" A society of people who are responsible for their own health and able to gather or grow their own medicines is a hard society to rule. These days we are dependent on the power structure of industrial health care - the secret society of the doctors, the white-male-dominated medical schools, the corporate decision makers with their toxic pharmaceuticals and heartless greed and labs full of tortured beings. That dependence is one more thing keeping us tied down to the State and unable to rebel with all our hearts or even envision a world without such oppression. With a new system of healing, based on self-knowledge and herbal wisdom, we will be that much more free. “

In this issue:


Words to Know! -  Bioregionalism, Eco-communalism, and Decolonization!

Excerpt- Revolutionary Herbalism!

Excerpt - The Great Plains - From Dust to Dust!

Excerpt - Against the Environment: A decolonial bioregionalism!

Plant Profiles! - Desert Senna & Indian Root!

Non-Chemical Household Products!

30 Ways to be a Better Ally in 2014!

Red Flags for Herbalists!

From the House of Yemanja by Audre Lorde!

To get a copy:

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To submit Essays, Art, Poetry, Stories, Formulas, Recipes, Plant Profiles, How to Guides, Marginalized Histories, or other herbalism/healing arts/revolutionary eco/sociological histories:

email: santacatalinadelvalle@gmail.com

Dandelions + Devotions

Hiya, clever ones!

Delightful heartsongs, have you started to sense the stirring of spring within you? The tremblings of revolution singing songs of change? How are you making space to explore these stirrings and shakings? I have a few herbs that I make sure to use with greater consistency in my own herbal blends during the spring. Click below to meet some of my favorite spring herbs!

Feeling especially revolutionary these days, clever one? Then let me introduce you to Dandelion (Taraxacum officinale).

The healing gifts of Dandelion are many earning it the title in classic materia medicas of panacea which is from the Greek for heal-all or remedy for all complaints. The Dandelion is a modern symbol of revolution representing the powers of resistance and radical transformation. Go and check out Dandelion growing in the alley, breaking up concrete and stretching its taproot down to the crystal core of earth.

Magick-makers, use Dandelion in your protest magick, both for magick and effectively spreading your message far and wide, beyond the control of those who would see your stories silenced (think about the puff ball seeds of Dandelion spreading out far and wide). If you are cityfolk, think about how Dandelion grows in disturbed soil and sidewalk cracks - connect with her taproot grounding and seed flying energy when engaged in city living. Learn Dandelion’s ability to rewild urban spaces and to bring wild green hope to everyone’s hood.

Consider how Dandelion can help us break up and release the stories we’ve been told and the microaggressions we deal with on a daily basis - powerful magick + healing, clever ones.  Read more about Dandelion’s magickal and healing qualities.

What else? I’m finishing up the last few details on my new ebook which isn’t about herbal medicine - and yet it is. 

Devotion: A Workbook for Devotional Practice is a completely hand-written and illustrated workbook to help you discover the foundations of your most ideal and desirous devotional practice. It is for those who are seeking to create from scratch or re-dream their devotional practice. But what the heck do I think devotion is and why is it connected to herbology?

Devotion is the art of building, sustaining, and remaining accountable in relationship to your self and those you seek to relate to. As an herbologist I am in relation with my plant kin. As a Witch + Pagan, I am in relation to my God/dess/es, spirits of the land, and my Ancestors. 

Devotion will be released later this month (my Magick Mail readers are getting a discount this month for all of my ebooks - sign-up to get your discount!) - I can’t wait to share it with you!

Do you have a devotional practice? Share your devotional practice in the comments below!

P.S. Groove to the easy breeze of Dandelion-inspired sounds