Category Archives: Nature Wise

Finding Faces in the Trees

face_of_the_beechWe just returned home from our Arizona visit and are happy to be back at Shaman’s Grove. It’s nice to go away, but GREAT to get home. It makes us really appreciate the peace and gentle energy of our forest home.

About a month ago, I ran across this blog from The Druid’s Garden. I was waiting for permission to re-post this for you as it’s a great post. The permission arrived today and just in time for a weekly posting (we were both out of town). I will re-post more of Dana’s blogs later – her tree series is wonderful! Continue reading

Chipmunk – Play, Work and Exploration

1-chubby-chipmunkA blog I follow inspired me to share the story they posted and write a blog about Chipmunk. I was very attached to a chipmunk as a child that visited us at camp. He would come and eat peanuts out of my hand and dive into the big pockets of my shirt to retrieve as many peanuts as he could stuff in his cheeks. He continues to be with me, among my platoon of animal guides.

Chipmunk is a wonderful totem because it gives you permission to play and to balance work with periods of just having fun. It is a curious totem and shares that innate curiosity with you. Chipmunks love a good adventure and to explore. Curious and inquisitive, they explore and notice everything that comes into their lives; no detail goes unnoticed. They are inquisitive, fearless and playful. They are quite vocal often drawing attention to themselves.

“Chipmunk spirit animal is a symbol that something good is on its ways to you, something wonderful that delights your heart something that makes you smile and laugh”, according to Presley Love in the Symbolic Meaning of Chipmunk at Universe of Symbolism.

Chipmunks (and chipmunk people) do what they want to do in their own time and will not tolerate being told what to do. Running about; first in one direction and circling back to where they started from. There is no detail that goes unnoticed by the chipmunk as they circle around and see beyond the obvious. Chipmunk teaches the art of observation and appropriate movement … don’t get over-excited though, or you will forget what you set out to do.

When you see a Chipmunk, you can be sure that magic is afoot. Keep your eyes open you may glimpse a faerie.  Chipmunk and fairies appear encouraging you to believe in magic just like you did as a child. (I can attest to this as I use to play with both my chipmunk friend and the Fae at our camp on Lake Onterio growing up. Many a “tea party” and peanut feast … )

Chipmunk teaches the blessing that there are always spirit guides around you, ready to help… but you must first invite the assistance of the spirits, and the instant you do you will feel their presence and can begin communicating your requests.  Again, this is the perfect time for you to ask your guides for signs.

Chipmunk also shows you how to store for a rainy day, protecting you for any future problems. They are nut gatherers, creating a stash for cold winter days. When the chipmunk appears this may indicate it is time to tighten your spending habits, and “storing money away” in your savings account.

Chipmunk embodies the quality of trust. They have little fear of people and are often found in rural areas, city parks and in the wild. If Chipmunk comes into your life, you may want to ask yourself if you are too trusting, or possibly afraid to trust.

From Chipmunk, we can learn how to read the voices of others. Trust what you hear in their voice – volume, pitch, inflection as a way of discerning more about the person than their words reveal. Practice this until it becomes second nature – and always trust your feelings. If what you hear sound wrong, investigate further before committing

Chipmunks have an air of independence and certainty about them. Their inquisitive nature leads them into unexplored territory and their detailed mind leaves no stone unturned. If chipmunk is your totem pay attention to how your energy is being used. Are you thoughts constructive or destructive? Are your fears keeping you from playing and enjoying life? Are you in charge of your life or have you given you authority over to another?

According to Steven Farmer in Animal Spirit Guides: An Easy-to-Use Handbook for Identifying and Understanding Your Power Animals and Animal Spirit Helpers, when Chipmunk appears in our lives, it is important to keep new projects protected and out of sight during the first 6-week period.

Now, on to the story that inspired to this blog … How The Chipmunk Came To Have Stripes by Bear Medicinewalker. If you like this story, I encourage you to subscribe to this blog.

Until next time –

Pleasant Journeys,


Stones for the Solar Plexus Chakra

In today’s blog we are following up on our Shaman’s Blog post Chakras 101 – The Third or Solar Plexus Chakra describing some of the stones for healing and balancing the solar plexus chakra. Some gemstones often associated with the Solar Plexus Chakra are Amber, Citrine, Sunstone, Topaz, Yellow Calcite and Yellow Carnelian

Stones for the Solar Plexus Chakra

Amber – Amber is technically not a gemstone or mineral, but fossilized sap fromamber prehistoric trees that has aged over the course of millions Continue reading

Navel Chakra Stones

I’ve finally managed to get this blog posted. Between the holidays and other projects, I’ve been a VERY busy girl. The new mobile-friendly website for Shaman’s Marketplace is finally launched. Then, we went to fix a heat vent in the bathroom and wound up gutting it and are in the process of renovating it. NOT on the to do list!

