As I sat and wrote the last post and i heard an owl cry out from the Ella forest . It continued to hoot for beyond a minute or two....
i propelled me to keep writing it was still hours before the moon would be in her darkest wane before beginning to wax again.
id been sitting in silence in the forest trying to listen deeply to what needs to change
It is the language and I hear it is the way we humans have been speaking
We need to re-write our language for we are misspelling constantly and casting spells all over the place unconsciously
On a daily basis we send out black spells and white spells and sometimes we don’t even know we’re doing it
an elder shared with me recently, thankfully, even if many black spells have been sent out, one white spell (a prayer or blessing ) has the ability to disperse/dispell all the black.
the word is magic the word is thought put into vibration it is the sword
In tarot the sword represents the word , it is our action beyond our mental thought ( air ) then comes this sword ~our word
We have incredible responsibility when we pick up a sword When we use the word
so i picked up a sword fern , and asked for support to do the best that i can in being impeccable to my word. (the four agreements, Miguel Ruiz) ~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~ Are you OK sitting in your silence?
For too long we have been speaking and it is time to create a new language . language that says I love you I believe in you
A language that does not sabotage our self or others
we release the sabatour
there are no "shoulds" we do not cast these on others or ourselves we say what we want, not what we dont want we are gentle with our selves.
we release the conditions we placed on others and ourselves. and we do the best we can.
We are in the dark of the moon . At 9 PM Pacific time we will cross over into the new moon in Capricorn. There is a conjunction happening between Pluto , God of the underworld and mercury Bringer of communication.
So I took my telephone to the forest to try to dial up and communicate with the under, middle , and upper worlds To see who I could reach.
It was the underworld that called first… Must be that Pluto Influence that wants to be heard and upheaved. The Yew Tree, Guardian of the underworld spoke to me from the right side. I entered in carefully and circled under her branches that felt like arms wrapping around me . She gave shelter from the rain and I could hear her in her cave. The stirring began and I could feel it coming out of my body.
I turn to the east welcome in the east And all the birds that sing in the air I saw maple tree
I turn to the south to welcome in the south And all the sea life that the swims n dances is in the fiery sun I saw cedar tree
I turn to the west to welcome in the west and all the mammals who Make the coastal rainforest their home with the flowing rivers and Waterfall’s I saw Douglasfir
And then back to the north and welcome in the north And all the ancestors a d an elders Found in the stones in the stories of our earth I turn and I see the Yew from which I began
I feel anchored and centred in the forest and feel so grateful that I was called to the specific place I started to circle over to the east to the maple where I found my brown knitted hat… Soaked in the rain… Even as I write this in this moment it is a mystery to how this hot got here as I was just wearing it yesterday and I have not been back in this forest for a few days
My trusted that there was deep meaning in me being in this forest today and so I continued in my journey heading towards the tree to the south of the circle where I had a heart ache when opening the direction
It was here I decided to put my telephone down to plug-in.. And see if I could find out what that tugging was at my heart
I I tried to dial God I looked up to the skies‘s I tried to dial the mother I look down to the roots I I listened by the soothing sounds of the creek Mmmm. and the birds song I I need help guide my way into that silence
So I can hear her speak
Ahhhh you have arrived She said .
I began to breathe deeply and feel all the oxygen of the forest
I was so grateful she had called me back to her on this evening of the dark moon.
With so much falling in our systems surely we are feeling this within ourselves in our old conditioning‘s we once had
This is what Pluto was asking to let fall old conditions ruled in the Capricorn patriarch and welcoming in loving and stern inner father , nurturing ourselves with direction and order in a way that is aligned heart and and earthly Capricorn , the great ram. Let us not ram ourselves anymore with harsh judgements and constraints Please be free of conditioning .
I went up to my car as I felt to offer a gift to the spot for the clear vision and hearing On the dash of my car was some pearly everlasting , a symbol of hope after distraction. a symbol of everlasting love , that grows at the side of rocky lands or clearcuts.
I gifted these two little bundles to the cedar tree in the face of the south.
