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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 […]

Winter Wind Moon Sadhana : New Moon in Pisces

The Pisces New Moon is the last moon of winter, and one that I call the Winter Wind Moon as the winds of winter still continue to blow even as the fire of Spring stirs below the surface of the snow. This Pisces New Moon of Feb 2017 also bring with it a solar eclipse, […]

Dancing With The Muse: Living A Creative Life

“Creativity is defined as the ability to transcend traditional ideas, rules, patterns, relationships or the likes, to create meaningful new ideas, forms, methods, interpretations… etc. It is often synonymous with words such as inventiveness, imagination, innovation, originality and individuality.” ~ Erica Djossa When I was a child I wrote stories, made up worlds, drew comic […]

Last Year’s Words, Next Year’s Voice

For last year’s words belong to last year’s language And next year’s words await another voice. ~ T.S. Eliot Each year I take a conscious pause in my teaching schedule during the winter holidays. I do this so that I can catch my breath after the busy autumn season and so that I can take stock […]

Align With The Magic of Deep Winter: 9 Simple Rituals

Deep winter is the time of long dark nights on either side of the Winter Solstice in the Northern Hemisphere, a  season that can support us in drawing inwards, tending to our hearth fires, and remembering what is most sacred to us- both as individuals, and as beings who are part of a larger web […]

A Time To Pause: The Invitation of Winter Solstice

The Winter Solstice, commonly known as the longest night of the year, will occur sometime between Dec 20-22nd in the Northern Hemisphere each year and has historically been celebrated by many cultures as a feast day. Many winter holiday celebrations begin on this day, often with a focus on celebrating light in all forms.  Personally I […]

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