Yesterday I was walking in the yard, filling the bird feeders and just taking a look at everything. Every morning I do what we call “a spin” with a cup of coffee in my hand and look at the status of things. I was looking at the garden square that I have made the “butterfly sanctuary” and lo and behold! Monarch caterpillars on the milkweed!
There were three of them visible to me.
A few hours afterwards, I came back out to take a look and one was missing, and another one crawling away from the plant. I can tell I am going to be an anxious butterfly mom. I put it back on the milkweed. I also saw that one of the plants they were munching on was already stripped bare.
We are going to need more milkweed. I definitely don’t have enough, and the thought of them running out of food will be hard on me.
So, I came inside to get more information on what to do.
Here are some websites with useful information on their behaviors, what to do and what not to do, (ahem..hello me) such as leaving them alone. They need to hide and be still while going through their life cycle, and also, spiders such as the little guys we affectionately call “Jumpies” will get to them. We have a lot of those and I need to be at peace with that as that is Nature’s way.
But I also looked to see where I can get milkweed cuttings FAST. I definitely don’t have enough. Let’s hope they get here and I can establish them fast enough for these hungry babies growing up in The Gardens of 333.
Seeds and Cuttings at low cost:
Learn About Monarchs:
- My “Save the Monarchs” Butterfly Backyard Project (whiterosepath.wordpress.com)
- The Plight of the Monarch Butterfly (theblondegardener.com)
- Windsor woman takes on monarch rearing (blogs.windsorstar.com)
- Effort beginning to help monarchs boost population (hamptonroads.com)
- How to be a Butterfly Wrangler (theblondegardener.com)
- Lack of Monarchs is raising concern (wane.com)
- The Milkweed Is In! My Save The Monarchs Garden Project (whiterosepath.wordpress.com)
- Flowers are blooming, but where are Southwest Michigan’s butterflies? (mlive.com)
- Seen Any Monarch Caterpillars or Butterflies this Summer? (ecorazzi.com)
- Monarch butterfly habitat in Mexican forests at 20-year low (earthsky.org)
I was driving around the beautiful New Jersey Shore when I heard on National Public Radio that the Monarch butterfly populations were in serious decline. The reason? What else? Pesticides, GMO’s and land development! One more things of beauty in the ecosystem that is collapsing due to humans acting unconsciously.
Monarch Butterflies Numbers Down Again Source: Science Daily
I suggest you read them, but sufficed to say, milkweed is the plant the monarch larvae feed on and it’s disappearing. One way we can help them is to plant milkweed in our own gardens and landscapes. You know me, I go on a crusade. I’m the Joan of Arc of Nature….so that is exactly what I’m going to do. And I’ll blog my experience for you.
Won’t you join me? I invite you to join my “Save the Monarchs” Butterfly Backyard Project and blog about it too. Be sure to post your links in my comments section and let’s do this!
This is where I purchased the seeds.
The company was mentioned in the article I read. The website has a lot of useful information and detailed descriptions of the different milkweed plants.
Important Precaution: One thing I wasn’t aware of was milkweed has a toxic substance to it’s sap, which protects the butterfly that eats it, so you have to be careful handling it and seek medical attention if ingested or if it gets into your eyes. Read more about the precautions on the Butterfly Encounters website.
So, where am I at with my little project right now? My order came quickly and I have planted the seeds in seed starting flats outside.
- The Plight of the Monarch Butterfly (theblondegardener.com)
- Monarch butterfly population plummets (northcountrypublicradio.org)
- Windsor woman takes on monarch rearing (blogs.windsorstar.com)
- Earth Our Home too : Monarch Butterflies (propelsteps.wordpress.com)
- Habitat loss, No Monarchs this year (health4earth.com)
- The Milkweed Is In! My Save The Monarchs Garden Project (whiterosepath.wordpress.com)
- Lack of milkweed plant may be factor in missing monarch butterflies (wlwt.com)
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I finally put the milkweed into the garden this week. It is so late that I don’t even know if it will help at this point. I was in San Diego on business and then the weather here in New Jersey has just been so wet, hot and humid, it was tough going to be out in the yard.
