SageWoman #85 - Herbal Goddess
Healing is an art, not a science. For countless generations we carried the wisdom and magic of healing within ourselves. Working with herbs is one of the steps towards rediscovering that tradition, and to reclaiming our place as wise women.
Herbal Healing for Women
Celebrate the amazing world of women's herbalism with this special issue. Stories of healers, visionaries, and pioneers fill us with inspiration. Discover new goddesses, old remedies, and learn how close our own healing powers are in our homes and the natural world all around us.
Alexis J. Cunningfolk’s “Luminous: Using Moon-Centered Herbalism to Enchant and Heal” unveils how she connects the moon’s power with growing and using plant energy. We focus on three specific plant allies in Ann Spanel’s “Blue Vervain: Opening Heart to Spirit,” Rebecca Bailey’s “Asana of the Juniper,” and “Fierce Mother: the Brave Heart of Lady Hawthorn.”
Druid priestess Sharon Paice McLeod’s weaves a story of ancient Irish herbal traditions in “Beloved: Walking with Plants in the Celtic Tradition" while Ellen Evert Hopman (author of Scottish Herbs & Fairy Lore) unveils the winding tale of how she became a herbalist in “Seduced by the Greenwood.” Sage Kohutek’ back-to-the-land tale “A Passion for Plants” reveals how rooting in plant magic can connect an entire community.
Speaking of community, Lupa’s article “A Sisterhood of Healers” introduces readers to the amazing and magical world of women’s herbal conferences. Lore Mistress Diana Paxson reveals the mysteries of the Norse healing goddess Eir, whose magic focuses on prevention and treatment of ailments (both spiritual and physical) through natural healing in her detailed article (the first I’ve ever seen published on this goddess “Eir: In the House of the Healer.”
We welcome three new columnists with this issue, beginning author and activist Crystal Blanton with her new column “Color of the Goddess: My Journey as a Sun-Kissed Priestess.” Also joining us for the first time is Janet Callahan who writes “Mama Bear: Motherhood for the Strong of Heart,” and Leslie J. Linder, with her column “Child of Artemis: Journeys with our Animal Relations.”
There’s still more in this nourishing issue: renowned herbalist Susun Weed on connecting with herbal allies; Allison Leigh Lilly’s musings on keeping hope in desperate times; Lizann Bassham remembers her recently-passed father; Anne Hill remembers her start in women’s healing practices; Teresa Marbut offers a recipe for soul-nurturing comfort soup, and Goddess thealogian Nancy Vedder-Shultz announces triumphantly “Only Death for the Patriarchy.”
Plus the Rattle, reviews, poetry, and a luscious selection of inspiring Goddess artwork in this 88-page issue, published in January 2014.