First Six Years of the Garden

Year One in the Garden

We moved here in May 2013, into the cabin we built, and in the winter of 2014 we cleared about an acre of straggly pines, from a gentle south facing slope to the west of where we were renovating the old house.

Pines cleared for the garden, November 2013

Situating the garden was a big decision. We considered putting it closer to the house, which would have been more convenient, but it wasn’t feasible with all the building work going on. These pines were planted too close together and weren’t very healthy, but they had protected the soil beneath with a good layer of pine needles and other organic matter. There was a small creek the other side of the pines, which we thought we might be able to divert for water, but unfortunately it dried up after we cut down the trees and the soil was heavily compacted by the machinery. Since those early days we’ve learned a great deal about water management for the garden, mulching and improving the soil.

The situation of the garden has given us great pleasure – the views are amazing. In the winter of 2018, after we’d finally cleared the rubble from the house renovation we put in some salad beds and tomato trellises closer to the house. That was a good move as we were able to put in better soil and it’s easier to take care of the more tender plants.

In the summer of 2014, we began laying out terraces using the chestnut beams from the old house. We then covered the ground with straw for the winter.

West view, summer 2014
East view, summer 2014
South view, summer 2014

We had our first retreat in August 2014, with some great people and a lot of fun, including hay rolling from the field the other side of the house to the garden.

The hay-rolling race, August 2014

That first year we experimented with the Fukuoka method of natural farming. It was a near total failure. Perhaps it might work better in more fertile soil, or at least a garden that wasn’t already well-established with brambles and weeds. Anything that did sprout, was strangled or trampled before I could find it.

Our very first harvest was of knobbly carrots in September 2014, which was when we realized that our compacted clay soil needed some TLC.

Our very first crop of knobbly carrots, September 2014

Year Two in the Garden

Over the winter of 2014/15 we dug out the natural pool a bit more and began laying out the beds.

South view, with larger pool, February 2015

We also dug swales, in an attempt to keep more water in the soil. This was partly because we moved here in the wettest spring for 70 years! The track was a gushing wellie-deep river and the ground floor of the old house was flooded out. We were concerned about moving water away from the house and thought it would be a good idea to move it to the garden. So we dug ditches, put in drainage pipes and dug swales – then we had a drought.

It was somewhat gratifying to see the swales fill up in the spring of 2018, but we had a lot more work to do to keep sufficient water in the ground. We’ve lost too many young trees to drought. We’ve been off-grid since 2018, running on solar with a back-up generator and the system works really well, except for the fact that it’s a challenge to water the garden enough in the evening as the sun is going down. This year (2019) Dean put in a water tank that can be filled during the day, with a gravity feed water system for the garden that can be run anytime.

Full swale, March 2018

In 2015 we had broad beans, courgettes, tomatoes, carrots, broccoli and some potatoes. We would have had more potatoes and corn too, but the wild boar came and ate it all! After that, we had to fence in the garden to keep them out.

In the spring of 2015 we put in an asparagus bed and tasted our first asparagus in May 2018. Fresh asparagus, picked from the garden and tossed in a little oil and grilled, served with a sprinkle of salt, is nothing like you buy in a supermarket. In fact, all our home-grown really does taste better and is more satisfying.

Freshly picked asparagus

Year Three in the Garden

By 2016, I was beginning to think that I might have been a bit over-ambitious regarding the productivity of a food forest/permaculture garden. This was nothing like suburban gardening. The main tenet of permaculture is that you work less if you work with nature, and whilst that is true, the reality of it is entirely context dependent….and with clay soil, there is no avoiding hard graft. We love blackberries, but it took us two years to dig them out of the beds and they are still springing up all over the paths in between. As we are surrounded by woods and fields, there is never a shortage of opportunistic weeds. Yes, a weed is just another plant in the wrong place, but by the time we finished weeding one bed, the next one was smothered. The digging meditation is an excellent way to root out those unwanted suckers whenever they show – as above, so below!

We made the decision not to use manure, after realizing that I’d had enough of dealing with other people’s shit! It’s been a real challenge getting enough organic material in the soil, but I felt that using too much cow manure would upset the balance of the soil and bring in too many parasites. Although our yields were low initially, we have not had problems with parasites, bugs and slugs. We are now using indigenous microorganisms and just starting with biochar, and it’s working well. Technically, I would say our garden is a mix of organic polyculture and permaculture, not that it matters what you call it if it works!

Year three was the hardest year – lots of effort and not so much return. We decided to bring in some fresh energy with some summer volunteers.

Year Four in the Garden

Year four was more hard work, mulching, weeding and watering. The swales were not sufficient and we decided to test an exuding hose system. It worked well enough, but we needed to put in more lines. Getting more water to the garden was becoming a priority. We put a pump in the shallow well in the barn (that had been the only well water supply for the previous owners, the bucket and chain were still here) and ran a pipe to the garden. That well ran dry in August. 2016 was technically a drought here, with a relatively dry winter and spring and no rain at all in the summer. We needed a better solution, but it would have to wait for another year.

On the plus side, the volunteers that year were wonderful. Their work enabled us to catch up and even get ahead of the game, enjoy some excellent company and share the peace and beauty of this place with a lovely young couple. For them, the cabin and surroundings were the perfect getaway and space for intimacy, with each other and the land. They set the Greenwood Standard, that we ask of from prospective volunteers.

With the extra boost of energy, I fell in love with the garden again. We went into winter without a mess of weeds laughing in the wind! And Dean and Jacob set up the chicken run, so we could finally get chickens. (We can’t let the chickens free-range, as the dogs will kill them.)

Year Five in the Garden

More volunteers – also wonderful and now firm friends! This was the year we began to make real progress. The garden began to look like a garden, instead of a heart-wrenching effort to scratch some vegetables out of the earth. We began boxing off the downward side of the beds, so they would hold water more effectively and more weeding and mulching.

This was the year we got our greenhouse. And what a beauty it is, lovingly and creatively built by Marcus and Dean, using what we had left from the house, with purchased roof panels and rafters.

Our volunteers also collected seeds and set up a seed bank. Most of our vegetables are now from our own seed.

Salvage greenhouse

Year Six in the Garden

This year (2019) the garden is doing great! It’s providing us with almost all of our vegetables, everything except onions and potatoes. Potatoes are just a magnet for the wild boar and they are good and cheap to buy here. And onions just don’t do well in our soil.

I’ve started everything off in the greenhouse from our own seeds and planted out when the seedlings are strong enough. Sowing directly is still hit and miss and a bit of a waste of seeds and effort. But the greenhouse makes it all a pleasure. I can potter around when it’s cold and rainy and this year we had broad beans, cabbage, broccoli, beetroot and kale in spring. We’re eating lettuce, tomatoes, courgettes, aubergines, squash and garlic and I was able to give plants away. We’ll have fresh tomatoes through until early December, as some plants are in the greenhouse and frozen and dried all the way through to next summer. It’s August and I have kale, broccoli, cabbage and more beets in the greenhouse, ready to go out in a few weeks.

Striped aubergine that matures quickly
Garlic drying before being stored
Sweet corn
White fleshed peaches, planted in 2014
Second lot of beets this year (we love beets!)
Tomato trellises
Green tomatoes

The big project this year was the water tank and exuding hose irrigation for the garden. Dean got it finished by the end of May, just in time for the hot spell. It is a luxury. It’s a 10,000L tank and we have three water structuring disks in it to keep the water fresh. It means we can water the garden and run the dishwasher or have a shower at the same time – the kind of things you have to juggle when you’re off-grid. It’s also meant that I can begin to plant flowers around the house, as they need watering in the evening too.

Dean with the water tank for the garden

Of course, there’s always more to do, but I’m really happy with what we’ve learned and what we’ve achieved in six years!

Killing Time with the Quantum Pixies

Once upon a time used to go on forever, until the gods created time. In a sense, they co-created time with the anthropos, as time needs to be witnessed into existence. Time could well be the greatest discovery of this kalpa. Much like light, time cannot be experienced directly, but this minor detail has never got in the way of a nice theory. Scientists love to come up with theories that describe reality, but they are not allowed to look at it, because, as everyone knows, that changes everything.

Time exists as a faculty of biologically mitigated consciousness, that enables us to parcel out experience into manageable units, so that we can create meaningful narratives. It is both a dimension and a tool, because dimensions are tools that enable us to frame the vastness of existence within our sensual perception. Time of itself does nothing at all; it doesn’t move, it cannot be saved and it does not heal. The experience of time as extraneously real, flowing from the past to the future, is the result of an opportunistically constructed narrative, designed to trap the imagination in multifarious dead-end simulations. If you want to regenerate and play in the cinnabar fields, you have to break out of the time trap.

Making Time

Time is subjective. You make it up, quite literally, in your head. You are, of course, fully aware of time’s elasticity; how it drags forever if you feel bad, or are bored, or involved in something unpleasant. Conversely, how it just flies by when you are happy, or fully engrossed in some activity, or enjoying good company. These aren’t anomalous feelings; this is the actual experience of time as it really is, co-created by the geometry of your brain and your unique biochemistry interacting with your environment, as mediated by your previous responses. Time is relative to the observer, because it is created by the observer. There is absolutely no physical interaction whatsoever between the concept of time and any objective physical phenomenon. It is a great release to accept that there is only NOW, and that THEN exists only as a figment of your imagination, or memory.

Our momentous discovery of time as it relates to motion between ‘fixed’ points, is recorded in the precise alignments of ancient monuments to various celestial bodies, notably the sun and moon, Orion, Sirius, the Pleiades and the Pole Star. Time used to be seen to emerge from natural events; prehistoric people recorded the phases of the moon, they noted the changing patterns of the stars, the cycles of the season and the shadows of the sun. The mysterious wonders of stone circles and pyramids stand testament to the obsession of each culture to place itself in time – so many calendars! Many of them have phenomenal degrees of accuracy, each entirely dependent on location and custom.

Time, as we know it now, did not exist before the middle ages. Until the invention of mechanical clocks in the 14th century, the duration of an hour varied according to the season and where you lived. Even after town clocks replaced church bells, time was still linked to events, such as Christian Matins and Vespers, the opening of markets and curfews. Common people still referred both to solar time and the time of the clock, which became the familiar “o’clock”.

The global standard time-scale measurement that incorporated solar time into mechanical/clock time, has only been around since the adoption of Greenwich Mean Time in 1847. It was developed to support international commerce. Notwithstanding the efforts of that ignominious little smurf of relativity, the adoption of digital clock completed the separation of time from experience. An analogue clock face with its 12 equally spaced numbers retains its relationship to the 24 hour day. By contrast, if you didn’t know the convention of 60 minutes to an hour and 24 hours to a day, a digital clock could just keep ticking over endlessly and you would be known the wiser. Disconnected from ‘natural time’ we have become absent-minded witnesses to our ageing and entranced by our own faculties of memory and imagination, we meld distinct moments into a seamless blur of past experience, barely punctuated by lucidity.

The tilt of the earth and the precession of the equinoxes, along with that cheeky little chaos effect of perpetual mismatch between lunar and solar cycles, created the opportunity for our ancestors to develop an exceptional tool. The gods created the building blocks and set them in space and motion and human imagination took it from there. And what a tool it is. Every developed culture there has ever been created sophisticated units of measurements to organize their society. There were religious calendars, planting calendars, feast and holiday calendars and eventually tax and debt calendars. The concept of usury depends on an agreed convention of time measurement. Turkey did not accept the Gregorian (Roman/Christian) calendar until 1927, Chinese, Buddhist, Muslim and Jewish calendars are still in use today. In fact, despite appearances, there is still no accurate measurement of the length of a day, a month or a year. Do you want to go by solar time, or lunar time? How about earth time? Earth time in relation to what? Oh yes, that’ll be you!

The exact mechanics are yet to be determined, but I have no doubt that in the dreaming of the Wisdom Goddess, Her immortal child has already escaped the misty prism of time. It’s just a matter of hanging onto the golden thread and not losing the plot.

Dreaming of the Pole Star Dancer

As I was alpha-waving this post, with signature synchronicity, a friend sent me a couple of presentations that I’ve linked to below. In the first video the presenter explains how that the future creates the past, which then creates the future and the discussion in the second youtube expands on that. The theory goes that this is possible because the cosmos is an eight dimensional crystal, projected into our 3D reality and pixelated into Planck length tetrahedrons that shift around in response to our attention (the observer effect). But who/what is doing the projection? It must be pretty obvious to you by now that it’s everything, the question is: what are you tuning into?

What is Reality?

Mystery of Seven and the Nature of Reality

The fractal antenna, transceiver and energy transducer that is the human mind/body system is always sending and receiving information with which we co-create reality at many levels, mostly subconsciously. Interpretation of the data is dependent on mindset/paradigm and internal and external environments.

The visible form of the human body emanates from the crystalline lattice geometry of the cells, the water matrix and the piezoelectric biomineral crystals that convert electrical energy into mechanical energy and vice versa. Each type of cell in a particular part of the body tunes into a specific frequency range and changes its shape according to its health and level of stimulation, which then affects its biochemistry. Each organ, with its differentiated cells, produces a unique frequency. The whole body is also an antenna/transducer, so mudras, the postures of yoga and the movements of Tai Chi and Qigong create shapes that affect signalling, in much the same way as ‘rabbit-ear antennas’ used to be shaped and positioned on televisions. The shape of your body as you tend the garden affects both tthe environment and you in a very different way than some one sitting on a tractor.

The ‘Human Antenna’ is an archetypal concept, as demonstrated by the ‘Squatter Man’ petroglyphs found all over the world. These are thought to have suddenly appeared in multiple locations within the same timeframe and therefore relate to an event in the sky, as this would have been visible everywhere. According to Anthony Peratt, these images are all depicting a single massive plasma discharge event, although other researchers think there might have been multiple events.

Squatter Man (Stick Man) Petroglyphs

My focused contemplation has drawn me to the Pole Star, currently Polaris in Ursa Minor, aka Little Dipper or Little Bear. Polaris is actually situated in the tail of the Little Bear – curious, don’t you think? A bear with a tail? Or is that a bear with a tale to tell? And when does the tail wag the dog?

Once upon a time Polaris was a dog’s tail and upon another the Little Bear was the wings of the dragon in Draco. Constellations of Words makes a link to the bear’s embryonic tail, that disappears at eight weeks into fetal development. Human embryos also have a tail that is fully absorbed within 8-9 weeks of development, which coincides with the beginning of the axial development stage of skull and spinal column.

“Using light and scanning electron microscopy, several detailed analyses of the embryonic human tail have shown that the dead and degenerating tail cells are ingested and digested by macrophages (macrophages are large white blood cells of the immune system which more normally ingest and destroy invading pathogens such as bacteria) (Fallon and Simandl 1978Nievelstein et al. 1993Sapunar et al. 2001Saraga-Babic et al. 1994Saraga-Babic et al. 2002). In adult humans, the tail is finally reduced to a small bone composed of just four fused vertebrae (the coccyx) which do not protrude from the back (Fallon and Simandl 1978Sapunar et al. 2001) (see Figure 2.4.1).”

http://www.talkorigins.org/faqs/comdesc/section2#ontogeny_ex4

Human embryos

Thuban, in the constellation of Draco, was the Pole Star around 2750BC. Draco guards the golden apples of immortality in the Land of the Hesperides. Thuban itself isn’t that interesting, but its close alignment with the celestial north pole was geographically and narratively significant. The Pole Stars were pivotal in early navigation of the globe and in the establishment of longitude. This time period also corresponds to the growth of settlements, agriculture and technology. Thuban ceased to be the Pole Star in around 1900BC, the position was gradually taken up by Polaris, which is said to have arrived in pole position some time in the fifth or sixth century CE – corresponding to the beginning of the European Dark Age.

