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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How to Brew Herbal Sun Tea

Crooked Bear Creek Organic Herbs

Cool down with delicious, thirst-quenching herbal sun tea. Follow a few simple steps to enjoy a variety of refreshing flavors that are perfect for front porch sipping. Solar tea has never tasted so good.

Fresh organic herbs produce healthier, more refreshing teas, so pick your ingredients straight from the garden or buy from a local grower. All you need to make solar tea is a quart canning jar (good for preserving the herbs’ fragrant oils and properties), water, coarsely cut herbs of choice and sunshine.

To start, toss a half cup to 1 cup of fresh herbs into the canning jar. With practice, adjust this amount to suit your taste and the plants’ nature. Add water, a lid, and a few shakes. Place the jar where it will receive full sunlight, such as on a rooftop, open field or driveway. If possible, give the mixture a couple more shakes throughout…

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The Ultimate Sun and Plant Connection; Summer Sun Tea

Crooked Bear Creek Organic Herbs

Connecting sun, plants and water is one of the easiest ways to bring herbalism into your life during the summer months.

As plant lovers, we spend time every day during the seasons connecting personally with the foods & plants in our gardens, and the wild spaces around our homes. But no matter where you are, and your level of training in herbalism, sun tea is simple to make, and enjoyed by everyone. Herb availability will change throughout the season as different leaves and flowers come into bloom, so it’s something we do all summer long and like getting creative with our recipes.

My favorite way to make a fresh sun tea is to walk around the garden and pluck a few herbs here and there, noticing which ones are ready to harvest and let the tea blend form itself. If you want to get to know the flavor and energetics…

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Regional traditional folk symbolism of Lublin, Poland

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Some of my ancestors are from Lublin, Poland and when I ran across this article (source at the bottom) of Traditional art of the rural community, I thought I would share. Its motifs, patterns and ornaments in folk tradition, folk dress, folk objects and talisman of Lublin shows many of the symbols that a lot of Slavic countries applied long ago and still today. ~Phoenix

Traditional folk art of Lublin had a different function than the art of the educated social classes. It predominantly served as a uniting and integrating factor. It forged identity, emphasized distinctive features, informed, offered a link to the past and memory. Crafted items were not only aesthetic, but functional.

Folk art is inextricably linked with the traditional character of culture – it emerged from the combination of “the head and the hand,” of imagination and creation. Skills and patterns were passed down from one generation to the next. However, items created…

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Pretenders

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This world has a lot of what I call Pretenders.  A Pretender imitates the beliefs, behaviors and values of what is considered socially acceptable.  They know they don’t belong in this world, but they have to pretend to be like everyone else.  To not pretend is a lonely existence.  This is the number one reason people turn away from Magic after they start, they don’t want to be lonely.  Better to be a Pretender than be lonely.  I don’t think I belong on this planet of madness either, but every one of us has a purpose and as long as you are pretending, you will never reach what you truly love.  

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Crypto And Then Some … July 19th

By Paula Cas

Join us Thursday, July 20th at 9:00 pm EDT for a new edition of Crypto And Then Some … Hosted by Oro and Paula Cas

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Now’s The Time To Harvest This Great North American Superfood!

Greetings!

I’m excited to partner with Forager’s Harvest in Bruce, Wisconsin for an evening mushroom walk on Thursday, August 9th.  We’ll explore the area in search of summer mushrooms, as well as identify mushrooms that participants bring to the program.  If you’re in the Midwest this August 9th, I’d love to meet you!  More information can be found here.

Next, let’s talk about foods that are super…

When many people think of the word “superfood,” images of expensive powders, fancy juices, and exotic herbs come to mind.

When I think of the word “superfood,” images of local plants, backyard weeds, and brambly fruits come to mind.

As nature would have it, North America (and every habitable continent!) is replete with a cornucopia of superfoods manifested as wild fruits, nuts, seeds, and herbs.

The wild blueberry is one common fruit that, despite its ubiquity, is certainly a superfood in every sense of the word.  Tasty, abundant, and brimming with health-promoting compounds, its value to both humans and wildlife cannot be overstated.

I recently spent some time in the company of a few wild blueberry shrubs and decided to document the experience.  If you’re interested in learning why I recommend the wild blueberry as a regular component of the human diet (and garden!), check out the brand new video!

Have you been finding any choice edible mushrooms lately?  Here’s a list of 8 edible fungi you’re likely to encounter during the warmest weeks of the year… especially after a good rainfall!

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

Adam Haritan

Astrorisa Moon Message: Passions are ignited July 19, 2018

HELLO MOON FOLLOWERS & SUBSCRIBERS!
Blood Moon ~ Lunar Eclipse – Full Moon -Time!

Transit explanation in video
Astrorisamoon Forecaster:July 27, 2018 Aquarius Full Moon
Astrorisa Moon Forecaster:
July 27, 2018 Aquarius Full Moon
This blood lunar eclipse moon time will last 1 hour, 43 minutes, and 16 minutes.  This indicates its effects will last for a few years to come. We and the world will be in a sort of fix it, or clean up mode for awhile. This is another reason why we must not add to the junk pile, by giving into the aggressive warrior energies that ride into this eclipsed moon season. Remain calm, my people. 
 
