Fall is my favorite.
It was my mother’s favorite, too.
In Vermont, there was a riot of color, sometimes only for a week or so, before trees went skeletal and winter set in for 6 or 7 months. So it was a bitter sweet time, and here in Oregon, it just seems to go on and on. It’s…amazing.
I had the extreme good fortune of winning a spot in Pixie Campbell’s SouLodge e-course Goldmining The Shadows, which fits perfectly with the time of year when things go underground, start to rot, become dark and quiet, preparing for a long sleep before Spring. While I’ve done shadow work before, I’ve never worked with animal medicine. I pay close attention to any animals I come across. There are some cats that try to come in our apartment sometimes, and I let them. Dan’s not so into that, but I, like a lot of sensitive types, sometimes feel more comfortable with animals than with people.
I also wildcrafted some “Oregon Smudge” that I made from gathering some cedar, lavender, rosemary, sage and rose petals. All that stuff can be found everywhere here…I got mine on the edge of a parking lot. I tied the ends together with some twine, wrapped some rose petals around them and just bound them with the string, tying off at the end. I hung them upside down to dry for a week or so. I made the feathers to wave the smoke by gluing a ribbon to the ends and attaching a wooden bead. I ended up selling them on my Etsy store so I think I’ll make more. It smells like Oregon.