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Brigid: The Healer

Content warning: Mention of pregnancy loss. As January reaches its apex and slides into February, I can feel the influence of Brigid more strongly in my life again. We are nearing her feast day, La Fheile Bride, Imbolc, Candlemas. She has been a healing presence in my life since the loss of my first pregnancyContinue reading “Brigid: The Healer”

The Veiled Lady

Recently, I posted a picture of myself working on my Materia Medica in which I am wearing a head covering. I tried to pre-emptively explain it because in the past, when I’ve covered my head in public, I’ve gotten a fair number of comments or questions about it. But then a friend pointed out thatContinue reading “The Veiled Lady”

Herbal Rituals: Pine

It is a new month and a new plant to explore in Judith Berger’s Herbal Rituals. The focus plant in December is pine, which is already quite prevalent in mundane celebration this month. I was thrilled to find some beautiful white pines in our local park, well away from the roadways, and private enough forContinue reading “Herbal Rituals: Pine”

Meet the Cailleach

It is that pre-dawn time and I lay in bed, half-waking, half-dreaming. In my half-dream, I am in a wide field. Around me stands a ring of stones and I stand in front of one, much larger, and polished like a dark mirror. Beside it is an old woman. Her silver-grey hair spreads out inContinue reading “Meet the Cailleach”

Herbs for the Otherworld with Asia Suler of One Willow Apothecaries

Samhain is traditionally the time when the boundary between our world and the Otherworld is at its thinnest, and, like many of us, I have felt the tug of the Otherworld leading into Samhain and since. So to encourage, support, and connect with those impulses, I thought I would add to my herbal education withContinue reading “Herbs for the Otherworld with Asia Suler of One Willow Apothecaries”

Plants and Ancestors with Regina Pritchett of In Her It Blooms

I mentioned in passing that I had participated in a class called “Plants and Ancestors” with Regina Pritchett of In Her It Blooms, but I felt compelled to write a post specifically discussing my experiences of the class and how it has deepened my practice over the last week or so. The class was inContinue reading “Plants and Ancestors with Regina Pritchett of In Her It Blooms”

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