tonic of wildness

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We need the tonic of wildness, to wade sometimes in marshes
where the bittern and the meadow-hen lurk, and hear
the booming of the snipe; to smell the whispering sedge
where only the wilder and more solitary fowl builds her nest, and the mink crawls with its belly close to the ground
.” -Henry David Thoreau // The White Mountains of New Hampshire | GarettPhotography

“We need the tonic of wildness…At the same time that we are earnest to explore and learn all things, we require that all things be mysterious and unexplorable, that land and sea be indefinitely wild, unsurveyed and unfathomed by us because unfathomable. We can never have enough of nature.”

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Things on my mind lately:
The energy of spaces and “gut feelings”
How we can impact the energy of spaces with ritual and thought, and how we can misinterpret those gut feelings
Ways to welcome spring in ritually, with meaning and with use of local plants and resources
Bringing magick and ritual into spring cleaning
Spring “tonics” using wild spring plants
Nettle showing its face repeatedly to me as a plant guide and helper
The importance of acting like the person you want to be, more so than imagining or hoping you will become it. Go through the motions here and now in order to actualize
The serendipity of my moon workbook, receiving bags of beef bones, and the recipe for this months full moon using them for a bone broth
The somewhat constant answers of my divination telling me “one year” consistently as an answer to all my drawn-out questions
Noise and absurdity in behavior to shake up the feelings and stagnancy from one season to the next (bang your pots and pans!)
How much I need to create art and how it’s hard to stay consistent, but that I’m least stressed when doing so
The magic of finding old jars, bones, and new spring flowers in the woods every time you enter them
The immense energy and almost, awakening I’ve had this past few months interacting in women-only spaces, and how powerful it’s been for me in ways I’m still just beginning to realize

How I’ve gone from sort of envisioning an idyllic isolated life to starting to try to make myself comfortable with the idea of an active, connected one with women and community members

So much is going on with me, I know I’m still working through the stagnancy of past pains and hurts and making room for the new me, and starting to see who she is. And it’s really overwhelming but in this way that just keeps pushing to keep in motion, keep making and trying and doing, even blindly. Especially blindly.

Like sometimes you think you know yourself and you’ve got it all sorted out, you can see from here until 60. But I was wrong. I’d only turned the first page on myself. There’s so much more.

pileated woodpecker in snowstorm

“We need the tonic of wildness…At the same time that we are earnest to explore and learn all things, we require that all things be mysterious and unexplorable, that land and sea be indefinitely wild, unsurveyed and unfathomed by us because unfathomable. We can never have enough of nature.”  -Thoreau

“We need the tonic of wildness…At the same time that we are earnest to explore and learn all things, we require that all things be mysterious and unexplorable, that land and sea be indefinitely wild, unsurveyed and unfathomed by us because unfathomable. We can never have enough of nature.”  -Thoreau


[Above: ships washed up in the Bermuda Triangle]

We need the tonic of wildness…At the same time that we are earnest to explore and learn all things, we require that all things be mysterious and unexplorable, that land and sea be indefinitely wild, unsurveyed and unfathomable by us because unfathomable. We can never have enough of nature.
—  Henry David Thoreau

“We need the tonic of wildness…At the same time that we are earnest to explore and learn all things, we require that all things be mysterious and unexplorable, that land and sea be indefinitely wild, unsurveyed and unfathomed by us because unfathomable. We can never have enough of nature.”
- Henry David Thoreau, Walden: Or, Life in the Woods

Photo by @thenoblelab on a recent trip with @huckberry and @jamestownrevival

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