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  • Monday, May 20, 2019 3:03 PM | Wise Woman (Administrator)
    Scorpio Full Moon: Secret Solace (Pick A Card)
    by Kathy Crabbe

    Not knowing what to write about this month for the Scorpio Full Moon I pulled a Lefty Oracle card that advised me to simply write and open my heart. These words popped out: lush...paradise...awaits. Be prepared...to fight.

    I was at my relatives this past Sunday and was brought very low by the suffering around me; of death imminent, and of pain, well hidden beneath various attitudes of flippancy, 'fidgetiness' and criticality. I broke down, almost not making it through lunch. I couldn't open my heart. I could barely breathe.

    Later, the next day during my coaching session with Jen DeTracey I cried many times (quietly) and I recognized how anger and the fight within me keep me going and pursuing my dreams. And so, I continue to make a sacred and safe space around me with the help of art.

    Can anger be healthy?
    Yes...
    If you understand how it works, let it out and then use it to propel you to make a difference.

    “Nolite te bastardes carborundorum.”





    Scorpio Full Moon: Pick a Card

    Relax.
    Focus gently on your breath.
    Go within.
    Ask a question or leave it open.
    Scroll down for this month's Full Moon Reading.
    *cards are from the lefty oracle and elfin ally oracle decks*

    Scorpio Full Moon Card REVEAL

    Card 1: Kattern is grace under pressure
    Mantra: I am mindful.
    Affirmation: I am in perfect alignment with universal flow.
    Element: Fire

    If this card appears in a reading it’s pretty much guaranteed that you’ve got a whole lot goin’ on right now. In fact, in this oracle card Kattern appears to be holding up the sky all on her own, but the key word is ‘grace’. Although your world may be caving in on you right now, you have the fortitude and grace to carry on in style. Your feathers may feel ruffled and your world a shambles, but you do what you need to do without a big fuss or hissy fit. Things are NOT easy right now, but that too will change. So hang tight and wait for reinforcements; both divine and mundane.

    In my own life this card symbolized my turning forty which felt like a rollercoaster ride of emotion that I was unprepared for and shake me up it did. I did my best to transform myself and my world by painting a series of divine feminine paintings on huge four foot by four foot canvases to let it all out, the pain, the sorrow, the joy, and it worked! I got those emotions safely out of me without too much damage control required. What a ride! But I kept my head and channeled the energy with grace and style; it was as messy as all get out, but a work of beauty in the end.

    Card 2:Snake
    Keyword: Insistent
    Meaning: Although the way forward remains a mystery, have faith that you’re on the right path.
    Reversed: Going backward.

    Affirmation: I am quietly perceptive.
    Astrology: Saturn, Scorpio, Pluto
    Element: Earth, Water

    Medicine: Your secrets are safe with me.

    Lore: Deep within the earth she travelled with Snake as her ally for he knew the spiral pathways to her innermost secrets.

    She was encased in sloopy, green sadness where her ally could not reach her. Her tears formed diamonds, her features hard, but in the depths of her soldier's heart beat Snake Medicine, cool, flexible and stinging. She would bounce back.




    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.
  • Monday, May 13, 2019 6:45 PM | Wise Woman (Administrator)

    Wildcrafting Guidelines
    By: Jessica Godino






    Start with a few easily recognized plants, and get to know new plants slowly.

    Study the poisonous plants that grow in your area, and always know whether the plant you¹re harvesting plant has any poisonous lookalikes.

    Always be sure you have identified a plant correctly, either through the use of a field guide or an experienced harvester.

    Give your full attention to your task; its easy to make mistakes if you¹re distracted.

    Some plants have parts that are edible and parts that are toxic, and some plants have parts that are edible at certain times of the year but toxic at others. Make sure you know which part to use, and when to harvest it.

    As with all foods, some plants will not agree with certain people. Start with small amounts of any wild food that is new to you.

    Ask permission before harvesting on someone else's property

    Avoid areas that are likely to be sprayed, for example around power lines, train tracks, golf courses, and weedless yards. Don't gather within 50 feet from a busy road, especially downhill from one.

