December 1st, 2011 | Hand Made, Store, Catskills, i ching, oracle, pouch, recycling, yarrow, yarrow stalks
Yarrow was traditionally used for casting oracles with the help of the I Ching, otherwise known as the Book of Changes. 50 stalks are used, one is put aside and the rest are counted and sorted six times, building up the hexagram. Yarrow has been connected with spirituality and receptivity for thousands of years in many traditions.
The yarrow stalks contained in these handmade oracle pouches grew wild in the Catskills of New York. They were harvested with respect and care not to deplete the environment, as a result I have a limited supply each year.
The pouches containing the stalks are handmade from material from thrift shops.
The yarrow stalks are about 5″ long. The pouches are 7″ long and 2″ wide.
Instructions on how to count the yarrow stalks can be found here.
Note: The I Ching (Book of Changes) is not included.
February 11th, 2011
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July 22nd, 2009
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July 21st, 2009
With the global mind shift moving into high gear, more people are getting interested in other ways to slow down and live consciously. As a result we are regaining respect for many things we had dismissed because we did not understand them. Using yarrow stalks to read the I Ching is one of these thin ...