Dead Nettle is just beginning to take off in the yard. Have a look at this great post about uses of it!
By Susan Belsinger
The first spring wildflowers, herbs, and weeds are popping out all over. Two that frequently appear together are both members of the mint family, Lamiaceae: dead nettle (Lamium purpureum) and henbit (Lamium amplexicaule).
via Harbinger of Spring Look-Alikes: Dead Nettle & Henbit — The Herb Society of America Blog
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Easy to grow or hard to kill, depending on your perspective. We use it as a border plant and for tea.
By William “Bill” Varney Here are several reasons to grow lemon balm (Melissa officinalis), the lemony herb in your garden: It is an easy-to-grow, hardy perennial growing to 1 ½ – 3 feet high It has crafting, culinary, medicinal, and ornamental uses It likes full sun but will tolerate partial shade From the earliest of […]
via The Herb Society of America Blog
C.S. Lewis agrees.
The modern licence claimed by novelists and short-story writers to use their imaginations as freely as they please prevents students of mythology from realizing that in North-Western Europe, where the post-Classical Greek novel was not in circulation, story-tellers did not invent their plots and characters but continually retold the same traditional tales, extemporizing only when their memory was at fault. Unless religious or social change forced a modification of the plot or a modernization of incident, the audience expected to hear the tales told in the accustomed way. Almost all were explanations of ritual or religious theory, overlaid with history: a body of instruction corresponding with the Hebrew Scriptures and having many elements in common with them.
~Robert Graves, “The White Goddess”
“There is little or nothing to be remembered on the subject of getting an honest living. Neither the New Testament nor Poor Richard speaks to our condition. I cannot think of a single page which entertains, much less answers, the questions which I put to myself on this subject. How to make the getting our living poetic! For if it is not poetic, it is not life but death that we get.”
~Henry David Thoreau, 1850
The great problems of humanity were never yet solved by general laws, but only through regeneration of the attitudes of individuals
“The psychology of the individual is reflected in the psychology of the nation. What the nation does is done also by each individual, and so long as the individual continues to do it, the nation will do likewise. Only a change in the attitude of the individual can initiate a change in the psychology of the nation. The great problems of humanity were never yet solved by general laws, but only through regeneration of the attitudes of individuals. If ever there was a time when self-reflection was the absolutely necessary and only right thing, it is now, in our present catastrophic eopch.”
~C.G. Jung, preface to On the Psychology of the Unconscious, 1917
…becoming Christians, the European cultivators incorporated into their new faith the cosmic religion that they had preserved from prehistoric times.
The customs and beliefs of European peasants represented a more archaic state of culture than that documented in the mythology of classic Greece. It is true that most of these rural European populations have been Christianized for over a thousand years. But they succeeded in incorporating into their Christianity a considerable part of their pre-Christian religious heritage which was of immemorial antiquity. It would be wrong to suppose that for this reason European peasants are not Christians.
We must recognize that their religion still retains a cosmic structure that has been almost entirely lost in the experience of urban Christians. We may speak of a primordial, ahistorical Christianity; becoming Christians, the European cultivators incorporated into their new faith the cosmic religion that they had preserved from prehistoric times.
~Mircea Eliade, The Sacred and the Profane
Featured image: Bauernhof by Johann Ludwig Ernst Morgenstern, 1794
Modern man has not only to fight against materialism, but must also defend himself from the snares and allures of false supernaturalism.
“Modern man has not only to fight against materialism, but must also defend himself from the snares and allures of false supernaturalism. His defense will be firm and effective only if he is capable of returning to the origins, of assimilating the ancient traditions, and then of relying upon the ascesis to carry out the task of reestablishing his inner condition. For it is through this that these traditions will reveal to him their deepest and perennially real content and show him, step by step, the path.”
~Julius Evola, “The Doctrine of Awakening”
This was once a land where every sane person knew how to build a shelter, grow food, and entertain one another. Now we have been rendered permanent children. It’s the architects of forced schooling who are responsible for that.
~John Taylor Gatto, Dumbing Us Down: The Hidden Curriculum of Compulsory Schooling