- Seen Monarchs Lately? Probably Not & Here’s Why (minnesota.cbslocal.com)
- Where have all the monarch butterflies gone? (cbc.ca)
- So…What’s it like to Harvest Milkweed (wildlettucegal.wordpress.com)
- Milkweed is not a Weed it is Important Monarch Butterfly Food (earthelixir.ca)
- How about growing this: Milkweeds (naturesurrounds.wordpress.com)
- Population of Monarch butterflies has crashed (winonadailynews.com)
- Outside: How to find and identify milkweeds (readingeagle.com)
- Bees in the milkweed (retrieverman.net)
- Milkweeds and Butterflies (therousedbear.wordpress.com)
- Common Milkweed (redroadherbs.wordpress.com)
This is a beautiful post from my dear friend Brittany K. James.
This time of year (Halloween/Samain) is really about the process of going into a deeper, more sacred place about those whom we have loved and who have gone on ahead.
Brittany’s blog post spoke to me in that I am processing the loss of my loved ones a lot lately, and preparing for the loss of my mom. Her beautiful post speaks of a way to go deeper into it and is very supportive. So, I wanted to share it with my readers.
“The head will never get you where your heart needs to go”
I feel the need to talk about loss. I know it’s because Samhain (pronounced sow-wen) is nearly upon us. This is the ancient Celtic festival that Halloween is based on. It is a time of year when the veil between the worlds is thin and we can easily feel the presence of those who have passed over. Traditionally, this is a time to honor our loved ones in spirit, especially those who have passed in the last year. But this isn’t meant to be somber. This is meant to be a respectful communion, an honor, a tribute. The hardest thing is to lose someone we love. It’s devastating, and no matter how much we understand it, we still feel pain. I once described to a friend that losing someone you love leaves a hole in you that never gets filled. You just learn how to live with it…
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Now is the time to celebrate the Autumn equinox. We can do this by giving blessings and expressing gratitude to Nature and the blessings she gives us.
One way I like to do that is by gifting the trees. I place crystals and cornmeal as well as sage, and express my gratitude for the beauty, the abundance and the health that is given to us by them as I make a sacred circle around each one of them.
Reflect on all the things Nature provided for you and your loved ones during the summer season now leaving us. Joy, fun, food, shelter, exercise, shade, harmony..
Nature responds to your gratitude and opens you up for even more blessings to occur.
~*~Eileen Smith Anglin
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- Autumn is the time for me…..Trees are my sanctuary (greatpoetrymhf.wordpress.com)
Another wonderful guest blog post this month. This time it is from my dear friend Brittany K. James.
One of the hardest lessons to learn on the spiritual path is that not all spiritual people have their act together. I remember when I thought that if someone was psychic they must be so self aware, so in tune with Spirit, so together. I remember when I thought that all spiritual teachers put into practice what they taught. I eventually learned to separate the teachings from the teacher…..if the teachings were valid, of course. It’s a tough lesson. As you go through your life on a spiritual path you will eventually come up against the conundrum of finding a ‘teacher’ who does not walk their talk. So, how do we handle this?
First, we must examine the teaching. Is is actually rooted in Truth and does it give us a spiritual experience that moves us forward on our path? If the answer is ‘no’ then move…
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Oh my gosh Lissa Ranklin…I love you.Thank you so much for this. I admire people who will step up and tell it like it is. I always admire the courage of true champions of conscious living, not afraid to speak up for our world, for fear of offending the meanies, the “Me Monsters.”
I think we are at a place and time where we cannot afford anything less than that. If teachers and healers are working in the light, the Universe is fully supporting those who take a stand for the light, for Compassionate Action and for teaching empathy. All of us evolving, the planet, all of creation!
Lissa Rankin writes an open letter to bullies and mean people everywhere.
Read Lissa’s blog post on lissarankin.com
A Personal Fundraising Page by Eileen Smith Benefiting SPCA International
Please join me in helping these soldiers, who have been like angels to these animals, to bring them back home to the US by the June 1st deadline. These animals have also been angels for these soldiers, who have been away from home and loved ones. The men and women who have sacrificed so much for us, think of how devastating it would be for them to leave their animals behind, to an uncertain fate, most likely death. They have already given up enough, let’s give these soldiers and their animals, some PEACE.
