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In Support of Wild Medicine

#bioregional #herbalism
Is about using
Whatever grows near you
To nourish, nurture,
Support & heal you,
Developing a mutual relationship
With #the land,
The right balance between
Giving and taking.
It’s local, seasonal
And #sustainable #folkmedicine.

As a concrete example, you will be able to find instructions for an #evergreen #vinegar and its #oxymel variation (use the #conifers that grow in your area) in the soon to be released #ansuz issue of the #runezine

Picture : my #douglas fir mandala

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SAINING NOT SMUDGING- PURIFICATION AND LUSTRATION IN SCOTTISH FOLK MAGIC PRACTICE

“Saining is the Scottish Folk magic act of purification. It’s similar to the idea of smudging but very different.”

To read the whole article, head over to the Cailleach’s Herbarium

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ALU Runic Egg Cleansing (Part 2)

ALU Runic Egg Cleansing

Funny what you can get when you request some extra protection. I drew the Runic protection charm ALU ULA on the shell this time.
The egg felt much heavier today. And my health has improved drastically.
I can tell that a lot of clearing has been done due to the large amount of upward strings all connected to tiny bubbles. And still larger bubbles on the rim.
No traces of blood either, meaning that the negative energy/influence has been neutralized.

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Algiz Runic Essence on this New Moon

Runic Essence

I enjoy making Runic Essences on New Moons and Full Moons (which will find their way to my upcoming website)
They do help attune energetically with a specific Rune (especially if, like me, you follow the Runic calendar) and its various applications both for healing and spiritual purposes. They can also be blended together if needed.

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Dandelion as Eihwaz Medicine (Runic Healing) – PART 1

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How fitting is it to talk about Dandelion right at the beginning of the New Year and the New Moon in Capricorn/Eihwaz. Dandelion’s reputation as a Spring detox herb is well known. The plant is edible, highly nutritious & medicinal. Almost all parts can be used.

Let’s analyze it from a mind-body-spirit perspective:

  • THE ROOTS (which are usually harvested during the Fall) are connected to the Underworld. Roots are perfect for going to the root cause of things whether these are chronic health issues or destructive psycho-emotional issues (which tend to repeat themselves). The Underworldly root connects us with the womb of the Dark Mother where deep healing & transformation can occur if we allow things to unfold, no matter how unpleasant. The bitter taste of this shamanic medicine (and plant) is perfect for the undoing of patterns, the removal of toxins within & without. Because what affects the organs affects the emotions, which then show on the skin, which then find its way to the psyche (the order doesn’t matter)…etc. It becomes a vicious cycle which weakens your physical energy and depletes your life force & your spirit (which also has other consequences). The Dark Goddess’ Medicine is the most potent there is. Trust her in taking the lead in your healing process, she will show you the way back toward wholeness and you will reemerge renewed.

 

  • THE LEAVES (usually collected in the Spring, as they are some of the first Spring greens to pop on the ground) are edible, nutritious & blood purifying. They detoxify the liver and attune with the energy of the season. The name Dandelion (Dent de Lion in French,  Löwenzahn in German) means lion’s tooth, referring the to the dented shape of the leaves and is also an indication of the high mineral content of the plant, being beneficial to teeth & bones (Doctrine of Signatures).

 

  • THE STEM, the backbone of the plant, elevates the energy from the ground to the sky.

 

  • THE FLOWER is solar in essence, and full of leonine energy. Yellow being the color of the bile, we are being reminded of the plant’s affinity with the liver. But this bright little Sun is governed by the sign of Leo, which is connected to the heart (in TCM, and in my own experience, a toxic liver will affect the heart). This heart-gladdening flower is the result of the transmutation of the toxins (physical, psycho-emotional, spiritual), the lead, into gold. The inner work with the Dark Goddess is over, we can now return to the outer world & we are greeted by the Sun.

 

  • Then come THE SEEDS, which hold within them so much potential. They are thought forms, wishes, hopes & dreams, and connect us with the Higher Realms. The Great Work is over: we have connected the above with the below, elevated ourselves & we have refined our body & our spirit. We are now born anew. This is the Alchemy of Eihwaz.
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Incense as a Form of Runic Healing (Plant Spirit Runology)

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Handcrafted Rope Incense

Plant Spirit Runology involves plants in their many forms & uses, but first & foremost I envision it as a form of Folk Medicine. As such, it will be affordable & doable by most.

Nowadays incense is viewed as a form of home fragrance, though an increasing number of people involve incense burning as part of their meditative & spiritual practice (which is one of its intended purposes). You either love it or hate it but mass produced cheap incense is what the ‘haters’ are most familiar with (which has no remaining healing qualities and is quite harmful to one’s health). Incense burning is ancient medicine and as such shouldn’t be an unpleasant experience.