    Return often to your harvesting sites, to get to know the plants at different phases of their life cycle.

    Learn which plants are endangered in your area and avoid harvesting them altogether. (Luckily, many edible and medicinal plants are prolific weeds, and you don¹t need to worry about over-harvesting.)


  • Tuesday, May 07, 2019 12:00 PM | Wise Woman (Administrator)
    The Rhythms of Life
    by Anne-Marie Fryer


    Today I went for a walk in my garden, which is nestled among the fields and woods with late summer flowers. It was humid and hot. The leaves of the near by maple trees had begun to turn yellow and orange, one by one spiraling to the ground. I felt the warmth of the air touching my skin and the wet, flexible soil below my feet. With my awareness I began to sense life itself. I sensed inwardly how the earth breathes and changes. I entered into the blue of the sky; let it permeate my whole being and felt the reverence that embraces the earth. I was filled with joy and reverence of just being.

    We live in a world of constant changes. Day transforms into night and summer into winter. Every morning a new day is birthed and every evening it dies away for the night to be born. The moon becomes full, wanes and disappears for three days before it reappears anew. The seasons flow into each other, each giving way for the next. Blessed with these changes, no two days are alike.

    Being attentive to these subtle qualitative differences in our daily lives, we will discover that the vegetation changes during the course of the year and colors have different hues in the different light of the day. Shadows lengthen and shorten, the humidity fluctuates through the seasons, and the wind whirls around at times softly, at times vigorously. We come to know, and appreciate deeply, that life emerges in cosmic cycles and rhythms.  We live within the rhythms of the sun in our sleeping and waking life, and yearly cycles seem to guide our lives.  We become aware that our breathing has rhythms, so does the rhythm of our hearts and digestion. Our menstrual cycle has a rhythm of its own, yet it is also connected with the cycle of the moon. In awe we begin to experience ourselves as human beings of rhythms.  The sense of interconnectedness we have with the cosmos awakens feelings of joy and gratitude. We can work with these cycles and rhythms consciously instead of going sleepily through the day, letting life’s circumstances blow us this way and that.

    Practically, in terms of our daily life style and eating habits, it means that we can consciously create meals that harmonize with the cosmic and earthly rhythms, and find joy in cooking to meet daily and seasonal changes. This is a much different experience than being pushed and pulled by our sensory cravings or intellect, which most often eventually lead to unhappiness and uneasiness. Instead we can create healthy eating habits in rhythm with nature that lays the foundation for clarity of thought, stability of emotions, strength of motivation, and a healthy sense of well-being.

    Living harmoniously as a being of rhythm within the rhythms in nature begins with experiencing the daily and seasonal changes with a heartful and conscious presence. These changes are related to the journey of the earth as it rhythmically spirals in an ocean of light belonging to the sun and the many stars. What a marvel to bring this picture alive in the imagination! To wonder at our earth/cosmic presence in the bosom of this life-sustaining light enfolds us in continual awe and reverence.

    As I continued strolling through my garden, I gathered a variety of vegetables for our evening meal; leafy greens, round vegetables and roots. I found deep green kale, a few yellow squash still on the vine, and red onions.  I dug up a few burdock. This was hard work.  Burdock are more strongly connected to the grounding earthly forces than other root vegetables like carrots. They spiral downward, penetrating powerfully and deeply into the ground two to three feet. Now it is time to go to the kitchen to make a well balanced meal in harmony with the rhythms of this season.


    Burdock with Cilantro
    Fresh dug burdock and cilantro is a  wonderful combination. Both available in season at most health food stores. When sautéed in a little dark roasted sesame oil the strong individual flavors of burdock and cilantro blend harmoniously.

