. DEVOTION . Deep respect and honor to the infinite God. Deep love for the formless and nameless one. Deep devotion to the Great Mystery. . . . . . #queermedicine #queerwitch #mystic #meditation #witchesofinstagram #rootwork #rootdoctor #ancestors #thegreatmystery #spirituality #que#queerspirituality #queerspirit #lgb#lgbtq #lgbt #meditationeverydamnday #trans #thirdgender
28 3
I have been starting to trace my religious ancestry through a mix of google and my grandfather who has studied and wrote books about our families roots (which I can't read cause it's all heavy academic Spanish). It is interesting because as someone who is a "third culture kid" and literally a foreigner everywhere I have always felt alienated and lost when it comes to the idea of cultural roots because I have only ever had borrowed ties that may have felt like roots until I moved away and learned I had to move on. But spirituality has been something I've been fascinated with since childhood, I mean I wanted to be a Catholic priest at age 8 even though my beliefs and doctrine were already so different from the church's, the rituals were grounding and I had my own gods in my head so I didn't think it mattered. Spiritual roots are something I feel I can actually feel ownership of, because religion is messy and there are no gatekeepers in my head I have to prove my rights to. It's just me and god and magic. And the more I learn about my pre-christian religious ancestry the more right it feels. #queerspirituality #brujx #tckfeels
12 0
Rune pulled for 1/16/2018 is Dagaz: Chang of mind, transformation. Even the smallest adjustment of how you think of something can cause a major change in how you see a situation. #runes #runereadings #nak#nakedspirituality #divination #intuitivecoach #intuitiveliving #queerpagan #queerspace #queerwitches #queerhealers #queerpaganism #queerspirituality #wiccan #witches #witchcraft #intuitivealchemy #gaywitch #gaypagan #gaytarot #gayhoodoo #gaynorsemen #gayspirituality #tarot #nakedspirituality #norsepagan #norserunes #spiritual #shamanism
31 0
. PRACTICE . Sometimes my practice is sleep covered eyes. Sometimes I find it hard to get myself to my meditation pillow first thing in the morning. I wake up and the to-do list begins to exponentiate. Despite what goes on around me though it's so vital for me to sit and simply surrender. Surrender to the season, to the politics of the day, to my neurosis, to my animals, and to my practice. . It is only in my sinking into the present that I am able to make conscious contact with that mystery, Spirit, that I rely on so heavily. So much of my day is spent trying to manage my life, and while planning is necessary, it is my attachment to a preconceived outcome that has the ability to render me with feelings of loss, resentment, and fear. . I must be willing to leave the outcome to a greater power. If I am willing I will be able to see, most often in hindsight, the working of the Spirits in my life, and the guidance of my Ancestors. . No matter what each of our practices looks like it matters only that we practice. That we practice to rid ourselves of ourselves. . . . . . #queermedicine #queerwitch #mystic #meditation #witchesofinstagram #rootwork #rootdoctor #ancestors #thegreatmystery #spirituality #que#queerspirituality #queerspirit #lgb#lgbtq #lgbt #meditationeverydamnday #trans #thirdgender
34 2
. PASSION & BEAUTY . Safflower, called Kurenai sometimes in Japanese, is a plant whose history stretches across the globe. Prized for it bright crimson color used in rouge and dyes, it is mentioned in various historical documents as well as religious Buddhist text. The Huns of China are said to have lamented when one of the mountains that they used to cultivate Safflower was overtaken by an opposing force, "They have taken our ability to dye, and they have stolen from women the skills of makeup." . Safflower also has documented effectiveness on diabetic insulin regulation, positive effects on osteoporosis, and anti-inflammatory effects. . I would call Safflower a plant of vitality and beauty. With it's clinical capabilities and it's rich history it's clear that Safflower rules the realm of beauty, passion, movement, and bodily strength. . By inviting the pungent plant into out daily lives, by sitting with this plant and becoming mindful of all the collective wisdom that it holds, we are likely to gain some of that passion and vitality in our lives. . . . . . #que#que#queerspiritty #queermedicine #queerwitch #queerspirit #her#herbalmedicine #thirdgender #trans #lgb#lgbt> #lgbt #queer #detoxyourlife #folkmedicine #mystic #storyweaver #shamanic #plantmedicine #herbalremedies #herbalmedicine #wellness #hea#healthylifestyle #health #natural
32 2
He Asks For Grace.
