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okay, wild element girls fully took the flowers by storm, filling jars with calendula (that they had harvested and dried at our previous gathering), st. john's wort (growing about 40 feet from our worktable), and olive oil to start solar infusions (in photo above) that will be transformed into skin salve at our next class.  we also made fresh face spritzers with essential oils - all oils from plants that we could touch and smell right here around the front door:  lavender, clary sage (photo below), chamomile, and rosemary.  & to top it off, we ground flax and sesame seeds with cinnamon, cardamom, and coconut blossom sugar (a low glycemic sugar that is dehydrated coconut nectar) as a topping for oats, yoghurt, smoothies (or, as reiko demonstrated, to just eat by the spoonful straight out of the jar).  , jumping in the pond with great delight...
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  • uprooting deeply ingrained patterns takes both more time and more effort/energy than i expect
  • there is a difference between patterns that need to be composted/eliminated altogether and those that can be transplanted; sometimes the right pattern is just in the wrong place (like a very thorny but lovely rosebush in front of the access for the electrical main panel); this is important to discern
  • patterns may have multiple taproots or sources that you must discover and negotiate with to release their energy up into the system
  • blood sacrifice is sometimes required
photo above:  beginning to expose the root system of the old rose
photo below:  old rose in new home

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