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    Notes from the Apothecary

    Notes from the Apothecary: Cherries   I’m inspired to write about cherries because of my next door neighbour. They have a huge cherry tree that hangs over into our garden. We don’t mind. In fact, we love it. Not only is it a beautiful tree, with strong, thick limbs and richly coloured bark, it encourages all kinds of wildlife. Just this afternoon, we all sat enraptured in the kitchen as a squirrel hopped around the back garden munching on the fallen cherries. They’re just starting to ripen as we leave the summer solstice behind, and the windfalls attract all manner of birds and small mammals. There are actually over 50…

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    Book Review – Broth from the Cauldron: A Wisdom Journey Through Everyday Magic by Cerridwen Fallingstar

    Book Review Broth from the Cauldron A Wisdom Journey Through Everyday Magic by Cerridwen Fallingstar 280 Pages     The stories Cerridwen Fallingstar tells about her life in “Broth from the Cauldron: A Wisdom Journey through Everyday Magic” range from fairly ordinary to well out of the ordinary. Since 1976 she’s been a Wiccan priestess teaching shamanic classes. In 1992 she began teaching year-long apprenticeship programs she calls “Hogwarts for Grown-ups.” The memoir does not follow the classic chronological order. “Sometimes the true way to tell a story is the twisted path, the journey through the labyrinth, the path that doubles back on itself, full of odd turns, improbable coincidences,…

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    Spiritual Preparation for Pregnancy Excerpted from The Pregnant Goddess by Arin Murphy-Hiscock

    Spiritual Preparation for Pregnancy     Is Anyone Truly Ready for Pregnancy? On the surface of that question is the obvious answer: If you can conceive or have conceived, then you are physiologically ready for the state of pregnancy. Whether you are mentally, emotionally, or spiritually ready, well, that’s another story. Even if you have previously been pregnant, that experience serves only as a guideline for how this pregnancy will go and how you will feel and react to the changes in your body once again. It is one of the miracles of pregnancy that every experience with it will be different. Every gestation is unique and you must look…

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    Moon Rituals For the Summer Excerpted from The Moon Spells Journal by Diane Ahlquist

    Moon Rituals For the Summer     JUNE In June, a month of long days and short nights, we experience the last moon of spring as solar energy is heating up, days lengthen, and we celebrate the peak of solar power. The world around continues to transform. Crops and herbs grow in leaps and bounds; hives are full of honey as bees take advantage of the long days and bountiful blooms. As the life-giving solar force heightens vibrations, fortifies resolve, and builds strength, we are impelled to make hay while the sun shines! Infused with warmth from the extended hours of daylight, nights are short, fragrant, and enthralling, packed with…