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 [...]

Happy Easter!

April 9, 2009 by Micah  
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We’re reviving this article from our archives in time for True Easter, which in 2019 falls on April 19. Enjoy, and happy Easter!
In another recent article, we talked about the special energy of the Springtime, and the life force that is drawn out of the earth by the increasing warmth and moisture. This time starts [...]

Dew & the Fire of Nature

April 8, 2009 by Micah  
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Late March was the beginning of dew season around here, the time each year when we collect as much of the “celestial water” as we can, for use in the lab the rest of the year.
Unfortunately, the water Nature gave us for that first week was rain, not dew, so our collection process was delayed [...]

Silene : Dreaming in White

February 15, 2009 by Micah  
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The first Oneironauticum in San Francisco had the dreamers working with our Spagyric Initiatic of Xhosa Dream Plant, Silene capensis. This is a powerful ally for dreaming and a very interesting plant, but it is not widely known in the healing or entheogen community.
Silene is native to the cape area of South Africa, and [...]

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 [...]