Signature of Draco, with Thuban in the tail

Having already made the embryo link with the Little Bear, what do you see when you look at the signature of Draco? A dragon, a serpent, a wave, or maybe a spermatozoa?

Before Thuban, the Pole Star was Vega, in the constellation of Lyra. Vega is egg-shaped and the Egyptians associated her with Hathor, the Great Cow-Mother. Her name means ‘Temple of Horus”, ‘Eye of Horus’, terms associated with the pineal gland. Hathor is often depicted with a lyre-shaped face and animal ears, signaling the influence of Vega on our reality, through geometry and sound (frequencies). It’s not even a stretch to see the female reproductive system in some of the Egyptian statues of Hathor. The egg in the cosmic womb, humming into life.

Statue of lyre-faced Hathor, with ears to hear the cosmic music
Where music becomes form

Looking at Polaris in the night sky and putting these pieces together, I’m getting the clear impression that the True North end of the imaginary earth axis also works as a special kind of antenna for the earth. It looks as if She is showing that She uses ‘information’ from the Pole Stars in Her imaginary/creative processes relating to the anthropos. I find a visual connection between the Squatter Man images and that of the human chromosome and I see the petroglyphs as showing the DNA cosmic connection. DNA is itself a projection, as Luc Montagnier proved.

Humans need narrative frameworks to make sense of reality and to engage potential – and whatever you are told, whatever you discover, you have to test it for yourself to make it real. The Sophianic vision story puts the source of the human genome as the anthropic plasm in the Orion nebula and explains how it got there. It is the source code for our DNA, which is a projection, but not an illusion. This is not something to be believed, but a guiding framework with which to explore life; it operates as a meta-narrative, as it contains within itself the key to understanding how the rhythm and cycles of entropy and counter-entropy are driven by great narrative themes and love stories, rather than the perceived flow of time.

Human chromosome

Did the concept of time ‘leak in’ through the Pole Star and into human awareness? Our ancestors must have been aware of the significance of the Pole Star when they based the archetypal image of the swastika on the positions of the Big and Little Bears around the Pole Star at the solstices and equinoxes.

Pole Star swastika

You can find a lot more information about the Pole Star and the swastika on this site: Alternative Thinking 37

Zelia Nuttal’s book, The Fundamental Principles of Old and New World Civilizations(1901), researched over a period of thirteen years describes how the ancient Mexicans arranged their social order according to the circumpolar movements of the Great Bear and Little Bear (aka Big Dipper and Little Dipper) around Polaris. It is available as a free PDF here: http://www.gutenberg.org/files/32066/32066-pdf.pdf?session_id=86b610d3186d24537f7e69b4ae8670b300f85176

The ‘dawn of time’ might just have been around 12,000BC. This was when the Great Pyramid was most likely built with its entrance gallery aligned to the Pole Star, which was then Vega. (Sir John Herschell who made the alignment discovery in 1840 originally opted for Thuban, which would have made the pyramids ‘younger’. He retracted that estimation when he found that his computations were inaccurate and the astronomical alignments did not match Thuban.) Why is this relevant now? By some calculations Polaris won’t be aligned (and even then not exactly) with the North Pole until 3000AD, others put it at 2100AD, but that is a view through the lens of time.

In dreaming, there is no linear time. In fact, there is no time at all, but there is consciousness. In dreaming consciousness your mind works to find the narrative thread of your life, completely free of the constraints of time because you have no (or very little) awareness of your physical body – an effect of melatonin. This has contributed to all manner of confusion regarding ‘spirit trapped in matter’ etc., but what is the purpose of dreaming? Well, I guess that will depend on whom you ask. From my perspective, as a life-long lucid dreamer, I think it mirrors the process that Sophia uses to create narrative and form from the input She receives from the stars, but in a hugely scaled down and less intense manner. (As above, so below.) This is pertinent now, because as the earth axis/antenna gets closer to the Pole Star the intensity, or drama, of the story She is dreaming intensifies, just as the primary organ we use to receive Her signal is under increased attack. That organ is the pineal gland. Learning how the pineal gland works and how to use it correctly is fundamental to our survival in electromagnetic warfare and to the ‘birthing’ of the immortal child.

Pineal Gland Antenna

In another episode of the Saga of the Magical Child, humans were fully aware of their connection to the stars via a crystalline structure in their skulls. Taoists referred to the Crystal Palace, in the yogic tradition it is the Ajna chakra, or third eye. This image, on a piece of pottery in the National Archeological Museum of Malta, shows highly stylized version of the Squatter Man (also known as the Stick Man) with a faceted downward pointing triangular head, is an indication that early Europeans were aware of this organ too.

Squatter Man with ‘Crystal Head’

We now know much more about the physiological function of the pineal gland, especially its role in managing the circadian rhythms, sexual maturation and the aging process. I’m not going to go into that here, as it’s all well-documented elsewhere. In my opinion, (unsubstantiated and simply based on my own experience, insight and reflection) the glands of the endocrine system all have hidden or unused functionality, to be brought online by changing our perception and modus operandi – ie habits. Structural change might or might not follow. The hidden functionality of the pineal gland, as ‘cosmic antenna’ can be accessed now because of three key factors:

– our Earth Mother is now lucid in Her Dreaming;

– humans NOW recognize narrative, through generations of literature, art, film, theatre, history and even religion;

– survival of the species depends on it.

(The species survives, that’s in another chapter, it’s your survival and the quality of life you live that’s in question here. And this isn’t the only option by any means – Sophia is super-abundant in solutions.)

To use the pineal gland correctly, you need to aim it. (Remember the rabbit-ear antennas?) What is correct usage? Well, I would say survival rates pretty high, but I’m not interested in survival on any terms; I want playful, ecstatic, intense, feeling the wonder of life in every cell of my body, kind of survival. I’m looking to give birth within myself to the immortal child and that requires aligning myself with the imagination and dreaming of the earth. As I began to question the notion of time, I found myself drawn to Polaris and looking into the regulation of time in the body led me to the pineal gland. That non-local link-up has generated a shift in my focus, from time to narrative and that is informing this post.

I’ve been looking into Taoist Alchemy for a while and after my connection with the Pole Star and the pineal gland, I found this information from Mantak Chia:

As Above, So Below

There is one point in the sky around which all the other constellations revolve; the North Star point. The North Star is fixed, stationary, motionless. Taoists regard it as the Center, the source of the universe, the Nothingness, or Wu Chi. The North Star is the Gateway to Heaven. In the Tao, the body is a microcosm of the universe. “As above, so below.” Whatever happens “up there” happens “down here.” Hence, the physical body is marked with gridlines and meridians of light around a Center. The Center is called the “Tan Tien”, or “Field of Energy” (Fig. 3).

The idea of a Central Axis – the Pole Star in the firmament and a Cauldron in the body – is a central tenet in Taoist philosophy and alchemical practice. To get to the Center of the body, open the Tan Tien; to get to the Center of the Heavens, enter through the North Star. Both are doorways to the heart of the true Tao, the Wu Chi, from which both Heaven and Earth are born. The Inner Alchemy practice of the Universal Tao fuses the body’s energies to give birth to a spiritual embryo capable of maturing into a deathless existence and of flight inward, beyond time and space, to the source…..

The Darkness environment activates the glands of the Crystal Palace, actualizing their higher powers and providing a “way back” to the Original Source. When the Crystal Palace is open, it becomes illuminated like a million shining crystals. It can give and receive light and awaken our inner knowledge and deepest potentials. It receives light and knowledge from the universe and reflects it to the various organs and glands to enhance them.

The pineal gland helps us to overcome death by taking in external forces and combining them with sexual energy and the Original Force to form an “immortal body.” With this body we can leave the physical body before the final transition (death) occurs…….

In the Tao, the sources of longevity and immortality are within the body, not as a physical womb but a spiritual one. Taoists call this spiritual womb the “cauldron”. The right method to “cook the cauldron” is not to search outwardly for love from others, but to search within the naked and abandoned self. Self-love, or self-intercourse is the way to give birth to the Immortal Self.”

Excerpt from: Darkness Technology: Darkness Techniques for Enlightenment, Mantak Chia
https://www.universal-tao.com/dark_room/DarkRoom.pdf

From my perspective, the Crystal Palace links the imaginal cells of the anthropic body into the mytho-poetic world of the Aeons, of Supernature and especially Gaia. Our Divine Mother is continuously informed by the other celestial bodies to generate a narrative flow within Her own imagination that exists outside of time, as if in a dream. Her thoughts and feelings vibrate the geometry of our brain/body system and we each make our own interpretations, usually filtered through the misty prism of time, but other options are available. I resonated strongly with some of the ideas expressed here, but not with the specific meditation described, which is why I’ve omitted those passages, but the link is there so you can look them up yourself if you are interested. I omitted them for two reasons:

– I don’t find that I’m able to connect imaginatively with any of the organs in my skull; they are protected from all forms of psychic interference;

– the idea of a beam connecting to the Pole Star to the pineal gland is not how I experience the connection. I experience it as an instantaneous non-local event.

I discovered that I make the connection between Polaris and my pineal gland by looking at images of the pineal gland and knowing that it exists and where it is located in my brain and then forgetting about it and focusing on Polaris. You do need to be in a completely dark room without wifi or EMFs, so that you produce sufficient melatonin. I then form the lightly held intention to make the connection, as in “Let’s give this a go.” and I imagine the Great Bear and the Pole Star as I saw them in the sky and it’s as if a switch has been flipped. The amalgam fillings that I have in my teeth (I still hate the dentists that did that to me as a child) start to throb and I fall instantly asleep and have lucid dreams. When I wake up, something has changed in my life. It might not work in the same way for everyone, but I tend to find that function follows form, so what is the function of the microcrystals in the pineal gland?

According to S. Baconnier and S.B. Lang of the University of Negev, the calcite microcrystals of the pineal gland form cubic, hexagonal or cylindrical shapes and are thought to function as ‘harmonic generators and possible piezoelectric transducers. (Calcite Microcrystals in the Pineal Gland of the Human Brain: Second Harmonic Generators and Possible Piezoelectric Transducers: https://www.researchgate.net/publication/11165623_Calcite_Microcrystals_in_the_Pineal_Gland_of_the_Human_Brain_First_Physical_and_Chemical_Studies)

This image is from an earlier study by the same researchers, which raised the question of the effects of EMFs and radio frequencies on the pineal gland. Other studies have documented the damage caused by fluoride and artificial light and who knows what the effect of 5G will be. This looks just like an antenna to me, but I think it works instantaneously and non-locally, once switched on and connected with the Pole Star.

The idea I’m putting forward here is that, the pineal gland is an antenna that you can aim at anything. Aiming it at the Pole Star brings through, to you personally, in the form of dreams and visions, exactly the input you need to alter your DNA and transcend the trap of time. Ageing beyond maturity and premature death is a consequence of the precedence you give to time. You need to know the Source and Her MO to have the confidence to follow the guidance. (DNA works on principles of grammar and language, so that you can be part of the story. See the work of Pjotr Garjajev: http://www.rexresearch.com/gajarev/gajarev.htm

This idea is being explored by other researchers, but many are still under the spell of ‘the false deity who cannot see,’ so they tend to look only at the effects of Supernatural actions, rather than the full interaction between the human and the Divine – no epic story is unfolding within and through them. This site metatoninresearch.org has put together a lot of excellent research on the function of the pineal gland. I find it to be misguided in its focus on metatonin and endogenous DMT, but I’ve included these passages as they closely (although incompletely) offer a contemporary Gnostic-scientific description of the Earth Goddess/Pole Star/pineal connection experience.


“Several researchers have also suggested that the pineal gland may prove to be more than just a hormone production gland, it may also contribute visual imagery to our visual cortex, a second visual platform so to speak. The pineal gland may be called the third eye, but it is not a third eyeball. It has no lens, pupil or iris, but it does have a retina. In fact, the pineal gland may prove to be more like a television receiver. Several unique properties of this gland may contribute to the visual aspect of a METAtonin experience. One theory is that the matrix of corpora arenacea crystals (brain sand) in the pineal gland may be able to interpolate scalar holographic-hyperspace information into a physical realm signal that is then converted into photons by piezoluminescent DMT molecules in suspension, if they are present at that time. The photons emitted from the DMT molecules are converted into a neural signal by photosensitive pinealocytes in the gland then sent to the visual cortex via a neural pathway, hence, the television receiver theory. No other endocrine gland or area of the brain or body has such a unique collection of specific biological components…..

Scalar Holographic Reality and the Pineal Gland

In order to investigate the pineal gland further, it is necessary to grasp the nature of reality that the pineal gland is proposed to access: the hidden side or dark side of reality, which Anthony Peake in his book Opening the Doors of Perception calls the Pleroma, a term used in Gnostic teachings. As most researchers have deduced, it is most probable that the Pleroma and our human memory field are both holographic in nature, so this is something we need to grasp. Holographic reality really makes no sense at first because energy as we know it manifests in a very different manner in the holographic realm than it does in ours. On the physical plane we are surrounded by radiated concentric electromagnetic waves, but holographic reality exists in the medium of scalar or parallel waves. These scalar waves are flat….unlike the electromagnetic waves of our physical reality which are always curved, i.e. dispersive, in nature. Electromagnetic radiation, the energy of our reality, radiates in a curved wave from a point source such as a candle or a star. The further a wave moves from the source, the dimmer it becomes. This property of diminishment is not present in scalar reality in which the energy wave does not get weaker or flare out as it moves away from the source.

In a room with a scalar candle in it, the light in the room would be equally the same everywhere, and when one approached the candle it would get no brighter. But a candle, being a point source, is not a good example, if one were in a room where the whole wall was evenly lit up as the light source, that would be more like scalar situation; in addition, the energy from the wall would not increase as one moved closer to it. In scalar reality, therefore, distance is of lesser significance, for it has no bearing on energy levels. In our radiation-based non-scalar world, distance and energy in a way define each other, and define time and entropy as well.”

Killing Time

Time as a tool is useful for co-ordinating with other people, for travel and for certain types of planning – I’d like to keep that. But time as a usurper of life-force energy is no longer in my play-book. As the concept of time is no longer connected to any natural events or cycles, its phantom existence is purely digital, a symbolized ‘form’ totally dependent on human habits, behaviour and words to enliven it. It’s longevity (don’t you just love this game?) is testimony to the power of language and meaning-making through stories, that has been endowed in the anthropos, but that also makes it easy to ‘kill’. You can bring it back whenever you want, because you are given the power to do that – you ‘make time’ for anything you desire – you only have to pay attention to your direct sensory experience and learn how to aim and follow through.

Because time is an illusion held in place by the narrative flow of your own mind-stream, you ‘kill’ it by observing its ‘modeled form’ whenever it appears and replacing the word ‘time’ with ‘desire’, ‘energy’ or ‘experience,’ as appropriate. The past or the future are just different episodes or chapters. Change your language and see how that changes your life.