    2 tablespoons dark roasted sesame oil or extra virgin olive oil
    2 cups burdock root grated large or shaved
    1/4 cup water
    1 tablespoon tamari soy sauce
    3 tablespoons cilantro finely cut
    Edible flowers for garnish

    Heat a skillet, then add oil, and sauté burdock until they release a pleasant nutty aroma.
    Pour water in the skillet, cover and simmer for 10-15 min.
    Season with tamari soy sauce and simmer 2 minutes.
    Add cilantro. Mix well and serve garnished with dandelion flowers.

    Resources,
    Cooking for the Love of the World, Anne-Marie Fryer






    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


     
  • Friday, May 03, 2019 10:39 AM | Wise Woman (Administrator)
    New Moon in Taurus
    by Kathy Crabbe

    Everythin's a changin' all the time. I've been putting painting FIRST with the help of my coach, Jen DeTracey and I feel like a kid again. Now if only my hair was still red (or brown hehehe). Below is the fruit of my labour (cats and other animals painted on rustic wood slices of oak and sugar bush turned into jewelry...more pix and videos here) plus a 4 card oracle spread so you can pick a card for the Taurus New Moon on May 4.

    What feeds your soul?

    Taurus New Moon: Pick a Card

    Relax your breath.
    Go within.
    Ask a question (or not)
    and then scroll down for this month's New Moon Reading.

    *cards are from the lefty oracle and elfin ally oracle decks*




    Taurus New Moon Card REVEAL





    Card 1: Guess poet

    Mantra: I am present.
    Affirmation: I dream the Divine in everything. The poet within wants to sing!
    Element: Air

    If this card appears in a reading It's time to go more deeply into your current journal practice by branching out into another form of writing such as poetry, creative writing, automatic writing, non dominant hand printing, dream analysis, drama, song writing, to name a few. Take some time to sit quietly and gather your thoughts and then simply plunge in and start writing. Time yourself or set a word limit such as writing one hundred words a day, no more or no less. Working with this kind of restrictive format can help you 'go with the flow' so look out for poetry appearing like magick without much effort at all.

    In my own life I spent a few weeks writing one hundred words a day and poetry just flowed out of me. It was so easy.



    Card 2: Seagull


    Keyword: Freedom

    Meaning: Be bold and daring in your approach.


    Reversed: You are earthbound and not ready to move forward.

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

    Medicine: You embody the WIND, the AIR, our breath – pure and in the moment, free to BE.

    Lore: She was in awe. Her ally, the Seagull, meant everything to her. He was freedom, joy, eternal flight, and to where, she didn't care.

    I am free, you tell me over and over again until I hear your voice in my bones and I can fly – free, beautiful and loud!



    Card 3: Crazee Janice dancing as fast as she can


    Mantra: I ride the roller coaster.
    Affirmation: I slow things down step-by-step.
    Element: Spirit

    If this card appears in a reading anything could happen! Things are going fast and so are you. Is it time to slow down yet? Can you manage it? Breathe...repeat. This too shall pass.

    In my own life I have been on this sort of rollercoaster life ride before, especially during the early stages of menopause which also occurred during my astrological mid life transition. It's called Uranus Opposition and it occurs for all of us around the age of forty. It was a ride I could NOT seem to get off! Crazee indeed. But I survived and even though I knew it was going to happen all I could do was to hang on. Sorry, no great advice to offer you, other than to get ready!


    Card 4: Kingfisher


    Keyword: Awake
    Meaning: You have a calling. What is it? Allow your inner compass to guide you to the answer.
    Reversed: Noise and confusion disrupt your peace of mind.

    Affirmation: I am cherished.
    Astrology: Leo, Neptune, Pisces, Pluto, Saturn
    Element: Earth, Fire, Water

    Medicine: Your inventive ways invigorate and brighten our days.
    Lore: She was fine, just fine, with all that was, will be, and is. With Kingfisher as her ally she could light up a room, and spark your heart 'til it glowed.

    "Always and forever we will be friends," said this elf to her ally, the Kingfisher, for he brought her fish each day and she treated him to a rhyme and a prayer in return.

