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  • Thursday, December 06, 2018 11:45 AM | Wise Woman (Administrator)
    New Moon in Sagittarius: Full Steam Ahead

    by Kathy Crabbe



    Bear Power by Kathy Crabbe from the Elfin Ally Oracle Deck

    Mama Moon enters the fiery, freedom loving sign of the traveler on Dec. 5 at 6:49 am until Dec. 8 becoming a NEW MOON on Dec. 6 at 11:20 pm pst.

    This Moon-Time adds some pep to your step and a cheery ego boost which can be put to positive use if you’re fighting for a good cause. BUT, don’t over-react because it may be too easy to do just that right now. Take the higher, deeper road instead. With planet Mercury going Direct on the day of the New Moon you’re gonna get some much needed help to finally move forward.

    On a spiritual note, gather up all the bits of wisdom you’ve accumulated so far and write down ONE lesson you feel you’ve truly learned because this may be the reason you’re here.

    Sagittarius New Moon Elfin Ally: White Bear*
    Oracle Card Meaning: Your family or tribe takes precedence right now.
    Reversed: You may be feeling left out in the cold, longing for warmth.

    *Excerpted from the Elfin Ally Oracle Deck.


    Sagittarius New Moon Lefty Oracle: The comet has landed and her name is Genevieve*

    Mantra: I have a breakthrough.
    Affirmation: I am guided, clear and connected to Source.
    Element: Fire

    If this card appears in a reading it’s time to acknowledge your gifts and talents. You have been given an opportunity to shine, so take it even if it’s only a very small opportunity. Little things are JUST as important as big things because they often lead the way to bigger breakthroughs. But you do need to take that first step and acknowledge yourself first. Don’t expect someone else to do that for you. You need to take responsibility for you.

    In my own life I am sometimes ask how I maintain my passion for creating, writing, spiritual guidance etc. For me, it’s a slow, steady and daily practice that comes in waves. Sometimes my art is in the forefront, sometimes my soul readings, but my writing and journaling are a daily practice. I ride the waves knowing that my passions ebb and flow. Along the way opportunities pop up and I am ready for them because I do the work.

    *Excerpted from the 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.
  • Tuesday, December 04, 2018 5:09 PM | Wise Woman (Administrator)

    Moon Stew
    by Avia Kelly

    • 1 medium onion, peeled and chopped
    • 4 cloves garlic, minced
    • 3 Tablespoons butter
    • 4-6 cups veggie or meat stock
    • 1/2 cup dry lentils, sorted and rinsed
    • 1 large fresh burdock root, sliced
    • 1/4 cup molasses
    • 1/2 teaspoon fresh ginger root, peeled and grated
    • 1 small can crushed tomatoes
    • 1 rib celery, chopped
    • 1 sweet potato, peeled and cubed
    • 1 large carrot, chopped
    • a bunch beet greens, chopped
    • splash of honey
    • splash of apple cider vinegar
    • salt or tamari to taste


    In a soup pot, saute garlic and onion in butter until brown.
    Add remaining ingredients and bring to a boil.
    Lower heat to a simmer and cook for 1-2 hrs or until the lentils are soft.
    Add more stock or spring water if the stew gets too thick.
    Share and enjoy!

  • Tuesday, November 27, 2018 7:17 PM | Wise Woman (Administrator)

    Winter Herbal Adventure - part 2
    by Jane Foxglove





    I am sure by now that our Parrot and Puppy wonder where we are and that my Mom and Dad are worried that we are late getting back. I hope they notify someone that we have not reached the airport in New Jersey.

    Doc had wondered what types of plants and herbs and trees grow here in the wilds of the northeast. This is NOT the way I had planned to show him!

    I was anxious to explore around our campsite.  Charlie stayed with Lynn to keep the signal fire burning. Both parties had a whistle to signal for help in case of bear sightings or danger.  Doc was sore and stiff but with a walking stick he adventured into the woods with me. Eagerly I wandered, but never far from his watchful eye. He had the presence of mind to mark our trail and turns with small piles of rocks and twigs so we could find our way back.
              
    I recognized a Black Birch tree with the smooth bark and horizontal cracks.  Not many leaves were left on the tree.  We collected small branches and twigs. When we did the scratch and sniff test on the tender bark we could smell the wintergreen oil scent. This could later be made into a tea. A cup full would be equal to one fourth or one half an Aspirin as an anti inflammatory.
               
