The Hearth

The Hearth



Glad you stopped by, please come in and share the Hearth

It is always a blessing to see friends. Tis most kind of you to visit my humble cottage in the Grove. The old woman is speaking to a young friend about the Herbs, she is a powerful healer. There is so much to learn and re-member about the old ways.


Come, sit by the fire awhile

feel the warmth of the fire upon your face
smell the aroma of the healing herbs fill the room

let yourself melt into a simpler time and place
feel your own essence glow brightly




Long, long ago, a Hearth glowed in each cottage.

The nights were chill and the days were hard,

but near the Hearth, all troubles were banished.

The pleasing aroma of the night's meal mingled

with the smells of peat and smoke floated from the

iron pot and filled the air. Often the pungent scent

of a healing herbal brew gave reassurance and comfort,

even when there was no food, the fire brought warmth.

                       

The old ways were often simple, but contained

a deep understanding of the complexity of Nature.

A reverence for Nature filled every aspect of life.

Her ways were well known by the folk and their healers.

Herbs dried in the rafters & cauldrons were abioil on the hearths.



The Spirits of Nature were paid due respect and people

did not consider themselves "masters" of the natural world.

They were a part of it's magic, and so interacted with all things

in a careful and mindful way, a way that worked well for them.

We would call that way spiritual, they called it living.

     

Every cottage had an Herb Garden, and the folk believed

that the spirits of the plants would heal, if giving tender care,

respect and proper ritual in their preparation for healing use.

The wee folk were known to be about, and small offerings of food

were always left out for them, no matter how meager the food supply.

To ignore the spirits of Nature was to court disaster and bad luck,

This was something that everyone knew, and took into account.

It is a lesson, we would do well to heed ourselves.


No herbal potion or remedy has the power to heal unless it is made

with an understanding of, and a respect for the spirits of Nature.

Care must be taken to learn and practice Nature's powerful ways.

Be the cottage in Ireland, Scandinavia, Israel, Brazil, Turkey, Wales,

Italy, China, Australia, Africa, Yugoslavia, The Arctic, Japan or America,

the herbalists have all honored the Spirits of Nature for millenia.



 

Spirits of Nature

Bless these herbs with the power to cure
Fill their leaves and roots with healing properties

Fill me with wisdom and understanding as I work
Bless the preparation of this Healing Potion with skill
Make me mindful of both the gifts and dangers of Herbs

May the Spirits of Nature assist me in healing
May Ancient Healers guide my hands, heart and mind
I am humbled by the great powers and spirits of Nature

     

 

May your own Hearth be alive with spirits and powers of the Ancient Wisdom.

May you come to know the magic of Herbs and the wisdom of plants.

 


 

Fire Comes

by Abby Willowroot


Fire Woman comes . . .
the burning life force
flaming bright as laser light
sparkling with power
born of flames
birthing all things

Fire Male comes . . .
flaming with passion
burning high and fierce
sparkling, growing, moving,
born of the flame
eternal

Child of Fire comes . . .
flaming possibility incarnate
out of the conflagration
a tiny incandescent spark
of blazes who came before
bright burners in their time

Moments of Fire come
to all of us, living . . .
Pulsing with wild creativity
loosed from the blazing cauldron
of the Universe 
becoming In this moment 
eternal . . . brilliant . . . unlimited

Fire comes
creative . . . destructive . . . relentlessly
insistent on creating and wiping away
fire . . . in sacred, eternal tides
Fire is

Copyright Abby Willowroot 2003



   

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