Orion; the Giant, the Hunter

  Read what mythological writers have written on Orion on this Theoi Project webpage. Read a profile on Orion at Wikipedia Orion is known as the "mighty hunter" and is one of the most recognizable constellations in the sky. The three stars in the 'Belt of Orion' show up clearly in the northern winter sky and align with the celestial equator; halfway … Continue reading Orion; the Giant, the Hunter

The Enchanting Hellebore

Latin Name Pronunciation: hel-eh-bor'us These evergreen plants bring an architectural quality to the shady garden. Most bloom in early winter in mild climates and in late winter or very early spring where the ground freezes hard. Resistant to both deer and voles, they are long-lived and provide exquisite blooms at a time when flowers are a scarce delight. … Continue reading The Enchanting Hellebore

How To Celebrate Winter For More Personal Empowerment

 As the sun reminds us, it is time to begin considering the year behind and the new one ahead. This year you might consider how winter can aid you in finding more personal empowerment. Standing in our own personal empowerment allows us to no longer feel like the victim and begin to take full accountability … Continue reading How To Celebrate Winter For More Personal Empowerment

Christmas Rose

COMMON NAME:  Christmas Rose GENUS:  Helleborus Species, Hybrids, Cultivars: H. niger "Angustifolius"-small flowering, pure white form. H.n. "Praecox"-blooms September-February. H.n. "Major," H.n. "Multiflorus"-smaller flowers. FAMILY:  Ranunculaceae BLOOMS: Winter TYPE: Perennial DESCRIPTION: This plant, which grows to a height of 12 to 8 inches, has interesting evergreen leaves that are slightly toothed and divided into seven to … Continue reading Christmas Rose

HERBAL HOLIDAY TIP: STAY WELL WITH WINTER EOS

Virtually all essential oils have some antimicrobial properties, but winter is the season of the virus—which is particularly difficult to combat. While there is no research to show that EOs can stop the flu in its tracks, there are several wonderful things essential oils CAN do to help us during the cold and flu season! Citrus oils are … Continue reading HERBAL HOLIDAY TIP: STAY WELL WITH WINTER EOS

Teas for Autumn and Winter

The cool, dry winds, unsettled weather, and decreasing daylight hours that we experience as the season transitions into autumn and winter can be difficult for our bodies and minds. While some of us welcome this rhythmic seasonal change and the downward movement of energy back to the earth and others dread it, we can all … Continue reading Teas for Autumn and Winter

Fire Cider Is Like Liquid Summer Warmth For The Darkness Of Winter

Revised 06/04/2018...For Our Southern Hemisphere Freinds. With fall upon us, we all feel the pull to visit our local farmers and collect the bounty of the fields! One way to preserve some of our most powerful immune-enhancing foods is too steep them in raw apple cider vinegar. The health benefits of raw apple cider vinegar are many. … Continue reading Fire Cider Is Like Liquid Summer Warmth For The Darkness Of Winter

Crocus Lore

COMMON NAME:  Crocus GENUS:  Crocus Species, Hybrids, Cultivars: Blue; C. biflorus, C. imperati, C. siebert, C. tomasinianus, C. versicolor; yellow: C. aureus, C. chrysanthus, C. korolkowii, C. sulphureus concolor, C. susianus; white: C. fleischeri, C. laevigatus, C. speciosus {fall}. Dutch crocus cultivars-blue: Enchantress, Pickwick, Queen of the Blues, Remembrance, Striped Beauty; white: Jeanne d'Arc, Peter … Continue reading Crocus Lore

Snowdrop: Alternate January Flower

COMMON NAME:   Snowdrop GENUS:   Galanthus Species, Hybrids, Cultivars: G. nivalis  "Atkinsil"-blooms very early; large flowers. G.n. "Flore Pleno"-double flowers. G.n. "Lutescens"-yellow markings. G.n. "Simplex"-single flowers. G.n. "S. Arnott"-taller with fragrant large flowers. FAMILY:   Amaryllidaceae BLOOMS: Winter TYPE:  Perennial DESCRIPTION:  Snowdrops are tiny, growing only to a height of 3 to 4 inches. … Continue reading Snowdrop: Alternate January Flower

The Winter Solstice

The Winter Solstice is upon us: the day when the Sun enters Capricorn in the tropical zodiac. The chart for the Winter Solstice is often used to forecast the energies of the coming season (until the Spring Equinox at zero Aries).  The conjunction of the Sun to Saturn at the Winter Solstice embeds this energy … Continue reading The Winter Solstice