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  • Friday, October 06, 2017 1:03 PM | Wise Woman (Administrator)
    Death Of The Patriarchy
    Rebirth Of The Earth
    Part One

    Written & Illustrated by Roslyne Sophia Breillat



    The world is moving ever faster through the tumultuous breaking down of the patriarchy that currently “rules” our beloved Earth. But beloved by whom? And ruled by whom? And breaking down for how long? Through insidious corruption, unintelligent complications, dishonest promises, rampant greed and misuse of power, the gruesome death throes of this patriarchy do not paint a pretty scene. There are no subtle nuances, no reversible symptoms, no sweet or gentle reminders that we need to change our ways. This patriarchy is not just “out there”. This patriarchy is not just inside “them”. This patriarchy is everywhere, within and without, within you and me, a gaping wound seeping ever deeper into the glorious beauty of the Earth, a wound created by the forsaking of the sacred feminine. And this patriarchy must pay a price for disturbing our Earth’s natural rhythms, for devastating our Earth’s inherent ways. The destruction of this force-filled “civilisation” needs to be shocking and tumultuous, so as to bring about profound transformation and rebirth, for this deadening impact of patriarchal values, or lack of true value, must deeply penetrate the human psyche in order to bring about enduring change. For the patriarchal reign cannot survive without being in union with the sacred mystery of life and love within.

    Where, when and how in your daily life are you giving to the distorted patriarchal actions that voraciously cast their pollution across our Earth Mother’s belly and deep into her womb of life? And where, when and how are you giving to the ancient and timeless mystery of this dear Earth who gives so beneficently every day, every night, every moment? How often do you throw childish tantrums about who should or should not be Prime Minister or President? How many Facebook friends have you rejected because they did not vote as you did? How often do you pray for those in your own country who sleep in a cosy bed tonight while those in less fortunate countries are tortured, drowned or starved? How often do you decide who is worthy or not worthy of your blessings, your concern, your prayers?

    How often do you breathe so freely and so deeply that your breath rises and falls in unison with the life-giving, power-giving breath of the Earth, with the Moon and the tides and the stars? How often do you make love so deeply that all else disappears but this love? Where is your gratitude? How often does the delicious sweetness this gratitude arise from deep within your body, deep within your soul? What do you give thanks for? How often do you fall to the Earth, in deep heart-opening reverence for all that she gives you, for all that she bestows, for all that you receive? How often are your dreams, your visions, your actions, your intentions, your plans, your prayers, your words arising from the still and silent depths of this inner mystery that births the fathomless wellspring of all life?

    There is no stillness in the patriarchal world, no sacredness, no innocence, no love, no depth, no truth. There is no silence, no purity, no pause. For this ever-moving entity of discordant noise, dishonest proclamations, sexual deviation and greed-filled lust, is a twenty four hour shopping mall that can’t be closed, an ugly machine that can’t be switched off, a dark greedy shadow that seeks to devour all light. And from deep within the stillness, from deep within the silence that the patriarchy so cleverly suppresses, dishonours and ignores, Mother Earth’s voice speaks. “Return to me”, she softly sings, upon the gently dancing breeze. “Return to me”, she loudly roars, from within the powerful waterfall. “Return to me”, she wildly shrieks, from above the exploding of the bombs. “Return to me”, she deeply weeps, from beneath the bodies piled upon on her dusty ground. “Return to me”, she sweetly sings, from beneath the stinking heaps of rotting garbage. “Return to me”, she joyously dances, when you tread her land beneath your feet. “Return to me”, she peacefully whispers, when you are deeply sleeping. “Return to me”, she silently calls, when you are making love. “Return to me, the sacred mystery of the Earth.”

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




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

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

    Sophia offers two courses at the Wise Woman University:


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


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

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

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

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

  • Wednesday, September 27, 2017 10:04 AM | 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


     
  • Monday, September 18, 2017 1:42 PM | Wise Woman (Administrator)
    Arms Up and Out!
    with Sheryl Wolover

    Super important movements using the joyful warrior poses as our guides.





