I am the dream of awakening.
I am the returning of the light.
I am the tough green shoot pushing up through the pavestones, I am the first kiss of sunlight on the unfurling petals of the snowdrop. I am the wind which whispers the gentle pull of home to the migratory bird.
I am the drop of ice melting on the mountainside with its great dream of the ocean.
I am the sap rising in the blossom tree just before it reveals its sticky buds to the sky; I am the riotous celebration humming away beneath the earth’s mantle of frozen sleep.
I am the rousing of the bee from its winter slumber and the soft pad of the mother-wolf’s paw on the snow as she prepares to birth her pups.
I am hope, potential, rebirth and promise. I am the kindling breath which transforms the flicker of inspiration in your creative core into a blazing torch.
Give me the silent crescent moon rising over the sea and I will build you a bridge of silver light so you can walk up and lie in it.
Give me the frost-hardened wilderness and I will breathe radiant green life over it.
Give me the healer, the writer, the craftsperson and the storyteller, and I will replenish her essence and make her new again.
I am Brigid, Bast, Inanna and Hestia. I am the fierce protectress of the sacred fire.
Tonight I bestow my gifts of power and courage at the hearth of your soul: power to step out of the shadows of self-doubt and negativity which have held you in darkness for too long, power to shed all that which no longer serves you, and courage to clear your heart and mind for the dawn that awaits you.
I am the time to honor your unique gifts for their true worth and to protect and nurture your creative self as you would a child. I am the deep longing of the spirit which refuses to be consumed by a narrative of fear and chooses instead to place itself vivaciously on the side of love.
I am the stirring in your belly which knows exactly what you are capable of — and that it’s time the world found out.
I am the fire within which will not be contained any longer.
I am the quickening, I am the serpent uncoiling, I am Imbolc.
I am the dream of awakening.
~~Unknown~~ (I forget where I got this poem) If you know who wrote it please let know! 🙂
The Most important thing about a family photo session is to have fun. I’ve never been a fan of posing people awkwardly and then having them put on their “cheese” smiles. Especially when little kid’s are involved. So important that they feel at ease so they can play and be free to be themselves. Nothing says nightmare like a photo of kid with the mom standing behind the camera saying “you better smile, no not that smile your real smile!” Haha, ya know those photos never turn out so good. So have fun! So what if your kid is picking his nose or isn’t standing up straight. Years from now it will put a smile on your face looking back at the how uniquely “imperfect” your amazing family looked in their pictures. Just be yourself and roll with it. Which is exactly what this family did. One of my favorite sessions ever.
Black Walnut is an amazing anti-parasitic and a very powerful detoxifier. These were gathered back in september last year and have been soaking in alcohol ever since. I used the meat of the green hulls which are really rich in Iodine (hints the stained hands that didn’t go away for weeks).
Was happy to finally put this potent medicine in some tincture bottles last weekend and so looking forward to getting more acquainted with its healing powers. I have also heard that taking black walnut along with clove and wormwood is really beneficial as well. I am long overdue for a cleanse. I’ve never specifically done a parasite cleanse before so really curious to see how I will feel. The recommended time is taking it orally for 90 to 100 days straight. 1 drop dissolved in water and then slowly increasing up to 2 tbsp eventually. This link has some good info:
Summer at the cabin in Chattanooga, Tennessee with Emily. Light Painting is probably one of top reasons I fell in love with photographing abstractly. These photos aren’t master light paintings but the beauty in the spontaneous light strokes give me a feeling of nostalgia. I can almost hear the crickets in the mountain air. Happy I was able to dig these up. They have been hiding for sometime now.
These photos were taken for a show that the Hot Toddies did for the Atlanta Fringe Festival in 2012. This series of photos was used as projection during the Rapunzal act. Capturing the movement of the hair really created some abstract/ textural images. I love how the hair and Jaime’s expressions fade in and out of focus. Makes for mysterious, dreamy, and playful images.