sacred trees

The Matriarch and Ritualist-she who keeps the shrine of our lives

The Matriarch and Ritualist-she who keeps the shrine of our lives

In Spring, everything is fertile and the energy is to nurture new growth, feed it and begin to wake up from the winter's sleep. We stretch and move again. Test the water. It is in this phase of the menstrual cycle we will find the energy to begin projects, to develop ideas and plan ahead. The crescent moon above us shows us the way, her light growing each night but still some aspects shrouded in darkness, in mystery.



Lunar Wisdom: The Energies and Dynamics of Oak

Lunar Wisdom: The Energies and Dynamics of Oak

Closing my eyes, I settle into the safety of my own energy field, heart breathing and connecting with the energy of the Sacred Oak Tree. When I look with my magical eye at the Oak in spring, I am filled with this rising sense of anticipation; movement up and out. Rhythmically, like waves pulsing up from the roots and into the trunk, the next wave reaching higher than the last. The tide coming in. The buds at the tips of the branches beginning to swell. Not rushing, but moving forward even so.

The Hawthorn New Moon ~ An Inward Journey to the Heart

The Hawthorn New Moon ~   An Inward Journey to the Heart

Along the wheel of the year, Spring is drawing to a close, giving way to Summer. Often at this time of year we feel the urge to rush forward, to do many things at once. Hawthorn gently catches us with thorns hidden amongst her soft green leaves and perfumed blossoms. We are enticed by her strong scent as we feel her request that we spend some time cleaning the temple of the self during this transition. Now is the time to retreat from the bustling world for some quiet moments, to gradually strengthen our minds and bodies through meditation and exercise.  

Deep Dive with the Alder Tree Ogham

Deep Dive with the Alder Tree Ogham

Spiritually, Alder becomes a bridge from one part of our mind to the next, from the underworld to the upper-world of the conscious mind. Our inner self or guide uses this bridge to communicate with us and to provide counsel that we should learn to listen to.- Tree Mothers


Magical Cooking and Living with February's Energies

The Lunar cycle that began with this New Moon on February 4th is held by the Sacred Tree Rowan. The Trees are a manifestation of the Goddess, of the Sacred Feminine, as we all are. Rooted in the Earth and reaching towards the sky, they bring messages from above and below. Dryads are the spirits, the aspects, of the Sacred Trees that correspond with the human spirit that we can perceive with our senses and intuition and that our minds can for into a shape similar to our own.  By engaging with the living Sacred Trees and with the dryads, we initiate and cultivate a relationship with Nature and the lunar energies.

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Step by Step

Excitement grows

Feeling Freedom and Joy

New Life Begins to Show

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New Moon Altar

Our altar at this month’s New Moon Red Tent Circle at Fettle Botanic in Bend.

With Rowan we begin to stretch our winter limbs, breathing life into dreams, resolutions and visions that have been kindled as we emerge from the darkness of Winter. The Rowan Mother offers us sanctuary where we are nourished and held, where our sense of self worth is tended to and we gather confidence to offer our unique gifts and abilities to the world for greater peace, joy and abundance for all.


Magical Cooking: According to John Douillard and his work, The Three Season diet, February is winter’s last push before the Spring thaw and it can be the hardest time to maintain our immunity, healthy digestion, good sleep, stamina and a good mood. He recommends foods that are heavy, warm and insulating with sweet, salty and sour to nourish our bodies during February.  I will be keeping this in mind as I plan meals for February, incorporating foods to nourish and my clients and my family this month!

February Correspondences- Foods

Lemons

Ginger

Animal proteins

Nuts and seeds(especially walnuts)

Eggs, tofu

Fermented foods

Carrots

Winter squash

Sweet potatoes

Ghee

Avocados


Our digestion system is home to our body's inner soil.  It is becoming more and more widely known appreciated in gardening and farming that it if you tend to the health of your soil, what is produced will be nutrient dense, healthy and vibrant. Your focus is on the soil and everything else will follow. If we tend to the health of the inner soil, our microbiome, of our body and spirit through seasonally appropriate foods, nourishing and transformative inner soul work, we have a healthier inner ecosystem.

During the first week of the month I made a gorgeous Asian Quinoa Salad with Ginger Lime Chicken for my clients and my family. This dish hits the sour taste with lemon, the sweet taste with carrots, whole grain quinoa and almonds and the immune building and mucus thinning power of ginger. Ginger is great right now to boost our digestion and support our microbes.

Here are the recipes, I’d love to hear if you try them and what you think!

Ginger Lime Chicken

(recipe adapted from bombshellbling.com)

Ingredients-

  • 1/2  cup soy sauce

  • lime zest- of 2 limes

  • 6 tbs lime juice- juice of 2 limes

  • 1/4  cup finely minced or grated ginger root

  • 4 medium garlic cloves, minced

  • 2 Tablespoons honey

  • 1 cup fresh, chopped cilantro

  • 2 Tablespoons avocado oil

  • splash of hot sauce (I used about a ½ tsp of chipotles in adobo sauce- pureed)

  • 5 large chicken breasts

  • 1/4  cup finely minced, uncooked scallions

Instructions

  1. Mix marinade ingredients in a large bowl or mix up in the blender.

  2. BEFORE you add the chicken, remove and reserve ¼ cup of the marinade.

  3. Add the raw chicken to the bowl. Make sure each piece is coated in the marinade.

  4. Refrigerate the marinating chicken for 2 - 4 hours.

  5. Grill or broil the chicken, brushing on the extra marinade toward the end of the cooking process.- I baked them at 425-450 degrees on a rack on a cookie sheet for about 25-30 minutes.

  6. Sprinkle the scallions over the chicken and enjoy!


ASIAN QUINOA SALAD

yield: Serves 6-9

(Recipe adapted from theharvestkitchen.com)

INGREDIENTS

  • 3 cups red cabbage, sliced thin

  • 3 cups green cabbage, sliced thin

  • 1 cup cooked quinoa

  • 1 cup carrot, shredded

  • 1/2 cup fresh cilantro, chopped

  • 1/3 cup almonds, sliced

  • 1/4 cup purple onion, sliced

  • FOR THE ORANGE GINGER VINAIGRETTE

  • 2 oz.  cup orange juice- or combination of lime, lemon and orange

  • 2 oz.  extra virgin olive oil or avocado oil

  • 2 oz.   seasoned rice vinegar

  • 3 tablespoons honey or pure maple syrup

  • 2 tablespoons ginger, grated or finely minced

  • 2 tablespoons toasted sesame oil

  • 2  clove garlic, finely minced

DIRECTIONS:

  1. In a large mixing bowl, combine the cabbage, quinoa, carrots, cilantro, onion and almonds.

  2. Add enough Orange Ginger Vinaigrette to lightly coat and toss to combine.

FOR THE ORANGE GINGER VINAIGRETTE

  1. Add the ingredients to a blender and blend to combine. Or, add the ingredients for the vinaigrette to a mason jar.  Tightly seal the lid and shake to combine.

  2. Season with salt and freshly ground black pepper to taste.

  3. Refrigerate until ready to use.

This salad is great made up ahead and eaten throughout the week, topped with the chicken or alone!

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Asian Quinoa Salad with Ginger Lime Chicken

Photography skills are a work in progress~