    Elfin Ally Oracle Deck

     
    Lefty Oracle Deck




    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.
  • Monday, April 29, 2019 7:47 PM | Wise Woman (Administrator)

    Got Ramps?!

    by Thea Summer Deer,  D.S.P.S



    photo by Thea Summer Deer


    Worthy of its own festival, ramps are a springtime rite celebrating a Southern Appalachian delicacy. Smelly as a ram in spring, ramps get their nickname from the Old English word “ramson” for wild garlic. They are also affectionately known as the spring onion, wild leek, and in French, ail sauvage and ail des bois, which translates as (no surprise!) wild garlic. This might lead one to think that there are ramps in France, but the French name comes from the Canadian province of Quebec where this wild food also emerges in the springtime. Once considered a lowly member of the leek family, Allium tricoccum, is a perennial member of the onion family, Alliaceae, which has a newfound status as a gourmet wild food. Ramps are popular in the cuisines of the rural upland South and in Quebec appearing in upscale restaurants throughout North America. It is a native of rich, damp woodlands in the eastern US and is becoming vulnerable to over harvesting. Ramps are gaining so fast in popularity, in fact, that the Great Smoky Mountains National Park has banned their collection. A permit can still be obtained to dig ramps in the Nantahala and Pisgah National forests of North Carolina.


    Slow growing ramps grow in clusters strongly rooted just beneath the organic layer of soil over a limestone outcropping on a north-facing slope that is timbered in hard woods on a well-shaded floodplain or above a streambed. They must be carefully dug in order not to tear the leaves or break their delicate bulb. Unmistakable with their garlicky odor and onion like flavor, ramps are only available for a few weeks in the spring. Mature ramps have two or three broad, smooth, shiny green leaves arising from a purplish lower stem that connects underground to a scallion-like, white, elongated bulb. Ramps can be commercially cultivated, but propagation from seed is difficult. It is possible to transplant them into loose, well-drained soil with lots of organic matter, and plenty of shade and moisture.


    Other plants you may observe scattered among the ramps are the Trout Lily, Bloodroot and Trillium. There are a couple of look-alikes that one should be aware of and they are Lily of the Valley (Convallaria majalis) and Trout Lily (Erythronium americanum) which like the ramp are small and two-leafed. Lily of the Valley is considered to be highly poisonous, and the Trout Lily will induce vomiting. Neither of these has the distinct odor or bulb of the ramp. The young Trout Lily sends up only one leaf, which is much smaller than ramps, and the older leaves are mottled. The young Trout Lily is the one most commonly mistaken for a ramp as it also has a purplish stem. It’s single leaf and lack of ramp odor is its give-away.


    So let us welcome the ‘Comin’ O’ Spring’ with a pungent treat and deep appreciation for these bright green ‘wild leeks’, as they are called in the north. An important spring tonic after a long cold winter, both leaves and bulbs are edible and medicinal. They are easily prepared and can be substituted in any recipe that calls for leeks, onions, scallions or garlic. Their pungent flavor helps to disperse mucus, stimulate digestion, and improve sluggish liver function. Its mildly diaphoretic action offers protection against colds. Best combined with grains, which are moderately mucus forming, they disperse stagnant blood and increase qi energy. Eating ramps in combination with grains (full sweet) is a wonderful way to attune to spring.


    Folks have long been celebrating the ramp with annual festivals like the one in Cosby, Tennessee that has been going on for over 50 years. One of the highlights of this festival is the crowning of the “Maid of Ramps” in a celebration of music, dance and ritual. But the festival need not be any further than your own kitchen to celebrate the gourmet side of this native plant. And here’s a little secret for you: If you happen to be out in the woods hunting for ramps – keep your eyes open for morels, they like a similar habitat and are ready to harvest at the same time. Fresh morel mushrooms cooked up with a ‘mess o’ ramps’ is heaven on earth!



