Check out the video and pictures below for a quick look at the entire festival. I'm so grateful for the beautiful, women of color who put together this event. We partied and shared energy all day together. It was such a blessed experience.
I remember running outside with my sisters on the first really warm Saturday of the spring, when the rain decided to recede for a few days and when the sun always felt so much warmer than it did in the summer. We'd roll around in the small grass hills in front of my family's apartment and let the wind pull us as we took turns riding my scooter down the small slanted walkway in front of our home's stairs, which we'd wheel back to the top for the next to get a quick rush of adrenaline.
After getting bored with that, we'd sit at the small stone pillars around the hill, watching the ants find their way to sources of food and shelter. This was my favorite time. I'd grab the best nearby flowers that I could find, the ones everyone called weeds but I always thought were beautiful. Then after gathering some dirt (sometimes wet, sometimes dry) I'd combine the contents in a small dip in one of the pillars which I used like a mortar and pestle. Yup, I used a sharp rock to crush all that stuff down into a muddy, green and brown pulp.
Then, I'd offer the mixture to the nearby ants or have a southern dinner party with my imaginary friends -it was southern because I called my plant mixture jambalaya.
All my experimenting with herbs and flora started outside that apartment, during the spring and summer seasons. It wasn't until I was 18 that I could identify those flowers: red and white cloves, dandelions, violets, wisteria, holly berry, etc. I even had a run in with poison ivy at one point, that surprisingly didn't give me any sort of rash whatsoever! That holly berry I ate in preschool definitely did though.
My younger days were filled of experiences with nature and her fruit, on class trips to nature trails, with my mother and siblings at parks around the city, the summers with my friends sitting in grass that made them itch but always just tickled to me. Eventually, it led to impromptu treks through the woods with college friends to smoke weed in private and to me eventually finding a stream that became my sacred communal space out in the woods until I left my college down. That area saw so many of my tears, my laughs, my pain, my magick, my love...
When I look back on these experiences I know I was always meant to be close to, and work with, Mother Earth. Nature has been instrumental to my personal healing, and has kept me fairly grounded throughout a lifetimes worth of trauma. Without the trees, the grass to sit in every now and again, the mud to get my hands dirty in...I might've never found my personal power. It's through these same elements that I seek to heal others, to bring them a sense of peace that people and society never once tried to offer.
I now know that spending time at that small pedestal, crushing herbs and mud together, digging my fingers in and offering it to the creatures of the earth that I loved so much, is what led me to the practice of herbalism, green magick, and mysticism. It was my very first initiation. And somehow, unbeknownst to me, I passed with flying colors.
One day, I hope I can lead my children in these small innocent practices. I want them to see the same world I saw as a child: one of magic and exploration. I want them to see the flora around them and be filled with wonder. I want to see them come up with their own ways to use the nearby leaves and fruits, vegetation gifted to us by the planet that we call home. If they're my kids, I know they'll be filled with the same drive to experiment as I did.
A tea to help you in the spring-summer transition. Sun and Uranus are currently moving through luxurious Taurus in trine with Jupiter now Retrograde in Sagittarius. This is a perfect time to take a look at ourselves, the foundations we've made in our lives, and how we're going to improve them moving forward so that the "monument" of our life can be safe and strong.
Often, when I’m at events or working with clients, they ask me what’s the point of drinking loose leaf teas or incorporating them into their daily practice. My first reason is always that I know they have healing and empowering capabilities from personal experience. I’ve been working with nature, herbs, fruits and flowers for as long as I can remember.
The second reason is the one eeeveryone wants to hear: herbal healing and medicines have been used in all successful ancient societies we know of, and has centuries of proven results. All of our ancestors have used potions in the form of teas, tinctures, salves, oils, and perfumes. Chinese medicine is an ancient & modern practice that still incorporates these teachings. All plants & herbs can, and have, been used to heal many sicknesses/illnesses as well as other desired results such as sleep or focus.
Thirdly, each tea is made with love and intention. The herbs are picked carefully for their correspondences such as element, planetary associations, attachments to deities/spirits, etc to create a specially crafted “spell” with each batch
Finally, they just taste so damn good 😅 I mean, what else is there to want in a tea. You got something delicious, and healthy, for any moment in the day.
With each plant added to the blend, there are added health benefits. Whenever buying an herbal blend be sure to check the chemical reactions and uses of the herbs, or consult with a doctor if you’re truly unsure. I keep a book of all the herbs I use, including their medicinal, biological, magickal, and spiritual implications.
I hope this clears up any confusion and encourages you to go on ahead and try out some herbal teas or smokes
Author - Mani Matterz
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