More than 30 U.S. soldiers’ pets need your help before time runs out! SPCA International’s (SPCAI) Operation Baghdad Pups Program needs to rescue these animals from war zones overseas by June 1st. But we can’t do it without you!
- Guardian Angels Babysit Soldiers’ Pets When They’re On The Front Line (losangeles.cbslocal.com)
- Babylon’s Ark [Book Review] (palmtreesbarefeet.wordpress.com)
An amazing interview with Sean Penn, who is obviously going through a transformative phase, the archetype of spiritual warrior. As he continues to help the abandoned people of Haiti, Penn battles his shadow and the darker side of humanity as well and finding the higher meaning that we all struggle for in these life experiences. ~E
See on video.today.msnbc.msn.com
Lissa Rankin writes about veering off course and how you might auto correct.
See on www.owningpink.com
This is a wonderful compilation of wonderful and useful reads by women and for women. (Actually, for anyone) Bless the author for putting this together!
Here it is:
Via Scoop.it – The Path of the White Rose
“The supreme accomplishment is to blur the line between work and play.” – Arnold Toynbee
“Following your passion can be a tough thing. But figuring out what that passion is can be even more elusive.” by Leo Babauta
Read the article: http://zenhabits.net/the-short-but-powerful-guide-to-finding-your-passion/ Photo by Eileen Smith “Flopper, the Wounded Butterfly”
ETA: Many people have emailed me to ask about Flopper pictured in the post.
We saw Flopper in our yard and it was apparent he had a damaged wing from something. A bird or a praying mantis probably. He was able to fly, but not easily, flopping around. We have a butterfly garden, so he was hanging out in it.
We read on the internet that you can repair the wing by cutting the other one to match the injured one. It creates the balance they need to fly. But we couldn’t catch him. Every day we tried, but we needed a butterfly net. He was in our garden until migration time and we were concerned he would never be able to make the migration. I tried to catch him and was planning on overwintering him if I had to. One day I didn’t see him at all. Did a bird or a mantis get him? I can only hope he tried to make it down south.
We hope to see a butterfly flopping about in the spring, and if we do, we will be ready with the butterfly net to try to restore his wing. Say a prayer and send any tips you might have for us that can help him.
- Find Out How You Are Wired For Intuition (whiterosepath.wordpress.com)
- ” The Short but Powerful Guide to Finding Your Passion :zenhabits (whiterosepath.wordpress.com)
Via Scoop.it – Our Evolving Earth
Inspired by her deep love and sense of responsibility for the environment, Snatam says, “My intention for this song and this video is that it will help all of us awaken to our role as stewards of the planet.” Directed and photographed by Robin Layton with music produced by Thomas Barquee..
I have always said, when I retire ( I know.. I know…as if!) I will keep bees.I have always been fascinated by them and feel a deep connection. As a child, you could find me rescuing them out of pools of water before I took my swim. To this day, I have never been stung. You see, we have an understanding, the bees and I.
Bonnie Diczhazy wrote “Honey Bees are amazing insects that have evidently distinct roles. As the climate changes and global warming hits hard honey bees are on the decline. In some places the flowers that once emerged in spring are now out in winter and the bees are missing out on vital nectar to survive.
Sukkran has covered the topic of the workings of bees in such a way that from the beginning to the end of their life cycle a full explanation covered by his depth of research has emerged as a wonderful story.”
- Testing Pollen of Single and Stacked Bt-Maize on Honey Bee Larvae (isaaa.org)
- So What Have We Learned? (honeybeesandme.com)
- US EPA Sued for Refusing to Disclose Studies on Pesticide Linked to Massive Honey Bee Die-Off (grantlawrence.blogspot.com)
- Merry Christmas and Happy New Year! (honeybeesandme.com)
“Here’s to the crazy ones. The misfits. The rebels. The troublemakers. The round pegs in the square holes. The ones who see things differently. They’re not fond of rules. And they have no respect for the status quo. You can quote them, disagree with them, glorify, or vilify them. About the only thing you can’t do is ignore them. Because they change things. They push the human race forward. And while some may see them as the crazy ones, we see genius. Because the people who are crazy enough to think they can change the world, are the ones who do.”
