Cave of Bones and Stories

Part 2-How Hustle Culture ruined my creativity

Continuing to look back and seeing the present unfolding: Fast forward again, I am now living in new York my kids are in their 20’s now and away at university, grown and gone, and I am an empty nester. I am also living in a place with no friends or community close by, its covid…
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How Hustle Culture Ruined my creativity Part 1….

Lately I have been reflecting on my journey with being an entrepreneur, and how deeply embedded my creative life has been within it, however as I began to look deeper and deeper at what was happening within my creative world, or rather, what was not happening, I began to see how my use of social…
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Wyrd Weaving-header image

What is Wyrd Weaving?

This is a question I get from time to time, and I am always delighted to share a little bit about why I chose to call my weavings Wyrd Weavings and how some of my shawls came to be, such as the Storytellers shawl and the animal cloaks that I make… In Norse mythology,  there…
Read More

The Story of the Red Drum

THE WOMAN’S DRUM IS RED….From the Hindu goddess Kali’s red tongue, to the Red robes worn by Mary Magdalene, each carries an essence of Red and in turn, each of us also carries within us an essence of all the archetypal goddesses.This is our birthright as a woman, for it is the red blood that…
Read More

A High Summer Mango Peach Passionfruit Lughnasadh Treat

One of my favourite things to make in the summer is popsicles and ice-cream or rather this healthy vegan version of it. This recipe is super easy, and does not require any fancy equipment, and certainly not an ice-cream maker!You will need a blender, or vitamix, bullet or food processor–any of these will work. Recipe:Ok…
Read More

Celebrating the Dark Season…

One of the things I try to pass onto the women that I work with is that ceremony does not need to be elaborate to be deep, powerful and effective. In fact many times it is in the simplest of ceremony that the most powerful things can arise. It is with this intention that once…
Read More

The Magic and Folklore of Trees-Rowan

The moment I feel the first small chill in the air something inside me shifts, and whatever seeds I planted in the spring will have grown within me and I know that now is the time to harvest!This year it is a course that has been with me to grow for some time now, although…
Read More

Women, She-Bears, Bees and my Ancestors….

Bear talisman found in Finland estimated to be from 5100 bc Many years ago, when Blogging was a “thing” I wrote almost daily and weekly blog posts about my life, and the unfolding of myself as priestess, mother, spirit worker and so on, mostly it was about our seasonal altars and my practise, as my children…
Read More

Ancestral Weaving-The creation of a sacred medicine shawl for a Seaweed Selkie Woman…

Image Public Domain It was not that long ago I brought my first small loom home and marvelled at how long it took me to be ready to learn the ancient craft of my ancestors. Mostly it had to do with patience and timing, as right now I am at a time in my life…
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Remembering the bones of my ancestors, remembering myself…

It all starts with family and a desire to understand ourselves better, or perhaps to know ourselves differently… I have always been interested in where I come from, in family stories and history, but sadly  like many North American’s this information has not been easily available to me. The moment my ancestors got on boats…
Read More

Weaving the bone woman shawl with my ancestors….

“Weaving is a profound metaphor for understanding the of the universe and our place in it. Through the physical process of weaving  we gain a better understanding of the world, and how we as humans are woven through it.”  ​Susan Barrett Marrill My longing to to create using textiles goes back to my childhood, but…
Read More

Ancestral Healing

​I come from a long line of prostitutes. This is a sentence I am often heard sharing within the circles of women I work with, and startling as it sounds, it is the truth, a part of my personal ancestral truth and pathway. ​ My ancestors were also warriors and farmers, herbalists, midwives, beekeepers and…
Read More

A brief history of Indigo, Woad and the Ancestral connection….

I have long been interested in Indigo and Woad especially since Woad in particular is connected to my Scottish and Irish ancestors. Indigo, the colour of the sky and water and the source of deep alchemical magic and revere across most of the world! For some time now I have been gathering the ingredients and…
Read More

Part 2-How Hustle Culture ruined my creativity

Continuing to look back and seeing the present unfolding: Fast forward again, I am now living in new York my kids are in their 20’s now and away at university, grown and gone, and I am an empty nester. I am also living in a place with no friends or community close by, its covid…
Read More

How Hustle Culture Ruined my creativity Part 1….

