If Women Rose Rooted- Sharon Blackie.
“If women remember that once upon a time we sang with the tongues of seals and flew with the wings of swans,
that we forged our own paths through the dark forest while creating a community of its many inhabitants,
then we will rise up rooted, like trees.
And if we rise up rooted like trees…week then, women might indeed save not only ourselves, but the world.'“
Evocative, transformative, partially autobiographical and partially storytelling the beauty of the Celtic myths, this is a are-rooting into self, the true nature of true community and and a call back to the original Mother, Earth.
Sharon Blackie uses a deep knowledge of Celtic fairy tales, folklore and mythology to entwine us in the magic that is missing the world over.
This book lands in our society at a crucial time when the heartbreak of our disconnection to self, other, land, animal, ocean and elements is strong.
It guides us home.
The High Priestess- Rider-Waite Tarot.
The High Priestess sits in front of a thin veil decorated with pomegranates. The veil represents the separate conscious and subconscious, the seen and the unseen, and serves to keep casual onlookers out. Only the initiated may enter. The pomegranates o the veil are a symbol of abundance, fertility and the divine feminine, and are sacred to Persephone who ate a pomegranate seed in the underworld and was forced to return every year.
On either side of the High Priestess stand two pillars, marking the entrance to this sacred, mystical temple (also associated with the Temple of Solomon). One pillar is black with the letter B (Boaz, meaning ‘in his strength’) and the other is white with the letter J (Jachin, meaning ‘he will establish’). The black and white colours of the pillars symbolize duality-masculine and feminine, darkness's ess ad light- stating that knowledge and acceptance of duality are required to enter this sacred space.
The High Priestess wears a blue robe with a cross on her chest and a herbed diadem (or crown), both a symbol of her divine knowledge and her status as a divine ruler. In her lap, she holds a scroll with the letter TORA, signifying the Greater Law (according to A.E Waite). It is partly covered, signifying that this sacred knowledge is both explicit and implicit, it will only be revealed when the student is ready to look beyond the material realm. The crescent moon at her feet symbolizes her connection with the divine feminine, her intuition and subconscious mind, and the natural cycles of the moon.'
By Biddy Tarot.
Crateaegus Oxacantha, Bread + Cheese Tree, Gaxels, Hagthorn, Halves, Haw, Hazels, Huath, Ladies Meat, Mayblossom, Quick, Thorn, Tress if chastity.
This is a tree of fertility, chastity, magic and happiness.
The fairy trio of trees of Britain, ‘Oak, Thorn and Ash’ incorporates this sacred tree and The Hawthorne by itself is a portal to Faerie indeed. A gateway to the spirit of the elementals. If you ever dare to cut down a Hawthorne beware. It is considered very bad luck to harm this bridge to the Otherworld.
Find a cluster of these trees such as the traditional hedgerow of Ireland and you may well catch a glimpse of the Little Folk between the brambles and berries.
When Hawthorne is beckoning to become a part of your life, it is a call to strengthen the Heart and to nurture the connections between the otherworldly realms and those belonging to the material world. It is a call to balance both of those spaces, bringing them into symbiotic union so that one is not simply all in the ethers nor stuck in the underground root portals.
Gather the leaves, or at a pinch the berries, and place into a sachet to carry around, inviting in happiness especially in those who are burdened by sadness.
The Boy Who Died and Came Back: Adventures of a Dream Archeologist in the Multiverse- Robert Moss
‘Dreams are part of our human survival kit, part of what has kept us going, and evolving on this planet. Across history most people have valued dreaming for two reasons beyond all others: because dreams enable us to see into the possible future, and because they put us in touch with sources of knowledge and wisdom beyond the ordinary mind.”
― Robert Moss,
This is the autobiographical journey of a man who has spent his entire life, from boyhood to the present day, extracting the knowledge that comes to all of us through the imaginal realms. Walking through dreams, activations, ancestral memories, the concept of collective journeying, guides that come forward within dreamtime and encouraging us all to pay a little more attention to the downloads that we all get, Robert Moss brings clarity to an otherwise mind-blowing topic through his abilities as an engaging and wonderful storyteller. This is a beautiful read for anyone who wants to focus a little attention on the liminal state of dreaming and how best to bring the wisdom from dreams into waking lif
Unbound- Work Your Light, Rebecca Campbell.
Releasing soul patterns, contracts, and past lives.
It is time to release old stories that have been playing out in your life. They are coming up to be healed, There has never been a safer time to clear these pattern than right now.
Take a look at patterns in your life that you are ready to release. Ancient vows and contracts that your soul made that have an expiry date. It could be a vow of silence or chastity or poverty. It is time to unwind from them. This is the life in which you free yourself from trauma of lives past.
