Well, I was so busy this fall that I skipped a month of updates.
I have had a wonderful time visiting with friends all over the U.S., and I have begun a certification course in CranioSacral Therapy that will have me in Orlando, FL, eight times in the next two years. I am really excited!
On the home front, I have decanted and sampled some fabulous tincture, oxymel, elixir and infused oil of Goldenrod!!! She was quite magnificent this year and her medicine is divine! I will share more (and some pics) in a later post.
This post is light on pics, but heavy on gratitude. I was asked to create a ritual to connect with Mother Earth, and I thought I would post it here. If you would like to use this little ceremony, let me know; I would love to join my intentions with yours as we strengthen right relationship with her.
Earth Harmony Ritual
We earth children love our Mother, and while we give back to her through feeding our animal siblings, planting trees, recycling and many other wonderful activities, we also have a deep need to connect with her on a spirit level. This ritual has been created in the hope that you will be inspired, in your own creative way, to connect with our Mother through your senses, through ritual and through intention.
Take time to walk outside. Visit your yard, a park, your favorite sit spot, or any place that calls to you. Walk slowly… mindfully… with a heart of meditation, and engage your senses. Take a few steps, stop, and look around you. Notice what is on the ground as you walk softly on the earth. Before you return to your home, notice a gift that has been left for you. It may be a leaf, an acorn, a feather, a stone, pine needles, etc. Give gratitude and, when you return home, place this gift on your altar (or in a place that is meaningful to you). Do this exercise several times, and accumulate gifts from Mother.
When you feel you have collected enough material, sit with these items and allow Spirit to tell you what to do with them. You can create something biodegradable with them or you may simply arrange them in a way that is meaningful to you. Let your creativity and intuition guide you.
After creating your piece or arrangement, infuse it with intentions of your choice: love, healing, balance, peace, nourishment, etc… you may do this one time or over a period of several days.
Finally, take your special gift and return it to Mother Earth, asking that she be nourished with your offering. Visualize her accepting and harmonizing with your intentions. Give gratitude.
~And so it is.
Ever in her service,