A Female plant ally, 4 Leafed Shamrocks, and Clover Braids.

IMG_6732Marley, our 9 year old has an undeniable gift for finding 4 leafed clovers (Shamrocks) . This gift she inherited from her father’s mother, who looks into a clover patch and only sees the ones with 4 leaves, they just jump out at her.

They say that people who find four leafed clovers (shamrocks) can see fairies, and that finding 4 leafed clovers is good luck, because only roughly one in every 10,000 clovers has 4 leaves……the rest have 3.

IMG_5049Here is one of Marley’s recent 4 leaf clover hauls. She sits in a clover patch for a couple minutes and this is what happens.

These 4 leafed clovers, as well as a few beautiful red clovers that are popping up around our house in Seattle and the huge abundance of purple clovers that are blooming all over Fayetteville Arkansas (where I currently am as I write this, gazing out the window at a clover patch)……..are the inspiration for today’s post.

It seems as though the older I get the more I am attracted to plant allies that are powerfully medicinal for women, and I have been paying more attention to clovers recently.

IMG_6865They grow so abundantly and are so lovely, both the shamrocks and the flowers. Some people consider clover a common weed because it grows wild in so many places, and it is easily overlooked because of that. So many of our most potent plant allies are overlooked as common weeds!

Clovers are a wonderful flower for tea, because they are a great source of many valuable nutrients including calcium, chromium, magnesium, niacin, phosphorus, potassium, thiamine, and vitamin C.

For women specifically, clover is very helpful in softening the symptoms of PMS, and Menopause because it has an estrogen like effect on the body. They are know to aid in communication and are widely used to aid in boosting female fertility!

Susan Weed on Red Clover and Fertility-

One of the most cherished of the fertility-increasing plants is red clover (Trifolium pratense). Common in fields and along roadsides, it has bright pink (not really red) blossoms from mid-summer into the chilly days of fall. A favorite flower of the honeybees, the tops (blossoms and appending leaves) are harvested on bright sunny days and eaten as is, or dried for medicinal use. The raw blossoms are delicious in salads and nutritious when cooked with grains such as rice or millet.

To make a fertility-enhancing infusion, I take one ounce by weight of the dried blossoms (fresh won’t work for this application) and put them in a quart size canning jar. I fill the jar with boiling water, screw on a tight lid, and let it steep at room temperature overnight (or for at least four hours). Dozens of women have told me that they had successful pregnancies after drinking a cup or more (up to four cups) a day of red clover infusion.

It is especially helpful if there is scaring of the fallopian tubes, irregular menses, abnormal cells in the reproductive tract, or “unexplained” infertility. It may take several months for the full effect of this herb to come on and pregnancy may not occurs until you have used it for a year or two. You can improve the taste by including some dried peppermint (a spoonful or two) along with the dried clover blossoms when making your infusion. Treat the father of the child-to-be to some red clover infusion, too!

Read up here for more on the medicinal benefits of clover, and here on harvesting and drying your own.

Today’s braids are inspired by, and decorated with, clovers.

Peep this……….

Clover Braids DIY

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  • Begin by taking a section of hair from the front of one side, basically sectioning off from the top of the head straight down to behind one ear. Braid that section, then pull the braid across the back of the head.
  • Holding the ends of the braid, gently pull at the sides of the braid to widen it and make it more irregular.
  • Use a bobby pin to discreetly secure the braid to the head on the opposite side.
  • Repeat this with a section of hair from the other side.
  • Return to the first side, and create another section and braid beneath the first one.
  • Hold the ends, pull it apart, and overlap it to the other side, pinning it.
  • Do this once more from the other side. You will end up with 4 braids, pinned across the back of the head, back and forth.
  • Now, take all the rest of the hair that hangs down the back, and braid it. Secure the end with a clear elastic, pull the braid apart, then wind it into a flat braid against the back of the head. Pin it into place, hiding the end of the braid behind the bun.
  • Add more pins as needed to secure the hairstyle, and then go back over it and pull more pieces out gently to create more texture.
  • Adorn with clovers.

 

Thanks for being here!

xo, HTHG

 

 

 

Intuition and No Basic Witch Pentagram Braids

IMG_4632Witches are quite en vogue these days, in style, in theory and in practice. I think it is part of a massive uprising in feminine power and awareness and I am sure grateful to feel it happening around us.

