herbs & herbalism

mooning over willow

mooning over willow

Let me be completely transparent: I have a very special “thing” for willow. In spite of the fact that we live in the dry, high desert plains of New Mexico (a place not known for being hospitable to thirsty trees), we have an enormous willow […]

mooning over calendula

mooning over calendula

I appreciated the healing nature and golden magic of calendula, commonly called marigold, long before I began working with it in my massage and aromatherapy practices: calendula oil was the first thing a wise woman gave me to soothe my cramps when they paralyzed me […]

mooning over elder

mooning over elder

On a recent wild-crafting hike, I came across enough Elder bushes at the peak of bloom to call forth memories of my Danish grandmother’s garden. The experience got me thinking about the lore behind Elder… Elder is steeped in magical lore and archetypal association. Part […]

oils & herbs for cancer (the moonchild)

oils & herbs for cancer (the moonchild)

Sign of the Zodiac: Cancer, also known as the Moonchild House of Zodiac: Fourth House Dates of Transit: Enters 6/22, Departs 7/22 Elemental Association: Water – Cardinal Ruling Planet: The Moon Rules: Breasts, Breastbone, Stomach, Digestive System, Lower Ribs, Womb, and Pancreas Gender: Feminine Polarity: […]

oils & herbs for gemini

oils & herbs for gemini

Sign of the Zodiac: Gemini House of Zodiac: Third House Dates of Transit: Enters 5/21, Departs 6/20 Elemental Association: Air – Mutable Ruling Planet: Mercury Polarity: Positive Rules: Hands, Fingers, Arms, Shoulders, Upper Ribs, Lungs, Bronchial Tracts, Trachea, Thymus Gland, Nerves and Nervous system Welcome […]

oils & herbs for taurus

oils & herbs for taurus

Sign of the Zodiac: Taurus House of Zodiac: Second House Dates of Transit: Enters 4/20, Departs 5/20 Elemental Association: Earth – Fixed Ruling Planet: Venus/Terra Rules: Throat and Neck, Larynx and Thyroid, Voice We are always excited to find Taurus actively in the heavens as […]

oils & herbs for capricorn

oils & herbs for capricorn

Sign of the Zodiac: Capricorn House of Zodiac: Tenth House Dates of Transit: Enters 12/22, Departs 1/20 Elemental Association: Earth – Cardinal Ruling Planet: Saturn Rules: Skeleton & Bony Structure, Joints (knees in particular), Skin By now, we are well into–indeed almost out of!–the sign […]



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