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Where there is fear, there is power

This essay was written 11 years ago, in mid-April, 2006 Just a week or so ago I returned from California where I attended a Shamanic Healing intensive through the Foundation for Shamanic Studies. It was incredible opportunity and I am changed because of it. It rained, actually poured for most of the time and the […]

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Wild Rose-What is Personal and Invisible

I wrote this essay last year, after our wild rose harvest.  It is almost time for that again.  The wild rose leaves are spicy and fragrant and the buds not yet visible.   It has been many years since I discovered the wild roses growing in abundance on our land. We moved here in December […]

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The Thirteen Best Weeds to Have in Your Garden

I wrote this essay a few years ago.  I decided it was time to bring it back because I still love weeds and we still need to sing their songs….and they are coming forth in abundance this year with all the rain.  I added three more weeds to the list.  A couple of years ago, […]

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I am a Green Witch

I am a green witch. I have been initiated into this practice. My green witch name is Crow’s Daughter. This is a calling for me. It used to frighten me because of what people say about witches. Witches are evil. Witches worship the devil. When I was very young, I knew only love and goodness. […]

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The Old Way is the New Way

I have been thinking about medicine and what it really is. What is happening with the plants is very much beyond the most common definition of medicine…”science and art of diagnosing and treating disease.” There is another definition though…medicine can be “a ritual practice and or shamanic practice.” Both these definitions were in the dictionary. […]

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We are Wholeness~A Holographic Perspective and Nourishing the Nervous System

The perspective of the hologram is one of the wise woman ways that can gives us a more accessible way of coping and also thriving in a world that appears to be so challenging. In the wise woman tradition, we aren’t really parts made into a whole. We are wholeness.  Thus, the nervous system is […]

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Stinging Nettle~Listening, Asking, Harvesting, Drying, Utilizing

Stinging Nettle is just coming up here at our farm. Its a bit later than usual this year.  When it is about six inche s tall, it looks to me like a purple-green dragon emerging from its cave of hibernation. I am thankful for the return of nettle to our Whidbey Island landscape. This plant […]

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Douglas Fir Vinegar-The Messy, Kitchen Table Method

I have been thinking a lot about the art of medicine making and how simple it is and how beautiful it is. To connect with the plants, to find out what they have for us, to gather the plants, to prepare the plants and to utilize the plants for healing. To be grateful. It is […]

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It Belongs to the Wind and the Rain

I wrote this essay almost two years ago.  I have come around the spiral again to this and thought it was a good one for our times.   “All changes, even the most longed for, have their melancholy, for what we leave behind us is a part of ourselves. We must die to one life […]

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Plant Cunning

Sometimes I find myself just looking at the plants in the garden.  I look up at the trees.  I notice a blade of grass, its shape, its sharpness and its bright green leaves.  I see and then I see more deeply.   When I first started studying herbalism, I would look at the plants to identify […]

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