Camellia For Valentine’s

Like many of America’s favorite plants, the camellia is native to Asia. One tradition holds that Europeans and Americans first wanted the plants for commercial cultivation — Camellia sinensis for tea and Camellia oleifera for seed oil used in cooking and cosmetics. Instead of supplying these species, which produce understated little flowers, the Chinese slipped … Continue reading Camellia For Valentine’s

Symbolism of Violet: February Birth Flower

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The violet has a charming and long history of mythology. Greek myth states that Zeus fell in love with Io. Zeus was afraid that Hera, his wife, would discover him and Io, so he made Io into a white heifer. Zeus created the sweet-scented flower that we know as the violet for Io to eat while she was a heifer. Hera placed an insect pest on Io as the white heifer, so she roamed all over the land trying to free herself from the pest.  Zeus finally caught the heifer and put his hand on her, and she turned back into Io. She gave birth to their child, who founded many nations.

Another Greek myth states that Persephone, a young lady, was walking in a field of violets when Hades saw her and fell in love with her. Hades took her to his kingdom of death and the world became…

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Primrose; The Flower of February

COMMON NAME:  primrose GENUS:  Primula SPECIES, HYBRIDS, CULTIVARS: P. denticulata-lavender, purple, or white flowers; grows to 12 inches. P. japonica 'Millar Crimson'-flowers whorled around 24-inch stem; blooms May-June. P. polyanthus-best known; colors are red, pink, blue, gold, and white, all with small yellow eyes. FAMILY:  Primulaceae BLOOMS:  spring TYPE:  perennial DESCRIPTION:  Primroses form an attractive … Continue reading Primrose; The Flower of February

Home Brewed ‘Love Oil’ for Valentines

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It’s a funny one for me, St Valentine’s Day, I know it is supposed to be about ‘the one you love’ but I always think about it as a general celebration of love and partnerships of all kinds.

I feel it most as my love of nature, which awakens with a passion at this time of the year with the emergence of Spring.

So, this little ‘Love Oil’ is not just to promote the traditional sense of the word love in a relationship, but it’s an all-encompassing positive love fest – love for our families, love for our friends, love for Mother Nature – perhaps she needs it most of all right now, and love for ourselves.

Most of the ingredients are from my dried herbs/flowers from last year, with some kitchen ingredients thrown in. All are chosen to welcome positive love, with passion, energy and a little grounding. I…

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Why the Herbal Academy?

The Herbal Academy is one of the key players and global leaders in creating a bridge from once-forgotten and sometimes misunderstood ancient herbal practices to the burgeoning community of people who are now seeking an alternative for supporting wellness. Their student body of over 40,000 speaks to that! In fact, they were one of the … Continue reading Why the Herbal Academy?

Aromatic Herb for February; Tansy

Tansy {Tanacetum vulgare} Tansy is an upright herb with a crown of bright yellow clustering flowers. It is a member of the Asteraceae family and is also known as common tansy, bitter buttons, cow bitter, mugwort, and golden buttons. It grows to a height of three feet and produces pinnate, lance-shaped leaves that are uniformly … Continue reading Aromatic Herb for February; Tansy

February Birthstones – Zodiac Gemstones: Amethyst, Garnet, Sapphire, & more!

There is one gemstone that is on the modern birthstone list that connects with February, and it's Amethyst. Believed by the ancient Greeks to protect wearers of drunkenness and balance their minds amethyst is a beautiful gemstone that's affordability allows it to be worn by all. However, some February born individuals don't care much for … Continue reading February Birthstones – Zodiac Gemstones: Amethyst, Garnet, Sapphire, & more!

Preparing the Soil: New Moon in Aquarius Energy Reading — Spirit de la Lune

  This New Moon cycle holds so much potential for new growth! Aquarius is an optimistic and open-minded sign that is sure to bring a breath of fresh air into our lives. This cycle might hold the change that you’ve been looking for. This month is a great time to prepare the metaphorical soil for the … Continue reading Preparing the Soil: New Moon in Aquarius Energy Reading — Spirit de la Lune

New Moon in Aquarius

Our Aquarius New Moon is here tomorrow, February 4th, at 1:04 pm PST (4:04 p.m. EST) and is a magical Cazimi Moon. New Moons in Aquarius bring us the element of air and usher in the energies of clarity of thought, intellect, visionary dreaming and the desires of working with the collective energy to make … Continue reading New Moon in Aquarius

Third Moon of Winter 2019

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By Phoenix of Elder Mountain – Greetings Moon Lovers, Artists, Dreamers and Empaths, we finally made it to the last Moon of Winter, the last of the seasonal year. It begins Monday, February 4th 2019 as we now prepare for the ending and the beginning in this moon cycle. Winter begins to fade, as this last moon still allows for our important healing work to be done.

I hope your Midwinter was good and for the newbies here, or those working with this practice under two years, please read the directions here. The simpleness of this practice is we set one intention about the self (only) on the new moon and one release intention about the self (only) on the full moon, see the examples at the end. Eventually we flavor our practice with signs, syncronicities and first level dreaming. This work is very slow, very simple and very deep…

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