Black Moon is the work/play of me, Chelcie Blackmun. I am an artist, learning herbalist, comfort-witch and wannabe psychedelic priestess. I am a maker of many things.
I find it difficult to hold myself to one or two disciplines - the closest I've come is to focus my creative energies through art and herbalism. I am called to art-making and herb lore, both are spiritual practices for me. They are my ritual magic and worship of the natural world. I can't set down one for the other anymore than I can set aside half myself.
Magic and ritual -- what are those? Sticky sap, nourishing and protecting. Magic and ritual sound pretty far out, and they are, but they're also really practical. Ritual is the bringing of purpose and intention. I use ritual to create unique and personal frameworks for action and growth. Well crafted rituals help me be a version of myself I'm proud of. Magic is what happens when we do our rituals well. Magic feeds the spirit.
When making art I play with drawing, painting, print-making, and tattooing with seasonal forays into fiber crafts like knitting. I do a fair amount of pure image-making, but being a rather modest and thrifty person I find great satisfaction in making items of some practicality. Knowing that an object will serve a purpose in addition to being well crafted and beautiful sets my mind at ease. I also love reusing and repurposing materials. Waste sucks.
As a student of herbalism I strive for quality, simplicity, and respect in my herb-crafting. I love wandering the woods and fields (and empty lots, and city parks) foraging for nutritious and medicinal plants to bring into my home and body. I source my potion ingredients by wildcrafting, gardening, and purchasing from other responsible local herbalist. I like to know the plants I work with really well, to feel confident in my relationship with them. My list of plant allies grows as my ability and experience grow and as the plants see fit.