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Michelle Simkins

Michelle Simkins

Michelle Simkins grew up in rural Northern Michigan, where she divided her time between reading fantasy novels and wandering the woods. It was no surprise that as an adult she found herself drawn to earth-based spirituality and energetic healing, both of which she's been exploring since 1999. She now lives, works, writes, and studies her craft in the Pacific Northwest.

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I started the Healingcraft blog in the middle of a spiritual crisis.

The crisis accompanied enormous upheaval in my personal life. Having realized I'd been less than perfectly honest with myself about any number of things for several years, I found myself feeling uncertain of everything. This included my spiritual path. I could still see the beauty of the earth, but doubt accosted me in unexpected places. Examining elemental associations or pondering how to observe one of the sabbats, I found myself feeling weary and wondering how it even mattered.

In retrospect this near-apathy isn't surprising: I was deeply depressed for several months as I dealt with hurts and disappointments that I'd been ignoring for years. But my inability to feel my connection to the sacred worried me, and left me feeling incomplete.

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It's late August. The grass is bleached blond, the weeds at the roadsides are turning brown, and I'm starting to feel reminiscent about rainy weather. But there is a quality of light in late August that says summer is waning, and the bright half of the year is winding down. In a month we're going to turn the corner and the dark half is going to begin, and that's when we will find ourselves indoors more. Now is a good time to consider whether we're ready to be cooped up with ourselves. Are we ready for the inward turning that often happens in the winter? Are there things we'd like to let go of, so that we don't have to carry them into the shadows with us?

b2ap3_thumbnail_rosemary4.JPGDuring the last days of this August, we can harness not only the energy of a waning moon, but also the energy of the waning year, to help us with this process.

A purifying bath is one of my favorite ways to release unwanted energies. This version takes advantage of rosemary's powerful cleansing abilities. In the garden, my rosemary bush is undaunted by the weather, telling me she has plenty of help to give even now, when many other plants are struggling to survive the heat.

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  • Michelle Simkins
    Michelle Simkins says #
    Lizann, thanks for visiting.
  • Lizann Bassham
    Lizann Bassham says #
    Thank you for this lovely reminder of letting go.

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A Heart Healing Elixir

In my part of Oregon, early summer is a time of flowers and sweetness. We are often rained on well into July and the weather is usually cool (or downright cold), but oh the flowers--especially the roses. Portland is called the city of roses for a reason. It seems like every green space has at least one rosebush to offer.

Which means now is a wonderful time to work with the energy of rose in our healing magic.

There is a strong cultural precedent here in the U.S. for the association of roses with matters of the heart, as any florist can tell you around Valentine's Day. But, magically speaking, the affect of rose on the heart goes beyond that of the pink and red bouquets typically associated with romance. I've worked with rose for several years now, and her gentle energy never fails to soothe my heartache and distress. Don't think, however, that sweetness is all there is to rose.

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  • Francesca De Grandis
    Francesca De Grandis says #
    Oh, the magic of synchronicity. I came across your post when looking for something else. But I'd been told in meditation a while b
  • Lizann Bassham
    Lizann Bassham says #
    Thank you for this, it is beautifully written and thought provoking, especially the paragraph about the blessings freely given unl
  • Aleah Sato
    Aleah Sato says #
    Oh, this is a lovely way to express loss through love and healing. Thank you!

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