Lately I have been reflecting on my journey with being an entrepreneur, and how deeply embedded my creative life has been within it, however as I began to look deeper and deeper at what was happening within my creative world, or rather, what was not happening, I began to see how my use of social…
Read More
Wyrd Weaving-header image

What is Wyrd Weaving?

This is a question I get from time to time, and I am always delighted to share a little bit about why I chose to call my weavings Wyrd Weavings and how some of my shawls came to be, such as the Storytellers shawl and the animal cloaks that I make… In Norse mythology,  there…
Read More

The Story of the Red Drum

THE WOMAN’S DRUM IS RED….From the Hindu goddess Kali’s red tongue, to the Red robes worn by Mary Magdalene, each carries an essence of Red and in turn, each of us also carries within us an essence of all the archetypal goddesses.This is our birthright as a woman, for it is the red blood that…
Read More

A High Summer Mango Peach Passionfruit Lughnasadh Treat

One of my favourite things to make in the summer is popsicles and ice-cream or rather this healthy vegan version of it. This recipe is super easy, and does not require any fancy equipment, and certainly not an ice-cream maker!You will need a blender, or vitamix, bullet or food processor–any of these will work. Recipe:Ok…
Read More

Celebrating the Dark Season…

One of the things I try to pass onto the women that I work with is that ceremony does not need to be elaborate to be deep, powerful and effective. In fact many times it is in the simplest of ceremony that the most powerful things can arise. It is with this intention that once…
Read More

The Magic and Folklore of Trees-Rowan

The moment I feel the first small chill in the air something inside me shifts, and whatever seeds I planted in the spring will have grown within me and I know that now is the time to harvest!This year it is a course that has been with me to grow for some time now, although…
Read More

Women, She-Bears, Bees and my Ancestors….

Bear talisman found in Finland estimated to be from 5100 bc Many years ago, when Blogging was a “thing” I wrote almost daily and weekly blog posts about my life, and the unfolding of myself as priestess, mother, spirit worker and so on, mostly it was about our seasonal altars and my practise, as my children…
Read More

Ancestral Weaving-The creation of a sacred medicine shawl for a Seaweed Selkie Woman…

Image Public Domain It was not that long ago I brought my first small loom home and marvelled at how long it took me to be ready to learn the ancient craft of my ancestors. Mostly it had to do with patience and timing, as right now I am at a time in my life…
Read More

Remembering the bones of my ancestors, remembering myself…

It all starts with family and a desire to understand ourselves better, or perhaps to know ourselves differently… I have always been interested in where I come from, in family stories and history, but sadly  like many North American’s this information has not been easily available to me. The moment my ancestors got on boats…
Read More

Weaving the bone woman shawl with my ancestors….

“Weaving is a profound metaphor for understanding the of the universe and our place in it. Through the physical process of weaving  we gain a better understanding of the world, and how we as humans are woven through it.”  ​Susan Barrett Marrill My longing to to create using textiles goes back to my childhood, but…
Read More

Ancestral Healing

​I come from a long line of prostitutes. This is a sentence I am often heard sharing within the circles of women I work with, and startling as it sounds, it is the truth, a part of my personal ancestral truth and pathway. ​ My ancestors were also warriors and farmers, herbalists, midwives, beekeepers and…
Read More

A brief history of Indigo, Woad and the Ancestral connection….

I have long been interested in Indigo and Woad especially since Woad in particular is connected to my Scottish and Irish ancestors. Indigo, the colour of the sky and water and the source of deep alchemical magic and revere across most of the world! For some time now I have been gathering the ingredients and…
Read More

Part 2-How Hustle Culture ruined my creativity

Continuing to look back and seeing the present unfolding: Fast forward again, I am now living in new York my kids are in their 20’s now and away at university, grown and gone, and I am an empty nester. I am also living in a place with no friends or community close by, its covid…
Read More

How Hustle Culture Ruined my creativity Part 1….

