ABOUT Mabon Mabon, also known as Autumn Equinox or Second Harvest, is celebrated each September 20-23 at the halfway point between the Lughnasadh and Samhain. While the flowers and blooms of Summer are fading and the nights are growing cooler, we celebrate this sabbat when the lightness of day and darkness of the night are … Continue reading Mabon: A Sacred Ritual to Find Balance and Welcome Autumn
ABOUT LUGHNASADH Lughnasadh, also known as Lammas or First Harvest, is celebrated each August 1 at the halfway point between the Summer Solstice (Litha) and Autumn Equinox (Mabon). As flowers come into full bloom, fruits and vegetables ripen, and new life from Spring continues to grow and develop, we are for the first time fully … Continue reading Lughnasadh: A Sacred Ritual to Embrace Abundance and Express Gratitude
ABOUT LITHA Litha, also known as Midsommar or Summer Solstice, is celebrated each June 20-22. Litha is the longest day (and shortest night) each year when the sun reaches it's highest point and begins to retreat in preparation for Autumn and Winter. Litha is beloved for embodying the warmth and joy of the season through … Continue reading Litha: A Sacred Ritual to Welcome Summer
ABOUT BELTANE Beltane, also known as May Day, is celebrated each May 1. Beltane embodies the peak of fertility season kicked off with Ostara, and embraces continued growth and development. Beltane leans toward partnerships through it's sexual undertones and community through it's public celebrations, such as dancing around the May Pole. While joining in a … Continue reading Beltane: A Sacred Ritual to Embrace Growth and Development
Now that the earth is thawing, Spring is starting to poke through the ground, and the snowbanks have disappeared, many of us are eager to get outside, into our gardens, or just open the windows again. With new plant life beginning to take form, you may find yourself thinking more about plants, herbs, and flowers. … Continue reading Why am I attracted to a certain herb/flower?
ABOUT OSTARA Many of us know Ostara as the first day of Spring, Spring Solstice, or the Vernal Equinox. Whichever title you prefer, Ostara is a magical time ripe for setting intentions and planting seeds in all areas of our lives. While we often think of Ostara as March 20th, Ostara is celebrated across 4 … Continue reading Ostara: A Sacred Ritual to Welcome Spring
The part of herbalism that brings me the most joy is sharing what I know and helping others find their personal practices. A number of the questions people ask me revolve around smudging, how to do it, and what to use. Tools vary although the process is relatively similar, but the truth is, 90% of … Continue reading Am I Smudging Wrong? (No, You’re Not, but Here’s Some Tips.)
You already know that all the incense Nor'Eastern Herb Company, LLC sells is blended, mixed, and rolled into cones by hand. What you might not know is the herbs and resins used in every incense cone must be ground into powder so the cones have a smooth, even burn. Very few herbs are available powered … Continue reading Grinding resin (and my patience).
Last fall I visited my friend Kate's house in Southern Maine for a gathering of strong women to observe the change of the seasons. In addition to our festive activities, we ventured outside for a photoshoot among the New England Autumn colors. Kate lives in a historic and well known house that just happens to … Continue reading The Energy and Spirit of Burdock
The quick answer: Mercury Retrograde is when the planet Mercury appears to be moving backwards in its orbit. It is a kind of optical illusion when Mercury passes by Earth during its orbit. The next Mercury Retrograde period kicks off August 13, 2017, wrapping up September 3, 2017. If it's that simple, why do people … Continue reading What is Mercury Retrograde?