“If you want to awaken all of humanity, then awaken all of yourself. If you want to eliminate the suffering in the world, then eliminate all that is dark and negative in yourself. Truly, the greatest gift you have to give is that of your own self-transformation.”
~ Lao Tzu

Addendum

A while ago a friend recommended a book: Voices of the First Day, Awakening in the Aboriginal Dreamtime, by Robert Lawlor. It arrived the day after I finished this post and I’ve just started reading it and I’m enjoying it very much.

This excerpt is from Chapter 2:

“Because Indo-European language dictates that we express all our thoughts in past, present or future tense, we have the notion that time is an abstract backdrop moving in one direction, like the hands of a clock, from past to future. None of the hundreds of Aboriginal languages contain a single word for time, nor do the Aborigines have a concept of time. As with creation, the Aborigines conceive the passage of time and history not as a movement from past to future but as a passage from a subjective state to an objective expression. The first step in entering into the Aboriginal world is to abandon the conventional abstraction of time and replace it with the movement of consciousness from dream to reality as a model that describes the universal activity of creation.

The ritual dances and songs that the Aborigines perform every day celebrate the movement from subjective to objective that created the world.”

The southern hemisphere does not have a Pole Star. According to Earthsky.org Sirius will be the Southern Pole Star in the year, 66270! I find a correlation between the existence of a Pole Star in the northern hemisphere and the relentless advancement of ‘civilization’, as compared to the conscious simplicity of the highly ritualized and intentional Aboriginal lifestyle. As Dean and I laid out under the stars, we questioned who was the ‘primitive’ here. Has this entire episode been for nothing? Or have we learned something?

Much is made, in this book and others, of the ‘mistake’ of agriculture. I don’t find growing our own food, co-creating a beautiful garden or subsistence farming to be a mistake. Industrial farming is another story – the fruits of western intellect and effort have been consistently stolen and corrupted by the enemies of life. The horrors of colonization did not originate in Europe, but we are all involved in Correction, consciously or not. As one chapter ends, a new one begins. What are you ‘righting’? What can we learn from our southern cousins? And what is the function of the Pole Star?

Dreamcatcher Tomatoes

We finally got to put up the trellis for the tomatoes. We’ve wanted to get them closer to the house for a long time, but first we had to build the house and clear the rubble. That’s taken a few years.

We used abandoned yurt poles for the main supports and washing line, with a couple of hula hoops to make the trellis, because that’s what we had. the dreamcatcher weave is an easy way to make the trellis and it’s eye-catching too.

The boxed in beds have a mix of our own compost, forest mulch and biochar. We have cucumbers, aubergines and lettuce planted in between and I’ve just sown basil and nasturtiums. Not much to see yet, but they are growing fast and strong.

I’m using indigenous micro-organisms and chicken shit tea for fertilizer.

Bumper crop

This year (2019) was a bumper crop for tomatoes, despite a surprize hailstorm on 4th July that caused quite a bit of damage. I cut out the damaged stems and fruits and they just bounced back. The plants in the greenhouse will provide fresh tomatoes until the first frost, usually the last week of November or first week in December. I’m currently freezing and drying about a kilo of tomatoes a day and I expect that we’ll have enough to see us through until the first drop next year. That feels great, as I know exactly where these tomatoes have come from and that they’ve been grown without any chemicals and with structured water from our well.

In the past I’ve usually grown cherry tomatoes too, but I’ve come to the conclusion that they are a bit of a waste of space. We prefer big tasty, juicy tomatoes that we can eat in salads, use for cooking and dry for later. I started all the tomatoes from seed in a propagator box in the (unheated) greenhouse in mid- March. I’ve found that there’s nothing to be gained by starting them earlier, as they need the increasing light following the equinox to grow strong and healthy.

This year I sowed three types of tomato:

Corazon de Buey

The ‘ox heart’ is a Spanish heritage tomato – it’s big, juicy and delicious, with just the right balance of tart and sweet, firm-fleshed, few seeds and the best for salads.

The seeds germinated a bit later than the others, they like a bit more warmth and they were slow starters, but once they got going……

Mighty Corazon de Buey, just picked
Corazon de Buey tomato, sliced.

Mucha miel

Another Spanish heirloom variety, with a slightly ribbed, irregular shape and a rich sweet, flavour. It’s a large tomato, with attractive green stripes as it grows. Despite its size, it’s my favourite tomato for drying, as it isn’t quite as juicy as the others and dries just a bit quicker. – (This is important as an off-gridder.) The flavour intensifies when dried, especially with a bit of basil and we’ll have these with spring salads before next year’s new crop. It’s also a great salad tomato and is a prolific cropper.

Mucha miel and Rosa de Berne tomatoes

Rosa de Berne

Rosa de Berne is a Swiss heirloom tomato. It’s a great all-rounder, with a beautiful rose-pink colour and it’s really sweet and juicy. This is a very useful tomato as it is a heavy cropper and ripens early. It doesn’t have the acidity of the others, but it still tastes of tomato. In fact, all these tomatoes are intensely flavoursome.

This is a great tomato for cooking slightly and freezing for use in soups and stews in the winter, but will go nicely with salad too.

They are all winners!

Yellow dock root: badger medicine for a new story

Five years ago, I made a batch of yellow dock root tincture, for no reason at all at the time. It sat stewing silently in the back of my medicine cabinet, waiting for the moment to make its debut. That came in early spring this year, when Freya had a digging frenzy in the garden. She’s not much of a digger usually, so after one especially strenuous effort, I went out to inspect her work. You guessed right! She had dug up an enormous yellow dock and was chewing on the root.

Freya is a rescue dog, so we don’t know her history, but all animals, including humans, will self-medicate given the chance. We do know that she had a full slew of vaccinations just before we got her and when she arrived here, her back was severely hunched and her back legs were stiff, almost paralyzed. She couldn’t run. I suspect that the rabies vaccination was involved, as the shelter did not mention that she had had an injury or any problems before she came to us. Her back eventually straightened, but she still sticks her hind legs out to the side when she runs. She also has other health challenges and some difficulty in managing her emotions.

However, this post isn’t about Freya’s various conditions and how we treat them; I’m aiming to show how the process of guidance and learning unfolds when working with a plant teacher, how to work with the resources available and how perception shifts.

According to Culpeper’s Complete Herbal, all the docks are governed by Jupiter and yellow dock is turning out to be a quite outstanding teacher plant.

“Government and virtues. All docks are under Jupiter, of which the red dock, which is commonly called blood-wort, cleanseth the blood, and strengthens the liver; but the yellow dock-root is best to be taken when either the blood or liver is affected by choler. All of them have a kind of cooling (but not all alike) drying quality, the sorrel being most cold, and the bloodworts most drying. Of the burdock, I have spoken already by itself. The seed of most of the other kinds, whether the gardens or fields, do stay lasks and fluxes of all sorts, the loathing of the stomach through choler, and is helpful for those that spit blood. The roots boiled in vinegar helpeth the itch, scabs, and breaking out of the skin, if it be bathed therewith. The distilled water of the herb and roots have the same virtue, and cleanseth the skin from freckles, morphew, and all other spots and discolourings therein.”

It’s imperative not to lose your nerve when working with animals. I don’t take our animals to the vets (accidents and neutering aside) not because I feel confident in treating them, but because there is no other choice. Vets, just like doctors, are trained by corrupt institutions into a system that does more harm than good – yes, I know your vet is a wonderful, caring individual, especially when it comes to his/her bank account. The vast majority are not caring enough to question the dogma of injecting our animals with harmful substances for questionable diseases. (See: http://www.whale.to/v/rabies.html) They are incapable of treating the injuries and ongoing disease they have inflicted until they recognize that vaccinations cause many of the problems. Animals are the most excellent teachers of the healing arts, Sophia’s emissaries, no less.

I hadn’t even considered giving Freya yellow dock, but dogs don’t lie, so I dug out the tincture and gave her a few drops immediately. I also began taking it myself, so I could get the feel of it from the inside as I began observation and research.

Yellow dock (Rumex crispus): identfication and use

Yellow dock is named after its root, which is yellow and is the part of the plant with the most therapeutic benefit. It is said that the leaves can be eaten, and I’ll put a few young ones in our wild juice now and then for a hint of bitter-sour if there aren’t any dandelion or milk thistle leaves around, but not that often as the oxalates in the leaves interfere with mineral absorption in large amounts and it’s just not worth the bother. It’s the root that I’m interested in.

Yellow dock plant
Yellow dock root

Docks and sorrels are classified as Rumex and are part of the buckwheat, Polygonaceae family, commonly referred to as the knotweed family. They are native to Europe, but have naturalised in most temperate parts of the world. There are several kinds of dock plant, but the one of greatest therapeutic benefit is yellow dock, also known as curly dock. It goes by the botanical name of Rumex crispus due to the wavy edges of its long pointed leaves. It is easily confused with Rumex obtusifolius, aka broad leaved dock or butter dock. The plants have different habitat preferences; yellow dock likes verges, borders and edges and broad leaved dock likes to be the middle of things and its leaves are distinctively tougher and more bitter. I don’t know how the two plants compare biochemically, but these differences tell me that one cannot be substituted for the other.

R. Obtusifolius on the left R. Crispus on the right

Traditionally, yellow dock root is harvested in late summer/autumn after the seeds turn red. This allows for the plant to achieve maturity and for the seeds to propagate. It is generally considered to be a perennial plant, in that it will usually live for more than two years, if conditions allow. Obviously, when you dig up a plant for its roots, that’s it for that plant, so letting it seed first ensures that there will be future plants. I don’t think there is likely to be any shortage of yellow dock anytime soon, although the population density does vary from year to year. This year is a big yellow dock year – they are everywhere. I harvested in the autumn first, but I’ve just dug up some more in late spring, by the waning moon so that its energy has gone into the roots.

When it comes to deep learning relationships with plant teachers, I prefer getting to know them where they grow and then working with tinctures and sun oils. I use infusions and salves for tonics, refreshment and minor ailments, rather than learning. Time of harvesting does make a difference to the effectiveness of the medicine, particularly with regard to the season, the time of day and the relationship between the planets and the moon. I don’t reduce the plant material to ash for reincorporation in tinctures, because I don’t have the equipment and I see this process as depicting what goes on in the cauldron of your own hermetic vessel. The conjunction of spagyrics, plant alchemy, is the recombination of the essence or spirit of the plant, with your DNA, which transpires in your belly.

Yellow Dock, Anthraquinones, Hydrogen Peroxide and Detoxification

Before using it, I had the general view that Yellow dock root was for the liver, gall bladder and digestive system. It’s such a strong plant that I’d naturally thought that its medicine is best kept for severe issues, but it is actually very mild and safe. Some sites say that it shouldn’t be used by pregnant or breastfeeding women, because of its anthraquinones, but senna has a higher anthraquinone content and is considered safe for occasional use during pregnancy. Much is made of yellow dock’s mild laxative effect, but you’d probably have to take a lot more than I did for that to be even noticeable.

We started with a half-dropper twice a day, once in the morning and once in the afternoon when the bladder and kidney meridians become active (3-7pm). It has a bitter taste, typical of plants that support the gall bladder and liver, that was more unpleasant to us human guinea pigs than it was to Freya. After her first dose, she relaxed into a trance-like state. She is very sensitive and this is her usual response to something that works for her, as her brain and body process the new information. Over the next few days her ravenous appetite diminished slightly, along with her aggression. Her natural demeanor is sweet and playful, but the bouts of candidiasis, UTIs and digestive issues make her irritable at times. Then I noticed something odd.

After taking the yellow dock root tincture for a couple of weeks, sitting down one evening I caught an unmistakable whiff of hydrogen peroxide. I could not work out where it was coming from, I couldn’t even tell whether it was internal or external to my own body! It turns out that yellow dock contains anthraquinones, which are used in the industrial production of hydrogen peroxide and it’s quite likely that they are also involved in making hydrogen peroxide in the body. Why would the body make its own hydrogen peroxide?

For many years, hydrogen peroxide was considered to by cytotoxic, but it turns out to be “[A] ubiquitous molecule. We exhale it, excrete it and take it in from diet.” Hydrogen Peroxide: Ubiquitous in Cell Culture and In vivo?

From Hydrogen Peroxide and Scientific Dogma:

“[P]eroxides are ubiquitous in living systems (again see the Halliwell paper). In higher life forms H2O2 is produced in vivo by monoamine oxidase, xanthine oxidases, various dismutases, and other enzymes, under homeostatic control. There’s substantial evidence that hydrogen peroxide is a widely used signaling molecule (see references 21 to 26 in the Halliwell paper) and recent work has shown a role for hydrogen peroxide in reparative neovascularization. Recruitment of immune cells to wounds likewise appears to require hydrogen peroxide.

Far from being toxic, hydrogen peroxide is an important biomolecule, essential to ordinary metabolic processes. There is zero evidence that hydrogen peroxide does anything harmful in living tissues, at the concentrations normally found in vivo.”

The writer goes on to give his theory as to why scientific dogma sustains, regardless of the evidence:

“Why do myths like this take hold in science? Why do otherwise intelligent scientists cling to them and perpetuate them, regurgitating them in textbooks and handing them down to new generations of students?

I think the answer is, because it makes a good story, and as human beings we value a good story more than we value checking out the story to see if it’s true (providing it’s a suitably satisfying story).

Before there was science, stories were all the human race had as a way of trying to understand the universe. If someone told a good enough story, and the story provided a satisfying-enough explanation of something, the story endured. Some of humankind’s most cherished stories have survived for thousands of years. They survive, in many cases, even if they’re not verifiably true.

With science, the theory is the unit of storytelling. If a theory seems to fit the facts, it’s accepted. If, on closer inspection, a story is found not to fit the facts, it will still be accepted by many people, if it’s a satisfying enough story.”

But I’m still left ‘story-less’ regarding the function of hydrogen peroxide in the body. Some researchers conclude that it might be involved in the regulation of renal function and as an antibacterial agent in the urine. Others theorize that when the immune system is activated in response to bacteria, large amounts of hydrogen peroxide are produced by certain cells to fight the infection and that there is another molecule, peroxiredoxin, that converts hydrogen peroxide back to water if the levels get to high. In plants, hydrogen peroxide is thought to play a key role in stress perception, signaling, and acclimatization to metal toxicity.

Myopic scientists hang onto Darwin’s little tale like drowning sailors in a sea of alphabet soup. Compared to their turgid descriptions of interactions between bit-part players with long names, Darwin’s story is a masterpiece. At least his characters were alive. Internet research on any science related topic will take you into an endless maze of dead-ends and side-tracks, paved with fools gold. The facts presented are true enough within their limited context, but they are only a facsimile of real life. You can put them together in any way you want and find support for any theory you can conceive, but that won’t make your story true. Interactions and relationships that have been observed so meticulously in a laboratory, by scientists pretending to have no effect on the outcome of their experiments and totally ignorant of any effect their experiments might have on themselves, do not describe what happens in a living creature, with its unique ecology, experience and even desires. So why bother with internet research? I think of it as looking for the golden thread in the labyrinth. I scan the material quickly, with open-minded scepticism, looking for what tweaks my attention.

Hydrogen peroxide, the signaling molecule, had waved right up my nose. But what was the message? The very next day a friend from England arrived for a visit. She took the train from the airport to our local station and it was a bit late. She explained that they’d got held up in Ourense, where she looked at an interesting mural, until a man came out of the station, put on a red hat, blew his whistle and waved a little red flag to signal the all clear for the train to move forward. She found that action immensely charming. I saw it as the message for Freight-Train-Freya, that we were on track yellow dock and had the all clear to continue working with it on what was fundamentally a clearing the way process.

