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 [...]

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 [...]

Brigid and her Dandelions

January 27, 2017 by Micah  
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This week marks the ancient Celtic time of Imbolc, the festival marking the midpoint between the winter Solstice and spring Equinox. Catholics celebrate the feast of St. Brigid during this time, which connects back to the more ancient dedication of Imbolc to the goddess Brigid. Candlemas, too, falls in this week, and as a celebration [...]

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 [...]

Marking a Milestone

May 25, 2016 by Micah  
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This month marks 25 years in our partnership- a quarter century since Paul and I fell in love and started Al-Kemi together. It seems like hundreds of years, and at the same time, just a few minutes. As a wise elder woman once told me: the days are long, but the years are short.
When we [...]

Featured Spagyrics : Helper Herbs

March 14, 2016 by Micah  
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Coming up on the Equinox, we have been meditating on ideas of balance- between night and day, light and dark, Sun and Moon, and the different healing effects that herbs can give us. Some of these complementary Spagyrics are discounted for our Equinox sale, but getting that list together brought up a few other herbs [...]

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