Altar is set, now to plan the feast! The planning process is quite similar to planning the altar arrangement. First let us consider what Beltane is all about. We are celebrating the rebirth of spring. So any and all spring foods, wether cultivated, foraged, or caught, are a welcome treat. A traditional food we love […]
Most people, nowadays, don’t really think about where all the clothes that they wear come from. However, there has been a kind of revolution in fiber arts recently. Knitting and crocheting have always been something that people did, mostly women of course. I even remember my great grandmother doing tatting, a form of crocheting with fine thread to create lace and doilies, while she would listen to the radio at night.
Beltane is a time when many things can grow. Not only do we plant seeds in the earth, but in our hearts and souls as well. We dig deep to discover what crops we wish to grow in the coming seasons. Keeping this in mind, we begin selecting altar pieces and offerings. Being a mixed […]
Since ancient times roses have been known to be, not only beautiful, but a nutritional and medicinal powerhouse. It was also used as a constituent in perfume. Greek, Romans and Phoenician cultures considered large gardens of roses to be as important as orchards and wheat. The oil used in perfume was the essential oil of […]
My homestead philosophy has always been that this lifestyle is an investment. An investment in our health, our security, and our future. There are, what seems like, an infinite number of ways to house rabbits. From colonies to cages, the cost of your set up will be determined by a couple of factors. Climate, local […]
Somewhere between 1979 and 1980, Rosemary Gladstar, a master herbalist, created an amazing herbal vinegar that started a long tradition for herbalists. As herbalists, we believe in community. We believe that sharing common knowledge about herbs, their availability and their ability to heal is integral to our communities being responsible for their own health. I […]
If you have ever walked by a shop selling crystals or attended a gem & mineral show, you completely get the lure of beautiful stones. These stones are not just pretty. Each element and stone vibrate at a particular frequency. There are so many different types: Rough, tumbled smooth, fossilized, faceted… Stones and crystals come […]
I’m sure that you have heard of people talking about earthing. What exactly is earthing? Why is it important? It is incredibly important to understanding our physical, mental and spiritual health.
Especially in times such as these, I need something to keep me grounded to my path. I do this by practicing a daily ritual that I keep separate from my prayers and offerings with the family. I use two stones, some know them as Grandfather stones, to help me channel the energy I want and […]
In my neck of the woods the growing season is a bit short. Zone 4 we have an average last frost date of May 15, and average first frost date of September 15. So to ensure we get a harvest from crops like tomatoes, melons, and peppers, we start our seeds indoors 6-8 weeks before […]