How The Lunar Apothecary Works
How The Lunar Apothecary Works
- The Lunar Apothecary is structured as a twelve-part learning program. Each part is called a Cycle and it has about one month's worth of work within it. You can move through the course cycle-by-cycle as a twelve month program or complete it at a slower or faster pace. It's up to you and your needs.
- Every month you will be sent two emailed two lesson guides full of lunar inspiration. You can also access the lesson guides at any time by clicking on the appropriate Cycle study guide.
- In addition to your lesson guides, you will receive a bi-monthly edition of Moonlight: The Lunar Apothecary Newsletter which discusses current moon phases, herbal allies, and other activities happening in our community.
- The twelve Cycles build upon each other. So you can skip around if you like, but I recommend that you simply follow the Cycles in sequential order.
- There is a variety of PDFs, audio recordings, rituals, recipes, and more in each Cycle for you to explore. As with anything in life, the more you put into The Lunar Apothecary the more you will get out of it. I suggest setting aside time each week to work through the course material.
- You can connect with other Lunas in our mighty networks group. I encourage you to start by introducing yourself in the introductions section.
- All new course material and important community news is posted in the Bonus section.
- To make sure you are receiving all of The Lunar Apothecary emails, please follow the guidelines listed in the full FAQ.
- I check the comments here and on our mighty networks group posts regularly. I generally respond to questions, participate in the conversation, and respond to emails during my office hours of Wednesdays from 10 AM - 5 PM PST.
What You Need for The Lunar Apothecary
In addition to a curious and an open heart, I suggest having a dedicated notebook for your studies that can be used for your journal prompts, formulation experiments, ritual notes, case studies, and general note taking. I also suggest having a large three inch binder to contain your print-outs for the course.
As for herbs, besides sustainably wildcrafting or growing your own, I suggest checking out local herb farms, farmers markets, and apothecaries. My favorite online seller of herbs in the United States is Mountain Rose Herbs. Having a variety of glass jars with air tight lids will serve you well for storing your herbs and subsequent remedies that you'll be making in the course. Create space in a dark and cool cupboard to store them and you'll be all set.
Not much more is needed. Perhaps a cutting board and knife for processing fresh herbs. A large bowl for mixing. A mortar and pestle or coffee bean grinder for grinding them. Spoons for stirring and measuring. A scale for weighing (if you want to do a weight-and-measure version of medicine-making). I've found as someone who has run an herbal remedy making business that I've always needed less supplies than I originally thought. Get creative with what you have, value tools that have multiple uses, and make purchases conscientiously.