Amongst herbalists, yellow dock is universally highly regarded and there are many sites that describe the kind of conditions it helps with. One of my favourite hard copy references is: The Energetics of Western Herbs, by Peter Holms. Here is an extract from his Notes on yellow dock:

“Yellow dock is one of the many members of the knotweed family found worldwide. Like them, the root of the various species of the yellow or narrow-leaf dock is used as an important resolvent detoxificant remedy. Because Yellow Dock chooses a variety of pathways for accomplishing the job of detoxification, it ensures good results across a brad spectrum of toxicosis conditions. Toxin elimination is comprehensively favoured through the liver, the kidneys and bladder, and the colon.

Primarily, however, Yellow dock root is a bitter digestive stimulant (and cholagogue) that operates by reducing Qi stagnation of the liver, gall bladder and intestines. Because of its dry, cold nature, the root is best used in individuals presenting liver congestion that tend to generate damp heat, typically seen with symptoms such as bilious headache, jaundice, fatty indigestion, chronic constipation and a tendency to food allergies. Its moderate yet certain laxative action is signalled by the anthraquinone glycosides. For the same reason the remedy relieves the symptoms of toxic heat, intestines damp heat and gastric ulcer, where Yellow dock’s anti-inflammatory and astringent actions engage.

Yellow dock at the same time is a kidney stimulant that reduces acidosis and bladder deposits, and promotes urination – where the anthraquinones are active. Its detoxicant and depurant diuretic action here reinforces the detoxicant digestive effect. The net result: an effective remedy for congestive disorders of the skin and lymph. Yellow dock releases wind damp and heat in the skin and therefore addresses a wide range of eczemas presenting itching, redness and vesicular suppuration. Swollen lymph glands likewise benefit from the remedy’s ultimate lymphatic decongestant action.

In the West Yellow dock has a particular reputation for treating anemia. It is also a fact that the root is high in minerals, including iron. However, we must guard against making the statement that Yellow dock literally “nourishes the blood” in the traditional sense of tonifying metabolic functions. Nothing could be further from the truth. The fact is that Yellow dock is clearly a draining, detoxicant remedy for prime use in congestive, hot and damp heat conditions – the exact opposite of what’s required when treating blood deficiency, which is essentially a weak condition.”

Online, I find Richard Whelan’s site to be especially useful.

He has this to say on the mineral content of Yellow dock:

“Yellow dock is a mineral-rich herb; it soaks up trace minerals from the soil and transposes them into an organic form that can easily be absorbed and herbalists of old used to sprinkle iron filings on the soil on which they grew Yellow Dock to treat anaemia and blood deficiency (my comment – the amounts of iron or other minerals in Yellow Dock are likely to be very modest in the doses we typically use, however its broader tonic effects on the liver and gut in turn enable a better absorption of nutrients from the diet and it may be this that has seen it be able to help in cases of anaemia and depletion)”

From an alchemical perspective, there is a golden thread to follow where ever inorganic minerals, especially metals, are involved in biological processes. For a number of years, I’ve been contemplating the notion that microbes and minerals are key to the detoxification/purification actions needed to render the internal terrain hostile to parasites of all types and dimensions. It’s one of the reasons why we wild juice every day. A compromised and stressed immune system, that is constantly trying to attack heavy metals, pathogens and foreign biological material in the bloodstream, which it was never designed to deal with, needs help. My insight on the action of iron in Yellow dock is that it’s not a nutrient, but it works with hydrogen peroxide as a kind of Fenton reaction in the body to clean out wastes. The Fenton reaction is used to clean industrial waste water, but is said to be damaging in living systems. That is just another story based on misunderstanding of the role of hydrogen peroxide and has never been observed in a living creature.

Badger Medicine – the Keeper of Stories

To wrap up this post, I turned to another of my favourite reference books: The Earthwise Herbal, by Matthew Wood and this is what I found:

“The leaf of yellow dock is sour, like the leaves of its cousins sheep sorrel and garden sorrel. It is also somewhat astringent. In the root of the dock these tastes and properties are modified by the addition of bitters. Thus the plant is cooling (sour), binding or drying (astringent), cleansing, laxative and alterative (bitter). In terms of the doctrine of signatures, yellow dock is a yellow, man shaped root that helps downward movement in the digestive tract. This is a picture of a “badger medicine” in American Indian practice. My friend Kim Dudley, herbalist in Canberra, Australia, recognized the experience and commented from his experience, “Yellow dock is for excess badger energy.” That would be too much fire in the stomach and digestive tract, too much appetite and too much emotional energy.”

I could see Badger characteristics of aggression, persistence, quick to anger, a liking for solitude and willingness to fight for what you want in Freya, and also in myself. Badger is also said to be the keeper of the medicine roots and in some Native American myths is keeper of the stories.

In order to heal and regenerate, you need a story that is conducive to those aims. The mainstream narrative, regarding the inevitability of disease and degeneration that your body cannot repair, is a slow-acting poison on your unconscious mind, causing you to mistake signs of healing for symptoms of disease, so that you become an unwitting accomplice to your own demise. Yellow dock badger medicine goes right to the root of disease, freeing your mind from the false stories that inhibit your innate healing abilities as it detoxifies your body.

Freya has begun a new chapter in her story; for a long time she was ‘our problem child’ but now she is my teacher and some of her problems are beginning to ease (she has stopped digging in the garden too). I’ve also started a new chapter. I stopped doing therapy/healing work nearly five years ago, as there were other things I wanted to learn. Recently, I’ve been yearning to feel part of the community here, but it seemed like an impossible challenge as we don’t have cows or kids and barely speak the language. (The local dialects even vary from town to town.) Last week, I told Dean that I was thinking about returning to healing work, not working in a therapy rooms in town, but in a more organic way, somehow. The very next day I had three ‘clients’ here, one of whom is going to help me improve my Spanish, in return for me teaching her about the local healing plants.

Badger medicine digs deep and works fast!

Freya, the teacher, with Grand Master Shen

Addendum

At the beginning of the next shift, Zuby inexplicably made a bid for freedom and flew over the fence of the chicken pen. Izzy caught him immediately. Luckily, we got him back in and he lost only his tail feathers – and a nasty gash on his back. Not even, wounded pride. He actually seems quite proud of himself!

I was wondering how long to keep giving Freya the yellow dock root tincture and I took this as a sign to stop – Zuby, signalling a new ‘tale’ is on the way. Sure enough, a few weeks later and Freya appears, almost completely healed. See Healing the Waters for more info.

Easy Five Star Chicken Coop

Greetings!

My name is Zubynelgenubi, Zubi to my friends. I’m a gallo piñeira and I’m the king of the five star chicken coop, that was made by my valet Mister D, following my instructions.

Zubynelgenubi

Mister D had a hard time finding a good design, one that would be relatively easy for him to make and that would meet the needs of me and the starlets. Mister D said that many of the designs on the internet either looked very pretty, like Dutch barns and New England houses, or like prisons. After much consultation, this is what we put together.

Chicken coop and run

The structure is made of waterproof board and the sheets were cut in half at the woodyard. That meant they could be fitted into the back of the truck easily. Mister D cut out the openings for the door at the front, the window, the side for the laying boxes and the larger door at the back. Mister D wanted to make the back door large enough so that he could clean out the coop easily. He then fixed the window flap and the door and attached the boards to the softwood battens, so that it could be fitted together in the pen.

We have a lovely large pen, with an open area and some woodland, with a secure fence around it. The fence is to keep the dogs and other predators out. There are foxes, wolves, weasels, stoats and wild boar around here. We also have a secure run with a roof on it attached to the coop. Mister D bolts the door on the run at night to keep us extra secure, but this way we can all come out and scratch around in the morning if he doesn’t get up on time to let us out. (You know, I do my best but sometimes I’m crowing for a good hour before we get let out. I wonder whether Mister D might be a bit deaf.)

We have flags and windmills around the pen – Matron calls it homestead hen party – but it is really to stop the young ones flying over the fence. It works most of the time, they see the flags flapping and the windmills whirring and it breaks their attention. We have had a couple of near misses, so I’m extra vigilant now. (This is before Mister D upgraded the coop.)

Homestead hen party

A key issue for us chickens is perches. We feel safe at night when we can perch above ground, as we still have the ancestral memories of roosting in trees to keep away from predators. Most chicken coops don’t have enough height, because we need to be able to jump up to the highest perch without banging our heads on the roof.

Our perches are made of natural wood fence posts – they are rounded and feel just like smooth logs. There’s two of them, which avoids aguements and gives me some peace in the house. They’re lovely and comfy to roost on. The nesting box is off to the side and gives the ladies some privacy when they go to pay the rent – two eggs a day.

Perches and nesting box in the chicken coop

These are two of my girls, Bridget and Blondie, out by the feeder. The feeding area is covered, to protect it from the rain. Mister D tried putting the feeder in the run once, but it attracted too many sparrows, who then couldn’t work out how to get out. We don’t mind sharing our food with sparrows and blackbirds, but we don’t want them in the house at night!

Bridget and Blondie at the feeder

We also have a cabbage swing, which is a lot of fun! That’s Blondie, Diana and Ginger you can see behind me – I am in charge of security as well and I’m not sure about that machine being pointed this way.

Zuby and the Starlets

We also have a beach hut. It was our first home and quite sweet, but not really big enough and it fell apart after the first year. It serves as another nesting option too, just in case some one needs extra privacy! The beach is where we have our dust baths, which is absolutely essential for our health and hygiene. Luckily, Mister D and Matron have a wood burning stove in the winter and they cook outside in the summer. Mister D then sieves the coal out and gives us lots of lovely wood ash. The tarp keeps it dry in the rain – come rain or shine we need our daily dust bath.

Zuby by the beach hut

I know lots of people don’t like to name their working animals, but it really makes life more enjoyable for us all. We are well aware of our place in the pecking order, so to speak, but a little bit of common courtesy goes a long way and it makes it much easier for us to communicate with you.

Grinding Gears and the Killer Chakra

Far from being some esoteric idea, the chakra system is the gearbox that enables Supernatural energy, which you could just as easily call electromagnetic energy (of the natural kind) to be transmitted to your own mind/body system. From there, you transduce and transmit this energy to all life on earth, the earth itself and to the greater cosmos. The effects of Supernatural energy are observable and various methods of working with it are provable. If you have problems related to health, relationships, work or money (that just about covers everything, doesn’t it?) one or more of your chakras will be out of whack. You know what happens if you put the car in the wrong gear, it judders or leaps and you get that grinding sound and lose power to the wheels? If your life is going nowhere fast and you keep making the same mistakes again and again, that’s a symptom of grinding gears on your chakras, which could create a killer chakra.

The good news is that, if you correct chakra issues, and keep them humming along as they were designed to, other problems become easily resolvable, some even disappear completely. You will have more energy available to do other things and your life moves up a gear. Does that sound incredible? Well, all you have to do is prove it for yourself and you don’t need any special skills, it won’t cost you anything, all you need is a friend. I’ve seen this work with hundreds of other people over the past 10 years and a few weeks ago I had the opportunity to experience it for myself, so now I am 100% confident in the procedure.

The Manipura Master Dial

The Manipura is otherwise known as the Solar Plexus Chakra or the Third Chakra, third as in the third primary chakra from the First or Root Chakra (Muladhara) moving upwards. In the Hindu tradition it is known as the City of Jewels and I think of it as the Master Dial. It is also sometimes referred to as the Navel chakra and many writers describe it as being located behind the navel, which is somewhat confusing. In my working with chakras I’ve found that, in the vast majority of cases, the manipura is located about four fingers above the navel.

If you make the manipura mudra to balance this chakra, by clasping your hands together and intertwining your fingers over your abdomen in the place where they naturally fall, then extending the middle fingers outwards to make a point, the point would be directly over the manipura. To do this mudra correctly, women should have their left thumb over the right and it’s reversed for men. It only works on the chakra if you chant ‘raam’ loud enough for it to vibrate in the area beneath your hands. I’ve not found this method to be as effective as the Chakra Correction Method I describe below, but if you are on your own and feel you have a manipura disturbance, it will help. Pennyroyal herbal oil and pennyroyal tea also support the manipura.

In this post I’m focusing on the Solar Plexus and Root chakras and the relationship between them. That is not to discount the significance of the Sacral or Second chakra (Svadhisthana), but that is a whole subject in itself. The function of the Sacral Chakra can be summarised as the seat of the pleasure circuits. Energy comes into the Sacral Chakra from the Root Chakra and from other terrestrial life forms and goes out from the Sacral Chakra to other creatures and to the earth itself – the emotional body of the earth, Her living waters, are interactive with our Sacral Chakras. Adverse weather is a direct consequence of lack of natural human pleasure. A subject for another day…..

The chakras can be imagined as funnel-shaped vortices that extend out of the body front and back. The centre point of each funnel, or trumpet, where it is narrowest, interact with a specific bundle of nerves, or plexus. Each nerve plexus correlates to a specific spinal region, the corresponding glands in the endocrine system and is involved in the communication and management system of certain organs and senses.

The solar plexus chakra corresponds to the lumbar region of the spine and pain in this region correlates with a dysfunctional manipura. Correcting the spin of the chakra will alleviate the pain in most cases and, crucially, allow you to receive the insight as to what you need to change in your life to prevent the pain from returning. I have witnessed a visibly protruding lumbar disc assimilate into the correct position, so that all pain was dissolved and mobility restored, over a period of 90 minutes when the function of the solar plexus chakra was restored.

The nerves corresponding to the solar plexus chakra are mostly involved in the management of the digestive system, providing the communication between the organs and the brain, so that digestive juices and insulin are regulated, for example. The corresponding gland of the endocrine system is the pancreas. All pancreatic and digestive problems correlate to manipura dysfunction and correcting the manipura is necessary for sustained recovery – whether you believe it or not.

Psychologically, the solar plexus chakra is associated with will power and self-esteem. When all is well with this chakra you have a ‘can do’ attitude and confidence in your ability to deal with whatever comes up in your life, initiate action and work with intention and your insight or intuition is strong. When it’s not functioning correctly, you can feel overwhelmed or irritated, misunderstood and unable to get, or even define what you want in life. A classic symptom of third chakra dysfunction is loss of sense of humour. There is no escaping manipura malfunction now and then, as it is involved in all your interactions in the social domain. It functions as a ‘master dial’ on the other chakras, regulating the intensity you bring to your sense of self as the identity node of experience of your own life, and the centrepoint to which every thing else responds.

The manipura is traditionally represented as having ten petals, which are said to correspond to the following ‘disturbances’: spiritual ignorance, thirst, jealousy, treachery, shame, fear, disgust, delusion, foolishness and sadness. This was determined many generations ago in a very different culture to ours, so some of the disturbances might be slightly different for us today, yet the image of the chakra, its physical structure and its function still apply. The ten petals correspond to the main nerves that link the digestive organs and the brain and indicate the ten most prevalent issues that plague the social domain. Any individual who wants to access the energy needed to use their latent powers, must clear the disturbances that arise in the solar plexus chakra. This is humbling, grinding, crunch work, sometimes it seems as if it goes on forever, the same issues arising again and again, but you can be as certain as you can of anything that this is what is crying out to be corrected in your life, so that you can move on. The Chakra Correction Procedure helps speed up the process.

