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  • 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.


  • Monday, May 07, 2018 2:29 PM | Wise Woman (Administrator)
    Spring-Time , Spring-Water Meditation

    with Sheryl Wolover


    Please take 3 mins out of your busy schedule and practice Yoga's 6th and 7th limbs...focus/concentration and meditation.






    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

  • Monday, April 30, 2018 9:16 PM | Wise Woman (Administrator)

    There blossomed also by the mill streams, white may, and on the near grey rocks a sweet variety of wild lavender. With these flowers came the nightingales. Not a mere one or two birds as in most parts of Europe, but a multitude, so that one seemed to sing in every bush. Oh the wild piping of them! by day and by night, though on the Sierra Nevada they sang mostly by day, for the nights stayed cold that May month. Concerning the nightingales the peasants again spoke beautifully: 'The ruisenors have pearls and corals in their throats.'

    The sun of the day had become very hot by May, and the flies bred rapidly. Those swarming flies! The curse of Lanjaron; carriers of disease including the dread typhus fever. The flies are few around Granada, but all upon Lanjaron they swarmed and even reached up into the high sierra above the town and far around to plague the people there on the remote farms. Many persons who came to drink the waters of the medicinal springs went away because of the flies. If the typhus fever had not kept me in Lanjaron I believe that I too would have fled from that insect plague.

    The abundance of those flies is difficult to describe: I have only met with a near likeness around the town of Houmpt Souk on the island of Djerba, where they bred in thousands upon the open cesspits. In Lanjaron there were also most unsanitary conditions away from the clean part of the town where were the hotels for the visitors to the mineral springs: for that part was very clean and cool and well-kept. For the rest, the children piled their excreta in the back streets and then the sierra animals which came nightly into the town further fed the flies.

    I well recall two unpleasant things of the mountain town. The square opposite the inn where I first lived and where I used to see the unsanitary and miserable life of the very poor: such as the children shut out in the streets by drunken parents, and women picking from one another's heads the lice and the nits which seemingly teemed there. The other was a huge sow kept in the basement of a house in conditions of indescribable dirt, so that the entire house smelt of the pig. The animal itself was memorable for the black coat that it wore over-all-a cloak of flies! so that except for snout and tail there was scarcely a centimetre of its grey-white body to be seen.

    In the main street of the town the flies lay on roadway and pavement like black treacle, and likewise they gathered upon the walls of the houses and shops. The wares in the shops were invariably speckled black with fly excreta, fruit to crockery, lengths of dress material to bread, all habitually bore the dirt imprints of the flies. It is difficult to wash fruit clean of such contamination without spoiling and losing most of the flavour. Therefore whenever possible I bought my fruit direct from the sierra farms, or asked the shop-keepers to sell me fruit only from the lower areas of the boxes and baskets, in which parts the flies had not had entry. It was impossible to open one's doors or windows by day; only late into the night until soon after dawn dare one do so.

    To defy this rule of Lanjaron was to ensure the entry of a black hissing fly swarm into one's house, soiling everything, falling into water-jugs and milk, and at night-time descending upon the beds to crawl over the faces of the sleepers. They had the same fly habits as those of Arab lands, they liked to be upon the human body. Favourite places were the corners of the eyes and mouths of children from which they sucked moisture and at the same time left bacteria of disease. It was very general in Lanjaron to see babies' faces speckled with fly excreta.

    The people nearly all possessed fly-swishes, which the gypsies made and sold: a stout cane on to the top of which was wired a head of coloured paper streamers. With this weapon one swished the flies out of one's home and back into the streets, and also away from one's‚ body. But the fly swishing was not so easy so far as the house rooms were concerned. Through the opened door one beat out the black hordes, but a large percentage of the enemy went into hiding!

    As soon as the door was closed, out of their hiding places, beneath beds and in wall niches, they came, and danced in triumph before one's angry eyes! What happened with those flies in the water-mill during the three weeks of typhus fever when I was half-insane and entirely unable to defend my room and my children against the hordes, I shall never know. There were vast swarms of flies habitually around the mill. The fruit trees were blamed, the water, the flour in the mill, but in truth the dirt of the place was much responsible. The mill family never seemed to notice the flies at all. They would sit placidly eating their meals, their faces, hands and clothes black-plastered with flies; also equally plastered was the food that they ate!

  • Friday, April 27, 2018 2:17 PM | Wise Woman (Administrator)
    The Wonder of New Growth
    by Anne-Marie Fryer Wiboltt


    Spring is arriving with its warmer southern winds. April showers bring May flowers and already the fields are decked in a light green carpet. The first plants in the garden peek out of the grounds. I see chickweed, chives, and other herbs returning from their winter sleep. It is soon time to gather nettle shoots, dandelion greens, and violet leaves for a salad. This abundance of green growth is awe-inspiring. Even in the grocery store we find a bounty of salad mixes and different kind of fresh local lettuces.

