Crabapple & Rosemary Hand Pies: Ancestral Offerings for Mabon — Gather Victoria

A couple of years ago, completely hidden in dark thicket of trees, I discovered a beautiful gnarled Crabapple – gleaming with clusters of hundreds & hundreds of rosy, autumn fruits. I was thrilled! I love crisp truly tart apples (which are getting harder to find) so the Crabapple fits the bill perfectly. Crabapples are the…

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BACOPA MONNIERA: Brain Health and Nervous System Restorer

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The Bacopa monniera herb, also known as Brahmi, has been used as a traditional Ayurvedic treatment for mental issues, epilepsy, and asthma. In fact, its documented medicinal uses can be traced back to the 6th century A.D.

A classic brain and nerve tonic, Bacopa is a medicinal herb that has been used effectively for several thousand years as a brain and nervous system restorer. The herb is known to increase mental clarity and promote improved memory and intelligence. It also assists in heightening mental acuity and supports the physiological processes involved in relaxation. In other words, it can keep you feeling relaxed while also boosting mental clarity, your focus, and mood. In fact, Bacopa is thought to help nourish neurons as it restores depleted synaptic activity.

Bacopa Monniera for Improved Memory

A 2006 double-blind, randomized study published in the Indian Journal of Psychiatry showed that the control group taking 125…

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Default Mode

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What is your default mode? What are your core beliefs?  What defines you?  The default mode for most people was set when they were young kids.  Our experiences with parents and teachers is usually what sets our default mode.  They are our core beliefs and assumptions we have put into our subconscious our entire life.  This post is going to go deep and will get you took look deep into your underworld.  Most will find out that they are living the same life as their parents because their default mode was set when they were very young by them.  Your default mode is in your subconscious and that is what runs your life.  Magic is about changing the default mode to a mode that suits you as an individual.  

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First Full Moon of Autumn 2018

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By Phoenix of Elder Mountain Dreaming – Happy First Full Moon of Autumn in this season of change. The Autumn Equinox begins on Saturday, September 22 and the First Full Moon is Monday, September 24, 2018. I hope that your Autumn Equinox rituals, however you celebrate them, are peaceful, protecting and sacred.

We do our annual circle of protection around each year on the Autumn Equinox before I begin to work on our Marzanna and put her in the field on the Winter Solstice. For those who are new here, please click: Directions of the Lunar work-study.

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The magic begins with Autumn’s first night
as Green turns to gold and trees reflect
red’s colors of fire. The sacred prepares us
to listen quietly to the return of the whispering
winds called the Spirits of the North.

Let your path be filled with nature’s harmony,
for she shows us now about the…

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Autumn Equinox Ritual Doll

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autumn equinox ritual dollHere we are approaching the weekend of the equinox and I have really slowed down and taken time to enjoying the changing seasons.

I have been working on my Autumn ritual doll for a couple weeks now and this weekend she will become part of me and live on my altar until the spring equinox.

These dolls can be made of any material that feels right for you and represents you the best as you head into the last chapter. She is meant to give you comfort and be with you during a time when naturally we start to look inwards and prepare to be more still and take solace in the quiet time.

doll2Think about what the doll means for you? Are you looking to gain something, shed something or maybe you are not sure yet? That is absolutely okay, you can start constructing your doll and add to…

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Full Moon in Aries ~ Challenges to Moving Forward and What to Do

 

Dear all,
This Full Moon is going to be challenging. But before we go on, just a couple of quick notes:

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Have You Ever Eaten Milk Cap Mushrooms?

Greetings!

I’d like to tell you about wild mushrooms that ooze latex.

Known as “milk cap mushrooms,” these fungi may not seem worthy of anyone’s appetite, though they are certainly a group worth learning!

Milk cap mushrooms form important associations with various trees, and the value of these mushrooms to wildlife (specifically to animals and insects) is high.  Additionally, many milk cap mushrooms have been shown to be sources of naturally occurring rubber.

Perhaps the most exciting feature of milk cap mushrooms (at least from the mycophagist’s perspective) is that some of them are edible… and quite delicious!  Featured in this new video is a milk cap mushroom that perhaps you’ve been overlooking all these years.  If you’re interested in adding a new species to your list, check it out!

Mushrooms grow on all kinds of substrates, including trees, leaves, insects, soil… and hickory husks!  This time of year, a yellowish-orange mushroom can be seen fruiting from hickory and walnut debris.  Have you seen it?  Check out this recent Instagram post to learn more!

Thanks for reading and watching, and as always, thank you for your support!

-Adam Haritan

The Golden Ecliptic, Pluto conjuncts her own South Node

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September Herb of the Month; Annatto

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Annatto, Bixa Orellana

• An orange-red dye or colorant, flavoring for food and healing agent derived from the seeds of
the achiote tree, an evergreen native to tropic and subtropic zones of the Americas
• Spiny red fruits contain the seeds and the reddish pericarp that surround the seed contains
the annatto or color
• Foods colored with the annatto pigment range from yellow to deep orange and include
chorizo sausage, cheese (like cheddar and American), smoked fish, popcorn, oil, butter,
margarine, rice as well as processed products like snacks and breakfast cereals
• Historically used to create a face or body paint by rainforest tribes and natives of the
Caribbean; Applying the paint lips dubbed achiote tree the lipstick tree; annatto paint was
also used as a sunscreen, bug repellent, food, and medicine
• Aztecs enhanced the color of hot chocolate with annatto
• Commonly used in Mexican cooking…

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Reachout Worldwide ~ Hurricane Florence Relief

Hurricane Florence Response.

Reach Out WorldWide is on the ground in Wilmington, North Carolina working around the clock to provide rescue and clear access ways in the city that has now been “cut off” due to damage and flooding from Hurricane Florence. The damage in North Carolina is severe and the need for help is overwhelming. Immediate needs are still rescue, shelter, food, water, and road clearing.

Florence continues to crawl across the Carolinas dumping record-breaking rainfall across the states. Flash flood and tornado warnings are in affect. Nearly 1 million homes and businesses have lost power so far. ROWW is working directly with the Brunswick Sheriff’s Department and we continue to coordinate closely with NVOAD partners.

As water levels drop, we will move in a larger team to begin with the post-disaster clean up efforts. Our Stage 2 primary efforts will be chainsaw, debris removal, and muck and gut. We will be calling upon volunteers to join our team. Please email responders@roww.org if you are interested in volunteering. Unable to donate your time? You can still make a direct impact by donating to this cause at donate.roww.org/hurricaneflorence!

Your involvement is critical to our success and helping as many as possible. Thank you for your help.

Donate to Hurricane Florence Relief
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