What old ways of being have an expiry date? When you name them, you claim them and they stop holding power over you. When you acknowledge these old patterns, it is also important to acknowledge how they have served you up until now. For example, a soul pattern of playing small caused by a small fear of being seen or sharing your voice would have served you by keeping you safe. In order to grow, you now need to soften by receiving and calling in support.
It is time to unbind from the old ways of being that are no longer sustainable.
The Rose is the Queen of the flower kingdom. She represents our feminine essence, the essence of beauty, grace, divinity AND self-protection.
The rose brings a suffering heart the peace and love that it craves. It unravels the feeling of being trapped in trauma or sorrow and a drop of rose absolute upon your neck or heart chakra is worth the pretty penny that you pay for it’s essence goes a long way and you will sense it undoing the grief that lies stagnant in a space that wishes to spiral with love. Traditional Chinese Medicine notes the heart as not just a physical organ but the seat of consciousness and thus Rose is considered a Shen tonic. It is revered the world round, historically and presently. Timelessness in it’s magic.
Medicinally, the rose is known to be a nervine, meaning that it is calming to the body, a gentle anti-depressant, aphrodisiac, anti-inflammatory and it’s anti-spasmodic nature makes it a splendid balm for the womb space during menstruation, also regulating the cycle.
The seed of the rose, the rosehip, is very high in vitamin C: I love to add them to any infusion in the winter months to uplift and tendencies towards Seasonal mood disorders but to also pack a punch in the immunity stakes.
To sit with the medicine of this floral sun-tea at Summer Solstice brings the essence of the Sacred Heart + Mother Love to our being.
1 tbsp dried organic rose petals
1 tbsp dried hibiscus flowers
1 litre mason jar
Combine the flowers with spring or filtered water, stir and leave in a sunny window for a couple of hours, allowing it to absorb the magic of the sun.
Strain and consume, with a prayer and thanks to the medicine of the plant realm.
Becoming Supernatural - Joe Dispenza
“As energy from the lower three centers is activated during the breath and moves up the spine to the brain, a torus field of electromagnetic energy is created around the body. When the pineal gland becomes activated, a reverse torus field of electromagnetic energy moving in the opposite direction draws energy through the top of the head into the body from the unified field. Since energy is frequency and frequency carries information, the pineal gland transduces that information into vivid imagery.”
― Joe Dispenza
It’s one thing to receive information to connect to the quantum, it’s another to have it embodied into your being. Becoming supernatural is a guide to activate the pineal, to connect to the quantum field, to embody it into your being and to utilize the true and powerful effects of meditation.
The Woodward - The Wildwood Tarot
The classical tarot image of strength is a beautiful, mature woman controlling or holding a lion. The inherent balance of this image shows the calm, beauty of patience and love, countering the unbridled emotions of anger and hate. The woodward, an ancient guardian of the wildwood, symbolizes the inner power that comes from facing fear and understanding the nature of darkness. The inner strength that comes from this awareness gives the individual the emotional body language and the humility that says, ‘I am not a victim. Treat me with respect. Do not mistake my passivity for weakness.’
Within the wildwood tarot, the woodward is a hunter who’s prey is solutions to moments of crisis. He acts as an emotional back stop when fate, or the destructive energy in a situation, faces us with seemingly irrational or overwhelming disaster.
When the individual is removed from a place of seeming security, they are stripped of the emotional baggage that holds them in a state of limbo. During this stripping away of a illusory power, individuals find within themselves their true inner strength. A person who has learned from the experience of the journey around the Wheel of the Year gains vital wisdom about the nature of patience and resolution.
However, neither of these qualities is enough on it’s own to give the spiritual hunter courage to forage in the wilderness again. A certain fierceness is needed. The hunter must be as strong or cunning as the creature they are attracting and is dedicated to their goal as the lioness' is to protecting and feeding her cubs. This is not mindless, irrational aggression, but tempered stoicism of a cool and resolute passion. The strength of the woodward is both a balance and a dichotomy between the energy of the hunter or the guardian, and the grounded inspiration found within the ecstasy of drumming and war dancing. These energies honour the qualities that provide protection and inspiration.
Lavender conjures up, for many people, whimsical memories of breathing in the scent of a grandmother or traipsing through beautiful gardens as a little one, inhaling summer as we went. She is ruled by Mercury, the planet of communication, and though this may relate to the throat chakra, we also see how Lavender can connect to the crown, the pineal gland, that which is open to divine consciousness and ethereal communications.
Memories are deep with Lavender, for her medicine has been reached for in many forms since the 1st century, and likely before that documented era.
Mothers and wise women throughout history reached for this perennial, woody stemmed herb for the children’s ailments including parasites (worms), lice and insect bites and disinfection.
