wonderful surprise! It could be money, friendship, advice or something else. You’ve already got the golden bird and now it’s time for the golden egg.

    In my own life I try to remain open and receptive to lucky moments so that when they happen I am ready to act on them and not let them simply pass me by.

    Creative Journal Prompt
     What do the words ‘golden glow’ mean to you? What areas of your life could use some of this golden glow? Take a moment to fill your heart with a golden glow by envisioning yourself breathing in a golden light. Do this three times feeling your heart glow brighter each time. Now ask yourself again, “What area of my life needs this golden glow the most?” Then release that heart-filled glow into the area of your life that really needs it in one big breath. Repeat daily as needed.

    Take a play break to visit a friend, do a cartwheel, pet the dog or plant some basil. Certainty will return when you’re ready for it.

    Expressive Body Movement Challenge

     Take the ‘golden glow’ heart exercise above and expand it so that your whole body is filled with a golden glow. Then imagine that you’re being handed a golden egg that cracks open. Express how that feels in dance and share it with the whole wide world.




    Card 3: Caterpillar (Elfin Ally Oracle Deck)

    Keyword: Transformation
     Meaning: Be open to new possibilities, ideas, people.
     Reversed: Time to retreat.

    Affirmation: I transform.
     Astrology: Pluto
     Element: Water

    Medicine: Your magic transforms a sticky situation into a beautiful garden of abundance and delight.

    Lore: She, who was Nature called Caterpillar Magic to her for healing, curious reprieve and magic, slow and subtle, transforming vision into reality.
     
    Your fuzzy coat protects you and intrigues us to pet you but your nasty spray makes us itch, so we watch and wait until one day you sprout wings and fly away.

    Oracle Decks




    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 School so get ready to Moon Collage your heart out starting one week prior to the New Moon each month…more details here: eClass.

  • Tuesday, August 11, 2020 4:15 PM | Wise Woman (Administrator)

    Dear Friends of Life and Peace
    by Donna Henes, Urban Shaman





    We have been inundated lately from all fronts — astrological, spiritual and political — with predictions, warnings and threats of terror and trauma.

    These are indeed scary times. What is at stake is our safety, our peace of mind, our centered inner selves, our very lives and the lives of all the species who share our lovely planet home.


    Indeed, our Mother Earth, Herself, is very vulnerable right now.


    What to do?

     

    We can shrink in fear and wallow in our worries — just close down. OR we can be radical optimists and use this time to work toward the expansion, openness and love that we all know in our heart of hearts is possible. We know that worrying is like praying for what we do not want.


    Instead of wasting our precious mental reserves, let us put our intentions, attention and energy toward what we do want.


    We can actively resist the urge to freeze. We can breathe deeply to fill ourselves with the air of the ages, the oxygen that can calm us. And as we exhale, we can sing, chant, talk and shout out our respect for life and our sacred prayers for peace on the planet.


    Yours for blessing upon blessing of peace, love and joy,
    xxMama Donna

     

  • Tuesday, August 04, 2020 3:45 PM | Wise Woman (Administrator)

    Writing As Meditation
    by Sara Deutsch, M.S.



    To write is to listen--to awaken the inner ear to the stream of thought, imagery, feeling and experience continuously flowing within us. In writing meditation we listen, and record whatever enters our mind. Through relaxed awareness and absolute acceptance of all the inner voices--”wounded child”, “critic”, “parent”, “loving guide”--we delve deep into the mystery of our unknown self and learn to trust our inner process to heal and enlighten us. A five minute time limit provides a gentle pressure that helps bypass the inner critic, responsible for writing blocks. Freeflow writing is a blind date with your infinite unknown self! You never know what will happen!


    PURE FREE FLOW WRITING

    Start by relaxing for a few moments, breathing deeply, slowly, easily, and emptying your mind of all thoughts. Let yourself know that you can stay deeply relaxed as you write or type. Let yourself know that you will accept and enjoy any or all of the voices that express themselves through your writing, without judgment or comparison. Let yourself know that you don’t have to make sense, be consistent or logical, or even spell or punctuate correctly. You can write nonsense, change your mind in the middle of a thought, be free to express whatever comes into your mind. The only rule is: YOU MUST WRITE AS FAST AS YOU CAN WITHOUT STOPPING FOR FIVE-MINUTES AND THE WRITING MUST BE LEGIBLE.


    DIRECTED FREE FLOW WRITING
    Once you feel comfortable with pure undirected freeflow writing, you’re ready to start with a subject you choose and find out where it will take you in your 5 minute freeflow. You can also write from mind maps (See Sara's THE MAGIC OF MIND MAPPING Ebook.)

    Do a five-minute freeflow everyday for a week. Try a short meditation to
    empty your mind before you start. Save your writings and read them all together at the end of the week. Note the different voices that come through in your freeflows.

