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

    Writing As Meditation
    by Sara Deutsch, M.S.



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


    PURE FREE FLOW WRITING

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


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

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

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

    Date your writings and file them in your binder.

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

    About Water
    excerpt from Travelers Joy
    byJuliette de Bairacli Levy


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

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


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


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


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

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



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


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

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

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

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

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


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


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

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

  • Thursday, July 16, 2020 2:20 PM | Wise Woman (Administrator)
    Uttanasana ~ Stretch Out
    with Sheryl Wolover

    Fill yourself with the fresh pungent salty air of the Ocean as you reach, stretch and breathe into the deep forward fold of Uttana.





    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, July 14, 2020 11:29 AM | Wise Woman (Administrator)

    Embodying Beauty
    by JoAnne Dodgson

     
         

    How is it we’ve come to believe that there are some people who are beautiful and others who are not? Does it really make any sense that measuring tapes, bathroom scales, clothing sizes, and calorie-counts hold the power to determine whether or not we’re worthy of love? What drives us to spend countless hours and dollars to recolor, reshape and resize our bodies, over and over again? Why has the beauty of who we are become so difficult to see?

    The mother earth has something to say about beauty that’s free of judgment and unburdened by fears. Bears don’t worry about the shape of their bodies. Dragonflies aren’t distressed by the size of their wings. Oak trees don’t attempt to look more like the pines. Vultures aren’t hiding behind pretenses, pretending to do something other than what it is that they do. The mother earth reveals beauty that’s filled with integrity, that honors the rich diversity in the web of life.

    Beauty sings out from the sunsets and echoes in the wind and rains down from the moon and dances in the sea and whispers on wings and howls with coyotes and weaves webs with the spiders and lingers in the scent of the sage. Beauty calls out from the mountains and rumbles with thunder and sits quietly with the lizards and soars with the hawks and radiates from the rocks and buzzes with the bees and glistens in the shimmering dawn.

    Beauty comes alive in the free, unencumbered expression of being just who you are. In the mother earth’s beauty, there are no winners and losers, no blue ribbons or first-runner-ups. There are no better thans or less thans. No too much of this and not enough of that. Beauty is simply the honoring of what is, a celebration of life in all its magnificent, mysterious, remarkable forms.

    Mother Earth’s exuberant expression is a compelling invitation to open up to our own natural beauty. Beauty is found in the feeling of who we are, in the essence of our uniqueness. It’s not all tangled up in comparisons and competition. There are no molds to squeeze into. There is no suffering and sacrifice. Beauty just isn’t that complicated. Beauty simply is. Beauty is energy, an expressive vibration, a sensual awareness that resonates with the essence of life.

    Remember the last time you experienced Mother Earth’s beauty? Seeing the full moon. Smelling spring rains. Tasting wild berries. Breathing fresh air. Hearing the tree frogs call in the night.

            Remember how you felt?

            How full of beauty you felt?

            How beauty-full you felt?

            Remember. How beautiful. You felt.

    Beauty resonates within us and ripples out into the world when we honor other beings for being just who they are. Beauty radiates from within when we simply are who we are, emanating clear self-awareness and unconditional regard. No judgments. No hiding. No looking out-there for some official stamp of approval. Just resonating beauty. No if-onlys or yes-buts involved.

    So next time we’re about to step on the scale or look in the mirror to figure out how much beauty we’ve got, we can remember to redirect our attention to how we’re feeling inside. We can bring back our knowing of beauty, remembering how beautiful we felt, that abundant, expansive feeling of the heart that resonates with the essence of life. Filling ourselves up with the feeling of beauty, we are beautiful, instantly.

    It’s a matter of choice, of where we’re putting our attention, of what we’re allowing ourselves to feel. Beauty thrives in acceptance and unhindered self-expression. Beauty comes alive when we simply honor who we are—all of who we are, exactly as we are—in the here and now. 

  • Wednesday, July 08, 2020 4:41 PM | Wise Woman (Administrator)

    Mugwort ~ Magical Herb of the Moon Goddess

    by Corinna Wood


    Each spring, I like to visit a gardener friend of mine whose neatly tended beds are her pride and joy. She's rather traditional and prefers a very structured, mannered approach while I tend to be more of a wild child, but anyone who loves green, growing things is a kindred spirit. We've spent many a pleasant afternoon together amid the flora.