Being familiar with German Räucherwerk still practiced to this day (and I assume that similar practices take place worldwide), I know for a fact that incense is used for healing the body (which is basically the smudging of parts of the body), the psycho-emotional sphere as well as spiritual healing.

The beauty of plants/herbs is that each of them has many uses & applications which go beyond the physical treatment of symptoms as they also affect the emotional, spiritual & energetic fields (something I have experienced over the past 25 years).

While combustible forms of incense such as cones & sticks require some knowledge & mastery in regards to the crafting techniques, there are 3 simple types of incense that anybody can make (even absolute beginners) and that I plan to incorporate in my Runic Curriculum:

  • SMUDGE STICKS: these are basically little bundles of herbs that are tied & set to dry for later use. A wide variety of herbs (homegrown & ethically wildcrafted) can be used for making smudge sticks BUT you can pretty much only use leaves, stems & flowers to make these. Barks, roots, pods won’t burn. If properly dried, a smudge stick should burn on its own. The DRUID GARDEN has a couple blog posts that I recommend reading on the topic of smudge sticks: the 1st one explains the basics, the 2nd one goes more in-depth regarding which plants can be used. Of course, it does require some basic herbal knowledge in order to identify the plants.

 

  • LOOSE INCENSE: basically any plant material can go in crafting that type of incense: barks, resins, spices, herbs…you name it. The botanicals can be ground into a fine powder if you wish, though it’s not a necessity. However you need to be aware that loose incense is not combustible on its own, that’s why a charcoal disk is usually required (this not my favorite method because the charcoal imparts a smell and remains awfully hot way after its combustion is over). The German method uses a Räucherpfanne, which is a special incense pan used on the stove. A small cast iron pan set on a low flame will do the trick but does require keeping an eye on the incense.

 

  • ROPE INCENSE: this is a method I have developed, refined & used over the years. It is a bit more involved than the 2 other forms of incense (and there is a bit of ‘magic’ involved in there). It’s a 2 step process: First, you need to create a strongly scented herbal tincture (which CAN’T be used internally). Then, when the tincture is ready, you need to soak some twine until saturation and let it dry. This type of incense is very satisfying and will slowly burn on its own. A little bit goes a long way too. I have some friends in my entourage that are holistic and/or spiritual practitioners and who swears by it!

How does all of this have anything to do with the Runes? In my practice, and from the very beginning, I have understood that the Ancient Tradition of Runic Healing was first and foremost energetic in nature. And energy can be transferred, shifted & transformed…Maybe I should call it Runic Alchemy 😉

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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*Letting Go* Rope Incense

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I just listed this new incense in my Etsy Shop.

*LETTING GO* Rope Incense is formulated to help with grieving & the process of letting go, whether it be: the passing of a loved one, the end of a relationship (or any other emotionally charged situation), or even letting go of the old self & state of being in order to move on (energetically & spiritually)…Any form of grieving for what no longer is.

This incense’s formulation is based on European (mainly French & German) folk medicine & shamanism, as well as my 25 years of experience working with herbs on a physical, emotional & spiritual level.

The scent is rather soothing, warm & comforting (more details under the listing)…

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Red Blackberry Leaves

Red Blackberry LeavesThe best blackberry leaf tea is made of those red, burgundy & maroon leaves that usually appear later in the Fall after the blackberries have dried out.
Just look for healthy looking leaves, already mostly dried out.
The tea itself has a nice amber color and a sweeter taste than regular blackberry leaf tea. And if you pay attention to the Doctrine of Signatures, the red color is a good indicator that the leaves nourish the blood and support healthy blood circulation
Blackberry is a plant of the Dark Goddess, especially in this decaying phase.

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How to Make Fenchelhonig / Fennel Honey

Fenchelhonig

When I was a child, my Oma would often send us care packages from Germany which included lots of sweets, all sorts of teas and various herbal remedies. One of those hard to find herbal treasures was Fenchel Honig – Fennel honey. One of those all-purpose remedies (which tastes delicious), fennel is usually used for coughs, digestive and nervous issues… Plus it’s a Virgo plant.
Traditionally it’s made with fennel seeds but my wild fennel was in full bloom so I decided to use the flavorful flower heads instead of the seeds (fennel pollen is one of those sought-after ingredients by chefs).
Herb infused honey is one of the easiest medicine one can prepare. You basically fill in a glass jar up to 1/3-1/2 full, then you cover with raw honey. Screw the lid and keep the jar in a sunny spot for about a month. I like to flip the jar every once in a while. After a month, strain with a fine mesh strainer. It’s messy but oh so tasty! 

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Defining Runic Healing

Today I taught my last Runic class/meditation with the last Rune of the wheel: Dagaz. It was a learning process for me as well as for my students. But the wheel is turning and it’s time for me to give form to that old dream of mine and put it on paper…

https://soundcloud.com/hindarfj-ll/hindarfjall-fran-tidernas-begynnelse