    Nearby was a Sassafras tree. I recognized the mitten shaped leaf, some were oval and others had three lobes. The root bark has a root beer taste.  We collected some to mask the taste of the water purification tablets and make a healing tea for rheumatic pain and a compress for swellings and bruises.
                
    Mullein Flower spikes stood tall along the rocky rough ground. I collected the leaves to use as a cough remedy for Lynn, the hairy leaf tea would need to be strained thru a bandanna to remove the fuzz that could irritate her throat. Burning some of these leaves could create a healing smoke during an asthma attack. I saved some of the tall flower spikes to burn as taper candles.

    Queen Anne’s Lace or Wild Carrot grew nearby.  Doc noted that the fuzzy stalks visually gave us a clue that this was not the smooth stalked Poison Hemlock. I thanked the plant for giving us the healing carrot-like root for our soup. The richness of Vitamin C and carotene would be mildly diuretic and lower blood pressure.          

    Doc and I laughed and said we could create the tastiest Stone Soup to keep us alive on this mountain.  Burdock grew near the field with its huge hairy elephant ear leaves. The burrs that carry the seeds of the plant on the fur of deer and forest animals stuck like barbs in the wool of my capote sleeve. The beige taproot could be thinly sliced into our soup; the inulin and protein would be good for Doc and Charlie's diabetic sugar levels. Doc told me how he had bruised and shredded the leaf and mixed it with egg whites to poultice a burn victim at a retreat. The leaves used internally and externally could treat hair loss, ringworm, eczema and skin eruptions.
     
    Pear shaped Puff Ball Mushrooms grew on an old log. To me it looked like a dirty Styrofoam golf ball. It had no stem or gills like an Amantra mushroom. Doc cut one open to be sure it did not have black/purple spores inside like a Poison Pig Skin puffball. We decided this would be a safe addition to our soup.
                
    Red Reishi mushrooms hung like little shelves on an old dying Maple tree, the dark red color reminded me it would be a nourishing blood purifier, We carefully wrapped the mushrooms in paper to catch all the spoor dust.  Sliced into our soup, it would give the brew a meaty texture.

    Herbalists have used the Reishi for healing cancer and during Chemo/Radiation therapy to enhance immunity, lower blood pressure, sooth sore joints, tendons and bones.

    Dandelion greens were easy to spot in the melting snow.  Fortunately the ground was not yet frozen and we could easily pull out the taproot and leaves. The natural inulin sugar would help both Doc and Charlie's diabetes. The nourishing vitamins and minerals were a healthy addition to our soup. One leaf was worth 500iu Vitamin C.

    Garlic Mustard's heart shaped scalloped leaves had a pungent garlic bitter flavor; the white fleshy roots would add more flavor to our soup. We remembered Steve Brill’s lecture on how this leaf is a natural antifreeze-- it lowers the freezing temperature of water! We both decided to chew a few leaves just in case we got any colder.  What a shame it would not work in the plane.

    Plantain stalks poked up nearby. The seeds were easy to tap out of the stalk to save as a soup thickener. The leaves would be good for burns and bruise poultices.
     
    As we circled the field, I saw a beautiful sight, a gnarled tree with dark colored bark that had a rectangle mosaic pattern. Birds were happily feeding on some shiny dark copper fruits. Persimmons! The sweet fruits were bruised from the frost and snow.  The scent of the mushy nectar had also attracted some drowsy bees who should have already been hibernating for the winter. The sticky juice helped sweeten the garlicky after-taste in our mouths from the mustard greens. We harvested more fruits to take back to camp.
     
    Nearby a Stinging Nettle bush with its wealth of vitamins and minerals in the leaf could be added to our soup. The stingers would soften in our cooking pot and become a tonic for lungs, asthma and a kidney flush to reduce diabetic sugar levels and diarrhea, worms, hemorrhoids and colon disorders. My leather gloves protected me from the stingers as I harvested the leaves.

    Comfrey, my personal totem plant, is also called "Knit-bone" with its long full and fuzzy green leaves. In the fall the flowers had faded but the leaves were easy to gather. We would be able to soften the leaf hairs with a little hot water to make a poultice wrap for Lynn's ribs and Charlie's knee. I pulled up some of the root for our soup.  The calcium boost would treat arthritis, rheumatic joints, burns, cuts and bruises. The remaining root left in the ground will re-grow a fresh plant in the spring.   

