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This fiery card is here to jumpstart our creativity and sense of play – take time today to create, play, or smile at someone who needs a lift.

Blessings!

Thistle

Hija of Fire – California Poppy

Create with the enthusiasm of a beginner; boisterous play, then sweet sleep; light up the landscape with golden joy. 

Magical objects lie on a bright yellow table: a stuffed tiger, a glitter wand, a small cauldron, and a mortar and pestle. Pictures of poppy plants are scattered about like oracle cards. Real flowers frame the edge of the table. A child wraps her dirt-stained fingers adorned with flashy jewels around an amber gazing ball.

Meaning: The Hija of Fire jumps at the chance to be creative. She cannot wait to begin a new project. She approaches everything with the playfulness of a child. Knowing the strong elixir of California poppy creates magic, she takes small but confident steps toward independence. She may have watched an elder many times, but now she makes medicine for herself. Just as California poppy flowers light up dry, wild desert meadows with their brilliant color, she stays open to the light, sways with the wind, and radiates delight. 

Crafting with the Hija of Fire

• Craft fairy dolls from poppy flowers to inspire enthusiasm.

• Spend times gathering California poppy in a wild meadow and craft a relaxing elixir.

• Do a little guerrilla gardening with California poppy seeds; sprinkle joy everywhere you go. 

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

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Licorice is gentle healing and encouragement. Use it to help say what you need to say.

Blessings,

Thistle

Eight of Air – Licorice

Know your limits and respect them; proclaim your truth; walk out through the gate

A large licorice plant stands in the foreground of an old garden. It is wild and needs to be cut down. The broken down wooden gate swings open at a small gust of wind, reveling the wide open meadow through the thick branches of the unruly plant. A dilapidated stone arch blocks the view to the clear sky beyond.

Meaning: What holds us back is not always clear. Are you feeling fenced in by the circumstances of your life? Staying isolated seems safe, but like this overgrown garden, it could become a prison of your own making. Know your limits; there is no shame in saying no. Constant internal dialogue may have silenced you, but your body can no longer hold that story inside. Licorice heals the vocal cords. Speak your truth aloud to others; it will give you power. A power shared is a power multiplied. Licorice medicine is soft and sweet; be kind to yourself as you meet your boundaries head on. 

Crafting with the Eight of Air

• Make a licorice root talisman to reinforce boundaries.

• Drink licorice tea to strengthen your voice.

• Write thank you notes to friends who hold the gates of compassion open when you feel trapped.

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

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What a bold and lovely card! So often, people only consider the blooms of a rose – their beauty, shape, color, and scent. But there is much more to a rose. Many roses produce rose hips, which are edible and nutritious. The thorns protect the plant from harm and these spiky plants create shelter for other creatures.

As such, don’t overlook the fact that we too are multidimensional. We can be sensuous and grounded, playful and serious when needed, strong and yet gentle.

The Empress – Rose

Be vulnerable, yet strong; nurture love and compassion; see beauty and abundance in every stage of life.

A honey-colored work table is veered in wild roses. Fall leaves are arrayed in a crown. The seeds of fat, juicy rose hips spill out next to pink heart-shaped petals. Buds and flowers lie on a honeycomb. Red chiles form a triskele pointing to a flaming heart. A stone bead of the Woman of Willendorf, a representative of the Great Mother, is strung onto a rosary.

Meaning: Healing the heart heals the world. Learn to be vulnerable yet strong like the delicate petals of the rose protected by thorns. Roses uplift the spirit and inspire love. Embody sensuality in bold, vibrant ways. Let creativity and abundance flourish around and within you. Wild roses are prolific, creating food, medicine, and shelter for all who encounter them. As all parts of the rose contain medicine, every stage of your life find passionate expression. Create, make, love, play. It is a fertile, generative time. 

Crafting with the Empress

• Arrange rose thorns and petals together on your altar to cultivate vulnerability and strength. 

• Create a rosary out of rose buds, rose hips, or dried rose petal beads for love and compassion. 

• Celebrate the many stages of life by learning the remedies for each season of the rose: Rose buds for childhood, full blooms for midlife, and hips for elder hood.

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

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Well, this is quite the recipe for the coming week! I do love cinnamon, and it’s a spice that invigorates as well as promotes circulation and other good things. Whether you savor it literally or only in symbolism, let it help you connect with your true self and your ancestors.

Blessings and have a lovely week!

Thistle

Seven of Fire – Cinnamon

Answer the call of the ancients; seek vision from the ancestors; take a stand for your whole, authentic self

An image of the goddess Ixchel and a Sun Stone are gathered on a table. A rosary is draped across a dusty book of curanderismo (healing arts) near a roaring fire. Cinnamon has been crushed for te de canela, cinnamon tea, and now boils on the wood stove. A jar of cinnamon sticks remains opened, and lime is sliced.

