Homestead News: Cleaning and Seasoning Cast Iron Cookware

The Care and Feeding of Cast Iron: Cleaning and Seasoning Cast Iron Cookware Cast iron pots and pans are the basis of a well-stocked kitchen and will last a lifetime if you learn the methods for cleaning and seasoning cast iron cookware to maintain the cured surface. The hallmark of any country kitchen is an … Continue reading Homestead News: Cleaning and Seasoning Cast Iron Cookware

The Business of Herbalism

Botanical medicine, the art, and science of collecting, preparing, and utilizing plants for healing, is one of the oldest healing methods in human history. The World Health Organization estimates that 80 percent of the world's population presently uses herbal medicine for some aspect of primary healthcare. There is a wide range, however, in what is … Continue reading The Business of Herbalism

Spirit, Nature, and Healing

There are many resources in books, online, and in classes and at conferences about connecting with the spirit of the plants. Rather than simply re-post that information here, we want to share wisdom from Rosemary Gladstar. We asked Rosemary about the importance of intention in working with plants and in healing. Here is her response: … Continue reading Spirit, Nature, and Healing

Drinking in Spring Blossoms: Red Flowering Currant Elixir – Gather Victoria

And let me tell you, during the past cold dreary winter months, it has been a favorite remedy. Just a few drops on the tongue or a splash in sparkly water brings a little sweet spring sunshine into my step! The blossoms, however, are so beloved by bees and hummingbirds, I harvest very sparingly. Which makes my … Continue reading Drinking in Spring Blossoms: Red Flowering Currant Elixir – Gather Victoria

The Fire Relit: New Moon in Aries | Flower Moon Cycle Energy Reading — Spirit de la Lune

  As the first sign of the zodiac, the Aries New Moon kicks off this new season with a burst of fresh and exciting energy to help you accomplish your goals. Both the Sun and the Moon are in Aries right now and that makes for a great time for action and initiating anything new! … Continue reading The Fire Relit: New Moon in Aries | Flower Moon Cycle Energy Reading — Spirit de la Lune

Spring Cleaning! The Magical Besom – Gather Victoria

Happy Spring Equinox!  Blue skies and blossoms, what a day to welcome the official coming of spring! Spring cleaning is a ritual deeply rooted in the lore of the Vernal Equinox, a time to purify the home of stagnant energies and prepare it for the vitalizing energy of spring and summer. And no spring cleaning … Continue reading Spring Cleaning! The Magical Besom – Gather Victoria

Spring Equinox Rituals: Rituals of Looking Back and Looking Forward

The Druid's Garden

Sometimes, when we are hiking on a trail, we are in a hurry to get somewhere–that far off vantage point, that mile marker on the map, or just seeing what is over the next horizon. I remember hiking with some friends who regularly backpacked; they were so intent on speeding through the woods to their goal and putting the miles behind them that they  left me behind at multiple points as I got off the trail to explore something. This “speeding towards a goal” is, perhaps, part of who we are as humans, and certainly, a product of Western Civilization, which is so growth and progress oriented.  Even with our spiritual practice, we can be so intent on focusing on a goal (that next grade or degree, for example) that we forget about the journey itself.  On this trail, the day I took this photo, my intuition told me to…

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The Energies of March

March promises to be an eventful month energetically, one that is full of potential if we can successfully ride the waves of change and embrace the new beginnings that it will bring forward. The new moon on March 6th coincided with a big planetary shift of energy created by Uranus leaving Pisces to take up … Continue reading The Energies of March

The Chakra’s

Chakra is a Sanskrit word for "wheel".  Chakras are often seen by healers and psychic intuitive as spinning wheels of light, vortices, or funnels of energy and are the configuration in the structure of the energy field of the body. In Eastern tradition, the chakras are depicted as lotuses.  Their spirals of light indicate the … Continue reading The Chakra’s

The 12 Chakra’s

You may be familiar with the 7 major chakras of the human body. But did you know that some chakra systems count 12 or more chakras? In order to enhance your understanding of the energy body, it is essential to know your 12 chakras. Familiarity with the 12 chakra system adds depth, context, and appreciation for … Continue reading The 12 Chakra’s