Legend of the Miskhorskaya Mermaid

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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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Self-care Sisterhood: Folk Medicine Making for Women of Color

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The world and society, as they are today, can leave us exhausted, vulnerable, disconnected from our bodies, our lineage, each other, the Earth.  Our grandmothers lived closer to all the things that make us feel more human and more whole. In this class we will begin our journey into reclaiming herbalism and self-care by exploring the kitchen, and medicine making, as a site of revolution and nourishment.  We will gather around herbs and household tools, recall our healing back into our lives and our communities. We will learn how to use the plants available in our urban herbal pharmacy to make self-care rituals and ceremonies that strengthen our hearts, our bodies, honor the grandmothers and the Sacred Feminine within.  Trans women are welcome.

Dates:  4 Wednesdays evenings, July 25-August 15

Time:  7-9:30

Cost: $185 (includes materials fee)

Instructor:  Sirama Bajo

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Ancestral Remembrance: An Introductory Weekend

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Join Erin Caitlin Sweeney, MA and Marisol Castillo, MA for an introduction weekend of ancestral remembrance. The stories of our ancestors live within us, they are in our bones, in our blood. Their wisdom and their wounds, their grief and their beauty, have all been passed down to us. Our wise and loving ancestors are calling to us – asking to be seen, to be remembered, and they’re offering their support to guide us on our healing journeys. We will create safe and sacred space to explore the wounds in our ancestral lineages and how they have manifested within us. We will remember our innate connection with the natural world and we will learn that we all have ancestors who practiced earth-based spirituality. We will learn how to create relationships of reciprocity with our ancestors and the Earth. We will come together in community to honor our ancestors and take…

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Indigenous Mind: Remembering Who We Are

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Much of the vision of Ancestral Apothecary is inspired and informed by my experience in the Indigenous Mind Program.  As the founder of Ancestral Apothecary, I, Atava Garcia Swiecicki, received a graduate degree from  from Naropa University in the Indigenous Mind Program in 2003.  The Indigenous Mind Program focuses on reconnecting to one’s indigenous ancestors, no matter what their cultural or ethnic background.  The program was founded by Dr. Apela Colorado, who also is the founder of the Worldwide Indigenous Science Network.

Heidi Corning, of White Tigress Ancestry, was also a student in the Indigenous Mind Program and created a short film to document the process of the Indigenous Mind students and they reconnected to their ancestral ways of knowing.

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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.

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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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Protection of houses against evil in the region of Mazovia

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Article by Llamus Dworski – ‘Lamus Dworski’ is dedicated to Poland – Polish history, archaeology, arts, culture, folklore, curiosities, and more. Visit her site @ https://lamusdworski.files.wordpress.com

People in the old Polish countryside were very particular about maintaining certain rites and preparing protective accessories in their household and the whole farm enclosure. These customs stemmed from pre-Christian Slavic protective rituals, and – despite the centuries of influence of the Christian church – they survived in continuity for as long as the early 20th century in many parts of the rural Poland.

The following informations I’ve translated for you are describing the old protective customs from the historical region of Mazowsze (Eng: Mazovia) located in the north-east parts of the central Poland. The same or very similar customs are common in other regions of Poland, as well as in many other Slavic countries.

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Witchcraft Charms, Talismans & Amulets with Goldenrod Galls

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aaI love working with these galls, of course there are also willow galls as well but those are used for different purposes.

Goldenrod Galls are basically a round bulbous point in the goldenrod plant when particular flies lay larvae eggs and that kinda is the nest you would say. Birds will find their way to these galls and peck through them to get to the yummy goodness inside, that is why you will see holes in them.

I forage these in early spring when I know there is no chance of life left in them. I have also done it in winter as well, but not typically.

gallThese can made into Witchcraft dolls and the actual Gall part would be the head and represents the head and/or heart depending on your will. I wrote about Balkan Talisman for Protection in my shop. It wasn’t an actual post, so I can’t…

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Birth Place Elements On Your Altar

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birth-placeearthelements.pngNot everyone represents the elements on their altars, just like not everyone represents Gods on their altars. But if the Elements are your thing, I hope you enjoy this insight and take it into consideration.

There are so many ways to represent the Earth Element and there is no rule on how many displays or items you have that represent this element. We take time to gather dirt, rocks, fallen leaves, bark, roots and flowers…… we honor them, leave offerings for them and charge them.

How can we take this a step further and make it more personal? A little more background story to explain…..

My grandmothers altar was a do not touch anything zone. Even though it was my job as a child to collect different items for her that represent all the elements, once I handed them over that was it. Not mine anymore, I understand the lesson…

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Reversing Evil Eye Spell

Mirrors hanging reflective side out on windows and doors are also a way to reflect evil eye, bad intentions, etc., from your house. It’s a big help when you live along a major thoroughfare with people driving by in all kinds of moods with all sorts of thoughts.

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reversing evil eye spellEvil Eye has a way of toying with your fears, emotions and even day to day life.  In some cases its like a revolving door, one shuts and another one opens. The belief in the Evil Eye lays far and wide, the name may vary in different parts of the world, but with its roots steeped superstition, folklore and cursing its a common belief that many of us share and can agree on.

Evil Eye is something that can be so simple that people are not even aware that they are projecting it onto others. Jealousy plays a huge part here, anger in the heat of the moment and then there is the down right on-purpose-nasty glare.

Often symptoms are mild to medium and appear as slight disturbances, irritations, annoyance, onset of general clumsiness, forgetfulness. Keep in mind when they do appear, it is out of the ordinary for you…

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Walking the Path of the Ovate: Building Localized Ecological Knowledge

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Rocky Maine Shore at Sunrise Rocky Maine Shore at Sunrise

Everything changes in this wild place. The ebb and flow of the tides drives the ecology on this rocky shore. The landscape abruptly changes its appearance based on proximity to the sea and elevation. Firs and spruces dominate along with a groundcover of laurel and blueberry. Even old friends, like birch, maple, and beech, take on new skin. The mountain peaks offer a desert-like climate where air and fire dominate. I am in this wild place, letting it seep into my bones, into my breath, into my spirit. Desipte the books on ecology I’ve purchased, I really have no idea what I’m seeing, no real knowledge of the deeper mystery of this land and shore. Books cannot teach that kind of wisdom, only time and experience can. My eyes physically see, but I am seeing without any real understanding of what it is that is…

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