     

    As we wandered about her land enjoying the early blooms recently, she lamented over a rather ubiquitous weed that was peeking up at the edges of her footpaths and all around her greenhouse. Now, I have long believed that most "weeds" are simply misunderstood herbal allies, so I asked her to point out the culprit. Sure enough, it was mugwort. I had to smile. "This," I told her, "is not just a weed. This is the stuff that dreams are made of!"

     

    Mugwort (Artemisia vulgaris), or cronewort, is named after the lunar goddess Artemis and, like the moon, invites us to travel with her from the material world into the magical. Over the growing season, this unassuming, leafy beauty will transition from a plant that nurtures our bodies into one that feeds our souls. A feathery perennial, her deeply divided pinnate leaves are glazed on the underside with their signature, silvery sheen, evocative of the moon's silver light. The leaves, when crushed, emit a pungent, distinctive aroma reminiscent of chrysanthemums and sage.

     

    While mugwort's leaves are similar to those of poison hemlock (Conium maculatum), it's easy to distinguish mugwort from her more noxious counterpart by her moonlike glow and, during flowering, by hemlock's umbrella-shaped flowering structure. Whenever using wild plants with deeply divided leaves (like parsley or carrot tops), it is critical to be positive of the identification. When in doubt, watch the plant through its entire growing season to observe the flowering structure or consult someone who knows.

     

    The young mugwort sprouts are edible and tasty with a lovely aromatic quality. To toss in your fresh, green salads, gather the tender shoots in early spring until they reach a height of about 4 inches. Chopped mugwort also makes a delicious addition to deviled eggs. As the plant grows up to a foot high in April, it's best not to consume mugwort directly, but it can be used in a fortifying herbal vinegar. Vinegar is an excellent menstruum, or medium, for drawing out the minerals that abound in mugwort, which is rich in calcium and the magnesium necessary for our bodies to absorb calcium.

     

    I like to combine mugwort with nettle and chickweed for my "strong bones" vinegar. You can make your own delicious and nutritious strong bones vinegar from any one of those plants. Herbal vinegars are very easy to make. Tightly pack a jar full of plant material, and fill the jar to the top with raw, organic apple cider vinegar. Make sure to line the top with wax paper or plastic wrap to prevent rust if your jar has a metal lid.

     

    The plants usually will absorb enough liquid overnight to end up uncovered so top off the liquid level as needed. Let it brew on your countertop, out of direct sunlight. After six weeks, strain out the plant material and enjoy!


    Once mugwort's stems exceed a foot, she begins her transition into the realm of the metaphysical. Mugwort is closely related to desert sage (Artemisia tridentate), often burned as smudge, a cleanser to prepare a sacred space for ritual, and to wormwood (Artemisia absinthium), which is distilled into the narcotic liqueur absinthe. Vincent van Gogh is said to have had quite a thirst for absinthe, and it has been suggested that its long-term use may have contributed not only to his magnificent creativity but also to his madness.

     

    So it is wise to approach mugwort with respect for its magic and caution for its slightly toxic properties, which increase as the plant grows and flowers. Blooms appear around the end of summer and are displayed in a raceme, a cone of small, inconspicuous, daisylike blossoms. In its early flowering stage, the herb is at the peak of her mystical potency and can be harvested for smudge sticks and dream pillows. Local mugwort is an excellent alternative to the sage imported from the west and may be a better choice for centering, clearing and grounding because it incorporates the resident spirit of our home soil and speaks to our roots.

     

    Some herbalists prefer to reap mugwort near the full moon, when the plant is photosynthesizing at night and during daylight hours, and the energies are concentrated in the above-ground portions. Mugwort grows well over 4 feet high, so choose only the most vibrant upper parts and leave the dry lower one to two feet. Create bundles of three stalks and bind the ends with cotton string. If you're fashioning smudge sticks, you may want to wrap the entire bunch crosswise on the diagonal while the plant is still flexible to avoid the crumbling that occurs after drying.