The downward pointing triangle in the circle of the ten petals indicates that the disturbances have emerged from emotions generated by unconscious learned behaviour from childhood, as well as the ongoing effects of our own cultural amnesia. We now know that these patterns that have been deliberately inculcated over generations to prevent self-actualization and autonomy, to keep us weak, confused and easily controlled. However, the experiential history of each race is written in the ten petals of the manipura and the future is created through how each individual corrects the issues that are shown up.

Most of the world is now in a state of deliberately contrived thirst. In the west, we drink dead clean water that flushes the system, but does not hydrate the cells. Dr. Batmanghelidj observed in his book, Your Body’s Many Cries for Water, that most sickness is caused by dehydration and that we actually lose our perception of thirst as we get older because the body has resorted to chronic drought management procedures and no longer asks for something it will never get. Maintaining people in a state of perpetual thirst is a proven method for keeping us stuck in second gear! Anytime you find yourself saying: why does this always happen to me? It is a the solar plexus chakra crying out for correction. (As an aside, when we lived in London we used to filter our water and structure it with lasers, which was expensive and slow. We now have a much easier and cheaper method, that you can find out about here.)

The manipura is where the individual meets the collective. The solar plexus chakra continuously broadcasts your emotional state and entrains or reacts to others that are broadcasting on similar or more intense frequencies. Telepathy and projection occurs via the chakras through infrasound, ultrasound, sonoluminesense and biophotons, with each chakra attuning to and amplifying signals within a specific frequency range, which are then interpreted by the brain. So, fear of authority spreads when some one experiences it and unconsciously broadcasts it via the solar plexus chakra and it is received by everyone in the vicinity who holds a similar disturbance. The big question is, what is the effect of some one broadcasting clearly?

The Killer Chakra

Towards the end of 2018, I started to feel unwell. I’m usually robustly healthy and optimistic, so when I started to experience an ongoing, intense pain in my kidney, along with debilitating backache and a sense of despondency, it was unusual. I started wearing the pain relief amulet and bangle continuously and although it was reducing the pain by about 80%, I didn’t feel as though I was healing. My gums were bleeding at the slightest touch and my teeth had become super-sensitive – I began to ask myself some questions. At the time, coming into winter, I was considering some changes in our lives. We had decided to stop running retreats and needed to find another source of income and, even though we had several great opportunities in the pipeline, I knew I’d hit an inherited fear and scarcity programme. But I couldn’t seem to shift it.

The first thing to note is that, in that state of mind, it’s really easy to miss the obvious; I’ve corrected the chakras of hundreds of people and witnessed many amazing results, but it took four weeks before I thought, “Hmmm, I wonder if it might be a good idea to check my chakras.” So, Dean did it for me there and then and the result was instantaneous. I felt the energy move up my back, the pain in my back and kidney went immediately and when I went to brush my teeth (just to really, see if it worked) my gums didn’t bleed and my teeth weren’t sensitive at all. As I said, I’ve seen this kind of ‘miraculous healing’ in many other people and in several cases the results have been validated by medical tests, but this was the first time I experienced it for myself.

Before describing what Dean did, I want to stress that this is a really simple, painless and self-evident procedure that anyone can do on anyone else. In fact, it is so simple that you might be tempted to discount its value; I can’t say that it works for every condition or individual, or even that it’s the best or only solution, but I can say with 100% confidence that most people will experience immediate significant positive changes in their physical or psychological health, that they can then build upon. It won’t work so well if you are drugged up to the eyeballs and, although you don’t need to believe in anything for it to work, you can will it not to work.

In this instance, my root chakra was spinning in the wrong direction and my solar plexus chakra was closed. I had become so involved in my disturbances that my manipura had shutdown, which is its first response to self-directed harsh criticism, so as to limit the effects of entrainment to similar negativity from others. I’ve never experienced my muladhara spinning in the wrong direction before, but I have seen it in others. Last summer we had a friend show up with a broken coccyx – the coccyx is the part of the spine that is said to correlate to the root chakra. He had just been signed off from work for six months because of it and was in a lot of pain. He showed us the x-rays. I did the chakra correction procedure that I’ve described below with him and his spine healed instantly. Obviously, I could not verify this with x-rays, but he jumped off the couch, declared that his pain was completely gone and he was able to move around, work and get on with life. Unfortunately, although the physical issues were resolved, the emotional and psychological issues were not. At the time of the correction, this individual’s solar plexus chakra was also closed and although we opened it in the session, he did not follow through with any of his intentions. The energy of the inner sun must be aimed outwards into the social domain, or else the aroused kundalini (who provides the energy boost for accelerated healing) will sink into her base, animal instincts. We all witnessed how he began to destroy himself and the effect this had on everything around him and I will write more on this in another post.

I’ve spent several months contemplating this incident and I’m as certain as I can be that the experience I had with the kidney and back pain was my body teaching me what I wanted to learn. I was shown how I was using the destructive power of the earth to kill myself! That might sound overly dramatic, but the directive power of the solar plexus chakra, the inner sun, will ultimately regenerate or destroy you – your choice! I’m committed to learning the processes of alchemical regeneration, which is leading me to explore kundalini and the ouroboros and the path is crystal clear: before you can regenerate, you have to stop killing yourself! To deny or ignore what calls for your attention WITHIN YOURSELF is to work against yourself and against nature and the cries from your own body will get increasingly stronger until addressed or you die. The manipura is the ‘master dial’ because this is where the mental ability to address emotional issues arises, which regulates the ‘throttle level’on the other chakras and your access to life-force energy, or kundalini. The solar plexus chakra is not showing you problems or limitations; it’s showing you exactly where to focus your self-determination in order to shift up a gear and fulfill your destiny. When the manipura is undisturbed, you have more energy available for other things. Not only is your full individuated life force flowing, but the warmth of your inner sun will arouse the sleeping kundalini, bringing Shakti power online.

The root chakra, or muladhara, is attuned to earth frequencies. The four petals signify the cardinal directions or up down, forwards and backwards. When the root chakra is open and spinning in the correct direction you feel safe, confident and supported by the earth, because you are! It is the foundation from which our conceptual and physiological self arises. The root chakra closes, as a reflex action, to protect you from destructive energies as a child and before you develop the mental ability to differentiate experience. We live in a society that generates fear to make sure we never feel safe, especially as children and many people never get to feel natural, regenerative earth frequencies for so many reasons. When spinning in the correct direction, the root chakra generates the power of FOR-ness. For-ce, derived from latin roughly translates as ‘power to it’.

For anyone who is awake and willing, who wants to participate in eliminating the parasites that plague us and resolving the problems of the world, you begin by correcting the chakras. This isn’t a substitute for external action, but the locus point of all action. The extent to which abhorrent, deviant and overtly satanic behaviour is being portrayed in the mainstream, shows that the enemies of life have reached a new level of confidence in their occult methodologies – they don’t need to hide what they’re doing anymore. Not that the masses have any awareness of how this affects them, or that they are unconsciously killing themselves, as well as everything around them – no one can separate themselves from reality. The root chakra is the killer chakra, when it is spinning in the wrong direction, the force of destruction. Lack of self-love, failure to act with self-determination and address the disturbances that arise in the manipura all lead to the activation of the killer chakra.

That’s the bad news. The good news is that our Aeonic Mother, in Her perfect wisdom, provides multiple solutions to every problem we face. I’ve used this Chakra Correction Method hundreds of times with consistent results. It is a physiological process that creates real and self-evident changes in your mind-body system. I offer it with a caution in that, while it dissolves the confusion that prevents you from seeing what you need to do in your life and releases the energy that is stuck in grinding gears, it is not a substitute for action and you still need to do your own work.

Chakra Correction Method

1. Train your pendulum to show you a correct ‘yes’ and ‘no’ until you have confidence in the result.

2. Have the subject lay on their back in a comfortable position, knees may be raised if necessary.

3. Locate their root chakra with the palm of your dominant hand, by holding your hand, palm facing downwards, a handswidth or so over the crotch area, where the chakra is located. You will feel a thickness in the air, or heat, or tingling in your hand when you have the correct spot.

4. Remove your hand and, holding the end of the chain of your pendulum drop it so that the point lands a handswidth above the physical body of the subject in the area where you located the chakra.

YOU DO NOT PHYSICALLY TOUCH THE SUBJECT AT ANY POINT IN THIS PROCEDURE

5. If the chakra is working correctly, after a few moments, it will start to rotate in a counter clockwise direction (from the perspective of the subject, as if they were looking down on themselves) for a woman and clockwise for a man.

6. If the chakra is closed, the pendulum will hang still, as if sucked down to the chakra. If this happens, you open the chakra by locating it again with the palm of your dominant hand (you are using your healing palm chakra for this) and begin rotating your hand as if spinning a disc, in the correct direction – ie clockwise for a man and counterclockwise for a woman. After a few seconds, stop spinning and check with your pendulum to see if it moves in circles in the correct direction. If not, do the process again.

7. Repeat the process for each chakra moving upwards, remembering that the spin alternates.

8. If a chakra is spinning in the wrong direction, you correct it in the same manner; locate it with your palm and rotate your hand in the correct direction. Always, remember to check with the pendulum afterwards.

Chakra Spin Directions

FEMALE SPIN CHAKRA MALE SPIN
Counter clockwise ROOT Clockwise
Clockwise SACRAL Counter clockwise
Counter clockwise SOLAR PLEXUS Clockwise
Clockwise HEART Counter clockwise
Counter clockwise THROAT Clockwise
Clockwise BROW Counter clockwise
Counter clockwise CROWN Clockwise

The spin directions I describe here may not correspond to other sources, but these are what I’ve verified as correct over several hundred sessions.

The procedure is self-evident because you use a pendulum to see the spin of the chakras – it is a biofeedback device. You can’t see the chakras themselves, but you can see how they cause a pendulum to spin in one direction or another, or not at all if that chakra is closed. The procedure is for six of the primary chakras only – I’ve never encountered the need to work on the Crown Chakra, also known as the seventh chakra or the Sahasrara, the Thousand Fold Chakra.

The key points to understand about the workings of the chakras are:

– each chakra spins either clockwise or counterclockwise when it is open and working correctly

– when a chakra is closed, it does not spin

– the chakras alternate spin direction from the root chakra up

– the chakras of men and women spin in the opposite directions

Female chakra spin

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Salvage Greenhouse

DIY greenhouse from salvage

This was our first greenhouse effort:

Greenhouse wreckage

Several hundred euros, several hundred pieces to put together, eighty-five pages of instructions and fifteen minutes of wind!  We salvaged some bits of polycarbonate to make cold frames and the mice ate everything – now we have cats.

Next, we tried a walipini.  Walipinis don’t work in clay, with wet winters. The walls collapsed and we’re now using it as a pit for rubble from the house build.

Finally, a greenhouse to be proud of, from Dean and Marcus “Rockstar” of the North:

Salvage greenhouse

It’s not completely salvage, we bought the corrugated polyester and acrylic for the windows and the roof rafters. but the rest is made from leftover wood from other projects.  The front pillars are chestnut, leftover from the house.  We would not have been so ambitious as to use them ourselves, but Marcus said: what do you think about using those beams on the front?  It will be beautiful.  And it is.  The doors are salvaged from a collapsed yurt.

The first stage of the project was to rebuild the stone wall next to the barn.  It collapsed in a storm a couple of winters ago.  It happened just as we were contemplating going off-grid and the only bit of the wall that collapsed was right next to the electricity meter.  It was a huge mess.

Fallen wall

There wasn’t much space to work with and we were concerned that the foundation of the wall and the barn had been weakened by the electricity pillar – the wall was very unsteady.  So Marcus put in a buttress, using all the old stones and lime mortar.  It was his first stone wall and by the time he’d finished he could pick the perfect stone for each place just by instinct.

Rebuilding the stone wall

The part sticking out from the barn is an old bread oven, with the access in the barn – there are people around here that still use outside bread ovens – and a well.  The well in the barn was the only water for the house when we moved here, with a bucket on a chain.  We had originally thought about putting a separate roof over the bread oven and well and joining it to the green house, but Dean and Marcus decided that a single roof would be much better and we can’t use the bread oven anyway, as all our winter wood is in the barn.  We use the well in the barn for the garden, as it is shallow and doesn’t take as much electricity to run the pump as the deep well, but it also goes dry towards the end of summer, so we have to work on another irrigation system for the garden this winter.

Greenhouse beginnings

So, the frame went up:

The roof went on:

Greenhouse roof

And the windows in.

Greenhouse from the front

The greenhouse is well-sheltered.  It is on the north side of the wall, but open to the west and shaded by an oak tree in the summer.  Two of the windows open for ventilation, as we seem to go from cool to hot very quickly.  Spring is very short these days. My aim is to use it to get seedlings started earlier, although it is currently home to tomatoes that I repotted from the garden.  It’s December and we still have fresh tomatoes!  We have a small butane heater which we’ll use when the nights get colder.

Greenhouse bed in winter, with coriander, beets and artichokes

With love and thanks to Marcus and Miriam.

At the bus stop

Pennyroyal: Sekhmet’s Gift

Pennyroyal: facts and folklore

Pennyroyal, Mentha Pulegium, has a killer reputation. In relatively recent times, several women have died using pennyroyal to end unwanted pregnancies. One was a 23 year old English woman in 1897, who drank a tablespoon of pennyroyal essential oil to bring on menstruation and died four days later of multiple organ failure. In 1912, a 16 year-old girl from Maryland died after consuming 36 pennyroyal pills to induce abortion. In November of 1978, there were two cases of pennyroyal poisoning within four days at Denver General Hospital. The first was an 18 year-old woman, who drank an ounce of pennyroyal essential oil and died seven days later, not pregnant. In the second Denver case, a young woman took 10ml of pennyroyal essential oil (a little less than a tablespoon) and was discharged after two days, still pregnant. In 1994 a 24-year-old woman, died in California after drinking pennyroyal tea. At the time of her death, she unknowingly had an ectopic pregnancy and the autopsy was unable to confirm whether her death was as the result of the ectopic pregnancy or from pennyroyal poisoning.

How did these women find out about pennyroyal’s reputation as means of inducing a miscarriage? Is this ancient wisdom enshrined in phylogenetic memory? Or does pennyroyal have other abilities, perhaps involved in ‘switching on’ (or off maybe) certain memory files?

Most of the internet references to pennyroyal’s effectiveness as an abortifacient or emmanegogue come from the same sources. This is from Wikipedia and you’ll find it repeated word-for-word on multiple sites:

“Documented use of pennyroyal dates back to ancient GreekRoman, and Medieval cultures. Its name – although of uncertain etymology – is associated with Latin pulex (flea), alluding to the manner it was used to drive away fleas when smeared on the body.[5] Pennyroyal was commonly incorporated as a cooking herb by the Greeks and Romans. A large number of the recipes in the Roman cookbook of Apicius called for the use of pennyroyal, often along with such herbs as lovageoregano and coriander. Although it was commonly used for cooking also in the Middle Ages, it gradually fell out of use as a culinary herb and is seldom used as such today.[6]

 

Records from Greek and Roman physicians and scholars contain information pertaining to pennyroyal’s medicinal properties, as well as recipes used to prepared it. Pliny the Elder, in his encyclopedia Naturalis Historia (Natural History), described the plant as an emmenagogue, and that it also expelled a dead fetus.[7] Galen only listed pennyroyal as an emmenagogue, as did Oribasius. Roman and Greek writers Quintus Serenus Sammonicus and Aspasia however both agreed that pennyroyal, when served in tepid water, was an effective abortive method.[7] A medical text on gynecologyattributed to Cleopatra (though it was never written by her but by a female Greek physician Metrodora) recommends the use of pennyroyal with wine to induce abortions.[7]

 

In regard to its contraceptive properties, it was referred to in a joking manner in Aristophanes‘ play Peace (421 BCE). The god Hermes provides the male character Trygaios a female companion; when Trygaios asks if there would be a problem if she became pregnant, Hermes responds, “Not if you add a dose of pennyroyal.”[5]In a similar manner, in Aristophanes’ comedy Lysistrata, after a pregnant female character on stage is told to withhold her body sexually from her husband, a slender female character, in comparison to the pregnant woman, is described as “a very lovely land. Well croppy, and trimmed and spruced with pennyroyal.”

