Hello, I just wanted to share with you a brief testimonial. I am somewhat new to this world of ritual and magic, but have been journeying toward this in my own way all my life. A little while back, I purchased your flying ointment from Etsy but waited until I felt I was ready to be completely open and trusting of myself and the growth of my own sort of magic before I performed a ritual using it, just this past New Moon. I wanted to share with you that I had the most wonderfully edifying and profoundly healing experience beyond anything I could have even known to expect and I am certain that the Flying Ointment you made was an integral component of opening me up to the things that came together for me, with me, and in my soul. I've never had an experience like it before and am humbled and so grateful to have been met and instructed the way I was during the ritual. It is something I will remember for the rest of my life and will most certainly build upon as I go forward. Thank you so much for everything you put into your craft and share with others. I will certainly continue to follow you here on your new website.
With gratitude and joy,
"I have only ordered from this shop once so far, but I will definitely be back because I am addicted to this one. You cannot go wrong with the oils offered here. Seriously the magic in them is palpable. I will not purchase any fragrances from anywhere else. I would love to have an ounce of this oil. It's just lovely. Usually florals do not go well with my body chemistry, but this is excellent. It's beautiful, seductive and I would say very much the essence of the feminine. When I wear this I definitely feel more confident, sexy, and more centered within myself. I've also noticed improvement in my mood as well, the depression is eased and I can remember what it's like to smile and feel joy again."
Why Therootcutter? A Play called Rhizotomoi that was written by Sophocles and performed at the Theater of Dionysus in Athens, Attica at an unknown specific date but between 468-406 BC is the inspiration behind the name. It is a mystery as to what Rhizotomoi could have been about, but looking at who the Root Cutters were in ancient Greece, they were medicine makers and healers working with natural elements . As to what the play was? I can’t seem to find anything about it, but imagine Hekate takes a role, maybe some poisoners here and there? Witches? Just guessing! What do you think?
How did I become a Witch? Feeling magic was deep in my bones when I was a child, I had my own rituals and remedies using nature and energy. Being raised as a Catholic introduced me to ceremony, but always felt as though it was missing something. When I was 16 I decided to not do my confirmation as a Catholic and became an Anarchist Pagan Witch, studying first with books and finding friends interested in the same magic as me.
Being Solitary for the most part till I was 26, I started to long for a community to contribute to and learn with. I had a young son, was living in a dilapidated home, dealing with physical injury and surgery and was feeling very depressed. I felt as though I had nothing to offer the world. I did magic, I contacted my guides and sought to find the people that would help me along this magical road. Flashback to Pagan Pride in Berkeley, California. This is where I first met A High Priestess I would train from for over 10 years. This is the time she began a coven with 6 other amazing Priestesses, and it was just what we needed at the time. I was being honored as a woman who had strengths that just needed to be acknowledged. It brought me out of the gloom I had been living in for so long.
I studied to be a Priestess for a year and a day with in person training in the Wildflower tradition of Starflower Coven.
I did work to become a High Priestess by starting a new ritual circle with 3 other Awesome Priestesses in Campbell California Called "Grove of Hekate" which went on for 3 years.
I studied in The Amazon tradition for an additional year and a day to become an Amazon High Priestess.
I began the Temple of the Bones a ritual circle for Witches along side an amazing Hoodoo Witch and we ran that for just over a year in Oakland, California.
I began "Grove of the Moon" a full moon ritual open to all, to honor the Goddess of 10,000 names and the power that the full moon represents in Eureka, California.
How did I learn about Herbalism?
When I was little, my grandmother and mother would prepare herbal teas and provide simple remedies for the family. They would use what was available. I remember my mother using horehound, catmint and onions, while my grandmother visited with poppies, ginger, and rue. Simple times and nurturing, help shape who we are sometimes, and I look fondly on these memories of herbal medicines and magical remedies.
When I was 19 I began studies at the National Holistic Institute in Emeryville California and before then I had studied in Medical Assisting for both front and back office as well as Phlebotomy. Initially I knew I wanted to help people, but found the western medical world to be toxic, and could not make myself stay in places like hospitals and doctors offices.
I became a Massage Therapist and still do work in this, having furthered my study of Massage by adding training hours in Lomi Lomi or Hawaiian style massage in Maui, Hawaii.
I worked in a shop for 7 years that sold bulk herbs, and supplements, where the owner would pay half of our cost to take classes. I took classes with Rosemary Gladstar and got a certificate as an apprenticeship in her Science and Art of Herbalism Course. I had learned from many a woman of herbal remedies and took workshops as much as I could.
When I moved up to Humboldt County, I looked to find volunteer work and found the Eureka Community Herbal Self Care Clinic Working out of Hatchr, that at the time was being run by Corinna Rosella (of Rise Up! Good Witch!) helping out the unhoused and IV drug using community that visited there. After Corinna Moved south, I became the Lead herbalist at the clinic for a year.
Now I am working from home and part time as a Community Herbalist at Humboldt Herbals in Eureka.
From Urban Sprawl to Redwood trees, my journey has been beautiful and challenging, but here I am ! Still standing, just like that mighty tree.