Usnea : Healing Symbiosis

October 8, 2017 by Micah  
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Here in the Northwest, our local forests have many evergreens, which are beautifully green year-round, along with an abundance of Alders. Alder trees are deciduous, green in the summer and leafless in the winter, without much autumn show in between. As they lose their leaves this time of year, though, I can see that they [...]

Sale : Samhain Travels

October 7, 2017 by Micah  
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Happy Autumn (to everyone in the Northern hemisphere)- we hope you are enjoying this colourful season of transition! As the days grow shorter and colder and the earth pulls her green gifts back into herself, we start to turn inwards, as well. This impulse is celebrated in the holidays of many cultures, our favourite being [...]

Flight : Our Spagyric Offerings

October 6, 2017 by Micah  
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Welcome to the conclusion of our series on the spiritual practice of flight and the plants that support it!
In our first article, we talked about the legends and truths behind the witches’ flights, their brooms and ointments, and the tricky chemistry that practice entailed.
In our second article, we discussed Eastern legends of gravity-defiance, including flying [...]

Flight : Magic Carpets & Kung Fu Leaps

October 5, 2017 by Micah  
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In our first article, we were inspired by the season, and talked about witches as practitioners of shamanic flight in Europe. We looked at their legendary flying ointment from a chemical perspective, and learned about its properties and dangers.
Shamanic flight is not confined to archaic Europe, however, and examples of the phenomenon are common around [...]

Flight : Witches on Brooms

October 4, 2017 by Micah  
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This time of year, we see many Hallowe’en decorations showing the classic witch figure, hunched over a bubbling cauldron of flying ointment, or crossing the skies on her broom. Most of these images are fanciful and fun, and part of the ritual of the season. But there is some interesting truth to the legendary flying [...]

Weed Love : Plantain

April 25, 2017 by Micah  
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Earlier this Spring, I was inspired to write about Dandelion and its connection to Spring and the Celtic goddess, Brighid. I really enjoyed talking about that humble weed, and so on a walk a few days ago, I looked around our place to see if any other weeds deserved mention, and I noticed the several [...]

Flora and Fauna : Animal Energies in Plants

July 30, 2016 by Micah  
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In the distant past, humans and our ancestors were more tied to Nature, and that meant being closer to animals, both physically and in our understanding of them. The discovery stories of many of our most useful healing herbs list animals as the teachers of their uses, and even today, many herbs have an animal [...]

Connect, Act, Reflect : Working with Al-Kemi Spagyrics

July 29, 2016 by Micah  
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If you’ve visited any of our event booths, read the followup email after placing an order with us, or contacted us to ask about using our Spagyrics, you’ve heard what we consider the most important technique: take a moment to think about why you’re taking our (or any) medicine.
This simple pause for connection opens you [...]

New Spagyric : Vervain Alchymical Initiatic

February 26, 2012 by Micah  
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Our newest Spagyric, an Alchymical Initiatic of Vervain,was inspired by my own Irish heritage and the deep reverence that many ancient European cultures held for this special plant.
My own history with Vervain goes back a few years to a personal tradition I practice every year on Samhain, the ancient harvest festival more commonly known as [...]

Amber : the Electric Fossil

February 5, 2009 by Micah  
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Revered since ancient times, Amber has been used in jewelry, medicine, and trade for thousands of years. Homer, Aristotle, Plato, and Pliny the Elder all mentioned Amber in their writings, and it was prized more than gold in ancient Greece.
Amber washes up from deposits in oceans and seas around the world, and the Greeks believed [...]