    Wild Ramp and Mushroom Sauté

    • 3 tablespoons bacon grease from organic, nitrate and nitrite free bacon
    • 2 cups chopped ramps, leaves and bulb
    • 1 cup chopped fresh morels
    • dash white wine or herbal vinegar
    • salt and pepper to taste


    Sauté mushrooms in bacon grease until tender. Turn up the heat and using a quick high-temperature sauté method, add ramps and cook until tender, stirring frequently. Add vinegar, then remove from heat and add salt and pepper to taste. Serve on top of fish, meat or favorite grain.


    photos by Thea Summer Deer


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    Learn more about Thea's courses at the Wise Woman University

     
    Thea Summer Deer, Ph.D. 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 35 years as owner of Mindbody Press and Evolutionary Press, and as the executive director of Resources for World Health. She is a graduate of the 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 new book, "Wisdom of the Plant Devas: Herbal Medicine for a New Earth," published by Inner Traditions International/Bear & Company, bridges botanical medicine with Earth-Spirit wisdom. ~~ Order Here ~~

    Learn more at www.theasummerdeer.com or "Like" her on Facebook.
  • Tuesday, April 23, 2019 6:09 PM | Wise Woman (Administrator)

            Plant Medicine: Plants as Spiritual

    Teachers & Allies
            by Jane Sherry




     

    Plants have been our allies, our protectors, our food and medicine as long as there has been life on earth. The physical and spiritual presence of plants is deeply interconnected with our earthly existence throughout our lives.

    Photosynthesis helps create a breathable atmosphere. Plant life nourishes all animal existence. Plant mysteries and histories are interwoventhe Art of Phyllis Tarlow into our psyches and our mythology, present in our relations with one another, with all spiritual beings, and with our dear home, Planet Earth.

    Flowers and seeds, stems and leaves, roots and fruits feed us and clothe us, house and protect us, soothe our fevers and our fears and form the basis of our rituals and celebrations. Plant medicine has helped women and men to conceive life, to nurture life, and to die with grace and dignity.

    Plants, like the myriad varieties of people on earth, have special qualities & abilities. Each of us resonates most harmoniously with specific plants and plant medicines. These plants are our allies, our spiritual guides and helpers. Our plant alliances nurture our physical and emotional bodies and assist us in our earthly and cosmic journeys.

    The cycles of plant life provide a rhythm that shapes the seasons of our lives and informs our very language, so that plants serve us there as well, by helping us to connect to place, to the soil of our culture and to our spirit.

    We say we are feeling grounded when we are centered and feeling connected to our environment and our spirit. We say we are feeling ungrounded when we feel disconnected from ourselves or from others.

    We say we have put down roots when we have established ourselves and feel at home in our surroundings. When we move to a new land or a new job, we say we have found new soil in which to grow; we are transplants. We say that we are planting seeds for the future when we are germinating new ideas, cultivating new friends and relationships. We say we are branching out when we try something new. When we make big changes in our lives, when we have breakthroughs, we say that we are breaking new ground. As we incorporate these new ways into our lives our habits change and we say we are growing new roots.

    The adage, "the fruit doesn't fall far from the tree", is about the continuum from one generation to the next. We use the word seed to connote sperm, descendants, continuity and new beginnings, or to connote the origins of events, families, emotions or other states of being.

    We even name our children after plants and flowers. Babies and young children are sometimes called sprouts. We say that pubescent, blushing youth is budding when we describe their newfound sexuality, that they blush like the bloom of pink on a white rose; their budding new sexuality then flowers as they become young women and young men. To bloom is to flourish, to shine with life force in full early earthly expression of a maturing life.

    Our alliance with the plant world is so deeply rooted in our psyches that spiritual and religious traditions from the Neolithic era to the present reflect the imagery of growth, flowering, fruiting, sacrificial death, decay and rebirth that characterizes the cycle of plant life around the world.

    Plants have always been our magical companions in our evolution here on earth, and will continue to evolve in their abilities to assist us to become more conscious, more kind, more loving in our relations.