     

    Hang your bundles away from direct sun or dry them in the oven using only the pilot light until the thickest part of the stalk is easily snapped. Your vehicle also can be used as a solar dehydrator. Just make certain to shade the southern side so the bundles are not in direct sunlight.

     

    Mugwort stimulates the brain's creative centers and is the base of almost all dream pillows. Yours can be as simple as stuffing an old sock or as elaborate as a finely embroidered silk coverlet. Strip the leaves from the dried stalk, and fill to your liking. While mugwort alone is quite effective, you may choose to add lavender to aid in relaxation or some other favorite fragrant herb.

     

    Cuddle up with your pillow to encourage more vivid and memorable dreams and to help you access the intuitive guidance that they contain. For several years, mugwort aided me in tapping into my subconscious and keeping dream journals (until I decided that my dreams had become vivid and memorable enough, thank you!). Of course, there is no guarantee as to the nature of your dreams. A friend of mine once told me that every time her boyfriend slept over, she would find her dream pillow tossed out of the bed when she arose in the morning!

     

    Medicinally, acupuncturists burn dried mugwort as moxa on acupuncture points of the body as an alternative to needles. Moxa is known in Chinese medicine to strengthen the blood, stimulate the flow of qi (life energy) and maintain general health, making this extraordinary plant beloved of healers and seers alike.

     

    As for my gardener friend, she isn't a total convert. She has cleared the mugwort from around most of her prized flowerbeds but, happily, the stand near her greenhouse remains. She's also been working on a lovely little needlepoint sachet.

     

    In whatever form mugwort enters your life, may she bring you good health and sweet dreams.


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    A gifted teacher and powerful visionary, Corinna has opened the hearts of thousands to the wisdom of the plants and their own bodies. Corinna's background includes an extensive apprenticeship with Susun Weed in 1993 as well as a B.S. in Biology. Corinna is certified as an herbalist, a fertility awareness teacher, and also in permaculture design. With extensive training and experience in herbal medicine and spiritual psychology for women, Corinna has been practicing, teaching, and carrying on the Wise Woman Tradition for over 25 years.

  • Tuesday, June 30, 2020 5:14 PM | Wise Woman (Administrator)
    Traveler’s Pack Foods
    excerpt from Travelers Joy by Juliette de Bairacli Levy

     

    When planning long travels far from shops, there is a selection of basic foods which can be taken along, all long-keeping and light in weight. They should be packed individually in brown paper bags, not in plastic, and then finally in a water-proof rucksack.

    Dried fruits. They are a blessing for travelers and for those who dwell far from shops (which seems to be my placement on the world’s maps!). Presentday, in addition to the usual raisins, figs, dates, prunes and apricots, all of the delicious, healthful and concentrated nourishment, one can sometimes get dried banana (in thin, circular slices), pineapple and bitter-type cherries.

    To me, possibly because I am Oriental in my parentage, the best of the dried fruits is the golden date. On the island of Djerba, famed for its date palms, I ate dates fresh from the tree. Here is a nostalgic poem to a date palm, from that famed, mysterious book, The Thousand and One Nights.

    Palm-tree daughters,
    Brown-fleshed Bedouins,
    Fed with the light of our gold father [the sun],
    We are loved of the free-tented,
    The sons of space, the hall-forgetters,
    The wide-handed, the bright-sworded,
    Masters of horses.


    (I hope the swords were for use against the animals, especially wolves and the big cats, which attack the herds, not against man.)

    The Bedouin and Berbers, who have much control over the date trade, wisely do not let the dates ripen fully on the date palms, possibly to be spoiled by birds and rats, They gather them before they sweeten, and pack them into flat containers woven from date-palm fiber. They test the dates for ripeness by pressing with their hands. When the dates within are soft to the pressure, the containers are opened and the dates are ready for eating and for selling worldwide. Thus no harmful sprays need to be used for the dates’ protection on the palms

    Almonds. For sure, the almond is one of the greatest, if not the greatest, of health foods and medicines. For the almond is unique in its power to fortify the immune system. The almond is safe and sure, whereas the vaccines pushed upon the world--especially the children--by the vast drug companies, as powerful as the armaments vendors, are neither sure nor safe in the action--often in fact, dangerous.

