Astro-Herbal Calendar: Spring 2019

Astro-Herbal Calendar: Spring 2019

Spring begins on the Vernal Equinox, when the Sun crosses the Earth’s equator, and day and night are equal length. The next day, the Sun moves into Aries—the first sign of the zodiac. Here, we begin a season of reawakening, freshness, and opening to new beginnings. Seeds are becoming shoots. We’re tending to ourselves in order to protect our delicate rebirths.

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Opening the Sensory Gates to Expand Perceptive Consciousness

Opening the Sensory Gates to Expand Perceptive Consciousness

I've been learning to be with the plants, receive their messages, and share their therapeutic gifts. It's perceptual work that involves opening the sensory gates that have been manipulated through cultural and political conditioning. If this interests you, I reccomend checking out the writings of Stephen Harrod Buhner, specifically Plant Intelligence and the Imaginal Realm: Beyond the Doors of Perception into the Dreaming of Earth

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Winter Solstice Warmth

Winter Solstice Warmth

My past year has been filled with so many amazing plant encounters that it's difficult to believe that I lived with my attention focused anywhere else over my 30 year lifetime. I often worried about corruption, pollution, and cultural delusion but I had no capacity to integrate my concerns into a functional approach to living. My entire reality changed when the plants called on me to reframe my idea of medicine. Even the word "medicine" has been decomposed and repurposed for a greater good than I could have ever imagined.

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Holistic Herbalism for Health Justice

Holistic Herbalism for Health Justice

Since leaving my residency program in Obstetrics and Gynecology, I have been researching ways to improve the dominant health care system in the United States. I've come to understand that it's necessary to create a better, parallel system that can support health by addressing the colonial roots of sickness. I grew up in a largely white, middle-class, suburban community on Long Island, so training at Downstate was a welcomed experience of checking my own privilege, power, and biases. It was there then I learned to see that wealth and health are not random, and neither are poverty or sickness. Race and gender matter, as does imperialist and capitalist history.

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