Spiritual Awakening is not a Destination — The Witch & Walnut

Its common for me to get asked various questions about spiritual awakenings. To be perfectly frank here, I am really starting to detest that phrase. It is starting to get a vibe that almost makes it sound easy and something you have to do to get into the cool kids club. Like somehow its a…Continue…

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Time and Change

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Time = spirit.  Time is spirit in movement.  Time and being are the same.  Movement of desire. 

Time is the process of filling the void.  It is a vast movement of what we are a part of.  Time is perspective.  Time is activated by desire, eternity has no desire.Time is not speeding up, desires are amping up.  When we desire something time measures how long it takes to get what we desire.  Time is purely human.  Time starts with an act of self deception, Person you want to be is not authentic self.  Biological time starts with mother, needs of instinctual body is what time is measuring.  Without desire or delay of desire, there would be no time.

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Witchcraft, Love & Shadows — The Witch & Walnut

Here we are in the thick of Valentines week. This could either be a wonderful time for you, a painful time… or perhaps means nothing at all. As per last years post….Valentines doesn’t really do it for me. Since we are on the topic of love, I thought I would dive into a little word…Continue…

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Empaths, their Conflicts and their Starlight

Soul Dreamers

By Phoenix the Elder –As I entered my midlife around thirty-eight, philosophy, metaphysics and psychotherapy, Jungian contemplative thought and any Buddhist philosophies had no real place in my life anymore. This is because I had spent time studying them in my younger days, and I was truly beginning to value my emotional body and wanted to really heal it deeply as an Empath.

I focused from that point on, with the hard work of the actual actions, holistic therapies and practices of dream work, consistent meditation in nature, silencing the mental body to slay it into submission. This allowed me to enter a space of leaving words, concepts and ideas that were outside the context of art and spirituality, concentrating my efforts into pure practices, healing modalities and disciplines that supported me as a sensitive and emotional dreaming type of human being.

The mind and its make us neither…

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A Tree for Year Challenge

The Druid's Garden

Into the trees

One of the most common questions that people ask when they start down a druid or other nature-based spiritual path is: how do I connect deeply with nature?  Connecting to nature can happen in such a wide variety of ways.  It can happen through connecting with our heads, through learning, study, and engaging with books or classes.  It can happen through our hearts, where we emotionally connect with nature and places.  It can also happen through our bodies when we physically experience the natural world.  It can be through our spirits when we connect with the spirit of the tree.  But regardless of which of our selves and methods we use, it requires an investment of ourselves, our time, and building a relationship.

A while back, I wrote about the Druid’s Anchor Spot, which is a spot that you can use to regularly engage and observe…

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Who is the Best Guru?

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How can you tell if someone is leading me down the right path of enlightenment?  There are so many self help and so called spiritual gurus out there, how can you tell who is telling the truth?  These are the questions Im getting for the new year.  I guess people want to have 20/20 vision in the year 2020.  First and foremost if a person tells you they know the truth and are enlightened, run away.  Enlightenment is not in the hands of time.  

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Spirit, Body and Mind

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I know most of my stuff is from before recorded time, but these ancient civilizations were very advanced.  More advance than we are today.  I try to bring the teachings I find from the land before time and bring them to you.  I also try to put it in a way that people today can understand.  A big one I have found is that you must balance spirit, body and mind.  If you want to be happy and have less anxiety, then this post is for you.   

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Herbs for Natural Detox – Traditional Medicinals – Herbal Wellness

Crooked Bear Creek Organic Herbs

As we shift from the holiday season, it is an excellent time to take a few days to simplify, clear and pave the way to receive the bounty of the new year. This can mean making space for creativity, resetting intentions, or cultivating healthy habits that support the body and mind. Symbolically, it is no surprise people gravitate towards “cleansing” and “detoxifying” during this time of year.

While “detoxing” may appear to be a modern-day answer to what seems like an increasingly toxic world, our ancestors have long incorporated bitter, nutritive herbs and roots into their diets. Modern science has revealed that many of these herbs – such as dandelion, burdock, nettle, Schisandra, and red clover, have a special affinity to support the natural function of our inherent detoxification systems.* Honoring this age-old wisdom, herbalists continue to utilize these herbs to support and nurture these processes rather than encouraging harsh…

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Create Your Own Personal Haven—Anywhere

Good Witches Homestead

Stress! It’s the scourge of our contemporary society. And the thought of retiring to a safe haven where you can banish stress, repair your nerves, and renew your life is a concept whose time has come. Creating a personal sanctuary, whether it be in a bedroom, bathroom, patio, garden, or the Great Outdoors, seems to be a cherished goal for many of us stressed-out people.

But how to go about fashioning such a retreat? What elements are required, and can you do it in a limited space and on a tight budget? These questions and many others form the contents of my book, A Sanctuary of Your Own. Perhaps you’ve read books, visited websites, and watched TV programs dedicated to this subject. With wild enthusiasm, you’ve started designing your space, and you’re halfway there. But, somehow things aren’t quite gelling. So in this short article, I’ll distill some of…

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Cuckoo Bird Totem

Soul Dreamers

By Phoenix – I often here very strange and different birds from around the world enter my personal space for specific reasons – but I have never had the Cuckoo Bird. I have had birds and manta rays travel even as far away as Australia as messengers. But today I was making a folk doll and thinking about this mysterious bird and why the grandfather clocks have this sound as a time or season keeper.

The ancient rite of the “Cuckoo Bird” refers to the agrarian magical female ceremonies. In the middle of the circle, of this rite lays a ritual object, called a “Cuckoo Doll” and is a folk doll filled with herbs or a specific made folk doll in the form of a female figure, sometimes a bird woman doll or a decorated tree.

I ran across the rites of the Cuckoo, from a Swedish website describing a…

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