    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

  • Wednesday, September 13, 2017 9:09 PM | Wise Woman (Administrator)

    *Acorn: The Forgotten Nut*
    by Linda Conroy




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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

    *Acorn Soup Recipe*

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

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

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

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

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



     

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

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

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

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

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

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

    Listen to a thirty minute interview with mentor Linda Conroy

     

    Study with Linda Conroy from Home

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

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

  • Friday, August 25, 2017 11:29 AM | Wise Woman (Administrator)
    Mother Of All She Who Knows
    An Excerpt From Womb Of Wisdom, The Sacred Journey Of Menopause
    Written & Illustrated by Roslyne Sophia Breillat



    During this menopausal phase, a woman can experience a profound death of the habitual and ignorant ways she has previously imbibed. There is a sudden realisation that she can never return to inner and outer places that once fed her, fuelled her, nourished her. An inner gathering and culmination takes place, where all her previous experiences are integrated within. The love, joy and suffering she has previously known transform into deepening wisdom. An intimate evaluation of her former life takes place, creating much transformation and healing and more joy for living in the present moment.

    This evaluation creates more harmony, more balance, more contentment in her relationships and in her life. The opportunity and potential to deeply enter and experience her body as a beautiful sacred temple can be very real for her at this time. Through honouring and enjoying her individuality in myriad new ways, she is now receiving the opportunity to become free of society’s untruths about ageing. And she is learning, through her menopausal rebirth, that true wisdom is contained within the awareness that life and death walk together in perfect harmony. As her sacred inner knowing reveals to her the beginning of new life, she can truly use this gestation period as a preparation for birthing the new. Her body knows what it is doing, and developing loving communion with it will create true feminine empowerment and humility.

    There is usually a phase with no sense of outer direction, while the source of her creative and transforming womb energy ignites her inner fires of change. From this place of deepening union, she can now move forward. Like her tribal sisters, the modern woman can learn to flow with the natural rhythms of her body and with the natural rhythms of the earth. Through intuitive sensing and deepening stillness, she will unite with a calm and steady inner power that rests beneath the tumult of change. Menopause is traditionally a time of assimilation, solitude, retreat, contemplation, healing and release. Through sensitively attuning her inner focus, more harmony is created. And through trusting in her menopausal needs, she will know inner peace.

    Her unfolding wisdom is birthed from the innately intimate source of female mystery within her womb. Menopause is not an illness. It is a deeply profound transformation fuelled by the vibrant fires of inner metamorphosis. Any disharmony she may feel during this upheaval of change will potentially bring harmony. Any imbalance that she may feel will bring balance if she trusts her body and listens within. Through truly honouring this rite of passage, she is honouring her life on earth as a woman and as a wise woman. She will then be able to unite with the silent stillness, integral detachment and gentle inner strength of true maturity and grace.

    This is a sacred time of infinite patience and enlivening sensitivity, contained within the stillness of waiting without actually waiting for anything to happen, as she learns to drink deeply from her well of wisdom. Her inner state is worthy of her reverence and attention, for in this dark and unfamiliar void of unknowing, she finds her love, her truth, her power. After courageously moving through disequilibrium and change, she rests more contentedly in her being. The psychological death and rebirth of menopause can richly activate the impersonal power of the ancient priestess and the serene integrity of the wise sage, whose sacred knowing reveals the richness and freedom of a new phase of life.

    She has softened, opened, mellowed, ripened, deepened. Enriched by the fire of her menopausal transformation, she now feels at ease within these tides of change. She can now live as Mother of All, as Mother of Earth, serving others from a place of impersonal love, renewed vitality and deepening power. After completing this profound transition, she will never be the same woman again. She has reached a place of inner harmony. She has reached a place of inner peace.

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





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

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

    Sophia offers two courses at the Wise Woman University:


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


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

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

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

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

  • Wednesday, August 16, 2017 11:58 AM | Wise Woman (Administrator)
    Good Morning Yoga Body
    with Sheryl Wolover

    Lets begin the morning with easy movements before the big day begins





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

  • Tuesday, August 15, 2017 11:17 PM | Wise Woman (Administrator)

    Mullein Infusion and Mullein Milk to relieve acute lung problems, such as bronchitis, pneumonia, SARS, even coughs, to strengthen the lungs, or to restore health to lung tissues after "assaults" such as tobacco smoke or radiation and to relieve allergies and asthma:

    Mullein (Verbascum thapsus) is a stately fuzzy-leaved plant frequently found on roadsides and other sunny open places. This common weed is one of the world's best lung allies. You can buy dried mullein, or harvest your own.


