December blog 2016 Keeping the faith in the gathering darkness

We are finally getting some rain here on the mountain. The land has been so parched that my well went dry twice. Each time I had to wait days to use the water, relying on sponge baths and bottled fare. I have never seen conditions like this in New England.
The Canada geese left for the winter about a week ago and the local lake seems barren without them. A few wild ducks are hanging on.

I have a new animal neighbor – a black squirrel has appeared here in the oak forest where I have been for thirty years now. It’s the first time I have seen one in my neck of the woods. For me, black birds such as raven and crows have always heralded deep magic, luck and prosperity. I meditated on the meaning of the black squirrel and what I received was the word “gathering”.

Faced as we are with a very backwards looking new administration (“Let’s make America great again” like it was in the good old days when blacks had few rights and women knew their place) the only way we will overcome the bigotry is by “gathering”. Gathering together in our groups, gathering together to share information and resources, gathering together to oppose the primitive agenda of the great kleptocrat (klep·to·crat ˈkleptəˌkrat/ noun: kleptocrat; plural noun: kleptocrats a ruler who uses political power to steal his or her country’s resources) who says he has no reason to put his massive, international business interests into a blind trust because “the rules don’t apply to him”.

We are already seeing this in the gathering of Native Americans at Standing Rock, water protectors from just about every indigenous nation have come together in a historic effort to preserve the water for millions. We are seeing this in the preparations for a million woman march in DC on inauguration day.

Bill Moyers says it all in a powerful essay on where we are now as a nation. This all could have been avoided if half the eligible voters in America had bothered to make their voices heard. Hillary won the popular vote by two million, but the Great Deceiver managed to win the electoral college – at least as of this writing. Folks are also gathering together to try and oust him before December 19. Stay tuned. We live in fascinating times.

I am working on two books at the moment – a re-release of the old classic “Tree Medicine-Tree Magic” and a book about New England Witches. What with herb classes and a day job, I am keeping myself busy.

Below is the usual collection of book news, nature, climate, archealogy, religion, Celtic and ethics news. Looking forward to Winter Solstice and the return of the Light. May we all receive what we wish for.

A million woman march is being planned for January 21 in Washington DC, but local marches are happening too. Here is one: Boston Women’s March – January 21 12PM-3PM (Alternative to DC) Sat 12 PM · Boston Common

And don’t forget the Standing Rock water protectors as they face the coming winter. You can send cash or checks or donate via PayPal.

Checks or cash may be sent to:
Oceti Sakowin Camp
P.O. Box 298, Cannon Ball, ND 58528

*And please consider buying books for Christmas. If you order from this website you get a signed copy with a personal note! Please specify who you want the books signed to!*

Here’s a thoughtful essay on the financial plight of authors

MORE BOOK NEWS

  • On Thursday, December 29 I will be speaking on the radio at 9 PM – you can tune in here.
  • A new literary journal, “Enheduanna”, is born. I have a piece in there! Published just once a year, they are seeking contributions.
  • Legacy of Druids

    Legacy of Druids

    This book is a fascinating collection of interviews gathered together by Ellen Evert Hopman from some of the most influential people in the pagan/druid world covering the USA, Canada and Britain. It offers a unique view into the modern day world of druidry, what gives it an interesting spin is that the interviews were all carried out in and around 1996 – it is a wonderful time hop to see how druidry was perceived then and what the expectations were and compare them to now.

  • Review in “Green Egg” Samhain 2016 edition A Legacy of Druids By Ellen Evert Hopman, along with a forward by Phillip Carr-Gomm. This book is a compilation of interviews done by Ms. Hopman with prominent Druids over the course of the last twenty years. Interviewees include Phillip Carr-Gomm, Isaac Bonewits, and Arthur Uther Pendragon, along with Practitioners in Spirit such as Olivia Robertson and Susan Henssler ,as well as many scholars such as Ronald Hutton.
    This book shows a unique perspective of the history and development of Modern Druidry. This is indeed a must-read book by anyone following the Druid path, as well as anyone interested in Magickal history. One of my personal favorite quotes from the book is by an Anishinaabe, Elder of the Ojibwa:
    “It is time for the old Earth spirituality of the Europeans to start coming back. We are in real trouble if it doesn’t. People really need to start turning to their own ancestors for help. This is what needs to happen. Some people will be afraid of this. Why else would they burn everyone over there? If you’re following the lead of the Old Ones and people are afraid or critical of you, you know you are doing something right”.
    Once again, I give Legacy of Druids my highest recommendation and certainly hope there is a second edition coming, re-interviewing the same people who are available.

ARCHEOLOGY NEWS

HERB NEWS

HEALTH NEWS

CLIMATE AND NATURE NEWS

RELIGION NEWS

CELTIC NEWS

POLITICS AND ETHICS

 

A Druid’s Web Log – Happy Celtic New Year!

First some personal news;

Early last Moonth I was privileged to fly to California and visit the Giant Redwoods, soak my feet in the ocean, and teach an intensive on the medicinal and spiritual properties of trees at the Philo School of Herbal Energetics. The school is near Mendocino and I will be returning there next October (in 2015) to teach an advanced Herbal class.

