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  • Thursday, March 19, 2015 11:49 AM | Wise Woman (Administrator)
    Pisces New Moon Reading: b is for beauty mark
    by Kathy Crabbe




    B is for beauty mark by Kathy Crabbe

    This New Moon Reading is going to be quite different from all my others…hmmmm, maybe because it’s in Pisces? A dreamy, watery, très magical kinda sign. So I sit before my altar which is all decked out in Pisces finery with a bowl full of cucumber, lettuce, and willow snippets and some Piscean gemstones (aquamarine and moonstone) and I sit…and I sit…Then I hear the words: just put pen to paper and the words will come. So I do.


    With my paints, brushes and stones in hand, I say to Goddess…O Goddess I am readying myself for Spring and this New Moon in Pisces. What do you want of me?


    And I hear Her say, “No word necessary”.


    And so I paint and a Lefty Mermaid appears…’b is for beauty mark’ (to the left).


    If you too are seeking inspiration to help find your way out of the deep (it IS a Pisces Moon after all; a watery sign represented by two fishes) then I hope that ‘beauty mark’ and her magical mirror can lead you deeper within, to where you soul calls out.


    When setting your intentions for the upcoming New Moon and Spring Equinox ( which is like New Years for many of us) the best time to do that is at the exact moment of the New Moon which is on Friday, March 20 at 2:36 am PDT (kinda early, so maybe set intentions when you wake up or before you go to sleep) and the Spring Equinox is on the same day- woohoooo…double power!






    Kathy Crabbe is a Creative Soul Guide, artist, author and educator who has devoted her life to exploring spirituality and creativity with passion and integrity. Kathy empowers soul-seekers to live the life of their dreams through inspirational art, creative soul classes, intuitive readings and online resources infused with a rich background in the arts.

    Kathy's work has been published and shown throughout the world at museum shows, galleries, art fairs, magazine and books
    including the San Diego Women’s History Museum and the We’Moon Datebook. She has self-published several books, zines, oracle decks and e-courses and maintains a regularly updated blog, portfolio site and etsy shop.
     
    Kathy received a Bachelor of Arts degree in Art History from Queen's University and a Graphic Design & Illustration Diploma from St. Lawrence College, Kingston, Canada. She has been working as a professional artist since 1992.
     
    Kathy has been an educator and mentor for Laguna Outreach Community Artists, the Sawdust Art Festival, HGTV, Wise Woman University, and Michelle Shocked’s International Women’s Day Show. Currently she is teaching her Creative Soul Class at Yoga for Life Temecula, Inspire San Diego and Mt. San Jacinto College.

    Kathy received intuitive training from English psychic and channel, Adam Higgs and spiritual training from meditation teacher Om (devotee of Sri Chinmoy). She studied yoga with Atma Khalsa and Amanollah Ghahraman, herbalism with Susun Weed (Green Witch Intensive) and Therapeutic Touch with Joyce Fournier, RN.


    Kathy received her certification in crystal healing from Katrina Raphaell's Crystal Academy and has been a lifelong student of astrology through private study and group sessions with Steven Forrest, Laura DesJardins and Jeffrey Wolf Green. Currently Kathy is studying Celtic Faerie Shamanism with Francesca De Grandis, author of
    Be A Goddess. Learn more here.

    Kathys 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

  • Thursday, March 12, 2015 12:34 PM | Wise Woman (Administrator)
    Woman of Worth,
    Woman of the Earth
    Part Two


    written & illustrated by Roslyne Sophia Breillat

    And yes, she begins right now, breathing softly and deeply into her body, into her heart, into her womb, acknowledging her true and worthy place upon this Earth, in this moment, for the feminine essence, this pure spirit of She, this beautiful woman, embodies great worth and great value, as the Earth embodies great worth and great value.

    Woman experiences self-loathing, comparison, competition, self-doubt, because she is mesmerized by the contemporary world’s tactics, ploys and tricks, negative words that undermine her female power, cruel actions that abuse her female integrity, insidious lies that force her to feel and believe she is less. This convinces her to feel and believe she needs more ~ more food, more clothes, more make-up, more facelifts, more money, more diets, more exercise, more possessions, more sex. And through becoming addicted to the unrealistic feminine ideal’s enticing array of synthetic “beauty” products that promise to bring her love, attention and acknowledgement, she contributes to the expanding pall of toxicity upon our dear Mother Earth.

    And because she can no longer feel the inherent sacredness and grace of being perfectly beautiful, perfectly natural, perfectly wonderful, simply as she is, she becomes emotionally and psychologically attached to an incessant search for the perfect body, the perfect partner, the perfect look, the perfect image, the perfect outer appearance, the perfect life, none of which are real, and all of which belie the truth and wonder of the feminine spirit, the truth and wonder of her being.

    And through her attachment to this wonderless search, she becomes separated from the wondrous source of loving, giving, exquisite beauty within, she loses touch with her spirit, with her soul, with the inherent intuition, power, wisdom that guide her, like a mysterious beacon of life-giving shining light, into the depths of her true femaleness, when she lets go of this relentless search for outer perfection, for the unreal.

    And, what can she do right now? She ceases listening to that critical and devaluing voice inside her head, she enters her beautiful body more deeply, with her feet firmly planted upon the Earth, with her breath deeply filling every fibre of her being, opening, opening, opening, ever deeper to the stillness, vastness and loving wisdom of the feminine essence within. And no matter what the outer world has told her, what the advertising campaigns have told her, what that critical, destructive, judgmental voice in her head has told her, She, woman, is beautiful and worthy right now.

