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Medicine Woman & Magic

Art, literature, and medical science declined as the Roman Empire disintegrated under the pressure of the invading tribes. The practice of healing fell to women at home and within the holy orders. A few holy women were canonized for their work. St Bridget practiced medicine and midwifery in Ireland and St Scholastica aided her brother St Benedict during the plague.  As the medieval period progressed, the education of women in medicine suffered a decline as the early church stressed the inferiority of women. In contrast, the school of medicine at Salerno, Italy, accepted women. The climate of tolerance in this …

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Medicine Woman Throughout The Ages

Female practitioners of the medical arts were active in the ancient world. Worship of Isis, the great goddess of medicine, was universal among ancient Egyptians; magnificent temples were built in her honor and priestesses of Isis were regarded as physician-healers who obtained their healing powers from the goddess. At Sais, a city at the mouth of the Nile, women were both students and teachers at a women’s school specialising in child-bearing issues. Egyptian records also show that women studied at the royal medical school at Heliopolis as early as 1500 BC. Illustrations of women performing surgery were common on tombs …

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The Way Of Medicine Women

In times of need, we find ourselves intuitively drawn to Medicine Women: often the sage elders, women and wise ones in the community, because we sense they have the keys to solve our mysteries and fulfil our longings. Story telling is what medicine people have in common; this subtle form of medicine: “truth telling” happens in a community as an act of love. How do you explain the medicine of a loving mother, or the medicine in blessing rituals, the medicine of goodwill and human kindness, or the power of spoken words? However the art of story telling can reveal …

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What Is A Medicine Woman

A Medicine Woman is a mysterious archetype, one that transcends all cultures and directions of time. Women develop skills as they become the caretakers of families and communities; many of us are being called to live in harmony with Nature, to become the conduits wherever we are. The path of medicine women becomes inevitable, in other words it’s an expression of life force whenever we cultivate a connection to Mother Nature… How it’s expressed is irrelevant. It’s about interconnectedness. For centuries, plants were harvested during full moon and plant based remedies with crystal essences were made into alchemical elixirs served to kings and queens …