- Here’s to the crazy one (abhishekkathuria.wordpress.com)
- Humbled by the crazies… (authenticbeing.wordpress.com)
- Here’s to the crazy ones. (blatherskiteblog.com)
- Here is to the Crazy One (hepguru.com)
- Here’s to the crazy one. (aliceverheij.wordpress.com)
- I am speechless. (echoed5feelings.wordpress.com)
- “Here’s to the crazy one’s” (thinktwicecharity.wordpress.com)
Free Advice from Angel Intuitive, Eileen Smith
Question: Good day, My question is about trees. Although I feel a strong connection with all trees and nature, there are certain trees on my property that have a unique energy and I feel very strongly ‘pulled’ towards. Even though I have a number of the same kind of tree, there always seems to be one in particular that ‘speaks’ to me. What do you think about this?
I often wonder what the trees are trying to tell me. What are your thoughts/feelings on this subject? Thank you for your blog Eileen, I enjoy it and resonate with you and your readers. Love and light to all, Rhonda
Click here or on the picture to read Eileen’s answer to Rhonda, on how trees want so very much to form a connection with us and why, bought to you by the trees themselves…
Click here to register for the Communicating with Trees Tele-Class, by phone and online in August.
I feel that this elegantly and honorably written article gives complete insight and understanding and will answer any questions that you may have. Aho!
Posted here with permission from Shaman Jade Wah’oo Grigori
Spirituality and Money
Written by Shaman Jade Wah’oo Grigori
Within the cultural paradigm of which I come the thought of ‘paying’ for a Ceremonial never comes up because the thought of NOT paying is never considered, so there is never the need to put a ‘price tag’ on anything of a spiritual nature. We Spirit People who provide a spiritual service, at home in a tribal culture, may wake up to find a sack of corn, a haunch of venison, an envelope of cash or some other valuable gift upon our doorstep. A person who receives help from us Spirit Peoples will continue to provide gifts for years to come.
This expression of appreciation is not a feature of American culture. In a consumer based society everything has an expected fee. You pay the price or go without. If there is no price established, there is an assumption of fine-print-trickery or worthlessness. This aspect of American society deprives the individual of responsibility and freedom in relationship to establishing the inherent value of a product or service to the individual. If, on the other hand, there is the appellation of ‘donation’ or ‘contribution’ associated with the item or experience, there is an observed tendency of even the most spiritually inclined person to consider that no payment or a minimal pittance is somehow acceptable, rather than to own personal responsibility for determining the value, for one’s self, of that which has been offered. This ‘get-something-for-nothing’ attitude is both reprehensible and dishonoring.
“How much is this Ceremony?” I have been asked. I might respond by asking how many dollars is an experience of the ineffable and infinite worth? A teaching which may transform one’s world view? The opportunity for a healing that enables a person to live, let alone to live with grace and ease? The very concept is rather absurd. There is no way to place a dollar value on these things.
What is affordable to one is an extravagance beyond measure for another, and for someone else the same amount is mere pocket change. What is affordable for you? Determine this, then offer more than what is affordable, for it is in that realm between what is affordable and comfortable, and the extension of one’s offering beyond that limit, which creates the space where true healing and appreciation reside. I will often present a guide for payment in an evening’s Ceremony: How much would you spend on a fine evening’s entertainment? A movie and dinner? A night out partying at a club? Going to a theatrical stage production? Determine this first. Now, if what you have received in this Ceremony is purely entertainment, place an equivalent amount in the basket. If you have received something more than entertainment, something which is enlightening and world changing, place an amount in the basket in accordance of value of that which you have received. If you feel ‘less than’ from your experience, take something out of the basket and place it in your pocket! Never should a person feel lessened by their experience in a sacred event.
I have found that, even after offering insight on how ‘payment’ is handled, that some will then look at me and ask “So, what is the fee for this Ceremony?” Well, I have been sent forth, by my Grampa and by Eagle Brother, into the American world to bring ‘the Ways’ into accessibility for all. I have had to learn to speak the language, socially and economically. So, when you see that there is a fee placed upon a ceremony, it is because, for the most part, Americans do not have the culturally designed knowledge of how to appropriately recompense a valuable service.