Lately I have been reflecting on my journey with being an entrepreneur, and how deeply embedded my creative life has been within it, however as I began to look deeper and deeper at what was happening within my creative world, or rather, what was not happening, I began to see how my use of social…
Read More
Wyrd Weaving-header image

What is Wyrd Weaving?

This is a question I get from time to time, and I am always delighted to share a little bit about why I chose to call my weavings Wyrd Weavings and how some of my shawls came to be, such as the Storytellers shawl and the animal cloaks that I make… In Norse mythology,  there…
Read More

The Story of the Red Drum

THE WOMAN’S DRUM IS RED….From the Hindu goddess Kali’s red tongue, to the Red robes worn by Mary Magdalene, each carries an essence of Red and in turn, each of us also carries within us an essence of all the archetypal goddesses.This is our birthright as a woman, for it is the red blood that…
Read More

A High Summer Mango Peach Passionfruit Lughnasadh Treat

One of my favourite things to make in the summer is popsicles and ice-cream or rather this healthy vegan version of it. This recipe is super easy, and does not require any fancy equipment, and certainly not an ice-cream maker!You will need a blender, or vitamix, bullet or food processor–any of these will work. Recipe:Ok…
Read More

Celebrating the Dark Season…

One of the things I try to pass onto the women that I work with is that ceremony does not need to be elaborate to be deep, powerful and effective. In fact many times it is in the simplest of ceremony that the most powerful things can arise. It is with this intention that once…
Read More

The Magic and Folklore of Trees-Rowan

The moment I feel the first small chill in the air something inside me shifts, and whatever seeds I planted in the spring will have grown within me and I know that now is the time to harvest!This year it is a course that has been with me to grow for some time now, although…
Read More

Women, She-Bears, Bees and my Ancestors….

Bear talisman found in Finland estimated to be from 5100 bc Many years ago, when Blogging was a “thing” I wrote almost daily and weekly blog posts about my life, and the unfolding of myself as priestess, mother, spirit worker and so on, mostly it was about our seasonal altars and my practise, as my children…
Read More

Ancestral Weaving-The creation of a sacred medicine shawl for a Seaweed Selkie Woman…

Image Public Domain It was not that long ago I brought my first small loom home and marvelled at how long it took me to be ready to learn the ancient craft of my ancestors. Mostly it had to do with patience and timing, as right now I am at a time in my life…
Read More

Remembering the bones of my ancestors, remembering myself…

It all starts with family and a desire to understand ourselves better, or perhaps to know ourselves differently… I have always been interested in where I come from, in family stories and history, but sadly  like many North American’s this information has not been easily available to me. The moment my ancestors got on boats…
Read More

Weaving the bone woman shawl with my ancestors….

“Weaving is a profound metaphor for understanding the of the universe and our place in it. Through the physical process of weaving  we gain a better understanding of the world, and how we as humans are woven through it.”  ​Susan Barrett Marrill My longing to to create using textiles goes back to my childhood, but…
Read More

Ancestral Healing

​I come from a long line of prostitutes. This is a sentence I am often heard sharing within the circles of women I work with, and startling as it sounds, it is the truth, a part of my personal ancestral truth and pathway. ​ My ancestors were also warriors and farmers, herbalists, midwives, beekeepers and…
Read More

A brief history of Indigo, Woad and the Ancestral connection….

I have long been interested in Indigo and Woad especially since Woad in particular is connected to my Scottish and Irish ancestors. Indigo, the colour of the sky and water and the source of deep alchemical magic and revere across most of the world! For some time now I have been gathering the ingredients and…
Read More