    Slippery Elm tree with its sticky inner bark could be chewed or brewed for internal inflammations and external poultice. Powdered, the bark would thicken our soup.        

    Witch Hazel blossoms late in the year after the leaves have fallen, and it grows well under the tree canopy. A tea of its inner bark is quite calming and nourishing for internal bleeding and intestinal, uterine and hemorrhoid problems. This is a wonderful menopausal remedy.

    Red Oaks grow in our woods. Their small bitter acorns were pretty well picked over by the local squirrels. An oak gall or pollen ball was easy to pluck from a low branch.  The potent tannic acid would act as a styptic to stop bleeding or to bathe wounds. The tightening astringent of the leaves and twigs could be chewed or brewed as a tea. A little bit goes a long way.

    Small Partridge berries or Squaw Vine grew low to the ground like a carpet. The red oval berries grew in pairs and looked fused together. I remembered this could be tinctured as a Mother’s Cordial for fertility and a uterine tonic for cramps.
               
    Wintergreen's shiny leaves lead me to the sweet reddened berry. The methylsalicylate in the leaf is related to Aspirin and has pain killing anti inflammatory use for muscle aches.

    As I reached for another vine with a white berry climbing a tree Doc yelled, “Don't touch that!”  I had not recognized the poison ivy hairy vine because the leaves had started to turn a reddish bronze from the cold.  In my backyard the shiny green "leaves of three-stay away from me" are usually in one area. Doc said ‘hairy rope don't be a dope" with a smile.

    By now we were hungry and tired and had circled around back to our camp to start a nourishing pot of soup and attend our injured loved ones. Doc was able to make a poultice with the plantain, mullein and comfrey leaves and bind it to Lynn's ribs and Charlie's knee.
     
    As the soup simmered, we snacked on cheese and a few pine nuts Charlie and Lynn discovered near our tipi. The heat from our camp fire may have released the pine nuts from the hanging cones. Within an hour we decided to give the soup a try.  Hungry people will eat darn near anything!

    A young male bear smelled our cooking pot and wandered close to our camp. Lynn handed Charlie the gun Doc had kept in the tent. He fired two shots and scared it away.

    After all the excitement our soup had cooled off a little bit and we added crumbled cheese to our mugs of soup making it creamier and tastier. Oh the power of cheese!

    In the distance we heard a helicopter coming around the mountain! Our smoke signal had been spotted! Rescue was on its way. Within the hour we were air lifted to the hospital. X-rays showed that Lynn's cracked ribs had already started healing, and Charlie's knee was still sore but not broken. Doc was relieved that everyone was going to be OK. Getting the plane off the mountain would be another problem.  Maybe it was still under warranty!      

  • Friday, November 23, 2018 11:12 AM | Wise Woman (Administrator)
    Gemini Full Moon Vibes: Mindful Breathing Will Help
    by Kathy Crabbe



    Gemini Full Moon Elfin Ally: Blue Butterfly*

    Mama  Moon enters the sign of Gemini at 8:10 pm pst on Nov. 22 becoming Full at 9:39 pm and leaves Gemini on Nov. 24 at 10:37 pm.

    This particular Moon may test our boundaries in regards to family so it’s NOT a good time to get into an argument, especially over the finer details of a problem.

    Tip: To let off steam take a bathroom break and meditate or practice mindful breathing. On a more positive note you’ll be assisted by Neptune which means it’s an ideal time to daydream, relax and enjoy that vibe while you can.

    On a spiritual note try and take a moment with your tribe and your teachers to remember old times and have a good chuckle about all that you’ve been through together because there is healing in this right now.

    Blue Butterfly Medicine: Your tiny but oh, so powerful magic reminds us who we are and where we come from on a personal and cosmic level.
    Oracle Card Meaning: Pay attention to the details.
    Reversed: You are easily overwhelmed.

    *Excerpted from the Elfin Ally Oracle Deck.


    Gemini Full Moon Lefty Oracle: Behold*

    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.

    *Excerpted from the 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.
  • Tuesday, November 20, 2018 10:41 AM | Wise Woman (Administrator)
    Underwater Sama Vritti Pranayama Practice

    Sheryl Wolover



    A new thought on how to practice Sama Vritti (equal inhale & exhale) Image yourself breathing underwater....with scuba equipment of course :)





    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
    http://www.pacific-elements.com/
  • Thursday, November 15, 2018 12:28 PM | Wise Woman (Administrator)
    3 Herbs to Start Using Today!
    By Linda Conroy
    www.moonwiseherbs.com

    I recently offered a talk titled 3 herbs to start using today. Deciding which herbs to talk about, was a wonderful journey. I chose 3 herbs very deliberately, after polling herbalist friends, as well as nonherbalist friends on what herb they would choose and/or like to hear about. The suggestions as to which herb to choose were inspiring and proved that it is difficult to choose only 3 herbs. It also confirmed by experience that 3 herbs can cover a lot of ground in supporting health.