Meaning: Ancestral traditions remind us who we are. Te de canela is a remedy of Mexican grandmothers. Your personal power has roots in your own cultural heritage. When you hear a call from the ancients, start with a study of your bloodlines. Learn the history, take the medicine, and eat the food of your people. Just as cinnamon found its way around the globe on the Silk Road, allow yourself to be taken on a journey by your ancestors. Devotion to divine beings will deepen your connection: collect imagery and stories, make altars and offerings. Take pride in where you come from. Stand up for who you are. Claim your sovereign path. Your foremothers will give you direction. Cinnamon is a strong and spicy remedy; be assertive and bold in the expression of the true self.

Crafting with Seven of Fire:
• Study your bloodlines.
• Invite your ancestors to a fireside council. Share a warming tea and ask for guidance.
• Boost your day with fire power; use extra cinnamon in your breakfast.

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

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This card reminds me of the quote, “You are the result of a thousand loves.” Even if you’re relationship with current ancestors is fraught, we must remember that our ancestry goes beyond them (or as I like to say about one side of my ancestry, “They can’t all be assholes, can they?”)

Horsetail is here to show you there is more security at work than you might realize – you might just need to grow a little differently than you thought.

Have a lovely Wednesday!

Thistle

Ten of Earth – Horsetail

Ancient magic, modern medicine; find strength deep within; the wisdom of the elders takes root in the bones of youth.

A basket decorated with horsetail roots rests on a bridge over a dense marsh. Alder trees lean to create a canopy above. The lush blanket of green covers the muddy earth beneath. The young spring shoots of horsetail are perfect for gathering.

You are safe and secure. You are a well-established member of your community; know your work supports and sustains others. Horsetail both gathers nutrients and removes toxins from the area. Understand your connection to the greater purpose of life. Pause and connect often with all you have been given. Horsetail is a relative of a 400-million-year-old plant. You come from ancestral giants. This all has taken place before. Sometimes in order to effective you learn to grow small and multiply. Nourish an underground network. Mindfully gather from resources that have carried generations. Horsetail is favored among biodynamic gardeners as natural fertilizer; the future can build on the strength of the past.

Crafting with Ten of Earth:

• Visit a marsh and make a gratitude offering to the ancestral giants of modern horsetail.
• Harvest and dry horsetail in the spring to regain strength and vitality from its rich minerals.
• Invite the wisdom of the elders – craft a talisman of horsetail root in the fall.

The Herbcrafters Tarot by author Latisha Guthrie and artist Joanna Powell Colbert

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This is a vibrant card for us today – and it suggests we should embrace our ability to join with others to make magic and creativity happen. Sounds like a good plan!

Blessings,

Thistle

Six of Fire – Nasturtium

Celebrate yourself and others; call the circle, make some magic; glitter and spice magnify power and joy

A table is set for making spells with friends. Large beeswax pillars wait to be adorned. Red and gold glitter spills onto the table. Nasturtium flowers – crimson, orange, and yellow – pepper the table. A candle is lit in the center of the holy mess mark the beginning of sacred time.

Meaning: Raise a little power for healing and transformation! Cheer on your friends and praise their accomplishments, as they do for you. Drawing bees and nourishing soil, nasturtium is a vibrant plant that brings life to the garden. Your ability to bring people together creates magic. Claim your place as a community leader. Gather circle. Creativity ignites creativity. Nasturtium blooms in many colors; let your personal flair shine. Dance to your own beat while dancing in harmony with others. Nasturtium vinegar adds flavor with a kick; celebrate your accomplishments with pizazz.

Crafting with Six of Fire

• Add Nasturtium petals to spell candles to increase their energy and strength

• Make Nasturtium oxymel spritzers to toast your accomplishments

• Magnify joy at your next gathering: serve goat cheese mixed with nasturtium petals and leaves

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

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This card focuses on grief and heartbreak, but remember that this is not limited to losing a love or having a loved one die. Dreams that wither, friendships that do not last, and many more things can cause these same symptoms. Whatever is hurting your heart, take some time to acknowledge it so you can more forward stronger.

Blessings.

Three of Air – Echinacea

Speak the truth about your heartbreak; be the medicine that heals the pierced heart; healing from grief takes time.

Three echinacea flowers pierce the sky on a cloudy summer day. An abandoned barn with a rusted roof stands in the background. The sun and rain battle for position: bursts of light are followed by short showers. Tattered petals of pink flowers fall as the plant bends toward the ground to offer its seeds. New buds emerge from beneath the thick green layer of leaves.

Meaning: Heartache leads to self-knowledge. You may be confronted with an agonizing reality. Wild echinacea, a potent medicinal that once blanketed the prairies of North America, is now endangered. We may never again experience wild abundant fields of this electrifying pink flower. See things as they truly are and accept the loss. Healing lies in your ability to learn from the devastation. Echinacea remedies increase resistance to infection and build a strong body. Embracing painful truths leads to resilience. Seek out strong allies who will help you through the grieving process. Find comfort in your sorrow. Echinacea is a slow-growing plant; sit with your grief as long as it takes.

