Ball Willow (Globe Willow) the demise of our beloved tree!

Botanical Name: Salix babylonica "Navajo" and Salix matsudana "Navajo" Native to the SW USA, the Globe Willow is a drought-tolerant willow cultivar that gets its name from its distinctive globe, or umbrella, shape. These willows are cold hardy and tolerate a variety of soil and site conditions and can add a dramatic focal point to a … Continue reading Ball Willow (Globe Willow) the demise of our beloved tree!

September 2020

As is so often the case these days the weather seems to be mirroring the volatile and unexpected nature of the energy flow. As September approached there was an abrupt end to the summer weather almost as though a switch had been flicked. There is now a distinct feeling of Autumn in the air something … Continue reading September 2020

2019 Harvest Moon Mabon Ritual — Spirit de la Lune

The new season is almost upon us and soon the trees will shed their leaves and prepare for the darker half of the year. Mabon is the threshold for the darker half of the year. A balance of light and dark, the Autumn Equinox gives us a balance of day and night and is a beautiful … Continue reading 2019 Harvest Moon Mabon Ritual — Spirit de la Lune

All About Birthstones – GemSelect Newsletter September 2019

What is a birthstone? A birthstone is a gemstone which has been designated to a specific month of the year, in some cases, there are multiple gemstones which can belong to one specific month; your birth month determines which gemstones apply to you. But a birthstone is more than that... it is a way for … Continue reading All About Birthstones – GemSelect Newsletter September 2019

Sapphire: The Corundum Conundrum

Blue Sapphire likely derives its name from the Sanskrit word sanipriya meaning "dear to the planet Saturn," and is considered one of the few precious gemstones. By definition, a gemstone is a rare, beautiful and durable stone, and since Sapphire has a beautiful blue hue, a Mohs hardness of 9 out of 10 and no cleavage planes … Continue reading Sapphire: The Corundum Conundrum

Aster is the Flower Chosen as the Floral Emblem for September.

COMMON NAME: aster GENUS: Aster SPECIES, HYBRIDS, CULTIVARS: Most hybrids were developed from A. Novae-belgii and A. Novae-angliae. 'Eventide'- purple; 4 to 5 feet tall; from A. Novae-belgii, 'Harrington's Pink'- light pink; 5 feet tall; from A. Novae-angliae. Dwarf forms also available. FAMILY: Compositae BLOOMS: Fall TYPE: annuals and perennials DESCRIPTION: Small daisy-like flowers come in shades … Continue reading Aster is the Flower Chosen as the Floral Emblem for September.

The Energies of September

If you have been struggling somewhat to keep up with the demands for change brought forward by the energetic flow over the last few months, take heart because September looks set to be an easier more expansive month. There is a lightness, flow and forward movement to the energies this month which should facilitate the … Continue reading The Energies of September

Dark Moon, Virgo

DARK MOON & NEW CAZIMI MOON IN VIRGO We are moving into our New Moon in Virgo this Sunday, September 9th at 11:01 am PST (2:01 pm EST). This is a time to look at what works and what does not work and how to make improvements. Take on Virgo’s ability to organize and shed a few … Continue reading Dark Moon, Virgo

The Mysteries of Sapphire, One of the Birthstones of September.

HE PASSED THE FLAMING BOUNDS OF SPACE AND TIME: THE LIVING THRONE, THE SAPPHIRE-BLAZE, WHERE ANGELS TREMBLE WHILE THEY GAZE, HE SAW; BUT BLASTED WITH EXCESS OF LIGHT, CLOSED HIS EYES IN ENDLESS NIGHT. – THOMAS GRAY (English POET, 1716-1771) Blue sapphires have long been associated with the sky and heaven. The word itself is … Continue reading The Mysteries of Sapphire, One of the Birthstones of September.

September Symbolism

Our gorgeous daughter Ashley November is getting married this Thursday, September 14, 2017. A small ceremony to convey their endearing love for one another and the commitment that shall pass forever. I truly believe they have been partner's in previous lives and shall continue as ordained by the cosmos. Next summer we are having a … Continue reading September Symbolism