A Walk Through a Sacred Garden

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View of some of our gardens at Lughnasadh!  Here you can see our main garden (on the left, annuals) and the meditation garden (on the right; smaller perennials). We also have other perennial patches we are cultivating on other parts of the property.  And of course, our wonderful greenhouse in the center!  Behind the greenhouse is a compost tumbler.  In front of the greenhouse, you can see our duck enclosure (more about that later).  Towards the back in the center, you can see our guinea/chicken enclosure and goose enclosure.  The compost area is off to the back left.

Today, we are taking a walk through the sacred gardens at the Druid’s Garden Homestead.  There are so many lessons to learn with a simple walk in a beautiful garden.  Today’s Lughnasadh garden walk reminds us of the power of nature to heal wounds, strengthen our spirits, and help us through challenging…

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Lughnasadh for Solitary Practitioners

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In a typical year, at Lughnasadh, my grove would be gathering for our favorite celebration of the year.  This is typically a weekend of rituals, feasting, fire, and merriment, all hosted here at our homestead in Western PA. With the pandemic raging around us, this kind of gathering cannot happen at present. As much as I enjoy our yearly Lughnasadh gathering, I’m taking time this year to focus on my solitary practice and enjoy Lughnasadh in a different way.  Looking at the history and lore of Lughnasadh offers some wonderful solitary practices that honor the history of this holiday and have a fun time.  For a historical look at Lughnasadh (and where some of the inspiration for this post was drawn), you can see Máire MacNeill (1962) The festival of Lughnasa: a study of the survival of the Celtic festival of the beginning of harvest published by Oxford University Press…

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Sacred Tree Profile: Staghorn Sumac (Rhus Typhina)

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A lovely stand of staghorn sumac in bloom! A lovely stand of staghorn sumac in bloom!

As we begin the march from summer into fall, the Staghorn Sumac are now in bloom.  With their flaming flower heads reaching into the sky, the Staghorn sumac are striking upon our landscape.  As fall comes, the Staghorn Sumac leaves turn fiery red before dropping and leaving their beautiful, antler-like, and hairy stems behind.  All through the winter months, the Staghorn Sumac stems stand like antlers reaching into the heavens, until they bud and spring returns again.  This post explores the medicine, magic, ecology, herbalism, craft, and bushcraft uses, and lore surrounding these amazing trees.

This post is a part of my Sacred Trees in the Americas series, which is my long-running series where I focus on trees that are dominant along the Eastern USA and Midwest USA, centering on Western PA, where I live.  Previous trees in this series have included:

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Beyond Divination: Four Spiritual Uses for the Tarot

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The Fool from the Tarot of TreesWhen people think of the Tarot, they often think of its primary use as a divination tool.  Tarot is an incredibly versatile tool, and now you can get hundreds of decks on practically any theme, choose from dozens of books to help you learn, and access a wide variety of free online resources.  Learning to read them as a divination method is as straightforward as picking up a book, drawing cards, and reading entries–and yet mastering them can take a lifetime.

I wanted to share a few additional ways that I’ve used the Tarot over the years to enhance my spiritual practice.  The Tarot has many uses beyond divination, and learning some of these can deepen your work with the Tarot even further. These methods can be tied directly to divination uses, help you learn the Tarot in a new way, or be used on their own. All images are…

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Making Acorn Ink – Instructions and Recipes

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Acorn Ink! (Great color!)

Acorn ink, derived from the mighty oak tree, can be a wonderful addition to your druid practice or art studio.  Inks can be used for all manner of useful things, from drawing and artwork to the creation of sigils, writing in a druid’s journal, or engaging in other magical work.  In this post, I’ll share a method for making an acorn ink as well as a rust garden (that you can use to strengthen the color of this and other natural inks, like walnut).  I’m posting this now because I have found that acorns are best gathered for this not right after they drop, but after they’ve sat on the ground for some time (such as over the winter months).  This is a way for you to use acorns pretty much year-round, connect deeply to the energy of the oak tree, and localize your practice.

Ink…

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HEART CHAKRA & Crystal Healing | FREE 10-Week Study of Chakras! (Week 6) – Reiki Gem Wellness

Heart Chakra Activation & Balancing with Gemstones (Video #11 in the Series) Welcome to this 10-Week study of Chakras & Crystal Healing! In this video, we delve into the Chakra study of the Heart Chakra & Crystal Healing. The Heart Chakra is the home of our ability to Give and Receive Love! This Chakra helps us … Continue reading HEART CHAKRA & Crystal Healing | FREE 10-Week Study of Chakras! (Week 6) – Reiki Gem Wellness

SMOKY QUARTZ Guided Meditation for Practical Crystal Healing – Reiki Gem Wellness

Check out this Smoky Quartz Guided Meditation video to see if Smoky Quartz is a gemstone that can support you during everyday life situations! Source: SMOKY QUARTZ Guided Meditation for Practical Crystal Healing - Reiki Gem Wellness

Day 32 – Quarantine Magick

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In life, sometimes situations seem to be hopelessly tangled!  Or, we need to “trip something up” to stop circumstances from steamrolling us into the ground.  Tangle Charms are a simple, easy technique to master and great to use when you feel events are somehow out of control, or when you don’t have all the information to move in a definitive direction.

The Mind and the Emotions-– all tangled situations are birthed in the mind and fueled by the emotion. Where one person may think a particular situation is horrendously stagnating, another may breeze right through the problem. It all depends on your personal perception and your focus. If you focus on the problem, it becomes more tangled. If you allow your mind to view a bigger picture, or…

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Spirital Lessons of Ecological Succession for the Pandemic: Healing the Land, Healing the Soul

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The quiet that nature provides... Nature heals!

Ecological succession is nature’s approach to healing.  From bare rock, ecological succession allows forests to eventually grow.  Ecological succession has much to teach us as a powerful lesson from nature, and it is a particularly useful thing to meditate upon during the pandemic.  As we can look to how nature heals, it offers us guidance and stability during this challenging time.  Thus, today’s post introduces the idea of ecological succession and how these lessons can be helpful to us as spiritual lessons for thought and reflection. This post is part of my land healing series.  For earlier posts, you can see a framework for land healing, land healing as a spiritual practice, a ritual for putting the land to sleep, and a primer for physical land healing.

Ecological Succession

Because nature works on larger time scales, its not always obvious that nature is engaging in…

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Elderberry Ice Cubes

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I often see individuals wanting to make elderberry syrup and then not wanting the sugar so they try to find another solution. Some try to substitute the sugar, others head to making a tincture but I really think that elderberry is best extracted in water, in a decoction. So how do we make a larger batch to save us time and not use the sugar? We can make ice cubes!

Any herbal tea can be frozen after extracted but elderberry is such a lovely color that it makes a delicious and colorful treat when it is frozen. You have a few different options to consider when making these ice cubes. Keep in mind that you may want to invest in non-plastic ice cube trays if you are going to be making these frequently to avoid the plastic leaching into your herbal products.

This recipe makes an herbal concentrate, 7 ice…

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