Hello January 2021

We wish you all a very Happy New Year and hope that you are feeling rested, rejuvenated and ready to take on whatever opportunities and challenges 2021 has in store for us. 2020 was an unusual year in so many ways, so much so that looking back it seems that it has acted as a … Continue reading Hello January 2021

Sacred Tree Profile: Devils Walking Stick (Aralia Spinosa)

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The mighty Devil’s walking stick in early spring–look at those spikes!

The Druid’s Garden Homestead is located on a 5-acre parcel of land in Western Pennsylvania that is currently regenerating from intense logging. Three years ago, just before we bought the property, the family who owned it logged about three of the five wooded acres.  This has led to a host of possibilities where we can work on forest regeneration, observing the changes in this damaged place as it regrows, and certainly, opportunities for wildtending and creating food forests. As you walk through this regenerating landscape, one of the most striking understory trees is the Devil’s Walking Stick, Aralia spinosa. Looking like a very spiky and menacing walking stick (it has a name fitting of its visage), this tree is also known as Prickly Elder, Prickly Ash, Shotbush, Pigeon Tree, Angelica Tree, or Hercules club. These varied names really…

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Gemstones for Winter – 8 great choices to cheer up a cold night

Winter may be icy cold with short dark days but we have roaring fires, snowy mountains, hot cocoa, and some seriously beautiful gemstones to get us through to spring. Source: Gemstones for Winter - 8 great choices to cheer up a cold night

NASA Has A Challenge For You.

On Sept. 15, 2020, NASA, in partnership with Future Engineers, launched the Artemis Moon Pod Essay Contest. The contest, which is open to all (public, private, and home school) students in grades K-12, asks participants to imagine they are leading a one-week expedition to the Moon’s South Pole. In the essay, students will need to describe … Continue reading NASA Has A Challenge For You.

Self Publishing Your Own Tarot or Oracle Deck: Printers, Marketing, Layout and More!

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The Plant Spirit Oracle Book and Deck

Some time ago, I offered insight into how to create your own oracle or tarot deck for your own purposes. I promised a follow-up article that explored the world of self-publishing and had a recent request for this information, so here it is!  This article starts where the last one left off–I’m not going to talk about creation, intention, or media in this article but rather share the aspects of taking something that you have already created (or are in the process of creating) and sharing it with the world.  While there are certainly a number of considerations at play, creating an oracle or tarot deck that you release to the world can be a fantastic experience.  I realize a lot of people don’t need this information, but I’d like to put it out there for those who might find it helpful in…

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The Energies of November 2020

The full moon on October 31st brought the intensity of the energies last month to a head and neatly ushered us into November where the drama and energetic intensity look set to continue for at least another couple of weeks. Negotiating high energy intensity can certainly bring its challenges but this particular energy flow is … Continue reading The Energies of November 2020

Top Gemstone Elixirs – The Best Crystals to use and how!

Don't waste $100s of dollars on fancy bottles of crystal elixir when making them at home could not be easier. See our guide to the best gemstone tonics now. Source: Top Gemstone Elixirs - The Best Crystals to use and how!

Gemstones for Thanksgiving – A few crystals to get you through the day

Thanksgiving can be a lot of fun but it can also be a time of great stress, I have a selection of gemstones that may make your day a bit easier. Source: Gemstones for Thanksgiving - A few crystals to get you through the day

Deepening the Wheel of the Year and Wildcrafting Druidry

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What is amazing about this wonderful planet we live on is the diversity of ecosystems, weather, climate, and life.  This diversity, however, can be challenging for those looking to adapt druidry or other nature-based spiritual practices to their practices.  Particularly challenging is the concept of the wheel of the year, especially if trying to apply the wheel of the year in a non-temperate climate setting. Thus, today’s post extends some of my earlier discussions about wildcrafting your own druidry, which include developing your own wheel of the year; in considering the role of observances, activities, and rituals; and in developing distinct symbolism for your work.  I’m going to continue this discussion today by talking about a further way to work with a seasonal approach from a wildcrafted and observational way and continue wheel of the year development!  So let’s get going!

The Wheel of the Year and Why…

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Nature Mandalas for Inner Work, Rituals, and Blessings

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A woman comes to a clearing in the recently burned forest with a basket of stones, sticks, nuts, and flowers.  She begins to sing, laugh, and dance as she creates a beautiful circle with the materials. As she weaves her healing magic, the design of the circle grows more complex, spiraling inward and outward.  She finishes her work and sits with it quietly for a time, before leaving it in place to do its own work.  A healing mandala has been made on that spot, to help the forest recover after a fire.

Nature mandalas can be used for a variety of inner work, healings, blessings and rituals and are a wonderful addition to a druid or natural spiritual practice. Nature mandalas are an intuitive magical and bardic arts practice that works with the connection of your own subconscious to the living earth.  You use materials that are local to…

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