From the Astrorisa Moon Forecast Reading…”How can we work through this moon time to maximize our ire (blessings)?
During these 27 days, some will try to force their movement forward, not adhering to patience or understanding. Prepare, plan, and practice instead of giving into frustration or making self-sabotaging moves. In planning, and practicing for success, when opportunities come, and it’ll likely come swiftly during this lunar time, we can be ready and more successful in our pursuits…”
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Perform “cooling and cutting the heat energy” work for yourself and family. Keep the home cool by burning sage, palo santo, and lavender herbs. Avoid reacting and responding to aggressive and antagonistic people. Avoid places where these energies and individuals are likely to assemble. Avoid wearing red, or eating spicy foods during this blood moon season. Connect with these energies not to ignite aggression but to ignite a passion to get something completed, to look Truth in its face, to invigorate your being, to dive into Joy.
(Okana Etawa)
See you all again when the moon is full!

MINI MOON Astrorisa Moon Blast – July 27, 2018 Aquarius Full Moon

 
Astrorisa Moon Forecaster
Date: July 27, 2018
TOTAL LUNAR ECLIPSE
 
Friday, July 27 2018, 04:20 PM EDT
Moon 4° Aquarius, in House 2
Sun 4° Leo, in House 8
 
  
Lunar Transits
 
Ascendant 8° Sagittarius
Mercury 23° Я Leo, in House 9
Mars 3° Я Aquarius, in House 2
Pluto 19° Я Capricorn, in House 2
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Sango ~ Aquarius Full Moon
 
This MINI moon forecast reading is for 27 days
 
Friday, July 27 2018 until Thursday, August 23 2018
 
This is a heated moon time, much passion, and irrational behavior is in the air. This is a time to be cool natured in thoughts and actions to subdue the heat that comes with this lunar time frame. Many people can feel unfairly treated by others actions and words, deep contemplation before addressing a situation will be of a great benefit to us all. We will not do a specific moon ceremony for this date, too much heat with cancellation energy. Instead let us join together to participate in the gratitude ceremony  which we’ve previously performed, and include in our ceremony the thanking of our own Ori, inner head for working so hard to keep us on our personal destiny and on track.
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TOTAL LUNAR ECLIPSE (video)
 

With Mercury retrograde and  Mars retrograde during a total lunar eclipse, we are directed to deal more with our own issues, and concerns than getting too involved with others.
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During this moon time
A key factor for many people at this time will be family issues and or concerns, and the ability to navigate around and through those issues without being sucked into nonsense. An issue, as well as a disappointment or a challenging outbreak with people’s health, i.e. health scare, or health care can come up during this moon time…
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Aquarius Full Moon Time Transits
 
Moon conjunct Mars Я~ encourages bravery, passion, and a fighting spirit. Emotions can be out of control, and for some emotional rage can peak.
Sun opposite Mars Я ~ encourages an attitude of self-righteousness and events that require one to take a defensive stance.
Moon square Uranus~ we find erratic, impulsive, thoughts and behaviors with little patience, not included. This is not a good transit to commit to a new relationship, due to rapid, irrational changes occurring in the person’s environment and attitude.
Mars Я square Uranus ~ encourages the invention and creation of something, and off the cuff love affairs, eloping, and thoughtless contractual agreements. This transit also brings a cunningness of nature to the forefront, as well as a unique worldview. On the deep mysterious side of this transit, all types of dishonorable acts, even theft and corruption can occur.
Mercury Я in Leo ~ represents one who has the ability to be a fiery communicator, to speak their mind, and not hold back. With Mercury Я in Leo, one can become irritable, and stressed out, and will have a hard time escaping situations that bring out misunderstandings or disharmony. Yet it can also bring about a lucky streak of events.

Venus trine Pluto ~ deep erotic passion, obsession, lust, and desire are intensified under this transit. Whatever one is interested in which brings them joy, they’ll find themselves giving their all to it with great satisfaction.

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Includes:

 
1. During this moon time in depth information.
2. Important Moon Dates.
3. How to better maneuver through this moon time information
 
 
Have a calm, prosperous, and opened road Full Moon time!

Written by Iya Olusoga – Bisi Ade

For Astrorisa Moon Forecaster
July 27, 2018

Easy Candle Protection Spell

The Witch & Walnut

easy candle protection spellEasy Protection Spell work for yourself or someone else. This is a very common request and it’s easy to do on your own. You can pair it up with the Evil Eye Spell that I wrote about here. You can also include simple cleansing baths as well… you can read about that here…

One thing I want to make abundantly clear is that you can never completely eradicate negativity. You can also never fully protect yourself or someone else from all possible harm. If anyone has told you that, its total bullshit. That is not how Mother Nature works.

Ingredients:

  1. One white candle or honey bee candle
  2. Dried bay leaves – equal parts
  3. Dried rosemary – equal parts
  4. Black salt – a few good sprinkles
  5. John’s Wort OR Lavender – just a little
  6. Bowl large enough to hold the entire candle
  7. You choice of blessing oil, you can make…

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