Weed Love : Yarrow

July 21, 2018 by Micah  
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There are many reasons to love Yarrow- its beauty, its tough and easy-to-grow nature, the beneficial insects it attracts, and its medicinal properties and healing versatility. My love for Yarrow is simpler and more sentimental- to me, it is the herb of camping, and the clean smell of its leaves brings me back to many [...]

Rosemary : Dew of the Sea

April 1, 2018 by Micah  
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The fields around our house are full of spring flowers- fruit trees, daffodils, dandelions, and more. Our cultivated flower garden is a more summer-season one, so there’s not much to look at right now, with the grand exception of the huge Rosemary that sits in the middle of our herb bed. It has been flowering [...]

Weed Love : Chamomile

March 19, 2018 by Micah  
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Since we bought our house and small acreage five years ago, we’ve been gradually working on it, building out the area for the School, adding tanks for our rainwater collection system, and creating a big, wonderful garden.
The structural elements of the food garden are finally done- raised beds, a little greenhouse, and a big fence [...]

Immune Boosters for the Season

January 28, 2018 by Micah  
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As the cold, wet season wears on, we all hope to avoid catching whatever airborne pox is floating around, or at least to heal quickly if we don’t dodge the bullet. Whether you’re holding the line against the microbial invasion, or you’ve caught something and want to bounce back, herbs can help!
For prevention, I take [...]

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 [...]

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 [...]

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