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Newsletter Dated: 7/31/2006 10:42:48 PM
Subject: Autobiography Journal of Sage Sweetwater
Autobiography Journal of Sage Sweetwater are my future newsletters for awhile. Some of my fans think I am Stone Creek Woman and have said so. What do you think?
SAGE SWEETWATER CREATIVE PROPERTIES is the flagship of Stone Creek Woman, my autobiography journal, divided into six parts: Shared Blessings, Endangered Species, Sacred Shelters, Canoe Medicine, Moving the Pack, and Reintroduction.
CANOE MEDICINE (continued...)
The ingredients of Stone Creek Woman's mikveh bath were spawned from a combination of Jewish celebration, Native American, and PhantoBolo, a cooperative-living community in Victor, Colorado, which cooperation, trade, and barter governed the economy of the commune.
The antique bathtub propped up on cinder blocks was covered by a Native American sacred shelter known as a sweat lodge. The framework consisted of twelve bent willow saplings, which created a five-foot-high dome, covered with fox, elk, deer, and beaver hides sewn on the canvas.
Traditionally, the door faced east to greet the sunrise. A charcoal pit was dug underneath the bathtub, and a path from the center firepit led to outside to the exterior firepit where Stone Creek Woman heated clay tiles. The tiles were brought in on a wooden paddle, and layered over a section of coals to heat the mikveh bath, then water was ladled over the red-hot coals creating steam for the sweat bath, birthing a womb-like atmosphere for renewal.
The mikveh ritual herbs hung from jute inside the sweat lodge. Stone Creek Woman steeped the herbs in a cauldron to pour into the bath. Rosemary leaves contain menthol and camphor, which open the pores and stimulates circulation, while basil offers an energy boost.
Located next to the tipi, the sweat lodge/mikveh bath offered serenity at a spiritual elevation, and for the woman who preferred natural surroundings, this purification was a powerful herald of change, linked to the healing aptitude of Mother Nature. Things like the sweet smell of smoldering sage sprinkled over the coals under the bath, the velvet glide of a deer-hide chamois over the skin, the taste of nutmegs, cloves, and allspice berries, the mulling spices boiled and added to the red wine ingested in communion of the mikveh, and the cathartic sound of steam hissing, sweating out the battering toxins.
The baths were taken in private. Stone Creek Woman prepared the baths, then left the woman to celebrate rekindling, and meditate on her time of crisis. A special care package she left with the woman consisted of an index box filled with bath recipe cards, nature's ingredients, oils, salts, herbs, votive candles, and a crock of mulled wine to personalize each woman's choice of mikveh ingredients.
With the old-fashioned essence of Stone Creek Woman's "spa," it would cause one to ponder the merits of cosmetic giants, namely Estee Lauder's spa in Neiman-Marcus, which catered to career-oriented, financially-centered women who basically have the same muck caked on their interiors and exteriors, the only difference being immersed in marble tubs with gold handrails, pricey packaging, and balms with exotic names like marmalade scrub, casaba melon gel, tango mango, and Tahiti twist, and draped in a white chenille, repeat-client monogrammed robe at the end of the pamper-me-spa-babe-assisted assembly line all for a costly, overrated concept.
Stone Creek Woman's bath products were only made from natural ingredients, and never tested on animals like many of the commercial products, kindly allowing battered women to share in her cruelty-free labels.
Until next time, be happy, be healthy, and be free! Blessed Be. I love you all.
~~~~Sage Sweetwater, firebrand lesbian novelist, brainchild of Sage Sweetwater Creative Properties, flagship of Stone Creek Woman~~~~