There are times when a person says to me that they really would like to attend a Ceremony or receive a Doctoring (Shamanic Healing Ceremony), but they cannot afford it. I will never turn away a person who sincerely needs help just because they don’t have cash in their pocket. If a person sincerely needs help, help I will offer to the best of my ability. The need for assistance arises from within the Soul, not the bank account. Such a person of indigent means may be asked to perform a service in exchange, and not always a service for me, but often a community service. It is the act of giving beyond one’s means which creates the space for healing. This is, in addition to the many ways possible, one expression of my give-away back into the Community.
There are some who have a belief that any kind of monetary exchange for a spiritual service is somehow unethical. I am curious when presented with this particular world view. I ask of the person what they themselves do to earn an income. And, if this occupation of theirs is not the expression of their spiritual service in the world, then why are they wasting their time doing something, merely for money, which is NOT their Spirit’s Calling? Personally, I cannot conceive of spending a significant portion of my waking life in the pursuit of money, let alone doing something which has no relevance to the purpose of my Being!
My Grampa Pena was insistent that payment be made for all Shamanic services. He would say that if a person did not suffer (by ‘suffer’ he meant to go beyond one’s comfort zone, physically, mentally, emotionally), they would not appreciate nor receive anything of value. Grampa told of how, in a Vision Quest, the young Indian men go up on the mountain with no food nor water for three, maybe four days. He spoke of how, because in those days the People were always hungry, that to go without food might mean death. And sometimes these young men would, in fact, die up on the mountain. He then mentioned American people who go up on the mountain, they don’t eat for a few days, they come down from the mountain and have a big turkey dinner….it means nothing to them to not eat, there is no real challenge. “Grandson,” he told me “you gotta make the people suffer so they can get something good. Those American people, they hurt in their wallet!” Think about it. He was right, you know.
My Spirit’s Calling IS my Life. As such, the expression of that Calling is, and must be, the means of supporting my worldly existence so that I can continue to bring my Spirit’s Calling forth. So, when you see a ‘fee’ associated with a Ceremony, that monetary exchange is not a payment for a Ceremony. It is a contribution to, and support of, the continuance of my life and worldly responsibilities (rent, food, transportation to your community, my kids’ shoes and bicycles, an occasional movie…you know, the stuff of life in the world) so that I am able to continue to present ‘the Ways’ to you, and to others down the road.
Power, the Soul, and Money
“If you charge too much for your work, you will get sick. If you do not receive enough for your work, you will become sick.”
~A statement of direction given by the Ancestral Spirits of my lineage.
Life, in this incarnation, is finite. We have only a limited amount of time upon this planet, this lifetime. Every moment is an expenditure of a very precious resource…our time.
Life Force (Shamanically referred to as Power) is generated with each breath, spent with each action. Every endeavor, deed and minute of our life has an inherent investment of Power within it. The spiritual economy of Power underlies our interactions, relationships and the way in which we spend that most precious resource of time. When an individual goes to work they are expending a quantum of Power, quantified as time on the job and the investment of previous time spent in developing that particular skill (training, work experience, etc). For this the worker is compensated with money. That money represents, symbolizes, the investment of Life Force given on behalf of the employer. As the symbol is the thing itself, money equates with Life Force. The person who has been compensated then spends the cash, transferring that portion of his/her Life Force to another who is providing the product or service that is being purchased. This product or service also has an investment of Power within it, as the provider has spent time, i.e. Life Force, in the creation of the offering.
Our spiritual balance requires the maintenance of an equilibrium of Power within our Soul. When we start from the assumed place of inner balance and then extend a charge of Power to another, be it a lover, a friend, in a business transaction or to one who provides a service, there is the a prior agreement that there is to be a fair exchange, an equal return of Life Force in some other accepted form. In that moment we enter into, willingly, a state of negative equilibrium. When the exchange is fulfilled by the partner in the agreement returning an equal dynamic to us, we reenter a state of neutral equilibrium. When the partner receives our willingly given charge of Power, in whatever form it may be, a teaching, a product, a payment, etc, that partner is in a state of positive equilibrium. Only when the partner returns an equal quantum of Life Force does the partner reenter a state of neutral equilibrium.