Crafting with Three of Air:

• Find expression for your heartbreak. Write your story.

• Buy only cultivated echinacea. When you heal the earth, you heal us all.

• Embark on a meditative journey to the prairies where echinacea once flourished and harvest medicine for your grief there.

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

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Hija of Fire – California Poppy

Create with the enthusiasm of a beginner; boisterous play, then sweet sleep; light up the landscape with golden joy.

Magical objects lie on a bright yellow table: a stuffed tiger, a glitter wand, a small cauldron, and a mortar and pestle. Pictures of poppy plants are scattered about like oracle cards. Real flowers frame the edge of the table. A child wraps her dirt-stained fingers adorned with flashy jewels around an amber gazing ball.

Meaning: The Hija of Fire jumps at the chance to be creative. She cannot wait to begin a new project. She approaches everything with the playfulness of a child. Knowing the strong elixir of California poppy creates magic, she takes small but confident steps toward independence. She may have watched an elder many times, but now she makes medicine for herself. Just as California poppy flowers light up dry, wild desert meadows with their brilliant color, she stays open to the light, sways with the wind, and radiates delight.

Crafting with the Hija of Fire

• Craft fairy dolls from poppy flowers to inspire enthusiasm.

• Spend times gathering California poppy in a wild meadow and craft a relaxing elixir.

• Do a little guerrilla gardening with California poppy seeds; sprinkle joy everywhere you go.

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

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As most of you know, I pull three cards each day and post the one that has the strongest energy. Today’s card is Eight of Fire – Ginger, but close behind it was Eight of Water – Valerian. The Eight cards in this deck represent drawing deep on the Earth and yourself to stay the course for something that might be difficult. We have accepted a calling and have come to a challenging part in the journey – but you have the ability to make it through.

As these two cards are on opposite sides of the spectrum, I would say there are some of you that need to ignore the Ginger card and seek the rest and recuperation that Valerian provides.

Blessings!

Eight of Fire – Ginger

Adapt swiftly to unexpected changes; you can handle the heat; act quickly the inspiration strikes

Something cooks on every burner in a busy kitchen. A sauté pan is alive with flames; vegetables fly into the air from another pan; a large pot bubbles over with broth. A tray of onions, limes, and ginger root is precariously perched on the edge of the stove. The walls are filled to the brim with spices, herbs, and culinary supplies.

Meaning: Inspiration comes from all directions. Can you handle so many things at once? Like the busy stove in this kitchen, everything begs for your attention. Change is happening quickly. Swift action is needed or you may become overwhelmed. Ginger warms the body and fires up energy. When creative possibilities spin all about you, fast, focused movement is key. This is not the time to pause and consider but instead to respond with urgency. Ginger is spicy medicine, but you can handle the heat.

Crafting with the Eight of Fire

• Build your resilience and adapt to unexpected changes: use spice ginger in cooking.

• Make ginger elixir; take it to keep the flames of inspiration burning.

• Speed up a desired outcome by crafting a magic ginger honey pot.

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

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What a lovely sentiment for today! It should be noted that this earthy card was flanked on either side by a fiery card. Often at this time of year, people focus on the symbolism of the hearth fire, but that fire must be set on top of solid and well built hearth stone in order not to spread and become a danger. So stay warm, but remember to stay grounded and kind.

Blessings!

Curandera of Earth – Sweetgrass

The living earth is our greatest teacher; braid together love, health, and wealth – then give it away; let a holy fragrance bring you home.

Several strange of sweetgrass have been woven into long braids in a well-tended meadow. An old woman weaves the long blades directly from the earth. Her hands are weathered from working the land.Her old sun hat, worn from decades of use, rests nearby. Her bracelets jingle as she lovingly connects with the sweetgrass, humming as she weaves.

Meaning: The Curandera of Earth knows that when we share the sweetness of life with another, all may thrive. She brings attention to the rich bounty that nature provides, all may thrive. She visits her garden and the wild places often and shares her knowledge freely with her people. Sweetgrass grows best in community with other praiser land plants. She understands, as Robin Wall Kimmerer writes (in Braiding Sweetgrass) “sweetgrass flourishes when it is harvested and declines when it is not.” The Curandera of Earth tends the land out of a heart overflowing. She says, “Thank you, thank you, thank you.” People are drawn to her grounded steady presence. Her counsel brings faith and inspires prosperity.

Crafting with the Curandera of Earth

• Grow sweetgrass at home and support a wild sweetgrass management project.

• Share the joy and abundance of life: host a party, eat good food, braid sweetgrass with friends.

• Bless a home or gathering place: Burn dried sweetgrass braids.

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

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