    She doesn’t need destructive diets that will cause her to instantly become skinny, taut and terrific, that will cause her body to squeeze into tight jeans, two sizes too small. She doesn’t need insidious advertising that increases her shame, deepens her confusion and engulfs her in a dark cloud of depression. She doesn’t need to be “sexy”, for she is the sensual fire of true female passion, she doesn’t need more love, for she is love, she doesn’t need more wisdom, for she is wisdom, she doesn’t need more power, for she is power, for She, gracious woman of this Earth, is beautiful, worthy, valuable, wise, wonderful, right now.



    Copyright ~ Roslyne Sophia Breillat ©




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

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

    Sophia offers two courses at the Wise Woman University:


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


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

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

    Throughout this series of lessons she will learn to trust the innate flow of her intuitive nature and to listen more intimately to the wellspring of her inner source. And we will explore together how to live more fully as the embodiment of the feminine essence within the structures of a masculine civilisation. "I LOVE your class, it is beautiful and thought provoking and well done... Thank you Sophia for your role as wisdom keeper, confidante and mentor."

  • Thursday, March 05, 2015 2:46 PM | Wise Woman (Administrator)
    Calling Mz Perfect; it’s the Virgo Full Moon!

    by Kathy Crabbe



    Gabriel and the golden bird by Kathy Crabbe

    Full Moon in Virgo: March 5, 10:05 am PST


    Being a Virgo Full Moon, this is a practical, get-it-done kinda moon with not a lot of emphasis on dreaming. With Mercury, planet of communication and short trips going forward now (as of March 3) we are finally ready to push forward.


    To the left is an inspirational card for you I’ve pulled from my Lefty Deck; what does it say to you?


    I hear Miss Manners in the wings: we call upon you now to guide us in kindness and love, to heal and ground us and others in need. Moon Circles or Full Moon Readings like this one help us to do just that. They help us to center and focus and find clarity within.


    With the Full Moon in Virgo we clear away the dross becoming pure again and we ask God/dess for guidance. What areas of your life require more clarity and focus? Ask the Secretary Goddess, Mz Perfect to guide you. In what ways could your life benefit from a clearer purpose? What is blossoming for you right now and how could the Divine Secretary help you trim and tend your garden? Ask your heart and soul for guidance and tell the truth!


    Remember to look back at the intentions you set at the New Moon (Feb. 18) making it easier for your own Golden Bird to lay her Golden Eggs at the Full. Then let it all go at the Waning Moon, releasing it like a balloon or egg, knowing that you’ve done good work here today in our Full Moon Circle. Blessed Be.







    Kathy Crabbe is a Creative Soul Guide, artist, author and educator who has devoted her life to exploring spirituality and creativity with passion and integrity. Kathy empowers soul-seekers to live the life of their dreams through inspirational art, creative soul classes, intuitive readings and online resources infused with a rich background in the arts.

    Kathy's work has been published and shown throughout the world at museum shows, galleries, art fairs, magazine and books
    including the San Diego Women’s History Museum and the We’Moon Datebook. She has self-published several books, zines, oracle decks and e-courses and maintains a regularly updated blog, portfolio site and etsy shop.
     
    Kathy received a Bachelor of Arts degree in Art History from Queen's University and a Graphic Design & Illustration Diploma from St. Lawrence College, Kingston, Canada. She has been working as a professional artist since 1992.
     
    Kathy has been an educator and mentor for Laguna Outreach Community Artists, the Sawdust Art Festival, HGTV, Wise Woman University, and Michelle Shocked’s International Women’s Day Show. Currently she is teaching her Creative Soul Class at Yoga for Life Temecula, Inspire San Diego and Mt. San Jacinto College.

    Kathy received intuitive training from English psychic and channel, Adam Higgs and spiritual training from meditation teacher Om (devotee of Sri Chinmoy). She studied yoga with Atma Khalsa and Amanollah Ghahraman, herbalism with Susun Weed (Green Witch Intensive) and Therapeutic Touch with Joyce Fournier, RN.


    Kathy received her certification in crystal healing from Katrina Raphaell's Crystal Academy and has been a lifelong student of astrology through private study and group sessions with Steven Forrest, Laura DesJardins and Jeffrey Wolf Green. Currently Kathy is studying Celtic Faerie Shamanism with Francesca De Grandis, author of
    Be A Goddess. Learn more here.

  • Thursday, February 26, 2015 12:40 PM | Wise Woman (Administrator)
    Winter Medicine:
    An Overview of the Pantry and Medicine Chest

    By Linda Conroy
    www.moonwiseherbs.com
    www.midwestwomensherbal.com




    I live in a cold climate, where the winter months can be quite long.  Because fresh, local, wild food and herbs are not as readily in the winter months, I spend a lot of time during the fall months preparing food and medicine to have on hand for winter.  As I harvest and put up winter stores, I ask what might  I need for the upcoming months to keep myself, my family and my community healthy.  Of course this is a multi-layered question, requiring a range of responses. Preparing requires planning as well as action. In order to prepare I start by brainstorming  ways to stay healthy and strong as well as some of the winter ailments and issues that we have dealt with in the past. Below you will find a list of things you will find in our pantry as well as items found in our medicine chest. I hope these inspire you as you fill your pantry and medicine chest with nourishing food and herbal remedies.


    The Pantry
    Here a list of food items I like to have on hand so that we are stay healthy and strong. I am sure this list is not entirely complete, but it is the foundation for my winter food stores.


    ~Bones, lots of bones. We make bone broth quite often and either drink it or add it to the eternal winter stew pot. We also have venison and rabbit in the freezer, and the salmon our neighbor so generously shares with us, from their fishing trips.  


    ~Green vegetables, I like to freeze vegetables and wild greens so that I can continue to eat local and wild greens throughout the winter. We also water bath can tomato sauce, adding wild greens and mushrooms as well as seaweed and herbal vinegar to increase the nutrient density of the sauce. I also lacto ferment many a vegetable including cabbage, carrots, beets, kalhrabi, green beans, brussel sprouts and many more. Over the years I have fermented almost every vegetable that has crossed my path.


