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Herbs for Back Support

In this video, I discuss my Back Support tincture for lower back issues, like nerve pain and bulging discs. Valerian for muscle spasm.

Also, Take it Easy is often helpful for headaches with a neck components that is twisty--like asymmetrical whiplash or a waking with a kinked neck. Black Cohosh tincture is more suited for symmetrical whiplash. 

All herbs mentioned above are available on this site!

 

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New Moon in Gemini, Astrological Update

New Moon in Gemini, Astrological Update

The new moon will be exact at 9 degrees of Gemini on Monday, May 30th at 4:31 am PST and 7:31 am ET. 

Gemini is an air sign that is associated with quick-wittedness, social butterflying, communication (social media), gossip (:/), arms and lungs. This is a good time to set intentions around these areas of your life. If you are too shy to talk, consider doing some wild arm-waving dance moves (either way, The Social). No gossiping to reduce? Lighten the load on your lungs and quit tobacco with our help ;). Try to get out in the fresh air and enjoy the freedom that the outside brings us as we deal with the seemingly never-ending battle with COVID. 

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De-Stress and Engage

De-Stress and Engage

From the newsletter, 

I am hearing and feeling a lot of grief and frustration related to the shooting in Uvalde, TX, and the threats to women's rights. I find that a combination of self-care, involving plant medicine and mindfulness, as well as taking action helps me feel less depressed and more hopeful.  

 

Some of my favorite herbs for frustrating times include: 

Guerrilla Puffs, a smoking blend to help you stay politically engaged and fighting in the face of injustice, mass hysteria and fear campaigns.

Clear Mind, a smoking blend for centering. 

Mother's Little Helper, is an herbal tea for anyone suffering from prolonged stress. It helps maintain mental clarity while soothing your nervous system.

Color Wheel, a flower and gem essence for seeing the color and beauty and not just the madness or bleakness.

Both gun control and abortion rights are issues that the majority of the US is unhappy about how the government is handling matters. Even when I am not sure if my actions will cause any positive change, it feels better to take action rather than give up. 

Please take some time to contact your senator and ask for gun regulation, to protect abortion rights and to eliminate the filibuster.

 

I recommend developing a practice of yoga, breathwork and/or meditation. Here is a link to my youtube playlist with some meditation practices. These practices are invaluable to me. I feel they have contributed to a feeling of connection to the world around me, to the healing of my body from twenty-some chronic illnesses and most importantly they allow me to center as needed, even in very difficult times. When you have more inner peace, you have more ability to direct your life. 

 

Since it is Gemini season and it is hard to be too serious, here is my list of videos for dark times. Most are just stuff that makes me laugh :)

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The Eclipse and the Battle for Abortion Rights

The Eclipse and the Battle for Abortion Rights

Total Lunar Eclipse in Scorpio

The moon is at its fullest and is totally eclipsed on May 15th at 9:14 pm PST, 12:14 am ET on May 16th, at 25 degrees of Scorpio. Scroll down for the astrological chart from astro.com.

This is a fascinating eclipse. The tension is extremely high, it is not just a full moon, it is a super moon. It is not just an eclipse, it is a total eclipse. The polarity between the moon in Scorpio and the sun in Taurus is squared by Saturn in Aquarius. The Scorpio/Taurus axis is the axis of possession. In a T-square, the squaring planet (Saturn in this case) offers guidance and insight as to how the tension will likely be managed. Eclipses happen along the nodal axis. This means the collective desires (symbolized by the north and south nodes) are further amplified. The potential reversal of Roe v. Wade epitomizes this eclipse. I shall explain and you can see if similar dynamics of control and wounding/undermining women are happening in the microcosm of your life. 

The Scorpio Eclipse and the nodes in Scorpio and Taurus deal with possession. The dark side of Taurus is relating to the aesthetically pleasing and the physical world through ownership without honoring. Think of Nazi Germany, stealing art and human labor.  The dark side of Scorpio often relates to sexual control, manipulation, and power struggles. Think of the many stories of sexual abuse by people in power coming into the media. It is not pretty. The rulers of the sun and moon during an eclipse are important. In this case, these planets are Venus (ruler of Taurus) and Mars and Pluto (night and day rulers of Scorpio respectively). I will look at all three as they play significant roles at this potentially pivotal time. 

At the time of this eclipse, Venus and Chiron are closely conjunct in Aries.  Chiron represents a wound but, also the healing that we are better at offering others than ourselves. Venus represents the feminine and refining. Removing a woman's right to choose injures (Chiron) the woman and also forces her life to be more about her ability to birth (Aries) and, ideally, nurture, (also Chiron, having one's life wounded but supporting another's). It also hinders her ability to refine --choosing what is best to grow at what time. Chiron in Aries brings up issues around self-worth. When abortion rights are restricted, women are legally considered worth less as individuals (Chiron in Aries) than as baby-producing units. 

