There is more than one way to bear fruit

This year, in my Full Moon Women’s Circle, we have been working with the information from Lasara Firefox Allen’s book, Jailbreaking the Goddess. In it, she encourages us to look beyond biology so that we can rehumanize women in our society. As long as women are defined by their “usefulness” to society (through childbearing and…

Reading for October – We are of the Earth

Queen of Pentacles from The Starman Tarot by Davide and Esther De Angelis “We are all part of Mother Earth: an indivisible, living community of interconnected systems. Evidence of exploitation and contamination of the lands, over the years, has lead to corrosive deterioration and destruction, threatening the diversity of life, including our own. If we…

Spring Energies (from the March newsletter)

The Spring Equinox (3/20 21:58GMT) is about balance. The days and nights are equal in length right now (depending on where you live), and non-Christians around the world tend to celebrate fertility at this time. Even the secular version of Easter is all about fertility. Eggs! Bunnies! Springtime! To me, Spring is the beginning of…

The Cross Quarter in the beginning of February

The beginning of February (2/4 this year) is one of the cross-quarters (the midpoint between a solstice and equinox) of the year. The two in May and November mark the thinning of the veil; some people know them as Beltaine (or May Day) and Samhain (or Halloween, or Dio De los Muertos, or All Saints…

Conscious Gardening: BAICS recap

Every third Sunday of the month, a group of us gets together for community, learning, and ice cream; we call it the Black Arts Ice Cream Social. It is open to the public. We have a short presentation on the topic of the month, followed by discussion and general fellowship; there is also a raffle….

The dust storm on Mars: symbolism and paradigm shift

“A martian dust storm that started in late May, silencing NASA’s Opportunity rover, has now wrapped itself around the entirety of Mars, radically transforming the appearance of the Red Planet. Amateur astronomers are taking pictures of the storm through backyard telescopes, and even naked-eye observers say they can see changes in the planet’s color.” –SpaceWeather…

Grandmother Tree

While I was in the mountains over New Year’s weekend, I had occasion to commune with a tree. To be fair, I had occasion to commune with many trees, but this one stood out. She was large, with a thick trunk, although she wasn’t a redwood. She didn’t have a visible Ent, and yet she…

Plant Hike

I went on an amazing plant walk in Malibu Creek State Park this weekend, facilitated by Tellur Fenner of the Blue Wind Botanical Medicine Clinic & Education Center in Ukiah, CA.

Empower Your Calendar

I noticed that my calendar was telling me the the Ides of May were this upcoming weekend, and I couldn’t remember why I’d made a note of it, so I went puttering around the internet, like ya do, in search of more information. I still don’t know why I made a note of it, but…

Living in Harmony

When we live in more urbanized areas, it’s considerably more challenging to connect to the Spirit of Place, to nature, and to the ancestors (I am using the term here to signify those who used the land before us). I find, though, that even in the heart of Nature, in places like Maui, many non-local…