    Horticulture, is the cultivation of a garden, from the Latin 'hortus' for garden, and the Indo European word for culture. Gardening is the cultivation of the soul, not just the soil. When planting a seed, through our faith and love, we concentrate and focus the forces of the universe to prepare a suitable environment for the conception of new life. Through our faith and love and conscious partnership with the cosmic and earthly forces of nature, we nurture and fertilize the sprouting seed over time, until the growing plant reaches its full expression in flower or fruit.

    Because soul gardening involves bringing into full consciousness an intuitive connection with plant allies, gardeners have a unique opportunity to work spiritually with each living being in the garden, and to establish a unique relationship with the plants we nurture. Each one of us has the ability to ask for and receive help from our plant allies.

    It is easy and rewarding to find out what plants are your personal allies either through dreams or meditation. Before you go to sleep at night, or before a meditation, formulate the intent to meet your plant ally. Most likely they are already growing right around you in your backyard, or in a nearby park. It may take several attempts to make contact. You may see a plant or flower or fruit, or you may hear a voice telling you the name of your ally. You may see a color or smell a fragrance, and then during the session or later, perhaps while walking in the garden or a park, you may see a plant that reminds you of what you saw or smelled in your dream or during your meditation.

    Once you have contacted your plant ally, you can sit quietly, and speak with the spirit of the plant. You can get to know your plant ally by brewing up a cup of herb tea or taking flower essences, but the most direct way is to live in partnership & communion with a growing plant or garden of plants, flowers, herbs & shrubs.

    Plant seeds on a windowsill or in your garden. Grow herbs and flowers, make your own herb teas, and flower essences. Grow and eat more flowers and plants, like violets and dandelions, in your salads and other dishes, and thank them for their tireless service. Remember to leave wild places in your yard or farm for the plant spirits to play.

  • Thursday, April 18, 2019 11:07 AM | Wise Woman (Administrator)
    April 19 Libra Full Moon: NO Regrets
    by Kathy Crabbe

    Here we go!
    Relax your breath.
    Go Within.
    Ask a question (or not)
    and scroll down for this month's Full Moon Reading.


    Libra Full Moon Card REVEAL




    Raven
    Keyword: Wise
    Meaning: Although saddened by the times your will is true and guided by magick.
    Reversed: A dark omen portends gloom, so stay inside!

    Affirmation: No regrets.
    Astrology: Saturn, Pluto
    Element: Earth, Water

    Medicine: Our task is to challenge authority in dark, mysterious and magickal ways.

    Lore: She could feel her heart lift and fly free, free as her ally, the Raven. He told her his secrets each night through gifts of shine and sparkle that blessed her whole life.

    She was young and magically untested as an Elfin Princess-in-waiting often was. But with heart aflame, to match the red of her hair she would explore the hidden realms in cahoots with the Mystery of Raven, her great ally and chum.





    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.
  • Wednesday, April 10, 2019 3:48 PM | Wise Woman (Administrator)
    Gate Pose

    with Sheryl Wolover


    The unusual shape of Gate Pose invites us to open our view of who we are and where we are going.





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

  • Friday, April 05, 2019 7:49 PM | Wise Woman (Administrator)

    Nutritious Whole Grains

    by Anne-Marie Fryer Wiboltt



    Many people of traditional cultures naturally understood which foods were healthy and nutritious. Modern people, however, have to consult charts and nutritional tables to learn if a food is healthful. (Detailed research and charts are readily available on line.) Grains are an example of a food that is well represented in all the vital nutrient groups: vitamins, minerals, proteins, carbohydrates, oils and fibers. These nutrients come in a very balanced proportion to each other. This balanced nutritional content is one reason why people, who have adjusted to a diet including grains, seldom feel cravings for something missing. With a few added condiments such as healthy oils and fats, and fermented foods much of human nutritional needs are supplied by these lovely grains. Below is a highlight of a few of the essential nutrients in grains.

      The vitamins in grains are many. Dependent on growing methods and geography, grains contain several essential B vitamins; B1, B2, and B6. Vitamin E is also found in all grains as well as vitamin K1.

