RHIZOMATIC EARTH MEDICINE
An Herbal Learning Community
this month will be all about Nettles!
Rhizome: A continuously growing horizontal underground stem that puts out lateral shoots and adventitious roots at intervals.
— Oxford English Dictionary online
Rhizomatic Earth Medicine is for anyone that wants to live more wild and rooted. For anyone who longs to be connected to place. For anyone who knows that magic isn't a word for tricks or slight-of-hand but is instead a word for the temporal and intelligent forces of nature and the elements and how we ourselves are made from these.
Rhizomatic Earth Medicine is for anyone who wants to learn more about plant medicine and folk herbalism as an instinctive and cultural art by including plants in their daily lives and being part of a plant-focused community.
Our ancestors in healing, the long-ago plant people, were in service to their human community as well as the plant allies they harvested from the hedges. The rhizomati were carriers of traditional healing knowledge and have emerged at various points in time. In fact, as would a rhizome — going underground for a time and sprouting their legacy up to the surface in another place or time.
Some of these practitioners of spirit, shamans of the village soul, and knowers of the herb were called The Rhizomati or “root-cutters."
The rhizomati, who conjured the medicine of plants, were the witches, magicians, and healers of the underground, the underlying, and the unseen lateral energy patterns of the universe acting much like the underground rhizomes found in the plant kingdom.
The legacy of these herbalists has carried their medicine bags into the vernacular, or kitchen, gardens of the past few hundred years in Europe and North America. Such gardens belonged to people of any class, and provided subsistence food and medicine to individuals and families. These communal plots were stewarded by the rhizomati and provided a local source of plants and seeds, were designed to meet the natural rhythms of the seasons, and were small enough to adapt to changing local conditions. They were places in which the rhizomati, managed and distributed plants, seeds, and other tools of cultivating. The Rhizomati were peers, not the central authority, among family, neighbors, and friends with who they exchanged garden innovations, harvesting techniques, and plant healing practices.
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****Still wondering about what a sliding scale is? Go to “Worts and Cunning Apothecary” and read The Sliding Scale: A Tool of Economic Justice
This. is. community.
Each month you will be invited to a 2 hour online/Zoom Plant Study Group monthly live meeting (will be recorded if you can’t make it) the first Thursday of the month at 6:30pm Eastern time.
During these meetings we will discuss one plant or folk herbal topic in depth. There will be time before and after for Q & A and sharing about the current or previous topic.
*meeting can be accessed by computer or phone
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Poetry and prose inspired by plants, place, and magic. This may include the topics of herbal medicine, ecology, permaculture, astrology, tarot, ancestral recovery, witchcraft, place making, and ritual.
A PlantHenge/Plant Study pdf download of one plant per month
A seasonal medicine tip either by pdf download or video or both.
Land connection ritual instructions and/or recipe for an herbal remedy
When we learn about plants from a circular instead of linear models we can understand them as dynamic, living, and evolutionary. Using a Plant Henge we place the plant at the center and follow the intersecting lines toward several aspects allowing us to hold multiple perspectives. Learn more HERE
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