March Blog 2017 – Record warmth in the middle of winter

It has been oddly warm up here on the mountain. Last Saturday there was a confirmed tornado less than an hour away from me, a never before seen event in February here in Massachusetts. This week we are supposed to careen between record warmth and cold (but not cold enough to snow or have a hard freeze). It hardly feels like New England any more.

As many of you know there was recently a call to do a magical working to stop Trump.   As I saw it, this was a spell to protect the people and the Earth from the ravages of his climate change denying and pro-billionaire (not the common folk) administration.

I am not a Biblical scholar. But the night before I kept getting the message to look at Revelation 20. I didn’t know where that came from and I had no idea what it was about so I looked it up. It was eerily appropriate;

“The Thousand Years 

20 And I saw an angel coming down out of heaven, having the key to the Abyss and holding in his hand a great chain. 2 He seized the dragon, that ancient serpent, who is the devil, or Satan, and bound him for a thousand years. 3 He threw him into the Abyss, and locked and sealed it over him, to keep him from deceiving the nations anymore until the thousand years were ended. After that, he must be set free for a short time.”

The spell as it was written called on “demons” but I didn’t call any “demons” because I don’t know what those are, really, and I have no relationship with them whatsoever. And when I called on the ancestors Jefferson, Adams, and Washington showed up which was a surprise. They were, after all, the ones who penned freedom of religion, freedom of the press, and freedom of assembly into the Constitution, rights which are currently under threat. When it was done I sent the cleared, clean energy to every corner of the USA, adding in a Sanskrit mantra of peace for good measure.

This past Yule a Druid friend sent me a painting he did of the Morrígan, the ancient Celtic “Great Queen” and battle Goddess. She is depicted in a flowing red dress, holding two spears, and accompanied by three crows (or ravens). The odd thing is I had a dead crow in my driveway this winter, a large beautiful, impossibly black bird over a foot in length from beak to tail. I buried it with reverence near my front door.  Ever since I have been privileged to host three huge black crows (or ravens?) at my bird feeder every day.

Is this a coincidence? Or am I being “chosen” by the Morrígan in my later years? I have been a devotee of Brighid, the Patroness of Druids and Bards and Goddess of Poetry, Smithcraft and Healing, for the past thirty years. I admit that I spend a lot of time every day worrying about Trump and thinking of ways to get the word out, to protect the nation, the Earth and her creatures. Perhaps I am destined for a rather feisty old age.

Below you will find the usual collection of archeology, herb, climate and nature news, and of course politics and ethics. And a few announcements about my books and workshops. Please enjoy the read!

*And remember that you can order signed copies of my books from this website!*


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October blog 2015 A Full Moon Eclipse brings needed change to the world

This past Moonth we experienced record heat here in New England, it was a record 96 degrees in mid-September and I found myself floating in a local pond, something New Englanders would not expect to be doing in early fall. I feel very grateful to be living in a rural area; a great blue heron flew overhead and the local kids screamed with delight and awe at the sight. No video games for them, they have the real thing in their back yard.

Secret Medicines from Your Garden

Secret Medicines from Your Garden

Late in September I went to California to visit the redwoods and the sea and to teach a class in formula making and case taking at the Philo School of Herbal Energetics, the weekend of September 26/27. This new book covers a lot of what I taught in the class. It will be out in March, 2016 but you can pre-order now.

Secret Medicines from Your Garden
Plants for Healing, Spirituality, and Magic
A guided exploration of herbal lore and healing plants found in yards, forests, meadows, and hedgerows

While there I and three others decided to go to a mountaintop to observe the Full Moon eclipse. We brought chairs and a bottle of wine and expected to have the view to ourselves. Much to our surprise when we got there, there was quite a crowd. Being Californians they turned the mystical event into a party, bottles of local wine and other smoked substances were passed around. Several folks brought telescopes and I was privileged to observe the Moon up close as the eclipse progressed. I had never looked through such a powerful scope; I could clearly see a huge crater and another big treat, I was able to see Saturn for the very first time. What a gorgeous yellow jewel of a planet Saturn is, the rings were clearly visible as golden haloes of light.

But the most amazing thing of all was the Milky Way, Caer Arianrhod, which stretched in all its glory and spangled with stars from one horizon to the other. The stars were clearer than even those I have seen in desert skies and an astronomer on the hill told me that the only time you can see it like that is during a Full Moon eclipse. That won’t be possible again for another thirty years!

Eclipses presage change and this one was exceptionally powerful. Shortly after the eclipse the speaker of the House resigned, Shell abruptly decided to cancel its plans to drill in the arctic, and China signed a ban on importation of ivory. It feels like we are entering a new and hopeful phase where many things are possible.


*Reminder – you can order my books from this web site and get a signed copy!*


  • My six month herbal intensive that I teach near Amherst, MA starts October 17. Write to me for further details;
    October 17, 2015 – April, 2016
    Two Saturdays a month, 1-5 PM near Amherst, MA
    The Western Massachusetts School of Herbal Studies
    Intro to Herbalism and Self Care
    With Ellen Evert Hopman M.Ed. ~ Registered Herbalist AHG
    author of “Scottish Herbs and Fairy Lore”, “A Druid’s Herbal for the Sacred Earth Year”, “A Druids Herbal – Of Sacred Tree Medicine” and other books and DVDs
    Covers Western herbal Materia Medica, formula making, case taking, Chinese Five Element Theory, Homeopathic First Aid, Flower Essence Counseling, plant identification, ethno botany, an herb walk outdoors and hands on herbal techniques such as poultices, tinctures, salves. Over 550 pages of handouts are included with the course. A certificate of completion is offered at the end.
    Cost: $1,000.00 (plus a $100.00 non-refundable Xeroxing fee)
    MA NURSES CAN GET CEUS BY TAKING THIS COURSE”I studied with Ellen Evert Hopman back in the late 90’s. The information she shared with me has helped me in many aspects of my life! I learned the skills to identify, and properly utilize, many herbs as; essences, teas, salves, poultices and tinctures. I found her program to be quite thorough!” ~A. Potter

Below you will find the usual past Moonth’s collection of archeology, nature, religion, herbal and ethics news. Enjoy!