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Llewellyn.com - Monthly e-Magazine - April 2010

My 10 Favorite Things About Spring
by Doreen Shababy

Llewellyn.com - April 2010

What a great time of year this is, Spring, so full of promise and wonder. I found it difficult to narrow down what I like best about the season, not the least of which is Cinco de Mayo (one of the anniversaries my husband and I share, plus another great excuse to eat Mexican food). Here are ten of my favorite springtime indicators… what are yours?

10. More Daylight
I live up north at approximately 48° latitude, which means the vernal equinox is a much-celebrated event amongst the local gardeners, chicken farmers, and bush hippies alike. Bright, beautiful, glorious spring! Idaho panhandle winters tend toward mostly cloudy skies with intermittent snow and rain, leaving a multitude of chuckholes and mud whomps to deal with. Many a savvy mountain gal owns a pair of dress Wellies for this muddy transition between winter and summer, but who cares? The sun is shining, the birds are singing, and it’s finally spring.

9. Buttercups, the earliest wildflower
This time of year I take a special detour on my way home from town, just to see if the buttercups have begun to bloom. It’s along a crumbling stretch of the old highway, with south-facing cliffs overlooking the lake and the shadowy Monarch Mountains on the other side. Sometimes the cliffs “weep” with spring run-off, where, on a verdant mossy bench, tiny yellow flowers constellate the lush landscape. It is so worth taking the long way home.

8. Snakes, frogs, and turtles
I’m very fortunate that I live where all the snakes are friendly and non-poisonous. Our garden area has been home to a garter snake family for at least ten years; I don’t know how long their actual lifespan is, but the babies keep showing up each spring, with Big Mama toolin’ around and through and under the raised beds with the greatest of ease. The snakes eat insects that might eat our veggies, so they are most welcome. Out near the creek bottoms, the cacophony of frog song in the evening is another welcome spring event, as is the appearance of turtles basking on logs in the slow-flowing side-channel of the river; I have to be careful not to drive my truck off the road craning my neck to see them. 

7. Baby animals, including ducklings and goslings.

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Llewellyn.com - Author Interview - April 2010

An Interview with Doreen Shababy Author of The Wild & Weedy Apothecary
by Llewellyn

1. Your new book, The Wild & Weedy Apothecary, is a compendium of uses for herbs. I know about using herbs in my kitchen, but what else can I use them for? Wild & Weedy Apothecary

One thing I love about herbs is their variety, and growing them simply to beautify your yard or patio is an excellent way to use them. Looking at the colors and textures, inhaling the fabulous aromas, gives one a feeling of vibrancy.  Most common herbs are easy to grow, and a well-established, locally-owned nursery should have an informed staff to help you with growing requirements.

Since herbs have been used externally on the hair and skin since time began, there’s no reason to stop now. Whether you’re applying a chickweed poultice to a yellow jacket sting, or pouring a sage leaf decoction over your gloriously graying hair, herbs are a readily available alternative to most over-the-counter preparations. They can sometimes be a messy alternative, and more time-consuming, but they cause few side effects (when used accordingly) and are certainly much more fun.

Herbs can take us in a slower, perhaps more thoughtful direction. Most of the herbal remedies mentioned in The Wild & Weedy Apothecary make use of simple tea blends for symptoms such as sore throat or clogged sinuses or menstrual cramps.  Herb tea, and the preparation of it, is a gentle, enjoyable way to nurture yourself and others, and perhaps that is the very best medicine of all.

2. Can all the herbs mentioned in your book be personally grown or easily acquired? From where do you recommend readers procure their herbs?

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Llewellyn.com - Llewellyn Journal - April 2010

The Hats We Wear in Tarot
by Janina Renée

Looking through a typical Tarot deck, you find that human characters in the cards are distinguished by many different kinds of headwear. Tied in with the symbolic conflation of hat, head, and mind, headgear says something about different states of consciousness. Tarot author Janina Renée explores the many meanings of hats, crowns, and other headwear in the Tarot.

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5 Herbs for Healing
by Ellen Evert Hopman

Spring is a time for skinned knees, bug bites, and other injuries as we (and the sleeping Earth) emerge from our hibernation. There are many herbal remedies than can be used to comfort and heal. Ellen Evert Hopman, author of The Druid Isle and Priestess of the Forest, details five such herbs.

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Court Cards, Part IV: The Pages of Tarot
by Barbara Moore

Learning the meanings of tarot cards is generally not that difficult; even small children can learn to associate a meaning with a particular card or describe what is happening (as far as illustrated Minor Arcana are concerned) in an image. That said, the majority of taroists will agree that the trouble lies in the Court Cards. In this fourth installment in a series on the Court Cards, tarot expert Barbara Moore delves into the Pages of the Tarot.

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