    ~Root vegetables, I like to store these in cold storage for as long as possible so that they can be eaten fresh. Beets I like to put in a vinegar brine and water bath can so we can eat them throughout the winter. I also lactoferment them. 


    ~Fruit, putting fruit and particularly berries in the freezer as well as canning them whole and in the form of sauces and jams and jellies. We also dry fruit either whole or in the form of fruit leather. Fruit leather is nice added in small pieces to homemade sourdough bread, but also just eating it is satisfying and most of all nourishing. One nice thing about canned fruit, is you can open it, put a tsp of whey in it and/or add a kefir culture, let it sit for a couple of days and you have fermented fruit, which is delicious and nutritious. 


    ~Drying greens and herbs for later use. For making nourishing herbal infusions as well as for adding to the soup pot. We will dry throughout the year the wild salad greens that we do not finish fresh. We dry them on a screen or flat basket and then store them in the pantry. We dry a vast array of greens in the salad, and we dry nettle, oats, rosehips, comfrey, linden and mullein for our daily infusions.


    ~Drying nuts and storing them for winter is another important staple in our pantry. We dry black walnuts, hazelnuts and hickory nuts. We have a friend who sends us pecans and we enjoy them as well. These are added to many of our meals and I make a snack of soaked and toasted nuts, tossed with seaweed.


    ~While I do not always collect my own seaweed, since I no longer live on the west coast, I do like to have large quantities on hand. Seaweed can be added to whatever else you are cooking ie egg dishes, roasted vegetables, soup, stews, oatmeal, wild rice etc. Really in small pieces it adds salt to your food and you don’t even know it is there….although the seaweed I like Nereocystis leutkeana is quite tasty and I have converted many a skeptical person into a seaweed enthusiast. If you would like to add seaweed to your stores you can order it from: http://www.ryandrum.com/IslandHerbsOrderForm2013.pdf


    ~Wild Rice, this is one of the biggest delights that has become a staple in my house since I moved to Wisconsin. Wild Rice is delicious nourishing and can be eaten for breakfast, lunch and dinner. It blends well with anything we eat and I like to have pounds of this on hand. This is true wild rice, not the patty grown wild rice, there is a big difference. If you would like to add wild rice to your stores you can find sources at this link: http://www.nativewildricecoalition.com/


    The Medicine Cabinet
    ~Herbs for topical application. Dry skin, sore muscles as well as strains and sprains are things I like to be prepared for for the winter months. Infused oils are an important component of my medicine chest and I like to have Calendula (Calendula officinalis), Chickweed (Stellaria media), St Johnswort (Hypericum perforatum) , Comfrey (Symphytum officinale), Yarrow (Achillea millefolium), Cottonwood (Poplar sp) and Lavender (Lavendula officinalis) on hand. These herbs will help me in responding to many concerns including dry skin, inflammation, cold sores, sprains and strains and sore muscles (after shoveling snow). 


    ~Herbs for internal applications. The medicine chest contains dry herbs for making infusions, which are in the pantry section, as we drink these daily. It also contains dry herbs that we many only enlist if we have symptoms ie fever, sore throat, cough etc. In addition, to dry herbs we like to have tinctures (alcohol extracts) on hand.  Many of the herbs we put up in oil form, we also store as a tincture ie St Johnswort (Hypericum perforatum)   , Yarrow (Achillea millefolium), Calendula (Calendula officinalis), Cottonwood  (Poplar sp) and Chickweed (Stellaria media). Tinctures are nice as they can be accessed quickly and applied right away. We also put up in tincture form herbs that have an affinity for the immune system: two of these are Echinacea (Echinacea purpurea) and Bee Propopolis. We make many tinctures for many purposes, but these are staples that we often use during the winter months. We also make cough syrups, the simplest of which are oxymels.


    ~Locenges or Pastilles. We make these in a very simple form by  using powdered herbs and our own honey. Slippery Elm (Ulmus rubra) and/or Marshmallow (Althaea officinalis) Root Works well. Ginger (Zingiber officinale) , Rose Petals (Rose sp) and orange peel (Citrus × sinensis) are wonderful herbs to add as well.


    ~An oxymel is just a sweet and sour herbal syrup. It contains: vinegar, honey & herbs. They’re very beneficial for respiratory conditions, so the herbs contained therein will usually reflect that.

    How to make an oxymel

    ~Fill a jar about half to three-fourths full of herbs.
    ~Pour the jar 1/3 with honey. Ideally this would be raw local honey.
    ~Fill the jar 2/3 or the rest of the way with vinegar OR for a sweeter syrup, try 1/2 jar honey and 1/2 jar vinegar. (I am using raw apple cider vinegar).
    *the amounts that you use can be flexible. Both honey and vinegar act as preservatives, so you’re not going to ruin the mixture by altering the ratios.
    ~Stir it all together; it might not blend well at first, but it will settle and blend over time. Just stir and or shake until it is blended. Then strain the herbs out, bottle it up and store in a cool place or the refrigerator.

    Take oxymels by the spoonful for sore throats, thick congested coughs or as a general treatment to combat colds and flu.