    You may recognize the Critic who says things like this is stupid, you know you can’t write; the Playful Child who likes nonsense and silly poems, the Wise Sage or Loving Guide who answers your questions and comforts and guides you. You may hear dialogues between your different aspects: Artist and Critic, Playful Child and Serious Adult, the voices of Adventure and Security, etc. Be prepared to be surprised!

    Date your writings and file them in your binder.

  • Thursday, July 23, 2020 1:20 PM | Wise Woman (Administrator)

    About Water
    excerpt from Travelers Joy
    byJuliette de Bairacli Levy


     
    Spring water, sold in stores for purchase by urban dwellers where tap water is bad, is now commonly bottled in plastic. I would advise against the purchase of such water, and only to accept water bottled in glass.

    Even travelers’ small personal drinking flasks should not be of plastic, nor should they be of aluminum. Wood or copper or glass are preferable. Such substances regulate heat, and keep the water within cold in hot weather (especially when a damp cloth is wrapped around the water flask). In Greece it is still possible to buy beautifully carved or embossed wood or metal flasks. However, as they are costly antiques now, care should be taken when purchasing that there are no leaks. One large wood water flask which I fancied in a Greek (Rhodes) shop turned out to be a smuggler’s piece. When I was testing it for a leak, a large circular pieces from the front fell out, and could be put back into place exactly. I kept that rare flask. The antique shop did not know what a rare thing they had sold me in the leaking flask which they had promised was perfect.


    Water should never be kept sealed up, either in storage or in traveler’s drinking flasks. That is why the old-fashioned cork stoppers are still best for flasks, and second-best is wood. All stoppers should be slightly loosened to allow some air to enter when the water is not being carried around.


    Goatskin water carriers are common in many Mediterranean countries. They should be kept open to the air whenever possible. This does not apply when wine is carried in them.


    Very often I have found that people after taking the trouble to bring water from distant springs to their homes, then leave the water to stagnate completely in plastic jerry cans tightly sealed. I consider such water even worse than the chlorinated stuff from city taps. Remember, water is living and needs air!

    Stored water unless in cisterns deep below-ground, or in large tanks and butts kept outdoors, needs daily aeration by deep stirring and by shaking the containers, every morning.



    Stored water should be covered against dust and from rodents. Rodents like to bathe, and a drowned rat in a rainwater butt is not uncommon and could poison an entire family. For outdoors, wooden lids are fitted over the storage tubs or tanks, but they should not fit so tightly as to seal out all air. Indoors, circles or squares of cotton tied around the water containers with elastic are serviceable, or straw mats, held down with clean stones.


    Heavily chlorinated water can be made less harmful and less unpleasant tasting by adding a handful of charcoal to the container. This sinks to the bottom and absorbs much of the chlorine, charcoal being famed for its absorbent and filter powers. After a few hours the partly cleansed water can be poured into another flask and the entire operation repeated if necessary. A sprig of rosemary also helps aerate a water flask and gives a good flavor.

    In hot climates, where cold drinks are so important for the well-being of the family (and where there is no electricity and therefore no refrigerator), much attention is given to the drinking water. Into the water jugs every morning are put sprigs of fragrant herbs such as sweet basil or mint or bee balm. Or crushed leaves from the lemon tree, or pieces of borage herb, or slices of cucumber. These all give a cool taste to water.

    In the Middle East there is sweet-scented white blossom, which resembles white, satin-covered buttons. Three or four blossoms are used to scent a two-pint jar of water. It is called “Fil,” and is often known as “the Water-Flower” because of its popular use in water jars.

    In the summer heat of the Canary Islands, the country people know how to keep water, milk and fruits cool when no refrigeration is available. They use only clay or glass containers, never plastic. Wet cloths are draped over them to exclude all hot air. They stand on earth or stone; if on wood, it is kept damp. The earth conducts away the heat.

    Other plant-life associated with water is the hazel or willow shrub or tree. A forked branch from either often gives water-divining powers to sensitive hands. With hazel or willow, travelers may be able to find water in arid regions. I know many of the world’s wells which owe their existence to water-divining. These two shrub trees so love water that often they will tremble at its nearness in the ground over which they are being carried in a human hand, and the bend toward that element.


    ~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~

     

    Juliette de Bairacli Levy was a herbalist, author, and breeder of Afghan hounds, friend of the Gypsies, traveler in search of herbal wisdom and the pioneer of holistic veterinary medicine. For more than sixty years she lived with the Gypsies, nomads and peasants of the world, learning the healing arts of these peoples who live close to nature and listening to nature herself.


    Her books include “Traveler’s Joy”, “Nature’s Children”, “Common Herbs for Natural Health”, “A Gypsy in New York”, and “Summer in Galilee” among others.

    Juliette de Bairacli Levy's books can be found at www.wisewomanbookshop.com

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