Are You Harboring A “Failure Fugitive”?

By Amy Brucker

In December 2013, as I completed my cancer healing journey, I told my doctor I was looking forward to the new year so I could start fresh.

New Year, New Start, New Me.

His reply, “Really? The New Year is just an arbitrary ending and beginning. It doesn’t really mean anything.”

Wrong!

We need endings and beginnings in order to stay (consciously) connected to the natural cycles of life. Honoring endings helps us release the past so we can move freely into the future. Endings help us bury our burdens, process our grief, and put it to rest. It’s only then that we can regenerate and make room for the new seeds of our lives.

In ancient times, our ancestors practiced rituals and ceremonies to mark the transitions from one season to the next. They lived on the land, and without modern day conveniences like electricity, they couldn’t divorce themselves from the endings and beginnings that stirred around them.

Trees became transitional icons, slowly cycling through the seasons, a touchstone to remind them that life is full of endings and beginnings. Life, Death, Rebirth was everywhere.

Without arbitrary endings, we cling to the past, harboring our failures like fugitives. But with arbitrary endings like New Year’s Eve, we have an opportunity to consciously release our burdens. We can let go of our failings, returning them to the earth so they become fertilizer to nourish our life-soil.

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Tucson Gem and Mineral Show 2018

Good Witches Homestead

Embark on a treasure hunt you won’t soon forget at the Tucson Gem and Mineral Show 2018. It takes place on January 26 through February 11th, 2018 in beautiful Tucson, Arizona.(GL&W HOLIDOME SHOW) At the beginning of each year, Tucson houses this international mineral and gem trading fest. Countless individuals come out and bargain, trade and collect any number of new and unique gems and minerals. Regardless of whether you are a visitor, buyer or vendor you don’t want to miss out on this spectacular event.

Experience the History of the Show

What started out as a small group of rock hounds and mineral collectors back in 1955 has grown into a large showcase of gems for enthusiasts and collectors from around the globe. You can find the best minerals, jewelry, gems, fossils and lapidary dealers from all over the world. Items from renowned museums and private collections are also…

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Ozark Encyclopedia – O – Oak

Mountain Man Traditional Healing

Oak – Quercus

Parts used: bark, leaf

Traditional uses: Astringent, antiseptic, bark and leaves can be used to treat diarrhea and dysentery, can be used in poultices and to help stop bleeding.

“The astringent effects of the Oak were well known to the Ancients, by whom different parts of the tree were used, but it is the bark which is now employed in medicine. Its action is slightly tonic, strongly astringent and antiseptic. It has a strong astringent bitter taste, and its qualities are extracted both by water and spirit. The odour is slightly aromatic. Like other astringents, it has been recommended in agues and haemorrhages, and is a good substitute for Quinine in intermittent fever, especially when given with Chamomile flowers. It is useful in chronic diarrhoea and dysentery, either alone or in conjunction with aromatics. A decoction is made from 1 OZ. of bark in a quart of…

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