    It occurred to me that if I was wanting to encourage the particpants to begin using the herbs I spoke about right away, one criteria for choosing the herbs would be that they need to be easy to procure. And if I wanted them to be something they could incorporate into their lives over time, it would also be wise to include herbs they could easily grow.

    The other criteria I was looking for was that the herbs chosen would support overall health. I wanted to the herbs to offer increased nutrients, to strenthen immune functioning and enhance cardiovasular as well as digestive health. Because our digstive system is the cornerstone of immune functioning, this body system is imperative to good health. And since cardiovascular disease is wide spread, keeping that system strong and healthy makes good sense.

    That said the following is a write up on each of the herbs I chose, why I chose to talk about each herb and how they can be prepared and incorporated into daily life.

    To your health!

    Linda

    1. Nettle (Urtica dioica*)

    *This is the species that I typically work with and ingest. Note that there are other species that can be ingested with similar benefits.

    I chose nettle for several reasons. First and foremost, it does grow in most parts of North America, so it it is easiy accessible. In addition, many health food stores have dried nettle avaiable. It also is is one of the most nourishing plants on the planet.If you look at the chart (linked below) created by herbalist and wise woman Rose Barlow, you see that nettle out shines common cultivated vegetables in nutrient denisty. Below is a link to the chart created by Rose. On the chart she outlines the amount of calcium for example in nettle comparing it to spinach and kale. For every cup of cooked green, the recommended daily allowance is 800 mg. Spinach contains 102 mg, kale 206 mg and nettle cotains 2900 mg. Here is a link to the actual chart describing nettle, along with other wild plants. http://moonwiseherbs.com/herbal-nutritional-chart/

    There is no doubt about it, nettle cooked or dried and prepared as a water based infusion, provides a power house of vitamins and minerals. The water based infusion, provides an easily assimilable medium or platform, by which the herb can be easily absorbed into the body. Here is a link, providing information on how to create herbal infusions or standard brews. http://moonwiseherbs.com/nourishing-herbal-infusions/



    2. German Chamomile (Matricaria chamomilla)

    or it’s analog or subsititute for the wild foragers among you: Matricaria discoidea, commonly known as pineappleweed, wild chamomile, and disc mayweed.

    When I began my talk, I asked participants to raise their hand if they had at least a chamomile tea bag somewhere in their home. Everyone in the room raised their hand. This is probably one of the most common herbs found in the American household. This is the main reason I chose to include this plant in my talk. It was my prediction that this plant would be immediately accessible to most people.

    Chamomile is an herb that is commonly known to promote relaxation and sleep. It is categorized by herbalists as a nervine. Drinking a tea of this plant and/or bathing in a 10 minute steeped tea is a classic remedy used to promote sleep and ease anxiety.

    Lesser known applications of chamomile are:

    ~An ability to reduce inflammation (both internally and topically).

    ~It is soothing to the skin and to mucous membranes.

    ~It contains properties that appear to prevent cancer

    ~And it acts as a bitter digestive aid.

    3. Garlic (Allium sativum)


    Garlic and other Allium’s are useful food to bring into your diet on a regular basis. It is of course readily available at any grocery store and it is quite easy to grow! This herb is probably one of the most accessible and most of us know how to incorporate it into a meal.

    Garlic is an effective antibiotic herb. It is in the same family and genus as onions, leeks and shallots. These plants are in the Lilicacea family, which contains many important immune boosting and infection fighting herbs.


    Garlic contains allicin, a powerful substance which is responsible for some of the plants healing properties. Some things to know about allicin:


    • Powerful sulfur compound

    • Formed when garlic is chopped, crushed or chewed.

    • Is converted into other sulfur containing compounds that exhibit antifungal, antibacterial, antiviral and antiprotozoal activity.

    • Is the garlic plants defense against attacks by pests.


    Ways to prepare garlic for medicine:

    ~Most effective fresh, not cooked.

    ~Add to salad dressings, dips, spreads and/or cheese.

