It’s Today! 1 PM to 5 PM

Spring is finally inching her way over the Hills, not fast enough for most of us, but She has definitely arrived. The morning’s light snowfall yesterday  was gone by mid afternoon. It was mild enough for me to fill feeders and do yard chores in just a sweater and scarf. The exuberant chorus of starlings as I sit on the porch drinking afternoon chai creates an energy all its own, with the warming air and longer light, we can feel the shift in our bones and heart. It has been a strangely long winter, and the Quickening comes not a moment too soon.

Today I am busily preparing for the get-together in Rupert. My own herbal journey has been a long one and yet always feels like it’s just beginning, again. The First Aid course I’m taking with 7Song opens me to a world of practise that isn’t a standard part of my work;  starting a number of seeds this year that I have not grown before teaches patience and humility as I learn their needs and ways, how I will care for the seedlings. I spent too much time at my desk especially in winter – academic learning is just bursting to be applied in real life situations (not necessarily First Aid, but I have added a few items and medicines to my traveling/field kit and like to feel I am now very well prepared!) Perhaps above all, I love medicine making, creating new formulations to ease skin irritation and tummy upset and hasten the passing of a cold. There is always more to learn, try and develop – more to share.

Herbal honeys for warmth, immune system health and wound healing

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Today, the emphasis is on two things;  offering prayers for the land at this Sacred Tide, sending out prayer for healing the human Spirit, and the land who suffers from our lack of both heart and vision. Some quiet time in meditation,  as I continue my search to do more of what I love and still stay on top of my many demands in life. Prayers for me, for the trees, for us all. I couldn’t let the Equinox pass unacknowledged, busy life or no busy life.
And the second order of the day is baking! With the Herbal Potluck today I am getting ready – cookies, a lovely primavera I adapted years ago from the old Silver Palate, emblematic cookbook of that giddy era! and syrups, tea blends, Medicine balls.  The classes in Rupert are in their infancy and with my professional schedule I have not been able to devote the time to them I would hope for,  but this is about to change. With Spring’s arrival comes outdoor time – “weed” walks, gardening, outdoor classes, discovery. I’m looking at an all- day workshop this summer, on medicine making, where we will make tinctures, honeys, decoctions, vinegars and oxymels, salves and lotions and more. Planning a monthly walk through various parts of the local fields and forests to identify our many medicinal herbs and trees. Just sitting on the porch chatting about herbs, sounds pretty good to me about now.

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So; today. In my haste – that rushing-around thing I alluded to earlier – I neglected to notice there was no time on the poster! well, it’s an Open House kind of deal, so doors open at One, but you can come by anytime. We’re not doing a class, just a get-together, and trying to set up the film, too! It looks like I’ll need to bring my own tv equipment over, but that’s ok, it’s a short film and worth seeing. The important thing in my view is, we kick off the season with food and community and plenty of herbs! I am stoked to see both new faces and of course, the regulars.

Let the year ahead bring us both personal and collective healing and  love; let the  magic and beauty of the Green World show us the way.

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Herbal Potluck in Rupert – this Sunday

Checking in here this morning I can scarcely believe it’s been so long – almost three months! since I updated this blog. It’s not that I don’t think about it, and compile ideas for entries in my little book beside the computer…its just a total lack of time and energy, after the demands of my day job (which bleeds into evenings and weekends) and the work around here I have taken on since my partner’s absences have grown longer and more constant. Although herbs, medicine-making, teaching and studying about plant medicine and indeed, everything to do with herbs is the central passion of my life, I am finding I have to fit it in as I can, after the clients, students, writing commitments and blogging associated with my day job.  This is a serious imbalance, and one I hope the year ahead will see corrected. I do love my work with dogs and, at the risk of sounding boastful, I feel I bring a rare level of understanding and knowledge to the work I do in therapeutic nutrition and herbalism for animals. I don’t want or intend to step away from that entirely. I do however, need more room for beauty, creativity, silence, learning, sharing and magic – all the aspects of my life as a herbalist (and not Cat the Dog Woman) and exactly what I need to balance the stress and pressure of client deadlines, endless arguing about raw diet, and compassion fatigue.

I think this coming Equinox/SuperMoon/Solar eclipse is a time of change for me at last. If you’re not sure what that means, read about it here: https://medium.com/@emjacobi/what-happens-when-a-solar-eclipse-coincides-with-the-first-day-of-spring-b35db3a508ca

and from an astrological perspective, here: http://comfychairastrology.blogspot.ca/

“A Solar Eclipse is a New Moon – a highly charged and powerful New Moon, thereby giving us an opportunity to manifest new things in our lives. Eclipses by nature are a time of endings and beginnings.  Usually both, as one needs to have an ending before they can have a shiny new beginning.  This is especially true now since the eclipse is at 29 degrees of Pisces…the last degree of the sign. There is something we need to finalize, or let go of before we can burst through.”

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What it all comes down to, for me, is I can no longer live out of balance, with work a nonstop endeavour, and the deeper path of beauty and balance brushed aside like fallen leaves in an autumn storm. I would wish this kind of transformative energy for all who attune to the wisdom of the stars, along with the courage to make use of it!.  As Joseph Campbell famously wrote” Follow your bliss!” and it sounds so simple, but I am well and truly terrified, at the same time exhilarated and energized. The classes in Rupert are one part of this movement toward a greater happiness and a sense of fulfilling my purpose.
And, I have a little celebration planned.

On Sunday March 22 – 2 days past the Equinoctial Super-shift, there will be an open house/herbal potluck at the Rupert Community Centre.

Unlike the past classes (and all the lovely offerings planned for the months ahead) this is more of a get-together, to share herbal goodies and celebrate the arrival of Spring. (One hopes we won’t have 3 feet of snow, as is all too possible in this part of the world, but happily, not expected this year). Bring a dish that features one or more of your favorite herbs – a garlic bread, a special pesto, a soup, salad, rice dish – a dessert. (I am definitely including chocolate as a herb here, of course). We are hoping to watch the wonderful film “Numen:The Healing Power of Plants”, just seeking the AV equipment we need! I’ll bring a table load of books to consider, and a number of my own herbal goodies and creations. This is to be a fun day of socializing and gathering connections for the year ahead.

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Here is Caroline Citrine’s wonderful poster for the event.

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Registration is not required, but feel free to give me a call and let me know you’re coming. It helps to have an idea of how many rosemary/chocolate/wildcherry cookies to bake, for one thing.

I am so looking forward to seeing you soon!

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