Moving on from the folk uses, the 19th Century saw lavender brought into perfumery for the aristocrat and medical kit for the wartime nurses, wafted under noses for pain relief and made into medicine for prevention of wound infection.She is a herb containing volatile oils, meaning essentially that her magic includes easing spasms, stimulating digestion, eliminating pain, and inducing sleep. We all know her, most likely, in essential oil form, Lavender EO being the most wildly used this side of the planet, and dropping some into a warm bath before bed or adding to a carrier oil for baby massage before bed is popular in many a home. But we must understand that she can be an ally to us in many more ways:
add to pelvic/vaginal steams for healing and to stimulate menstrual flow
include in sitz baths to heal intimate ailments such as post birth wounds and haemmoroids
stuff in fabric sachets and place under pillow to induce tranquil sleep
steep as a tea when experiencing vomiting, nausea, intestinal gas, upset stomach, and abdominal swelling or to help relieve pain from headaches, sprains, toothaches.
make a gorgeous ‘miel de lavande’ or Lavender honey for medicinal, health-boosting purpose or a delicate and floral culinary addition to your afternoon tea.
Our favourite way to bring Lavender into our lives this month is creating a Lavender Body Oil by covering lavender buds with a high quality, organic olive oil within a very clean and bone dry mason jar, and leaving to infuse for one full moon cycle. After this you will strain the oil from the plant material, decant into a new jar, cracking one capsule of vitamin E into the oil to help preserve, and preceding to use this oil daily, paying special attention to your skin as you activate the lymphatic system and consciously bring awareness to the skin that you live within.
This is wonderful to do either before a bath or shower or directly after and before bed, allowing the skin and body to receive the lavender medicine and amazing fats of the oil before bed.
‘The Earth Path Grounding Your Spirit in the Rhythms of Nature" Starhawk
'Energy moves in cycles, circles, spirals, vortexes, whirls, pulsations, waves and rhythms- rarely if ever in straight lines.'
As the Maiden of the East of 'the wheel', we begin to become aware of our interconnectedness and friendship bonds us to one another in a very potent way. For us to heal the trauma that arises in us as women with 'witch wounds' and issues with creating trusting relationship with other women, we need to move back into a space of saturating our psyche with interconnectedness and shared cyclic patterns, waves and rhythms ones again. This book is written by Starhawk (the name she took when she entered The Craft), one of the worlds best known theorists of feminist Neopaganism and Goddess/earth-based spirituality. She declares herself a witch and to read any of her books is to be transported into self exploration, reclamation of the sacred nature of the woman and revival of Gaia worship.
She delves into spells, chants, meditations and exercised to propel her reader into a sacred union with our Earth, The Mother, The Goddess herself.
This is a wonderful beginner book for anyone wanting to learn more about nature-based spirituality.
The Faery Forest: An Oracle of the Wild Green World, Lucy Cavendish
‘Oath" Promise, Pledge, Contract
'An oath is a sacred bond that we make. It is more than a promise, it is the bond of a soul contract through the spoken word- and thus we must be cautious when we offer our word and think through what it is we mean we give it.
It is impossible to ever know what another thinks we mean when we give our word, so when this card comes, there is a slight undertone of a warning- that another person may take your word and twist it to mean they have your loyalty forever, regardless of circumstance, behaviour or treatment.
An oath is made between equals, and an oath can be broken by both parties, and by circumstance. You may now be considering a partnership or a contractual agreement. It is almost impossible to know how to ensure that this is a good thing, because the truth is, within every contract there is much that cannot be comprehended, even when it is read.
If this is the case, ask the other party in the contract to explain what is meant by clauses you do not understand- and ask them to offer examples, so you can best understand the paper oath you are taking. In some cases, it may be a handshake you are sealing an agreement with. Whatever, its form, consider the weight that comes with the feeling of making this contract. Consider the future and the karmic load the agreement brings to you, along with its immediate benefits. It is the truth that when considering our word, we must understand as fully as we can what we have agreed to. Be sure to do this now.'
Nettle (Urtica Dioica)
March is ruled by the planet Mars, a yang , masculine driven planet that helps us now to burst forth from winter sleep and begin to move again.
This brings fire to our previously watery and cool inner cauldron, propelling us forth and providing renewed enthusiasm for action.
Nettle is a herb that is also ruled by the planet Mars, encouraging fire and yang to arise in our being, and just as we awaken and become sweet as our maiden selves in the season of spring, so too do the nettles that are best harvested a few weeks after they emerge in springtime.
As well as being an optimum blood builder, counteracting the very feminine ailment of anaemia and providing rich vitamin k stores and mineral-richness that floods the womb, blood, hair, skin and nails, it also has many metaphysical powers that make the common stinging nettle a hidden King.
This herb can be carried on the body, sprinkled around the home, thrown onto a fire or placed beneath the bed of the sick as a protective and healing plant that works spiritually as well as physically.
Those within our membership portal are learning, this month, how to prepare, pray over and consume nettles in a deeply nourishing way, tapping into the wisdom and relevance of this gift of nature as we begin to journey through the archetype and aspects of the Month that we are now sitting in.
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