a part of me….

A part of me lives. And dies. Every time I return to this place. IMG_8006.JPG It is a home for my heart, it is medicine to my soul, and it a haunted house of memories that won’t let me go.
I am giving in, living, breathing, crying, laying it all down, giving it to Her to hold.  The Earth, Mother of Transmutation and Alchemy.    I am full with completion of dreams fulfilled, and whole in her embrace.  Yet I feel a part of me die as well- In the dying season, as the leaves yellow, float,  and drop around me onto stones below. Letting go….
Today is the turning of a season, the ending of a chapter.  Those shining daisy clumps whispered to me, look at all the stars around you, never mind this old primrose stalk towering above us.  It has passed, its season and shine has gone.  We are here now.
I want to tell you this.  I wanted you to know that time is a medicine of bitter healing, and the flowers dancing in the trees, are the sweetest grace that a heart can hold…and they give in to the seasons as well. With grace. With love. With surrender. 

This is why everything is teaching me to live, and to die.  To breathe in and breathe out. To give, and to receive.  To love even in the dying.  This is why I still cry.  And why I laugh still.
Because it is all love.  It is all healing.  It is all medicine.  Because  I love you, this land, this haunted house, this sanctuary, this stone, this canyon, this place of becoming and undoing.

 

Finding center….

the things that inspire, nourish, feed, ground, uplift and make my world a whole lot more magical….  I hope they will inspire and uplift yours too.

 

Amrita Aromatics – This is….god, she always leaves me speechless.  Ananda’s aromatic creations whisper to the soul, they beckon to the inner goddess to sally forth from the shadows, they make me feel whole, and beautiful, and exquisite.  It would be hard to pick a favorite, as they are all so distinctive, and magical. And thats the thing, no two are alike.  In any way.  Ananda has a knack and a nose to divine the most perfect combinations of plant oils, #plantalchemy at its finest.

 

The Druid Plant Oracle-  Once and for all, every time I post a picture of these cards, I get at least 100 questions about which they are.  I’m frankly rather shocked that so many plant people don’t already know them.  (and honestly a bit tired of repeating myself. *oh there’s my inner curmudgeon peeking out* )   Truly stunning cards, with medicinal, shamanic and magical plants of the Druidic/European tradition.  The book is nice, but the cards speak for themselves and rich with imagery and symbolism you can interpret for yourself.  I guess they are now out of print and a bit expensive to buy, so you should download the Druid Oracle App for your phone, which also includes the Druid Animal Oracle.  These cards always give me a message that is poignant and eloquent.  I mostly interpret the cards intuitively, since I already know and have a relationship with the plants, but I do use the book sometimes for further insight, or a reminder for a plant I don’t know well… like Woad for example.  Understanding also that these plants and medicines come from a shamanic/celtic path is helpful in interpretation.  Seriously rich.  Whenever see that salmon in among the clovers I know I’m in for some big work.  And its usually good stuff.

 

Heartblood Cacao-  Because you know you need chocolate. But not just any chocolate.  This stuff blows your mind.  Which is a good thing, because as a virgo rising/virgo moon, I spend way too much time in my head.  Cacao is a medicine of the heart, of connecting to heart, to creative inspiration, to connection with the spirit of things all around us.  It gets you embodied.  Sometimes as an aphrodisiac, sometimes as euphoric, sometimes you just want to dance for 12 hrs straight.  Once I started working with Heartblood Cacao, I couldn’t go back to regular chocolate bars.  Even pretty good ones pale in comparison to this magic stuff.  And its fairly traded and hand made in a traditional way by a family in Nicaragua and brought back to us by the good people at Heartblood Cacao- not a corporation.  These are ceremonialists and plant lovers.  So when you are jonesin for something to sweeten up your life- look no further than cacao.  This is what I need when I’m stuck in the funk of heartache, have to much too do in too little time, or want to free my mind and reconnect with heart creations.   (Or dance all night at Burning Man).  The beans are great, but I like the block of paste- which melts readily for ceremonial cacao drinks (have you used cacao in ceremony yet?  A must do if you have not!), or can be blended with butters and oils and yummy things for a chocolate truffle/bar.  I also put it in kefir smoothies with cherries or raspberries, or in home made mole for your chicken.

