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Rainbow Love - new plant spirit dolls

I am Love, You are Love St John's Wort medicine doll

These are some of the plant spirit dolls that have been birthing here in the forest in the month of February - lots of pink and red hair/hare I see! I am particularly enjoying creating the dolls made personally for their keepers. I loved making the Oak and Moss Avalon Mysteries doll you see below. She has a lot of style! The beauty of birthing dolls is that I do not choose the way they look, they come through with their own personality and talismans required for their new keepers. Some are elaborate and some are beautifully simple like Pelican Womb Healer. She carries Pelican smudging fan created and gifted to us by Nature's Art Melbourne. Thank you!

Blessings and love to all the new doll keepers x

Custom doll for Louise - Oak and Moss Avalon Mysteries

Pelican Womb Healer Spirit Doll
carrying sacred women's herbs blessed in ceremony - overcoming obstacles with ease
Rain Spirit Doll completed on the day the rain fell over the burnt lands 15th Feb, 2014
Full Moon Passionflower Medicine Doll created on full moon 15th February, 2014 
RedHare Elemental Shapeshifter Doll Holding Mountain Ash Resin staff
Tree Lover, Hive Mother - Bee Pollen and Beeswax Doll

weaving the new spirit sisters x

Bird Shaman Gingko Plant Medicine Doll
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These 2 Spirit Sisters were birthed on the weekend after Full Moon to help with Ancestral Wisdom and Womb Blessing Medicine. 

The Threshold Tarot Reading & Spirit Doll Giveaway is still being offered - details are here.

Womb Blessing Sacred Rose Plant Medicine Doll
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Fire Keeper - Hearth and Home Plant Medicine Doll

The Fire Keeper - Hearth and Home plant medicine doll created in the return to the forest last night. She carries Thyme and White Sage plant medicine in her tummy, she has a Mountain Ash resin Heart and holds a White Cockatoo feather.

She is available now: $75 plus post.

Violet's Link to Plant and WOmen's Mysteries - Spirit Doll Medicine

Violet - Emily's Spirit Doll
Dear Julia, 

Here is the story of my Violet Medicine Doll... 

On the weekend of the Swan Blessing Spirit Doll workshop I had only recently discovered I was pregnant. I had been keeping this delicious, mysterious secret inside. Only my husband and I knew and we were surprised at how deep and dark the knowledge felt...how wrong it would be to talk about yet. 

I had been sleeping and dreaming a lot and was just starting to get waves of nausea when I woke or during the day when my mind wandered the dreamworld. A lot of my dreams felt heavy and I was having flashes of past life traumas. I started taking walks in the morning by the river to let these feelings flow through me and away. I was drawn again and again to a patch of violets growing in the shade along my walk. Their delicate smell made me feel better, like the flowers understood the important work I was doing and gently supported the secrets within me. So I came to the workshop with these violets, knowing that the doll I made would be a Violet Medicine Doll, one who could travel the darkness of my dreams with me and remind me of the delicate beauty to be found there.
The journey the Swan Blessing took me on was surprising but perfectly synchronised with the energies I've described...

I gaze into the pool and see the face of my other self. She is tall, slim, queenly. She shifts from being black haired and young to silvery and old. Sunshine and moonlight. Masculine and feminine. She is a desert woman, Bedouin. 

She works with the plants of the desert, the ones that bloom in oases in the moonlight, and survive in cracks and crevices and caves. Slow dripping, seeping water underground. Women’s mysteries.

She sings the song of the desert, she calls these plants into life. She tattoos the journeys and knowledge of her people onto her skin. She bathes in underground pools at night. She is strong, powerful, respected and loved.

