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Beltaine 2022


Greetings of the May to you!

While it may be a little early for Beltaine quite yet, here we have a gorgeous cluster of Hawthorn flowers to remind us of what's coming up: the expansive growth of early summer.


Hawthorn is *the* flower of Beltaine and May, the start of summer in the Celtic calendar. I've always read that the local Druid declared it was "officially" Beltaine when the hawthorn bloomed. Mine are finally leafing out and I am so excited that they made it through the winter. I'm hoping that the trees are mature enough to blossom this year. Last year they grew tiny thorns - cute and very sharp - just to remind me who they really are.

Folklorically, this is one of the plants that is heavily associated with the Fae. Lone hawthorn trees are not to be messed with in Ireland and roads have even been re-routed to avoid them.

Hawthorn has become one of my very favorite plants. Of course, as an herbalist and plant person, it is so very hard to have a "favorite" plant so I have a list of several very favorite plants. I love so much about hawthorn...the tiny thorns, the flowers, the shiny leaves, the haws (the fruits). I use all those things for various purposes. Hawthorn is a multifaceted plant. The thorn symbolize protection and can be carried in a pocket or in a small medicine bag for just that. The flowers, leaves and haws are all protective to the heart and circulatory system. The haws can even be made into jam. I often make hawthorn tea, using the leaves, flowers and haws. I mix hawthorn with just a bit of rose petals or hips. Super delicious hot or cold.


UPCOMING CLASSES APRIL & MAY
Classes are in the shop. You'll get a downloadable Word document that includes the Zoom link for that class.

THE FAIR FOLK 4/27/2022 7:00pm - 9:00pmEST (approximately) via Zoom. Live only. This class will NOT be recorded. Who are they, exactly? I'll be talking a bit about the Fair Folk from both a folklore perspective as well as from a personal and professional experiences I've had with them. We'll go over protection, offerings and misconceptions. Sliding scale: $50 Register Here

VARGARIES OF BEING A HEALER 5/4/2022 7:00pm - 8:30pm EST via Zoom. Are you thinking about being a healer? Are you a newbie healer just starting out? What it's like to run a shamanic healing practice from a personal perspective. I'll be discussing dealing with clients, boundaries, protection practices, social media. We'll end with a Q&A session. This is not a spiritual biz 101 class. $35 Register Here


AUTUMN 2022
SHAMANIC SKILLS GROUP. I'll be offering my shamanic skills group once again. We will meet  on the second and fourth Wednesdays of the month,  from 7:00pm - 9:30pm EST starting on 9/14/2022. This group will be covering basic skills including discernment, grounding, protection and clearing (both personal and space); shamanic journeying to the various realms; working with and getting healing from your personal spirit guides; working with the healed Ancestors; question formulation; working with spirits in this world; and basic psychopomp work. Meetings will be online via Zoom. I am taking applications for this program. If you are interested in this program let me know and I will forward an application to you.

WORKING WITH THE SPIRITS OF THE PLANTS
  This is a shamanic journey based program.
This group will meet on the first and third Wednesdays of the month, from 7:00pm - 9:30pm EST starting on 9/7/2022. We’ll be working with 1 – 2 medicinal plants each class, starting with traditional uses/regular herbal stuff presentation and then moving into working with the plant via shamanic journeying. This method gives access to the spiritual wisdom of each plant as well as the the plants basic medicinal uses. You will need some form of each plant we work with and you’ll have to get that in advance of the class: live plant, dried herb, fresh plant, tincture/extract, flower essence, elixir, infused vinegar, infused oil, etc. Sliding scale for the online class is $110 - $220/month. If you are interested in this program let me know and I will forward an application to you. You need strong shamanic journey skills for this program.


Wishing you a merry Beltaine and happy beginning to summer,

Deb


 
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