8 1
. DIVING D E E P . I was approached a couple of weeks about creating some material on queering plant medicines to use as a feature in a course that my colleague teaches. . This has had me reflecting deeply on the nature of the role of third gender/queer folks in herbalism and spirit work. . This also has me wondering if a course all it's own needs to be built to offer to folks. Is that something that folks would want? What are some other courses that I could offer that you might be interested in?? . Here are some of my ideas: *Queering Practice: Working at the Edge* *Reclaiming the Third Way: Drawing from Ancient Roots for a Modern Path* *Reclaiming the Queer Self* *Herbalism: Wild & Queer* . Let me know what you think in the comments belowπŸ‘‡πŸ‘‡or in my DM☝️☝️ . . . . . #queerwitch #det#detoxyourlife #que#queerspiritty #queerspirit #lgbt #lgbtq #herbalremedies #herbalmedicine #plantmedicine #intuitiveplantmedicine #trans #thirdgender #witchesofinstagram #shamanic #shamanism #gaywitch #detox
36 2
. MOUNTAIN MEDICINE . I am missing the medicine of the Appalachian mountains this morning. The Peruvians call the Mountain Spirits "Apus". I wish that our culture had a term for those spirits that inhabit the fierce mountains of my homeland. It is almost as if our lack of a term signifies our familiarity with the mountains though. We have no word for something that is so close to us, that we identity ourselves with. They are a part of us, and we of them. . When I lived in Appalachia I would travel to the top of a mountain so that I could find stability and perspective. Amid the rushing wind, and blue sky, a certain knowing falls over a person- a kind of quiet reflection that allows you to remember that in this moment all is well. That mountains do not mind empires. Mountains go on being mountains- deep, steady, rooted. . The mountain top is a place of deep respect and thanksgiving. Next time you are on the knoll of a mountain, or amid the knobs of vegetation at the top, take a moment to let your spirit sink deep within the mountains spirit, the Apu. Then you may rise up from there in the awareness that you have been blessed. . . . . . #que#queerh #queer #thirdgender #trans #maxpatch #appalachia #que#queerspiritty #queerspirit #ncmountains #apus #mountainspirits
20 0
Week Four: Chariot "A New Way Forward" with Hierophant and High Priestess - movement forward, and deepening stillness and centered presence, wisdom of spiritual practice, devotion. Healing work and care of the Body. Restoring Trust. Clarity ~ Grace ~ Doing the Work ~ Heal, Care, Tend. Deepening practices and grounding to core values. Moving forward like life yoga stretching, changing, opening. Focused intentions, wisdom awakening strength and clarity of the High Priestess. Awakening work-in-the-world, radical self-responsibility of spiritual practice, leadership #chariottarot #dalitarot #cosmictribe #highpriestess #hierophant #transformation #queerspirituality #wildunknowntarot #tarotmeditation #change #movingforward
17 0
THIS made me laugh so much today. *throws glitter * πŸŒˆπŸŒˆπŸŒˆπŸ¦„πŸŒˆπŸŒˆπŸŒˆπŸŽ‰ The LGBTQ Meditation Workshop is happening tomorrow at 11am CST online. There is still time to join. πŸ™‹πŸ½ Click the link below for more info: Http://portlandspychic.school/glbtq-workshop
27 2
29 0
. T H E B A R K, T H E B I T E . . I came home the other night with a pulsing headache and frantically began digging through boxes of medicine until I found my last bottle of my White Willow Bark tincture. Thankfully it relieved the crushing pain in my skull so I could slip off into the sweet darkness of sleep. . Even as an folk herbalist I rarely take medicine. I often err on the side of letting my body do what it needs to do to heal. Always conscious of my bodies ability to build immunity and defend itself. More often I am working with plants, the stories they have, their archetypal function, and how those factors might be used to heal Mind, Spirit, and Soul. However, when it comes to actual physical healing I am always so impressed, and comforted, by the power of plants. Giving thanks. . Keep your eyes peeled on upcoming potions, and maybe even a classπŸ˜πŸ˜πŸ˜‰ . . . . . . #herbalmedicine #herbs #organic #herbalism #health #herbalist #plantbased #plantmedicine #wellness #natural #detox #naturalremedy #naturalmedicine #naturalhealth #holistic #naturalremedies #witch #queerappalachia #queerwitch #queerspirit #queerspirituality #folkmagic #lgbt #thirdgender
52 2
Rune pulled for 1/8/2018 is Sowilo: sun, victory. How are things going for the New Year? Shunning the light on the bad habits you want to deal with? Over coming the obstacles that block you last year? #runes #runereadings #divination #tarot #spi#spiritual #witchcraft #wit#witches #witches #queerpagan #queerspace #queerwitches #queerhealers #queerpaganism #queerspirituality #gaywitch #gaypagan #gaytarot #gayhoodoo #gaynorsemen #gayspirituality #intuitivecoach #intuitiveliving #intuitivealchemy #vikings #shamanism #spiritual #nakedspirituality #norserunes #norsepagan
