Thornapple, Gender and Ritual Application | Coby Michael Ward

Cultivating the Devil’s Apple aka Thornapple I spent part of this afternoon harvesting my Thornapple plants.  One of them grew to be close to five feet high!  The Thornapple I grew this year is a Datura stramonium var. tatula; similar to the common Datura stramonium only it is less shrubby and has lavender-purple flowers.  I harvested leaves, seedpods, … Continue reading Thornapple, Gender and Ritual Application | Coby Michael Ward

Full Blue Moon Meditation & Shower Ritual for Renewal — Spirit de la Lune

This full blue moon offers us a unique opportunity for inner and outer renewal and healing with the energy of Taurus & Scorpio as our guide. The blue moon always offers us the unique opportunity to step into renewal and rebirth if we are willing to go within. Renewal means a new you and a … Continue reading Full Blue Moon Meditation & Shower Ritual for Renewal — Spirit de la Lune

Ice Ritual for Ostara

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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Establishing a Ritual of Daily, Weekly, and Monthly Self-Care

There’s something to be said about intentionally setting aside time in our hectic schedules to focus entirely on our lives, our bodies and our health (both mental, and physical). But so often, this is easier typed than done. I believe in our culture, there’s certain guilt about slowing down, even for a short time, especially … Continue reading Establishing a Ritual of Daily, Weekly, and Monthly Self-Care

New Cazimi Moon in Scorpio

We are under the New Cazimi Moon in Scorpio. This is a beautiful time ~ no matter where you are ~ to place your intentions for this two week period moving into the Full Moon, or even the remainder of the year, or for something you want to take into the new year! This is … Continue reading New Cazimi Moon in Scorpio

BUILD YOUR OWN ALTAR Using These CEREMONIAL HERBS

Day of the Dead: Ritual and Ceremony  Little is firmly known about the particulars of today’s holiday since the limited sources available are either folkloric literature like the Celtic sagas or Roman authors who would have likely “trashed” the traditions of a culture with which they were often in conflict. Although, you can kind of … Continue reading BUILD YOUR OWN ALTAR Using These CEREMONIAL HERBS

BE A HERBALIST THIS FALL

Autumn is the time to ground down and return to our inward selves.  After the ethereal light and abundant days of summer, we start to prepare for the darker days ahead.  It’s the best time of year to set intentions, get quiet, create and manifest dreams, and to re-commit to healthy habits--the simple things that … Continue reading BE A HERBALIST THIS FALL

Full Honey Moon Beeswax Candle Making Ritual — Spirit de la Lune

Happy Full Honey Moon! Source: Full Honey Moon Beeswax Candle Making Ritual — Spirit de la Lune We know this is a bit early for our usual full moon post, but we wanted to be sure you had time to gather any supplies you may need for this Full Moon Ritual. This Full Honey Moon … Continue reading Full Honey Moon Beeswax Candle Making Ritual — Spirit de la Lune

Rituals for a Simple Celebration: Winter Solstice Traditions

This year, let your winter solstice celebration be an occasion to look deeply at small things, to feel at home in the world and to be just where you belong. Early nightfall. Crisp mornings. The sharp silhouette of leaf-bare branches. Orion marching across the evening sky. These are some familiar signs of winter. We often … Continue reading Rituals for a Simple Celebration: Winter Solstice Traditions