Pluto in Capricorn is in harmonious aspect to the eclipse. I see Pluto in this as represented by SCOTUS and generally the politicians who are working to overturn Roe v. Wade against the wishes of the majority of the US citizens. Pluto in Capricorn shows us corruption in the government and it is working harmoniously with the themes of possessing (Scorpio/Taurus nodes and eclipse) and the wounded woman (Chiron Venus conjunction in Aries).

Mars is in conjunction with Neptune in Pisces. Mars is not at home in Pisces and the addition of Neptune makes for a bit of a wild card. Mars represents the male, assertive energy and Pisces is a very passive sign. Together with Neptune in Pisces this could lead to a sense of romanticism (feeling the desire to rescue women) in men collectively or swing to an extreme of paranoia (feeling the need to save the 'baby'). At best Mars in Pisces and Neptune is extremely compassionate and loves unconditionally. The insistently (Mars) compassionate (Neptune and Pisces) male (Mars) voice is very much needed in this battle about the rights of women over their bodies. This conjunction is also working harmoniously with the eclipse. This can be supportive of women's rights in this astrological interpretation. The Mars/Neptune angle can speak to the various concerns with compassion towards the ugliness that is being brought up by the Scorpio South Node transit. The higher vibration can also teach how to support and nurture (positive qualities of Taurus) the feminine. 

With Saturn in Aquarius, squaring the eclipse, we can expect a very strong effort to restructure things around this issue in a progressive way, which would maintain or expand abortion rights. Saturn in Aquarius relates to the government (Saturn) being the people (Aquarius)--as a democracy the people have the power in this situation. Make your voice heard. IT IS ESSENTIAL that men raise their voices too. There will not be the interpretation of a majority without your strong presence. The call is clear: the people of the US, the actual majority, must seize their power. Now one will do it for us. Not even our elected officials. We must show them that we intend to enforce the intent behind our democracy and not allow manipulation of the law for the benefit of the minority. 

Jupiter just moved into Aries (the sign of the warrior) from Pisces. The energy is here now to fight. If this issue is not managed now I believe it will erupt when Pluto finally exits Capricorn to enter Aquarius briefly in March 2023. Around this time, Jupiter visits the exact placement of Venus and Chiron at the current eclipse. Additionally, the sun, Mercury and Neptune will be at approximately the same point where Mars and Neptune are this weekend.  It seems likely that the law at this time will either support or magnify this wound. It is up to us, and especially the voice of compassionate males, to push this in the direction we desire. The direction of autonomy for women (Venus in Aries). 

The impact of an eclipse is typically felt up to a month beforehand and up to siz months after. Observe how these events are playing out over this time period. 

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Yarrow for Warriors

Yarrow for Warriors

from today's newsletter

Yarrow, or Achillea Millefolium, is the pink flower pictured above. The typical flower used medicinally is white. Other types of yarrow are used in flower essences as well. Pink is often used for healing the energetic field, which imparts strength and resilience to attacks. 

Historically Yarrow was used on battlefields for cuts to the artery. I have seen it save people from trips to the emergency department. It is helpful with moderating blood in general, making it excellent support to people who bleed (especially menstruators). Clear the wound of any debris before applying yarrow on or near an injury. I usually prefer the tincture for this. If you are wounded in the field and see some, you can chew the yarrow and place it next to a rinsed wound. It should quickly slow or stop bleeding.

On an energetic level, yarrow is helpful for healing holes in the energetic field which can be caused by various types of trauma, including physical injury. Healing the energetic field gives the person a sense of strength, solidity, and impermeability that makes it much easier to press forward into battle or just our everyday lives without feeling overwhelmed by others. 
For bleeding or clotting issues, energetic maintenance, and (in the case of Astral in Body) giggles...I recommend yarrow. It is an herb no home should be without.

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4/29 Newsletter: Devil's Club and the Taurus Solar Eclipse

4/29 Newsletter: Devil's Club and the Taurus Solar Eclipse

This new moon is also a solar eclipse. It happens in the Earth sign Taurus, close to the planet Uranus. Uranus has a more objective handle on things and is not afraid to disrupt everything to offer fresh alternatives. Keep an open mind...if something unfortunate or unexpected happens, shout "plot twist" and observe for silver linings or unearthed gold. 

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Full Moon in Libra Astrology Update

Full Moon in Libra Astrology Update

Today, 4/13, Jupiter is conjunct Neptune in Pisces at 24 degrees. These are the two rulers of Pisces joined together. It is a very auspicious celestial moment. Are you feeling the dreamy energy? I find it hard to ignore! This rare and beautiful aspect hasn't happened since 1856. To add to the magic, Venus is also in Pisces, which is its sign of exaltation. 

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