Merkaba Music – some of you may cringe, some of you will get up and dance.  I can barely sit in my chair when I plug this in to my ears.   When I went to Burning Man just over a year ago, it reawakened this crazed wild child that had been kept under wraps for so many years, trying to be serious and responsible.  In my thirties, now, I’m getting wilder and having more fun than ever.  The music changed my world.  This electronic beat, it moves my body, it moves my kapha stagnation, it frees me from the chains of mental anguish. I use this music for shamanic journey dancing healing on myself, when I’m unwinding some emotional block, or when I just need to feel the motivation and movement that is creative juice.  You know the theta brainwave state is the state we go to for journey work, and for deep creativity.  This music, with its repetitious rhythms take me there instantly.  A lot of your medicine is blended and created while I’m spinning around the kitchen jamming out to these tunes, infusing love and pure movement happy into them.  Can you tell??

Danmala Teas – I usually make my own tea blends- because I love tea that is beautiful, fresh, intimate and swelling with delicious and decadent things like coconut, cacao bits and huge rose buds.  And I’m kind of picky about tea.  Tea bags are…well…sacrilege if you ask me.  Lindsay’s teas though, are sanctuary.  I don’t buy much tea (unless its black or green bulk to make my own blends with)  and I bought Lindsay’s goodness in her Agony of Leaves tea membership.  And was swooned every month.  Seriously.  Sometimes I have tea for sale, but you should get Lindsay Luna’s teas.

 

PlantFolk Apothecary – Kate…my plant sister.  Kindred wild woman of the plants.  And her magic is well, magic!!!  Exquisite body care- scrubs, creams, lip tints, oils, salves and pure magic.  And she lives in the Southwest.  And she’s going to grow a tulsi farm.   She loves the earth as much as I do.  She loves the plants as deeply as I do.  Now go.

 

 

Spinning Love Pottery- nothing makes drinking tea better than the right mug.  Or eating soup better than the right bowl.  Shazieh, is from Pakistan, and moved to Tucson.  I met her while she was in culinary school catering a retreat I was attending.  Then I discovered she is not just an artist of food, which I deeply appreciate, as a fellow food artist, but she’s a potter, and really you must put your food art on pottery art.  My favorite is the rough hewn and glazed salt pot and spoon I just got from her, but her goddess face mug and moon bowls are stunning.

 

 

Danielle LaPorte’s Truthbombs.  In my email.  I don’t open all the things that come.  But I always open the daily truth bomb.  Its a daily jolt of inspiration, a daily tarot card, a daily mantra, a daily meditation.

 

 

Morning rituals

How do you start your day?
Favorite breakfast choices? Hot tea? Morning grounding and connection? Appreciation and gratitude? Gardening? Feeding the kids? How do you tend and nourish sacred space at the beginning of the day amidst the bustle and hustle?  Share your morning moments in the comments.  How do you take space? How do you create sacredness? Where do you bring nourishment?

This is where I carved it out today. In appreciation and gratitude for myself and healing choices, nourishing my body and listening to my soul guides.

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Today’s wisdom from plants- what are you focusing on and where do you find freshness- alongside healing the deep wounds of ancestors & Divine masculine protection of the depths of feminine waters, feeling and intuition. A fresh perspective on healing old stuff. #soulwarrior #shamanaflora #plantwhisperer #hearthtender #ancestors

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I might have a small obsession with matcha. #beautifultea #greeneverywhere

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Been feeling the aloneness a lot- so I gave my bed a makeover. It actually really does feel better to sleep in a grown up – pretty to look at bed. That- and it’s cool enough for my down ! #startingmoments #howtoshowupforlife #abundanceattitude #idwanttowakeuptothatdontyou

What do you FEEL? Sensing the Plants Exersize

So we did this little practice in the Plant Whisperer Journey Community this week, even though we haven’t quite started officially, we’re getting our hearts and bodies and minds ready to be connecting with the plants in a few weeks.  Look at this plant, don’t worry about if you know, or not, anything about it. Try to put aside anything you already know.   And you know what, they nailed it. On the head.

Anyone can do this.

What do you FEEL when you look at these pictures. What does the plant conjure up in your sensory body, your feeling sense, your intuition, your symbolic mind, your inner child?  Don’t worry about words.  Just FEEL it.

Share your feelings or noticings as best you can in words in the comments below.

I’ll share traditional information on the plant, the flower essence and more in a week.

Practice sensing. Let go of the books for minute. Tune into the wisdom that is around us all the time.

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She said…..