    The almond is one of the strongest of the trees. It is hard work sawing through almond wood, as I well know, having for the past twelve years had a grove of almonds to care for, which needed trimming of their branches. Those trees cared for organically have given me many sackfuls of healthy nuts every summertime.

    I really learned the value of almonds from Berbers on the island of Djerba, Tunisia. Their healthy children greatly impressed me, and I learned that when only weeks old they were given almond milk to protect them from all diseases, in fact to fortify their immune systems by natural methods. I did the same for my son, born on Djerba.

    The recipe for all-powerful almond milk: Blanch shelled almonds by pouring over them water hot enough to allow removing the outer brown skin (not so hot as to harm the almonds). Now pound up very small. To every tablespoon of crushed almonds add three tablespoons warm water or milk. (I prefer milk.) Allow to stand for seven hours or so, then strain through a sieve, squeezing the pulp very well to extract all the almond milk.

    The average amount for a baby would be two dessertspoons of almond milk first thing daily. The older children and adults eat the pulp. I give my hounds daily a tablespoon of finely grated almonds. (I keep this in a jar.) It is given to fortify the immune system. They are never ill and are never given vaccinations of any kind.

    Roasted, often salted, almonds are good-tasting, but very indigestible. They are simply a good food spoiled!

    All of the flaked cereals, oats, barley , corn, etc.; toasted wheat flour (ready to eat, merely to be mixed with milk or water); grated raw carrot, sterilized by roasting, and packed into jars, dried fruits, especially raisins, dates, apricots, and prunes; (also the dried dom fruits, from the dom tree or Christ-thorn, a small berry-fruit which is almost always on the dom trees, and which keep indefinitely after easy drying. It is carried by the Bedouins on their travels, and was used as a travel food by Christ. A shrub-tree, it is abundant in Galilee.); shelled nuts and pine kernels; sunflower kernels.

    Black olives (dried); a jar of honey; wholewheat biscuits, or sundried or fire-rusked slices of wholewheat bread; dried powdered spices as flavor and tonic for use with the cereals, etc., such as marjoram, thyme, sage, rosemary; raw groundnuts (peanuts) and also raw peanuts ground into flour; carob pods; and of the dairy products, dried milk--dried milk in cones (sold in Arab shops for travelers) keeps indefinitely, and when crushed into water makes a good milk mixture for eating with the flaked or powdered cereals; also hard cheese and Balearic type cheese (described earlier in this chapter and very long-keeping); salt and cayenne pepper and the common peppers, and a can or jar of sugar molasses, so rich in minerals.


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    excerpt from Travelers Joy by Juliette de Bairacli Levy.

    Juliette de Bairacli Levy was a world renowned herbalist, author, breeder of Afghan hounds, friend of the Gypsies, traveler in search of herbal wisdom, and the pioneer of holistic veterinary medicine.

    Juliette was born on the 11th hour of the 11th day of the 11th month in 1912 in Manchester, England.She was educated at Lowther College, one of the best girls schools in Britain, and went on to study veterinary medicine at the Universities of Manchester and Liverpool. Find all of her books here.

  • Tuesday, June 30, 2020 4:47 PM | Wise Woman (Administrator)

    The Teeth of the Lion— The Story of the Beloved and Despised Dandelion
           by Anita Sanchez



     

    Massachusetts, About 1621


    A woman kneels in the rich, dark soil of a garden. Golden sunlight pours down on the freshly-turned earth, and the comforting warmth helps her to forget the cold. After a winter filled with hardship, death, and sorrow, it had seemed as if the sun would never shine again. But now the grass is greening, and spring has come at last.

    She crumbles the soil between her fingers, preparing it carefully for the seeds. It is vitally important that these seeds grow: she is planting an herb garden, of plants carefully chosen for their healing powers.


    She lifts her tired eyes and scans the forbidding tangle of trees crowding close to the huts of the little settlement. Here there are no doctors' offices or apothecary shops, only wilderness. The plants she grows in her garden will be medicines that might make the difference between life and death for her family in this terrifying New World.