    ~Add to honey.

    ~Add to vinegar. A traditional preparation Fire Cider, can be made with garlic, onions, horseradish and other spicy herbs.



    As you can see these three herbs build and protect immune health, strengthen the body by offering essential vitamins and minerals and they support digestion, which is critical to overall health. Garlic supports immune, respiratory and heart health. So go out and start using these herbs today!



     

    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.

  • Monday, November 05, 2018 8:22 PM | Wise Woman (Administrator)
    Winter Herbal Adventure - Part 1
    Page 2

    by Jane Foxglove


    Lynn did a great job organizing our supplies. Between the four of us we had: a compass, three small flashlights, two tin whistles, a New York State map, a butane lighter, waterproof matches, a few gallons of water, a cosmetic mirror we could signal with, a few handmade scented candles and souvenir mugs I had purchased from the Wild Woman center, toilet paper, bungee cords, a zip-lock bag of granola trail mix, some hard candy mints, Doc's fishing hat (with fish-hooks in it) that he never leaves home without and his big mug and gun.


    I always bring along a huge speckle-ware enameled two quart cup when camping plus two large knives and my Swiss Army knife. Lynn had a magnifying glass with the map case and a few pens, markers and paper clips. We had an assortment of colorful flyers and papers from the conference, our sleeping bags, a wool blanket, pillows, and some fancy velvet cloaks and wool capotes from our party wear at the dedication.

    We each had jackets, thermal underwear, flannel and khaki shirts, jeans, gloves, extra socks, hats and a sweatshirt with a hood. Between us we had canvas tote bags and assorted plastic bags and zip-lock bags and a small trowel, for digging up plants that I never travel without. The plane trunk held a few tools: screwdriver, hammer, wrench, tie-down ropes, duck tape, tarps and wheel chucks for the plane.

    Our first aid kits combined had a surgical knife, needle and threads, sinew, safety pins, butterfly bandages, water purification tablets, band aids, ace bandages, scissors, some napkins, lip balm, skin cream, medications for Doc and Charlie's diabetes, my horse chestnut tincture for leg cramps and lavender oil for stress relief. Lynn had some allergy pills and thyroid medication, spices and salt and some herbal tinctures that Lynn and Doc always carry.

    As darkness approached, we saw snow clouds and smelled the scent of snow in the air. While Charlie collected more wood for the fire in the gathering darkness, he stumbled carrying a heavy log. His knee was twisted and sprained and his ankle sore. I wrapped his knee and ankle with an ace bandage.

    The native Indians had always used the needles of White Pine for medicinal tea, the sap for band aids and blisters and the pine nuts for food. I remembered that White Pine has five long needles in each cluster. I brewed up a tea of white pine needles from the tall trees around our tent using my large speckled two quart size metal mug to warm the water. I served our leftover sandwiches and warmed cider for dinner along with the tea sweetened with some honey comb.

    Doc suggested we sprinkle some of his cayenne pepper in our socks to help keep our feet warm. Now I appreciated his spicy taste buds! Each couple zipped sleeping bags together for cuddle warmth. A wool blanket warmed the floor of our tent, carpeted with pine needles. We huddled around the fire in the middle of the floor circled with rocks so no one could roll into it by accident, and told stories into the night.

    Charlie and Doc took turns watching the fire and let us ladies have our beauty sleep. We started out wearing many layers of clothing but in the warmth of the Tipi it wasn't nearly as cold as it got outside during the long winter night. As long as the fire burned well and we were out of the wind it was bearable.

    We hoped someone would look for us. But who will think to look on the scenic side of the ridge for us? Still no cell phone service. We kept our cell phones and flashlights in our pockets to protect the batteries from the energy draining cold.

    In the morning the fuel smell was gone, the radio still did not work, and the plane could not be started. I warmed more water for a simple meal of cider and granola cereal. We assessed our situation. We are four adults with skills as herbalists, historical re-enactment "time travelers," a distribution manager, a floral designer. But none of us are plane mechanics!

    Lynn and I laughed that our husbands would never complain about our packing too much stuff or the weight of our purses again even for a short trip! Charlie joked that all that extra weight may have been what brought the plane down in the first place. We decided to make the best of the situation at hand.

