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Poisonous Plant Medicine | Week 5: Yew & Hellebore: Meeting The Crone

  • Brave Daughters 110 King Philip Road Rumford, RI, 02916 United States (map)

Meetings with the Crone are inevitable on the poison path. The Crone is a wise elder archetype who has wisdom she wants to pass down to us… but she does not allow for anything less than authenticity. Think Baba Yaga. I seem to meet her most often when I’m hanging around with hellebore or yew. Today we’ll talk about what to expect (the unexpected) when working with The Crone.

Last winter a fence fell on top of my yet to bloom hellebore plant and I wasn’t able to fix the fence for 6 weeks. I assumed it was a goner. But to my surprise when the fence was finally lifted, that little hellebore not only sprouted new leaves but had over 10 new flowers blooming - all whilst in near complete darkness! If that isn’t the most beautiful metaphor for the human experience, I don’t know what is.

The yew tree is thought to be the mythic Yggdrasil, or World Tree. They can live to be thousands of years old and are among the oldest of all living organisms on the planet. They are often found in old cemeteries where their roots intertwine with the skeletons of the dead.

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