On August 1 we celebrate the peak of the Fire element season as we walk the wheel of the year. This season has some pretty important influences on our health and wellness as well as on our personal growth and development. As part of our Spiritual Herbalism School we recently spent a session exploring the power of the Fire element as it relates to constitution, health, imbalances, and different Fire-ruled herbs. Here are a few of our favorite points from that session we think you'll enjoy.
The Fire Person
Those who are ruled by the element of Fire tend to have the following personality, energy, and body traits. We use this type of constitutional profiling in Spiritual Herbalism to help best define which types of herbs and energies will best work with an individual person.
Fire Energy Season
During Fire energy season which initiates at the Summer Solstice (June 21st), peaks on August 1st, and transitions into Water energy season on September 21st, we experience the light and heat of the Sun at its greatest. The Sun is the cosmic pivot of the Fire element and we often consider our experiences of Fire to be directly related to that of the Sun.
During Fire season we should be in a state of manifestation. The natural world around us is showing signs of fruition- the trees and garden plants are all putting their energies into making beautiful fruits and veggies. If we planned and aligned energies appropriately in the Winter and Spring, the Summer should bear the fruits of our own actions. During Summer Fire months we are active, making things happen, taking advantage of longer days, and soaking up the primal force of the Sun to really get things done.
Fire season is also very much about purification. The antiseptic action of the sun and of cleansing fire can be brought into our own lives through meditating on the light and warmth of the sun, kindling sacred fires, and working with Fiery herbs of detoxification and purification. We sweat more in the Summer which is another signal that purification is happening. We often celebrate the initiation of Fire season in June with a tossing of toxic patterns and unwanted things into the fire so that they don't follow us as dead weight into the manifestation time of Summer.
For those who are ruled by Fire, Summer can be a time when we learn how to balance our internal power with that in the world around us. Very fiery people can become excessively fiery at this time of year and often need to work with Earth and sometimes even Water herbs to help soothe and control the burn. Those who tend to be deficient in Fire energy can work with this season to create harmony, balance, and power in themselves to carry them through the darker, colder seasons ahead.
When the Fire element becomes excessive in someone, we often see issues such as:
Herbs of Fire
Some of our favorite fiery herbs include:
Introduction to Herbalism - August 31 @ 5pm
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In this fun, fast-paced presentation we explore the many traditions, approaches, and gifts of herbalism all while experiencing many herbal remedies and meeting many medicinal herbs along the way. Each class is different and will often include seasonally-relevant wellness themes and lots of foundational herbal inspiration.
Saturday August 31
5pm - 6:30pm
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Herbal Magic Intensive - September 22 @ 3pm
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Join Herbalist Josh Williams for a special 3-hour herb magic intensive workshop that will take you on a deep, empowering journey into the ancient practice of working with natural herbal energies to call forth positive manifestation.
Sunday September 22
3pm - 6pm
This workshop is suitable for folks of all experience levels. We'll start from the beginning and give you powerful, solid wisdom and hands-on experiences from Josh's Green Craft tradition while exploring many magical herbs, spellcrafting techniques, meditations, recipes, and some very special bits and pieces of magical love.
Workshop is limited to 8 participants. Due to the complex preparations needed for this event, refunds will not be available. Please RSVP early to save your seat- this workshop always goes fast!
Medicinal Incense Workshop - September 14 @ 5pm
Join Herbalist Josh Williams for a hands-on, super messy exploration of medicinal incense!
In this class we'll learn about the history, traditions, and applications of incense as herbal medicine, then get busy creating our own hand-rolled herbal incense joss sticks made entirely of botanicals.
Saturday September 14
5pm - 7pm
We'll cover many of the best therapeutic herbs to use in incense, talk about recipes and formulas, learn about commercial incense, and finish the event with a magical incense ceremony.
This is a small class to afford space for everyone to create. Please RSVP early to save your spot.
Herbs for Stress Support with Heather Saba of HerbPharm
Join special guest herbalist Heather Saba from Boulder, CO as she guides you through the many herbs that support resilience, protection, and adaptability in the face of everyday stress.
Heather is an amazing educator who works with HerbPharm, Herbal Academy, and many other celebrated organizations. We're thrilled to have her in the shop and know you won't want to miss this event.
Tuesday September 10
Class includes herbal samplings throughout the evening and several special offers in the shop on stress-related products.
Herbal Formulation Essentials - September 18 @ 7pm
Join Herbalist Josh Williams for an exploration of the art and science of herbal formulations. In this class you'll learn how to combine different herbs to create powerful and effective formulas for use in herbal teas and more!
We'll cover 3 different formulation styles and will work with example formulas, demonstrations, and hands-on experiences.
This class is moderate to advanced in scope and is best suited for those who have a basic understanding of herbalism, or those who have attended our Intro to Herbalism class.
Wednesday September 18, 7pm-8:30pm
Tincture Making Workshop - October 5 @ 5pm
Join Herbalist Josh Williams and learn how to create your own high-potency tinctures at home! In this hands-on workshop we'll explore the tools, techniques, and tips you need to make your own herbal medicine at a fraction of the cost of buying while adding your own personal magic to each creation you make. Make tinctures as holiday gifts or just start working on building up your own home herbal medicine chest!
Class covers many herbs and formulas for the season, tools, techniques, glycerine and alcohol extractions, and more!
Saturday October 5, 5pm-7pm
Mindfulness & Flowers with Felicia Sanchez / September 28 @ 5pm
Join us for an evening in mindful celebration of the the beauty of flowers.
Felicia Sanchez of Apiana Blooms will be joining us to talk about the art of flower arranging and experiencing this art as an intentional flow for mindfulness and mediation.
Felicia will be providing a selection of gorgeous fresh local flowers for you to choose from in creating your own arrangement; dropping into a free flowing space of creativity and manifesting.
This is an evening of beauty, celebration, mindfulness, and creative space. We're incredibly lucky to have Felicia in the shop with us for this event- if you're a devotee of flowers, this is one you must attend!
Class cost includes presentation and Felicia's hand-harvested local flowers for you to journey with and take home.