Damiana is legendary in the herbal world as an aphrodisiac and to help with sexual issues, though its herbal benefits don’t end there. Here, a Curandera uses it to inspire us to love ourselves and to reignite a sense of pleasure and power.

Curandera of Fire – Damiana

Love yourself (old ain’t dead); Indulge yourself with sensual bliss; come home to pleasure, power, and passion

A red crystal vase of damiana elixir sits on a pink lacy altar cloth with a single glass. A beeswax candle illuminates symbols of sensuality: a voluptuous mermaid, a yoni-shaped geode, and cowrie shells. Copal resin is in the vial and burns from a smoky cauldron. Roses are scattered around fresh cuttings of a damiana plant. An elder woman places her hands upon the table making the shape of the sacred triangle, the gateway to life.

Meaning: The Curandera of Fire defies conventional norms. She remains whole unto herself, wild and free. She is a champ of female sexual power. She understand the important of self-love rituals. Just as damiana ignites passion, she adores the power of human desire and welcomes sensuality of all kinds. She knows a passionate life comes from living what you love; thus she honored her creative cauldron with luxurious ceremony. She says, “Delight in yourself.” People are drawn to her vivacious personality. Her counsel brigs pleasure and inspires direct action.

Crafting with the Curandera of Fire:

  • Restore exhausted dreams and pleasures; make damiana incense to awaken the senses.
  • Honore your inner power; build a self-love alar and create a sensual ceremony.
  • Indulge in passionate bliss: make damiana chocolate liquor. Share it with a lover or keep it to yourself!

The Herbcrafter’s Tarot by author Latisha Guthrie and artist Joanna Powell Colbert

People say “don’t judge,” but the fact is that we do it all the time and it is part of assessing whether something or someone is right for us. Not everything is worthy of your time. Don’t buy too much into the negative understanding of the word judgment – it is key to helping you find your way.

The Great Bear

READING POINTS: The only thing in life that is assured is that if you wait long enough, it will change. How you survive that change and who you are after it is up to you. The major elements in this process is judgment of yourself and others. This may relate to an assessment regarding a personal matter or situation, and could be linked to the process of forgiving. It may also relate to a group or social decision. In the process of judgment, both as an individual an on the universal level, honesty is the key. Be honest, be forgiving, be patient, but most of all, be assred change is at hand. Remember, the universe has a long memory. Nothing is ever forgotten.

MEANING: Fear of death and damnation have mutated into a distorted view of the card known traditionally as Judgment, as a calling of righteous souls from their graves by an angel on Judgment Day. But the universe is much simpler than religious theologies would have it. The laws of evolution and cause and effect have more to do with diving judgment than human morals. If, on a personal level, life is squandered in the pursuit of vainglories and pretentious ambition, the painful void left within an individual’s soul will make itself known through despair and frustration. On the earthly or universal sphere, if we abuse the ecosystem and lay waste to world resources, nature will find a way to redress the balance by its own evolutionary means. Nature is not vindictive, just practical. By the same token, if time is spent education and understanding ourselves, this investment in wisdom will help us live our lives with a deeper respect for all humanity and nature. Life will be enriched by the joy and beauty of the universe.

The Great Bear is the guardian of the forest ways and holds up the power of life and death over those who transgress those laws. After experiencing the stages of being stripped and laid bare, the initiate experiences renewed strength and wisdom and is reborn into a place of quiet stillness, peace, and rest that allows the healing process to be completed. The new, whole, reconstituted person lies hibernating, full of potential, ready to meet the coming spring and with energy and joy.

DESCRIPTION: Between two yew trees lies an ancient burial mound of the kind known as a passage grave. Upon this a polar bear crouches, keeping watch. The initiate has been laid to rest, covered by earth and stone, and now wants to be reborn, guarded by the shamanic sentinel of the mound. The traditional religious and political concepts of right and wrong, guilt and innocence, have no place here, for the judgment that takes place during the time of rebirth is both inward and mystical, and yet outward and universal, reaching far beyond the narrow confines of human civilization and conventions. The constellation of the Great Bear stands out in the sky, indicating the entrance to the otherworld to which the seeker proceeds.

The Wildwood Tarot by authors Mark Ryan and John Matthews and artist Will Worthington

So, we are having a busy week in the mornings, which is why I forgot to post a card yesterday. Whoopsie! I won’t be posting one tomorrow either but should be back to normal on Thursday. Today, we have a call to keep loving even when it is difficult.

Have a great day!


MEANING: Love is flowing in to you and through you. No matter what an individual is saying or doing, love him or her anyway. Gather your inner forces; silently and secretly love deeply and fully, with every ounce of your being, even if someone isn’t fulfilling your expectations. (It’s easy to love people when they’re acting wonderfully; the true challenge is to love them when they aren’t.)