IMG_6877Quilt of Divine Feminine Connection by Ozark Fiber Artist Sage Billig;

Witchcraft is a term that is difficult to define with precision. In this post, I use the term witch to refer to a woman who believes and explores her sources of inner intuitive strength which can be used to heal, transform, and get big, important shit done. The all powerful and connective/collective forces of unseen strength and energy infused with intention.

Witchery is a value that was first instilled in me by my amazing kindergarten teacher Judy Beerman, who had a girlfriend, a black mullet with a pink tail, and a guitar. She sang most of our lessons to us. It was Seattle Public Schools in the late 80’s and I lucked out with a radical, truth speaking role model.

Judy’s songs have stuck with me and shaped me in a huge way…..Lessons from the songs she sang about the Civil Rights Movement, our right to love, and the importance of Witches instilled deeply into my heart a need to understand and accept peoples differences while always questioning mainstream thought and building and trusting in my own intuition……..These were things that Judy’s songs taught me.

‘Who were the witches,

where did they come from?

Maybe your great, great grandmother was one.

Witches were wise, wise women they say, there’s a little witch in every woman today’

And the song goes on and on. This song was originally written and sung by Bay Area children’s songwriter, activist and pagan Bonnie Lockhart. Judy played this song a lot.

Digging into Intuition a bit, I recently read this, from the Power Path, and really loved it…..

‘Another potent and exciting aspect of this month is acknowledging the power of your intuition as a guiding principal in setting your intentions and trusting in a new direction.

Intuition is non-intellectual and helps us to feel into things, instead of rationalize them. Remember that rationalization uses language from the past and past experiences, where intuition feels into the future.

Your intuition knows your true values, and your values are important building blocks to the foundation of your future.

IMG_6204Knotted Magic Eye Necklace by Spanish Fiber Artist Nayra Del Bosc.

These words are very affirming to me. There is a lot of pressure on us to be rational and methodical in our decision making, but sometimes that can really be stifling to our connection to our own inner voice, which is always speaking. Trusting our intuition can take practice but it is so necessary to our souls to do that work.

IMG_6187In Honor of the exploration of the divinely Witchy ways in each of us, and in persuit of a healthy intuitive life, I present you this DIY braided representation of the sacred symbol of the Pentagram.

Screen Shot 2016-05-12 at 10.25.50 AMA little history on the Pentagram.

The Pentagram is an ancient symbol of divine knowledge, a sacred symbol used commonly in Celtic tradition and Paganism, with origins dating back to Pythagoras, ancient Egypt, India, Persia and Greece.

It represents our connection to each other, and the sacred geometry of nature and all life, and our connection to forces unseen. Please read up more on the Pentagram to familiarize yourself with it’s roots and meanings, and then braid your hair into a Pentagram and divine that inner wisdom and connection.

IMG_4730No Basic Witch Pentagram Braids, DIY

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  • The idea behind this is that we are using tiny braids to draw the picture of a 5 pointed star.
  • Beginning with the lower left hand point, use a hair pin or something pointy to section off a tiny circle of hair, and start a nice tight tiny braid within that circle section. Continue the braid until it is long enough to stretch across the back of the head, upwards to the top center point of the star.
  • Now, create another tiny circle section where the top center point is, and divide it into three to create your second braid, braiding the ends of your first braid tightly in with the second braid. (The ends get added right into one of your 3 braid sections from braid 2.)
  • Now continue braid two until it is long enough to meet braid 3, in the bottom right point of the star. Add the ends of braid 2 into braid 3 in the same way, and create that bottom right point.
  • Now continue this same method to create braid 4 on the upper left point, straight across to braid 5 on the upper right, and back home to bottom left point at braid 1.
  • Add a tiny bit more hair into braid 5 at the base of braid one, to secure the star. Braid all the way to the ends if you want, just to be sure your star wont unravel.
  • To finish the Pentagram Braid, I hid the ends of the last braid underneath her hair, then braided all her hair down her back, secured the ends, and wrapped the braid into a bun, securing it with pins. Then, naturally, I added some flowers:)

I really believe that when we infuse our small daily rituals with intention, like brushing our hair and thinking about letting go of negative thoughts, or braiding our hair while thinking about strengthening our intuition, or wearing and adorning ourselves with items that were made with love, we really up our game on manifesting those positive thoughts into truths.