    About three inches of snow had fallen. We were in a clearing, on a ridge with no visible roads in sight. Perhaps one of us could walk out of those woods in a day, but we did not want to move Lynn with her painful ribs and, with the cold damp of the morning, her bad cough. Charlie could not walk out with his swollen knee. Doc had many painful RSD spikes and spasms of pain and I knew he could not hike for very long in these hills. After all, this place is called BEAR Mountain. Thank heavens Doc carries a small hand gun.

    Charlie suggested we shuffle/dance/stomp the word HELP in large letters in the snow in the clearing and highlight it with more of those colorful flyers from the conference weighted down with rocks so a rescuer could see it from above. We also decided to get a second fire going outside the Tipi to which we could add wet wood to make a lot of smoke to use as a signal fire. Hopefully someone would be curious enough to investigate.


    ~ To be Continued... ~
  • Monday, November 05, 2018 8:16 PM | Wise Woman (Administrator)

    Winter Herbal Adventure - Part 1
    by Jane Foxglove




    My Winter Herbal adventure began in Woodstock, NY. My husband, Charlie, and I had gone up for the weekend to the 20th Anniversary Dedication of the Wise Women's Herbal Center. The owner Susun Weed had been a teacher of mine over the years at the Women's Herbal Conferences in New Hampshire.


    We met Doc and his wife Lynn there. They had come east to pick up a new (used) small plane and attend the Dedication. Doc had been invited by several of the visiting "celebrity herbalists" to speak at the International Herbal Symposium in New York City the following week, and Lynn had always wanted to see the holiday displays and Museums in the City.


    We bonded so easily over the weekend it seemed natural to invite them to come and stay with us in New Jersey to save the cost of hotels in NYC. We planned to fly to New Jersey in their "new" little plane and leave our rental car near the airport in Woodstock, NY. We enjoyed the lunch buffet on our way out of town and packed some sandwiches for the trip home. Near the airport was a farm market stand and, being such tourists, we could not resist bringing some New York Sharp Cheddar Cheese and local honey combs and apple cider back with us.


    I called my Mother, who was babysitting our Parrot-child, and my dog- sitter friend, who was caring for our little puppy, to let them know we would be home in a few hours. Doc and Lynn called California to check in with their daughters at home and let them know of the change in plans.


    Leaving Woodstock, NY, Doc flew above the Interstate Route 17 south towards New Jersey. We circled over Harriman State Park, also known as Bear Mountain, to see the colorful fall foliage and beautiful scenery.


    Suddenly the engine hiccupped and our small plane lost altitude! Doc spotted a clearing on the ridge, and we had a bumpy landing. Lynn, co-piloting, had loosened her seat belt to reach for the maps as we were descending so she got banged about in the landing and cracked a few ribs. Doc had a cut on his forehead, but it was not bleeding much.


    Charlie and I had been packed in tightly in the back seat with all the gear we had from the camping weekend, so we were unhurt. We all got out of the plane and smelled a fuel leak. Quickly we moved all of our gear and supplies out of the plane and set up a spot closer to the tree line, just in case the plane exploded from the fuel leak. Lynn stayed in the "safe spot" and organized the belongings to take an inventory of our supplies. Her ribs were hurting and we did not want her to lift anything heavy.


    It was now about 3:00 pm, and we figured we had about two and a half hours of daylight to make a camp for the night. The radio in the plane was not working, and we had not heard a response to our "Mayday" call. Our cell phones were out of range on this high ridge, and I knew my Mom would start to worry soon.


    Charlie and I used to go primitive camping with the Mountain Men group years ago, so he was able to lash together a few dead fall pine poles and we fashioned a simple Tipi using the tarps from the plane. A fire can be built inside a "Tipi" type shelter, and in this winter cold a fire is key to staying alive.


    He used some duct tape to piece together a few of our solar blankets to fashion a liner for our shelter and packed the space between the liner and the tarp with pine needles and leaves to act as insulation, leaving some gaps for air flow upward to channel the smoke out the top.


    He left the top of the Tipi open a little to allow the smoke out. That way the smoke could escape through the upward draft, but no cold draft chilled us as we huddled around the life sustaining fire.


    Doc started a small fire using his strike anywhere matches and a few flyers from the conference with kindling and plenty of dry branches that lay about after a very dry summer. In no time the inside of the Tipi was warm and cozy.



