Honoring Each Spirit
I believe that everything has a dynamic life force, personality, vibration, and divinity that deserves respect an autonomy. You, Me, Animals, Plants, Rivers, Minerals, The Stars and Planets, The Sea, The Air, Mycylium, Gods and Goddesses, Celestial Beings, The Elements, Stories, Language, Micro-organisms and all things still undiscovered or simply unseen. It’s my goal to be in right relationships with all Beings by acknowledging the unique knowledge, healing, and vibration their presence brings.
We have always had the ability to commune with the life forces that surround us and it is only in recent human history that we have forgotten. I’m so excited to see more and more people are reactivating these relationships and sharing their journey. It is through this shift in consciousness we will return to a more sustainable and balanced relationship with Gaia. Thank you for joining me in my humble attempt to honor these relationships in my work.
I’m excited to spend this life in a space of learning through apprenticeship, classes, personal practices, and simply holding space for this to come forward or change at any given moment. This is my souls work and spans many incarnations.
Below is a list of all Beings, known to me, who are present during the making of this specific offering. While I will give a brief descriptions of why I have chosen each for this Offering and their unique vibrations, this is mostly about holding space and gratitude for their presence. I would like to apologize to any beings I forget to mention and ask that I will have the humility and ability to see, hear, and feel you as I move forward with these offerings in the future.
The land on which I currently live and make these offerings is Catawba Indigenous Lands.
Goddess Durga, Goddess Kali, and Goddess Lakshmi
I am currently joining Laura Amazzone in her Goddess Durga and Goddess Kali Sadhanas on each New Moon and Sadhanas to the Goddess Lakshmi on each Full Moon. Because I’m developing a relationship with these goddesses I think it is important to mention that their presence is a part of these offerings. I’ll be sharing more about this in an upcoming Gaia Goddess post so be sure to follow our Newsletter at the bottom of the page if you want to learn more.
Mugwort is the shaman of the plant world, a guide for both plants and animals to understand their own magic, their medicine, their souls. For Me Mugwort is a guide as I make each offering and it reminds me that all beings have a life energy, a “body” of sensitivity and feelings, and a spiritual essence or Self. Mugwort is also a guide for the other beings present to help them navigate their unique gifts to all called to participate in this offering. To learn more about my personal relationship with Mugwort and how they are a part of this process visit here.
The energetics that come through when working with cotton as a fabric are I’m soft, open, and supportive while also having healthy boundaries. It’s a wonderful fabric to wear when the day calls for an empath shield.
There are so many things that I could say about the energetic and medicinal qualities of hemp but in an effort to keep it short and sweet I will touch on the ones that are most relevant when worn against the skin. Hemp has anti-viral and anti-fungal properties as a fiber, is strong and durable, and has a slight texture that exfoliates and stimulates the skin. It’s vibration is very calming, reducing stress, anxiety, and lowering cortisol and inflammation.
The Maple Leaf is the star of the show in the Mabon Kaftan Offering. It’s beautiful and striking print is a visual reminder of leaves falling and the importance of returning nutrients to the earth. The Maple Tree is deeply connected to Telluric energy radiating from the core of earth and Solar energy radiating from above. The Maple Tree is a reminder of the cycles inherent in everything’s energetic life force, qi, chi, prana, ankh, and so on and that there is a time for action and a time for rest. Much like it’s sweet Maple Syrup it reminds us to honor and appreciate the sweetness of life and all who are present.
I chose Crocus to help us cast off skepticism and limiting beliefs so that we may open in softness to the Beings present in this offering. It promotes openness, clarity, and speaking ones truth.
I have chosen Rose for it’s ability to soften and open the heart, quiets the mind, and give the gift of remembrance of our essential nature.
I have chosen Lemon Peel for it’s zest and brightness. As the days grow shorter and we embrace the night it is sometimes nice to have a little zing to uplift our mood as we enter a time of necessary decay. This twist of freshness helps us energetically accept and relish this time of allowing Summers zest to return to the Earth.
Chaga is the dense black mass of mycelia that appears on the outside of birch trees infected with the non-toxic parasitic fungus Inonotus Obliquus. It is an adaptogenic herb (metabolic regulator that may increase the ability an organism has to adapt to environmental factors and resist stress), immune system enhancer, digestive enhancer, longevity tonic and geno-protective agent (DNA-shielding). I have chosen Chaga for the Mabon Kaftan to help us be highly adaptable in this season of changing from hot to cold and to stabilize our nervous systems as we encounter the stresses that arise throughout our day.
Reishi, He Shou Wu, Pearl, Tocos, Ashwagandha, Pine Pollen, Artagulus
This is a tonic created by Sun Potion crafted to nourish feminine energy and harmonize the whole system. I use it daily and felt called to add it to the water bath during the bundle dyeing process. It balances Immunity, Creative Energy, Hormonal Balance, Mental Clarity, Stress Relief, Cellular Regeneration, Radiance, Healthy Circulation, Emotional Equilibrium, and Libido
Flower Essence of Rhododendron
I have added One Willow Apothecaries Rhododendron Flower essence to the water of the bundle dyeing process to help me locate and unfold my inner strength and ultimate heart, revealing myself as fertile, capable, and grounded in a place of self-sustainability that ultimately incites the growth of those around me.
Flower Essence of Violet
Ive added One Willow Apothecaries Violet Flower essence to this offering for it’s energetic gift of acceptance. Violet essence suspend you in a comforting time of transition, a place of stillness and acceptance that will prepare you for the blessings of even greater happiness and change.
Indigo, Madder Root, Yeast, Soda Ash, Water
I have added Indigo to the Mabon Offering because it is profoundly calming to the nervous system and it promotes physical and mental Rest. The color created with Vat Indigo balances the heart, stimulates the lungs, Liver, thymus, and lymph system.
Tannin (Oak Galls)
We use oak galls to pre-mordant our fabric. It is lovely for opening up plant fibers to help them receive the dye more easily. For this reason it is also energetically helping us be more receptive to the medicine of all present during this offering and softening our heart.
Alum is another mordant used to help the natural plant dyes bond with the plant fibers. Alum offers the energy of connection and vibrates a feeling of preservation and assistance.
We pre-mordant this Kaftan with iron to help bring out a better print from the Maple Leaf during the bundle dye stage. Iron is often used as a mordant or an assist in natural dyeing. Energetically it helps intensify our qi and build strength. It connects us with the Planet Spirit Mars, the Warrior planet, when the dark wins over the light. It will assist us in forging ahead into the dark side of the seasons.
Water, Fire, Metal, Air, and Earth
I would just like to take a moment to acknowledge and thank the 5 elements and their crucial roll in making not only this offering, but life as we know it possible.