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Summer Solstice: Honoring the yang, solar, male aspects
« Reply #1 on: June 20, 2012, 01:54:16 AM »
At Red Moon Herbs and Southeast Wise Women, our primary focus is on women's health. We offer classes and events that are dedicated to this focus, offering a women-only space. However, this sunny time of year draws our attention toward honoring the yang, solar, male aspects as well. As I watch my son in his adolescence, I find myself endeared and humbled to witness the tender stages of development boys go through to embody that truly yang, enlightened masculine force. Ema Carmona, my right hand woman, began working at Red Moon Herbs 9 years ago when her son Noah was 6 years old. Today, he's a sophomore in high school and almost as tall as she is (see right)! When you call Red Moon Herbs about your herb order, you'll likely speak with Julie McMahan (pictured below). Doing Customer Service at Red Moon Herbs and mothering her son Forest has kept Julie on her toes this first year of his life! Solar energy is active, dynamic, and expansive. It is embodied by both women and men, yet most traditions associate it primarily with the masculine. Not the wounded masculine of the patriarchy, but rather the sacred masculine - that pure force we see coming through our sons, partners, inner selves. On this Solstice, let us remember that the sun is balanced by the moon, lightness is balance by darkness, and yang is balanced by yin. Take a moment to honor the pure masculine in its many forms, knowing that both polarities are needed to dance into dynamic balance. Adornments of Cleavers As children (and adults) we love to make garlands, fairy crowns and corsages out of the abundant, and local Galium aparine, aka Cleavers. The fine hairs of the leaves, stems, and seeds tipped with tiny hooks, allow this lovely plant to attach - or cleave - to clothes, fur, hair and more. Cleavers is an herbaceous annual with long stems that climbs and sprawls over the ground and other plants. The lanceolate leaves are simple and borne in whorls of six to eight, and the white to greenish flowers are 2-3 mm across with four petals. It flowers in early spring to summer, and each seed is 4-6 mm in diameter. The peak potency for harvesting is when both flower and seeds are present. Cleavers has been used in medicine for centuries. Greek herbalists recommended it for swellings and ear ache. Celtic druids used it for skin, among other things using the juice to wash the skin to rid it of spots. The Eclectic herbalists recommended it as a diuretic. For Cleavers, according to the ancient Greeks, the long slender stems look like long tubes and so it was used to clear the lymph tubes of the body. The seeds - brown, fuzzy and coming in pairs - were used to support men's reproductive function including the prostate. Modern herbalists still work with Cleavers to support these systems. Cleavers is another local plant that you will find along roadsides, in ditches, and near streambeds. It is abundant and has much to communicate and share with us when we stop to listen. Visit the Native American Store at Back40Books.com by clicking below: