The Cat's Eye Of The Storm


Spinning! Spinning! Spinning!

In between a pair of powerful eclipses

our quicksilver friend seems to twirl backwards

and Autumn rushes in to quicken our pulses...

Tell me, my Loves, are you feeling stressed?

the calm eye of the storm, always.

the calm eye of the storm, always.

Does everything feel like Iggy's "Lust For Life" pounding out of an amplifier in your brain
going 45 instead of 33?

For some it's back to school,
or back to work, after a holiday in the sun,
Or maybe it’s just Fall
and her sense of urgency to “do” something,
kicking up ideas like a child playing in piles of amber leaves...

No matter the why.

Your beautiful self needs a lifeline. And one just happens to appear.

A gift from Diana, Ancient Lady of The Beasts.
Mistress of Wild Things.

Her timing, as always, is purrfect.

Wild Things Brew

Per serving.

  • 1 tsp organic licorice root
  • 1 tsp organic cat's claw
  • 1 Tbsp organic Pau d'Arco
  • 1 stick organic cinnamon
  • 1 organic lemon wedge
  • Stevia to taste

Darlings, when your brain is overloaded, cortisol skyrockets, and your body begins to accelerate in its aging process. Are we going to allow that?! 
Hell no!

Your adrenals need support like mad right now. 
And this is almost too simple.

Simply gather your herbs from the local health food store bulk dried section. (Unless, of course, you just happen to be a master herbalist with a garden that would make any witch envious.)
If you can't forage nearby, wonderfully wildcrafted herbs can be had online, from places like Mountain Rose Herbs. 

Now make your magical decoction: 
First, connect with the herbs. Touch them, sing softly to them, thank them. Listen to their whisperings.  Visualize yourself navigating the deep waters of stress with grace and ease. Feel strength and resilience within you.
Got it? Good. Keep it going while you brew.

Bring 1 cup of pure water just to a boil. Add in your herbs and roots. Reduce the heat to barely a simmer, and let the mixture gently release for 20 minutes. Make sure you cover the pot, so the essential oils don't escape during the evaporation process.
Now you can turn off the heat and allow the decoction to sit for another couple of hours if you like. The longer it steeps, the more medicinal it actually gets. 
Then a squeeze of lemon to allow absorption, a little bit of stevia to sweeten if you like, and you're ready!
It's actually quite delicious.

By the way....the difference, Beasties, between an infusion and a decoction is really just in the amount of time you let it stew. Infusions are best for leaves and petals, while a decoction gets to the insides of roots and bark. 

Are you wondering about these mysterious little plant beings?
Well, this legendary healing trio is unsurpassed for adrenal support, recovery, and immune function. Seriously. 
A must have for your natural medicine bag of tricks.

Get on it.

While your sipping your potion, consider the myriad things you can do to help manage during stressful times: yoga, getting outdoors, and getting your beauty sleep for starters. Concious breathing also helps immensely. (Can't get into that headspace? Try downloading the Buddhify app.) 

And steer clear of junk food. I mean it-NO CRAP!
Yes, for thirty seconds you might enjoy that sugar-laden brownie. Or at least the cellular memory of it.
But you know what? Feeding your negative emotions is bullshit.
Moments later, you crash. You feel lousy. Your skin looks like hell. Your belly bloats.
And you didn't solve a thing.

Why on earth would you bother?

Step it up. 
Eat some gorgeous fresh fruit when you crave sugar. Gnaw on nuts when you're so irritated you simply have to crunch on something. Wolf down a few kale chips when salt seems to be the answer. Exhausted? Drink water.

But feed yourself.

You are worth taking care of.

I wouldn't hang out with you otherwise, 
now would I?

xxx Alise


Animal Instincts

Late at night, as I park the car nowhere near my place,

I open the door, my heels landing silently on the pavement.

Something soft brushes up against my leg.

A Cat.

Ready to escort me safely home.

She knows the dark can cloak the desperate,

and she's heard of the recent neighborhood break-ins.

She has always been with me, in one of her many forms.

In the clouds on a moonlit beach,

on a balcony in a foreign land,

speaking to me in my dreams.

Always protecting me.

Always guiding me.

The most amazing time, I think, 

was when I was feeling intensely vulnerable in my old house.

I had gone to bed, alone,

but couldn't sleep.

Visions of someone wishing me harm kept coming.

Something about the back of the house...

I got up, and wandered downstairs.

Sensing someone was there, I flicked on the back porch light,

and gasped.

There, in silhouette,

were no less than thirteen cats gathered on my deck,

staring at me,

like a furry street gang,

watching over their queen.

They stayed there, motionless,

until it was clear that I could return to my bed,

and rest,

knowing I was safe.

There are my familiars, in the Lair,

and those who find me,

on the street, 

in the wild...

I was at a nature preserve in Montana,

and a mountain lioness was off in the distance, ignoring the onlookers.

I approached the fence to get a look at what they were all staring at.

As soon as I appeared,

she turned,

and slowly made her way towards me,

never lifting her gaze.

People murmured.

They were a little afraid.

I wasn't.

This gorgeous creature stopped as she got closer,

tilted her head, and made those ahhhw sounds that cats sometimes do,

directly to me.

I understood.

Oh, I could tell you stories forever...

about the cats, and the crows, and the snakes,

and when the elephants came in,

and when they left,

and all about the wolves that watch over me,

but I want to hear your stories.

Animal totems are fascinating to me.

We all have them.

I believe we have some that are constant,

and those that come in as needed, for a spell of time,

and those still, 

who are everywhere,

just waiting to share what they know,

if only we could listen...

Who are your Animal Guides?

Whisper your tales in my ear,

in the comments below.


xxx Alise