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Holding a Tender Heart: Summer Solstice Waning Moon Reflections

The summer solstice will occur on June 20th 2017 at around 9:30pm PST (Northern Hemisphere), and marks one of the four major stations on the Earth’s yearly pilgrimage around the sun. The term solstice means “sun standing still”, from the Latin sol (sun) and sistere or sisto (to stand still or to stop). The name refers to the way in […]

Rose Moon: Imbibing Summer

The full moon of June 9th 2017 will occur at around 6am (PST) and you may see her rise in the night sky around 8:30 pm. This moon falls on a Friday, a day which has a long association with the Saxon goddess Frigg, and the Roman goddess Venus, or Aphrodite. Venus is the goddess of […]

Gemini New Moon: Expanding Communication

The new moon of May 2017 will occur on the 25th day of the month in the sign of Gemini. Gemini is a mutable air sign, ruled by the planet Mercury. When the moon is in Gemini practices such as storytelling and writing are enhanced, as is our desire to learn. Because a new moon […]

Stepping Into The Light: Honouring Beltane

What is Beltane? Beltane is the name given to the ancient Celtic fire festival that marked the entry into the summer season, and the bright half of the year. The word itself likely comes from Old Irish roots, and is said to mean “bright fire”. The Celtic wheel of the year is marked off by […]

Waning Moon Salt Scrub: A Kitchen Sadhana Recipe

When the moon wanes my energy draws inward and I often feel overly sensitive. Practices that connect me to a sense of pleasure and sensuality always help me to maintain a connection between my mind and my body at this time and so I try to make space for them when I notice myself feeling […]

How To Make Poplar Bud Salve: Herbal Home Pharmacy

One of my favorite plants to gather in the springtime is the bud of the poplar tree. These resinous buds are rich in salicin, which your liver converts to salicylic acid, the active ingredient in aspirin. An infused oil made from poplar buds will reduce pain and inflammation and is excellent for sore muscles or rheumatic […]

Full Moon in Libra: Harmony In Action

The full moon of April 10th 2017 will occur at 11:08 pm in the sign of Libra. This moon has many names, including Pink Moon, Peony Moon, or Egg Moon. Eggs are ancient symbols of fertility and new life, and though we often think of the moon as being round, it is in fact shaped […]

Aries New Moon: Igniting The Fire of Intention

On March 27th 2017, just one week after the spring equinox, we celebrate a new moon in Aries. Aries is the first sign of the zodiac and brings with it a sense of exuberance and courage. Qualities that we can tap into in order to empower ourselves as we step forward into the creative cycle […]

Ostara: The Dawn of Spring & The Season of Renewal

Harshness vanished. A sudden softness has replaced the meadows’ wintry grey. Little rivulets of water changed their singing accents. Tendernesses, hesitantly, reach toward the earth from space, and country lanes are showing these unexpected subtle risings that find expression in the empty trees.  ~ Rainer Maria Rilke The snow is still cold and icy on […]

Wildcrafting and The Art of Wildland Medicine Crafting

I was 10 years old, riding on a slow pony in the untamed grasses of Quebec when I first fell in love with treasure hunting in forests. Today, I call it wildcrafting and medicine gathering, but back then it was just a way in which my sister and I spent with my Uncle Klaus. Klaus, who […]

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