If, when we have from a fair assessment of trust, given a charge of Power to another and the partner does not return a significant charge, or even anything, in exchange, we, the giving party, enter into a state of negative disequilibrium…we feel ‘burned’, robbed. The partner who has snubbed or deceived us is now in a state of positive disequilibrium, which creates a spiritually toxic state. Imagine that you have just expressed your heartfelt care for your mate/child/friend and that person turns and ignores you. That feeling is what I am speaking of. And the partner who has just taken your offering and kept it is, in actuality, perpetrating an act of theft upon you. This type of behavior, unfortunately so prevalent in today’s societies, disempowers, literally, the giver and causes separation, illness and discord in the life of the taker.
When we give and receive in fair exchange, all parties experience a communion with humanity, a trust validated, an encouragement to risk. A thing of beauty ensues. Let us be in awareness of the rightness and goodness in the sharing of our Life Force with each other, be it with a kind word of appreciation, the willing balancing of our karmic accounts or the honor of payment for spiritual services rendered.
I hope with these words and investigations to bring clarity to a question which arises in the arena of spiritual teachings and money.
Jade Wah’oo Grigori
How can I be more psychic?
How can I hear my angels and guides better?
How can do I know I’m making the right choice?
How can I heal my past and boost my self esteem?
How do I (fill in the blank)?
Throughout my experience as a teacher and healer, one of the answers to many of life’s questions and goals can be found in meditation. And invariably, one of the answers I receive back is that people don’t know how to, or can’t meditate.
Meditation is one of the major keys to probably everything we would like to create in out life. People want the quick, the easy. But meditation can be both of those things once you throw out the “shoulds” in your expectations of it and find out what works for you. I think a large part of the reason people don’t meditate is the misconception of what it is. Many people have the misconception that you must set aside long periods of time in order for it to be beneficial.
Many have visions of a person sitting in a sparse monk like room, in the lotus position with empty minds. For most of us in this modern world, this is a rarely attainable situation and certainly hard to incorporate into a daily regime. Effective meditation is, and will be different for each person.
It is has been said, “Prayer is talking to God, meditation is listening to God”, and I would agree with that. Keeping that in mind, whichever way creates a space within your day, within your being that allows you to achieve that state of focus, is meditation and is effective. Be it for 5 minutes or 60. Do what you can! If you can’t do it everyday, it’s okay.So many people feel guilt if they don’t mediate, the “all or nothing” approach and create unrealistic expectations for it to be a part of their life.
Also remembering everyone is wired differently and so whatever works for you, is what works for you! Don’t compare yourself to others in regards to meditation. For example, some people need quiet to meditate; some people need the room to be dark. Others like the sun, others need music. What brings you to a higher space? To YOUR particular sacred place inside your head?
For example, it is easier for me to meditate with music, but when I first began meditating, I learned to do so with guided tapes. I began mediating in my late teens when I discovered Richard Sutphen’s guided meditation tapes.
Some people have trouble visualizing, others have trouble with the intruding thoughts. If your not visual, that is okay, allow a sense of what the guided journey is taking you, If your mind won’t stop thinking about the tasks and conversations that are in your day, hearing someone else’s voice in a guided meditation may help you. The voice inside your head that keeps thinking about the phone calls you need to make, etc, we all have it. Some of my students find it helpful if you acknowledge it, let it know you received the message and will remember it later, it can quiet it. Or keep a piece of paper nearby and write down the message the voice wants you to hear so you can go back to meditating.
Keep in mind that walking and other activities that are rhythmic and healthful can create a meditative place within you. Swimming, dancing, walking. I have had some of my best “listening to Spirit” meditative moments walking in nature. I live by a park with trails that allow me my strong connection to the Earth and Nature Kingdom to renew me in body, mind and spirit.
Yoga is also meditative for people. Part of it’s life changing effects for those who do it often is this meditative state it creates. So you see, it simply is a matter of finding what works for you. Throw away the false assumptions, comparisons and expectations. Don’t be hard on yourself, enjoy it.
Explore your style of meditation and start listening.
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