June is National Indigenous History Month!
So we would like to introduce a favourite First Nation's artist of ours...
Maxine Noel is an internationally renowned Native visual artist and mentor with a career spanning more than 35 years.
Born on the Birdtail Reserve in Manitoba, Maxine Noel has lived in Stratford with her daughter for more than 20 years. She believes that there is a common bond that links all cultures of the world, and she continues to work tirelessly to bridge the gap between Native and non-Native communities. Her dedication, commitment, strength and self-determination make her a valuable role model.
In September 2016, First Nations leaders and federal cabinet ministers came together to honour Maxine’s artistry and contributions to raising public awareness of the Canadian crisis of missing and murdered Indigenous women and girls. "Not Forgotten" expresses the terrible history of the lives of Indigenous women and girls, as well as resilience and hope for reconciliation and redress. Maxine gifted the original painting to the Native Women’s Association of Canada in order to raise awareness and much-needed funds for the important work needed to accomplish this reconciliation.
We proudly carry her beautiful art in functional forms such as wallets, purses & notebooks. You can also buy all of her art in prints & cards.
Maxine is not the only First Nation's artists' products we carry!
We carry a variety of artists in different products from stickers, patches, accessories and more! We are very committed to supporting First Nation's artists in selling their products because we know this way that they are being properly & directly compensated and it enables us to circulate their message and beautiful artworks to our community.
We are open with a capacity of 10 people at a time! So come down and check what we offer in the way of her products!
Click HERE to learn more about Indigenous History Month:
Humans are social creatures. And as it is, the closing of businesses and not being able to be out and about, it really takes a toll on us!
What's worse than not being able to pop by and pick up your favourite incense, essential oil or smudging tools to uplift your spirits and keep your environment light?
So we are here to help!
We are offering free delivery to anyone in Nelson area or within 1 Mile / City Limits.
Give us a call at 1-250-354-4471 or order on our site to make arrangements and we will get your order out to you as promptly as we can.
Stay well everyone, we will get through this together!!!
March 21st marks the day that we celebrate the Spring Equinox or in some traditions Ostara. This is when we welcome new life & new birth and any wishes we put out to manifest during Imbolc (February 1st - February 2nd) will not starting sprouting and coming to fruition at the time of Ostara
"According to the Venerable Bede, Eostre was the Saxon version of a Germanic goddess called Ostara. Her feast day was held on the full moon following the vernal equinox–almost the identical calculation as for the Christian Easter in the west." - https://www.learnreligions.com/history-of-ostara-the-spring-equinox-2562485
What are some ways we can usher this beautiful newness in through rituals & practices ?
1.) Create an Altar!
Decorate this sacred space with natural items that represent spring which can include eggs, pussy willows & crocuses. Adding handmade items that represent different aspects of spring & offering this to the divine can be a powerful way of connecting to your creative forces.
2.) Earth Meditation.
Find a dry enough spot on the Earth (or sit on a thick towel or blanket) resting a melange of stones & crystals at your base. If you are wanting to promote self-love, healing and healing in relationships Moss Agate, Rose Quartz, Black Obsidian & Clear Quartz would be a nice combination. Once you have set yourself up, close your eyes and breathe deeply into your diaphragm. Imagine the Earth's floor, the moss, the grass, the dirt, the bugs and take it all in. Take in the energy of all your relations and direct it towards healing and re-balancing your energy centres. At the end of your mediation do not forget to thank the Earth and all of her companions for helping you in this grounding, clearing and healing shift.
"International Women's Day is a global day celebrating the social, economic, cultural and political achievements of women - while also marking a call to action for accelerating gender equality." - https://www.internationalwomensday.com/
International Women's Day is Sunday, March 8th! In celebration, all Goddess themed statuary, books, decks & jewellery are 15 % OFF starting Friday, March 6th through to Sunday, March 8th!
The Divine Feminine is manifested through many different expressions & forms. Let us celebrate the Goddess and explore her through some of her incarnations.
KALI - Destroyer Goddess
Kali, the Hindu goddess of death is often associated with sexuality and violence but is also considered a strong mother-figure. Kali’s name comes from the Sanskrit meaning ‘she who is black’ or ‘she who is death’. Kali teaches us about the impermanence of life, but how beautiful that is. It is important that we do not fear death for it is simply a new beginning. This expression of Divine Feminine speaks to the expression of independence, power and not putting up with any BS!
KUAN YIN- Goddess of Compassion
A Goddess highly revered in many Asian countries including Japan, Korea, China, Thailand & Vietnam, Kuan Yin is the yielding and loving mother goddess. In Chinese Buddhism she considered to be Bodhisattva (being of bodhi or enlightenment) who is destined to become a Buddha but has foregone the bliss of Nirvana with a vow to save all children of God. She is the protector of women and through this expression we are taught to hold compassion, mercy and empathy high in our priorities.
BRIGID - Goddess of Hearth & Warfare
Brigid is a female deity of pre-Christian Ireland. Goddess of fire, hearth and warfare her soldiers were known as "Brigands". She is also known to be a patron goddess of spring, childbirth, fertility and it is said that she leans over every cradle. Strongly associated with Poets and inspiration one could say she sparks the fire of our creative nature. Fun fact: Saint Brigid shares many of the Goddess Brigid's attributes and her feast day on 1 February was originally a pagan festival known as Imbolc marking the beginning of spring.
Happy International Women's Day! May we acknowledge the Goddess in everyone!
Kali - https://www.ancient.eu/Kali/
Kuan Yin- https://www.crystalinks.com/kwanyin.html