Winter has come early to many parts of the country. Last night there was a record breaking first snow (on November 2nd!) in North Carolina. Here in New England we had some ferocious winds but none of the white stuff so far. I had a most enjoyable Samhain/Halloween celebration here at the house, despite the wind. We have a nice tradition of sharing food and companionship and of telling stories about our deceased friends and relatives. Candles, lit pumpkins and firelight added to the festive mood and one participant said she kept feeling a cold wind behind her back inside the house (spooky!). For those of us who honor Celtic ways it is the start of the New Year so Happy Celtic New Year everyone!

I am currently writing yet another Herbal and after thirty years of teaching Herbalism in my home I have decided to adopt a new name for my class. I am now officially *The Western Massachusetts School of Herbal Studies*. Sounds pretty grand, doesn’t it? I am hoping my yearly six month intensive will be more accessible to search engines now.

I GOT A LITTLE HALLOWEEN PRESS

In case you missed this interview here is the YouTube link. My part starts at 4:50. Enjoy!

A NEW BOOK ABOUT TARA

I am honored to be included in this wonderful book – please watch the amazing book trailer (video)

 PLEASE DON’T SHOP ON THANKSGIVING!

Please don’t shop on Thanksgiving. Give thanks to Costco and Nordstrom’s for actually letting their workers be home with their families on Thanksgiving.

FIRE CIDER UPDATE

Traditions Not Trademark
United States
Nov 3, 2014 — Fall
2014 Newsletter
Legal Update
A group of herbalists have filed for the cancellation of the Fire Cider trademark. Since filing, our cases have been consolidated by the United Stated Trademark and Patent Office (USTMPO).

WE HAVE ALSO FOUND GREAT PRO-BONO LAWYERS!

They are gathering evidence and advising us how to move forward. This process could take up to 1.5 years to complete! So bear with us, we probably won’t have any legal updates for a long time!

From Rosemary Gladstar

Your continued support to help free Fire Cider from its trademark is hugely appreciated. All together, we are making a difference! Please continue to support the Free Fire Cider movement by making your own Fire Cider, and by supporting the national boycott.

If there are stores in your area selling the Shire City brand of Fire Cider, please let them know about the boycott (there is material available on the website that explains the issue).

If you’d like Free Fire Cider brochures and postcards, contact Sage Mountain and we’ll mail them to you. Or please print the attached flyer from our website and post in your area.

Thank you for joining us in this grass roots movement to protect our traditional herbal legacy products from trademarking.

Rosemary

Fire Cider in the Press

Check out the local press Fire Cider is getting!

*Vermont Center for Integrative Herbalism: My Champlain Valley website. A great video and interview with Larken Bunce

*Spirit of Change: An editorial with both sides of the story, with Rosemary’s writing representing the herbalists perspective

*Austin Chronicle: An interview with herbalist, Jen Easter

*Plant Healers Magazine. Download this free edition

*Essential Herbal also included a supportive article as well in their latest issue

Etsy Update

If you are an herbalist selling Fire Cider on Etsy, please get in touch with Etsy legal and let them know the trademark is in litigation.

Herbalists selling Fire Cider on Etsy are still being contacted by Etsy legal and SCH. Please let us know if you have been contacted!

Why not celebrate by making your own batch of Fire Cider?

Fire Cider

Fire Cider is a traditional home remedy that has been used by herbalists for decades and was handed down by generations of grandmothers before that. A friend passed this recipe along to me and he swears he hasn’t had a cold in four years. Take a few tablespoons of this remedy at the first sign of a cold;

(Please use only the finest organic ingredients)

½ cup grated ginger root
½ cup grated horse radish root
1 medium onion, chopped
12 cloves chopped garlic
2 hot peppers, chopped
Zest and juice from 1 lemon
Zest from 1 small orange
1 tbsp. turmeric powder
¼ tsp. Cayenne Pepper
½ tsp. whole Black Peppercorns

Other herbs to consider: Thyme, Rose Hips, Ginseng, Grapefruit zest, Astragalus, Schizandra berries, Parsley, Burdock root, Oregano, Basil.

Put everything into a glass jar and barely cover with organic apple cider. Cap tightly and store in a cool, dark place. Shake the jar regularly. After about a month you can strain out the vinegar and reserve it in another very clean glass jar. Add ¼ cup of raw organic honey and stir until well blended.

You can use the strained out vegetables and spices in a stir fry with cabbage and carrots when everything is finished.

I have also used Fire Cider in salad dressing and to marinate chicken. Fabulous!

Below you will find the last Moonth’s batch of Archaeology, Herb, Nature, Celtic and Druid news, along with a little bit on politics and ethics (because to me they are the same thing)

*Remember – you can purchase signed copies of my books (with a personal note) when you order from this website! Enjoy!*

ARCHEOLOGY NEWS

RELIGION NEWS

CELTIC NEWS

HERB NEWS

HEALTH NEWS

NATURE NEWS

POLITICS AND ETHICS

May your winter dreams be bright and comforting and your New Year warm and prosperous.