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St. Joan’s Wort ~ The Soul’s Journey

I have been gathering and harvesting St. Joan’s Wort, Hypericum perforatum for over twenty years now. This plant is a European immigrant and thought by some to be a noxious weed. What is really true about this plant is that she is an amazing healer offering us a type of nourishment for the soul. St. […]

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there is so much not to know

do we have to understand everything? once long ago, I was afraid to be around other herbalists everyone knew more than me Then I was struck with the notion I would be “She Who Does Not Know”. everyone knew things I didn’t feel like I knew anything this was the beginning of the path. I […]

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To Be Perfectly Honest, It Feels a Bit Chaotic

Today I was out in the garden to weed a little, but mostly to tend and plant. It is a pretty wild scene out there. We have had a lot of rain in the past nine months and now we are having a lot of sun. Spring was dark and wet and also very nurturing […]

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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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