    Some herbs recommended for use in oxymels

    *Elderberries (Sambucus sp):  relieves flu symptoms, alleviates allergies, and boosting to overall respiratory and immune health
    *Bee Balm (Monarda sp): eases a sore throat, antibacterial, relieves thick congested coughs as well as fever
    *Elder flowers (Sambucus sp): specific for sore throats, immune stimulating and antiviral
    *, Garlic & Onion: fights colds and flu, boosts immune health (it is suggested that these herbs are minced & that the mixture be refrigerated)
    *Horseradish: opens the respiratory system and fights off infection.
    *Mint, Ginger and/or fennel: stomach soothing, digestive aid
    *Oregano: antibacterial, antiviral, useful for upper respiratory infections
    *Rosemary: Useful for low energy and poor circulation, good for digestion and nerves.
    *Sage: antifungal, antibacterial, antiviral.
    *Thyme: for upper respiratory infections, coughs, bronchitis, antiviral and antibacterial. 
    *Lemon or orange peel can be added for their bioflavonoids, vitamin C and flavor



     

    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.

  • Wednesday, February 18, 2015 3:09 PM | Wise Woman (Administrator)
    Find Inner Solace: Aquarius New Moon Intentions
    by Kathy Crabbe



    It’s a time for new beginnings as we center, focus and go within for this New Moon in Aquarius (Feb. 18 at 3:47 pm PST). With Goddess Nut and my mentor, Francesca De Grandis by my side I channel this New Moon Reading for you.


    As the stars shine bright, I can feel that my heart is heavy and in need of healing and tears so I call again upon God/dess to aid me; to allow me to go deeper within and to discover why. I also ‘work’ with an obsidian sphere (aurora borealis) to help with this; an excellent stone for just this purpose. I won’t go into my discussion with my guides and gods other than to say; it helped and I recommend it to all of you who are struggling, sad and feeling weighted down. Create a circle to call upon this New Moon or find a Circle. I offer New Moon Circles all over. Then create ritual to call upon the Moon, your gods and the Divine and go within to commune with your own heart, soul and cells to find inner solace, answers or perhaps just more questions.


    Obsidian Sheen Sphere Obsidian’s Song

      Blessed Be
      this starry nite
      with eyes bright.
      I breathe into the Earth
      and into the stars and into
      the God/dess within.
      I release my breath into a song one note long
      Three times
      feeling the release and the Earth beneath my feet.
     I AM a light
      in the night

      I AM blessed
      I AM guided
      I AM god/dess.



    I Call wrinkles god-points by Kathy Crabbe (Lefty Series)

    Now you are ready to set your intentions for the month ahead. As you do this be still again and connect with your heart’s goals, tempered with your own innate wisdom and lit by the stars. Be not afraid to stretch, stretch, stretch into realms un-reachable. Aquarius energy encourages this so use it to be radical, far out, yet still connected to the collective unconscious because Aquarius understands how. Trust that. GO!


    Creative Soul ‘lefty’ Card for the New Moon: I call wrinkles god-points and so far I’m winning (see image to the left)



    Aquarius Altar Suggestions from my Zodiac Goddess Playbook



    Aquarius – The Water Bearer

    • Time of Year – Winter, Imbolc,
    • January 20 – February 18
    • Quality – Fixed
    • Element – Air
    • Ruler – Uranus
    • Anatomy – Ankles, bloodstream, circulation, shins,
    • Natural sign of – 11th house
    • Opposite sign – Leo
    • Color – Electric blue, turquoise, silver
    • Gemstone – Obsidian, opal, sapphire
    • Tarot card – The Star
    • Goddesses – Feng P’O P’O, Freya, Ix Chel, Nut, Tien-Mu





    Kathy Crabbe is a Creative Soul Guide, artist, author and educator who has devoted her life to exploring spirituality and creativity with passion and integrity. Kathy empowers soul-seekers to live the life of their dreams through inspirational art, creative soul classes, intuitive readings and online resources infused with a rich background in the arts.

    Kathy's work has been published and shown throughout the world at museum shows, galleries, art fairs, magazine and books
    including the San Diego Women’s History Museum and the We’Moon Datebook. She has self-published several books, zines, oracle decks and e-courses and maintains a regularly updated blog, portfolio site and etsy shop.
     
    Kathy received a Bachelor of Arts degree in Art History from Queen's University and a Graphic Design & Illustration Diploma from St. Lawrence College, Kingston, Canada. She has been working as a professional artist since 1992.
     
    Kathy has been an educator and mentor for Laguna Outreach Community Artists, the Sawdust Art Festival, HGTV, Wise Woman University, and Michelle Shocked’s International Women’s Day Show. Currently she is teaching her Creative Soul Class at Yoga for Life Temecula, Inspire San Diego and Mt. San Jacinto College.

    Kathy received intuitive training from English psychic and channel, Adam Higgs and spiritual training from meditation teacher Om (devotee of Sri Chinmoy). She studied yoga with Atma Khalsa and Amanollah Ghahraman, herbalism with Susun Weed (Green Witch Intensive) and Therapeutic Touch with Joyce Fournier, RN.


    Kathy received her certification in crystal healing from Katrina Raphaell's Crystal Academy and has been a lifelong student of astrology through private study and group sessions with Steven Forrest, Laura DesJardins and Jeffrey Wolf Green. Currently Kathy is studying Celtic Faerie Shamanism with Francesca De Grandis, author of
    Be A Goddess. Learn more here.

  • Friday, February 13, 2015 5:13 PM | Wise Woman (Administrator)

    Woman of Worth,
    Woman of the Earth
    Part One



    written & illustrated by Roslyne Sophia Breillat


    She, woman, loves beauty, being naturally beautiful, being with the beauty of Mother Nature, of Mother Earth, creating beauty in her surroundings, being the beauty of her heart, of her womb, flowing freely from her naturally sensual place of inner beauty.


    And yet, she, as she is now, is radically and rampantly exploited by the many multi million dollar advertising companies that insidiously use her lack of inner worth and value as a toy, a puppet on a string, a tool for making enormous financial profits. This well-practiced form of lucrative advertising is skillfully adept at creating and encouraging less female self esteem, more profits, more excessive waste of Mother Earth’s resources, more pollution of rivers, oceans, forests, more greed, more wanting and craving of unnecessary things, more inner emptiness. And purely because these advertising companies have an insatiable desire for her to hate herself so much that she becomes incessantly dependent upon the insidious messages of their false advertising claims.


