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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The Skeleton

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Skeletons are everywhere in art, religions, heritage, stories and legends, but what do they symbolize?   Skeletons are used in festivals, put on t-shirts, jewelry and posters.   Obviously we have lost the true meaning of the skeleton.  To most the skeleton has to do with death, but the real meaning has nothing to do with death.  

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The Cloak

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The cloak is an outer garment worn over clothing.  It has been used as a coat to protect one from the cold and rain, but it has also been a fashion statement or part of a uniform.  The cloak is a staple in fantasy genre and medieval stories.  Cloaks are usually associated with Witches, Wizards and Vampires.  Since they are so prevalent in magic and stories with hidden symbolism they must represent something.  It definitely has a meaning, but like everything else it has been lost to time.  Time to bring the true meaning of the cloak back.  

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The Sphinx

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The most famous Sphinx is the Egyptian Sphinx, but there were Sphinxes all over the ancient world.  What were the ancients trying to tell us with Sphinxes? Symbolically Sphinxes were guardians of entrances.  I have shown in previous work how  cherubs are actually  Sphinxes, but what is the meaning of the Sphinx?   In order to answer that we must look at how the Sphinxes were used in legends and myths.  To actually understand a symbol you must go back to the origin.  

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Meditation

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We have a gross misconception of what meditation is.  Most think that they have to sit like a monk and have their hands out.  All this does is have you doing something you think you have to do.  Meditation is not doing, it is being.  Meditation itself means to think or ponder about something, but the act itself is supposedly trying to quiet the mind.  In this post I will not tell you how to meditate.  You must be your own light!  Your light can not be sparked or turned on by someone else.  If it is, it can be turn off by someone else.  I will show you what meditation was to the ancients, so you can implement it in to your own life and help brighten your own light.  

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