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Author Marysia Miernowska is the Director of one of California’s most renowned herbal schools and named one of the “top 15 witches on Instagram” (@marysia_miernowska) by Huffington Post.
Mother Earth is a living entity that holds great medicine to heal us physically and spiritually. However, in today's modern world, too many of us are separated from this source of nourishment. With the wheel of the year as a framework, you'll begin to understand the currents of nature and how to weave yourself back into this great web of life.
Using the plants, seasons, and cycles as your tools, you will be able to tap into the potent Earth Magick of life, death, renewal, and rebirth. In harmony with the seasons, You will learn how to:
- Grow medicine
- Harvest from the wild or home garden
- Process plants
- Make remedies
The Witch's Herbal Apothecary will awaken the Witch inherent in every wild soul and guide her into an empowered relationship of healing and magick with the natural world.
From the Publisher
The Witch’s Herbal Apothecary
How to Use This Book
This book teaches you to ride the regenerative currents of Nature in your own living, creative process, medicine making, and healing work, and in deepening your relationships with the Earth, Spirit, and yourself.
I recommend you read this book in order. Part I explains the cosmology we use, the Wheel of the Year, and the various access points for magickal connection.
Although Part II is divided into the four portals associated with the seasons, we don’t only travel the Wheel of the Year over the course of 365 days. We connect to all points of the wheel with each lunar cycle (every 28 to 31 days), as well as traveling it each day.
Therefore, you may want to begin reading the chapter of the season in which you find yourself, but ultimately, all the portals are accessible in certain moments of each day, month, and season, and in the archetypes we
embody on the larger wheel of our life.
You will notice that many of the practices and rituals are simple. A Witch truly only needs their body, breath, and connection to Spirit to perform rituals of healing, magick, and transformation. Furthermore, a Green Witch draws on their attunement with Nature.
Thus, the most important invitation of this work is for you to find your place of union with the Earth. Wherever it is, however it occurs, it is when you feel plugged into the source of chi, the energy of life, the Great Mystery and the magick and love in your heart—it is from that place that magick flows.
Chapter 1 The Great Spiral of Life
Chapter 2 What Is a Witch?
Chapter 3 The Embodied Apothecary and Elements of Magick
Chapter 4 Earth Magick and Medicine of Spring
Chapter 5 Earth Magick and Medicine of Summer
Chapter 6 Earth Magick and Medicine of Fall
Chapter 7 Earth Magick and Medicine of Winter
Chapter 8 Dancing the Spiral of Life
How to Make an Overnight Infusion
1. Put one handful of herbs into a glass jar.
2. Pour hot water into the jar.
3. Close the lid tightly and let the mixture infuse overnight.
4. Strain. Refrigerate or carry with you.
Setting Intentions, Birthing New Life, and Renewing Ourselves
Reborn from the darkness of the new moon, we enter the Spring of all cycles cleansed and open, with visions and hopes for the future. We set new-moon intentions and watch them grow as the moon waxes to full. We cultivate nourishing practices and encouragement to help our metaphorical seeds germinate, connecting to wonder, joy, and delight—energies embodied by children. It is time to be light, carefree, and expansive. Like young people who seek new experiences in order to grow and transform themselves, we too may feel more social, energized, and adventurous following the dark moon.