    Cover your grey hair”, “get rid of unwanted fat”, “banish wrinkles, banish stretch marks, banish kilos”, “uplift your breasts”, “take centimeters off your thighs”, “look taller”, “look thinner”, “get rid of body hair”, “get rid of everything natural about your body”. Their disgustingly blatant message says she will never become “good enough”, “thin enough”, “beautiful enough”, “sexy enough”, unless she continually succumbs to these false claims by buying expensive “beauty” products or wearing uncomfortable synthetic clothing that does not fit her, suit her or enhance her innately natural beauty. These advertising companies are not interested in whether she wears or uses or enjoys these products, but only in the fact that she buys more and more of them.


    The psyche of the contemporary woman is now obsessively filled with a repetitious daily mantra of negative thoughts and emotions that infiltrate her body and mind, deeply entering her working life, love life, parenting life, deeply disturbing her sleep, her dreams. The evil entity of this forceful and force-filled mantra chants, over and over, plaguing her, like a worn out old record that does not know how to stop, “I will never be good enough, intelligent enough, tall enough, short enough, thin enough, beautiful enough, creative enough, young enough, perfect enough, until my breasts, hips, thighs are larger, are smaller, until I am lovable, until I buy this product, that product, this dress, that handbag, until I look exactly the same as this or that botoxed, starving, androgynous celebrity or cover girl. I will never be loved unless I stop being who I am.”


    She becomes obsessed by the “perfect” image of this or that plasticized movie star or photoshopped model on the side of the bus, on this website, on that cover of her favourite magazine, this alien illusory image lurking in the dark recesses of her mind, preventing her from sleeping, awakening, opening her heart, her womb, living a wholly and holy joyous life, being naturally aligned with her inherently natural place as a beautiful woman of this Earth, instead of being unnaturally aligned with a falsely presented woman of this world.

    And so this obsession with the impossibly unreal images of the outer world continues to starve her, diminish her, take her, abduct her, an unwilling hostage, from the pure radiance of her natural inner beauty and from her rightful place as a woman of this Earth. Where and how does she begin to connect with the natural beauty of her true nature? Firstly, she begins right now...

    Roslyne Sophia Breillat

    Email: sophia@wildheartwisdom.com

    Website: www.wildheartwisdom.com




    Sophia (Roslyne Sophia Breillat) is a woman who lives, writes and paints from the heart. The inner richness and profound healing of her life experiences are inspiration for her flowing creativity.

    Her articles and art embrace the beauty, power and sensuality of the feminine essence and celebrate the natural flow of woman's transformational cycles. Her website offers a sacred space for woman to dive into the deep, to open to her true nature, to be who she really is.

    Sophia's training and experience includes primal therapy, intuitive massage, reconnective healing, writing, art and design, astrological counselling, instructional skills, training program design and teaching within the Aboriginal community. She has also facilitated many creative and inspiring workshops and courses.
     

    Sophie offers two courses at the Wise Woman University:


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


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

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

    Throughout this series of lessons she will learn to trust the innate flow of her intuitive nature and to listen more intimately to the wellspring of her inner source. And we will explore together how to live more fully as the embodiment of the feminine essence within the structures of a masculine civilisation. "I LOVE your class, it is beautiful and thought provoking and well done... Thank you Sophia for your role as wisdom keeper, confidante and mentor."

  • Friday, January 30, 2015 3:05 PM | Wise Woman (Administrator)

    Costa Rica Dancing Goddess Pose


    Dancing Goddess Pose strengthens the legs and creates flexibility in the spine. This pose is used before hiking into the mountains and/orn swimming warm waters. :)



    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/
  • Monday, January 19, 2015 9:19 PM | Wise Woman (Administrator)
    Clubmoss: Nature’s Radiation Therapy
    Part Two
    Lycopodium clavatum

    By Thea Summer Deer


    The first part of Thea's article can be found here ...


    Marie and Pierre Curie discovered radium in 1898. Marie was the first woman to receive the Nobel Prize in 1911. She was awarded the Nobel Prize for isolating radium, discovering another element, polonium, and her research into the new phenomenon of radioactivity, a word she coined herself.

    Once upon a time radium was manufactured synthetically in the US around 1910 and ended up in a lot of products for its purported magical healing p

    roperties. Some examples of those products are; chocolate, toothpaste, cosmetics, suppositories, heating pads, wax rods inserted in the urethra to treat impotence, radium water that would cure any number of ailments, and clocks, watches and toys. Needless to say radium got a bad name. Especially when overexposed people started showing up with radiation sickness.

    We live on a radioactive planet and it is well known that if we are exposed to too much or too little radiation, we get sick. Low-dose radiation is documented to be beneficial for human health, but for political reasons, radiation is assumed harmful at any dose. Low-dose radiation has been shown to enhance biological functions with no adverse affects. There are even radium hotsprings where people go to soak for health benefits.

    Radon is the single largest contributor to our background radiation dose and is responsible for the majority of the public’s exposure to ionizing radiation. Radon is formed as part of the normal radioactive decay chain of uranium. Uranium has been present since the earth was formed. High concentrations of radium exist in water and air especially near uranium mines. Plants absorb radium from the soil and animals that eat these plants accumulate radium. It may also concentrate in fish and magnify up the food chain. Uranium, radium and thus radon, will continue to occur for millions of years at about the same concentrations as they do now except that levels of Radon have increased due to burning coal and other fuels and now mountain top removal. Long-term exposure can lead to cancer and birth defects usually caused by gamma radiation of radium, which is able to travel long distances through air. How paradoxical that radium gas extracted from uranium ore is used for cancer treatment.

    Radium is a naturally occurring radioactive element in the environment and little information is available on the acute (short-term) non-cancer effects in humans. Radium exposure has resulted in acute leukopenia, anemia, necrosis of the jaw, and other effects. Cancer is the major effect of concern. Radium, via oral exposure, is known to cause bone, head, and nasal passage tumors in humans. The US Environmental Protection Agency has not classified radium for carcinogenicity.

    According to James Muckerheide in a paper presented at the 8th International Conference on Nuclear Engineering in 2000, he stated:
    “Low-dose radiation has been shown to enhance biological responses for immune systems, enzymatic repair, physiological functions, and the removal of cellular damage, including prevention and removal of cancers and other diseases. Research on low-level radiation has also shown it to have no adverse effects. Yet, current radiation protection policy and practice fail to consider these valid data, instead relying on data that are poor, ambiguous, misrepresented, and manipulated.”

    Wolf in the Seneca tradition is the pathfinder, the forerunner of new ideas who returns to the clan to teach and share medicine. It is in this tradition that that I share my theory with you about Lycopodium clavatum, also known as clubmoss or wolf’s foot.

    “Wolf medicine empowers the teacher within us all to come forth and aid the children of Earth in understanding the Great Mystery and life.” — from Wolf, Chapter 15, Medicine Cards by Sams & Carson.

    It is my belief that clubmoss made into a pillow and used as recommended by Maria Treben helps to recalibrate and restore the body to it’s natural radioactive frequency in harmony with the Earth.


    This is Earth-Spirit Medicine, an exciting field of herbal medicine that has appeared on the horizon. We vibrate at a specific frequency creating a resonance and emitting an electrical signal, not unlike those commonly used to keep track of time or to transmit and receive radio signals. The signals that we transmit and receive are part of a grid system that creates a circuit around our crystalline structure. This crystalline structure is a part or our Earth and our physical bodies.

    “Not really new at all, Earth-Spirit Medicine is being rediscovered at the same time it is evolving to meet our current physical and spiritual needs.” — From Wisdom of the Plant Devas, by Thea Summer Deer

    We know that if we are exposed to too little or too much radiation we get sick. When correctly calibrated our cellular structure is restored. I believe that clubmoss restores us to the proper radioactive frequencies. Radio waves, microwaves, EMF’s and all manner of invisible polluting frequencies are bombarding us. If we paid closer attention to the qualities of vibrancy and life-force energy, how different would the choices be that we make with regard to what surrounds us or goes into our bodies? How much closer and in harmony would we be to the frequency of the Earth that heals us and the spirits of the plants that restore us and from which we are made?

    How to use clubmoss (Lycopodium clavatum):

    Actions: anti-spasmodic, sedative and diuretic

    Dosages of different preparations made from the club moss differ and depend on the client.
    Clubmoss pillows can be made by filling a small cotton pillowcase or cotton cloth bag with the clubmoss then place over the liver and/or under your pillow while you sleep. This will remain active for up to one year and can greatly help as an anti-spasmodic while recalibrating. It may also help reduce post menopausal hot flashes and night sweats. You can trim off the brown bits that were beneath the ground and while it may seem a bit prickly, when the pillow is stuffed full it will be more cushion like.

    Infusion: Simmer 1 ounce of small cut up pieces of the plant (make sure you have a positive identification of Lycopodium clavatum) in one quart of water. Drink one cup per day sipping throughout the day.

    Tea: 1 teaspoon per 2 cups of boiling water poured over, steep for ten minutes and drink 2 cups per day on an empty stomach, preferably in the morning.

    Homeopathic
    Lycopodium remedy as directed by your practitioner.

    Chinese Medicine: Shen Jin Cao, Property: slightly bitter, pungent, warm; liver, spleen and kidney (Wood, Earth, Water). Action: dispels dampness (Wind), soothes tendons. Indications: weakness and numbness of limbs; traumatic injury. Dosage for topical application is 3-12 grams, used in decoction.
    Disclaimer: This blog post does not intend to diagnose or treat. Please seek the advise of a licensed practitioner in your area for any medical related issues. I welcome discussion and feedback, which is critical to ongoing and future research. Please do not ask me to comment beyond the contents or scope of this blog post.
    Note: There is another type of clubmoss in the same Lycopodiaceae family growing in the Southern Appalachians and is Appalachian fir-moss, Huperzia appalachiana. Unlike many of the Lycopodium it likes well drained rather than moist soils, direct sunlight and doesn’t creep about over the ground. Appalachian fire-moss is considered imperiled and rare in North Carolina making it vulnerable to extirpation.

    References:
    Health Effects of Radon: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Health_effects_of_radon#cite_note-USPHS90-1
    Agency for Toxic Substances and Disease Registry:
    http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Agency_for_Toxic_Substances_and_Disease_Registry
    Tell the Truth About the Health Benefits of Low-Dose Radiation, by James Muckerheide, Science & Technology Magazine: http://www.21stcenturysciencetech.com/articles/nuclear.html
    Resources:
    James Muckerheide audios: https://archive.org/details/TheBeneficialEffectsOfLow-doseRadiation1896-1950.JamesMuckerheide
    Radium Hot Springs http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Radium_Hot_Springs


  • Monday, January 19, 2015 3:33 PM | Wise Woman (Administrator)
    Re-connect with Goddess: Aquarius New Moon
    by Kathy Crabbe

    Kathy Crabbe altar

    Kathy’s altar


    As I sit in front of my altar for the upcoming New Moon in Aquarius on Jan. 20 with Goddess Freya and my mentor, Francesca De Grandis close by, I contemplate, I channel, I remember and I write.


    I need this New Moon Time to re-connect with God/dess, to be with my community and to receive inspiration that I share with all of you.


