THE FIVE ELEMENTS (ᗰETᗩᒪ, ᗯᗩTEᖇ, ᗯOOᗪ, ᖴIᖇE, EᗩᖇTᕼ) are the underlying energies that comprise all things...
Also called the Five Movements, their dynamic interactions form the universal order, generating the cycle of the seasons along with corresponding colors, flavors, sounds, the organs + tissues of our bodies, and even our temperaments + emotions. There is no distinction between body/mind. Matter is not fixed. Everything is movement.
Healing may then be envisioned as the harmonious dance
of these five elemental energies.
Each season we create an EᒪEᗰEᑎTᗩᒪ ᑭOTIOᑎ to acknowledge + celebrate + balance the needs and experiences unique to each seasonal transition. We offer this formula as a shared ritual— harmonizing collective consciousness with the cyclical passage of time, witnessed by plant + human community.
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WINTER : ᗯᗩTEᖇ : STORAGE : FEAR : SALTY : BLACK
SPRING : ᗯOOᗪ : BIRTH : ANGER : SOUR : GREEN
SUMMER : ᖴIᖇE : GROWTH : JOY : BITTER : RED
LATE SUMMER : EᗩᖇTᕼ : TRANSFORMATION : PENSIVENESS : SWEET : YELLOW
FALL : ᗰETᗩᒪ : HARVEST : GRIEF : PUNGENT : WHITE
From the abyss of Winter dreams, we awaken reborn into Spring. The emergence of Wood energy calls us up + out of the universal depths into our individuated form. Consciousness mimics the seed— densely charged with potential, exploding into growth. This youthful phase can feel exciting, hopeful, romantic, unsettling, volatile.
Birth erupts from the tension between nothingness + infinite expansion. Self explodes assertively into being with a catalyzing awareness of Me, My needs, My dreams. The shock of individuality reverberates in our tissues as a forward-driven tension. Hope swells into longing for the release of fruition (flowers ache). Friction + obstacles restricting our life force create frustration + anger + rage.
How can I honor these energies without lashing out or bypassing them?
What spaciousness can I find in my rage? A channel. A new direction.
How will I adapt + release into growth to meet my untended needs? What will I create?
Who are my collaborators?
What soft new worlds can I dream around my anger (my teacher, my friend)?
This year's Wood Potion is a prism for channeling anger (old + new) into soul-deep creativity to build toward our needs + our full blossoming expression.
To be used in ritual work + meditation, or to invoke inspired clarity in tense heated moments of daily life.
Anger is the mental + physical tension we experience between
being hurt + developing a strategy to care for the hurt.
- Lama Rod Owens
Anger is loaded with information + energy. Anger expressed and translated into action
in the service of our vision and our future is a liberating and strengthening act of clarification,
for it is in the painful process of this translation that we identify who are our allies
with whom we have grave differences, and who are our genuine enemies.
There is a sense of being in anger.
A reality in presence.
An awareness of worth.
It is a lovely surging.
- Toni Morrison
RAGE INTO BLOOM =
FOSSILIZED TREE - finding spaciousness in the flow of time, to pause or travel
VALERIAN - uncovering + embodying + directing our smoldering energies, releasing trapped heat with clarity + defined purpose
BEE VISITS FIRST BLOOMING CROCUS - harmonizing individual + collective energies into creativity, opening to new life
SUMAC (oxymel) - astringent catalyst: binding dispersed, conflicting heart-mind energies into refined, cohesive union
Prepared on Mar. 20th, 2021on the SPRING EQUINOX under the WAXING CRESCENT MOON IN GEMINI - amplified transformation + spontaneity (adaptation!), harmony of feeling + thinking + speaking
ᗩᑕTIᐯITY: DECISION + PREPARATION + GERMINATION + BIRTH
ᔕEᑎᔕE OᖇGᗩᑎ: EYES
TIᔕᔕᑌE: TENDONS + NAILS
EᗰOTIOᑎ: SELF ASSERTION + ANGER
TEᗰᑭEᖇᗩᗰEᑎT: FLEXIBLE + STRONG + DETERMINED + VITAL + SENSITIVE
ᔕᑭᗩTIᗩᒪ EᒪEᗰEᑎTᔕ: VERTICAL EXPANSION
IᗰᗩGE: THE EXPLODING SEED
OUR POTIONS ARE EARTH-INTEGRATED MINDFULNESS TOOLS. THEIR POWER IS POETIC.
will consist of a seasonal selection of essences
suspended in a single herb extract.
The "physical" plant dosage in the essences is negligible.
These are medicines of meaning, intended for meditative/ritual/therapeutic use, to be taken in 1-5 drops at a time.
The formulation ritual includes meditation, sound + movement, and is performed with care :~)
10mL HAND-DECORATED DROPPER BOTTLE
- FORMULATED + POURED + NAMED EACH SEASON
- MADE WITH HERBS WE CULTIVATE, OR SOURCE FROM SMALL ORGANIC FARMS
Keep on hand for use in the moment
Take 1-5 drops directly on the tongue, as desired?
May also be added to a drink, or applied topically to pulse points...
THE FORMULAS + WORDS + IMAGES WE MAKE ARE GESTURES OF SUPPORT TOWARD YOUR PROCESS OF CARING FOR YOURSELF AS YOU SEE FIT.
They are not medical advice or medical treatment.
PEOPLE + PLANTS ARE COMPLEX.
YOUR RESPONSE TO DIFFERENT PLANTS, IN DIFFERENT AMOUNTS, WILL BE UNIQUE.
LISTENING AND ADJUSTING TO YOUR RESPONSE IS VITAL TO ALL ASPECTS OF YOUR CARE.
While complications from working with herbs + speculative interactions between herbs + drugs are sometimes publicized, confirmed cases are rare. It is your responsibility to discuss possible complications or interactions of herbs + medications with a trained healthcare provider, particularly if you are pregnant or have a known medical condition.
This might feel complicated, and that’s OK. :~)
| These statements have not been evaluated by the FDA. This product does not intend to treat, diagnose, cure, or prevent any disease. :~):~):~)