Darkness and illumination. These words resonate with the Autumnal Equinox. That time of year when nights slowly become longer, plants shed their leaves and energy goes down to the roots. This time is also under the auspice of the Hecate archetype, which has fascinated me for years. I finally took time to understand what this figure represents and I invite you to join me as I explore Illumination, Darkness, Hecate and two plants that embody some of her messages.
You Are Not Your Emotions Emotions seem to be some sort of mystical trickery don't they? They make the heart race or slow down, change the breath and overall seem to get the best of us. But that is not the case. No, really. The basic needs of our bodies directly impact our AFFECT which … Continue reading Myth of the Emotional Brain
Have you ever felt “out of sorts,” like you’re “living in your head,” “ungrounded” or tightly clenching to concepts, ideas or possessions? It may be a sign to start tending to the roots of your private garden, your root chakra. This is an energy vortex at base of your spine and seated at the perineum. … Continue reading Root Chakra Rituals
Change. There are times it comes with warning. Other times with a sudden breathless strike. Regardless, how do we cope with the aftermath? Symbols may help us articulate and see. Tools such as Aromatherapy may help us manage how we cope with change and associated stress. This article explores these themes and offers aromatherapy blending ideas and usage applications to help integrate change and possibly see the beauty in the fleeting.
Have you tried the "No Poo" method of hair washing but found it's not quite working for you? Fear not! Options like clay and simple plant based preparations such as infusions and hydrosols may be what you have been looking for.
Yarrow, the plant of "thousands of leaves" may bring an element of healing and protection to your life. This post includes an aromatherapy blend for a mood mist.
In Search of Basil Have you ever stumbled upon a piece of genius that stopped you in your tracks and uplifted you so much that it stayed with you and you chewed on it, ruminated on it for so long that it almost became you? That recently happened to me as I was searching for … Continue reading Your Other | Wild Side
Many things may be found along Earth's shorelines, where rocks and sand meet the rolling waters edge. Shells, rocks, washed up garbage. All sorts of detritus. Shells. I don't think of them as detritus. More like mysterious beauties shrouded in juxtapositions: seemingly solid yet often easily crushed. Hard minerals yet ephemeral. Light in weight but … Continue reading Shells: A Haiku & Ruminations
In deference to Earth Day the following is a reflection on a common relationship many of us humans may have with plants. It may be human nature or a cultural thing; what ever it is I've tried to stop doing it for a few years now. The "thing" being us humans thinking in terms of … Continue reading Earth Day: On Plants and Their “USES”
It can be easy finding moments of clarity and joy. Not in big, expensive things but in small broken things: wabi sabi. This joy is not euphoria, but a brightness that brings a calm evenness. Little things that stay with you and help keep you going. Like seeing a hawk soar, collecting beach glass or … Continue reading Broken Bits of Joy: A Haiku