    She etches a furrow in the fertile soil, then carefully sprinkles in a row of tiny brown specks. She pats the soil over them lovingly, murmuring a prayer over the precious seeds: a heartfelt prayer that dandelions will grow, where before there was only the barren grass.

     

    …While the men did the heavy work of cutting down the trees and plowing, gardening was the women's chore. In the newly-cleared sunny spaces, they set themselves to create herb gardens, little square-edged plots seeded with familiar, home-like plants—small and hopeful patches of order in the chaos of the wilderness. The herb gardens were filled with plants that were the housewives' indispensable medicine chest.


    …All parts of the dandelion plant—leaf, root, and flower—had been known for a millennia as efficacious remedies against a host of ailments, and were hailed in popular "herbals," or books of plant lore, as powerful medicine. The anxious wives and mothers, facing so many hardships in the New World, early planted the seeds of such useful plants. Although no one understood why dandelions were good medicine, everyone knew that they worked. Dandelions' golden blossoms were considered one of the most useful flowers in the garden.


    You may recall from your childhood eating dandelion greens or drinking dandelion tea, making chains of the stems and flowers, blowing the seeds from the puff ball into the wind, being carefree while enjoying this prolific flowering plant. You may have been disappointed to learn that you were playing with a disgusting weed. But, now the world can learn the true, amazing, secrets of this wonderful herb, the dandelion!




    In Anita Sanchez' book, The Teeth of the Lion—The Story of the Beloved and Despised Dandelion, you'll journey through the natural history of the dandelion and learn about its long association with humans.


    Well adapted ecologically to spread into and thrive within disturbed sites—such as the lawns, playgrounds, roadsides, and parking lots in which they are most often encountered today, and viewed as weeds—dandelions also have had a lengthy, welcomed association with humans as medicine, food, and objects of ritual, magic, and folklore.

  • Friday, June 26, 2020 1:04 PM | Wise Woman (Administrator)
    A Soul Reading for the Cancer New Moon

    by Kathy Crabbe




    Dearest Moon Muser,  It’s the New Moon in Cancer on June 20 at 11:41 pm Pacific Time along with an Annular Solar Eclipse and the Summer Solstice. Time to go within  and hear a message or two from your past which could take the form of a past life karmic flash, or an ancestor or an old chum that pops in. As the Sun is eclipsed almost totally by the Moon, we focus on BEING, not doing as we allow our New Moon Intentions for the Moonth to bubble forth.

    Below, I invite you to Pick-a-Card and enjoy the video REVEAL I created plus read more about the cards too.

    Pick A Card for the New Moon



    Soul Reading Video REVEAL for the Cancer New Moon




    Cancer New Moon: A Soul Reading by Kathy Crabbe


    Card 1: Behold (Lefty Oracle Deck)

    Mantra: I delight.
    Affirmation: Dare I eat the fruit of my delight?
    Element: Spirit

    If this card appears in a reading it’s time to plunge into the dark and pull out hope. Whatever stressful conundrum you’re currently in, know that you HAVE the resources and inner strength and power to find a solution and gain clarity. You CAN pull it off. It may require some dirty work, so buckle down and get your hands dirty. There is a decent prize at the end of it all and it’s definitely worth fighting for. If you’re hesitant or un-sure of what to do next then think like a cat, independently. Think for yourself; trust yourself. Call upon your intuition and the Divine or your higher power. You CAN do this; it’s just a matter of time before all will be sorted out and you can once again move forward.

    In my own life I sometimes need to get my ‘monkey-mind’ (when my mind is all over the place) out of the mix and be more fully in the moment, trusting that I am being guided and that I can indeed hear and trust my intuition. Like a muscle, the more I work it, the stronger it becomes.




    Card 2: Sagittarius Goddess - Artemis (Zodiac Goddess Power Deck)

    The Quest Begins:

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

     Sagittarius Goddess ~ Artemis

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

    Sagittarius Goddess ~ Artemis

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

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




    Card 3: Wolf  (Elfin Ally Oracle Deck)

    Keyword: Courage
    Meaning: Be brave and strong for you have a task to do.
    Reversed: There is a con artist close by so be cautious.

