Plants are incredibly complex Beings, living in harmony with kindreds and connected to a community of companions. Mother Earth provides for their needs and they reciprocate with blooms, fruit, colors, and fragrance. Their root systems dive deep where they quietly communicate and contribute to the soul soil to the mutual benefit of all life forms within the ecosystem. In earlier times in our history, humans lived in harmony with the natural world. Plants were considered intell
Our lives are getting more complicated and less interesting. We wander through our world with blinders on, not acknowledging each other or even ourselves. Our electronics demand more and more of our time and energy, but what we really need is time in nature. Hands in the soil. The energy of the Earth herself is the energy of change and healing, expression and integration. We, as humans, can harvest and harness this energy for healing. And I don’t mean that in a controlling, p
Earth represents the energy of nurturing, nourishing, abundance, belonging, and home. It is the energy of the great mother, and because we are of Earth, we hold this same power within us. However, if we hold onto wounds inflicted by others, this makes the connection to this powerful energy very difficult. If you think of Mother Earth as a dangerous place to be, a place to use for your own benefit, and separate from yourself, you will go through life cut off from the one great
The economic, social, and political events happening all over the world today have triggered changes that come at us so quickly that we run in circles trying to figure out how our lives will be affected in the next six months to a year. There is negative noise from around the world bombarding us daily from news to social media. And let us not forget the craziness of our everyday lives—coping with aging parent, moody teens, angry young men, and navigating workplace politics.
Goddess permaculture (as created by Colette O'Neill from Bealtaine Cottage) is about planting like your life depends on it, because it does. I've found that my spiritual and everyday life are very much intermingled. I like being prayerful and intentional as I walk with the Great Mother and create my Spirit-filled gardens with prayers and offerings. Now that we're in the Spring, here in the Northern Hemisphere, it is a time of planting seeds. These are not just for your garden
Mother Earth spends centuries creating her masterpieces. Here’s how you can work with Mother Earth instead of against her. 1. Open and aerate the soil Move anything you want to plant elsewhere. Pull out any weeds, spent flowers or vegetables, and toss them onto the bed you are creating. It’s called the “Chop and Drop” method. It is Mother Nature’s way of composting. These garden scraps feed the soil and add structure, too. Stick your broadfork into the soil and gently lift. I
It may come as a surprise, but digging or tilling your garden is not necessary, and it could actually hurt the soil community. Why you shouldn’t dig The soil is not just “dirt!” The complex ecosystem of your soil is filled with diverse life, including bacteria, fungi, protozoa, algae, nematodes, and invertebrates. In fact, your soil is more abundant with life and more complex than ecosystems above ground. There are about 50 billion microbes in 1 tablespoon of soil. That’s a l
Many things in our world are changing. We are living in a time of a great awakening. Do you feel it? A lot of people are becoming more aware of issues and practices that have lasted for a long time, but need to change. After all, change is the only constant. Many people want to take their lives back into their own hands and escape the model imposed by society in order to really know happiness and live the life they truly want to live – not one dictated by television, magazine