      The mineral and trace elements in grains support the digestion and assimilation of the other nutrients in the grain. Grains are a good source of organic silica as well(especially abundant in millet).  Many of these minerals and trace elements assist in especially healthy brain function, nervous system, and in the building process of healthy bones, muscles, skin, hair, and nails. Thus grains are a natural beauty aids.

      The oils supplied by grains are unsaturated and contain many "essential " oils that are necessary for the body. Linolic fatty acids are some of them, which among other benefits, prevents cholesterol build up, and break up fats.

      Proteins are also present in grains. As the matter of facts, grains are an excellent source of protein, containing 1/2- 2/3 as much as that which is provided in the same amount of meat and fowl. In a meat centered diet however, when a high proportion of the body's caloric intake is supplied simply by proteins, an acidic condition can be created in the blood. When this happens, the body drains its own mineral supply in an attempt to neutralize these acids.

      The carbohydrates provided by grains are what scientists call polysaccharides. These are complex chains of sugar molecules and easily digested when chewed well, releasing a steady stream of carbohydrates that provides a stable energy flow. Quick burning carbohydrates on the other hand, such as sugar, and other sweets, enter the bloodstream in a rush and puts strain on the liver, pancreas, heart, and other organs. They also produce highs and lows that become mood swings.

      The bran is an important part of the grains as well. It is a shame that when making rice "white", or turning wheat into white flour, this valuable substance is removed. Most of grains' vitamins and minerals are stored in and under the protective coating of bran, and so are lost with its removal. Much of the protein in wheat is also taken away, because this is attracted to the bran and germ. Additionally, bran contains enzymes, that aid in the digestion of the grain, and absorbs excess bile. It also acts as a roughage that keeps the intestines regular and functioning well.

    Whole grains can maintain their nutritive components over a long period of time. Once the bran has been removed, as with white rice or white flour, it looses most of its nutrients. In its whole state, grains are naturally sealed so perfectly, that grains are still capable of sprouting into new life years after their harvest. Whole grain not only provides us with an excellent form of nourishment, but also with the potential of life creating forces.


    GOMAKU RICE

    3 c short grain brown rice
    1 table spoon  lemon juice           

    Kernels from 1 corn on the cob
    1  6" piece kombu sea vegetables           

    1/2 lb tempeh, or chicken
    4 c water                  

    1/4 tsp sea salt
    1 carrot, diced                   

    Butter, olive or coconut oil
    2 onions, diced

    Wash the rice and place it in a pot with the water and lemon juice. Let it soak for 6-8 hours.
    Bring the rice to a boil. Soak the kombu for 2 min, and cut it in cubes. Cube the tempeh or chicken and fry the cubes in butter or oil until golden. When the rice has come to a boil add the kombu, carrots, corn, onions, tempeh and salt. Cover with a lid and let it simmer for 60 min. Let the rice sit for 5 min before placing it in a serving bowl. Garnished with finely cut parsley, gomaku rice is a little colorful meal by itself and can be served as it is with a few pieces of pickles.

    *Variation: Use rice and other grains together, beans, or beef instead of tempeh. Use different vegetables,  mushrooms etc. The rice can be pressure cooked for 40 min, instead of being boiled.





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

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




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


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

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


     

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

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

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



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

    by Anne-Marie Fryer Wiboltt



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


  • Monday, March 18, 2019 3:00 PM | Wise Woman (Administrator)
    Blackberry
    Excerpt from "A City Herbal"

    by Maida Silverman



    Part Two ...



    Historical Lore, Legends, and Uses: The word bramble is said to be derived from the Old English word brymble, meaning prickly, and bramble can also mean any thorny bush. Another source explains the word as coming from the Anglo-Saxon the ART of KATYA SANNAword bramel, itself derived from an older word, brom, meaning broom. In earlier times, the thorny branches of the Blackberry tied to a stick were used to make a broom for sweeping. In England, the word bramble is used as a verb; the expression going brambling means going Blackberry picking.

