Sacred Masculine

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What does it mean to have the sacred masculine? Since my work is mostly the sacred feminine, I have had several readers ask me to write something on the sacred masculine.   The sacred masculine is a must for men and women to be well rounded, mature human beings.  I see very little of it left in the world.  It is a primal energy.  Kings had to develop it before they could be crowned king.  Today our leaders are supposedly elected.  So we just have the most popular person leading.  Pythagorus hated democracy for this reason.  Fully accessing the sacred masculine and sacred feminine is the closet a person can come to godhood.  

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Sacred Tree Profile: Cherry (Prunus Serotina)’s Magic, Mythology, Medicine and Meaning

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Butterfly on choke cherry

When most people think of cherry trees, they think about plump, juicy, red or purple cherries from cultivated cherry trees.  However, here in the USA, we have a variety of wild cherries that are an interwoven and rich part of our landscape. An enigmatic tree found throughout the eastern part of North America and South America is prunus serotina, the wild cherry, black cherry, mountain black cherry, or rum cherry tree. Most people interact with this tree not in its living form, but through the beautiful reddish-brown heartwood that this tree produces, and that can be frequently found in their furniture and flooring.  And yet, this tree has so much more to offer than just beautiful wood! While I’m targeting my comments today about the black cherry, many of the material found here can be about *any* cherry tree local to you, including domesticated cherries.  Many…

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Trap Garden: One man’s vision for food secure communities in Nashville and beyond

Life & Soul Magazine

Nashville-based Trap Garden is helping to put fresh foods on to plates for low-income communities living in food deserts by assisting in the creation of community gardens and the promotion of healthy eating.

The Trap Garden seeks to motivate and inspire others to be self-sufficient – to not depend on a major grocery store or business to provide them with their daily needs.

The social enterprise was set up by Robert “Rob Veggies” Horton, whose motivation stems from his own experiences growing up in a St. Louis, Missouri neighborhood with few fresh, healthy food items. Moving to Nashville to attend Tennessee State University (TSU), Robert Horton was frustrated with having to drive miles away from home for a grocery store that supplied quality, fresh products.

The then student set out to solve the issue by getting involved in the community garden at TSU, where he could learn about gardening from people…

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Know your Dark Tricksters

Elder Mountain Dreaming

Esoteric Teachings for Millennials: Know your Tricksters by Phoenix (Pluto in Virgo) and Burnt-Stone (Pluto in Scorpio) – When we encounter the TRICK in life – it is often because it is played on you. It can seem to be innocent and the trickster can even be likable. However, a trick is still a trick and when those tricks involve your home, or cheaters, or liars, or a host of other narcissistic tricks, they are not so funny.

When we find ourselves duped and we are the one who loses everything, we may then go the place of seeing innocence and say: “that person couldn’t possibly have meant to hurt me…” This is the realm of Gemini and Innocence.

On the other side of archetype, we may fall into the place of seeing goodwill – “that person wouldn’t play a trick on me or be hurtful” would they? This is…

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Summer Solstice Celebration Oil

Wylde and Green

The Summer Solstice, or Litha as it is known in the old Celtic calendar, is only a few days away. The single day of the year of the when the light lasts longest and I want to put it in my pocket and keep it forever. I’d like to roll up all the beautiful hedgerows and the country lanes and lay them out somewhere in the sunshine so I can walk them all. I’d like to ask all the birds to keep singing and to stay in their nests all year round, as the swallows and the swifts and house martins all appear back in the eaves of our summer roofs. Wasn’t it empty without them?

I walk through our valley park and I wonder how I will ever live without the banks of cow parsley and the field poppies and the busy, busy butterflies and bees. It feels as…

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Celebrate Calendula Flowers

Crooked Bear Creek Organic Herbs

Calendula flowers have a sunny disposition in the garden. Use its golden petals in the kitchen and be sure to keep it well-stocked in the medicine cabinet for an array of medicinal uses, including soothing ointments and astringent tinctures.

Since antiquity, calendula flowers, or pot marigold, have been used in infusions for many maladies.

Since antiquity, calendula (also known as pot marigold) flowers have been used in infusions for many maladies. The Egyptians used the petals to heal wounds. In the Middle Ages, calendula was used for indigestion and healing bruises and burns. In World War I, the herb was used on the injured to prevent inflammation and infection. According to Annie Burnham Carter, author of In An Herb Garden (1947), “In England during that war, Miss Gertrude Jekyll gave a field on her estate for the exclusive cultivation of pot marigolds . . . the flowers which bloomed there…

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Dandelion Divination & Tea Leaf Reading Ritual | Full Honey Moon in Sagittarius

Tonight’s Full Moon shines bright in the expansive and optimistic sign of Sagittarius. Our days continue to grow longer and warmer here in the Northern Hemisphere as we get closer and closer to the Summer solstice happening later this week.