She binds her wisdom when white men arrive to “study” their nomadic way of life. She puts a halt to the growth cycles. She will never share the songlines, the stories. The plants will die and wither away to dust, unnoticed in their secret places. She has forseen the destruction white man will bring so she will not pass her knowledge on to her daughters. She will not burden them with the secrets.
The binding is tight around my waist, my solar plexus. I cannot be true to myself. I cannot reveal the full extent of my wisdom, or pass it on to the baby in my womb. I am withholding, withering inside. I feel sick to my stomach.The sister of the well hands me a knife to cut the binds and I hear my other self begin to sing the desert heart song again. Her wisdom is free and it flows through her, through the desert sands and winds and the moonlight, through my open centre and into my baby. I feel the unfolding of my mysterious violet baby just as the desert plants unfurl and come to life in the secret dark places.Together we will find the balance again of sunshine and moonlight, masculine and feminine, learning and intuition, spirituality and grounding.

I place seven violets inside my doll for each chakra and a sprinkling of Uluru red earth at her heart and feet to ground us in this land, connect us to our songlines and dreaming tracks. She carries the sacred gum in her medicine pouch. This baby will know the songs of the desert and the ocean, the blinding sun and the darkness. All the polarities. 

The doll dances and sways forward. She knows where she is going and where she is from. The strength and fragility of violets drifts from her like a sweet scent that you almost can’t catch except in your memory.

I am so in awe of the power of the spirit and medicine doll and the journey they take their creators on as they are made that I have begun collecting these journeys as part of our Swan Blessing book. Perhaps there will be so many that they will make a book on their own. I am also researching the history of this ancient ancestral practice of making a doll to help ourselves or someone else heal and it is a beautiful journey of it's own. Thank you Emily for sharing such a precious experience and time in your life, oceans of love to you and your growing tribe. If anyone would like to share their doll and the story of it's making you are welcome to send it to us. 

Our next Spirit Doll workshop: Reclaiming Ancestral Medicine of the Spirit Doll will be held on Saturday 19th October. 

New Spirit Dolls and Spring Equinox Balance Readings

Moon Medicine Doll - the Herb Gatherer: Aya, Passion Flower, Ethiopian Frankincense
For gathering strength for the Journey

$70 plus post
$120 plus post with personal Equinox reading

These new plant wisdom dolls were created in the weeks just before and after the Magdalene ceremony at Femmina Unbound. Wee wise women, guardian dolls for new journeys...

I will be offering Spring Equinox Balance readings with each doll if requested. I will also be offering a limited number of longer personal Spring Equinox readings in person or by phone from Monday 16th Sept. Bookings.

The Diviners, Sister-Readers - Egyptian Roses, Frankincense, Myrrh and Motherwort
Sisterhood, support and friendship - made to stay together

$100 plus post for both dolls
$150 plus post with personal Equinox reading

Lion's Tail Motherwort Dollfor Courage to be Seen
$60 plus post

$110 plus post with personal Equinox reading 

The Shapeshifter : Cat-Like
Patchouli, Sweet Myrrh and Palo Santo
Moving gracefully between worlds

$70 plus post
$120 plus post with personal Equinox reading 

Medicine Woman Motherwort Doll
for clearing fear and holding space for the birth of the new

$60 plus post
$110 plus post with personal Equinox reading 

Treasure found under the Mountain Ash Tree
nature's jewels for plant wisdom dolls

Spirit Sisters - Plant Medicine Dolls

White Cedar Woman - connection to World Tree Medicine
wisdom for ceremony and ritual preparation

And so the journey with my plant medicine dolls continues as I prepare to hold the space for the return of the medicine women of Femmina Unbound at the Convent. I have begun to understand that they are part of new pathways, perhaps wee bridges to the magic of the Otherworld, creating new root systems for plant medicine and ancestral wisdom to take hold in our world again. Let me know if a doll is calling to you - I am only the midwife, these dolls have lives to live away from me, with their Spirit Sisters.

Wattle Sun Magic - The Solar Astrologer
New beginnings, fire seeds of inspiration
Patchouli and Sweet Myrrh plant medicine

Singer of the Birds, King Parrot wisdom
Patchouli and Ethiopian Frankincense Plant Medicine

Dream Weaver - Passion Flower and Patchouli
Birting Dreams into Reality

Custom order for Vision Quest: Thunderbird Dancer