Wellbeing, Wheel of the Year

The Wheel of the Year

The wheel of the year acknowledges the cyclic movement of the seasons throughout the year honoured by Earth-based traditions. The wheel consists of 4 Solar Festivals ( 2 Solstices and 2 Equinoxes) and 4 Seasonal Festivals (Imbolc, Beltane, Lammas and Samhain).

The Solar Festivals follow the Sun’s rise and fall throughout the year. With daylight reaching its height at the Summer Solstice, its lowest at the Winter Solstice and reaching an equal balance with night length at the Spring and Autumn Equinoxes.

The Seasonal Festivals are thought to have Celtic origins and are connected with seasonal and agricultural changes. Imbolc marks the height of Winter and birth of Spring, Beltane the height of Spring and birth of Summer, Lammas the height of Summer and birth of Autumn and Samhain the height of Autumn and birth of Winter.

Connecting with in the energy and changes in the natural world, can help us to reflect on our own energy throughout the seasons which may naturally rise and fall. It can help us appreciate the change and flow of nature – the abundance and the scarcity, the birth and the death. The ebb and flow of life. Becoming aware of the Wheel of the Year can help us to reflect on these cycles in our own lives and work with them, rather than against them.

We are creating seasonal based wellbeing guides for each of the 8 festivals mentioned above, to help you connect with the energy of the season. You can find out more on our wellbeing page.

Botanicals

Abundance Smudge Sticks

In the approach to Lammas, as Summer reaches its height, we wanted to create a Smudge Stick that celebrates the rich abundance of the season. You may well have read my previous post about Goldenrod finding its way into my garden this year.

Goldenrod is extremely high in antioxidants and its Latin name Solidago translates as ‘to make whole or heal’. In folklore Goldenrod is believed to to bring luck and prosperity and encourage an abundant mindset. These qualities are believed to become more potent when the plant self seeds too!

After harvesting some during the waning moon I felt strongly that this would be the star of the show. Teamed with sun ruled Bay, refreshing Peppermint, powerful Red clover and vibrant Nasturtium flowers, this Smudge Stick intends to encourage feelings of abundance and prosperity.

Research suggests that burning herbs is a fast and effective method for delivering the therapeutic properties of a plant to an individual. The practice of burning dried plants has been carried out extensively across cultures and may be the earliest example of aromatherapy.

You can find out more about this beautiful smudge stick in our Etsy shop now.

*As of 20/08/20 we have changed the name of our sticks to ‘Smoulder sticks.’ You can read more about our decision regarding this here.

Botanicals

Solstice Smudge Sticks

We have been busy harvesting our herbs and crafting smudge sticks during the Solstice period. We found it to be the perfect time as many of our herbs and flowers were peaking in tune with the sun.

We made another batch of our popular Herbal Garden Smudge sticks; a fragrant blend of Sage, Bay, Rosemary, Lavender and Rose. These will be back in our Etsy shop once dried in a couple of weeks time.

We also crafted some beautiful Solar smudge sticks blending flowering Feverfew & Nasturtium paired with Bay, Lemon balm, Lavender & golden Marjoram. Holding the essence of the summer solstice & solar energy these plants are thought to ease tension & worry and promote peace & lightness.

Mugwort was combined with Lavender, Sage and wild Chamomile for a small batch of sleep & dream smudge sticks that will also be in our shop over the next few weeks.

*As of 20/08/20 we have changed the name of our sticks to ‘Smoulder sticks.’ You can read more about our decision regarding this here.