The heart is our temple. The soul our breath of life. Where there is essential chi (energy), life flows. Quite honestly, winter may well be the season of hot chocolate and drama. For herbalists, it spells work. Notice how quickly culture drifts out of the high stress at the end of year, as we enter into hibernation and self-reflection. The gravity of the weather strikes the clock of the beast, who has already examined the precise measurement of its body. The soul making drift finds pleasure in this privilege of reflection on the gentler animal repose, even sexual in nature. We will now see how this is so...
Winter brings out the herb lovers' secret journal, who's open chapters give rise to new possibilities drawn from experience. The crystal scent of the air resists the heat of over-analysis, clearing and unfolding the new year's inquisitions. The imagination is wildly reborn. Trust and beauty is restored by vital faith in upcoming adventures.
Decluttering noise, getting closer to nature
It's better to be organized and rested by this time. Follow up on excerpts of dreams and don't be afraid to make new goals. The wisdom matters most.
Nature does not necessarily have our back, especially if we know through mycological networks how effectively nature is proposing urgent communication. Paul Stamen's work is a great example of terrestrial realities we have yet to find courage to learn about. After a intense period of introspection and companionship, we inspire intellectual energy to manage depressive moods, encouraging creativity. Perhaps the subjective quality of romance is an energetic faculty for early tasters of herbs. Lifestyle preferences affirm the qualitative dosage and balance, leaving many topics for health and nature conversations. And many secrets yet come to surface for hermetic recourse.
Properly pressed herbs can be a great sample for studying the Doctrine of Signatures.
As new age herbalists, conscious of our needs and our culture's, we're finally finding our voice of collective silence and natural remedy. Together we redress stress following a revival of kitchen magic and sacred sexuality. It's no denial that the healing powers of plants have once again outlived our speculation.
The winning herbs are welcomed in the warm hearths of our homes, and cabinets yearn the old scent of traditional knowledge. The books of the sages return, as we wrap our cold fingers around a hot herbal tea that eases a return to our senses.
On my path, a fragrance of sensuality lingers through precious Northern symbology carrying the hermetic poetry home. Perhaps you are also experiencing a call to herbs, with the rhythm of the earth, a miracle may bring us together after all.
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Pinker, Steven. The better angels of our nature: why violence has declined. Penguin, 2012.
Mars, Brigitte, and Brigitte Mars. The sexual herbal: prescriptions for enhancing love and passion. Healing Arts Press, 2010.