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Capstone – final class

The morning is bright and cold, presenting the edge of the winter, and the rolling in of Spring. I am in the final semester for my Integrative Health Professional Associates degree, and the layers of emotions are palpable. I am ready to be done in so many ways, but I am grateful that I decided to go back to school, and use the knowledge I obtained to further myself and my business.

I decided to go back to school in 2017, shortly after I learned that a local community college provided an Integrative Health Professional degree. I wanted these classes to aid my tarot readings and my platform. I wanted these classes to be a verification for others that when I offer spiritual council that comes through the downloading of my cards, that there is more to the process. There is a backing of both spiritual and scientific research. There are layers of understanding, which allows me to give layers of council through my readings.

The Capstone is a semester-long project, and it is all about focusing on my transition out of an academic setting, and into a professional setting. I am leaving the threshold of academia and moving into the space of the community, ready and able to serve others. There are still other classes that I want to take, and more information I want to attain for myself, and for my platform. However, I am ready for step to take on wings. I have worked hard and long to get here, and I am so grateful that the cards led me here.

So, if you are in the Colorado / Denver area and you would like to take part of my journey with the capstone, please look to the flyer I made below. If you are looking for sessions that focus on stress management, goal-orientation, self-empowerment, or cultivating a strong and wild foundation then email me. As these sessions fulfill a needed requirement for my Capstone, they are free. Yes, FREE! The only thing that I ask of you if you join me in one of these sessions is to provide honest feedback for me. That is how I grow.

Here is the flyer, and if this sounds like something that would interest you, please reach to me. If you are not in the Denver / Colorado area, I may provide some Skype / online sessions down the road. One of the requirements is that the majority of my services need to be in person, face to face, a physical extension of me within the community. However, so far Tea and Tombstones has operated across the technological miles, and I still want to meet those who may need these services the most where I can. If you would like to be considered for a online / Skype session, please email me and when I offer some of those, I will reach out to you.

Once this class is over, I will add the modalities that have impacted me or my clients the most to my paid offerings. I am so excited to meet and work with you at the start of this new threshold. The full list of modalites that I am offering is:

  • Earthing / Forest Bathing
  • Meditation / Breathwork
  • Herbology
  • Wellness / Spiritual council and coaching
  • Journaling
  • Crystals
  • Creating a healing space through the use of symbolic messaging, music, or aromatherapy if applicable
  • Organic gardening

Reach out to me at teaandtombstones@gmail.com if you are in the Denver area and would like to schedule a session. We will first go through some details to determine which modalites would be best for your needs, and move forward from there. I am humbled by this opportunity to meet with and work with you. Til’ then, many blessings to you.

Stay Wild, Ashlie

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Celebrating Rituals and Other Mothers

Dear Wolflings,

In my studies, I have had the privilege of learning and working with many people on many topics. One that rings out to me is Aromatherapy in particular. I love using this oils in all ways that I can, and I have found that many oils in working with the tarot has heightened and intensified my practice.

I am particularly into Basil right now because it is the oil that reminds me of the Mother of Cups. I will be doing a blog soon about the different ways I have been using Basil oil. But I want to talk about an event that I want to celebrate and share with you all.

Michele and Loretta are two women I know, and they are hosting a beginner’s class all about essentials oils, the uses, benefits, and knowledge of where to get good oils, and it ends with everyone making their own dream pillow.

This class is only $17.00, and you are getting some great knowledge about the topic. I want to share and celebrate others in this world who are helping to promote these topics that promote our higher well-being.

Check out the picture below for all the details. Stay Wild Wolflings!

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2 of Swords and Eucalyptus

I am always thinking of correlations between the tarot cards and the world, reducing and extrapolating the meaning of a card into a synergistic relationship with something else. This could be a poem, a quote, a movie character, a crystal, or an essential oil. I have recently started using a lot more oils in my personal and spiritual life, and I wanted to see how oils were connected. How did the smell of an oil invoke the memory of a card? How did the impression create the path towards an image, even if they seem so unrelated?2 of swords and eucalyptus

Because the 2 of Swords is the tarot card of the month, I really want to find an oil that represented and resonated the core qualities of this card. As mentioned in my card description which can be found here, I recognized that one of the things that always sticks out to me about the 2 of Swords is the duality. Even the picture of the The Wild Unknown deck has both the Sun and the Moon. The two swords are crossed, either in a protective or attack position, and the Sun is behind the swords, but a full moon blocks the light.