    The Blackberry has long been appreciated for the taste of the ripe fruit and valued for its medicinal properties. Many writers did not even bother with a botanical description of the plant, saying instead that it is so well known it needs no description, or it grows in almost every hedge. It is difficult to overestimate the faith people once had in the healing powers of this plant. The astringent and binding properties were familiar to all who wrote about Blackberries and all parts of the plant leaves, roots, flowers, and ripe and unripe berries were used.

    Preparations containing Blackberry were used to treat diarrhea, dysentery (often called bloody flux ), various stomach disorders, and were believed valuable for healing irritations of the mouth and throat. Eating young shoots was even credited with fastening loose teeth in the gums! Infusions of the roots and leaves and syrups prepared from the berries added to wine were the usual methods of administering.

    The Leechbook of Bald, a tenth-century Anglo-Saxon treatise on plants and herbal remedies, recommended preparations of Blackberry. For flux in women a tea was made from the berries and drunk for three days while fasting. For heart-ache the fresh leaves were pounded and laid over on the wound.

    One Tudor herbalist recommended taking Blackberry juice mixed with wine and honey for the passions of the heart. He observed, The sweet ripe fruit is very effectual, besides the facility and pleasantness in taking. Another herbalist, Dr. William Coles, prescribed Blackberry as a remedy for heartburn, as some call it, which is a gnawing in the stomach from choler. ( Choler is an old word meaning anger. This particular write was apparently aware of the connection between emotions like anger and physical illness, especially stomach and digestive disorders. He noted that the distilled water of {Blackberry} branches, leaves, flowers and fruit is very pleasant in both taste and smell and is excellent for feverish persons.

    At the end of his extensive treatise on the virtues of Blackberry, Dr. Coles decided to include the following homily: The people of Norway use their bramble against scurvy and other melancholy diseases, so that we may admire the wonderful wisdom of God, who has ordained to grow in every climate remedies for those diseases whereunto it is subject. The doctor was no doubt rebuking his fellow Englishmen and women, who at that time were abandoning their native medicines in favor of foreign imported herbs, which he believed were greatly inferior.

    The young roots and the root bark of the older plants were most favored for medicinal use. These contained the greatest amounts of valuable tannic, malic, and citric acids, and thus produced the strongest tonic and astringent effect.

    The dried or green leaves were used to prepare gargles and heal sores and irritations of the mouth and genitals. One seventeenth-century writer states that the powdered leaves strewn on running sores heals them. A decoction of the leaves was also valuable for treating stomach upsets and womens ailments. And infusion of the unripe berries was highly esteemed for curing vomiting and loose bowels. A wash for the hair (the leaves boiled in lye!) cured head sores and made the hair black.

    Home remedies for the digestive ailment that frequently resulted from drinking unwholesome milk or water and eating tainted meats were kept on hand until well into the twentieth century, and this is still done in rural areas.the ART of KATYA SANNA Every kitchen has a supply of dried Blackberry leaves, roots, and berries on hand, as well as Blackberry jam, cordial, and syrup. The Pennsylvania Dutch used the leaves, roots, and fruit to ease indigestion, and preparations of the root were valued for treating diarrhea.

    In China, several varieties of Blackberry were described and employed medicinally. The Chinese believed the fruit strengthens the virile powers and increases the yin principle, in addition to giving vigor to the whole body. Preparations of the young shoots were used to improve the complexion and treat colds and fevers.

    Blackberry was a familiar medicinal plant to native Americans. The Cherokee Indians chewed the root to ease coughs and used cold poultices to relieve hemorrhoids. Delaware Indians made a tea from the roots, which they used to cure dysentery, and the Oneida, Catawba, and other tribes were familiar with the root and used it for similar diseases.

    At one time, Blackberry root was an official drug listed in the United States Dispensatory. A fluid extract for treating diarrhea was listed as recently as 1955.


    ~ From the Recipe Box - Blackberry Vinegar ~



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    Paperback by Maida Silverman. 192 pp. The wild plants of the city are potent herbal medicines and nutritious wild edibles, as well as sources of comfort, fiber, and dyes. Learn to recognize and use 34 of them.
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