25 0
||Grief & Allies|| . A couple of weeks ago I began to work with Poppy flowers energetically. I wanted to make a connection with my last well queer ancestor, but I knew that the fires of colonialism had left a despairing and deadly trail in it's wake. I knew that in order to access, and make my voice heard by, the last well one of my kin I would have to "uncloud" the road that led to them. . I began by using the dried poppy flower as a smoke medicine, burning it like sage, and allowing it's essence to help me travel to that grief. I placed clean water in a basin and submerged poppy flowers to help wash away the trauma, lavender to help the work be gentle, and I placed the tissue I had used from my sister's funeral, to show solidarity with those of my kin who had died unwell, and in grief. . I wept. I grieved. I called out in prayer to the last of my kin who was well- and the stretching I felt- the sheer s p a c e that my prayer had to travel caused more tears to fall. . I am still in the process of connecting to that ancestor- the last well one of my kin who walked the third way. My plant ally allowed me to dive in deeper into my own grief and revealed more work that I need to be doing before I can cross that bridge of trauma and sadness lest it swallow me up. I give thanks for the wisdom of the plant medicines. . Disclaimer: I do not advise ingesting any part of the poppy plant (papaver somniferum) as it's seed pods are narcotic. . . . . . #herbalmedicine #herbs #organic #herbalism #health #nature #herbalist #plantbased #plantmedicine #meditation #wellness #natural #detox #healer #naturalremedy #naturalmedicine #naturalhealth #holistic #naturopathy #naturalremedies #witch #queerappalachia #queerwitch #queerspirit #queerspirituality #folkmagic #lgbt #thirdgender #ancestor
62 10
Week Three: Chariot "A New Way Forward" with Hierophant and High Priestess. Healing work and care of the Body. Restoring Trust. Inspired play and creativity with the Fey and earth path. Clarity ~ Grace ~ Doing the Work ~ Heal, Care, Tend. Deepening practices and grounding to core values. Moving forward like life yoga stretching, changing, opening. Focused intentions, wisdom awakening strength and clarity of the High Priestess. Awakening work-in-the-world, radical self-responsibility of spiritual practice, leadership #chariottarot #dalitarot #cosmictribe #highpriestess #hierophant #transformation #queerspirituality #tarotmeditation #change #movingforward
29 0
||Self Care & Aloe Leaves|| . Sundays have become one of my favorite days. I use Sundays to dive into nurturing my body, and in effect my Mind, Spirit, and Soul. Although Winter is a time when we can slow down and turn inward, it seems that lately, as if triggered by our tilting closer to the sun- and the growing days of sunlight, that my life has picked up a notch in intensity. For me this means that I need to dive deeper into my self care practice. . This morning I covered my face in fresh Aloe Leaf juice😍😍, and I am currently steeping in a hot bath with that leaf. Giving thanks for my friend, my ally, Aloe. I can get dry facial skin in the Winter months. How powerful that I can simply walk to my kitchen window and cut a leaf from my Aloe plant and address the situation. It seems small, but it is in these small acts that plant medicines matter- they empower us to take charge in many respects. This doesn't mean that we ignore, or disregard Western medicine, it means that we queer herbalism. When we queer herbalism we are taking back a space that many of us have been kept from- our health. Afraid of Western doctors who operate under old models of gender and sexuality. . The Earth is full of queer magic, and is herself queer in many ways. In her boughs, leaves, and oceans, I find medicine for Body, Mind, Spirit, and Soul. . . . . . #herbalmedicine #herbs #organic #herbalism #health #nature #herbalist #plantbased #plantmedicine #meditation #wellness #natural #detox #healer #naturalremedy #naturalmedicine #naturalhealth #holistic #naturopathy #naturalremedies #witch #queerappalachia #queerwitch #queerspirit #queerspirituality #folkmagic #lgbt #thirdgender #aloevera
48 5
||Sunbeams|| . The dawning light was spilling through my small compact kitchen and I couldn't miss the opportunity to bathe in it. . There has been so much change in my life as of late, and there is comfort in facing the sun and feeling the familiar warmth. Wherever I go I can face the sun, clothes my eyes, and I am home- deep in my heart. Bathing in the awareness that it is the same sun that shines on all of us no matter our location. . **Excuse my obnoxious microwave photobombing.** . . . . #herbalmedicine #herbs #organic #herbalism #health #nature #herbalist #plantbased #plantmedicine #meditation #wellness #natural #detox #healer #naturalremedy #naturalmedicine #naturalhealth #holistic #nat#naturopath> #naturalremedies #naturopath #witch #queerappalachia #queerwitch #queerspirit #queerspirituality #folkmagic #lgbt #thirdgender
