Beltane :: The Time is Now!

We were anointed with rose oil and asked if we were prepared to enter the circle. Once we answered we passed through the ribbons and into sacred space. There were branches laid out in a circle around the fire pit, one for each of us and we were instructed to stand behind the branch of our choosing. As soon as I took my place I was overcome with emotion. Surveying the scene: the pink sunset; the bend in the creek; and my beautiful circle sisters and brothers. I welled up with joyful tears. Read more... about Beltane :: The Time is Now!

Luscious Lilacs, I Love You So!

The magical properties of lilac are numerous and rely on it's jubilant fragrance to uplift the spirit. From protection to invoking joy the flowers of lilacs have the power to transform gloom into hope. Some even believe they have the ability to drive away ghosts which might be applicable if they're causing trouble, otherwise I think they attract all manner of benevolence, spirits included. I do know for certain they are quite strong and because they peak at Beltane they offer a portal into the world of the fey, who are just beyond the veil at this time of year. I can think of no other offering that is quite as suitable to Flora, the May Queen, herself.  Read more... about Luscious Lilacs, I Love You So!

Wash, Rinse, Repeat :: Sage & Aloe Soap

Sturdy sage plants renew themselves in my zone four garden each spring. I study their resilience and ability to survive the grueling Montana winter where we frequently spend days, if not weeks, frozen in sub-zero temperatures. I want to be more like these plants, to endure bitter cold and still thrive. I make medicine from them and use them to cook with understanding that if I ask with a pure heart, the sage will impart it’s wisdom to me. It tells me to let go of what no longer serves me so that I can focus on my roots. If I do that, I too will be renewed in spring. Read more... about Wash, Rinse, Repeat :: Sage & Aloe Soap