Part 2: NW Herb Symposium Lecture- Alchemical Practice

I had the pleasure of teaching a few workshops at the 2015 NW Herb Symposium on Whidbey Island, Washington. I decided to do a 2 part series on alchemy and spagyrics the first class covering basic theory of alchemy, and the second going into some of the practical applications of that overarching theory. Here is…

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Part 1: NW Herb Symposium Lecture- Alchemical Theory

I had the pleasure of teaching a few workshops at the 2015 NW Herb Symposium on Whidbey Island, Washington. I decided to do a 2 part series on alchemy and spagyrics the first class covering basic theory of alchemy, and the second going into some of the practical applications of that overarching theory. Here is…

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Free E-book on the Elements and Herbalism!

So I’m really excited to announce that I’ve got a new e-book called Quinta Essentia: On the Elements and Plant Medicine. I’ve been studying the Elements both directly and through various traditions that used them in their healing practice and synthesized down much of my research into this little book that I’d like to give you. Just…

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What is “Energetic Architecture?”

I use the term “energetic architecture” a lot in my work- for it’s a phrase that to me truly encompasses the concept in alchemy of correspondences, or the philosophy that everything in life is interconnected, related, and the above and below are ultimately One. But what does that mean? And how do we use that philosophy practically? Energetic…

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Medical Astrology and Herbalism: Mars

Mars is considered one of the “malefic” planets- IE one of the “bad guys.” Of course, no astrological archetype is purely evil or bad, unless we don’t work with it in a good way or have it well integrated into our constitution. Mars typically creates diseases associated with heat, what the old physiomedicalist doctors called…

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Evolutionary Herbal Profile: Oregon Grape

This is one of my favorite plants that I’m so glad grows around us. This is one of the great remedies for the solar plexus- on a physical level through it’s impact on digestion and the liver, but also energetically as it operates upon the Manipura, or 3rd chakra. It’s one of my major remedies…

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Gotu Kola Mineral Salts

The mineral salts are one of the most unique aspects of the spagyric process and the primary layer of the plant that are not included in most herbal products out there. We had some amazing salts crystallize recently in the Organic Unity lab of one of my favorite Ayurvedic plants Gotu Kola (Centella asiatica). Check out those…

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Evolutionary Herbal Profile: Manzanita

I just moved to southern Oregon just a few years ago and have been around such different plants than when I lived in NW Washington! One of the most common plants that grows around here is Manzanita, a relative of the Madrone trees and the common medicinal Uva-Ursi (Arctostaphylos uva-ursi). This common urinary tract remedy is…

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Medical Astrology and Herbalism: Mercury

Mercury- this astrological force represents the nature of our mind and much of our psychological temperament. The closest planet to the Sun, Mercury represents the changeable mutable qualities of our thinking, as well as our capacities with language and communication. I wanted to talk a little bit about this planet and a few of my favorite…

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The Transformational Virtues of Spagyrics

This is a full almost hour long lecture I gave at the Renaissance Medicine Conference in 2014, with Judith Hill and Matthew Wood. It’s a pretty amazing conference that goes in depth on herbalism, medical astrology, as well as alchemy and spagyrics. Let me know what you think below! If you haven’t heard about this…

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