    Let us sit down with a young dandelion plant or simply hold a head of lettuce in the hands as we place ourselves in a mood of wonder and awe of what we behold. This might be difficult at first. One way to connect with the feeling of wonder is to create a poem of the impressions of the head of lettuce or have a kind of “conversation” with the head of lettuce. Observe it in details and at the same time keep a peripheral vision. Open all your senses and notice what they tell you. How does the head of lettuce feel in your hands? Is it cold or warm? Is it heavy or light? Is it symmetric? Does it have a delicate smell or taste? What does it sound like when you break off a leaf? What are you experiencing holding this head of lettuce?

    Become aware that when looking at this head of lettuce with all senses open in wonder, awe and astonishment, a feeling of reverence surges through you. A reverence that is new and fresh and completely unexpected. If we can stay with this feeling, we will begin to experience and even 'see' something of the wisdom within and around the head of lettuce. We will clearly experience that some life forces allowed this beautiful head of lettuce to appear and motivated it into being. Where do these life forces come from? If we leave the lettuce on the counter over night, the life forces clearly have withdrawn, where do they go? They are there in the living growth of the new plants -that we can experience with intimate immediacy.

    It is a great gift to the world when we begin to observe and directly feelingly experience the creative life forces and the interweaving of these forces in all creations. Once we experience the world in this new way, we enliven a true imagination that is beyond intellectual understanding. Then a genuine feeling for the invisible wisdom in nature arises in us and the experience becomes a real spiritual sensing. Our souls begin at once to be transformed and so does this invisible world of creative life forces which we are united with.

    Delicious Consommé with Snap Peas and Chives

    This clear soup is deliciously light and beautiful when served in decorative ceramic bowls. Instead of snap peas use small quartered onions, wild onions or scallions.

    1 quart soup stock
    1 cup snap peas, cut diagonal or left whole
    1/2 - 1 tablespoon of sea salt
    Black pepper to taste
    2 tablespoons chives, minced
    4 dandelion flowers for garnish

    Strain the stock and bring to a boil. If the stock is very strong, add water so the soup will be flavorful, but not overpowering.

    Add snap peas and let simmer for 1-2 minutes.

    Season with salt and pepper, then let the soup simmer for another minute.

    Serve immediately in individual bowls and garnish with chives and dandelion flowers.





    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, April 24, 2018 11:14 AM | Wise Woman (Administrator)

    Spanish Mountain Life, part 3

    by Juliette de Bairacli-Levy


    We also took walks on the mountain every morning, despite the cold of that unnatural Andalusian spring. The breath of the sierra wind was icy; snow and hail came in it often enough. It was colder than anything that I had known elsewhere in Europe, including the French Alps in February, or even during mid-winter on the sea-coast beyond Istanbul in Turkey.


    The Sierra Nevada peasants said: 'This wind enters the heart of the bones', and they would wrap their woollen cloaks tighter around their lean bodies. But Raflk and I had no woollen clothes, for I had expected to find the hot Andalusian sun which I had known in the spring in Granada two years ago. We shivered in our thin clothes and were thankful when the evening brazier of olive-wood charcoal was lit in our room in the inn and we could warm away the cold of the day.


    I could not forgo our walks despite the snow and rain. For all the terraced slopes of the fertile lower areas of the sierra were in blossom. Fruit trees of every kind seemed as multitudinous as the sierra animals, and the blossom lay lovely upon them, of all colours of white and pink, from the ivory of pear flowers to the darker rose hue of quince and almond. Green-white was the most fragrant blossom of orange and lemon trees. Trees in blossom, seen against a turquoise sky when the rains cleared, are a fair thing, and later the carmine of pomegranate flowers against the blue was the loveliest of all.


    I knew some sadness when all the snow melted on the sierra heights around Lanjaron, for the eternal snow of the Sierra Nevada was on higher ranges, out of walking or mule-riding distance of the molino Gongoras. But with the melting of the snow came the wild purple irises, tall as Rafik, beautiful banners of them along the borders of the streams and waving upon the wet parts of the foothills. Their scent was a delight and I gathered armfuls of them for my room in the water-mill. They flowered at Eastertime, the Semana Santa of Spain, and the peasants told me that they represented the pain of Christ; certainly the purple iris was much used in the church processions of that holy week.


    Later, the peasants also said that the white Madonna lily- the azucena, so celebrated in songs and dances of Spain represented the happiness of Christ, his triumph over death, and that the white lilies would blossom when the irises had died away. And that was so. So soon as the irises had withered on the mountain, the madonna lilies flowered thick along the border of the upper mill stream of the molino Gongoras, and like the white of swans were reflected in the sunlit waters of the stream. They too then had their turn in the church processions, especially the June celebration of Corpus Christi.


  • Tuesday, April 17, 2018 10:16 AM | Wise Woman (Administrator)

    SPANISH MOUNTAIN LIFE

    Part Two

    by Juliette de Bairacli-Levy


       

    All alongside the many streams of the mountain there was also a flowering; more hyacinths, and then mostly tiny things, such as the scented violet, chickweed, red and yellow pimpernel, white clover, and in the water itself much watercress which Rafik and I gathered for our midday meals.


