Corinna's Corner ~ Savoring the Beauty of Lammas
Director, Southeast Wise Women
As the shadows lengthen at on these Lammas days—the mid-point between the Summer Solstice and Autumn Equinox—the Earth invites us to savor the beauty, the sweetness, and the richness of our lives.
Where do we find the connection and belonging that our hearts so deeply yearn for? In our society, we are often told that one romantic relationship should meet all our needs—rather than relying on a wide-ranging circle of sources. Lammas season invites us to remember that making a connection with a greater spectrum of resources gives us more access to love! That spectrum includes our friends and loved ones, of course, and also plants, water, wild things . . . the Earth herself.
Harvesting plants, nibbling on sorrel, red clover and day lily blossoms, feeds our spirit as well as our bodies. As this time of year tugs at our hearts, one sunny day after another reminds us that we need to be in the present, because this warmth won't last forever. We are stirred to connect with the Earth in a real, physical and immediate way.
We’re called to the water—to put our feet in a stream, swim in the creek, float down the river, or wade into the ocean. It’s a longing that speaks to the tiny, aquatic creature we once were in the womb.
The warm soil and soft, fragrant grass beckon us to rest and re-align. I particularly love to walk in the woods and lie down on the Earth with the soles of my feet against a sturdy tree. I find that laying on the Earth or resting against a tree reminds me of the closeness of spooning with a beloved. The negative ions from the Earth recharge our human bodies and the electrical, energetic and magical connections that happen, support our needs for love, communion and intimacy—not with just one, individual being, but with this amazing, interwoven web of life.
Open your heart at Lammas. Drink in the fullness of the season. Embrace the Earth and welcome her as She returns the embrace. Be joyful and grateful for the abundance and the love—in all its forms—that surrounds us.
|Some of our Favorite Female Herbalists|
|We are thrilled to welcome back to the Southeast some of the finest - and most beloved - female herbalists in the land. Joining us this year at the Southeast Wise Women Herbal Conference October 14-16th, these women share their wisdom and dedication to health and wholeness for our communities, the planet, and ourselves. When we send our participant evaluation after the conference, we know we will see these three names, front and center, under the "favorite teacher" category, Dr. Jody Noé, Pam Montgomery, and Kathleen Maier.|
Dr. Jody E. Noé’s education in herbal medicine, psychology and spirituality has made her a leader in the field of integrative medicine. Dr. Noé practices traditional Cherokee medicine as taught by her Cherokee elders. Her background as a clinical research scientist and ethnobotanist adds a dimension of scientific knowledge to her perspective.
Dr. Jody Noé will be presenting two classes, Cherokee Household Medicine and Cannabanoids & Cancer as well as an Intensive on Medical Herbal Strategies for Integrative Cancer Therapies
Pam Montgomery is an author, teacher and practitioner who has been investigating plants and their intelligent spiritual nature for more than three decades. Author of the highly acclaimed Plant Spirit Healing; A Guide to Working with Plant Consciousness, a founding member of UPS and more recently the Organization of Nature Evolutionaries or ONE, her latest passion is to engage ceremonially in full symbiosis within the plant/human matrix where the elder common plants initiate and guide us into being truly human.
Pam will be presenting two classes, Plant Communication and Three Plants for Heart, Soul & Spirit as well as an Intensive on Plant Spirit Healing: Personal, Professional and Planetary
Kathleen Maier, RH (AHG) is director of Sacred Plant Traditions in Charlottesville, VA where she offers a Three Year Clinical/Community Herbalist training program. She is on the United Plant Savers Board and was the recipient of their first Medicinal Plant Conservation Award. Kathleen’s studies of plants began as a Peace Corps volunteer in Chile and her training as a Physician’s Assistant allows her to weave the language of medicine we know today with traditional energetic systems. She is co-author of Bush Medicine of San Salvador Island, Bahamas.
Kathleen will be presenting two classes, Energetics of Menopause and Ceremony of Medicine as well as an Intensive, The Mandala of Endocrine Functions
Southeast Wise Women Herbal Conference
October 14-16 ~ Black Mountain, NC
The new moon begins at 4:45 pm (est) on Tuesday August 2nd, as the dark moon falls in the astrological sign of Leo. And Tuesday is right at the peak of Lammas as well! So the energies of both the lunar and solar cycles are supporting us in savoring and celebrating our lives.
In this time of Leo, "we are more ready to reach out, be seen, and engage the comedy and tragedy of life, though we may have to turn down the melodrama. The vibe is extroverted, warm-hearted, romantic, and engaged," writes Heather Roan Robbins of Mother Tongue Ink.
Written, heartfelt intentions made soon following the time of the dark moon can be especially powerful in the areas governed by Leo, including creativity, love and romance, generosity, celebration, play, fun, dignity, determination.
Dark moon Lammas blessings to you!
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