Softness, Slowness, Stillness,
I am beginning 2023 on this note, and I am also...
Ditching the Gregorian calendar for the lunar one and easing into what 2023 will bring me..
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In part this means that I am taking it slow, sleeping and swimming and continuing to spend some time away from social media, for another week at least. I am also wanting to start this year out slowly because I am amping up for some big changes in 2023 which will take a lot of work and movement, as well as some exciting travel and other plans that are filling up the year fast!
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One of my favourite things to do each year has been to work with a word. Last year my word was mastery, which I believe was also my word for the year before, and which will probably be with me my whole life.
However this year there is no burning sense of a word that is pushing through like in past years, and I am guessing that is because I am still in transition in many ways.
Perhaps transition is my word!
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2023 will bring some big exciting moves, such as selling our home in Vancouver and some other exciting big things that I will share as they come into form.
Knowing this now though has me feeling a mix of excitement and also a bit of unsteadiness as I go into a new year knowing now that more change is coming, even if it is good, exciting stuff!
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Do you choose a word for your year? If not, is there something that you like to do that supports your soul as you move into another calendar year going forward?
I would love to hear.
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Today I am dreaming up a new line of weaving work that I am excited to begin and taking it slow...
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Blessings for 2023 everyone!
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Image taken by @_infinitebody_
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#newyear #wordoftheyear #stillness #quiet #transition
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Today I make offerings to my ancestors thanking them for this life I have.
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I recently found out on the cusp of my trip to Ireland that my great grandmother was originally booked on the Titanic!
Sadly/happily her mom got really sick and she missed her boat, deciding to take the next one instead in order to be at her moms side.
It was because of this that I am here, and because of this she came to Canada.
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It is for this reason and a million other things that went into my existence, that I am so grateful for all of my ancestors for.
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I am also thankful today because both of our kids are officially here, making it in time between the winter storms taking over Vancouver and Toronto!
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Yuletide blessings
Nikiah
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I have been in love with this beautiful book by my friend @carmenspagnola.
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It’s been wonderful to use it for inspiration and recipes during this Yuletide time.
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Today I am planning to make some cookies to share with my ancestors and family as we slide into this beautiful liminal space.
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What you you all doing? Send me some inspiration! 🌀
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Lots of love
Nikiah
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The longest night of the year, brings the return of the sun, also marking the beginning of the tile referred to as Yule.
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From Dec21st -Jan1st we mark the 12 days of yuletide which I love.
For me it’s all about setting intentions, making offerings and visioning for the year ahead.
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Each day for 12 days I might do any one of those things, as I like to keep things simple and in the realm of practical magic.
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Today, the winter solstice I begin with intention setting and spending time with family as is the tradition in our bodies.
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We share a big meal together, then light a fire and write either an intention for the year ahead or something we are ready to let go of and give it to the fire along with offerings and a lovely Yule log.
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Lastly we exchange small handmade gifts and I always get everyone a new set of comfy pj’s ❄️
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Over the years as our kids have grown I to adults they too have taken over the tradition and made it their own, so while our daughter is not here this year as she is knee deep in exams I know she and her roomies will mark the day in their own way.
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I would love to know what some of your traditions are or perhaps if you are new to creating your own tradition here what are your plans?
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#yuletide #wintersolstice #traditions #ritual #babayaga #winter
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Winter Solstice shawl.
This is my last shawl of 2022 and I am thrilled with how it came out, so much so I have been deeply tempted to keep it!
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This one invokes images of quiet snowfall, winter nights cozied in and the softness that snow can bring to the landscape.
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I was also inspired by winter foxes that change their colour for winter, and snowy owls in quiet flight over the landscape...
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This piece is now listed and available in my online store--link in my bip if you are interested.
Much love
Nikiah
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#solstice #wintersolstice #sacredshawl #weaving #snowyowl #foxmedicine
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Loom as altar.
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Since the fall I have been going daily to my loom as a form of spiritual practise.
However it was not until recently that I have been able to find the words for it.
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In many ways weaving has become a form of spiritual practise for me, and although I am still deepening into my own understanding of what it is to me, for now, this is what it has become in it purest most simple form.
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Today a new storytellers shawl came off the loom and with another already in my mind to start taking form..
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This piece holds a similar energy to one I made a few months ago, holding the essence of dragonflies and hummingbirds…
But mostly it was made for the king winter months as we cozy up by fires and in warm homes and read books or if we are lucky we tell or listen to great stories!
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I will list this piece in my online store sometime tomorrrow..
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In the meantime a new one shall take its place in full winter whites..
I am feeling the call of the white fox, and the white winter owl..
These two hold a kind of magic as they shape-shift from one colour into winter white so they are camouflaged against the snow…
More on that to come as the piece takes form.
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Also I would love@to know-do you have a hobby or creative outlet that borders on spiritual?
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Lots of love
Nikiah
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#storytellers #hummingbirdmagic #dragonfly #sacredshawl #weaving
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GIVEAWAY EXTENDED TILL MONDAY!
WINNER IS @copperwildpottery
This is just a little reminder of our awesome giveaway that is happening right now and ends on Monday Dec 12th!
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@carmenspagnola and I have paired up to give away a copy of her fabulous new book @thespiritedkitchen and I am giving away another of my 10” Red Drums.
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Here is how you enter:

