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Update on Hagalaz Tea (First Tea Tasting)

Very pleasant & mild tasting (I’ll try a longer infusion next time)

I got an immediate grounding effect from drinking the Hagalaz Tea. With the energy concentrating under the feet (at first).

It sounds promising but the true test will be in the context of spiritual work, shamanic journeying and/or divination.

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Tea & Runes: Weekly Forecast (September 10th-September 16th 2018)

Sept 10th Forecast
INGUZ ~ JERA ~ ANSUZ

Before we start, please remember that this forecast reading is a general trend that may or may not apply to you specifically. For a personalized reading, feel free to contact me.

This week begins with a cup of green rooibos tea (which tastes a bit like green tea minus the caffeine, and is loaded with minerals…Not to mention that it has medicinal properties) and the rippling effect of Saturday’s New Moon in Virgo. Fall is settling in while the energy of Summer is exiting the scene. With it comes a sense of renewal bathed in practicality. Something may have been lingering all Summer in a corner of your mind, now the idea is becoming clearer an INGUZ is giving it a ‘body’ so to speak as this concept is germinating and slowly manifesting into the physical. There is a sense of awakening that comes with it. Exploration and the widening of your horizon are the keys (while what no longer serves or excites you is vanishing with the last remains of Summer).

As the week progresses, INGUZ evolves into JERA. While you want to get that momentum going, there is no freestyling here but guidelines to follow: for your own safety but also to ensure the success of your new idea/venture. You can’t go full steam without carefully thinking about all aspects of it. Here you are being asked to apply the lessons you have learned from the past (otherwise history is bound to repeat itself and your beautiful dream will disappear as quickly as a mere thought). Consider all the angles, apply knowledge & wisdom, and if needed, find some reliable allies that will support your vision and benefit from it as well (follow your gut on that one).

However, ANSUZ is warning you not to say too much! A/ Because people could steal your idea and make it their own, and B/ they could also use their influence on you, your thoughts and/or project…Which will turn it into something else. So, don’t get too chatty, too excited or too cocky about it. You may well end up getting too distracted to actually walk the talk and do the work. ANSUZ‘s lesson here is that it’s best to apply reserve: you know better than anyone what you want, and where you want to go with your venture. So choose your words wisely and remember that the silence is golden…

Runic Haiku for this Week:

“The seed of novelty will grow on the fertile soil of the learned lessons if wisdom is applied and words kept few.”

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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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Tea Throughout the Seasons

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While I’ve been blending and drinking tea for a very long time, I recently became interested & curious about tea varietals…Which is a new world for me and for anyone going beyond the white, green & black teas.

Furthermore, and according to Chinese Medicine, you are supposed to drink certain teas at certain times of the year in order to attune the body (and its organs) with the elements & the seasons…Which makes sense to me. Each tea has a different energy, due to the terroir, how old the tree is, if it’s wild or cultivated, how the tea was dried/stored/fermented…And of course, you will like or dislike a tea depending on your own taste, needs, and “energetic compatibility”. You will not drink the same tea whether you are trying to meditate or focus on your work – you will have to choose your tea accordingly. I find the topic fascinating…

If you wish to know more on the topic, here’s a brief but interesting article: https://m.teavivre.com/info/proper-drinking-time.html

Here are some fine tea purveyors for you to extend your palate, knowledge, and curiosity:

Happy brewing! 😉

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Tea Calendar Project

Evening tea

As I have probably mentioned here before, I used to create & sell my own tea blends. Tea has always been a passion of mine, and my favorite form of medicine. My teas were all hand blended with 100% organic ingredients. No flavors, aromas or fillers of any kind.

Then came other sellers who were less scrutinizing than me, offering things like “tropical island” or “strawberry shortcake” flavored tea, and using herbs without any knowledge of them. While I always put a word of caution for pregnant women, or people taking medications. So after I while…I gave up.

My regular customers were disappointed, of course, but I promised myself that one day, and one way or another, I would publish my recipes in a beautifully illustrated book. I wanted something as pretty as useful. I’m not there yet, but I can already start with a calendar.

So…I’m thinking about creating a wall calendar for 2018 that will include illustrated tea recipes of mine (former customers will most likely recognize some of their favorites). I plan to have it professionally printed. Each recipe will also be offered/sold individually as a ready-to-download pdf for people who are only interested in a few recipes (vs 12 – one for each month).

Could I please ask you the favor (as well as to anybody potentially interested) to take a couple minutes and let me know about your interest (or not) in my project? I would greatly appreciate it, and I thank you in advance.

Here’s the link: https://apps.facebook.com/my-polls/tea-calendar/Q8LXgtpXWV3LmXQ3kVA1CHKy?from=user_wall&v=238

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French Podcast #2: Confession d’une Buveuse de Thé

Dear Friends,

You will find here my long overdue 2nd podcast. I got a better microphone so the quality of the recording should be much better (at least it sounded better on my computer).

In terms of vocabulary, I think the level is intermediate. However, there are some expressions and sentences’ constructions that I think, are more advanced.

For those of you who missed the first one, you can find it HERE.

How to make the best out this podcast: you can have a 1st listening to get the gist of it, during a 2nd listening you can try to write down words and/or sentences that you recognize/understand. After a 3rd listing, you can try to translate what you heard. You can also, alternatively, use this podcast as a dictation (which is an excellent exercise).

To help you understand better, here’s some useful vocabulary (I didn’t include words that, I think, should be known and others that can easily be guessed):

Le thé: tea  –  un souvenir: a memory  –  l’enfance: childhood  –  se préparer: (in this context) to prepare for oneself  –  réutiliser: to reuse  –  un sachet (de thé): a teabag  –  deuxième: second  –  fort(e): strong  –  le matin: the morning  –  thym: thyme  –  romarin: rosemary  –  le miel: honey  –  éviter: to avoid  –  attraper: to catch  – une boisson: a beverage  –  vivre: to live  –  sans: without  –  un buveur/une buveuse: a drinker  –  quelqu’un: somebody/someone  –  le quotidien: everyday life  –  soi: oneself  –  le monde: the world

 

Enjoy ;).

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