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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A Druid’s Guide to Connecting with Nature, Part IV: Nature Reciprocity

The Druid's Garden

The principle of “seven generations” comes to us from the Iroquois nation, where is considered to be the “Great Law of the Iroquois.”  This principle said that each decision that was made needed to consider not just the immediate future but the 7th generation, those yet unborn. This principle has become closely tied with modern sustainability movements, where there is a growing understanding that for any society and ecosystem to endure, they must be treated in a way that nurtures and sustains, rather than pillages and depletes. This is a fairly radical idea to a Western culture, where concepts like manifest destiny and the relentless pursuit of growth that have driven westerners literally spent centuries pillaging the land, colonizing new places, driving out native peoples, stripping forests bare, and so forth. This idea of recirpocation is essentially foreign to most growing up in the shadows of that exploitative past.

Land and ocean worth protecting! Land…

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Building Deep Plant Relationships at Lughnassadh

The Druid's Garden

Nicotiana Rustica Botanical Drawing Nicotiana Rustica Botanical Drawing

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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Astrorisa Moon Talk / H2O Network:Radio Show

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Astrorisa Moon Forecaster: Capricorn Full Moon ~ June 28, 2018

By AstrorisaMoon Forecaster
 
It’s Capricorn Full Moon Time 
Thursday, June 28 2018, 12:53 AM
Moon 6° Capricorn, in House 10
Sun 6° Cancer, in House 4
This full moon opens in the sign of Capricorn, the archetype of Obaluaiye and it comes with a strong Jupterian~Obatala energy field. Look to see where Jupiter and Capricorn are in your birth chart to get a sound idea of what this full moon’s base energies are in relation to your natal houses. This information can help you to understand your current emotional state during this full moon forecast’s time which ranges from June 28 – July 26, 2018.
This moon time will require us to have a stable mind, yet it will challenge our intellect, and our ability to be sane in thought and reason.
During this time, our collective consciousness will be required to juggle and balance many issues, and concerns. We can find ourselves asking the questions “how can I get such and such done?” “Where is the time to do this and that?” Some people will be wondering how they can handle monetary changes, or where did this financial flip-flop come from? The unexpected monetary changes are related to the aspect of Uranus 1°
Taurus, in House 1, and these planetary energies of sun, moon, Uranus and others began to build momentum 8-10 days prior to the June 28th moon time. Uranus, is Sango’s planet and is in Taurus, the archetype of Oshun will affect us in a very personal way, because it’s in House 1.
The earth signs of Taurus and Capricorn are important now due to Saturn in Capricorn trining Uranus in Taurus. This means it is up to us to make things happen, and the way is open to get something done regardless of the unexpected occurrences.
The earth signs of Taurus and Capricorn have 3 malefic planets residing in them both Uranus Pluto, and Saturn, during this moon time. This indicates we will have to try hard to balance some aspect of our lives while simultaneously trying to create something important.

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The complete forecast includes
1. The entire full moon forecast
2. Moon Time Pointers
3. Important Dates: which are destiny changer dates
4. The Capricorn Full moon ritual for prosperity and stability

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Legend of the Miskhorskaya Mermaid

By Elder Mountain Dreaming

Elder Mountain Dreaming @ gmail

In the Crimea there is a legend about this mermaid, in the vicinity of the Village of Miskhor. In one of the small houses there lived a young maiden of Arz. For many years she was in love with the shepherd Abiy-aka, who was also in love with her. Sometimes they met at the spring, while a jug of water was being collected. And in one of these meetings Abi-aka, he said that in the evening he and his parents would come to an agreement about a wedding at her house.

She was very happy to see Arzha, she could not sit still in the same place all evening, everything was bustling, everything was falling from her hands, but she was already dreaming of loving him and raising children with her beloved, setting up a home, thinking of whom to call for, dreaming of how to tell her friends.

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2018 Mount Haemus Award Article – Channeling the Awen Within: An Exploration of Learning the Bardic Arts in the Modern Druid Tradition

By The Druid’s Garden

The Druid's Garden

I am excited to annouce that my 2018 Mount Haemus Award article, titled “Channeling the Awen Within: An Exploration of Learning the Bardic Arts in the Druid Tradition” has been released on OBOD’s website (a better formatted PDF is at the bottom of the page; I suggest downloading and reading that). In 2020, I will travel to the UK to deliver a talk tied to the paper itself, as every four years, OBOD offers a Mount Haemus lecture for the four most recent scholars. Every eight years, OBOD publishes a volume, and the next volume will also include this paper. Given this incredible honor–and the fact that the project is now finally finished (whew!)–I wanted to take a bit of time today to talk about the project, what I learned, and how I hope it can help others.

What I Learned

Regeneration, card 79 from the 3rd edition of the Tarot of Trees Regeneration, card 79 from the 3rd edition of…

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Healing Ancestral Trauma with Plant Medicine

In these days of DNA tests one gets through websites to trace your family tree … Is it truly appropriation of traditions or culture if the DNA of your ancestors come from Nigeria, Romans that conquered Germany, Britons, Eastern Europe, North Africa, etc. Skin color maybe white, but the ancestors that traveled to colder climates were not. Those ancestors often provide guidance to practice their indigenous traditions. Through many of the traditions of my ancestors, I have learned to revere and elevate ancestors that had been ignored for generations. As anthropological research and DNA tests trace our origins back to the area of ancient Egypt … As ancestor reverence once again comes to the forefront and people learn to listen to the messages from their ancestors, it is my hope that terms such as cultural appropriation become obsolete because it’s not appropriation, but a rediscovery of our ancestral roots.

Ancestral Apothecary

By third year Cecemmana student, Kara Wood.

Several years ago I had a lightning bolt message from my ancestors that I needed to live my truth and combine all the things that I care about (plants, ancestors, genetics, herbal medicine) and really live who I am. That is when I found Ancestral Apothecary School and the Cecemmana program.   I am in the third year and what I have learned and experienced surpassed any possible expectations. So much of what I had always been doing, that I didn’t yet recognize, was preparing me for this.

In this life do any of us really escape trauma? It can affect us at any time in our lives from in utero on.  We also experience ancestral trauma, sometimes referred to as transgenerational trauma. This trauma is the one that inhabits each of us in some way.  Each generation before us imprinted information and trauma…

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AstrorisaMoon Loft: Getting Ready for May 29th Full Moon Time

IN THE LOFT 
Greetings!
Hello my people! We’re hanging out in the loft, getting ready for the upcoming full moon in Sagittarius May 29th.
Conference Call: May 27, 2018 at 9:00 PM EDT
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Introvert and Empath

By Elder Mountain Dreaming

Elder Mountain Dreaming @ gmail

By Phoenix of Elder Mountain –Being a sensitive makes a person highly sensitive to the energy and emotional energy swirling all around them, which naturally tends to make them withdraw socially and for other to withdraw in intervals from social situations, or festivals etc. Sensitive’s and Empath’s can be both introverts or extroverts. Introverts usually associating themselves with being unsocial, but that isn’t 100% true. I have seen many introverts change as they get older, but carry childhood scripts that they are anti-social.
 
People can also fall under the “extroverted introvert” who can socially function well but definitely need their retreat time, to full recharge without others around. They must have their amount of quiet time. Younger introverts may need more time away from people because they are young, especially those under 30. There are many misconceptions about being an introverted or extroverted. Its not an all or nothing…

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