Snakeroot & Butterfly Medicine

White Snakeroot

Snakeroot blossoms are like individual stars, making up constellations of light.  She is beautiful, and also can be deadly.  When European settlers first came to the southeastern states, they were unfamiliar with it.  Cattle would eat it, settlers drank the milk and became sick with what was called milk poisoning.  More than a few died of this, including Abraham Lincoln’s mother.  Legend has it that a Shawnee medicine woman enlightened them as to the cause of the sickness, and over the next several decades this knowledge spread to settlers throughout the region.   (That was the timeline required in the days preceding world news, internet and “Tweet”.)  Snakeroot exhibits a paradox of relationship in our Earthly duality:  one Being is just beautifully being who they are in the world, yet this might be toxic to another.  Awareness of how to relate to one another becomes vital for all to thrive in the Oneness that Is (versus one trying to stamp out the other entirely, as so often has happened in our human drama).

Black Swallowtail & Mountain St. John's Wort

These two lovelies have forged a happy and easy synergy in their relationship of nurture and fertilization.  Late Thursday evening, or early Friday morning, depending on your location, we have the partial solar eclipse and New Moon in Sagittarius.  The Sabian symbol for the degree is: “two men playing chess.”  These energies will naturally focus us very much on relationship.  Whether you consider a relationship to be easy or toxic, this will be a good time to consider how it might look to have a more balanced, harmonious stance.    Mercury, our planet of communication has just turned retrograde, recommending we slow down, and look at things from all sides and all angles.Doing so can reveal a completely different view, one which may surprise you.  Take a few moments to gaze at butterfly, and invite his energy to enter in.  He is a master of transformation, after all, so allow his energy to enlighten your view of relationship…bringing everything to a new, more harmonious point of vibration.

In Lak’ech*  –  Denine

(*Mayan greeting:  “In you I see another me, in me another you.”)

– St. John’s Wort is an herbal remedy for depression that a number of people find very effective.  Check it out at your local health food store or herbalist if you are looking for one.

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