Ancestral Wisdom

Ancestral lifeways wisdom explores our desire to reclaim our roots and our “Ancestral Mind”, an essential aspect to re-rooting ourselves and falling in love with the Earth again, to revere Earth’s natural elements, manifestations, and creatures as sacred, and to return to peaceful co-existence and respect for all life. 

Our ancestors lived in plant-based cultures and had many healing traditions. Plants and herbal medicines were woven into their daily lives. These traditions were a source of joy and sustenance as well as allies in healing.

Improve your relationship with Mother Earth by learning healing lore from times when plants spoke and we listened, and to learn to walk again in balance with the Earth. Understand how connecting to the Land is a portal to connecting to our Ancestors, and Ancestors of the Land we may live within, and the responsibility that comes with this.

Here you will find ideas, inspiration, and guides to help you to get in alignment with the earth’s seasons, cultivate the magical, healing potential of plants and herbs, honored your own intuitive abilities, and lived in synchronicity with the cycles of the moon and the life force. 

Ancestral Wisdom is knowledge, heuristics (guidelines, principles), and ways of being that make our lives better, more meaningful, purposeful, prosperous, and joyful—hidden in culture, traditions, stories, art, songs, and prayers.   

Ancestral Wisdom transmits support and advice from ancestors who, even though they passed on long ago, are still helping us today in subtle, and sometimes not so subtle, ways.

samhain celebration
Ancestral Lifeways Wisdom
Barbi Gardiner

6 Ideas for Hosting the Perfect Samhain Celebration

Learn how to throw the perfect Samhain celebration in the comfort of your own home with some of my favorite fall feast foods and recipes, seasonal crafts, and DIY decorations.

recipe for soul cakes
Ancestral Lifeways Wisdom
Barbi Gardiner

Recipe For Soul Cakes: An Offering to Our Ancestors

Today we are sharing a recipe for soul cakes to help you get into the “spirit” of Samhain, Halloween, All Saints’ Day, or All Souls’ Day! These yummy treats will have your taste buds tingling and your soul bursting with joy.

the wheel of the year
Ancestral Lifeways Wisdom
Barbi Gardiner

Celebrating Mabon With Herbs & Ancient Traditions

Happy Mabon! Autumn is definitely in the air, and it’s time for celebrating Mabon. We’re going to be talking about the mythology and folklore of Mabon as well as the herbs for this season. What better way to get into the spirit of fall and celebrate the season than with some herbal inspiration?

midsummer celebrations
Ancestral Lifeways Wisdom
Barbi Gardiner

5 Magical Summer Solstice herbs for Midsummer Celebrations

The summer solstice has been seen as a significant time of year in many cultures, and has been marked by midsummer celebrations, festivals and rituals.  There are also many midsummer herbs that have significant meaning and use during these celebrations.

how to celebrate beltane
Ancestral Lifeways Wisdom
Barbi Gardiner

How to Celebrate Beltane: Feasts, Fires & Full Awakening

If you’re curious about the ancient fire festival and how to celebrate Beltane, keep reading to learn more. We’ll explore what exactly Beltane is, how it’s celebrated today, and, most importantly, what foods to make for a Beltane feast.

wild black raspberry jam
Ancestral Lifeways Wisdom
Barbi Gardiner

Wild Edible Foods and Ancestral Eating

Today, many herbalists know that ancestral eating contributes significantly to our overall health and wellbeing and believe that the food we consume IS medicine.

ostara celebration
Ancestral Lifeways Wisdom
Barbi Gardiner

An Ostara Celebration – A Day of Perfect Balance

The act of planning and preparing an Ostara celebration can help you feel rooted & empowered in your life, by giving you a deep understanding of seasonal energy. 

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