I've returned to wildcrafting after a bit of a hiatus.
Grandmother Earth calls to me.
My sister Beth is my inspiration.
She has dedicated her life to the tending of living things: vegetable gardens, honey bees, desert-loving trees,
herbs, and wild flowers.
Before I ran a shop, one of my favorite things to do was to make herb bundles and dream sachets, individually crafted for friends with remedies and healing crystals. In those days I would crochet a magical little bag to hold the Earth medicine.
Where has that time gone?
Lucky for me, where I live there is some space
to plant herbs and flowers.
With these "medicine bundles" in mind,
Carlo has helped me plant and tend a small garden
that is now bursting with lavender, alstromerias, spearmint,
lemon balm, rumex, rosemary, sweet peas,
and of course, roses.The recent blessing of spring rains
brought everything to bloom.
How to make a bundle:
Earth provides. Our part is easy.
Gather the herbs and flowers
in the sun. They will call to you. Listen.
Leave your offerings.
I like to work outside
when the honey bees
are doing their gathering, too.
If you wish, nestle a crystal or stone
inside the gathered leaves.
Wind a piece of yarn or ribbon
(clockwise, per my Irish ancestors).
Give thanks with every turn
for the beauty, fragrance, the peace you feel.
Ask forgiveness for taking it all for granted,
for what grows and feeds and nourishes us.
Sometimes I feel like asking pardon for
tenderly crushing the most magnificent petals,
especially of the roses.
Gift it to a friend,
place on an altar,
offer it to the sea.
- Mary May 2016
We have new crystals!
We brought back all sorts of crystals from
the Tucson gem show this spring:
small tumbled stones,
large altar pieces
and exquisite handmade gemstone
rings and pendants.