NATIVE SPIRIT WISDOM: Feathers in native cultures often represent a connection with the Creator. Birds often symbolize messengers between the two-leggeds (humans) and Spirit. This is your time to love and be loved. The love that you send out into the world comes back to you a hundredfold. There are times when the small concerns of everyday life need to drop away and be replaced by the majesty of your being – this it that time. Prayer feathers are decorated feathers that can be used for many purposes. In some traditions, prayers are placed into the feather – you can hold it to your heart or between your hands as you focus on your prayer – and then tied onto a bush so when the wind blows, it carries the prayers to the Creator. Another kind of prayer feather is a decorated feather or a decorated bundle of feathers that are used for smudging (sacred smoke) ceremonies. The smoke it to cleanse the space as well as carry your prayers upward.

THE JOURNEY: For a day, love each person you encounter. Imagine a golden ray of light from the center of your heart radiating at the center of the heart of that individual. Notice how great you feel by the end of the day.

Native Spirit Oracle by author Denise Linn and artist Charles McStravick

The Eel is an important creature in Celtic history and myth. Its ability to guide us to wisdom and maturity can help us achieve great things with a centered spirit. Blessings!

Knight of Vessels – Eel

Meaning: The Eel is a great purveyor of wisdom and has a reputation as a protector. In Irish myth, it is said that certain eels could turn themselves into weapons when wielded by a warrior. Cuchulainn’s famous spear, the Gae Bolga, derives its name from the Eel, and the war goddess known as the Morrigan assumed that form in battle. The Eel swims through water where weeds and crosses drift.

Reading Points: With purity of intent, your destiny defined, you are able to bring wisdom and maturity to your tasks. Embarking on a quest of personal revelation, your vision leads you onward. Your deep feelings are expressed at every turn.

Tracks and Pathways: Attraction, conquest, seduction, a welcoming, compliance, agreement, induction, coming together, union, and arrival.

The Wildwood Tarot by authors Mark Ryan and John Matthews and artist Will Worthington

I’ve been feeling this card lately, so I guess it’s timely for me. Hoping it is for you all too! Blessings and have a good Wednesday.

Flowing River

Meaning: Everything is falling into place because you aren’t resisting the drift of the great river of life. It’s time to let go. You’re entering a period of gracious ease and flow. All is unfolding perfectly and with good timing. When you’re in a state of flow, you aren’t pushing the river to go faster and you aren’t swimming against it. Let go of the shore and enjoy the ride.

Native Spirit Message: Rivers have personalities and carry energy, just as animals and plants do. From the Maoris to the Australian Aborigines and to other native cultures throughout the world, it’s believed that it’s important to listen to the language of the river. If you aren’t feeling the smooth currents of life, it might mean that you’re trying to control situations or that you’re being self-critical or judgmental. The way to move into flow is through gratitude and appreciation, and by allowing others to support and help you.

Heed the Native American saying: “It’s best to ride the horse the direction that it’s going.” This means that when the card Flowing River chooses you, you’re being told to let go and go with the flow. If there is something or someone you need to forgive, this is the time. This is also the time to forgive yourself and just let go.

The Journey: As you shower and the water flows over your body, imagine that everything is flowing in your life. Spend time next to a river or stream and watch the flowering waters; use it as a metaphor to let go and enter the flow.

Native Spirit Oracle by author Denise Linn and artist Charles McStravick

Have you been starting to reconnect with friends and other community members after the long pandemic? I know that’s where I am, and it does feel good to meet with people again and have real conversations (they don’t always flow well for groups on Zoom). We do need to be careful not to overextend ourselves as we readapt, but perhaps it’s time to reach out.

Blessings and have a great week!

Six of Earth – Pine

Ground yourself in community; share your resources – your generosity will circle back to you; the soul remains evergreen

A circle of ancient stones surrounds a warm fire. A rustic pine table shows small muslin bundles adorned with red string, pine sprigs, and cones – bundles made with friends at Solstice. The sun has set and moonlight glows across the field. The shadow of a rich evergreen forest is seen beyond the meadow.

Meaning: Life is generative. Share with friends. Support each other in times of plenty and times of lack. Celebrate what you have. Pine is an evergreen tree that keeps its needles all year, providing medicine, materials for baskets, and shelter for forest creatures. It is a living embodiment of everlasting life. As the pine is gracious with its resources, be generous with this in need. Honor the people and land that have provided you with the foundation, security, and resources on which you now rely. Gather the community together and teach what you know. Recognize the bounty in your life. Look fro ways to share your abundance with others.

Crafting with the Six of Earth:

• Walkin a pine forest with friends to release the old and make way for the new.

• Learn to weave pine needs baskets to gather your bounty.

• Drin tea from freshly gathered pine needles for renewal and regeneration.

The Herbcrafter’s Tarot by author Latisha Guthrie and artist Joanna Powell Colbert

Drawing the three cards today, we also had Queen of Vessels featuring the Salmon (of knowledge, in Celtic lore). I really wanted the card for today to be that one; it looked so calm and peaceful. Alas, the card that buzzed under my hand was this one, which is also helpful but definitely more demanding. Sometimes what we want and what we need are not the same things.