Then just a few inches over I saw what looked like two beautiful pearls. I looked around for more but there was just these only two perfectly beautiful white iridescent berries… They were not snowberries They were more clear They reminded me of Mary’s tears A berry that represented the grief that mother Mary may have felt over the loss of her son
Tho these ones did not have speckles , nor were they red they were clear white , like pearls And there were two
May our hard work and grief create pearls of everlasting love As we come on thru to the other side
Please feel free to comment
Or share any insights into this new moon you may have
Or into the gifts of pearly everlasting and symbols of the pearl
He is a wild one who grows down by the river. He is a wild indigenous soul who dresses himself in herbs and feeds on the wild. He will bring you to the river to baptize your dry or rocky roots . He will bring your darkness to the light And send you to the action of the soul of the fiery sun
Rise up sleeping indigenous ones . Rise up wild child Happy solar Birthday Saint John 🔥🔥🔥
Saint johns wort‘s are blooming at this time ,during the time known as Saint John’s birthday June 24. He was a wild man a beast like man , a “green man” who lived down by the river feeding on locusts and wild things dressed in plants and herbs. He represents our darker side while his cousin Jesus celebrated at the time of winter solstice represents the light. During the summer solstice times we sometimes think of it as bright and light and beautiful tho it actually bringing back the dark and being OK with those things and looking into that darkness . in the wild you can go out now and find the St. John’s wort blossoming along rivers edges and gravel roads. turning it into medicine that helps lift the darker parts of self into fuller integration and into the light.. from him will grow a new colour , Crimson like , bringing in more self-love and filling in leaking holes ( as seen in the pores in the leaves) , bringing in more wholeness🧡Let the light shine through to the darker places
MATERIA MEDICA Hypericum Perforatum St. John’s wort, goat weed
Medicinal Uses: The oldest most common use of this plant was for skin care. It helped heal inflamed, damaged, torn , dry, painful or cracked skin. It was also used as a topical ointment for treating hemorrhoids Or in conditions where there was nerve pain ( or nerve damage such as sciatica, shingles, rheumatism, trigeminal neuralgia). One would create an oil or salve to use topically. Placing the aerial parts or flowers in an olive oil and allowing to infuse in the sun for approximately four weeks will create a beautiful red coloured oil. One of the most common uses of St. John’s wort today is for treating nervous disorders including anxiety and depression. It helps to improve the overall mood of an individual and alleviate stress. Herbalists also use it in the case is a painful menstruation that is accompanied with moodiness.
If you crush the bud just before opening a bright red oil will release. The flavonoid hypericin is said to be responsible for this beautiful stain, and also for the herbs reputed antiviral an antidepressant action.
Saint johns wort is a herb that assists with the first stage of detoxification performed by the liver, and it is an antiviral and specific for shingles, pain relieving and a mild sedative for the nervous system. It is one of the true tropho restorative for the nervous system to help heal the tissue.
Folklore/mythology/magic: This plant is said to have an infinity with the “little people”. Matthew Wood writes about this in the book of herbal wisdom. Saint johns wort usually comes into bloom just after the solstice around Saint John the Baptist feast day, June 24. John was Jesus’s cousin , said to be born 6 months after him. Just as Jesus took over the functions of the pagan god of winter, St. John is associated with the pagan god of summer and vegetation. He was a wild man feeding on wild plants living in the wilderness much like the ‘green man’.
In Greek, Hyperion means “Over and Apparation “ as the plant was thought to protect one from evil. The word wort simply means herb. The leaves are yellow- green with transparent holes throughout the tissue. These dots are oil glands and held up to the light they give the leaves are “perforated” appearance.
Doctrine of Signatures : St. John’s wort works primary on the solar plexus , like its bright yellow colour indicates. It also helps seal up those who have “leakage” or “holes” in their auric field, primary in the solar region, the seat of our will. It is said in Ayurvedic medicine that our second brain is located in our gut, and where many neurotransmitters are made (Including serotonin, the one most singled out as deficient in the treatment of depression – 70% of which is created in the in the gut)
Contraindications/ adverse reactions: Those on antidepressants should avoid this herb
Walking along the lovely shores of the old mining town of Weymss on the Frith of Forth , we stumbled across SEABUCKTHORNS!
Also known as Hippophae rhamnoides, Sea Berries, Ananas de Sibérie or Sand Thorn.
This was an important medicinal plant used in Ayervedic medicine and traditionally across Siberia, Mongolia, and China.
The name 'Hippophae' means shiny horse, and refers to the good coat developed by horses feeding off the plant!