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  • Thursday, November 01, 2018 2:37 PM | Wise Woman (Administrator)

    Life-Giving Salt and Miso
    Anne-Marie Fryer Wiboltt

    sea salt


    We need a variety of minerals in our diet. Of these minerals the most valuable to us is sea salt. Many people today often overlook how important sea salt is for our health.
    Salt hasn't always been thought of so lightly. Just a short time back, in human history, people were fighting wars to control salt trade. Empires were formed on it, and have collapsed because of it. Roman soldiers were paid a "salary" of salt, which was called "salarium," and they fought the Celts for the possession of via salaria, the road to the salt. And others have praised salt. To Plato, salt was "Dear to God." Homer said, "Salt is Divine." Jesus Christ noted, "Salt is good. Have salt in yourselves and be at peace with one another".

    Both the warlike and the spiritually oriented agreed on something, that salt is extremely important to our health. Realizing this importance, people have used salt, not only in rituals, as an addition to their food, but also to form new products. For instance, using salt, the Japanese have developed tamari and miso, which are wonderfully nutritious and tasty seasonings.
    Japanese legend has it that the gods themselves brought the secret of miso as a gift to people at the beginning of their civilization. Historians say that Buddhist monks brought miso with them when they carried their teachings to Japan. Whichever is correct, the Japanese have had a dedication to miso for centuries.

    Until recently, almost every Japanese family had its own miso making tradition, and making farmhouse miso was as much a part of the yearly cycle as were planting and harvesting. Next to rice, it is probably the most basic staple in their diet, and the largest contributing factor to their health and longevity.

    Below are three delicious fermented foods recipes made with miso. They are quick and very easy to make. Experiment with a variety of different types of miso.

    CARROT TOPS IN MISOCarrots

    2 c finely chopped carrot tops
    1/2 c water
    1 tsp miso

    Mix the miso with 3 Tbsp water. Place the tops in a pan with the rest of the water and let it simmer, covered for 10 min. Pour the miso over and mix well. This condiment is very tasty; use 1 tsp per person.

    •Variation: Use other green tops or wild plants such as dandelion leaves. Season with ginger or add roasted ground sesame seeds.

    TANGARINE PICKLES

    3 organic tangerines
    1/2 c miso

    Cut the peel of the tangerines in bite sized pieces. Place them in the miso and let it sit for 2—10 days in a cold place. Serve on fish or fried dishes.

    •Variation: Use the peel of oranges, lemons, etc. in the same way.

    MISO PICKLES

    1 jar filled 1/2 full with miso
    Firm whole or parted vegetables like roots, garlic, ginger and onion

    Clean and dry the vegetables. Place them in the jar and cover them completely with the miso, try not to have them touch each other. After 2-4 weeks, depending on the size of the vegetables, they are done. Rinse off the miso and cut the pickles in thin slices. Serve in grain or vegetable dishes. These delicious pickles are superb year round, but especially in the autumn and winter.

    •Variation: Cut the vegetables in smaller pieces, parboil them for 30 sec. and let them cool before covering them in miso. They will be done in 2 days. The vegetables will keep in miso for several months. If they become too strong soak them in a little water. Raw fish can be pickled in same way.




    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


     
  • Wednesday, October 24, 2018 9:56 AM | Wise Woman (Administrator)
    Taurus Full Moon Vibes with Katydid (Elfin Allies Oracle)

    by Kathy Crabbe




    Katydid by Kathy Crabbe from the Elfin Allies Oracle Deck.

     It’s almost Oct. 24 when Mama Moon is Full and in the sign of Taurus until Oct. 26.

    The Moon in Taurus along with Katydid, our Elfin Ally of the Month invites us to embrace our senses; senses we didn’t even know we had… HELLO Ms. Katydid, with your hidden ears on your legs!

    With Moon conjunct Uranus and opposing Venus today you may feel a tad spontaneous and up for some hijinx, but don’t expect your nearest and dearest to jump right in too.

    With the Moon trine Saturn that fine head on your shoulders may try and dissuade you from getting crazy; which is probably a good thing! And yes, similar to the last moon vibe (in Aries) to bring some balance and joy into your life spend a moment of  contemplation with Papa Sun as he sets and with Mama Moon as she rises at the same time (known as the disseminating Moon occurring after the Full Moon.)

    Katydid Medicine: You hear secrets that others cannot, for your gifts are hidden, sometimes even from yourself.

    Katydid is our Taurus Full Moon ally this month as her astrological signs are Taurus and Libra, ruled by the Planet, Venus. Excerpted from the Elfin Allies Oracle Deck  : re-wild your elfin self in tune with Mama Moon. Spring 2019 release date.





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

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


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