1. LIKE this post and leave a comment tagging a friend-or two for extra entries!
2. FOLLOW @redmoonmysteryschool + @carmenspagnola
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And for even more entries:
SHARE the Podcast episode 'Embracing Sovereignty at Midlife with Carmen Spagnola and I /Nikiah that was released on June 10th 2022. {Link in bio}
Be sure to tag us so we can see! (You can do this by taking a screenshot of the episode in your podcast player or sharing directly from Spotify to your stories)

TERMS & CONDITIONS:
- Only one winner will be selected
- Giveaway will run until 11:59 EST December 12th 2022
- Winner will be randomly selected and announced on our stories by Dec 12th 2022
- Giveaway limited to US and Canada
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#giveaway #ancedtralhealing #kitchenwitchery #reddrum
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I had a little “reel” fun with this one, especially using this song :]
Anyways this is a little update on my Earth Ochre shoulder stole/Altar cloths as I have made two more which are now listed on my site.
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These pieces are inspired by my time in Ireland and the stunning red ochre I saw there while on the coast of Northern Ireland in an area called the Giants Causeway.
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These two pieces were created to be worn either as a shoulder stole for ceremony or beauty, you get to decide, and are easily transferable to your altar, for ceremony or beauty-haha you decide!
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Each comes with a small vial of hand ground red earth ochre in a vial, which can be used for making paint, or using in ceremony. Your package will come with a recipe for making earth ochre paint.
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Hope you love these pieces as much as I do!
Nikiah
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#ochre #redearth #ceremony #altar #priestesspath #weaving #ancestors
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Weaving another red ochre earth alter cloth/shoulder stole on my Saori loom.
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These looms are from Japan and their name Saori, in Zen means beautiful imperfection. “Sai” means everything has its own unique dignity and “ori” means weaving.
These looms were designed to support more humans weaving in a counter to all of the machine made cloth. They were designed so that they were accessible to every body, meaning that folks with disabilities can use them with as much success as able bodied folks which I love.
The whole point is Saori weaving is to be the antithesis of machine made cloth, and to embrace the perfect imperfection of human made beauty.
This to me is my kind of loom, and philosophy.
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My teacher Yukako has been slowly teaching me the ways of this loom for the past couple of years and I am loving how different it is from my rigid heddle loom.
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SAORI's 4 Principles

