Grandmother moon and the plants—these are a few of my favorite things.
I consider myself to be a seeker on the path who respects the great mystery held in the cycles of the moon and the spirits of the plants. I know it’ll be a lifetime of dancing with their magic and integrating their wisdom into my life.
The moon and I have a relationship, but there is still so much she has yet to share with me. And my garden? Each year, there are lessons to be harvested from the great losses, unexpected surprises, and joyful moments of gratitude that come with tending to one’s own plants.
My friend Erin Duffy Osswald has a saying, that most people are planters, not gardeners.
We love the newness of planting a seed and watching it sprout and grow (the miracle of that experience feels fresh and new with each planting season), but that we are less devoted to the practice of tending to our plants and seeing them through harvest. Well ain’t that a metaphor for life…
I met Erin when she interviewed me for her Celtic Ancestral Summit where we both discovered we had taken a course from the same teacher (Raine Crowe) that had profoundly impacted us and our work.
Erin is an earth medicine practitioner and hedgewitch (which she defines the video) living in the northern lands of Great Falls, Montana. She has lived most of her life guided by Grandmother Moon, making it a devotional practice she incorporates into everything from the mundane to the deeply magical.
I asked Erin to hop on video with me to talk more about her devotional lunar practice, including the way she incorporates it into her garden every year. Erin has so much wisdom to share about moon gardening. As a hobby gardener myself, I can’t wait to put what she shared into practice this coming growing season.
Click play below to join our conversation:
A bit of what we share:
5:37 - Erin’s relationship with the moon and how she developed her practice of lunar devotion.
11:35 - Her definition of a hedgewich
17:50 - The joyful relentlessness of having a lunar devotional practice
19:00 - Erin blows my mind when she explains the difference between heliocentric and geocentric way of living by the moon
24:00 - How Erin structures her day around the zodiac sign the moon is in
26:30 - What moon gardening is and how Erin practices it
“Elegance is a scientific term - the most perfect solution for a problem.” — Erin Duffy Osswald
31:50 - Erin gives some practical moon gardening advice as we head into planting season
39:45 - The most cherished ritual she does every year with the offering of her first fruit to the land
Thank you so much for joining us for this potent conversation. If you want to follow Erin and learn more about her moon practices,
...and to join Erin’s free Gardening by the Moon Facebook group, click here.
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Do you have a devotional lunar practice? Are you excited to incorporate it into your gardening practice this season? Share in the comments below.
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