As the days get brighter and busier, it’s more important than ever to take the time to appreciate the sweeter things in life.

The Honey Moon is known by many names in various cultures… it’s sometimes referred to as the Strawberry Moon, Rose Moon, and the Mead Moon. The one thing that each of these names has in common… sweetness!

Spirit de la Lune Honey Moon in Sagittarius | Dandelion Divination Tea

This Full Moon in Sagittarius has us looking at the bigger picture with greater ease than ever before. While making detailed future plans might be hard right now, looking at your present situation or even your past under the light of Sagittarius can help you realize just how far you have come in the last year or even 6 months!

This Full Moon is also being influenced by expansive Jupiter and dreamy Neptune which brings us a heightened sense of abundance, brighter optimism and enhanced intuition for the rest of June.

During this Full Moon, our intuition and divination skills will be enhanced. Sagittarius ramps up our curiosity and has us wanting to explore our inner worlds with a fiery enthusiasm. Keep an open mind this week and get to know yourself and others better. There is a combination of wanting new adventures and connections, while also coming to know yourself better.

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Working with and Honoring the Sun at the Solstice

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Sacred rays of the sun Sacred rays of the sun

The sun’s rays come over the horizon, on the solstice, the most sacred of days. The solstice goes my many names, the day of high light, midsummer, Alban Hefin. Across the globe and through time, it has been celebrated since before recorded history. In the light of the sun, we have strength, warmth, growth, energy, abundance, healing, and wisdom. The sun has been shining down upon our beautiful planet has been shining for at least four billion years and we can expect it to remain unchanged for another five billion years. The sun is also enormous–it accounts for 99.86% of the mass of our solar system.  It is such an incredible thing that it’s hard to image in the scope of the sun as it compares to of human lives or human history.  You might say that the sun is one of the most…

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And The Award For June’s Most Bizarre Fungus Goes To…

Greetings!

Before I share a brand new video with you, I wanted to let you know that I’ll be presenting and leading a foraging walk at the annual West Virginia Mushroom Foray.

This upcoming event will take place from July 19th through the 21st at the beautiful Blackwater Falls State Park in Davis, West Virginia, and the lineup of instructors this year includes such notable mycophiles as Arleen Bessette, Walt Sturgeon, and John Plischke III.

You can learn more about the event by clicking here!

And now on to this week’s brand new video!

It’s not every day that you get to see a fungus that appears once every 17 years in your neck of the woods.  Such is the case with a fungal species that targets periodical cicadas.

Over the past few weeks, periodical cicadas have been emerging in parts of western Pennsylvania, eastern Ohio, and the northern panhandle of West Virginia.  Associated with the appearance of these cicadas is an incredibly fascinating fungus that destroys the genitals and alters the behaviors of these ephemeral insects.

Needless to say, this pathogenic species is highly deserving of the title “June’s Most Bizarre Fungus,” and if you’re interested in learning more about its relationship with our beloved cicadas, check out the brand new video!

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

-Adam Haritan

SAGITTARIUS FULL MOON CRYSTAL RITUAL: GET UNSTUCK

Sagittarius Full Moon Crystal Ritual: Get Unstuck / www.krista-mitchell.com

 

The Sagittarius full moon on Monday, June 17th at 4:31am presents a chance for us to change, grow, and move forward in a way that is in alignment with our higher purpose and destinies. This is an especially powerful moon for anyone who feels stuck, blocked, or held down right now in their lives.

It’s inevitable on our life paths that we will experience periods where we feel the change we’ve been desiring or working towards manifesting just simply hasn’t happened — yet.

It’s also inevitable that we’ll experience situations in which we feel there’s no way out or way to change, that we’re stuck in a compromise or situation that doesn’t feel right or satisfying.

But there’s almost always a solution or a different way. Sometimes it just needs to be revealed. Sometimes it’s our beliefs about it that first must change.

This full moon offers us an opportunity to change a deeply held belief AND change our situation, because change is what life is made of, my friends, and there’s no way for us to evolve and move forward on our journeys without it.

This full moon holds a particular personal resonance for me, because after years of non-stop hard work, devotion to my healing craft and business, I have decided to take this summer to prioritize my own personal self and needs.

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