    I don’t blog to share my woes, but instead to share glimpses of brilliance, of Faerie, of hope and magick.


    sapphire sphereSapphire’s Song (to be sung outside to the New Moon)


    I am blessed O’ Mother
    to be here at Your birth
    To sing Your name
    O Goddess Divine Moon Mama
    To sing wooohooo
    To be silly AND strong
    For Aquarius calls us
    to be Trickster AND Divine
    We ARE the bridge
    to You to You to You.


    Now the Real Work begins by Kathy Crabb


    Creative Soul Guidance and Oracle Card Pick: Now the real work begins


    Relax into the flow. It is the time of the Water-bearer (New Moon in Aquarius) although Aquarius is actually an air sign; bringing water and air together which is also what’s happening astrologically as Venus and Mercury conjoin in the sky. Love/emotions (water) and thought/communication (air) come together and the air is fragrant with it – what do you smell?


    Stay on track with the loves of your life. Who and what are they? Give thanks. Let this love and the love of the Divine wash over you; melt into it; feel your body awash in love and blessings. Don’t hold onto it – share it.


    Then open your eyes and send that love out through your heart and back into the world and with an open heart and mind, set your intentions for the moonth ahead.


    Also, be aware that Mercury Retrograde is coming up on Jan. 21 until Feb. 11 and plan accordingly. There may be delays, miscommunication and set backs so it’s a good time to review and revise, not charge full steam ahead.


    New Moon in Aquarius Altar (from my Zodiac Goddess Playbook)

    • Time of Year – Winter, Imbolc,
    • January 20 – February 18
    • Quality – Fixed
    • Element – Air
    • Ruler – Uranus
    • Anatomy – Ankles, bloodstream, circulation, shins,
    • Natural sign of – 11th house
    • Opposite sign – Leo
    • Color – Electric blue, turquoise, silver
    • Gemstone – Obsidian, opal, sapphire
    • Tarot card – The Star
    • Goddesses – Feng P’O P’O, Freya, Ix Chel, Nut, Tien-Mu





    Kathy Crabbe is a Creative Soul Guide, artist, author and educator who has devoted her life to exploring spirituality and creativity with passion and integrity. Kathy empowers soul-seekers to live the life of their dreams through inspirational art, creative soul classes, intuitive readings and online resources infused with a rich background in the arts.

    Kathy's work has been published and shown throughout the world at museum shows, galleries, art fairs, magazine and books
    including the San Diego Women’s History Museum and the We’Moon Datebook. She has self-published several books, zines, oracle decks and e-courses and maintains a regularly updated blog, portfolio site and etsy shop.
     
    Kathy received a Bachelor of Arts degree in Art History from Queen's University and a Graphic Design & Illustration Diploma from St. Lawrence College, Kingston, Canada. She has been working as a professional artist since 1992.
     
    Kathy has been an educator and mentor for Laguna Outreach Community Artists, the Sawdust Art Festival, HGTV, Wise Woman University, and Michelle Shocked’s International Women’s Day Show. Currently she is teaching her Creative Soul Class at Yoga for Life Temecula, Inspire San Diego and Mt. San Jacinto College.

    Kathy received intuitive training from English psychic and channel, Adam Higgs and spiritual training from meditation teacher Om (devotee of Sri Chinmoy). She studied yoga with Atma Khalsa and Amanollah Ghahraman, herbalism with Susun Weed (Green Witch Intensive) and Therapeutic Touch with Joyce Fournier, RN.


    Kathy received her certification in crystal healing from Katrina Raphaell's Crystal Academy and has been a lifelong student of astrology through private study and group sessions with Steven Forrest, Laura DesJardins and Jeffrey Wolf Green. Currently Kathy is studying Celtic Faerie Shamanism with Francesca De Grandis, author of
    Be A Goddess. Learn more here.

  • Monday, January 12, 2015 1:25 PM | Wise Woman (Administrator)
    Clubmoss: Nature’s Radiation Therapy
    Lycopodium clavatum
    By Thea Summer Deer



    The trail I am following runs parallel to a trickling creek. It leads straight up the hilly cove beneath a canopy of hardwoods and is named the Lily trail. Not named after the fragrant flower but in the memory of a little dog whose name was Lily, a Scottish Cairn Terrier who lived with a friend of mine in this hidden cove.

    Alongside the Lily Trail there are statuettes of gnomes, elves, fairies and even one of Lily tucked among the ivy and medicinal plants. The trail was lovingly constructed with wee bridges that cross a spring fed creek. There is even the occasional bench for resting and listening to the sounds of nature and running water. Crystals, mobiles, wind chimes and sun chasers dance from various branches at regular intervals along this magical trail.

    I walked this trail among the woodland flowers, medicinal plants and wild edibles frequently when I lived here in a community affectionately known as “The Cove.” It was here that I noticed the fuzzy, rich green plant known as clubmoss. Club-like it grows in abundance alongside the trail because it likes the moist banks above the creek. I had yet to discover its medicinal value. That discovery began quite unexpectedly when a gardener friend handed me, Healing Through God’s Pharmacy, by Maria Treben. My friend is from England and while she is not an herbalist she grows and uses herbs in the Western European Herbal Tradition for herself and her family.

    I quickly flipped through the pages of the book and judged it as being archaic and outdated. I thought surely our current research and understanding of the phytochemistry and active constituents of plants had surpassed the simplicity of this book. So, I thanked my friend and handed it back.

    Several months later while house sitting for this very same friend I saw the book on her bookshelf and thought, what the heck. So I picked it up and randomly opened to a page describing the moss-like evergreen commonly known as clubmoss. I recognized it immediately as the same plant I had seen in The Cove.

