Make Your Own Paints from Local Rocks: Watercolors, Oils, and Egg Tempera from the Land!

The Druid's Garden

Local Iron Oxide taken from a mineral spring, crushed, ground, sifted and made into paint! Local Iron Oxide taken from a mineral spring, crushed, ground, sifted and made into paint!

When I walk along the landscape here, I am greeted with the deep oranges and yellow oxides of our soils laden with heavy amounts of clay and iron.  These colors are reflected each time I dig into the subsoil, and as I drive through the countryside where mountains were cut through for roads. In other places, I might be greeted with reds, blues, or greens, all reflected in the geology of the land. Each region carries its own colors, and you can find the palate of the land in every stream bed.  Even an hour drive in any direction puts one in a new geological region–and this changes the colors of the stones and the soil.   You might think about these colors like a language–each landscape has its own language that you can learn to…

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Herbal Bouquets for Mother’s Day – Traditional Medicinals

Good Witches Homestead

In the English and European Victorian era, gifting herbs and flowers were used to relay secret messages. When you received a flower bouquet, you would sit down with your dictionary and try to decipher what it meant; honeysuckle for devotion, aster for patience, and roses for love.  Fast forward to modern times, important life milestones like births, graduations, buying a new home, and career changes are almost always accompanied by flower gifts. While today it’s not our first choice of communication, a flower bouquet can make a lovely homemade and eco-friendly gift for just about anyone in your life, and can certainly contain an intention.

Plants and floral bouquets have a long-standing tradition as Mother’s Day gifts, and with good reason. There’s a simple and well-understood joy that comes from a vibrant and beautiful bouquet on the kitchen table. We have all felt it, botanical bliss; it’s like a type…

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The Eight Women on The Wall: Nurses Who Made the Ultimate Sacrifice

Your Stories. Your Wall.

The names of eight women, all nurses (seven from the Army and one from the Air Force), are inscribed next to their fallen brothers on The Wall in Washington, D.C.

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Each dedicated themselves to taking care of the wounded and dying.

See their faces and remember their names. These are their stories.

1st Lt. Sharon Ann Lane of Canton, Ohio.

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1st Lieutenant Sharon Ann Lane, U.S. Army was killed by a rocket explosion on June 8, 1969, less than 10 weeks after she arrived in Vietnam. Assigned to the 312th Evacuation Hospital, 1LT Lane was working in the Vietnamese ward of the hospital when the rocket exploded, killing her and her patients. She was from Ohio and her name can be…

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Holiday Egg Dyeing with Herbs – Traditional Medicinals

Good Witches Homestead

As herbalists, we are naturally intrigued by all plants – for their historical use as traditional medicine, but also for art and creativity. We mark the passage of time with the growing and blooming of the plants we love, and with spring in our midst, we feel the natural urge to be more creative and to brighten up our homes. One such way is using plants as a natural dye. It’s a lovely activity for the Easter holiday, as traditionally eggs were decorated and hung on tree branches to symbolize the fertility of the spring season. It’s also a fun, anytime activity to do with children to celebrate spring!

MATERIALS & INGREDIENTS

Materials needed:

  • 5-10 containers, glass or plastic to use as vessels for plant dye
  • Small saucepan
  • Spoons
  • Cookie rack

Ingredients needed:

  • White Eggs: In order to get a clear sense of the dye colors, white eggs will be…

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The Goddess Feasts: The Magic of Gratitude, Pleasure and Plenty — Gather Victoria

This April I’m celebrating Goddess Cuisine. I made a Floralia Cake for the Goddess of Flowers, Violet Cream Cupcakes for Venus, honeyed libations for the Goddess Bona Dea and a savoury fresh white cheese made with plenty of “herbs and blossoms born of the earth’s free will” for the Great Mother, Cybele. And more! This…

via The Goddess Feasts: The Magic of Gratitude, Pleasure and Plenty — Gather Victoria

Refurbished bus turned mobile classroom helping to educate San Francisco’s disadvantaged adults — Life & Soul Magazine

San Francisco nonprofit Five Keys has transformed a city bus into a mobile classroom, providing a space for the city’s disadvantaged residents to learn. The first-of-its-kind mobile classroom has a library, a cozy study nook, Internet access, Chromebooks, white boards, desks, and a teacher. The refurbished bus, which is emblazoned with the tagline The Self-Determination […]

via Refurbished bus turned mobile classroom helping to educate San Francisco’s disadvantaged adults — Life & Soul Magazine

Automatic Writing! Channel Written Word From Spirit.

The Witch & Walnut

AutomaticWritingRe-Post from last year! Enjoy.

I can remember at a very young age my grandmother putting a pen in my left hand and told me to close my eyes, clear my head and let my hand move. I sat there and did what I was told but thought……. WTF are you talking about?!?!? I never actually said that to her and tried to tell her I’m right handed, but that didn’t make a difference to her. At that moment in that small kitchen at her table was the beginning of my journey into automatic writing.

Automatic writing is an ancient form of communication with your subconscious, intuition, ancestors, guides, energy around you and really anyone you want to communicate with. It is a great way to make breakthroughs, receive messages, clear out blockages, become more creative, communicate with loved ones or help someone else receive a message.

This is a…

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Healing with the 13 Moons of Nature’s Seasons and Her Bird Tribe Women

Elder Mountain Dreaming

By Phoenix of Elder Mountain –  This is my personal capsulized short share of how I completed my fated life this lifetime as a dreamer (shaman), to return the 13 moons of the original prehistory lunar tribe of woman and brought it into a real practice and now this year offer it to the general public. The 13th Moon is a cyclical event, and she balances out the yearly seasons by appearing in cycles, but not every year. My Lunar Calendar that put together is the basis of my free lunar work-study here at Elder Mountain Dreaming, and also my life. I couldn’t really share this until the last moon, that 13th moon appeared as a real final ending to my fate. She is the mystery of the 13 moons.

This is because for millions of years we lived by the lunar seasons with mother earth and the 13 moons…

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Let Spring Begin…

Good Witches Homestead

Spring is a time of new beginnings and fresh starts.  It’s a time to let go of old habits, get rid of old or unwanted things, and give yourself a new start in life. Whether you’re looking to do a deep cleaning of your house or health, we’ve got the natural products to help you do it.

So, what are you waiting for? Take advantage of this time of year to enjoy the simple things in life and take the first steps towards a new you!

Good until 3/04/2019

A Little Something Worth Trying

Forest Fresh Diffuser Blend

Step in to spring and warmer weather with this diffuser blend. It’ll have you wanting to head out to green mountainsides for a spring picnic!

Spring Vernal Equinox

Date When: March 20, 2019; March 20, 2020

Ah, Spring! A time when “a…

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The Living Waters of the Slavic Goddess Ziva, Zhiva, Siwa, Zywie

Elder Mountain Dreaming

By Phoenix of Elder Mountain Dreaming (compilation) – I searched and did a complilation on the Goddess Siwa or Ziva as she is known. Because I work with Slavic Fire and Water rituals, both in my folk healing and collective work as a shaman who whispers, the Living Waters of Siva Ziva is one of my favorites, besides the dark goddess Marzanna. Both of these goddess know as the waters of life.

With the demotion and demolishing of the Goddess over the last 2400 years, her rebirth in the last fifty years has brought both women scholars, writers and pagan writers to the forefront of all that was lost and returned (rebirthed). She is the embodiment of prehistory, before grandfathers cultures and kingdoms and even paganism existed, and she is here to stay.

I have honored the goddess all of my life in her nature, mother earth, animals, birds and…

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