Making Acorn Ink – Instructions and Recipes

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Acorn Ink! (Great color!)

Acorn ink, derived from the mighty oak tree, can be a wonderful addition to your druid practice or art studio.  Inks can be used for all manner of useful things, from drawing and artwork to the creation of sigils, writing in a druid’s journal, or engaging in other magical work.  In this post, I’ll share a method for making an acorn ink as well as a rust garden (that you can use to strengthen the color of this and other natural inks, like walnut).  I’m posting this now because I have found that acorns are best gathered for this not right after they drop, but after they’ve sat on the ground for some time (such as over the winter months).  This is a way for you to use acorns pretty much year-round, connect deeply to the energy of the oak tree, and localize your practice.

Ink…

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New Moon in Taurus Lunar Report | Entering the Honey Moon Cycle

New Moon in Taurus | Honey Moon Cycle Energy Report

New moons offer us opportunities to refresh and begin again. This new moon gives us a burst of rejuvenating energy to help us get out of the restless slump we have been feeling during the pandemic. You might feel some initiative towards beginning new projects, or a burst of energy towards recommitting to past projects.

This new moon is in both Taurus and Gemini depending on your location and time zone, so expect to feel a little bit of both of these signs during this new moon period. This new moon holds energy of recovering, healing and rebuilding. Taurus energy can help you nurture yourself while Gemini will help you find new ways to express yourself.

Spirit de la Lune New Moon in Taurus Lunar Report | Entering the Honey Moon Cycle

This new moon cycle is also leading us into the Eclipse season of 2020. We have an eclipse happening on the 5th for the Full Moon. This is an excellent time to make some new intentions centered around rebuilding yourself and recovering. It’s a great time to begin new projects, question old habits and being to build the life you want for yourself.

We have Mercury retrograde coming up this month as well, joining Venus in retrograde for a short time. This can cause some confusion with your personal relationships. This new moon and honey moon cycle is a generally positive one though bringing in new opportunities and movement towards goals.

Each new moon, using our planners and decks we create the lunar report to help us navigate the new lunar cycle ahead.

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Flower Moon Lunar Cycle Report | New Moon in Taurus

New Moon in Taurus | Entering the Flower Moon Cycle

The moon turns new on April 22 or 23rd depending on your location. The moon joins the sun in the earthy sign of Taurus and we officially move into Taurus season! It also happens to be earth day on the same day! We have so much earth energy to work with as we enter into the Flower Moon Cycle!

Each New Moon using our Tune to the Moon Planners, our Spirit de la Lune deck and the current astrology, we write up the Moonthly Lunar Report to help us navigate the new cycle ahead.

New Moon in Taurus | Entering the Flower Moon Cycle

As an earth element, Taurus reminds us that patience and sometimes dirty work are important factors when it comes to growing anything. When you plant a seed, you must take daily steps to ensure its growth. Aside from water, sunlight and healthy soil, a seed needs trust and faith because much of the growth (like the moon right now) is hidden.

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CRYSTALS FOR WHEN YOU’RE NOT OK

It’s ok to not feel ok right now. Or to have good days and bad.

You don’t need to have this handled. To be a grounded god/dess. To be riding the wave of this energy like a MF.

Healers, especially, can put themselves under a lot of pressure to be self-sufficient. To show up for others, first. To be the light.

I know my tribe ❤️. And I know that most of you in this community are healers in one way, or another.

I’ve had days where I’ve broken down or lost my sh**. And I’ve had to go through it, to honor the feelings. I’ve also needed that blessed release.

But maybe you’re in a situation where you can’t do that, or maybe not right now. Or you really do have to show up for others first, and be the light.

It’s still ok to not be ok.

We all need healing in so many ways, and there will be time for that, but here are some core crystals that can support you right now.

Note the word SUPPORT. This isn’t about making the feelings go away. The feelings are not wrong or accidental. And you are not bad or weak for feeling them, or for having trouble coping.

For those of you who don’t have the time (or headspace) to read a long blog post, I’ve got them listed in a short summary right here:

Crystals for When You're Not OK / rose quartz / www.krista-mitchell.com

Rose quartz: for soothing and to receive love. Hold it in your receptive hand or wear it over your heart chakra.

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Spirital Lessons of Ecological Succession for the Pandemic: Healing the Land, Healing the Soul

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The quiet that nature provides... Nature heals!

Ecological succession is nature’s approach to healing.  From bare rock, ecological succession allows forests to eventually grow.  Ecological succession has much to teach us as a powerful lesson from nature, and it is a particularly useful thing to meditate upon during the pandemic.  As we can look to how nature heals, it offers us guidance and stability during this challenging time.  Thus, today’s post introduces the idea of ecological succession and how these lessons can be helpful to us as spiritual lessons for thought and reflection. This post is part of my land healing series.  For earlier posts, you can see a framework for land healing, land healing as a spiritual practice, a ritual for putting the land to sleep, and a primer for physical land healing.

Ecological Succession

Because nature works on larger time scales, its not always obvious that nature is engaging in…

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Ancient Wisdom to Help Your Magic

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This post will be a guide to help my readers interested in Magic to have the mindset needed to be successful.   Magic is not easy.  Those that think the Sacred Feminine is weak will never succeed in Magic.  They are not strong enough.  This is the way to Magic.  These are ancient philosophies I have put together to help guide you on your path to Magic.

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The Spiral

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The spiral is another symbol that was used all over the world.  Every ancient society used it.   Most people think that every civilization had a different meaning for it.  I’ve seen it called a symbol of the sun, the seed of life symbol, symbol of death and rebirth and the symbol of the origin of the Universe.  Though symbols have multiple meanings, there is an original meaning that all the meanings are pulled from.  Someone finds a piece of the truth and thinks they have the complete answer or they just make something up and try to fit it into the mainstream narrative.  The spiral is showing a feminine energy.  An energy that is in every man and women.  As a matter of fact it is everywhere.  It has been lost because we live in a patriarchal society.  Time to…

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Beyond Here, There Are Dragons – Part One: Puzzle Pieces

The Energies of April 2020

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Energies of April, Super Full Moon, the Influence of Aries, Planetary Reset, Spiritual Awakening, Meditation.

The cosmic line-up for April is focussed on providing exactly the right dynamics to encourage further transformation and planetary evolution.

The driving force behind this potent energy is the conjunction of Jupiter and Pluto in Capricorn which is exact on April 4th. This is a call for deep energy cleanse and a request for soul growth both individually and collectively. Pluto is calling for permanent change and Jupiter is providing the doorway into the expansive new possibilities that are available through that process of transformational change.

There is a potent opportunity here to move into a completely new level of soul power, one that we have not been able to embody for many lifetimes. You might feel this as a surge of soul force flowing through you, possibly moving your life into a different trajectory…

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Number 23 Symbolism