    Later, I learned that this book has been translated into 24 languages and has sold over 8 million copies even though I had never heard of it. I was surprised by what I found there. Published in the 1980’s it wasn’t as old as I had thought even though the information contained within it was. Maria Treben was an amazing herbalist. She was a pioneer of the renewed interest in natural remedies and traditional medicine at the end of the 20th century. This book was a treasure.

    Maria used traditional German/Eastern European remedies handed down by previous generations. These consisted of using only local herbs and diet to successfully treat a wide range of conditions. She used clubmoss to treat cirrhosis, inflammation, and malignancies of the liver. My English friend had been living and suffering with Hepatitis C for decades. I got very excited to think that this might actually be a useful plant for her. So off to The Cove I went to gather clubmoss.

    When gathering a plant for medicine I never take more than is needed and always leave an offering. This could be something as simple as a breath given in gratitude, or a hair plucked from my head. In the Native American tradition it is common to leave tobacco or corn meal. Anyone born on American soil is a Native American. So, kneeling down on the soft duff of the forest floor, I offered some hair, knowing that the plant would read my intention and my DNA. Then I gently lifted its trailers with hair like roots from its bed.

    Mosses have no roots, but this plant I learned is no moss at all. It is an archaic plant over 300 million years old. Club mosses were the dominant land plants during the Carboniferous period and related (as in cousins) to the firs and conifers. Perhaps this partially explains the “archaic” feeling I had when first introduced to Maria’s book.

    The second time I was called to harvest clubmoss at the The Cove was for a South African friend. Her name was Mathabo and she was a beautiful young woman whose work included teaching women in her village how to become more self-empowered. I was contacted when she began suffering with severe swelling and pain in her liver, most likely from something she had picked up in the drinking water. By the time I was notified and able to gather the clubmoss, it was too late. She had passed away. I was deeply grieved by the loss of this young one. She lacked money for proper medical care and I will always wonder if there was something more that could have been done for her. It is this desire to help alleviate suffering that keeps me walking the trails, talking to the plants and doing the research.

    Clubmoss is very diverse and there are two related families, Lycopodiaceae and Huperziaceae. The genus name Lycopodium means “wolf’s foot”. It is no accident that I discovered Wolf’s Foot growing extensively in The Cove, a community based on the teachings of Seneca Wolf Clan elder, Grandmother Twylah Nitsch. How appropriate to find this medicine named for its resemblance to a wolf’s foot growing so abundantly in a wolf clan community.

    Clubmoss is a spore bearing plant that grows mostly prostate along the ground with vertical stems up to 3-4 inches high. Hundreds of millions of years ago the ancient earth contained vast forests filled with giant club mosses. They grew to a hundred feet in height and such primeval forests dominated the landscape of earth millions of years before man even appeared. The remains of these giants in their petrified form constitute the fossil fuels of today.

    The four-year-old plants develop a yellowish spore cone whose pollen is high in sulfur and called lycopodium powder. The powder’s highly flammable when mixed in high enough density with air and was used historically as flash powder in early photography. It was also used explosively in fireworks, theatrical special effects and the magic arts. This magical plant that had caught my attention on a magical trail, in a magical cove fully warranted further investigation.

    The use of lycopodium powder from the dry spores of clubmoss doesn’t stop with its highly flammable uses. It was also used in baby powders, fingerprint powders and as a lubricating dust on latex condoms and medical gloves. In physics the powder is used to make sound waves in air visible for observation and measurement, as well as to make an electrostatic charge visible. The powder is highly hydrophobic; if the surface of a cup of water is coated with the powder and you stick your finger straight in, it will come out dusted with the powder and completely dry. In 1807 inventors used lycopodium in the fuel of the first internal combustion engine.

    While I had long been aware of Lycopodium as a homeopathic remedy, I had not connected it to this plant. Homeopathic Lycopodium is made from the crushed spores and is a remedy used for digestive failure, deep-seated and progressive chronic diseases, liver disease, and carcinoma. This herb has been used medicinally since the Middle Ages and Homeopathic Lycopodium is presently the most widely used form of this plant.

    In the Western European Herbal Tradition, clubmoss was used for treating kidney and bladder related conditions. The whole plant was dried, chopped and prepared as an herbal tea. It is a potent anti-spasmodic, sedative and diuretic which makes it useful for treating kidney stones.

    As I followed the trail in search of more information on Lycopodium I discovered that it is endangered in many areas and protected in certain states. It is considered as critically endangered in Luxembourg and in the past few decades even considered to be extinct. Some of the reasons cited included; threatened by logging, herbicide application, road construction and maintenance, and extirpation.

    This threw up a huge red flag for me. If this plant was imperiled in the Appalachians, why was there so much of it growing in The Cove? What began to emerge connected back to Maria Treben’s book on the healing powers of Lycopodium.

    Maria Treben points out that what makes clubmoss such an important ally in treating cirrhosis and liver cancer is that it contains radium. Plants absorb radium from the soil and clubmoss concentrates it. Radium occurs at low levels in virtually all rock, soil, water, plants and animals.

    Radon is a radioactive colorless gas that occurs naturally as the decay product of radium. It is in lethal abundance here in Western North Carolina due to our mountain top removals. The Environmental Protection Agency shows a clear link between lung cancer and high concentrations of radon with radon induced lung cancer deaths second only to cigarette smoking. I knew of such a mountain top removal project less than two miles from The Cove. Where exactly was this wolf’s foot leading me? Could the abundance of

    Lycopodium be in response to the increase of radon: Radon that was being released into the atmosphere from the nearby mountain top removal? Was it helping to bio-remediate the radon? If Lycopodium concentrates radium, what is its relationship to radon? I have not been able to find any information or sources on this subject. Clearly more research is needed...


    ~ Stay Tuned for Part Two! ~

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