2022 ended up defining Shadow Year for me: going quiet, masticating some personal demons, focusing on things I could affect, and leaving to others the things over which I have no control. It was a needed fallow time in terms of public-facing writing. I just wish I had recognized it as such.
Read More 2022 Intermezzo
Hail, shining jewel of the forest’s edge, who, guarding the damp and shade-worn oaks, graces the green boughs of the sun-warmed hedge and hides in the root-skirts of the Wort Folks. Strong oils weep, coating your arrows-leaves: a warning, a curse to any so arrogant, ignorant, or foolish, your fierce spears fine punishment for woeful […]
Read More Ode to Poison Ivy
People who do magic, who really roll up their sleeves and have altar dust under their nails, know that is not a certain thing. I’ve been searching for a holey stone since I first heard of them over seven years ago. The are primal talismans, formed by wind and water cutting a perfect window into […]
Read More In Search of the Holey
The purple loosestrife just started to bloom down by the brook. It’s an undeniably spectacular plant, bringing color to parched summer meadows and brook edges. I don’t think it’s a coincidence that it blooms in the hottest months. That’s when strife’s stranglehold needs the most loosening, after all. Violent crime rates, including those for aggravated […]
Read More Loosing Strife, Druid-Style
The best I can say for Herbs of the Northern Shaman is that it can serve as an informational starting point for shamanic herbal exploration. However, to expect anything more of it is to invite disappointment.
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