I spent a lot of years feeling inadequate, like what I had to offer the world of herbalism was run of the mill at best, I Processed with VSCOcam with m3 presetplayed the comparison game.  And I’ve done a lot of work to grow into my fullest self, to let go of the stories and mind fucks I created for myself. Its a journey we all have to go on… one I’m grateful for, because life is easier without those games.   But, my point today is, even though I do that work for myself;  the affirmations you, my community share with me, feed me, they keep me going when I get stuck, when I get down, when I feel afraid that I don’t do enough or share enough.  I’ve been working with a group called Community Grace this month, led by Hannah Marcotti…and she dared us to share.  To get honest.

This is what she said…. to me.

…i so appreciate you

…I love my blossoming.  Thank you for supplying the water and sunshine to make it possible.

…you show each student the doorway they were seeking, but the knowledge and confidence that would unlock their own spiritual journey with plants.

…you held space for the group to explore new ideas, engage in sacred ceremony, and to connect in a deeper and richer way with the plant allies,

…you brought me home

…thank you deeply for creating a safe,accepting,heart holding and honoring container to explore the magic of plants in

…You are amazing and I think you are the raddest chick of the southwest.

…I feel a greater sense of self empowerment and purpose!

…you empowered me to restore my wholeness with medicinal plants, whole foods and authentic relationship with desert flora

…Clearly the universe wants you to do this work and clearly so many of us need a knowledgable and compassionate guide like you.

…I feel full and deeply nourished by the plants, place and women I was blessed to share space and ritual with .

…your cultavation of community and kinship captivated and pulled me in such a good way

…She leads her students through a very special and thoughtful process, encompassing mind, body and spirit!

…thank you for creating an unforgettable and life changing experience and for creating a safe and supportive space for me to heal and become more like myself

And so I say thank you.  thank you for holding up the mirror. thank you for daring to go these journeys with me.  thank you for being the lights in my world.

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An Invitation: The Plant Whisperer Photo Journey begins on October 20!

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When: October 20 – Nov 30, 2014

Cost: Free,  to all who wish to connect deeply with their plant allies!

How: Sign up here to join the group and receive the prompts

Dear one,

You are invited to join me, for 40 days of communion with the plants around you, no matter what stage of life they are in, leaves red and falling, winter stalks brown and withered, flowering in the last blaze of autumn glory, buried beneath a dusting of snow, or in full bloom, indoors or outdoors.

This journey to listen more deeply to the plants as our allies, teachers and friends, and seeking out the wisdom they offer us in the simple small moments of the day!

Each 2 days for the next 40 days you will receive a prompt- to take with you thru the next 48 hours,  intending, asking, and calling, to find a plant that speaks to you about the days prompt- a plant that you can sit with for a few moments, for 10 min or even longer,  and connect and commune with. Ask that plant friend to share with you its wisdom about the days prompt.  Ask it to show you through your heart, your feeling senses, and your body.

Listening to the plants messages of wisdom doesn’t have to be difficult or mystical. It is as simple as looking with an open heart and allowing for just a few moments.

As you connect with each plant teacher you meet on the journey, take a picture of it, in a way that helps to express the medicine it shared with you.
This is an exploration in communion with nature, yourself, and your camera/phone camera as a vehicle for alchemical plant magic…visioning through the eyes of the artist, through beauty, grace, and magic.
Then share your picture with us in the private facebook group, and/or on Instagram with the hashtag #plantwhisperer Welcome to this journey of the plant whispers, friend.

Make magic.

We begin Oct 20!

Love,
Darcey Blue

Join the Plant Whisperer  Photo Journey Free today!

Salty kefir lassi with fresh herbs, lemon and chile

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I’ve never been much for exceedingly sweet breakfast, even smoothies with lots of fruit can overdo me. This summer, on urgings from my body, I’ve been making a lighter, probiotic breakfast of kefir I’ve been making at home. Sometimes I add a little fruit, plus herbs and spices, sometimes cucumbers and other veggies, tomorrow I may put cold carrot ginger soup in my kefir. And today, in the mood for something salty, light and with a kick… I made this one. Give it a whirl, your belly may thank you.

Salty kefir lassi with herbs, lemon and chile
A large handful of favorite fresh and savory garden herbs- chives, rosemary, tagetes, calendula flowers, basil, sage are good, even mint or lemon verbena! And arugala for an extra kick!

1/2 lemon juiced

2 chiltepin chiles, or other as you desire. My garden is producing chiltepins.

1/2 tsp sea salt

1.5 c plain milk kefir

Blend all the ingredients in the blender. Pour into a big mug. Sip slowly on the porch watching the garden wake up and the sun kiss all the land with warm love.