    No other wild plant looks like it: its large (a foot or more) fuzzy (used for candlewicks) leaves and the upright (five feet or more is common) stalk of yellow flowers (a famous ear oil is made from them) make it easy to recognize.


    To harvest, I cut the entire stalk of plants just beginning to flower and hang them, upside down, in a shady place to dry.


    To brew mullein infusion, I fill a quart canning jar about half full of cut and crushed mullein leaf and stalk pieces. (If using commercial herb, I use one ounce by weight.) I fill the jar to the top with boiling water, cap tightly, and let it sit at room temperature for four hours, or overnight.


    Mullein leaves are fuzzy, and mullein infusion can be too. To protect my throat, I always strain my mullein infusion through tightly-woven cloth (like a handkerchief) before drinking. The dose of mullein infusion is 1-4 cups a day.


    Mullein infusion will last for 5-6 days refrigerated. It brews up to a dark brown liquid with a smoky flavor that I find quite appealing, especially with milk and honey. (More on milk below.)


    To relieve acute lung problems, such as bronchitis, pneumonia, SARS, even coughs, 2-4 cups of mullein infusion a day, plus elecampane, echinacea, and/or poke root tinctures are consumed until health has returned. To strengthen the lungs, or to restore health to lung tissues after "assaults" such as tobacco smoke or radiation: 1-2 cups of mullein infusion daily for six weeks is suggested. To relieve allergies and asthma, 2-4 cups of mullein infusion every day for 6-8 weeks is amazingly effective.


    Organic whole milk is, despite rumors to the contrary, one of the best foods you can eat to help your lungs. You don't have to drink milk to get its benefits. Eating raw milk cheeses and yogurt counts too.


    I've been told the milk produces mucus. This idea was begun by Arnold Ehret who decided that milk and bread were "mucus forming" by slashing his arm open and looking at his blood after eating one food alone for three days. Not very scientific, to say the least. In a recent study of mucus production in the respiratory system, on a scale of one to ten, with ten being the most, water scored zero, milk one, and orange juice ten.


    Organic whole milk has been considered the optimum food for mending and protecting the lungs for thousands of years. A friend just recently sent me a long article on the milk cure (especially effective for lung complaints) written in 1926. I have personally seen milk (and yogurt) help women cure themselves of Khrone's disease, severe animal hair allergies, severe asthma, osteoporosis, and life-threatening food reactions. I prefer to use goats' milk, but any organic milk or dairy product can be helpful to the lungs.


    Modern milk production leaves a lot to be desired, it is true. That's why I prefer organic. That's why I get milk from a local farm where I can easily see whether or not the animals are well tended. That's why I support integrated organic farms - ones with animals.

    Herbal tradition has it that mullein infusion should be mixed half and half with whole milk to effect the greatest benefit for the lungs. Breathe deeply. Worry and anxiety deplete the immune system.


    Wise women through the centuries have kept themselves and their families safe from contagious diseases.


    If we are actively dealing with infection, especially lung infections, these three powerful roots stand ready to help us: elecampane, echinacea, and poke.

  • Monday, August 07, 2017 3:54 PM | Wise Woman (Administrator)
    Aquarius Full Moon Lefty Oracle Reading!
    by Kathy Crabbe

    Full Moon Lefty Oracle: Jolene - missing the embarrassment

    ***Excerpted from the Lefty Oracle Deck***

    Mantra: I am daring.
    Affirmation: I am so proud to be me, can't you see?
    Element: Spirit

    Song
    Yes, I AM wearing a fox tail.
    Why?

    Maybe it’s a cat tail
    to impress my friends,
    of course.

    No, really, it’s just me being me;
    without shame or excuses.
    Just plain ol having fun.

    Crazy?
    Definitely.
    And proud of it.
    Dang, grrr.

    If this card appears in a reading expect the unexpected. Be prepared to be unprepared and be okay with that. Jolene, like many a Lefty is a trickster who was sent to shake you up and out of your comfort zone. Be optimistic and aware; have fun, yet keep your wits about you. This is a time of growth and new experiences that will expand your consciousness. Enjoy!

    In my own life, this particular card was inspired by a girl I spotted at a café in Santa Cruz, California wearing a tail. This amused me to no end and I just had to paint her as part of the deck to inspire you and me to be more odd, quirky and outlandish just for the fun of it.

