I am a contributor to this extraordinary book. In this book, we discover the transformative powers of feminine consciousness and altered states as revealed by contributors both female and male, including revered scholars, visionary artists, anthropologists, modern shamans, witches, psychotherapists, and policy makers. The book begins with a deep look at the archetypal dimensions of the feminine principle and how entheogens give us open access to these ancient archetypes, including goddess consciousness and the dark feminine. The contributors examine the female roots of shamanism, including the role of women in the ancient rites of Dionysus, the Eleusinian Sacrament, and Norse witchcraft. They explore psychedelic and embodied paths to ecstasy, such as trance dance, holotropic breathwork, and the similarities of giving birth and taking mind-altering drugs. Looking at the healing potential of the feminine and altered states, they discuss the power of plant medicines, including ayahuasca, and the recasting of the medicine-woman archetype for the modern world. They explore the feminine in the creative process and discuss feminist psychedelic activism, sounding the call for more female voices in the psychedelic research community.
Honeybee Wisdom: A Modern Melissa Speaks is a spiraling feminine discourse that begins with the author’s treatise on her love for nature and its invisible forces. It then looks backward to the inspiration of the bees on the ancients, particularly the Mediterranean priestesshoods. This is contrasted with a candid look at the contributing factors that are causing the steep decline in honeybees, followed with a message of hope in the form of Biodynamic farming and gardening, along with Rudolf Steiner’s insightful esoteric understanding of the inner workings of the bees. The reader is then treated to an expansive exploration of the wondrous medicines found within the beehive, and instruction is provided for creating infusions, elixirs, oxymels, and other timeworn medicinals. The ancient medicine of bee venom is also featured along with the wisdom of physicians through history who understood and respected its efficacy as a potent healer of arthritis and other ills. The book completes with advice on the creation of a bee garden as sanctuary for both the pollinators and the good souls who love them.
In Poetic Whispers from the Green Realms, author, Shonagh Home takes the reader on a mystical poetic journey, from heartache into the magic of nature and the unseen intelligences behind the veil. Those on the spiritual path will uncover poetic gems of wisdom and illumination that stir the soul and captivate the imagination. Shonagh’s enchanting poems are lyrical, wise and instructive, calling the reader to a
place of inner magic that can be activated by the power of mind coupled with the wisdom of the heart. This is a mystical invitation to step away from the fast-paced manmade world to embrace nature in her beauty and mystery, both seen and felt. In a world that seems to have irrevocably lost its way, this book calls us back to the intrinsic magic and wisdom held in the vast forest of our being.
Love and Spirit Medicine chronicles my life-changing mystical journey through the ending of my marriage and my explorations into the realms of the sacred mushroom. It details a year of monthly shamanic journeys under the tutelage of the mushroom spirits within the classroom of the forest. This is a woman’s telling – raw, vulnerable, and honest. It offers hard-won wisdom as I traverse a dark night of the soul and emerge whole and greatly resourced as a result of the multiple initiations I faced during that profound time of my life. This book is a love story that shares what can happen when an intrepid woman steps off the well-trodden path of convention and enters into the mystical realms of the ancient nature teachers.
“A sweeping hero’s journey into the mythic realms and magical healing of mushroom shamanism…”
~Talat Jonathan Phillips, co-founder of Evolver
I was initiated into the mysteries of Ix Chel (pronounced eeshell), the Mayan Mother Goddess, through a shamanic ceremony in the Yucatan with my teacher, Miguel Angel Vergara. That initiation opened a door to subtle messages that I received when I tuned into the energy of Ix Chel. The result is this timeless book, which is a love letter to women. It consists of 7 rituals that are done to honor the goddess within. This book inspires women to celebrate their feminine spirit as well as their bodies, which are emanations of the goddess in form. Ix Chel Wisdom also speaks to the power of women gathering together in circle for sacred purpose. It is a treasure box of wisdom for women of all ages.
"Love and Spirit Medicine is a poignant and brutally honest memoir about personal empowerment and transformation in a time of rapid global change. Full of humor and heartbreak, one woman's deeply personal journey toward self-discovery becomes a roadmap for individual and collective healing beyond cultural programming. Shonagh Home shows that by trusting inner wisdom and learning from one's shadow, one can see life's fiercest challenges as opportunities for conscious growth. It is a powerful testament for our evolutionary potential.”
-Nese Devenot, Founder of the Psychedemia Conference and Contributing Editor for Reality Sandwich