Even though we are past traditional harvest season, we can enjoy the tastes of winter in our locales. There is an abundance of edible plants in all seasons, and winter is no exception. Here in Vancouver, BC, I'm surprised by just how much choice there is! On yesterday’s nature walk, I foraged a handful of… Continue reading Foraged Winter Cedar Tea
Wisdom from Seanmháthair Gealach (Grandmother Moon) Day 18, Waning Gibbous Moon 🌖 5 days to Winter Solstice As we approach Winter Solstice — The North in the Medicine Wheel, home of Mama Earth — this is a natural time for introspection, to dig deeper into our Selves, and a good time to examine our relationship… Continue reading An Offering Bag for Ayni with Mama Earth
Foraging in the urban environment in which I live can be challenging.... but so rewarding! Besides the treats I bring home for use in the kitchen or in herbal earth medicine preparations, foraging activities bring me closer to Mother Earth and her cycles of birth, growth, death and regeneration. It also connects me with my… Continue reading Getting closer to Mother Earth – why I forage
I ended up foraging in an unexpected spot yesterday — my in-laws' front garden! As we approached their front door, I detected a lovely lemon fragrance so asked my father-in-law what he had growing. His reply, "Oh, those are just weeds... I can't get rid of them!" So with my handy secateurs (always in the trunk… Continue reading When life gives you weeds, make tea!
Yes, as this quote advises us... It is definitely time to reconnect to the Magick of the Earth! And it is the perfect time to connect - or reconnect - with the crafts and skills of our Ancestors. So many household skills and crafts that were practised by previous generations - even those practised recently… Continue reading Connect to Earth Magick through ancestral skills
At this time of year, I used to envy my friends with gardens. Being an apartment dweller - with a very shady balcony - I haven't successfully grown a lot of herbs. But I love using fresh herbs in cooking, so was always grateful for friends with an over-abundance of herbs, which I gratefully swapped… Continue reading Summer all year: extend the life of your herbs