E-journal · Herbalism

Just Journaling … yarrow flowers & working on the land.

I collected a bouquet from the garden in the mountains, a place we have worked on collectively for a while now.

This place is a collaborative project and the work is on going. Here is one day, a family work day, with the help of my sister & dad collecting rocks, my mom using power tools, and myself enjoying the scent of these medicinal flowers.

In this tarot deck, Yarrow, which represents the Ace of Air also stands for affirming limits & boundaries.

From the Herbcrafter’s Tarot.
DIY Health

Grateful for the Sun

A few years ago I began to learn of about the benefits of vitamin D and the necessity of sun exposure for all humans. That was when I lived in the Pacific Northwest of the USA, in the cloudy, rainy state of Oregon. Having grown up in California where most days are sunny, moving to Oregon and living through the nearly sun-less winter affected me & my moods very profoundly. Most winters I was mildly depressed and every year got a cough or cold. Eventually I learned to cope by spending winter in sunnier locations and eventually moved away. I love Oregon and all the greenery of the PNW but, I just need sun!

Oregon winter – cold & grey. & me, cold but still being active and outdoors ~ 2012

At first it was an intuitive thing, I didnt know the specifics of vitamin D or that I was deficient. But with time I got more information about vitamin D deficiency and learned that it is very common – many natural doctors attribute low vitamin D to a variety of ailments from depression to the likelihood of illness from exposure to pathogens. Modern naturopathic research is suggesting that people with sufficient levels of vitamin D are unlikely to become seriously ill from this current pandemic as well as the common cold & flu.

So, yeah, vitamin d is important and the very best way to accumulate vitamin D is by being out in the sun without sunscreen. Sunshine is free and available (almost) all year depending on where you live. And in the depths of winter eating vitamin D rich foods or taking supplements if necessary is recommended.

Ideally we would all be able to travel a bit to catch more sun for a while during the darkest months of the year – solar pilgramages! For me, living in a place with more sunny days was the solution. For those who love where they live or don’t want to move, consider adding foods with more vitamin D to the diet and just taking time every day for sun exposure, even when it’s cold out.

Me, on a fall day, catching the last rays of sun & doing some yard chores. Spending time outdoors, in the sun and in little or no clothing is essential to a healthy and happy life, for me at least.

I’m so grateful that the sun shines, what about you?

E-journal

Crafting with Moon Magick

Maybe it is the changing of the seasons. Or maybe it is the influence of the homesteading and green witch videos I have been watching lately. Either way I have been busy each day crafting, preserving, and making medicine.

Echinacea :: root medicine

Three springs ago I planted Echinacea seeds which bloomed into flowers each successive summer. Now it is fall here and I am beginning to harvest the roots because their immunity-supporting medicine is most potent after 2 or 3 years growing.

During the three days surrounding the full moon I have been preparing all kinds of medicinals – marmalade and teas and this immunity supporting tea with Echinacea roots & leaves as well as orange peel harvested in winter. In order to charge the tincture with the healing vibes of this most recent full moon in Virgo, I left the tinctures (sealed) outside in the garden to soak up the rays of the full moon.

Medicinal Marmalade

Since moving to this farm I have gotten to know a truly magical tree that lives on the edge of the woods. This tree is called Hawthorn and is abundant with medicine – flowers in the spring and bright red berries in the fall. Last spring I collected and dried a huge jar of the flowers and now I am working on recipes to encorporate the heart healing medicine of the berries.

Besides hawthorn, quince and rose hips are also in season so I made a marmalade with all three plus a little ginger & cinnamon to add some extra warmth as I we plan to eat these during the winter months.

I will post the recipe for this marmalade and pictures of the final product soon. Until then I wanted to share a few of my favorite magical channels that have been inspiring me, my herbalism practice and crafts lately:

Gardening

Capricorn Season :: in the garden

Capricorn is often seen as a pessimistic sign and usually associated with hard work.

My garden-based interpretation of Capricorn season as a time of Earth-based work. Depending on what season it is where you are, this could be a time for: adding mulch to garden beds, making compost and, planting seeds for the future (both metaphorical and physical).

Here, it is the height of summer, tomatoes are just starting to ripen and the first wave of sunflower blooms is occurring. The soil needs extra nourishment to continue on producing and another round of sowing seeds too.

Bumble bees enjoying the abundance of sunflowers in bloom.

If it is winter now for you, maybe this is the time for composting and planning for the upcoming growing season – planning is a very favorite activity of Capricorn.

During Capricorn season (December 21st to January 19th) and new year celebrations there is lots of discussion about planting (metaphorical) seeds and setting goals + intentions for this new year.

Seed saving dry beans for next year’s garden.

How does Capricorn factor into your birth chart? What planets or houses traversed the sign of Capricorn at the moment of your birth?

If you haven’t already, take a look at this section of your natal chart. This will help as a guide to how to best embody and work with the sign of Capricorn as well as working with the powers of the sun and venus which are both currently in this pragmatic & practical sign

And one last thing :: Happy New Year, many blessings for 2022!!