    Creative Journal Prompt
    Try to do one new thing that feels a bit embarrassing every day for one week and keep a journal starting now.

    Creative Journal Prompt Number 2
    Take a chance, be silly and laugh at yourself now and then. It can be healing for body and soul. Name one silly thing that you spotted someone you admire saying or doing recently. What was so daring or amusing about it? Now, dare yourself to do something similar or pair up with a dare devil partner and dare each other. Document the experience and share it with others, encouraging them to do the same and describe how it helped you in the process.

    Expressive Body Movement Challenge
    Pretend, like Jolene, that you now have a tail. What kind of tail? Walk around as if you are that creature.





    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, July 26, 2017 3:22 PM | Wise Woman (Administrator)

    Mystical Nature Poetry and Herb Tea Recipe

    By Dayna Colvin

    Ó Copyright 2017 All Rights Reserved

     

    Emerald Meadows

    Lush Emerald green meadows

    Spread with magnificence

    Dotted with rainbow flowers

    Lily pads with frogs, butterflies, bees, and birds

    Nourishing the blue green earth

    Enjoying the natural magical rhythms

    The abundant healing light love

    Connects all the mystical earth beings

    Sit there and watch the clouds roll by.

     

    Radiant Glowing Full Moon

    Radiant glowing full moon

    Creating sparkly prisms

    Across the night sky and the earth

    Its beautiful powerful glow

    Calls on and magnifies

    The magical mystical healing energies

    Of the Spirit and elemental realms

    Casting shadows and silhouettes

    Like a spotlight.

     

    Silent Solitude

    I enjoy my silent solitude

    Sweet moments when the air is quiet

    All I hear is nature

    Birds chirping and singing

    Bees buzzing

    Dancing thru the air

    Pollinating the rainbow flowers

    Wind gently whistling thru the trees

    Crickets and fireflies

    Filling the crisp air with their rhythmic songs

    I quietly tune into their silent music

    I can feel the soul heartbeat of Mother Earth

    Meditation in nature heals me

    I can relax breathe calm

    I feel grateful.

     

     

    Peppermint and Ginger Are Wonderful Healing Herbs For Self-Care

    Peppermint and ginger are two of my favorite healing herbs. I discovered peppermint when I was 10 years old and I have used it all my life for treating all my ailments. I discovered ginger 20 years ago when I had a bad cold and I needed a healing herb to help my immune system. I’m very deeply thankful for their healing medicinal benefits.  I have a very sensitive delicate stomach and these wonderful healing herbs have helped me so very much in so many ways.  What I love most about peppermint is the fact that it grows wild everywhere and there will always be a wonderful healing bounty of it. Ginger mainly grows in the Middle East and various other parts of the world, but both herbs can be planted and grown in your very own herb garden. 


    I often drink peppermint tea when I don’t feel well and I need to burp and stimulate my appetite to feel strong.  I drink ginger tea for similar reasons, but I also love to add fresh ginger or ginger powder to my delicious healthy meals. The strong pungent aromas are very healing.  I love the flavors and aroma. I never leave home without peppermint. 


    It’s energizing, cooling, a natural decongestant, and it creates a sweet, beautiful, positive, healing energy in any toxic negative environment.  I carry a bottle of organic peppermint essential oil in my purse.  I have three boxes of organic peppermint tea in my cupboard.  I have 2 bags of ginger powder and 3 large pieces of fresh ginger. Next to garlic, which is also a wonderful, healing, medicinal herb, peppermint and ginger are herbs that no one should be without and I can honestly say that I would encourage everyone to have these in their first aid kit and medicine cabinet.  Enjoy good health and healing wellness self-care.

     

    I’d like to share a delicious healing herbal tea recipe I make when my dear husband and I don’t feel well and need a gentle energy boost.  It is a wonderful mixture of herbs that mix very well and is delicious. 

     

    In a mug, pour boiling hot water over

    2 tsp. fresh mint leaves, rinsed

    1/2 tsp. fresh cut ginger, rinsed

    2 tsp. fresh squeezed lemon juice

    1 tsp. maple syrup or your favorite organic unrefined sweetener

    Let the hot tea steep and brew for 30 minutes until the herbs blend well and is very potent.  When the aroma fills the air and the tea tastes very minty and gingery, you know the tea is ready to sip.  You can enjoy this delicious healing herbal tea on cold days, but you can also enjoy it chilled on hot days.  It’s wonderful to sip it slowly throughout the day and the herbal potency will help you feel good for hours.  Enjoy and have a lovely day.