This, at its surface, represents to me both the need for truth and action, intuition and conviction. The light of the Sun brings forth the truth, however harsh, but the moon represents the intuitive, the fluid nature of numerous cycles and ripples or movement in water. This suggests that the truth is attainable, but a core part of ourselves may be blocking that truth. We may think we have come into the light, but there is still a resilient shadow. In order to be skillful, calculated, or effective on our path we need both. Why then does this card feel so hard? I think the answer lies in the number. We have only just begun. Like those who learn the skill of the sword, they must move with the sword and learn the bite of the edge. Those who use the sword must not rely only upon talent or teaching. That will go a long way, but the presence of the moon speaks to finding intuition in movement, learning to trust the path, even if it is not what it seems.

How then does this relate to the chosen oil, Eucalyptus? In order for the duality of both truth and intuition to be in equilibrium, there needs to be as little resistance as possible. There is needs to be clam understanding, calm approach, and a molding of both protection and action. This is why I think of the 2 of the Swords when I smell Eucalyptus. Eucalyptus heals, reduces pain or inflammation, has a slight converging of sweetness and bite.

Eucalyptus can also tend to be overpowering, which is why little is key. Which is where we are at when we enter the 2 of Swords. We have just begun to materialize our vision, dream, or idea. We need to focus on the small amounts that help us grow and start a dialog, and not drown ourselves down with the excess.

Thank you so much for reading, let me know your thoughts in the the comments. Stay wild Wolflings!

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Essential Oil Workings: Fennel and Lavender

 

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Dear Wolflings,

I am sorry for a little bit of a digital absence. School has started again for summer classes….and these classes are a doozy. I am taking Anatomy 1 and Statistics as part of the core curriculum towards my Holistic Health degree. Neither of these classes are in my wheelhouse of comfort. I am excited to take them and to broaden my studies further, but it is already a bit of a struggle.

I use essential oils a lot at home, and I thought I would start mentioning some of the ones that I use most, or currently use. Essential oils are the Earth’s pharmacy, but I am not advocating for a disconnect from Western medicine entirely. If you ever need a trained medical physician, please seek them out. Mental, physical, or emotional stigma and judgement against needing any sort of medicine is bullshit. I like to approach all forms of medicine equally, and essential oils are one of my most cherished.

Both of these classes require a lot of memorizing, retaining, and deep understanding of how the individual connects to the whole. Because of this, I have been reaching for Fennel and Lavender frequently. These scents together have been a nice bedtime remedy, but both of these can become quite pungent, so use sparingly!!!

Lavender is actually a scent that I do not care for. I mostly use it in my steam diffuser or face oil. Lavender does not need many words from me as it is one of the most recognized oils or fragrance. It is calming, balances the planes of the body (i.e. physical, mental), and harmonizes. It helps encourage a kind of homeostasis in our hearts and psyches. It is for these reasons that I love to put Lavender in my nighttime diffusion. Everything down to my bones eases into a more comfortable and whole presence. I wake feeling less groggy and more combined in all my faculties.

Fennel smells a lot like licorice. If you are not a fan of that scent, I would use only in a diffuser, or find an alternative. Fennel is quickly becoming one of my favorites though. I use more Fennel and less Lavender because Fennel is an essential oil that is great for mental clarity, retention, and recollection. It helps to stabilize the mental faculties and ground the rest of the body, so the mind can have more exploration. Both of these oils are also helpful in dream work and subconscious retention.

I use these oils to help my mind find harmony and clarity from the stress of the day, but I also want to capitalize on the memory retention of the brain during sleep to hold on to the knowledge from my studies. These oils drop the body down into deeper sleep, but free the mind to work into metaphor what I have learned. If you do not have either of these fragrances you can use many others including Jasmine, Rosemary, Basil, Lemon, and others. Many sites will suggest Sandalwood, but I am trying to work away from using or relying on Sandalwood in my practice because Sandalwood trees are currently listed as vulnerable because they are so heavily used and impacted by deforestation, market use, and climate change.

The Fennel was purchased from Sage Goddess, and can be found at http://www.sagegoddes.com. Sage Goddess is an amazing site where you can find SOOOO much for any sort of spiritual medicine. The Lavender came from Tenswall, although I bought it through Amazon. I don’t believe they sell essential oils anymore. These are not affiliate links.

If you work with these scents, please let me know how you love to use them. If you have questions, let me know. Stay Wild Wolfling!