Pliny the Elder also stated that consuming powdered sow’s dung relieved labour pains. Not everything written in ancient times is true, or workable today. I haven’t found any evidence to support the notion that pennyroyal works as a contraceptive, but it should not be used in pregnancy as it does increase the risk of miscarriage. Many herbalists will confirm that it is reliable for period pain and related issues.

There are some reports that pennyroyal was an ingredient in kykeon, the psychoactive potion given to the initiates in the Eleusinian mysteries. It is still burned in South America as a ritual offering to Pachamama and is said to have magical powers of protection, or to bring prosperity.

According to Hildegard von Bingen, in her work Physica, written between 1150 and 1158:

“He who has pains in the brain so that he is ill should add pennyroyal to wine and boil it, and he should lay it on his head while still warm, and he should tie a cloth over this, so that the brain is warm and suppresses the madness in him.”

The little clumps of pennyroyal growing around here grab you by the nose as you walk by and spike your mind, triggering memories which might not even be your own. You can’t come close to getting a feel for how she works through scientific explanations, but I find that this excerpt from  In The Country of the Pointed Firs, by Sarah Orne Jewett, (1910) leads you in the right direction:

“When the family pictures were wrapped again in a big handkerchief, we set forward in a narrow footpath and made our way to a lonely place that faced northward, where there was more pasturage and fewer bushes, and we went down to the edge of short grass above some rocky cliffs where the deep sea broke with a great noise, though the wind was down and the water looked quiet a little way from shore. Among the grass grew such pennyroyal as the rest of the world could not provide. There was a fine fragrance in the air as we gathered it sprig by sprig and stepped along carefully, and Mrs. Todd pressed her aromatic nosegay between her hands and offered it to me again and again.

 

“There ‘s nothin’ like it,” she said; “oh no, there ‘s no such pennyr’yal as this in the State of Maine. It’s the right pattern of the plant, and all the rest I ever see is but an imitation. Don’t it do you good?” And I answered with enthusiasm.

“There, dear, I never showed nobody else but mother where to find this place; ‘t is kind of sainted to me. Nathan, my husband, an’ I used to love this place when we was courtin’, and”—she hesitated, and then spoke softly—”when he was lost, ‘t was just off shore tryin’ to get in by the short channel out there between Squaw Islands, right in sight o’ this headland where we ‘d set an’ made our plans all summer long.”

I had never heard her speak of her husband before, but I felt that we were friends now since she had brought me to this place.

 

“‘T was but a dream with us,” Mrs. Todd said. “I knew it when he was gone. I knew it”—and she whispered as if she were at confession—”I knew it afore he started to go to sea. My heart was gone out o’ my keepin’ before I ever saw Nathan; but he loved me well, and he made me real happy, and he died before he ever knew what he ‘d had to know if we ‘d lived long together. ‘T is very strange about love. No, Nathan never found out, but my heart was troubled when I knew him first. There ‘s more women likes to be loved than there is of those that loves. I spent some happy hours right here. I always liked Nathan, and he never knew. But this pennyr’yal always reminded me, as I ‘d sit and gather it and hear him talkin’—it always would remind me of—the other one.”

Pennyroyal, like beads on a string

Pennyroyal the healer

I’d been getting to know pennyroyal for a year or so, when some friends asked if I could help their cat. I’m not a trained herbalist, nor any kind of medical or veterinary professional, but when a friend asks for help I’ll do the best I can. Mostly, it has worked out well for all concerned, there is always a risk. The cat had a weak immune system, was probably in the early stages of kidney disease and had acute scabies that wasn’t responding to treatment. After careful research and discussing the risks and options, I gave the owners some of my own pennyroyal herbal oil for the scabies, as it is the fastest way of killing the mites, through contact with the active ingredient in the plant and through suffocation through the oil. A few days after the treatment, they reported back that the cat was much improved and was hunting again. I don’t know what happened in the interim but, a couple of months later, tragedy struck and the cat died unexpectedly of kidney failure.

Nothing was said at the time, but I did consider the possibility that I’d made a fatal error and I went back to research everything I could find on pennyroyal for cats. The consensus is pretty clear, pennyroyal ESSENTIAL OIL is highly toxic for cats and should never be given to them, but there’s no information about the herbal oil. I couldn’t find any instances of a cat ever having been poisoned by pennyroyal essential oil either, but then, how would you know? Most often, you find information ‘copied and pasted’ from one site to another, without it ever having been verified by a single one of them.

The effectiveness of all plants and herbs will vary according to the strain, where they grew, what time of the day or the month they were harvested and how they were stored and prepared. Therein lies the appeal of the standardised approach of systemised medicine and pharmaceuticals but, of course, life stubbornly refuses to comply. Every creature has their unique experience and circumstances and they will respond better to some plants rather than others and the decision as to what to use, what dose, how and when, can only be made on an individual case by case basis. The terrible truth, that every healer knows, is that, not only will you make mistakes, but you can also do everything correctly and still not get the desired outcome – fate is always waiting in the shadows and there are always those that you cannot work with. When the choice is between third party information or my own instincts, I have to follow my guidance and face the consequences.

That said, there is a HUGE difference between pennyroyal essential oil and pennyroyal herbal oil. I make herbal oil, or sun oil, is made by steeping the leaves and flowers of the plant in olive oil and leaving it in the sun for several weeks, so that the plant oils leech into the olive oil. I then discard the plant material and use the infused oil topically. Herbal oil is generally considered to be safe as it is nowhere near as concentrated as the essential oil. Essential oil, the kind you buy in small bottles, is made through an industrial process by pressure steaming the plant material and cooling the vapour so that the essence of the plant in the form of its oil separates from the water. (The water is sometimes sold as a floral water or hydrosol.) Essential oil can be hundreds or even thousands of times more potent than the plant in its natural form and the smaller molecules are more easily absorbed by the skin. The real danger to humans and other animals is from consuming pennyroyal essential oil, a standard 12ml bottle could be fatal. You would have to be pretty desperate to drink a bottle of essential oil. This can be an issue for animals, who will lick and groom themselves and I’d never use any essential oil on a cat. I wouldn’t use pennyroyal essential oil for any reason, but then the plant grows wild here.

Ancient alchemists are also said to gave used steam distillation as one method of releasing the essence of the plant – the plant spirit.  However, what we are able to glean from surviving alchemical texts is a mere shadow of what would have been known before the intervention of Christianity.  And today, the principles of alchemy can only be considered and tested in a very different time and context.  I look at the alchemical images and I see that the oft depicted flask is the human body and the principles of mercury and sulphur are the yin and yang or the ida and pingala, the quintessence is intention.  This perspective has crystallized as I’ve used pennyroyal, whose spirit is activated by human intention – to kill or to heal.

Pennyroyal herbal oil has become one of our regular home remedies for ourselves and the dogs. We use it by rubbing a little over the solar plexus area or lower abdomen and it has an immediate calming effect with an accompanying feeling of relaxed self-confidence. It helps Freya get through her frantic moments and seems to make it easy for Tulku and Izzy to give her the space to do that without reacting to her shenanigans. Freya, as a spayed, vaccinated dobermann with a docked tail (she’s a rescue dog), has the occasional urinary incontinence issues and pennyroyal herbal oil rubbed on her lower abdomen helps her with that too. It works instantly. I find it gives me mental clarityand a more balanced perspective on events and experiences. Often just sniffing it is sufficient, as the olfactory bulb is part of the central nervous system. We also drink the leaves as a digestive tea, which has a light, refreshing flavour, similar to mint, but more floral.

Prior to industrial processing, pennyroyal was considered an essential healing herb to have at home:

“This plant, which the God of nature has scattered over almost every part of this country, is one of the most valuable of the Thomsonian Materia Medica. Its qualities are a strong and hardy aromatic but pleasant smell, a warm and pungent taste. The medical principle resides in an essential oil, possessing the same smell and taste of the herb. Its medical properties are carminative, (having power to remove wind from the stomach and bowels,) stimulant, (possessing the property of exciting increased action in the system,) diaphoretic, (promoting moderate perspiration. ) It also relieves spasms, hysterics, promotes expectoration in consumptive coughs, and is a good medicine in the whooping cough. It is good also to take away marks and bruises in the face, being bruised in vinegar, and applied in fomentations.

 

A tea of this plant is perhaps the best drink that can be given, together with the composition powder, Cayenne, etc., to warm the stomach, and assist an emetic in its operations. The tea should be made and given warm, freely and frequently. A person upon taking a “bad cold,” (by the way, he never has a good one,) by taking freely of this tea may throw it off, and of course prevent fever, it being caused by cold. This is a popular remedy all over the country for female complaints; but still few persons are aware of its extensive medicinal properties.

The best time for gathering this herb is about the month of August. It should be tied up in bundles, and hung in a warm, dry, and shady place until dry; then wrapped in paper, as the best means of excluding the air, by which, if exposed, it will lose a large part of its strength and virtue. This plant, simple as it is, will do more in the curing of the sick than all the poisonous preparations invented since the age of Paracelsus; bleeding and blistering into the bargain. No family should let the season for gathering it pass without securing a good supply.”

 

A Guide to Health, Benjamin Colby, 1846

 

One of my ‘go to’ references for plant remedies is, The Energetics of Western Herbs: A Materia Medica Integrating Western and Chinese Herbal Therapeutics by Peter Holmes. Traditional Chinese Medicine and alchemy spring from the same root and are mostly concerned with the transformative effects of the movement of qi, through the cosmos, the earth and the body. You can’t perceive qi with your ordinary senses, but it leaves its footprint in the imagination – TCM practitioners are trained to ‘feel’ the movement of qi in the pulse for diagnostic purposes. In the broadest sense, imagination itself could be said to be the product of qi, which is the driver of what is called the placebo effect – your innate ability to heal yourself. Western medicine focuses on biological mechanics (the shen of TCM), with barely a nod to the psyche and no recognition at all of any interactions with the natural and supernatural worlds. But it has provided a great deal of validated scientific information regarding the cellular activity of plants and other organisms. If alchemical regeneration is to be found anywhere, it will be in the sweet-spot where these two approaches converge. I work with the wild plants around here, not just for their therapeutic effects, but because of how they work on my imagination. I like this book as it’s comprehensive and considers western plants from a TCM perspective.

This is part of what it has to say about pennyroyal:

Caution: Being a uterine stimulant with mild neurotoxicity, Pennyroyal herb is contraindicated during pregnancy. Do not use this herb continuously (unlikely) at maximum doses because of its medium strength status.

 

The essential oil of Pennyroyal, which is extracted from both European and American types of pennyroyal, is contraindicated for internal use. It contains high levels of the ketone pulegone, which is neurotoxic. Note that American Pennyroyal (Hedeoma) has a higher content of pulegone than the European variety, and seems more spasmolytic on the sommoth muscles than its European counterpart.

 

NOTES

Pennyroyal herb refers to the European and the two North American genera of pennyroyal. While Mentha pulegium is the botanical sourse of European pennyroyal, various Hedoema and Monardella species are the sources of American pennyroyal. The nature, functions and uses of all these are virtually identical.

 

Pennyroyal herb is a reliable woman’s remedy that particularly excels in menstrual and childbirth situations when events become painful, delayed and difficult. Like Blue cohosh root, the herb is both actively uterine stimulant and relaxant, and so appropriate for both weak and tense types of conditions. As a stimulant emmenagogue, Pennyroyal treats functional amenorrhea; as a spasmolytic, it treats spasmodic dysmenorrhea; both conditions are seen in the syndrome uterus Qi stagnation with constraint. “It is an antispasmodic nervine and will be found valuable in dysmennorrhea in nervous ladies, and is of good service in hysteria” (LYLE 1897). “Hysteria” today would be described as PMS.

 

Pungent, bitter and aromatic in quality, Pennyroyal herb is also a stimulant to digestive and respiratory functions. It acts as an excellent cholagogue, aperitive and relaxant in treating upper digestive stagnation and will improve the appetite. In children, Catnip or Fieldmint would be complementary herbs. In the syndrome lung phlegm-cold-damp, the herb is a good mucolytic expectorant for chronic forms of bronchitis and asthma.

Similar to Vervain herb, when drunk hot Pennyroyal herb is a vasodilatant diaphoretic and will cause sweating and dispel wind-heat colds and flus. It will also promote the appearance of eruptions in eruptive fevers.

 

In the words of MAUD GRIEVE (1931): “Pennyroyal is often found in cottage gardens, as an infusion of the leaves, known as Pennyroyal Tea, is an old-fashioned remedy for colds and menstrual derangements.” It was often combined with Mugwort herb for both these conditions.

 

In North African countries such as Morocco, European pennyroyal has been given for untold years for heatstroke. Where heatstroke or fever threatened to cause spasms or seizures – signs of internal wind – Pennyroyal is still the right remedy. A sweetened infusion of the herb would be a useful preventive of children’s spasms or convulsions, for example. Here, like Melissa leaf of Lavender flower, Pennyroyal can act as gentler, milder version of Lobelia herb or Yellow jessamine root (Gelsemium).”

As I began writing this post, after an interlude of nearly two years, the owners of the cat who passed away decided to inform me of my negligence in giving them pennyroyal essential oil for their cat, which I hadn’t done. Uncomfortable though that was, what stopped me dead in my tracks was that, the night before ‘the accusation’ I dreamed about it happening in exquisite detail. I had the strange, intense, trance-like feeling that I’ve experienced on many occasions in my life, that I’m beginning to think of as a pull from the future. Pennyroyal was reaching into my dreams, making connections in my brain and I felt that I was being guided. Clearly, pennyroyal had more to tell.

The dose makes the poison, Paracelsus

 

Pulegone: insecticide and archonticide

The primary active ingredient in pennyroyal is pulegone. Pulegone is a type of terpene. Terpenes are organic plant compounds that give them each their distinctive smell, through various combinations in each type of plant. Pennyroyal contains a dozen or so terpenes in all, which are also found in other plants. For example, rosemary has a high terpinene content, which gives turpentine its signatory smell and is also found in different amounts in apple, cumin, lilac and tea tree. Rosemary contains more terpinene than pulegone, but it is pulegone that gives rosemary its memory enhancing capabilities. The art and science of perfume making is all about terpenes.

Pennyroyal aka fleabane, or flea mint, (from Mentha Pulegium, deriving from the latin pulex, meaning flea) is a member of the Lamiaceae family of herbs, commonly known as the mint family. It was originally called the Labiatae family, because the flowers have petals fused into an upper and lower lip – how very rude! Other members of this family are: thyme, mint, oregano, basil, sage, savory, rosemary, self-heal, hyssop lemon balm and catnip. The main terpenes in catnip, Nepeta cataria, are nepetalactone and pulegone, with a higher concentration of nepetalactone than pulegone – catnip is safe for cats. Pennyroyal has the highest concentration of pulegone in the Lamiaceae family, which makes it harmful in large amounts.