IMG_6863I wish this for all of us. Please stay tuned for more Witch Thoughts and Musings, and tell us how you feel about your own inner witch.

xo, HTHG

 

Amethyst Braids

DSC08134While experimenting with some braids and flowers, something told me to break through to another medium. I reached for an Amethyst to finish of a look, not knowing if it was going to work out. I had to create a bit of a hair bezel to secure it, but it wasn’t out of the question. The hairstyle, complete with the crystal, ended up gorgeous. So I added some flowers and plants just for good measure.jules

Remember the rib-cage braid, where we dropped a piece of hair out of every overlap from one side of each braid? This hairstyle uses that same technique, accept that we are working with a french braid, and dropping a piece of hair from each side every overlap our middle braid.

So with a french braid down the center of the head (untidy partings are fine) drop half of each overlap section as you braid in hair from either side. Continue this all the way to the base of the neck, and then continue a regular 3 strand braid down to the ends, securing with a clear elastic.

Now, do a french braid on either side, not dropping anything, just braiding in the dropped sections from your first braid. Continue your braids to the ends, and secure them.jules2

Next, wind each braid into a bun, and pin them securely, hiding the tails.jules3

Now, decorate your buns! I used lilies, waxflowers, and pussywillows. For the Amethyst, I made a nice hollow spot on top of the bun, nestled the crystal into it, and then manipulated the edges of the braid using tension and pins to bezel it into place.DSC08103

Wearable, as long as you don’t tip your head too far forward or backward. I am determined to find a way to make this even more secure and wearable, so expect to see more hair crystals in the near future:)

xo, HTHG

 

Double Fishtail Rainbow Wrap

DSC00066Hello dears! I’ve got a cheerful little wrapped braid hairstyle to share today, inspired by the colors and textures of Spring! This hairstyle is quite easy for medium-long haired people, and it just requires skills in the fishtail braid, and some bobby pins to pin them into placeDSC00049

 

Begin by sectioning out a circle of hair in the back of the head, and doing a fishtail braid. Secure the ends with a clear elastic.DSC00006

Now, with all the hair left hanging, make another fishtail braid.DSC00010

Now take your top braid, and wind it up and around, into a bun. Tuck the ends behind the bun to hide them, and then pin it into place.DSC00017

Now, wind the lower braid up and around your bun, tucking the ends underneath, and pinning the braid into place from several angles to secure itDSC00073

Garnish with flowers and a twist of color…….Love her color job? Compliments of the HTHG Color Print technique, my new favorite way to color hair.

xo, HTHG

Winged Braids Hairstyle

DSC08203Had to almost call this braid the Made in Guam Braid because of Megan’s delightful neck tattoo. I truly couldn’t help myself.DSC08164

This romantic low ‘up-do’ was created using a braid technique that I have been experimenting with recently, where you take a basic 3 strand braid, and every other time you overlap a strand, you separate out half of it, and let it drop out, picking it up every other overlap from that same side. So you create little wings down the sides of your braid. As you braid in each wing (dropped strand) you can pull it out a bit wider to widen the loop. megan1Are you with me? This one is a little advanced.

This hairstyle is made of 5 winged braids. I separated the hair into 5 vertical sections, smallest 2 sections from the hairline to behind each ear,  2 medium sections from behind each ear to the back of the occipital bone wide, 5th section the entire back of the headmegan2

Then to create the low bun, I gently wrapped the largest braid into a soft bun at the nape of her neck, using large pins to pin it into place. I tucked the end of the braid against the head, behind the bun to hide it.

Then, I draped each of the 2 medium sized braids up and over the bun, overlapping them and then wrapping the ends one at a time around the bun, pinning them into place as I wrapped, and then tucking the ends in to hide them.

With the 2 small braids, I draped them softly back and overlapped them in the same manner, gently wrapping the ends and pinning/hiding them. The whole thing is done very loose with no tension so that the whole thing is both soft, yet pinned securely. DSC08193

Then, I added succulents, pussywillows, and lilies, and eucalyptus.

Let’s get the hell out of Winter and into Spring. This is how I cope.

xo, HTHG

 

 

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