So, as promised, better late than never …

We referenced a variety of stones for the navel/sacral chakra in the blog Chakras 101 – The Second or Navel Chakra. Some gemstones often associated with the Navel Chakra are Carnelian, Coral, Agate, Orange Calcite, Amber and Moonstone.

Stones for the Navel/Sacral Chakra

carnelianOrange Carnelian – Carnelian is found in nearly all parts Continue reading

Root Chakra Stones

For the next few blog posts, we are going to be coordinating with our shamanism blog, Shaman’s Blog. We are covering the individual chakras in that series.

The Stone People are very helpful in balancing our chakras and providing us specific energies that support our individual chakras, we will be covering some of the stones relevant to the major chakras.

We referenced a variety of stones for the root chakra in the blog Chakras 101 – The First or Root Chakra. Some gemstones often associated with this chakra are Garnet, Smoky Quartz, Obsidian, Black Tourmaline, Ruby, Bloodstone and Red Jasper.

As discussed in that blog post, the Root Chakra, is largely about survival and security issues. Therefore, most protection stones are related in some way to the root chakra.  Most red and black stones, as well as many brown and gray stones, are also related to the Root Chakra.

Stones for the Root Chakra

garnetGarnet – Garnets are closely related minerals that Continue reading

Pacific Northwest Madrone – Depth & Integrity

Madrone Tree

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“Magnificent, dramatic, exciting, mystical, inspiring, magical, sensual … these are some of the words people use to describe the Madrone Tree, a favorite of the hardwood trees of the Pacific Northwest.”

This introduction to the Madrone Tree from gives a perfect segway to the magnificent Madrone. We are blessed here at Shaman’s Grove with many madrone trees among the Oak, Firs and Pines. While I love all the trees here at The Grove, I am always awestruck by the shiny and peeling bark and twists and turns of the madrones. Continue reading

Hummingbird – Open Your Heart

hummingbirdI can always tell when Spring is truly here by the return of the hummingbirds. I keep a feeder on the front deck and delight in the antics of the “hummers”. This Spring, as I sat at my desk working, I was visited at my office window by a lovely green hummingbird. It just hovered in the window and watched. The messages came clear, one being that a feeder in my office window was needed. Our friend who was visiting from The Netherland saw to it that a new feeder was quickly added. So, now I get to work and enjoy their multiple visits. Of course, they torment the cat who sits on the window sill and watches. I have my very own Nature Channel 🙂

The hummingbird is associated with love and joy. In MEDICINE CARDS: THE DISCOVERY OF POWER THROUGH THE WAYS OF ANIMALS, Jamie Sams and David Carson tell us that the hummingbird is the creature that opens the heart. When we connect with hummingbird consciousness, we delight in the sheer joy of living, and of living the bliss of loving. Our life becomes a wonderland of sensuous delights…We live for beauty, delighting in flowers, aromas, fine mist, and delicate tastes…We laugh and enjoy creation…We appreciate the magic of being alive and the of the beauty around us.

Hummingbird feathers open the heart chakra.  Continue reading

Robin – The Bringer of Change

“The red, red Robin goes bob, bob, bobin’ along…”

Courtesy of Wikipedia

Courtesy of Wikipedia

The trees are blooming, flowers are peeking up from Mother Earth and Spring has arrived. But we know Spring has truly arrived when we spy the robins hopping through our yards and parks.

Robin, like Spring, signifies stimulation of new growth and renewal. Robin teaches us how to “spring forward” and welcome the new growth and experiences, with joy, laughter and a song in the heart. Like robins that get their nourishment from the earth, pulling earthworms out of the soil, we are reminded to ground and pull up life energy from Mother Earth to nourish our physical and spiritual selves. Yes, it is true that the early bird gets the worm (and a healthy does of life force energy)! Continue reading

Earth and Grounding Meditation

Exposed tree roots, JapanSpring is almost here! We’re beginning to enjoy the longer days and sunshine (albeit, some places Grandfather Sun is showing his face more than others.) I was recently looking for some guided meditations for celebrating the Spring Equinox for our other blog, Shaman’s Blog, and came across this nice, easy grounding earth meditation by Patti Wigington at It seemed very appropriate to share here at Nature Wise.

Often in our fast paced urban lives we become disconnected from the Earth. When we aren’t “grounded” we can find ourselves feeling scattered, spacey, out of balance and just not in tune with our lives. This is an easy grounding meditation that can be used any time to help you reconnect. Continue reading