Autumn is rapidly approaching. The mornings so warm they startled you, and the long evenings filled with tree energy are waning, leaving a slighty sharper edge to the air. Autumn brings clarity. A space to think clearly. This late summer has brought to me the gift of time and the courage to use it. I … Continue reading Autumn Is Coming
Today, I'm headed up to a stream near Lake Placid, NY, that has fabulous rock-hounding. I have a show in a few weeks and I want to make some more jewelry with local stones. My husband and I have gone there several times, and it is beautiful with a great spiritual feeling: when I leave … Continue reading Headed up to Lake Placid today
This is the Boreas River, up on 28N, near Minerva and Newcomb, NY.
WARNING: Make sure you are harvesting Artemesia, and not Hemlock! They look similar! The many healing uses of this remarkable plant! this info is directly from this site: http://thegrownetwork.com/for-the-love-of-mugwort-7-uses-for-mugwort/ Now let’s look at the many interesting edible and medicinal uses of mugwort, the reasons why this wonderful lady is a sure keeper. #1 – Flavorful … Continue reading Artemesia- aka Mugwort- Its Many Uses
We went rock hounding to find some rocks for my jewelry; I have been using natural stones in it as much as possible recently. I got some nice diopside, blue calcite and quartz, some with diopside. We first went to Cascade Lake, up past Keene, NY. Then we went to the Roaring Brook hiking area … Continue reading A Day of Rock Hounding
We have had very hot weather in upstate NY the past few days, but this morning felt like a more typical spring day. As I walked down my driveway this morning, it was about 65 degrees and I was greeted by these crab apple blossoms. I think the long, dark winter is over for now.
So I was out of sorts today, and didnt want to make jewelry or pottery. My husband and I decided to,go north to Keene Valley, NY to go rock hounding. We sure found a lot!! The first picture is green diopside. This is calcite with garnet in it. These are blue calcite with diopside in … Continue reading A Rockhounding Day
I am pulling some cards today from the wonderful card deck by Stephen D. Farmer. I pulled a monkey card - here is the text from Farmer's Guide: No matter what's happening right now, you have got to be able to adjust to the circumstances at hand, then generate creative solutions or ideas and act … Continue reading Power Animal Oracle Cards
I've been remiss. When I left Nan Moss' weather shamanism workshops II and III, I promised lightning I'd write about it, and I haven't been. So here are a few fun facts about lightning: Only 1/4 of lightning is from cloud to ground Lightning can occur inside clouds, between clouds and from clouds to the … Continue reading More Facts About Lightning
We had a wonderful Learn To journey and Find your Power Animal workshop yesterday, at Namaste Yoga in Saratoga - the space is beautiful and the people who attended had beautiful, open hearts. I am so blessed to have learned about shamanism.