In nature, pulegone protects the plant, and other plants in the immediate vicinity, from being eaten by insects. Plants from the Lamiaceae family can help keep bugs away from windows, doorways and outdoor seating areas. Clearly, it is one reason why pennyroyal is also known as fleabane. It is sometimes used in flea collars for cats and dogs, but these can be toxic too. Just because something is natural doesn’t mean that it’s safe, especially if you don’t know the amounts and combinations of other ingredients.

Pulegone has been quite well-studied because of its nootropic potential. The human brain’s most abundant neurotransmitter is acetylcholine, which assists in carrying signals across the nerve synapses and is essential for muscle stimulation, sleep regulation, memory formation, mental health and protecting the brain from neurological decay. Acetycholine is produced in short bursts throughout the brain, the central nervous system and the peripheral nervous system and is almost immediate broken down into acetic acid and choline by the enzyme acetylcholinesterase. Pulegone is an acetylcholinesterase inhibitor, meaning that it prevents acetylcholinesterase from destroying acetycholine, so that more of it is available to be used by the brain and nervous system. Acetycholinesterase inhibitors are considered beneficial for Alzheimers and other forms of cognitive impairment. However, pulegone doesn’t have star quality as a pharmaceutical, because of its toxicity when consumed and because of a special quality that doesn’t allow it to be reliably synthesized. That quality is its chirality.

In chemical terms, terpene molecules are described as enantiomers, which are simple types of optical isomers. This refers to their ability to spin plane polarised light in either a clockwise or an anti-clockwise direction. When you see chemical references to pulegone, the clockwise direction is denoted by (+) and the anti-clockwise direction (-). The chemical structure of (-) and (+) molecules are the same, but the arrangement is different, so that each molecule is unique – in much the same way as your hands are of the same structure, but mirror each other in such as way that one cannot ever be a substitute for the other. In naturally occurring pulegone, there will be a mix of (-) and (+) molecules that cannot be replicated in a laboratory. The laboratory product will always have equal (-) and (+) molecules and can never reproduce the biochemical, or its effects, as it works in nature.

So, what does all this mean? My direct experience is that pennyroyal/pulegone has the dual effect of enhancing some cognitive and memory based functions and filtering out others. It does this biochemically and electromagnetically/optically, through the combination of acetylcholinesterase inhibition and biophoton modulation – in simple terms, it recalibrates the blinkers! All mammalian brains produce biophotons and scientists are currently exploring the possibilities that the brain might have optical communication channels, although they apparently have no idea what could be communicated!

Polarized light navigation is used by bats, bees and other insects to forage and find their way home. The mantis shrimp communicates with other shrimp through polarized light signaling, that is invisible to other creatures. Aphids can see the different polarization patterns in infected plants and are attracted to them as diseased plants have a diminished ability to raise any biochemical defense. Pulegone spins light in such a way as to have an antifeedant action on the aphids, which is what makes it such an effective insecticide and, in accordance with the principle of correspondence, it works in the same way with the mind parasite.

I found that applying pennyroyal herbal oil on my skin, or just sniffing it, made it easier to see when I was going into self-doubt or mental looping, worrying over what might happen, or over analysing past actions and to replace that destructive pattern with creative thoughts and actions. In other words, using the power of my imagination to create what I don’t want, rather than using it correctly and intentionally. Pennyroyal herbal oil helps me clarify and focus my attention, so that I can see the ‘infected’ pathway that is ‘not me’ and choose to ‘not feed’ that self-destructive pattern. The mind parasite’s primary weapon is its invisibility – it has no defenses and no materiality of its own. It can only exist by co-opting your neurophysiology and once you recognize its pathology, in that split-second when you choose a different path, it’s game over. And that is the ‘archonticidal effect’ of pulegone. Once you see it in yourself, you can also see how it operates as a self-destructive process in others and how it recruits them into becoming unwitting agents of the enemies of life – more on that in a later post.

Pennyroyal Protection

Sekhmet gives us pennyroyal, at her best in the fierce August sun, imbued with Her ability to kill or to heal, Her great affinity for women’s issues and a particular relationship with cats. Pennyroyal works especially well with the solar plexus to bring courage to will.

A curious fact about pulegone is that it prevents corrosion of steel. (Effect of pulegone and pulegone oxide on the corrosion of steel. Steel is mostly iron and carbon, so it’s not much of a metaphysical hop to consider that pulegone might also protect the individual will from the corrosive effects of a sick society. If might be fanciful, but I have the distinct impression that pennyroyal can ‘abort’ the false self, which can be risky if that’s all you have.

Pennyroyal Tea, Nirvana, 1993

I’m on my time with everyone
I have very bad posture

Sit and drink Pennyroyal Tea
Distill the life that’s inside of me
Sit and drink Pennyroyal Tea
I’m anemic royalty

Give me a Leonard Cohen afterworld
So I can sigh eternally

I’m so tired and I can’t sleep
I’m anemic royalty
I’m a liar and a thief
I’m anemic royalty

I’m on warm milk and laxatives
Cherry-flavored antacids

Sit and drink Pennyroyal Tea
Distill the life that’s inside of me
I’m anemic royalty
I’m anemic royalty

Pennyroyal blooms

The Heart of Co-creation

intent and co-creation

 

“A future event causes a photon to decide its past.” Professor Andrew Truscott

In my previous post, Magnetic Intent, I described the experience of being anchored into the iron jet stream of the earth via the concentration of magnetite in the ethmoid bone. The term “anchored” came from one of the participants in the recent Gaian Alchemy Retreat and it describes perfectly how it feels to work with intent. The function of double helix vortex energy in the heart was also revealed in that session, although its taken me a while to unpack it. This is the resonant energy source for co-creation or power sharing with the Wisdom Goddess.

One of the exercises on the retreat was a mini-group project, to discover the plant that VV had designated to be our ‘teacher’ and to learn something about it through the perception of inner space and the true imagination. The various steps of the process involved forming the intention to find the plant, locating it, agreeing with the rest of the group that it was ‘the plant’ and then discovering what it had to share.

The prelude to the ‘plant project’ was an individual exercise on working with intent. In the intention exercise, three participants reported strong heart surges and expansion, a lurching feeling that can almost knock you off-balance. Intent IS co-creation with our Divine Mother and you first feel it when the power surge of Her great wave moves through you, after that you track to it by following your nose. It can also be described as a spiritual awakening, enlightenment, epiphany or even a shamanic initiation. I’m calling it the Power SWitch and the enemies of life want it switched off.

Due to the lucidity of the supreme living intelligence of the planet and the extreme conditions of the current times, what was previously a rare experience, requiring years of dedication, is now almost commonplace. The planetary life-force is getting a huge boost from multiple sources and gate-crashing human consciousness, with only the slightest sniff of an invitation. She wants to play and She loves it when we learn through light-hearted, playful experimentation. Co-creation is a superlative problem-solving tool, but how does it work?

Dancing with Dionysus

The day after the intention exercise, we walked out of the woods and into the big field and right there, smack in front of us, was this beauty:

We have never seen a plant like that before here and it wasn’t there the day before. We didn’t know what it was, but we knew it was our ‘teacher plant’ and that we were all going to play this game.

None of us recognized the plant and we each spent time with it using our ordinary senses, our imagination and the felt-sense of inner space. At the end of the week we compared notes. We identified it as a type of fennel, by tasting the flowers and as a hermaphrodite, with an attractive character (because of the many different types of insects on it by looking at it. By using our imaginations to tune into innerspace and we sensed it to be balancing plant, that acted like a beacon to call in pleasure and harmony. We also determined that it worked on the pancreas and helped with diabetes and digestive issues. The plant is Ferula communis, Giant Fennel, which is quite distinct from culinary fennel, although also a member of the Apiaceae or Umbelliferae family and it certainly had a lot to share.

Ferula- Giant fennel. The classical Latin name. The word also means the rod used to chastise schoolboys and slaves for minor offences. The giant fennel has tall sticklike stems with a slow-burning pith which enabled Prometheus to bring fire to mankind from heaven.
Stearn, W.T. (1996). Dictionary of Plant Names for Gardeners. Cassell. p.140

 

communis- common; general; growing in company.
Stearn, W.T. (1996). Dictionary of Plant Names for Gardeners. Cassell. p.101

In ancient Greece, the giant fennel was known as narthex. It is described in mythology as the plant Prometheus used to bring fire secretly from Hephaistos’ forge to humans because, when set on fire, its dry stem pith will smoulder for a long time. The raving Maenads and the other attendants of Dionysos (Bacchus to the Romans), the god of wine and vine, ecstatic trance, pleasure and fertility, are often depicted as carrying a festive staff, called a thrysos, made of narthex and decorated with ivy with a pine cone on the top. Twice-born Dionysos, is a potent reminder of the notion of regeneration and transmutation in your current life:

“People who believe they will die first and then rise up are mistaken. If they do not first receive resurrection while they are alive, once they have died they will receive nothing”
Gospel of Philip 73:1-5.

Narthex also describes an annex to a church, a sort of side-room or porch, used in medieval times for penitents or catechumens, who were required to listen to the service in preparation for baptism. The early catholic church had to copy some the initiation rites of the pagan mysteries, in order to simulate divine origins for its agenda. It seems quite possible that the area of the church allocated to heathens was named after the plant used as the sceptre and symbol of their raucous revels.


In Morocco it is known as fessoukh and has been associated with magic and sorcery. Fessoukh means that “which undoes spells (magically)”. It is frequently used in ritual or magic fumigation and in sorcery and counter-sorcery. Fumigation is believed to ward off the “evil spirits”. The roots are also used, especially in a preparation used for hair care.
IUCN, The World Conservation Union. (2005). A Guide to Medicinal Plants of North Africa, IUCN Centre for Mediterranean Cooperation, Malaga (Spain). p.123

 

Ferula communis L., subsp. communis, namely giant fennel, has extensively been used in traditional medicine for a wide range of ailments. Fresh plant materials, crude extracts and isolated components of F. communis showed a wide spectrum of in vitro and in vivo pharmacological properties including antidiabetic, antimicrobial, antiproliferative, and cytotoxic activities.

Review of the traditional uses, phytochemistry, pharmacology and toxicology of giant fennel (Ferula communis L. subsp. communis)
http://ijbms.mums.ac.ir/article_6042.html

The exercise was a great success in that the group was able to identify out some specific details regarding the specific properties of the giant fennel. However, when you look at what the Wisdom Goddess was showing us, through Her selection of this particular plant out of all the possibilities available to Her, it is truly mind-blowing. How did our PAM know that we were hanging out with Dionysus? Did She send him to us? Did we call him in? Or were we dancing to a song not yet sung?

Or was this co-creation? Co-creation happens outside of linear time, as a memory can come from the past or the future to shape the present. The evidence of this was a 7ft high plant growing overnight – smack bang in the middle of our usual path. It was impossible not to notice it, however, what if our giant fennel was already growing when Sophia planted the plant project seed-intention in my mind? This is how I began to recognize co-creation at play, by questioning the directional flow of time between intention and observable result. Was it even my intention? Where did the impulse to set that intention originate? And suddenly, the flood gates opened.

Heart Times Ahead

So, how is the heart involved in co-creation and what does it have to do with time?

Since living here, my entry points into time have been guided by my love affair with this land and my desire to discover the stories of the rocks, trees and rivers and the people who lived here. I thought I was looking into the distant past, but I now have the strange feeling of being pulled from the future.

On the first day of this Tantra Mother shift, or Danu as She expresses Herself here, I woke up with a pounding heart and three clear thoughts in my mind:

Adolf Hitler’s last recorded words to Heinz Linge, his personal aide as he conceded the defeat of Germany were: “To break up and scatter to the West.” And when Linge asked, “For whom should we fight now?” Hitler replied, “For the coming man.”

Rudolf Steiner’s concept of the ‘Etherization of the Blood’.

The Gnostic text: “When Pistis saw the impiety of the Lord Archon she was filled with anger. Acting in her invisible form, she spoke in this way: “You are mistaken, blind one – false deity who cannot see. There is an immortal luminous child, the Anthropos, who came into existence before you and who will appear among your spectral forms (plasmata). This luminous child will trample you in scorn just as a potter’s clay is pounded into a lump. And you will sink away to your proper zone, the abyss, along with those who belong to your legion.
For at the consummation of your work, the entire defect of Archontic illusion exposed in the light of truth will be abolished, and that illusion will be as if it never had been.”
 — On the Origin of the World, 103.15-30

My dream world has also changed significantly over the past year: gone are the elaborate dreamscapes and adventures of the past. I don’t remember the details of dreams as much as I used to, but the guidance I receive is much clearer, pristine and unadorned and always pertinent to my intention. I regard intel received through my body and senses as primary and thoughts as secondary, so these thoughts had to be telling me something about the heart. Especially as matters of the heart had come up in so many ways on our retreat.

Conventional medical science would have you believe that somehow, through some unexplained magical means, that this fist-sized organ is a meat-pump that uses pressure to pump your blood, 60-70 times a minute through 60,000 miles of blood vessels. If the heart was strong enough to squeeze large red blood cells through tiny capillaries, your blood pressure would be so high that you would explode! Blood moves through the blood vessels, in a manner similar to water moving through xylem tubes in trees. The capillaries are hydrophilic tubes that attract the negatively charged water in the blood, changing it into a gel-like honey-comb lattice structure on containing the rest of the positively charged blood and water within an inner tube. The action of repelling and attraction between the differently charged fluids creates flow, which is continually fueled by infrared radiation from the sun, the electromagnetic field of the earth and all other living creatures.

The unique shape of the heart causes the blood to form into two vortices. Blood is sucked into the heart via the right atrium where it’s forced into a clockwise spiral and then vortexes around itself, finally emerging from the left ventricle in the opposite, counter-clockwise direction. Suction and expulsion are the generative forces of the universe, faithfully demonstrated in the heart. These vortices create the electromagnetic energy field that can be measured around the heart and up to several metres away.
The electrical output of the human heart is said to be 60 times greater than that of the brain and the magnetic output 600 times greater. However, an “electromagnetic field” is just another name for the mysterious ether referred to be Steiner and others; it is simply the electrical resonance of all living things, from ants to Aeons and everything in between. The terms electromagnetic, electrical and magnetic are a reflection of direction, scale and intensity and only appear different due to the specific calibration of our senses and the illusion of difference created by various measuring instruments. This shape causes ‘the etherization of the blood,’ which means that it is spiraled into a vortex that generates coherent energy – the same double helix vortex that generates DNA and galaxies and even the heart itself. Living and moving sacred geometry endlessly recreating itself.