Knight of Arrows – Hawk

Meaning: Quick, graceful, and a master of the element of Air, the Hawk is symbolic of vision and power. The ability to fly and nest at high altitude and see prey and hunt from a great heights brings a special reverence to this majestic and fearless creature.

Reading Points: A quicksilver messenger of fate, the Hawk can help and support you to see through layers of doubt and uncertainty to the problem at the heart of the matter. Be swift and use your common sense to progress.

Tracks & Pathways: Heroism, subtlety, clear-sightedness, impetuosity, anger, holding a grudge, valor

The Wildwood Tarot by authors Mark Ryan and John Matthews and artist Will Worthington

It’s been a while since we’ve seen this serious figure, but he’s here to tell us to find balance and courage – and that nature will help provide those if we will only seek it.




Reading Points: Through adversity of the process of rebalancing in life, we find courage within ourselves that flows from an unknown source. Sometimes that courage has to do with facing unavoidable truth or dealing with a person or problem that no amount of physical confrontation or emotional bravery will resolve, The Woodward’s strength, drawn from nature’s inherent power to renew and overcome, is needed if we are to foresee what is to come and wait upon the turning of the seasons. Sometimes, when faced with a challenging situation, we must find our own inner backstop, the point from which we will not retreat or from which we can move forward with quiet confidence. The Wildwood ethos has much to teach humanity about calm, resolute strength. 

Description: A human hunter wearing a mountain lion mask holds a bloodied spear in one hand and the cup of giving, intoxication, and compassion in the other. From the crossbar of the spears haft hangs an ivory statuette of the oldest anthropomorphic figure found in Europe, a lion-headed human thought to be 30 thousand years old. A lynx sits at the figure’s side and an eagle swoops over his right shoulder. In the background, Silbury Hill symbolizes the harvest aligned to the sunrise at Lammas. The summer sun rises behind the Woodward, its rays painting the world gold. 

The Wildwood Tarot by authors Mark Ryan and John Matthews and artist Will Worthington

I know a lot of folks are pretty frazzled right now, so perhaps it’s time for some self-care. It might seem counterintuitive for the day many of are “getting back to it,” but sometimes a long holiday weekend wears us out!

Have a lovely day, everyone!

Madre of Water – Oats

Let the Mother of Water soothe your soul; release anxiety by nourishing body and spirit; open your heart and let your intuition flow.

Fresh oat straw infusion brews on a sunny windowsill above a table holding a well-worn bottle of tincture and a jar full of oat tops. A woman holds her mug, its handle shaped like a whale’s tale, and enjoys a fresh cup of tea while looking toward the sea. Steam rises to an altar filled with ocean treasures.

Meaning: The Madre of Water is a master of self-care. She is kind and gracious to others because she is kind and gracious to herself. As oat straw replenishes the land, she takes time to rest. By doing so publicly, she inspires others to do the same. She plants oats in the garden each year to replenish and fortify the soil. She feels full and complete after a day of good work. She understands the power of oatstraw and delights the calming medicine it provides. She knows healing takes time and she has faith in her daily cup of tea. Just as oats sooth frizzed emotions, the Madre of Water transforms tension into healing. Embrace your emotions; they expand your capacity for compassion.

Crafting with the Madre of Water:

• Drink oat straw infusion every day for emotional nourishment.
• Take an oatmeal bath to nourish the body.
• Feed oat seeds to squirrels or chickens, or grow them in our garden to nourish the earth.

The Herbcrafter’s Tarot by author Latisha Guthrie and artist Joanna Powell Colbert

I’ve always enjoyed this card (being an Earth sign might have a bit to do with it), but I feel there are many that need this reminder just now. Mimicking St. George is not helpful here – do not battle your own dragon. Take a little time to befriend your inner Earth Dragon this weekend and discover your keys to potential.

Earth Dragon – Power, Potential, Riches

The Earth Dragon (Draig-talamh) brings us face to face with our potential. Within us we have a treasure house of riches – of powers and capacities – that we can learn how to use. In the past, we may have been denied access by the guardian of this treasure. But now we are coming to understand that this sometimes fierce guardian is, in reality, an aspect of ourselves. By coming to know and love Draig-talamh, we will be able to unlock the secrets of our heart, and at the same time we will find ourselves discovering the beauty and the power that lies within the hearts of those around us and in the very earth itself.

This card might also indicate that somehow you are relating in an inappropriate way to your inner reserves and potential. Earth Dragon guards the treasures in your soul fiercely, but he is your ally, not your enemy – do not try to kill him and do not try to wrest the treasure away from him. You may need to spend time befriending this creature who has slumbered in your soul for so long. A precipitous attempt to capitalize on your talents or express your potential may be unwise.

Druid Animal Oracle by authors Philip and Stephanie Carr-Gomm and artist Will Worthington

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