    Affirmation: I am strong, wild and free.
     Astrology: Aries, Mars, Saturn, Uranus
     Element: Air, Earth, Fire
     
     Medicine: Your wild heart mates for life.

    Lore: She is my protector, my luv, my guide. With her by my side, I can fight the good fight, no lies, just truth, and shining eyes.

    This beauty, her friend, her champion fighter was brave and loyal and her ally forever. His life was short, but his brawn magnificent and his heart wild and free.





    Card 4: Cleavers (Fairy Herbal Deck)

     Cleavers is like a calm sea at twilight. It is a place of ‘in-betweens’ and emotionally represents the calm time before renewed activity. Cleavers is for those about to begin a journey; a new phase; a change; a time to gather forces to allow recent experiences to assimilate and be made sense of, before moving on.  Take Cleavers tea for three nights before you set out on a journey and ask for dreams that will help you on your travels.





    www.kathycrabbe.com/oracle-decks










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

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


    Kathy’s 4 week eClass “Awaken Your Divine Feminine Soul” is once again being offered at Wise Woman 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, June 24, 2020 2:34 PM | Wise Woman (Administrator)

    For Lightworkers: How To Release Emotional Baggage
    By Robina Hearle and Sue Stothard



    Releasing your emotional baggage, behavior patterns and belief systems leads to emotional maturity. Emotional maturity leads to Enlightenment and Ascension.

    So where does your emotional baggage come from? Your emotional patterns for this life are set from your perceptions or misperceptions about reality or what was happening from in the womb to the age of six years of age. These are the emotional experiences of the Inner Child. These patterns will repeat themselves throughout your life, be added to with each repeat scenario until you have a many-faceted, complex emotional make-up.

    Releasing your Inner Child emotions is very painful and takes courage. People, on the whole, prefer to ignore and bury them. However, unless you face them and let them go, you will not progress. Also stored emotional baggage causes dis-ease.

    Behavior patterns are something we are born into. Each family, village, society, country and planet has its own behavior patterns such as patterns of how to think and live.

    Belief systems also come from religion, society, education, parental influences, and peer pressure. Both belief systems and behavior patterns have to be acknowledged, owned and released to unclutter your mind. When you have uncluttered your mind, you can go within without all the mental chatter. When you can go within, you can more easily open up to your internal dialogues of intuition and your higher self.

    Back to emotional baggage, the starting point of the journey. Emotions are energy. We store our emotions in our physical body, hence the great number of bodywork therapies that exist to unlock them. The therapies may bring your issues to the forefront of your mind, but you have to do the work to release them.




    How do you do this? However painful it is you have to feel the feeling associated with the issue. It may be anger, grief, and frustration. You then have to acknowledge that this feeling is yours, to own it. As you do this, the energy begins to move. Sometimes it helps to sob; wracking cries very quickly shift the energy, and in a trice it’s all over and the feeling has gone. Deep breathing into the feeling also will help move it.


    When an issue is coming up, it may take days to materialize, bubbling away under the surface. You will feel out of sorts and irritable. Once you have done this once or twice you soon get to recognize it. Have faith, set the intention that you will clear it, worry at it like a Jack Russell Terrier, and you will swiftly bring it to the fore. It may help to write it down to help you to acknowledge the issue.


    Once the issue has gone, you may think that is the end of it. I am sorry to say that it may well arise for a second or third time because it is huge, complex and many-faceted and you can only clear a bit at a time.

    If you don’t go to body therapists, how can you identify your issues? Well your family are the ones who serve you in this because they push your buttons the most. Friends and work colleagues also help.


    You have to be alert and be on watch if you are serious about doing this work. For day to day incidents cause issues to arise. Your higher self will make sure of that. This being on watch is what the Dalai Llama calls mindfulness.

    Is there an end to this? It can take several years, but yes, there is an end; eventually you clear all your emotional baggage. People and incidents that once bothered you no longer have any effect.

    This is hard diligent work. Let no teacher tell you that the road to enlightenment is easy. Attunement to ever higher vibrational frequencies is not the answer unless you do the work associated with each attunement. Then you will have balance in your emotional, mental and spiritual bodies, and this will lead to enlightenment.

    Cleansing yourself of your emotional issues/baggage inevitably leads to emotional maturity. Then a whole new awareness occurs.