1. Consider the differences between people and machines.

2. Be bold and adventurous

3. Look out through eyes that shine

4. Inspire one another, and everyone in the group
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I have a few beautiful wall hangings listed in my online store in celebration of earth ochres if you fancy a peek and this one will be listed next week at some point as well.
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Have a beautiful weeekend everyone!
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Nikiah
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#redochre #earthochre #saori #weaving #ancestralwisdom
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Ochre has fascinated me for years now, from the vast amount of colours and shades that occur naturally depending on the mineral make up of the soil to how we as humans have used it over the centuries, from body point, to fine art, from sunblock for the skin, to cave wall paintings...
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However it was not until I travelled to Africa and saw the deep red earth there that I actually understood and began using it in its many applications.
It was from that trip where while staying with family I scooped up a large handful of red soil from outside my cousin-in-loves house that had been exposed due to construction and really had a deep look at it, and in turn she helped me to make offerings and then pack it away in a small zip lock bag so I could bring some small piece of this sacred earth home.
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From that soil there were many ceremonies and of course paint was made and used in turn was given away to my students as we worked through a year of ancestral healing for which red ochre was used in a powerful ceremony of forgiveness...
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So you can imagine my delight when I was recently away in Ireland on an ancestral journey when I came across the stunning swath of open red and black earth along the coast of Northern Ireland in an area called the Giants Causeway.
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Once back home I found myself in a liminal time of flow and creativity in particular with my weavings...
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Interestingly enough I had already started a weaving before I left using black and red yarns that reminded me of earth ochre, so upon returning home this piece {which is now listed as an altar cloth in my online store} was what started it all...
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For this piece though, I wanted to weave layers that represented the layers of earth, and how when the earth opens up we are able to see all of the many things that go into making soil such as plants, insects, sea creatures, mammals, and abiotic materials factors, like minerals, water, and air and how each one will create a different colour of soil.
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I now have a small and growing number of altar cloths, and wall hangings available in my store all affordably priced so folks can enjoy them, or perhaps gift them as we slowly make our way into the giving season.
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We are home again from our epic time away in Ireland and in all my years of travel I have never once been sad to come home until now!
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Ireland, the home of my ancestors has completely captured my heart and I felt at home the moment I arrived.
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Now that I am back and integrating all that happened while I was away I am feeling a little blue, it was healing to sit with some of the images from our time and put together a little reel.
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Some of the places you will see here {In order} are:
Sliabh na Caillighe otherwise known as the Hill of the Witch or Loughcrew cairns, where we were totally alone and able to connect in a way that would have otherwise been impossible.
Bru na Boinne/ Newgrange which even at this time of year had tons of people visiting the site and again we found ourselves with a smaller group which was wonderful. The Hill of Tara which in one of the photos has the stone of Destiny in, and Uisneach, otherwise known as the centre of ireland.
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We then went up to Northern Ireland to the Giant’s causeway on the wild coastal shores and the Dark Hedges which are amazing shots of the trees.
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Northern Ireland is where some of my more recent ancestors are from and it’s been powerful to spend time here on the land and to take it all in.
The ruins are from an old Castle called Dunluce.
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It was a joy to plan this trip, rent a car and then drive from Dublin to Northern Ireland stopping along the way to see things as we were called, I am blessed to have been able to do that.
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I was able to lay offerings for my ancestors and in a small way come back home to where some of them are from. I also learned a lot about my family, such as learning that my great grandmother had a 3rd class ticket for the Titanic leaving from Belfast, but because her mother fell ill she stayed close to home and as a result, I am here today and she came to Canada!
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My heart is now a little bit here and a little bit in Ireland and I am already planning my next trip back!
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Have you ever been altered by a place you travelled to?
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#ireland #travel #sacredsites #ancestors #ancestralhealing
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The Willow Tree (Salix) is one of the sacred trees in The. Magic and Folklore of Trees course and yesterday I found this ancient willow tree on the land we are staying on here in Ireland, which I just had to share!
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Willow trees are associated with water and emotion, the moon and inspiration, which I must say seeing and being near this ancient Willow was beyond inspiring for me.
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In the course I share some of the folklore of this magic tree, as well as practical applications such as did you know that Willow bark has been used for millennia for fevers, inflammation and pain? Chewing the bark of the white Willow tree which contains Salicin which is a chemical similar to aspirin and in the 1800’s the bark of the Willow tree was used by scientists to help them develop aspirin.
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Willow is also associated with dreaming and it is said that if you have lost touch with your dreams making a small Willow wand and placing it under your pillow will help, or you can make a dream pillow with things like Mullen and small pieces of Willow bark to use.
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While I have been away here in Ireland the trees have captured my heart and soul especially the willow, and hawthorn which are planted as hedges here and as such are everywhere and full of brihh go t red berries..
I will write a post on hawthorn next though as I have so much to say about what some say is the most sacred tree in Ireland.
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If you are curious about the Magic and Folklore of trees course pop over to my site and download a free sample chapter. ♥️🌳🌲🌳
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What is your favourite tree? Mine changes but for many years now it has been the Hawthorn.
#sacredtrees #willow #folklore #witches #ogham
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