According to legend, Sea Buckthorn leaves were the preferred food of the mythical winged horse Pegasus. In the 13th century, Genghis Khan, creddited Sea Buckthorn with giving his armies incredible strength and endurance
It is called the "Holy Fruit" of the Himalaylas where it grows in the Spiti Valley
And Golly, was I ever greatfull to find it this day, as we had set on on an adventure, without packing a lunch, as well as battling some winter cold symptoms. This magical plant gave us just the zest n vitality we needed!
and wow ! OMMMMM YuMMMMM
so bursting with tang !
due to its protein building amino acids, vitamins B1, B2, K, C, A, E, and folic acid, over 60 antioxidants, at least 20 minerals, and healthy fatty acids. The fruit is full of carotenoids, xanthophylls, phenolics, and flavanoids, too. Its a power house of nutrients!
Treats gastrointestinal disorders including ulcers
Eliminates skin rashes
Improves sight, lessens eye soreness
Promotes colon health
Contributes to proper brain and nervous system functioning
Reduces inflammatory response in the body
Improves mental clarity
Treats asthmatic symptoms
Reduces illness associated with cancer
Boosts lymphatic circulation and immunity
Reduces hunger (due to Omega 7s)
Improves the look of skin and hair (also due to Omega 7, 3, 6, and 9s) ....
Neutralizes free radicals in the body
Slows the aging process
Supports internal organs
Boost health of the mucous membranes lining the digestive and respiratory tracts
Helps to increase cellular vitality
Thanks to a local Herbal Enthusiuast Benny, ( who made 15 litres of this juice!) I was shown how to properly harvest the berries without getting too poked. (theres a reason its called Seabuck THORN.) There are spiny branches that protect the super potent berries, that are ready to burst!
I wished I could have eliminated my fingers and just put my face under the bush and let the berries fall in my mouth....but it was just too poky!
the berries burst as soon as you touch them , so there is a technique of "milking" where you squeeze the branch with the berries, and you catch the juice with a bucket.
an other option would be to cut the branches, and freeze them, allowing you to then collect the whole berry, skin and seed.
the entire plant is medicinal , but in this winter season, we were just collecting the berries as the leaves had already fallen......
and here you have an amazzzzzing cold and flu winter tonic , immune boosting , anti oxidant rich beverage !
if you have no access to a harvest yourself , here is a link to a beautiful ethical company selling the juice ~ bless!
one way to harvest is to do as Miss Luna Bean does, simply, knock the pollen right into your mouth ! it gets a little messy tho, so another way is to have a bowl handy to catch all the pollen as it bursts off.
I love this video by Yarrow Willard. check out Harmonic Arts ~ Amazing Herbal Jedi , who is super passionate about this abundant medicine! tons of great information here :
Strengthens the Immune System
Great Brain Food
Balances Androgenic and Estrogenic Hormones
Supports and Detoxifies the Liver
Great for the Skin and Hair
Protects the Cardiovascular System
May Reduce Cholesterol
Regulates Weight by Supporting the Metabolism
Increases Energy and Vitality
Increases Glutathione (the Body’s Master Antioxidant)
Optimizes Breast Health in Women and Prostate Health in Men
Always practice ethical harvesting. If you ever read "Cookie Monster and the Cookie Tree " , you'll remember how the Tree felt when the cookie monster tried to grab at the cookies, or take one too many!
There is much evidence leading us to believe that all of Nature has a voice . With silence and attention, we can tune in to the plant kingdom and develop our relationships through practice, as our art & meditation.
It is possible to increase our intuitive abilities and tune into the energy and medicine of plants. While traveling in Colombia, I was blessed to learn from the Kogi indiginous people , of the Sierra Nevada coastal mountain range. I witnessed how they connected with the plant kingdom around them while taking in a sacred herb, they would honor its wisdom and be given the vision of the plant. It was if the plant had lent them its "eyes" to see. They would then be able to know what was food or medicine.
learning to tune in , is part of the fun! and soon , you'll be feeling presence, of a plant or tree, before even seeing it! ...and this will help you on the treasure quest ......
Usnea has a very special relationship with the trees. its been growing there for sometimes hundreds of years. the best time to harvest this medicinal lichen , is after a storm, where branches are broken or it has blown off the tree, and is shared with us humans as a gift !
So Remember, just like in Cookie Monster & the Cookie tree, do not just grab at the Usnea and pull, wait until the tree drops some for you ! :)
its the season of the pitchfork!
and you'll sure need one to dig burdock. the roots go deep deep into the earth. and thats where the energy goes this time of year, storing its nutrients and vitality beneath the ground.