    The winding roads of the mountain, later to become ankle-deep in white dust, were bordered by fleshy-leaved, grey-hued aloes and cacti.

    The passing of the goat flock in front of my window was being repeated by others throughout Lanjaron; everywhere house doors were being opened to pass out animals of all sorts, hungry for the feed of the mountain. The animals were attended by men and youths, frequently gypsies, either on foot or mounted on their donkeys, mules or horses, the latter very often colourfully decorated with harness and saddle trappings, the saddles being embroidered with bright wools and hung with fringes- which are also a deterrent to flies- of crimson and saffron wools, almost always only those two colours.

    The music of that Sierra Nevada procession of animals! Collar and harness bells pealed, hooves beat wild on the modern concreted road, the herd dogs barked, and men shouted instructions to their mounts. 'Burr-O!' for their donkeys, 'gall-arr' for their mules, and 'hack-ah' the horses. The herding cry for the goats was always 'she-bah, she-bah!' Otherwise the men are very silent; but away by the streams of the three water-mills and the narrow river Husagre, the women sang as they washed their household linen and clothes-and they gossiped much, also, one about the other. Washing work on the mountains was very easy.

    Washing machines and soap powders were not needed. Exposure to the fierce sun bleached out all stains, and likewise dried out all moisture in quick time. Housework too, was very easy. A sweep-out with an old-fashioned broom, then a wipe-over of furniture, with paper to remove dust, then a cloth moistened first with vinegar to erase marks, then polished with a little olive oil, made fragrant by having steeped in it, again in the hot sun, mountain flowers from lavender and thyme to scented broom blossom.

    The singing heard on the Sierra Nevada is typical Anda-luz. The sweet and sad throbbing chant of flamenco, which resembles Moorish song, was doubtless influenced by the long occupation by the Moors of the Andalusian area of Spain facing Morocco.

    The women and girls also go forth from the houses to the sierra; they to the nearer places to cut fodder for the immediate needs of those animals which have not gone to the sierra to graze, and to gather also herbs for their cooking, especially fennel and sorrel, sweet mint, a sweet watercress, water-celery and a form of wild onion of much abundance. Watercress is not very popular with them, and they scorn chickweed and nettles, all of which Rafik and I ate in a daily salad, especially the water-celery. That going to and from the mountain of the people and animals was the heart of the life of that part of the Sierra Nevada. Every evening I took my child to meet the procession of the animals; for he loved the beasts of all kinds as much as I loved them, and that was very much indeed.

    My greatest affinity was for the herbivorous creatures, especially sheep, goats, cows, horses, camels, and the wild deer. On the sierra roads I met with an abundance of all except the camel and deer, although that latter animal also lives in some remoter parts of the mountain. How good it was to be close to so many animals and all of them in fine health, excepting perhaps some of the cows which suffered from mastitis, due mostly, I believe, to irregular milking and being walked long distances when their udders were un-naturally heavy with milk. Rafik and I liked to see the great herds, and have the sweet herbage scent of them, and touch their strong bodies with our hands. The goats especially came to know us, and would greet us in their high vibrant voices and nuzzle against us.


        to be continued...

  • Thursday, April 12, 2018 6:31 PM | Wise Woman (Administrator)
    New Moon in Aries Meditation
    by Kathy Crabbe



    As we enter this most auspicious time of the year (in the Northern hemisphere) for beginnings - Spring and the first New Moon of the Year (in Aries) I'd love to share with you a short and vibrant New Moon Meditation I channeled just for you along with a Lefty Oracle card.

    Aries New Moon, April 15, 2018

    New Moon in Aries Meditation

    Begin this New Year in silence. Perhaps beside your altar, or outside in nature.

    Allow the Lefty Oracle card of the New Moon to speak to you. (see below)

    Ask what you need, right now, from the Universe, the Divine, God/dess.

    Ask for a light to shine upon your heart's most hidden desire, right now.

    Don't dwell too long in this space, for you have work to do!

    Next, I suggest that you write out a one word affirmation to help you connect with your heart's vision anytime/anyplace. Add a special, memory jogging symbol next to this word as well.

    To end, thank your guides, the Divine and this Lefty.



    Lefty Oracle for the New Moon: Miss Talitha Spider-Sister*

    Mantra:  I am hidden.

    Affirmation: I acknowledge the darkness within for out of the darkness comes the light.

    Element: Spirit

    If this card appears in a reading you are heading into the unknown and that can be scary, but at least you will be prepared. It may be a journey within to the hidden depths of your soul or it may take place in the mundane realms. It may be a time of deep emotion, facing fears, overcoming a challenge, seeking truth, legal issues, or worries and stress but you will come through it transformed and stronger than ever.

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



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

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


    Kathy’s 4 week eClass “Awaken Your Divine Feminine Soul” is once again being offered at Wise Woman University so get ready to Moon Collage your heart out starting one week prior to the New Moon each month…more details here: eClass.



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