  • Wednesday, July 26, 2017 12:38 PM | Wise Woman (Administrator)

    The sacred art of healing with smudge sticks


    by Arwen Ek



    Smudging is the ancient practice of bathing in the smoke of sacred herbs such as cedar, sage, pine pitch, frankincense, myrrh, juniper, mugwort, and sweetgrass. These herbs are ritually harvested and prepared with a sacred healing intent – often during a full moon or on an important spiritual holy-day. (For an in-depth article on harvesting healing herbs in the wild, please read Wildcrafting the Wise Woman Way).

    Most of the herbs used for smudging are high in volatile essential oils, making them fragrant, and flammable. When these oils are heated they release into the air bringing their anti-microbial properties into the atmosphere. While heating to the point of combustion destroys the chemically beneficial properties of these oils, the visible smoke becomes a spiritual salve of sorts connecting our visible existence with the invisible spirit world or higher planes of consciousness.

    Smoke is used in many guises to lift our spirits, to make offerings, and to cleanse: sweetgrass is used to cleanse the sweat-lodge; frankincense and myrrh are burnt at Mass; the peace pipe is shared in the elder’s tent; a lit stick of incense is an object of focus for deep meditation; bundled and dried herbs are burnt to cleanse a sick room.

    My mother taught me the art of making smudge sticks from my youngest age, and her tradition of twisting multi-colored twine, gathering and drying the herbs and wrapping is one that I proudly continue and pass on today.


    Please visit this site for more detail about the medicine wheel: http://www.sun-nation.org/sun-circle-of-life.html

    My mother always used these five colors of twine: white, yellow, red, black, and green (or blue) to wrap a smudge stick. These five colors tied together bring balance and harmony. The twine is measured out three arm lengths and then twisted together. This is done by tying one end to a doorknob or bedpost, or having another person hold the static end, and then walking out the length of the string until it is taut. The five strings are twisted clockwise a certain number of times, folded in half (don’t let go!), twisted clockwise again, folded in half (this is why it’s good to have two people to do this), at which point you let go of the twisting end of the string. It will unravel counter-clockwise into a beautiful and strong rope about two and one-half feet long, just enough length to wrap a 9″ smudge stick.

    As you are twisting, it is very beneficial to imbue the braided strings with your most positive, sincere, compassionate, healing intentions.

    The finished twine is then wrapped around a 9″ bundle of dried herbs (approximately one and one-half inches in diameter) five wraps up, and criss-crossed five times down. Ascending and descending energy, balance of creative and destructive forces, or whatever unity of opposites you relate to.



    The Smudging Ritual


    Once the smudge stick is constructed, you may like to let it “mellow” on your altar for a moon-cycle – gathering healing energy, integrating all it’s parts, receiving your healing intentions over a period of time. When it is needed, the smudge stick will be a welcome ally in clearing bad energy, or asking for help with deep healing, especially in chronic or long-term illness.

    Light the smudge stick and blow out the flame. It should burn like a big stick of incense with plenty of smoke. Make sure you have a safe place to extinguish the stick when the ritual is complete. One smudge stick will last through many rituals over the course of many years. Gather feathers, if you can, to help spread the smoke and direct it into a space or over a person as you are working. Feathers represent the air element, and with the smoke from your burning smudge stick will help direct your intentions. If no feathers are available, use your hands.

    Speak to the spirit energies, or sing a song, or ring a bell, or play a drum. Vibrate the space with your love and intention as the smoke carries your positive thoughts to the heavens.



    Red Earth Herbal Gathering is a sacred ceremonial container created by and for women to honor and activate our inherent life-nurturing power. We gather together to learn from and inspire each other through ceremony, workshops, deep healing and community building. By recognizing the beauty and power of what it is to be women doing our sacred work, our life’s calling, we step into our collective potential to support the great turning of our planet at this time.


    Join us at Red Earth Herbal Gathering from August 19-20th at Pachamama Farm and Wellness in Longmont, Colorado!
    www.redearthherbalgathering.com

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