81 7
||Urban Living|| . As many of you can see, or already knew, I moved out of rural North Carolina and outside of DC into one of the most densely populates areas. To say that I've been adjusting is a laughable understatement. It has been a difficult adjustment as I miss the smell of the pine groves, the blessing of always being surrounded by mountains, and the absence of living in a place where you can still touch the leaving breath of an older way of life. . However, Alexandria has been a potent teacher already- Alexandria asks me to take lemons and make lemonade. Alexandria says that I must learn to weave magic and alchemy together to birth out a life for myself that may not have the most ideal conditions for my personal vision- and then it asks that I reflect deeply on that vision, that I question it all together. . Few journeys are as anxiety ridden as the one in which your vision is questioned. However, when I climb deeper into the silence during meditation I can feel life moving at the edges of today and tomorrow- pulling together events that might work a larger Will for all things. It is to this will that I bow deeply, it is to this Vision that I seek to craft my own Vision, it is that Road that I seek to walk. . Few events are as terrifying and liberating as stripping away all the non-essentials from your life. This, sometimes, does include certain visions. . . . . . #herbalmedicine #herbs #organic #herbalism #health #nature #herbalist #plantbased #plantmedicine #meditation #wellness #natural #detox #healer #naturalremedy #naturalmedicine #naturalhealth #holistic #nat#naturopathy #naturalremedies #naturopath #witch #queerappalachia #queerwitch #queerspirit #queerspirituality #folkmagic
68 2
||Ancestor Calls|| . Honoring those who have walked before, and who now walk in a new land. Climbing deeper into the silence that houses us all. . . . . #herbalmedicine #herbs #organic #herbalism #health #nature #herbalist #plantbased #plantmedicine #meditation #wellness #natural #detox #healer #naturalremedy #naturalmedicine #naturalhealth #holistic #nat#naturopathy #naturalremedies #naturopath #witch #queerappalachia #queerwitch #queerspirit #queerspirituality #folkmagic
52 0
If you don't hustle for your dreams, someone else will- and they won't invite you to the party. . For each heartbreak, failure, and set back, in this last year there was an equal blessing offered in it's stead. Life can be both parts negative and positive. Sometimes in the same breath. . I hope that 2018 offers my family, friends, and associates, the blessing of a dream to hustle for, to lose sleep over, to fail at, and then to get back up and try again for. . ❀❀❀ . . . . . #herbalmedicine #herbs #organic #herbalism #health #nature #herbalist #plantbased #plantmedicine #meditation #wellness #natural #detox #healer #naturalremedy #naturalmedicine #naturalhealth #holistic #nat#naturopathy #naturalremedies #naturopath #witch #queerappalachia #queerwitch #queerspirit #queerspirituality #folkmagic
56 3
23 0
Week Two: Chariot "A New Way Forward" with Hierophant and High Priestess. Clarity ~ Grace ~ Doing the Work ~ Heal, Care, Tend. Deepening practices and grounding to core values. Moving forward like life yoga stretching, changing, opening. Focused intentions of the Archer, awakening strength and clarity of the High Priestess. Awakening work-in-the-world, radical self-responsibility of spiritual practice, leadership #chariottarot #wildunknowntarot #highpriestess #hierophant #transformation #queerspirituality #tarotmeditation #change #movingforward
20 1
Looking at older work Peacock God installed in my house "tail" feathers of Loyalty, Time, Wisdom, and Stability visible with connecting sari ribbons to sculptural form (not shown) #peacockgod #loyalty #time #wisdom #stability #lookingatolderworks #queerart #queerspirituality
50 1
Hey everyone! I posted a new podcast episode just before Christmas. Give it a listen! Link is in my bio. Photo by @b3naqua #letthelightin #letthelightinnow #podcast #queer #queerspirituality #lgbt #lgbtq #comingout #hol#holidaystresser #holidaystress #gayholiday #gayholidays
18 2
Hey everyone! I posted a new podcast episode just before Christmas. Give it a listen! Link is in my bio. Photo by @b3naqua #letthelightin #letthelightinnow #podcast #queer #queerspirituality #lgbt #lgbtq #comingout #hol#holidaystresser #holidaystress #gayholiday #gayholidays
33 1
Rune pulled for 12/27/2017 is Mannaz: name, identity. How are you seen in the community? When someone speaks your name what do they say about you? #runes #runereadings #int#intuitivecoach #intuitivecoach #vikings #intuitiveliving #gayspirituality #gay#gaynorsemen #queerspace #queerpagan #queerhealers #queerwitches #que#queerpaganism #queerpaganism #queerspirituality #gay#gaytarot #gaynorsemen #gaytarot #gaypagan #gaywitch #gayhoodoo #witchcraft #witches #wiccan #norserunes #norsepagan #nakedspirituality #intuitivealchemy #shamanism #spiritual #divination
35 0