In our home, winter is a time of rest and hibernation. Days filled with good food, books, vinyl records, scarves, blankets, and leaving the house minimally to go to work or to an indoor farmers market. They are also days for dreaming and planning.
And then spring comes and the ideas burst forth like the chickweed and dandelions in our gardens. The winter dreamings now require action. It is always an exciting time, welcoming back the plants, digging through the garden bed cover to find the tiniest of sprouts that will grow into out seasonal medicine.
It is also a time of intensity- the sunlight grows brighter and longer, the birds sing louder, the gardens need tending and woken up from their winter dormancy, and one day, while your mind is still trying to clear out the snowflake filled mental cobwebs, you look around and EVERYWHERE there is medicine to make!
This spring there are two projects pulling Moontree Apothecaries out of the Deep Winter.
The first is an offering a friend and I dreamed up some time ago. She and her family are amazing farmers on the most idyllic Western North Carolina farm, Ivy Creek Family Farm. Truly, there is not a single green think that can compare with the taste of their spinach! Our dreaming led us to this offering:
The second project that helped stir things into spring is our new line of hand knotted stone Wheel of the Year Necklaces. When observing nature, each turn around the sun can be marked by 8 Holy Days- Spring Equinox, Beltane, Summer Solstice, Lammas, Autumn Equinox, Samhain, Winter Solstice, and Imbolc.
Each of theses markings on the wheel has it’s own energy. These energies are especially significant for women. In recognizing the energy of the time of year and aligning ourselves with it, our psyches can rest in knowing our internal cycles are aligned with the natural world. What a relief when we recognize that our overwhelmedness in mid-July is reflected in Summer Solstice energy! And that our fragileness of mid-winter is aligned with Imbolc.
The creations that came out of my studies of the Wheel of the Year and women’s psychology around the Wheel created a deep Desire (Beltane energy!) to create tools that women could use to help align with that energy.
The world we live in is hectic, loud, and distracting. Wheel of the Year necklaces provide an anchor into the energy of the deeper happenings in the natural world.
Starting with amazonite for spring equinox, and ending with Imbolc, each mark on the Wheel will offer a new stone to connect with. There will also be a few surprise archetype offerings including two of my personal favorites, Crone and Mermaid!
Spring Equinox and Beltane necklaces are now available in the Etsy shop. Summer Solstice coming soon!