Perspective

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The single most important thing in your life, when it comes to Magic, is your Perspective.  Whatever you have been conditioned to believe is your Perspective.  Perspective is a self-fulfilling prophecy.  Your Perspective is how you perceive something.  Perspective is influenced by a number of factors:  experience, beliefs, judgements, personal values, information or lack of, and our needs and desires.  Just about everything that goes on in your life is determined by your Perspective.  This post is not about gaining a positive Perspective on the world, truly enlightened or awake people know this world is messed up. If your Perspective is positive on everything, than you will never fix anything.  This post is about you being aware of your Perspective to help your Magic.  

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Building Deep Plant Relationships at Lughnassadh

The Druid's Garden

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Last weekend, some druid friends came over for a retreat with a focus on land healing. As part of the ritual we collaboratively developed, we wanted to make an offering to the spirits of the land. I went to my sacred tobacco patch and carefully gathered leaves drying at the bottoms of the plant and flowers for use in this offering, humming a song that the tobacco had taught me and making sure that none of the leaves hit the ground in the process. The ritual went beautifully well and the offering was well received by the spirits.  After the weekend, it struck me how long my relationship with these particular tobacco plants was–more than a decade at this point from seed to leaf to flower to seed.  And how I had something to share about cultivating this relationship over time.

So I thought I’d take…

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Honeysuckle {Lonicera caprifolium / Lonicera japonica}

Crooked Bear Creek Organic Herbs

Also Known As,

  • Honeysuckle
  • Jin Yin Hua

The herbal plant called the honeysuckle is a climbing plant that can grow to twelve ft – four meters – in length. The plant comes in several varieties, and some varieties are deciduous – example, the L. caprifolium variety – while some are semi-evergreen – the Asian honeysuckle or jin yin hua, L. japonica. The plant bears oval-shaped leaves that come in pairs on the branches. The tubular shaped flowers of the plants come in a variety of colors, the yellow-orange flowers of the European variety or the yellow-white colored ones of the jin yin hua. The European honeysuckle variety bears red colored berries and while the berries of the jin yin hua variety are black in color.

The European honeysuckle or “Woodbine” – the L. periclymenum to botanists – was at one time employed widely as an herbal remedy for problems like…

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Herbal Meditations and Magic for Thriving in a Neo-Colonial World

Ancestral Apothecary

Guest student post by Avani Mody


Sunrise:

There is an incomparable beauty to sunrise. The time of the gods, as it is described in Ayurvedic traditions. As a child my father told me, walk barefoot on the earth and take in the green grass at sunrise, to strengthen my eyes. The combination of a luscious green and morning sunlight, calmed my eyes and mind. During my recent, formal herbal education, this advice remains in my psyche. The colors, beauty and feel of the plants, indeed calm my mind, and strengthen my vision my ability to see in multiple dimensions. Plant meditations are one of the ways I like to spend time with plants and imbue myself with their serenity.

Neo-Colonial Herbalism:

Learning herbal medicine that is rooted in traditional cultures, resilience and a holistic worldview is complex and profound. In our contemporary society, and perhaps especially here in the…

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Crypto And Then Some … July 26th

By Paula Cas

 

Join us Thursday, July 26th at 9pm EDT for the newest edition of Crypto And Then Some … hosted by Oro and Paula Cas.

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The Total Lunar Eclipse Energy Mix ~ What Is Actually Going On?

Dear all,
When Sun opposes Mars — as it will on Friday — it is common to feel either combative and irritable or have low energy and low self-confidence.
When Sun opposes Mars which is
1) currently in retrograde motion
2) partnered with Moon, and
3) on top of that the Full Moon and
4) on top of that the Total Lunar Eclipse that is the longest one of the century!
5) and opposed to the South Node of past experiences
6) and happening just as Mercury turned retrograde
7) and is affected by Uranus
— you may imagine that this day would be something for the books.
[If you’ve read elsewhere about other planets going retrograde — Saturn, Neptune, Pluto — they do so every single year for several months, and as they are the outer planets, that is not really going to present any dramatic influence at this time, except if they connect with your personal planets in the natal chart]
Direct influence of this energy is on Thursday, Friday, and Saturday, and this would be a perfect time to have an energy session, as any change you want to make will be able to go deeper than usual.
This is not a good time to begin anything new and it would be better to spend this time by yourself, turned inward.
Avoid — if you can — any discussions, meetings, travel, being in large groups of people or new projects.
Even though this Total Lunar Eclipse will not be visible in North America, and therefore this will lessen one negative aspect of its influence (the disappearance of Moon’s light), it is still very likely going to contribute to the overall feelings of not being in control.
So — go with the flow — and reflect, meditate, relax and let go of any expectations. And just be a silent observer — you may discover some things you haven’t previously considered.
Crystals to use at this time: White Agate, Blue Lace Agate, Carnelian, Imperial Topaz, Tiger Iron, Tiger Eye, Amber, and Obsidian

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Native American Herbs of the Northeast

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A look to the past reveals some of the most important plants used by Eastern woodland tribes – and an inestimable connection to nature.

My adventure into the historical uses of many Native American plants began when Maine native Kerry Hardy, author of Notes on a Lost Flute: A Field Guide to the Wabanaki, presented a program for Western Maine’s Greater Lovell Land Trust, billed as “Native American Plant Medicine” last summer. So many plants and so many uses! I was intrigued to find out more about these plants and explore the wealth of medicinal knowledge from Eastern Woodlands tribes like the Mohawk, Wyandot {Huron}, and Iroquois. From Hardy’s work, as well as from the research of author Charlotte Erichsen-Brown, I enjoyed a glimpse into how these tribes looked to nature for healing – and how early pioneers benefited from their knowledge.

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The Essential Elderberry

Hardy’s book focuses on…

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Oro Expeditions After Dark ~ July 22nd

By Paula Cas

Join us Sunday, July 22nd at 9:00 pm EDT for the next edition of Oro Expeditions Ater Dark.

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A Druid’s Guide to Connecting With Nature, Part III: Nature Engagement

The Druid's Garden

Leading you in deeper! Leading you in deeper!

I’ve heard a lot of conversation in the nature spirituality community, including the druid community, about not touching nature, leaving it alone, to simply “be”.  I remember one influential druid speaking at an event and saying, “The best thing you can do in nature is pick up the garbage and get out.”  From a certain standpoint, this perspective makes a lot of sense. It is the same perspective held by many conservationists trying to preserve pristine lands or lands that have been replanted and are healing; the best thing that can be done is figure out how to keep people from mucking them up, pick up garbage, and leave them undisturbed. Because people have a tendency to come in, move things about, pick things, disrupt ecosystems, and generally cause havoc.  Or worse, much, much worse. Further, in a world where most humans can’t identify even five…

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