The left panel shows the spiral formation of the left ventricle from the apex to the base of a dissected human heart. The right panel shows the “unraveled” gordian knot of the heart. Source: Francisco Torrent-Guasp

By current estimation there are around 30 trillion cells in the human body and every cell acts as a generator, due to the natural action of charged water within the blood. This is potentially the ultimate, decentralized perpetual motion machine within the body. But what about all that energy generated by the heart itself? Thus far, after decades of research, the finest scientific minds have been able to confirm what every mother, or any other human animal who has ever bonded with another sentient creature knows from experience energy, that the heart has some precognitive ability and that it perceives intuitive and emotional information before the brain. In fact, there are many different types of communication processes in the body, but for so long as the majority of scientists remain cocooned in self-serving ignorance, they are doing this:

Blind men describing an elephant

The heart does not only enable us to connect psychically with each other and other animals, but also with the Great Beast Herself, our Planetary Animal Mother (PAM). If you love the earth and have bonded with Her through a ritual act of intent, you can interact telepathically with Her just as you can any other animal. In the dreaming mind of the Aeon Sophia, the most significant event of Her day has already happened: She has corrected Her mistake and is now guiding Her magical children to live to the fullness of their potential, as if the Archons and their lackies had never existed.

[To emphasize this point: a bat appeared in mid-air in our living room, even though all the windows and doors were closed, just as I read this paragraph out to Dean and a friend who is visiting.]

However, there is more to Her dreaming power than telepathy. The Aeon Sophia lives outside of chronological time. Her experiences occur in ‘dreamtime’ and are arranged by emotional intensity, Her relationships and Her location in the cosmos. You can imagine this by reference to your own dreaming, which is very similar in terms of the experience of time, but much weaker in effect. Humans cannot cause anything to manifest in ordinary consciousness just through dreaming about it; but our dreaming can be a window into what is happening in Her mind and as spur to action. Denial of physical needs and pleasure has the effect of trapping you in linear time; as your cells scream for attention you become enmeshed in temporality and conversely, the more your physical needs and desires are met, the more you notice how your relationship with time changes – you move into ‘free-time’. It feels a lot like tripping.

The Aeon Sophia became lucid in Her dream when She was in the proper position and She had a human witness; up until that point She was setting things up in flashes of lucidity, fed by those who were able to hold Her in memory through the barren millenia of darkness. You are reading this now because you already have a share of the qualities that She needs for human participation in this totally novel event in the life of our galaxy, otherwise you wouldn’t have been born. When I realized this for myself, I experienced the strange sensation of being pulled from the future, physically through my heart, my love of the earth and my lust for life. I suddenly saw how many extraordinary experiences in my life were part of a trajectory that seemed almost pre-determined in leading up to this point. Guided is a better term – learning to follow Her guidance saves a few bruises here and there, especially on the head. It was a great relief to recognize that the Aeon Sophia is actively eliminating the pestilence that plagues our world and that I’m fully equipped and in the right place at the right time to play my part.

There are two streams of participation, destruction and regeneration, or the movement towards entropy and the movement towards syntropy, spiraling waves of energy moving away from the source and those moving towards a receiver. The human heart generates energy that resonates with and amplifies the entropic and syntropic waves. The dominant movement at the moment is towards destruction and the majority of humans on this planet are unconsciously accelerating the entropic wave and a few are consciously engaged in this drive. My location, the western most point of Europe in the magical land of Ophiussa, positions me to work more closely with the syntropic wave, described thus by Luigi Fantappiè:

“In the days just before Christmas 1941, as a consequence of conversations with two colleagues, a physicist and a biologist, I was suddenly projected in a new panorama, which radically changed the vision of science and of the Universe which I had inherited from my teachers, and which I had always considered the strong and certain ground on which to base my scientific investigations. Suddenly I saw the possibility of interpreting a wide range of solutions (the anticipated potentials) of the wave equation which can be considered the fundamental law of the Universe. These solutions had been always rejected as “impossible”, but suddenly they appeared “possible”, and they explained a new category of phenomena which I later named “syntropic”, totally different from the entropic ones, of the mechanical, physical and chemical laws, which obey only the principle of classical causation and the law of entropy. Syntropic phenomena, which are instead represented by those strange solutions of the “anticipated potentials”, should obey two opposite principles of finality (moved by a final cause placed in the future, and not by a cause which is placed in the past) and differentiation, and also non-causable in a laboratory. This last characteristic explains why this type of phenomena has never been reproduced in a laboratory, and its finalistic properties justified the refusal among scientists, who accepted without any doubt the assumption that finalism is a “metaphysical” principle, outside Science and Nature. This assumption obstructed the way to a calm investigation of the real existence of this second type of phenomena; an investigation which I accepted to carry out, even though I felt as if I were falling in a abyss, with incredible consequences and conclusions. It suddenly seemed as if the sky were falling apart, or at least the certainties on which mechanical science had based its assumptions. It appeared to me clear that these “syntropic”, finalistic phenomena which lead to differentiation and could not be reproduced in a laboratory, were real, and existed in nature, as I could recognize them in the living systems. The properties of this new law, opened consequences which were just incredible and which could deeply change the biological, medical, psychological, and social sciences”

Both drives are necessary and unavoidable and victory is inevitable. It’s all about how you want to play.

As a prelude to what is to come, human heart cells have double the DNA of other cells, but it’s purpose is a mystery. I’m relating this to The Radioactive Riddle of Hexagram 42 and the amplification from Thelete/Jupiter that is about to come into effect.

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Magnetic Intent

intent is magnetic

For a few years now, I’ve been holding to the intention of living the dream of this land and following through on the guidance I’ve received, as much as I can. Sometimes it feels like trying to apply mascara while riding a rodeo bull, but I’m learning a lot about how intent works. Intent is magnetic because of magnetite. At one level it works as your personal GPS – your Gaian Positioning System – to let you know when you are on your path and if you stray off it. You can take the easy path or the hard way, they all lead to the same place, which is nowhere. There is no final destination for the Anthropos, but you can go nowhere more enjoyably when you go your own way. How do you know when you’re on the right path? Just follow your nose!

When you form an intention, you align yourself magnetically with the electromagnetic field of the earth. If you’ve taken the Gaian Tantra Vow, that’s what you did when you pricked your thumb for the ritual of iron-binding. There are, in fact, multiple magnetoreceptors in the human body and those of other animals; in how many ways does the Planetary Animal Mother bond with Her magical children? The answer is infinite – the more you look the more you find. This post is about how intent works through magnetite and the ethmoid bone.

Biogenic magnetite

The ethmoid bone at the roof of the nose, separates the nasal cavity from the cranium. It is a light, porous bone, containing a high concentration of magnetite. Magnetite is a mineral, also known as iron oxide. Iron combines very easily with oxygen, to form iron oxide and there are sixteen known iron oxides, but magnetite is not the kind found in ordinary rust. The sparks formed by a blacksmith striking hot iron are magnetite, caused by the rapid, exothermic oxidation of tiny particles of iron combining with oxygen, three molecules of iron to four of oxygen. It is the most magnetic of all the naturally occurring minerals on earth.

So, what is it doing in your body?

“Magnetite is the first truly novel material to be discovered as a biochemical precipitate in human tissues since the dawn of medical science-everything else in human bones and soft tissue is either diamagnetic or paramagnetic (e.g., Lowenstam and Weiner, 1989). Magnetite is also the only known metallic compound to be made by living organisms and has the highest electrical conductivity of any cellular material. Although the total amount of magnetite in an adult human is small (a few hundred micrograms), there are several million crystals per gram, each of which interact rather strongly with external magnetic fields. As effects at the cellular level can often lead to global effects, particularly in the neurological and immune systems, it is important for human health to know what this material is doing in human tissues and how it forms.”

 

Magnetite in Human Tissues: A Mechanism for the Biological Effects of Weak ELF Magnetic Fields 

Magnetite is not considered to be an essential mineral for humans, it’s not even recognised as a trace mineral. However, trace levels of biogenic magnetite (biologically generated magnetite) are to be found in almost all human tissues, including the brain. High-resolution transmission electron microscopy measurements imply the presence of a minimum of 5 million single-domain crystals per gram for most tissues in the brain and greater than 100 million crystals per gram in parts of the meninges that connect to the central nervous system.

Studies with birds, salmon, trout and honey bees have shown that magnetite helps them align with the magnetic field of the earth. It is presumed that this is used for migration and navigation. Other studies have found that magnetotactic bacteria which contain biogenic bacteria and live in water, are able to swim to the magnetic north in the northern hemisphere and the magnetic south in the southern hemisphere. These magnetogenic bacteria contain perfect magnetite crystals and have been found in al the creatures that have been studied for sensitivity to the earth’s magnetic field and have also been found in human tissue. Magnetoreception is established as fact in all major animal groups and it is now being considered that many higher organisms, including humans, have the ability to form magnetite through biomineralization. In other words, these bacteria are tiny biochemical factories operating throughout your body to breakdown iron and oxygen and make it into magnetite. Is that just so you can find your way home? May be so and in more ways than one.

Biogenic magnetite is ferrimagnetic.  That means that it can be polarised to absorb or shield.  Ferrimagnetic magnetite is used to shield microwave ovens.  The significance of biogenic magnetite has been considered with regard to potential vulnerability to harmful EMFs, but the possibility that it might be intentionally polarised in the body to shield from harmful EMFs has not been considered.  This is a subject for further investigation.

Magnetite crystals

Magnetite used to be known as lodestone and pieces of lodestone suspended on a string served as the first magnetic compasses and were used in China as early as 300 BC. When freely suspended on a string, a small piece of lodestone will align itself with Earth’s magnetic field.

Ethmoid bone: the Gaian Positioning System

The ethmoid bone is at the top of the nose, behind the bridge. You can’t feel it with your fingers, but it can make itself known to you with a particular kind of pressure; I’ve discovered that this pressure is subjectively calibrated to intent. When I formed the intention to live the dreaming of this land, it was a voluntary act of independent will (iron) in which I aligned my feeling senses, alchemically generated by oxygen, to the electromagnetic field of the earth. I didn’t make the connection with magnetite initially, but I started to notice this strange pressure deep inside the bridge of my nose when I thought about certain topics.

Ethmoid bone, front view

 

Ethmoid bone, side view

Features of the ethmoid bone

Interestingly, the features of the ethmoid bone have names like: rooster’s comb (crista galli), labyrinth, concha (snail shell).  It connects directly with the dura in the meninges of the brain, that also has a high concentration of magnetite.

The first time I noticed the ethmoid bone, I felt as if my nose was moving across my face; it literally pulled me out the door to a group of rocks that I’d not paid any attention to previously. I noticed their distinctive markings and looked them up and discovered they were serpentinite. From there I discovered that I live on the Eastern Galicia Magnetic Anomaly and that the ancients called Galicia, Ophiussa, the Land of Serpents. Serpentinite gets its distinctive colouring from magnetite, of course.

In humans, magnetite works as a compass for the psyche, as well as a navigational aid for basic directions, because we have the capacity for independent free will.

You can test this function of the ethmoid bone for yourself by forming an intention. An intention is a desired plan of action, with the commitment to follow through with it. You can form an intention about anything you like, but the more your intent aligns with the intent of the earth, the stronger the magnetic attraction that you will feel in the ethmoid bone. Additionally, as you make choices in your day-to-day life, you might become more aware of this pressure and that it fluctuates. For me, when I’m aligned with intent and come to a fork in the road and need to make a choice, the pressure in my ethmoid intensifies when I focus on the better option. The mental commitment to act is usually accompanied by a burst of insight that I hadn’t thought of before and that makes following through with the action easier.

Intent in Correction

This is a critical time for the Rhomay, a dark night in rough terrain. I’ve found that living intentionally is the only way I can balance the gnawing feeling in my gut, that tells me that I should be doing SOMETHING about the situation and the input from my senses, showing me that everything I need to do is right here. The great paradox for the Rhomay is that the drive for individual responsibility and self-reliance is both a strength and a weakness – it has birthed civilizations but succumbed to exploitation. This paradox is ever-present in the ancient history of these lands, where the rocks tell tales. It took around 500 years before the fierce, freedom-loving, skilled and self-reliant Celtic tribes were conquered by the well-organized, disciplined and persistent Romans. Ultimately, it was Christianity that did them in. Everyday I ask myself: what can I do to turn this around?

The only answer I have is to bind myself into the dreaming power of the place where I live and act according to the guidance I receive, even when I don’t know where it will take me. The force of intent flows as an electrifying current, from the magnetic field of the earth directly into the brain and nervous system of anyone who activates it as a sovereign individual. It is one way in which the Planetary Animal Mother is able to reach into your life, to spark new ideas that arise from Her desire to correct the course of Her experiment. It feels like a subtle dance, in which I’m not sure when I’m leading or being led and with a few body slams, when I go off-piste into the hinterland of desire not aligned with my intent. It seems to me that the strength of the Rhomay lies in the uniquely individual ways in which we can act with intent, while surrendering to the supernatural organizing intelligence of the Aeon Sophia. And how do you distinguish between true guidance and the plastic parachutes of the fantastic imagination? You have to jump to find out.

If you’re willing to consider that intent is electromagnetic, then it must be affected by the earth’s magnetic field. The Grand Solar Minimum, the weakening magnetic field of the earth and the increase in cosmic rays are all presented as evidence for a coming mini-ice age and, for sure, you’d be blind not to notice the increase in extreme weather events and the changing seasonal patterns – the rain in Spain falls mainly everywhere, these days. None of the commentators on these events show any willingness to consider the possibility that the earth and sun are conscious creatures and that, seeing as they’ve managed to support life on earth for eons, perhaps they might know what they are doing now? It’s all just repeating cycles, without intentional intervention. That’s the key word here, isn’t it? Intent. Can you contemplate intent without your mind reaching for Jupiter? Did you notice a twinge in your ethmoid bone at that precise moment?

Thelete, the Intended, is emanating through Jupiter and one effect of this is the amplification of intent. Jupiter’s magnetic field is at least 10 times that of the earth. Some scientists have proposed that Jupiter’s Great Red Spot gets its distinctive colouring through iron oxide, but this is not settled science. It is agreed that for the past 150 years the GRS has been contracting and getting taller – reaching out. NASA’s Elizabeth Zubritsky, describes it thus:

“It’s almost like clay being shaped on a potter’s wheel.”

Clay gets its distinctive colouring, red, yellow and grey from the its differing iron oxide content.

In 2016, the European Space Agency’s SWARM satellites identified a ‘molten iron jet stream’ in the northern hemisphere, mostly under Alaska and Siberia that is moving at roughly 50km a year southwards, towards Europe. In 2017, a corresponding ‘supersonic plasma jet stream’ in the upper atmosphere was discovered, which is said to be heating the outer ionosphere to temperatures near 10,000°C.

“Weirdly enough, thanks to some other recent observations from the Swam satellites, we now know that similar systems are at play both in Earth’s upper atmosphere and deep inside its liquid outer core.

Back in December, the ESA team announced that their Swam satellites had detected an accelerating river of molten iron some 3,000 km (1,864 miles) below the surface of Earth, under Alaska and Siberia.

They found that this 420-km-wide (260-mile) jet stream had tripled in speed in less than two decades, and is currently headed towards Europe.

Like the supersonic plasma jets that are zooming through our upper atmosphere, this fast-moving jet of molten iron is directly related to Earth’s magnetic fields.

Differences in temperature, pressure, and composition within the outer core create movements and whirlpools in the liquid metal, and together with Earth’s spin, they generate electric currents, which in turn produce magnetic fields.”

https://www.sciencealert.com/supersonic-plasma-jets-have-been-detected-in-earth-s-atmosphere-for-the-first-time

Science can’t tell us very much about any interaction between the Earth and Jupiter, or of any effect that their magnetic fields have on life on this planet. You don’t have to believe anything, because you can direct intent and experience through the magnetite in your nose.  In the closing years of the Kali Yuga, the Age of Iron, the game is avout transmuting iron into intent.