    Copyright© Robina Hearle and Sue Stothard.
    The Enlightenment Process.
    www.rosecottagefloweressences.co.uk 

  • Monday, June 22, 2020 3:37 PM | Wise Woman (Administrator)
    Sensing Food as Concentrated Spirit Light

    by Anne-Marie Fryer Wiboltt




    Many indigenous cultures all over the world recognize that the whole natural world, with all its delicate life processes, is an expression of the soul spiritual world. It is not an 'excretion' by a god or spiritual beings far away. The natural world is the spiritual world!

    The indigenous people understood that the world of nature is manifested by beings in nature, some of which are referred to as elemental beings. The presence of these living beings are sensed within every shimmering star and constellation, every moving cloud, roaring thunder and the growth and decay of all living phenomenon. This living relationship between the people and nature beings was expressed through the rich cultural rituals, stories, songs and many other art forms. 

    The heart is the organ of sensing Earth as an expression of the soul spiritual world. By placing our attention within the heart the immediate presence of holy wholeness of Earth can be felt directly. We sense an unmistakable intimacy and beauty. We are uniting our soul spirit being with spiritual Earth presence.

    Observe the natural world from within this heart presence. Sense that everything solid or condensed with finite shape is formed by nature beings -known by various names, most commonly gnomes. Minerals, pinches of salt, roots, ice cubes and the bark of trees are in the hardened nature of earth substance. These solids have definite independent forms and are influenced strongly by the earth forces we have come to know as gravity. They are the most rigid manifestations of life.

    Sense how liquids are influenced more by cosmic forces than the solids. We have all observed how water runs low but as vapor and mist is lifted up high. The downward flowing rivers as well as the upward running saps of leaves and trees are in the liquid state of water. Fluids lie between the solids and the gases. They have no form; the vessels in which they are contained, give them shape. Within liquids many chemical interactions and transformations take place. Water nymphs or undines are believed to dwell in lakes and flowing river.

    Sylphs, the beings inhabiting air, move within all gasses and everything expanding upward and outward in all directions. Gases are completely emancipated from the condensing earthly forces and totally opposite solids.  They are without form and imbued with light, active cosmic forces. The ascending steam and smoke, the bubbles in rising dough and the delicate scents of apple blossoms are lifted by these beings of air.

    Warmth has an even finer substantiality than air. It belongs to the activity of the fire sprites. This ethereal nature of warmth is so delicate and subtle that it is on both sides of the threshold of the visible and invisible world.

    The dynamic interaction of solidity and ethereal warmth, exists everywhere in nature. Observe, for example, how the elemental beings work together in the creation of a kohlrabi. Experience the firmness of the grounding life sustaining root so connected to the earthly forces. The leaves of the kohlrabi feel much less solid than the root. They are saturated with water. The white and purple flowers that appear later in the season are even less earthy and more insubstantial and delicate than the leaves. They are of the sweet scented, light-permeated air nearly dissipating into the cosmic warmth.

    In this spectacular -and immediately sensed -imagination, our food is concentrated warmth or pure spirit light.


    Pressed Kohlrabi Celery Salad with Walnuts

    A pressed salad is refreshing anytime of the year. It lightens up the meal. The pressure and salt ‘cooks’ the food without heat, and makes the vegetables more digestible and delicious. Any firm vegetables can be used in this recipe. Soaking the nuts makes them also more digestible and gives them a fresh flavor.

    1/2 cup walnuts
    1/2 tablespoon sea salt
    1 large sweet firm kohlrabi cut in thin slices
    2 stalks celery cut in thin diagonals
    4 slices of orange

    Soak the nuts for 4-8 hours, drain and mince.

    Mix salt with kohlrabi and celery. Place the mixture under pressure. Use a pickle press or two bowls, a smaller bowl inside a larger one. Place the vegetables between the bowls. Lay a heavy weight in the smaller bowl. Let it sit for 20 minutes to 2 hours.

    Drain off the liquid that has been drawn out of the vegetables by the salt.

    Add nuts to vegetables and mix well. Serve a few tablespoons per person on a slice of orange.




    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


     
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